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Opportunities To Explore 2/6-2/10 2017

February 6 – February 10, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 6 | Trainee News

A newsletter for graduate students and postdoctoral trainees |@UR_SMD_CPD|@TraceyBaas

Happening Now

2016-2017 Dannon Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship: Applications due Wednesday, 2/15/17

The Dannon Company is pleased to announce its 5th Dannon Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Grant opportunity with you. Established in 2012, the Dannon Fellowship Grant has been expanded to include the gut microbiome in recognition of its remarkable potential on the human body. As part of their continued commitment to support scientists and advance research of the gut microbiome, The Dannon Company is offering two grants of $25,000 each to undergraduate, graduate or postdoctoral scholars to enhance their academic path. More information through the link above.  The application due date is February 15, 2017.  For additional information, see the full announcement.

Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program: Applications due Wednesday, 2/15/2017 3 p.m. ET

The Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community by recruitment and retention of individuals from groups underrepresented in the life sciences. Through their successful careers as academic scientists, Hanna H. Gray Fellows will move science forward and inspire the next generation of scientists from America’s diverse talent pool. The Institute will select and support up to 15 Fellows in this first competition.  Fellows will receive funding for their postdoctoral training and, if eligible, in their early career years as independent faculty.  More information is available via the link above.

Science & PINS Prize for Neuromodulation: Applications due Wednesday, 3/15/2017

Application is open for the Science & PINS Prize for Neuromodulation. This competitive prize which honors scientists for their excellent contributions to neuromodulation research.  Established in 2016, the prize is awarded annually for outstanding research as described in a 1,500 word essay based on research performed in the past three years.  The winner is awarded $25,000 and his or her essay is published in the journal Science. The Grand Prize essay and that of the Runner-up are also published on Science Online.  More information is available via the link above.

NIH F99/K00 in Neuroscience

The NIH released a new funding opportunity announcement, NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award (F99/K00). The purpose of the award “is to support a defined pathway across career stages for outstanding graduate students who are from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in neuroscience research. More information via the link above. The application due date is April 8, 2017.

This Week

PONS Luncheon Roundtable Series: Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

Monday February 6, 2017 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | Combined Northeastern Room (1-9525 & 1-9535), URMC

Please join the Pre-doctoral Organization for the Neurosciences (PONS) to discuss the basic, systematic, and clinical research ongoing at U of R with expert panelists Drs Kerry O’Banion, M.D., Ph.D. (Vice Chair, Department of Neuroscience), Anton Porsteinsson, M.D. (William and Sheila Konar Endowed Professorship, Department of Psychiatry), and Robert Chapman, Ph.D. (Professor, Brain and Cognitive Sciences). Refreshments will be provided.  For more information on upcoming Neuro-related events, please visit

Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Lunch and Social Hour

Tuesday February 7, 2017 | 12:30 – 01:30 p.m. | Gamble Room, Third Floor of Rush Rhees Library, River Campus

All UR postdocs are invited to the PDA’s next social hour.  Lunch will be catered by Harry G’s deli.  Please RSVP here by Friday, February 3rd!  Also included in that link is a very quick survey to query what the postdoc community here at UR would like to see from the PDA over the next few months.  Please take a moment and give us some feedback so we can work to continue to improve upon the postdoc experience for all.

Upcoming Events

PDA Monthly Meeting

Tuesday February 14, 2017 | 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. | Goergen Hall Room 417, River Campus

All postdocs are welcome to attend this meeting along with the executive board and committee members of the PDA.

Networking to Build Business Contacts, featuring Don Gabor

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. EST | Online webinar

In this fast-paced webinar, Don Gabor, networking expert and best-selling author of How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends will show you how to increase your odds of connecting with colleagues, clients and prospects at company events, industry conferences, and other business meetings. Register for here.  More information can be found at Networking to Build Business Contacts, featuring Don Gabor

“America's Got Regulatory Science Talent” Competition

Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. | Helen Wood Hall Auditorium

Want to see how your research can impact federal programs and regulations?  Want to discuss your ideas with the FDA?  Participate in the 4th annual “America's Got Regulatory Science Talent” Competition.  Complete information can be found in this linked announcement

5th Meeting of GWIS: Invited Speaker: Xiaoju Max Ma, Ph.D.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Lower Adolph Aud (1-7619), URMC

Join Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) in welcoming Xiaoju Max Ma, Ph.D., Research Leader at Roche Molecular Systems, Inc., as they present “Developing Careers in the Biotech Industry.”  Refreshments will be provided.

See more upcoming events here.

Relevant Reads

Tools for Teaching

by Barbara Gross Davis.  A practical, accessible reference manual for teaching in any discipline.  Visit the CPD’s Lending Library catalog to see this and other titles of interest. To borrow a book, stop by our office in G-9556 or email us with your request.

Your Job Is Not You

How can you shift away from mind-sets that equate identity with academic work? And in doing so, can you relieve anxiety about exploring unfamiliar career pathways? Sarah Peterson provides some answers. Read Your Job Is Not You

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