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Opportunities to Explore - January 21-25, 2019

Vol 5, Issue 4 | Trainee News

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

| CPD & GEPA Events Calendar | URBEST Program Calendar

(*) Designates Onsite Events at URMC or River Campus

OTE Online

Opportunities to Explore is also available online. To view the web version, please visit goo.gl/bxuggB. The web version is optimized for viewing on tablets and smart phones.

Resource of the week

CIRTL LogoThis week’s Resource of The Week is the CIRTL Network highlights the Academic Careers & Job Postings Learning Community on the CIRTL Network Website.

Here is a sample of some of the most recent opportunities posted on the site….

 

To join the CIRTL Network and check out these opportunities and much more, please create an account utilizing your URMC email at cirtl.net/users/sign_up/account . This site is FREE and open to all URMC graduate students and postdocs.

This Week

(*) Presented by CPD and URBEST:  Lead with Your Top 5: A Strengths Finder Event for Graduate Students

Tuesday, January 22 | 9:00 am-11:00 am | 2-7534, URMC
Discover your top 5 strengths and how you can utilize them in your upcoming job search and in your current/future work. StrengthsFinder Workshop Takeaways: Gain greater self-awareness and team alignment, Gain techniques to address team challenges Understand how to build effective team partnerships, Transform relationships in the workplace, Increase individual and team performance, Use strengths to improve results and reach goals, Experience an energizing and fun session. Registrants (24) will receive a FREE StrengthsFinder 2.0 book and code for strength assessment. Registration is now closed for this event. Questions about this workshop can be directed to Tracey_Baas@URMC.Rochester.edu or Eric_Vaughn@URMC.Rochester.edu.

(*) Presented by CPD and URBEST: Lead with Your Top 5: A Strengths Finder Event for Postdocs

Discover your top 5 strengths and how you can utilize them in your upcoming job search and in your current/future work. StrengthsFinder Workshop Takeaways: Gain greater self-awareness and team alignment, Gain techniques to address team challenges Understand how to build effective team partnerships, Transform relationships in the workplace, Increase individual and team performance, Use strengths to improve results and reach goals, Experience an energizing and fun session. Registrants (24) will receive a FREE StrengthsFinder 2.0 book and code for strength assessment. Registration is now closed for this event. Questions about this workshop can be directed to Tracey_Baas@URMC.Rochester.edu or Eric_Vaughn@URMC.Rochester.edu.

(*) Sponsored by CETL, CPD, and URBEST: Page-Turners for Teaching

Wednesday, January 23 (bi-weekly) | 10:00 am | 1-6200D Miner Classroom, URMC
Curious about how best to teach and train others? Considering an academic career? Lacking opportunities or time to teach as a busy researcher? Looking for ways to keep your CV up-to-date on teaching even if you are not currently doing it? Join “Page Turners For Teaching,” a bi-weekly discussion group offered through a collaboration between the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), Center for Professional Development (CPD), and URBEST for grad students, medical students, postdocs, and residents interested in exploring their teaching practice with like-minded colleagues! Get a FREE copy of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us to discuss this spring! Register to reserve your free book. For questions about this event, please contact Kyle Trenshaw at Kyle.Trenshaw@Rochester.edu.

(*) The Graduate Student Leadership Committee (GSLC) of the Society of Toxicology - “Interview with an Expert” podcast-style series

Wednesday, January 23 | 1:00 p.m. | Podcast
This week’s interviewee is Brian Lee PhD, DABT from L Brands (Victoria’s Secret, Bath and Body Works), who will share his career path and experience pertaining to product safety and regulatory affairs as a senior toxicologist. This will be followed by a live Q&A from students/postdocs. If the world of personal care products is a career pathway you are interested in pursuing or want to learn more about, this webinar is for YOU! If you are interested, please use the registration link, https://aim-hq.webex.com/aim-hq/onstage/g.php?MTID=ec4590cde19753ceaf9b9f5f8b2d40964, to join the live broadcast on January 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm ET. Additionally if you missed them, our last two episodes, Interview with an Expert: Consumer Goods and Interview with an Expert: Consulting, are online. For more information on “Interview with an Expert”, please contact either Keith Morris-Schaffer, GSLC Communications Subcommittee Chair or Katrina Jew, GSLC Communications Subcommittee Secretary.

Upcoming Events

(*) URBEST The Grand Gesture

Monday, January 28 | 10:00 am-12:00 pm | 2-7520, URMC
We’re providing the Grand Gesture by reserving a room and providing hot coffee and snacks to all graduate students, postdocs, faculty and staff who would like to attend. You provide Deep Work, getting those large important tasks and projects accomplished. No lectures, no discussion, just quiet, coffee and 2 hours of Deep Work. What you focus on is completely up to you! If you want to learn more, read Deep Work by Cal Newport or watch this summary on his book: check out this link.

(*) Impact of Microaggressions on Wellness

Tuesday, January 29 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Adolph Lower Auditorium (1-7619), URMC
Presented by: Linda Chaudron, MD, MS; Associate Vice President and Senior Associate Dean for Inclusion

Microaggressions are the everyday nonverbal and verbal slights or snubs that are often the behavioral manifestations of unconscious bias.  Microaggressions occur in the daily work and education environment.  In and of themselves, microaggressions may appear harmless but they can accumulate over the course of a day, week or career impacting individuals’ engagement in the work environment as well as their wellness.  We will explore the relationships between microaggression and personal wellness.  Allies and bystander interventions can impact an individual’s experiences and potentially improve individual well-being. We will explore these relationships and describe ways to intervene and support our colleagues and trainees as allies.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the seminar, the participant will able to: (1) Understand the concepts and relationships of microaggressions and allyship and wellness (2) Learn strategies to respond to microaggressions within the workplace (3) Learn approaches to building allies for contributing to a culture of respect and equity

To register for this seminar, please email Faculty_Development@urmc.rochester.edu.  Faculty, PAs, NPs, Residents, Fellows, Students and Staff are welcome to attend. Light lunch will be served.

(*) Micro-Teaching- What is it and How Will it Enhance My Teaching Skills?

Wednesday, January 30 | 11:30 am-1:30 pm | Gamble Room Rush Rhees Library, 2nd Floor
Future Faculty Workshop. Is your lesson well organized, clear and engaging? Join us for an interactive workshop highlighting effective teaching strategies that will enhance your teaching skills and improve your student outcomes. Participants will have the opportunity to present a mini lecture, and receive constructive feedback on how to improve their classroom techniques. Complimentary lunch will be provided. RSVP at this link. A workshop series for the next generation of faculty. Sponsored by the offices of the Provost and Faculty Development and Diversity.

(*) URBEST Career Story: Teresa Sukiennicki, Genesee Community College

Friday, February 1 | 10:00 am-11:00 am | Center for Experiential Learning 2-7544, URMC

Come for the Career Story at 10:00am where there is sure to be coffee. If you'd like to be included in the yogurt parfait order, please RSVP to tracey_baas@urmc.rochester.edu

(*) Postdoc Association Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, February 5 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Robert B. Goergen Hall for Biomedical Engineering and Optics, Room 417, River Campus
Meetings are a monthly, one-hour meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at noon. The SMD and AS&E co-chairs, as well as the PDA advisors, and staff with interests in postdoc professional development are always present. Anyone from the general postdoc population at the University of Rochester is welcome to attend. Meetings typically focus on planning social and professional development events for postdocs. However, the association has also addressed a range of other pertinent matters including but not limited to changes to postdoc insurance, dissemination of information related to the Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia, and revisions to campus policies. For more information, please email Anthony Franchini (SMD) or Jeffrey Tithof (AS&E).

(*) URBEST Mentoring Up Workshop

Tuesday, February 5 | 12:00 pm-1:30 pm | Location TBD
The Mentoring Up Workshop is a 1.5 hours session for trainees to learn about the concept of mentoring up. The workshop will be led by co-facilitators Drs. Tracey Baas and Meera Singh and is based on Dr. Steve Lee’s foundations that Mentoring Up empowers mentees to be active participants in their mentoring relationships by shifting the emphasis from the mentors’ responsibilities in the mentor-mentee relationship to equal emphasis on the mentees’ contributions. The workshop will be offered twice a year: February and May. Mentoring Up Refreshers will also be offered, which are monthly half-hour sessions that will discuss some type of conflict that is relevant to graduate education research, in essence a case study. Each Refresher will be led by one faculty guide and one co-facilitator. Trainees that complete the Workshop and at least six of the ten Refreshers will earn a Mentoring Up electronic badge. Trainees that earn electronic badges will have the option of becoming co-guides with the faculty guides for the monthly Mentoring Up Refreshers. Please register at: surveymonkey.com/r/2019MentoringUp.

(*) Sponsored by CETL, CPD, and URBEST: Page-Turners for Teaching

Wednesday, February 6 (bi-weekly) | 10:00 am-11:00 am | 1-6200D Miner Classroom, URMC
Curious about how best to teach and train others? Considering an academic career? Lacking opportunities or time to teach as a busy researcher? Looking for ways to keep your CV up-to-date on teaching even if you are not currently doing it? Join “Page Turners For Teaching,” a bi-weekly discussion group offered through a collaboration between the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), Center for Professional Development (CPD), and URBEST for grad students, medical students, postdocs, and residents interested in exploring their teaching practice with like-minded colleagues! Get a FREE copy of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us to discuss this spring! Register to reserve your free book. For questions about this event, please contact Kyle Trenshaw at Kyle.Trenshaw@Rochester.edu.

(*) URBEST: Sharing Science In a Social World

Monday, February 11 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Hawkins Room (1-7438), URMC
Emily Boynton and Molly Miles from UMRC’s Department of Public Relations and Communications will discuss how the Medical Center and other academic institutions are sharing science in the social world we live in. They will provide examples of different types of visuals and videos that get great engagement on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. URBEST and The Public Relations and Communications team will accept original visuals and videos from students and trainees that highlight UR innovation and research until February 14. Three prizes will be awarded for best science storytelling, and the winning pieces will be featured on the UR Medicine Facebook page (URMC’s flagship social media page) and URBEST blog. Healthy Trash Plates (from https://www.ehmeals.com) will be provided! Please register at: surveymonkey.com/r/ScienceVideo2.

See more upcoming events here.

Happening Now (Grant, Travel Award, and Conference Information)

Fred Hutch Dr. Eddie Mendez Post-Doctoral Symposium (Application deadline is January 31, 2019)

Innovation, collaboration and the rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission to cure cancer faster. Through our new Dr. Eddie Mendez Post-Doctoral Symposium, we'll recognize six underrepresented minority scholars from across the United States in June. Post-docs are encouraged to apply by Jan. 31! At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We are committed to doing the internal work to increase our awareness and to improve our practices so that we are an organization known as a center of diversity and inclusion excellence.  As a part of this effort, we are committed to developing excellence in biological sciences so that it is more equitable and representative of the vast talent pool. [1] Definition of underrepresented minority is aligned with the NIH’s definition: individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups (Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders), individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

To learn more about the Symposium and to apply: apply.interfolio.com/58388.

L'Oreal USA For Women in Science Fellowship (Completed Application are due no later than February 1, 2019)

The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations. The program is the U.S. component of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Fellowships program. Celebrating its fifteenth year in the U.S., the For Women in Science program has awarded 75 postdoctoral women scientists nearly $4 million grants. L’Oréal USA partners with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to manage the program’s application and peer-review process. Each year, the program attracts talented applicants from diverse STEM fields, representing some of the nation’s leading academic institutions and laboratories. For more information about the L'Oréal USA Women in Science program, please visit: lorealusa.com/forwomeninscience.

America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent Student Competition

Taking place: Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Deadline for Entry Form: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Want to see how emerging science can impact federal programs and regulations?  Want to discuss your ideas with the FDA?  We are now accepting applications for the Annual America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent Student Competition.  Your proposed solution should align with the FDA Regulatory Science priority areas.  Please visit the CTSI website to learn more about competition guidelines, examples, evaluation criteria and for the entry form.  Your completed entry form is due by 5:00pm on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, and the competition takes place on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.  The winning team travels to Washington DC/Maryland regions to meet with the FDA.

The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (K99/K00)

The purpose of the NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) is to encourage and retain outstanding graduate students recognized by their institutions for their high potential and strong interest in pursuing careers as independent cancer researchers. For full description and application instructions, please visit https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-19-002.html. Application due date is February 22, 2019.

Center for Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning

Spring 2019 Online Courses

The College Classroom (Registration Close Date: January 21, 2019)

Get an introduction to key learning principles and the basics of effective teaching practices in this course about teaching in the STEM college classroom. Students will explore how people learn, discuss how to monitor and investigate the effectiveness of the learning environment, learn what it means to create an inclusive classroom environment that engages all learners, and utilize backward design to develop a microteaching project. An emphasis on a learning-centered classroom will provide students with a perspective that highlights the interconnected cycle of teaching, assessment, and learning such that they gain the knowledge and skills to be effective teachers in the college classroom. Course Schedule This 11-week course has weekly online sessions on Mondays at 1 - 2:30PM ET / 12 - 1:30PM CT / 11AM - 12:30PM MT / 10 – 11:30AM PT from January 28 to April 15. Workload Your instructors estimate participants will need to spend 1.5-2 hours per week on work outside of class sessions. For more information or to register for this course, please visit cirtl.net/courses/380.

Diversity in the Classroom (Registration Close Date: February 18, 2019)

In this course, explore what is known—and theorized—about the ways that diversity affects learning and, in turn, help educators develop practical classroom strategies that address "equity," "inclusion," "diversity," and related terms. We will examine personally meaningful definitions of “equity,” “inclusion,” “diversity” and related terms, consider research on bias, and build a community of inquiry around ways diversity affects both our teaching and student learning. When you leave this course, you will have constructed: 1. a personally meaningful definition of "diversity" and related terms 2. knowledge of some of the fundamental literature on diversity that pertains to STEM and SBE (social/behavioral/economics) fields 3. a rationale for why you include the content you do in your teaching, and an understanding of how the selection of this content is influenced by your definition of diversity 4. a toolbox of tips and ideas on how you might address diversity in future courses you will teach (demonstrated in the Inclusive Teaching Plan assignment and the Diversity Statement Workshop activity) 5. a community of peers who are a resource for your teaching career 6. experience with learning in an online environment with students from diverse institutions Course Schedule This 9-week course has weekly online sessions on Tuesdays at 11:30AM - 1PM ET / 10:30AM - 12PM CT / 9:30 - 11AM MT / 8:30 - 10AM PT from February 26 to April 23. Workload Your instructors estimate participants will need to spend 2.5-3 hours per week on work outside of class sessions. For more information or to register for this course, please visit cirtl.net/courses/372.

Engaging Students in the Teaching of Statistics (Registration Close Date: March 11, 2019)

This course provides current and/or future instructors in statistics--in statistics departments or departments that make considerable use of statistics such as psychology, ecology, etc.--with a solid grounding in sound pedagogical practices that will engage their students. Instructors will focus on how backwards design, active learning techniques, and inclusive instruction can benefit all students. The course will include presentations on key points including teaching tips, group discussions, and a small-group mini-project focusing on integration of the five leaning objectives. Students who complete this course will: 1. Comprehend the role that backwards design plays in successful teaching 2. Be able to use Bloom’s taxonomy in developing learning objectives and teaching plans 3. Be able to construct assessment tools 4. Comprehend the importance of student background and diversity 5. Be able to employ inclusive teaching practices with a focus on active learning. Course Schedule This 4-week course has weekly online sessions on Thursdays at 2-4PM ET / 1-3PM CT / 12-2PM MT / 11AM-1PM PT from March 21 through April 18 (sessions are 3/21, 3/28, 4/11, and 4/18). Workload Your instructors estimate participants will need to spend about 2 hours per week on work outside of class sessions. For more information or to register for this course, please visit cirtl.net/courses/373.

Spring 2019 Online Workshops

Getting Ready to Teach in the American Classroom (Registration Closes February 1, 2019)

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 | 2:00 pm (EST) | Online in CIRTL Blackboard Collaborate
This workshop will be a facilitated case study discussion–Compensation Strategies to Improve Communication–and will focus on strategies to build rapport with students early in the semester and throughout teaching a course. Sources of miscommunication between students and instructors will be investigated in order to provide participants with tangible strategies to increase effective communication (verbal and non-verbal) with others in and out of the classroom.  Registration opens December 10 and closes February 1, 2019 at 1:00 pm EST. For additional information and to register for this webinar, please visit cirtl.net/events/558.

Writing a Diversity Statement (Registration Closes February 8, 2019)

Employers are increasingly asking candidates to supply a diversity statement as part of their application. This session covers the essential elements of composing this important document. Starting with individual reflection on topics of inclusion, diversity, and equity, participants will draw upon personal and professional experiences to begin writing their story. We will discuss how inclusive teaching practices can be incorporated into the diversity statement. Participants will learn strategies for highlighting initiatives they have lead or participated in that focus on underrepresented students, working towards equity, and/or enhancing diversity. Examples may include professional development, creation of an inclusive learning community, student retention or outreach work, organizations and non-profits, and activities related to mentoring, research, committees, and teaching. For advanced students and postdocs, time will be spent showing examples of diversity statements and discussing how to incorporate the diversity statement into interview answers. It is never too early to begin working on a diversity statement, so special insight will be provided to new graduate students, regarding goal setting and identifying ways to engage with diversity efforts at their home institution. Workshop Schedule This workshop has two online sessions, which participants are required to attend, at 12-1:30PM ET / 11AM-12:30PM CT / 10-11:30AM MT / 9-10:30AM PT on Tuesday, February 12 and 19. Workload Participants will be expected to draft and refine their own diversity statement. For more information or to register for this workshop, please visit cirtl.net/events/615.

Teaching with Technology (Registration Closes February 22, 2019)

Thursday, February 28, 2019 | 1:00 pm (EST) | Online in CIRTL Blackboard Collaborate
Technology can help us increase teaching effectiveness and student learning. This workshop will introduce participants to a variety of digital tools to engage students in learning. Examples of digital tools are blogs and wikis, collaborative space, audio-video, social media, and mobile applications. Registration opens December 10 and closes February 22, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST. For additional information and to register for this webinar, please visit cirtl.net/events/614.

For a full list of upcoming Center for Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning Workshops, please visit cirtl.net/events. The majority of events are online and requires advance registration. For information on any of the courses or programs, please contact Eric_Vaughn@URMC.Rochester.edu .

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Bryn Mawr College - Department of Psychology - Bucher-Jackson Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Sciences

The Bryn Mawr College Department of Psychology seeks a Bucher-Jackson Postdoctoral Fellow in the Sciences for the academic year 2019-2020, beginning on August 1, 2019.  The fellowship is renewable for a second year.  This is a combined teaching and research fellowship, with the expectation that the fellow will teach two courses each year. The Ph.D. degree is required by the start date.

This fellowship is in the area of Behavioral Neuroscience. The postdoc will be studying the neurobiological response to stress, and how this may lead to behavioral phenotypes relevant to mental health such as cognitive impairment, sleep deficits, and changes in appetite in the laboratory of Dr. Laura Grafe. The successful candidate should have experience with rodent behavior. Proficiency with stereotaxic surgery and immunohistochemistry is desirable, but not required. This position will also involve mentoring undergraduate students in the lab. The teaching responsibilities may include core neuroscience courses, laboratory courses, or upper level courses in the area of the postdoctoral fellow’s expertise.

To apply for this fellowship, candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research proposal and statement of teaching philosophy by February 15, 2019 to the Bucher-Jackson Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Sciences Search Committee via Interfolio at: https://apply.interfolio.com/58703. In addition, you will need to arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted via Interfolio to the Search Committee.  Applications received by February 15, 2019 will receive full consideration.

 Located in metropolitan Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr College is a distinguished liberal arts college for women and has strong consortia relationships with Haverford College, Swarthmore College, and the University of Pennsylvania. Bryn Mawr has a student body of 1,300 undergraduates, as well as 350 graduate students in coeducational graduate programs in social work, humanities and science. We are a diverse and international community of faculty, students and staff who share an intense commitment to intellectual inquiry and a desire to make meaningful contributions to the world. The College supports faculty excellence in both research and teaching and is committed to social justice and inclusion in the classroom and in the community at large. Bryn Mawr College is an equal-opportunity employer; candidates from underrepresented groups and women are especially encouraged to apply.

Relevant Reads

Thinking Fast and Slow

By Daniel Kahneman. Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives―and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. 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-9627 or email us with your request.

The Benefits of Coaching Conversations

Deborah S. Willis gives advice on how to incorporate such conversations into your graduate school or postdoctoral experience. Read The Benefits of Coaching Conversations

Accommodations

“Need accommodations for any CPD or GEPA event?  Contact GradRegistrar@urmc.rochester.edu at least three business days prior to the event.”

Visit http://www.gepa-calendar.urmc.edu/ for a calendar of all our events.  Review the Opportunities to Explore archive.

Center for Professional Development | cpd.urmc.edu | (585) 275-4522 | CPD-SMD-Grad@URMC.rochester.edu

Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training | urbest.urmc.edu | (585) 276-7348 | Tracey_Baas@URMC.Rochester.edu