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Opportunities to Explore - January 7-11, 2019

Vol 5, Issue 2 | 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

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Resource Of The Week

ibiology logoJob Hunting in Industry: Searching, Applying, Interviewing, and Negotiating for a Scientist Position in Biotech and Pharma

Presented by Bill Lindstaedt (UCSF)

Job hunting in industry might seem like a mysterious or overwhelming task, but there are specific skills you can learn to make the process approachable and successful. In a series of four talks, Bill Lindstaedt, the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Career Advancement, International and Postdoctoral Services (CAIPS) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), will show you how to effectively search, apply, interview and negotiate for industry scientist positions.

Watch our new video: Job Hunting in Industry: Searching, Applying, Interviewing, and Negotiating for a Scientist Position in Biotech and Pharma

Spring 2019 Course Information

IND 439: Leadership and Management for Scientist

This Spring 2 credit hour course is directed by Tracey Baas and Eric Vaughn. IND439 is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral scientists who wish to enhance their leadership and management skills. It will cover a range of topics, including project management, communication, personality styles and budgeting skills, to help this unique group of leaders and managers. This course focuses on human-centered strategies for leading effective teams in biomedical and health science academic environments that can also be translated into research-related careers. Through a series of interactive activities, reflective writing, self-assessment instruments, and group discussions, you will develop a repertoire of techniques for addressing issues that commonly arise within and between research groups.

Topics and Instructors include: Personality Types (Part I & II)- Eric Vaughn, Professional Social Skills – Tracey Baas, Managing People – Steve Dewhurst, Mentors and Mentees In The Digital Age – Tracey Baas, Interviewing and Selecting Teams – Ann Dozier and Luisa Caetano-Davies, Overseeing Resources Effectively (Part I & II) – Jane Tolbert, How To Thrive In An Era of Digital Publishing – Martin Zand, Communicating and Solving Conflict as a Leader – Jeff Lyness, Teamwork and Collaboration – Sarah Peyre, Cultural Humility – Kristen Hocker, Project Management With Teams – David Topham, Personal Mission (Part I & II) – Mark Wilson.

Questions about the course or how to register? Please contact or .

This Week

(*) Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, January 8 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | 1-8513, URMC
All postdocs are invited to attend the PDA Monthly Meeting.

(*) URBEST Career Story: Elizabeth Evans, Ph.D.; Vice President of Preclinical Research at Vaccinex, Inc.

Thursday, January 10 | 11:00 am-1:00 pm | CEL 2-7536, URMC
Come for the Career Story from 11:00 am-12:00 pm and stay for lunch that follows from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm. For more information on the workshop, please contact

Upcoming Events

(*) URBEST: Sharing Science In A Social World

Monday, January 14 | 12:00 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 will be provided! For more information on the workshop, please contact

(*) Impact of Microaggressions on Wellness

Wednesday, January 16| 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | LeChase Assembly Hall (G-9576), URMC
University of Rochester Medical Center | 2018-2019 Medical Faculty and Clinician Wellness Series |  Co-Sponsored by URSMD Office for Faculty Development and URMC Medical Faculty and Clinician Wellness Program

Linda Chaudron, MD, MS; Associate Vice President and Senior Associate Dean for Inclusion and Culture Development; Professor, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Ob/Gyn

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, PAs, NPs, Residents, Fellows, Students and Staff are welcome to attend. Light lunch will be served.

(*) Webinar: Informational Interviewing: An Excellent Way to Enhance Your Career Search

Wednesday, January 16| 1:00 pm-2:00 pm | Combined Northeastern Room (1-9525 & 1-9535)
Bio Careers Webinar Series: In this seminar, Propel Careers will discuss the important role that informational interviewing plays in a career search. Propel Careers will provide advice on how to identify individuals for an informational interview, how to structure the interview and what questions to ask. Propel will also provide advice on how to follow up after the discussion to build meaningful connections. For more information about this event, please contact Participants may bring their lunch to the webinar.

(*) From the Bench to NIH: A Career Path to Science Policy

Thursday, January 17 | 3:00 pm-4:00 pm | Adolph Lower Auditorium (1-7619), URMC
Tara A. Schwetz, Ph.D.; Associate Deputy Director, Office of the Director; National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. Host: Dr. Catherine Ovitt. Refreshments will be provided.  For more information, please contact Stephanie Scoville at

(*) Presented by CPD and URBEST:  Lead with Your Top 5: A Strengths Finder Event for Graduate Students (Register by January 8th)

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. Participants will need to register by January 8th at Questions about this workshop can be directed to or

(*) Presented by CPD and URBEST: Lead with Your Top 5: A Strengths Finder Event for Postdocs (Register by January 8th)

Tuesday, January 22 | 12:00 pm-2:00 pm | 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. Participants will need to register by January 8th at Questions about this workshop can be directed to or

(*) 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

(*) 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.

(*) 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.

See more upcoming events here.

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

Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program (Application Deadline January 9, 2019)

The Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program supports early career life scientists in academic labs across the U.S.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community. We know that the biggest challenges in science call for diverse perspectives and original thinking. The goal of the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program is to recruit and retain individuals from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences, including those individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through their successful careers, HHMI Hanna Gray Fellows will become leaders in academic research and inspire future generations of scientists from America’s diverse talent pool.

Following the “people, not projects” philosophy of HHMI, the competition is open to those dedicated to basic research from both doctoral and/or medical training paths in the biomedical and life science disciplines, including plant biology, evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology. Fellows have freedom to change their research focus and follow their own curiosity for the duration of the award.

Fellows will receive funding through their academic institution for postdoctoral training and may continue to receive funding during their early career years as independent faculty. The program provides opportunities for career development, including mentoring and networking with others in the HHMI scientific community

For more information on the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program including eligibility, application, award, and past fellow award winners; please visit this link. Application deadline is January 9, 2019.

CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship (Application Deadline: January 11, 2019)

In response to the need for a skilled workforce in applied epidemiology at state and local health departments, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) has established the Applied Epidemiology Fellowship Program in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH).

The goal of the Fellowship is to provide a high-quality on-the-job training experience in applied epidemiology for recent graduates and to prepare Fellows for long-term career placement at the state and local level. Based on their career aspirations and available positions, Fellows are carefully matched to a state or local health agency or federal quarantine station for two years under the guidance of an experienced mentor.

During their tenure, Fellows will be expected to complete activities and achieve competencies related to epidemiologic methods, communication skills, public health practice, policy, and legal issues.

  • Eligibility Requirements:

  • An MPH, MSPH, MS in epidemiology, or equivalent degree or an advanced degree in a health-related field (i.e., PhD in epidemiology, biostatistics, or other public-health field; an MD degree; or a DVM degree).
  • Completed at least three graduate level epidemiology courses;
  • One graduate level biostatistics course;
  • Strong desire to pursue a career at the state or local level; and
  • United State Citizenship

Application can be found at Available host site positions will be listed according to program area and/or location on the CSTE Fellows website in December 2018:  . Please check this site periodically for updated and additional host site billets. Please find more information about the Fellowship on CSTE’s website: Please do not hesitate to contact Kiara Maddox at if you have any questions about the Fellowship or the application.

Funding Opportunity for Postdocs | $30,000 | Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists (Applications Due January 18, 2019)

The Blavatnik Family Foundation is an active supporter of many leading educational, scientific, cultural, and charitable institutions in the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, and throughout the world. Funding Level: Three winners will each receive $30,000 in unrestricted funds; six finalists will each receive $10,000 in unrestricted funds.

  • Link to program solicitation/guidelines:    
  • FAQs:
  • Topic/Discipline:  Categories include: Life Sciences, Physical Science and Engineering, and Chemistry. See more detail at
  • Program Synopsis: The regional postdoctoral competition of the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists recognizes the most promising postdoctoral-rank scientists and engineers from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut working in disciplines within the life sciences, physical sciences & engineering, and chemistry. The nominations are made by the Provost of the University of Rochester.
  • Eligibility: To be eligible, a candidate must: Have been born in or after 1977. Candidates born closest to 1977 may be more competitive-see note below. Have earned a doctoral degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.). Currently hold a postdoctoral-rank position at an academic institution in designated states. Have made significant research contributions to disciplines (and above) within the life sciences, physical sciences & engineering, or chemistry. Note: Advanced, more senior postdocs with a strong record of independent research, publication and impact will be more competitive than beginning postdocs; the review committee does not differentiate between early and late career postdoctoral fellows
  • Internal Deadline: All final materials by Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Number of Applications allowed from UR: 15 postdoctoral applications from the University will be accepted. The graduate deans will vet the applications, and make selections, if more than 15 applications are received by the internal deadline of January 4th.
  • Instructions for submitting internal application: Internal applications must consist of final materials ready for upload: Nomination statement (no more than 200 Words), suitable for Provost’s use in describing nomination rationale. Postdoc’s research abstract (max. 1000 words). Biosketch or CV (must be in compliance with the exact format detailed in Blavatnik Guidelines-no more than 4 pages).  4 pdfs of full-text publications and/or patents representing the candidate’s best work. Contact information for two recommenders who can attest to the candidate’s qualifications and research contributions to his/her field, i.e., postdoctoral advisor(s); graduate advisor(s), collaborators. Nominator (i.e., Provost) will need candidate’s date of birth, professional email address, and direct phone number. Send Applications to: SMD: Joyce Goodberlet at

University of Rochester Diversity Conference Call for Proposals and Posters

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to submit workshop and poster proposals for the University’s 10th annual diversity conference on Monday, April 8. This year’s conference, “Finding the Courage to Lead,” will feature author, activist, and cultural commentator Samina Ali. Workshop proposals should focus on creating interactive experiences around topics of developing fearlessness and resilience to assist in developing inclusive environments, as well as exploring how leaders and leadership can affect environments. The deadline for workshop proposals is Friday, January 18.

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:

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:

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Relevant Reads

Working with Emotional Intelligence

For leaders, emotional intelligence is almost 90 percent of what sets stars apart from the mediocre. As Goleman documents, it's the essential ingredient for reaching and staying at the top in any field, even in high-tech careers. And organizations that learn to operate in emotionally intelligent ways are the companies that will remain vital and dynamic in the competitive marketplace of today—and the future. 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.

Scientific Presentations: When Public Speaking is Unavoidable

By Lauren Chaby and Klevis Karavidha

The best way to improve your presentation skills is to practice. Public speaking skills are developed over time and experience. Present your research often, at major conferences, small internal venues, as well as through outreach and community service. Practice presenting with friends and labmates. It is easy to tell when a presenter is comfortable and confident; the feedback you need does not have to be from an expert. Note the tactics cogent speakers in your field use at conferences or talks available online. Practice these strategies, and those below for your own work and you will feel more confident when you present because you will know that you are well-prepared. Read Scientific Presentations: When Public Speaking is Unavoidable


By Tracy J. Costello

The past 12 months have been busy and 2019 already promises to be even busier. Being intentional about how we spend our time, what goals we set, what projects we take on is critical, now more than ever. As we handle all the projects on our lists, we need to ensure that there is time to take care of ourselves, to reward ourselves for our accomplishments, and time to create new memories. One of the biggest lessons of 2018, as busy as it has been, is that you can accomplish a lot and yet there will always be something undone. It may be something that’s important. Using intentionality to set priorities important to you, you’ll move forward in the direction of your dreams. I wish you the best as we close out 2018 and begin 2019. I hope see you in Orlando at the Annual Conference! Read Intentionality

4 Online Classes That Will Improve Your Soft Skills

by Rachel Montañez via Fairygodboss | January 02, 2019 | Read 4 Online Classes That Will Improve Your Soft Skills

That Time of Year Again

By Junior Prof. A junior professor provides advice for interviewing and networking at national conferences like those taking place this week. Read That Time of Year Again


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