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Opportunities to Explore - July 17-21, 2017

July 17-21, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 29 | Trainee News

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

This Week

Young Leaders Keynote: Reginald Mebane

Monday, July 17 | 4:00 pm | Wegmans Hall Auditorium

University Resource Groups present “Evolving Pathogens, Evolving World, Evolving Leaders” featuring Reginald Mebane, Director of the Centers for Disease Control’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Senior Executive Service (SES). More information and registration

CPD Sponsored Event: Planning Your Future

Thursday, July 20 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Learning Lab 2-7520, URMC

Thinking about your future or next steps after graduation or postdoc. Not sure where to begin or feeling overwhelmed! If you said yes to one or both statements then this workshop is for you.  Planning You Future will assist you in planning your next steps in your career future. This workshop will provide information on application materials and processes for academic, industry, non-profit and government positions. Participants will also learn about all the free resources available to assist with your job search. In addition, participants will learn strategies and tips to manage job searches while completing advanced degree or postdoc opportunity. For more information about this workshop, please contact Eric Vaughn at To register for this workshop, please visit .

URBEST Career Story Q & A: Yuriy Shapovalov, PhD (New Date and Time)

Friday, July 21 | 4:00 pm-5:00 pm | Anderson Room (G-8534), URMC

Yuriy Shapovalov, PhD, Medical Science Liaison at Biogen and UR 2016 Alumnus.

Graduate Student Society (GSS)/Graduate Student Association (GSA) present Pangaea Discussion Group: Topic: From Imaginationland to the Realm of Reality:  “How Science Fiction Transforms Us” with discussion leader Jeffrey Tucker, PhD, Dept. of English

Friday, July 21 | 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm | Medical Center Specialty Room (2-7536), URMC

Pangaea is a free-flowing group discussion centered on a topic of universal interest and importance. By bringing together perspectives from multiple academic disciplines, participants will discover creative new ideas and opportunities.  Snacks, coffee and tea will be provided! Please visit the GSS Facebook page for more student event updates.

Upcoming Events

Graduate Student Society (GSS) Coffee Hour

Wednesday, July 26 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm | combined Northeastern Room (1-9525 & 1-9535), URMC


Graduate Student Society (GSS)/Graduate Student Association (GSA) 2017 Wine Tour

Sunday, July 30 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm | Seneca Lake Wineries (Belhurst, White Springs, Fox Run, Torrey Ridge)

This event is open to all graduate students and your (21 and over) guests. Tickets are $30 per person (cash only) and include transportation to and from URMC to all wineries, lunch, and tasting fees. Get your tickets today in the Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA) office (G-9556).

Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, August 8 | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm | 2-7545, URMC

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

The Science of Great Ideas: Fostering the Creative Process

Thursday, August 17 | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm | TBD and Charmaine Wheatley’s Studio

A two-hour session to introduce your right brain to your left brain. In essence, decoding the science of great ideas by fostering the creative process. The session will be lead by Vineeth John, MD, MBA, who will introduce you to some of the theories of the creative process (~20 – 30 minutes); and Charmaine Wheatley, URMC artist-in-residence, who will lead you through some hands-on art activities (~1.5 hours). A registration link will be made available August 1.

See more upcoming events here.

Happening Now

Healthy Aging: International Conference for PhD Students in Biomedical Research (Registration Deadline: July 31, 2017)

September 7-9, 2017 | Cracow, Poland

The Healthy Aging Conference will cover a wide spectrum of laboratory, epidemiological, and interventional studies related to preserving health throughout a whole life span. For young professionals in biomedical sciences, this conference will allow presentation of their results and discussion with international experts. For a full description and conference registration, please visit the conference website.

Science and Culture Reading Group

Science, Technology, and Culture – a multidisciplinary reading group

How is science shaped by the culture that surrounds it? How do technological innovations change society? We are a new group bringing together people from all parts of the University of Rochester community to reflect on these questions through shared reading and group discussion. Join us for snacks and good conversation! Please contact with any questions. 

Upcoming Meetings: Wednesdays, 5:00 pm in the Humanities Center Lobby (located in Rush Rhees Library)

  • July 19th – Archangel, by Andrea Barrett
  • August (Exact Date TBD) – Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly

Employment Opportunities

Medzilla- Jobs Posting Board

Check out employment opportunities in healthcare, pharma, and science from across the United States at Medzilla- Jobs Posting Board

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – Postdoctoral Openings

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is currently undergoing rapid growth with an increase in the number of laboratory research faculty, postdocs, and staff, and enhancing research support infrastructure.  There is currently a number of open postdoctoral positions. Please visit the Postdoctoral Training Opportunities website for a list of current opportunities.

Relevant Reads

The Introverted Leader: Building On Your Quiet Strength

By Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, PhD. After highlighting the common challenges introverts face at work, such as stress, invisibility, and perception gaps, the book details a straightforward four-step process to handle work situations such as managing up, leading projects, public speaking, and many more. 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 Interview in the Sciences

By Prodigal Academic. A faculty member shares tips for candidates for tenure-track jobs. Read The Interview in the Sciences

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