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Opportunities to Explore​ - July 23-27, 2018

Vol 4, Issue 30 | 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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This Week

Free Workshop on Teaching- “Evidence-Based Introduction to Teaching (EBIT) sponsored by NSF

July 23-27 | 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm each day | Online or CU Boulder, Colorado

EBIT (Evidence-Based Introduction to Teaching) is a one-week student-centered learning experience where post-docs and new faculty develop curricula using evidence-based teaching methods. Participants apply research principles of design, build, test and iterate to specific course curriculum development. Relevant literature on evidence-based teaching techniques will be highlighted. For more information, please visit the CIRTL CU Website. If you have questions please contact Jean Hertzberg, Associate Professor, Academic Leader for CIRTL at CU Boulder, Dept. Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder.

(*) URMC Student & Postdoc Session with Executive Search Firm for next UR President

Tuesday, July 24 | 4:00 pm | Helen Wood Hall

The University of Rochester has engaged with the executive search firm, Spencer Stuart, to conduct its search for the next University President. Spencer Stuart representative Chuck Jordan would like to hear from URMC students and postdocs on the attributes you would  like to see in our next leader. To help them gauge attendance, if you plan to attend, please to send an email to SMD graduate students and postdocs are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to represent SMD and provide your valuable input!

(*) Graduate Student Society/Graduate Student Association Ice Cream Social

Thursday, July 26 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm | LeChase Assembly Hall (G-9576)


Graduate Student Society Whitewater Rafting at Letchworth State Park

Saturday, July 28 | 12:00 pm-6:00 pm | Letchworth State Park- Mt. Morris Entrance, 2640 Park Rd, Mt. Morris, NY 14510

Tickets available in the GEPA Office- $35 Cash only. Go rafting with fellow grad students (No prior experience is necessary). Tickets include: transport to and from Letchworth, 3hrs rafting, water and snacks. Bus departs from SMD clock tower at noon.

Upcoming Events

(*) Summer Scholars 2018 Poster Session

Thursday, August 2 | 9:30 am – 11:30 am | Flaum Atrium, URMC

Refreshments will be provided.

(*) Sponsored by CETL & CPD: Page-Turners for Teaching

  • Tuesday, August 7 (Every 1st Tuesday) | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Dewey 1-160B
  • Wednesday, August 15th (Every 3rd Wednesday) | 4:00 pm-5:00 pm | 2-7520, 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 new bi-weekly (1st Tuesday at noon in Dewey 1-160B and 3rd Wednesday at 4:00 pm in the Medical Center) discussion group for grad students, medical students, postdocs, and residents interested in exploring their teaching practice with like-minded colleagues! Get a FREE copy of Whistling Vivaldi to discuss this summer! Register to reserve your free book. For questions about this event, please contact Kyle Trenshaw at .

(*) Save the Date: URBEST Retreat and Career Workshop

Thursday, September 13 | 9:00 am-4:00 pm | Adolph Auditorium (1-7619) & CEL 2-7536/2-7544)

Presenters include: Randy Ribaudo, Co-founder SciPhD; Jon Baker, J. Craig Venter Institute Fellow; Claire McCarthy, Science Writing Fellow at National Cancer Institute; Katie Smolnycki, Program Manager of Business Development at Fred Hutch; Virginia Glazer, Assistant Professor of Biology at Niagara University; Corey Hoffman, ORISE Fellow at US Department of Health & Human Services; Steve Dewhurst, Vice Dean of Research; Derek Crowe, Instructor for Scientific Communication and Visual Design; Derek Crowe, Instructor for Scientific Communication and Visual Design. Registration link made available mid-August. “Need accommodations?  Contact at least three business days prior to the event.” For more information about this event, please contact Tracey Baas at

Cookout, Celebrating A Community Of Diverse Students & Trainees at URMC

Saturday, September 15 | 1:00 pm-4:00 pm | Canalside Shelter, Genesee Valley Park

Come and join us for a Cookout, Celebrating a Community of Diverse Students and Trainees at URMC! RSVP by September 7th at the Cookout RSVP Form. Sponsored by URMC: Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Executive Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, Office for Inclusion and Culture Development School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing.

Battle of the Bands (Hosted by Humans for Education)

Friday, September 21 | Douglas Ballroom, River Campus

Featuring Bands like: Hey Mabel and Mojo Chunk. The audience decides the winner. To register your band, please contact Ninoshka Fernandes at

See more upcoming events here.  

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

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Competition Is Open (Application Deadline is August 1, 2018)

The Core Fulbright Scholar Program offers nearly 470 teaching, research, or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Opportunities are available for faculty and administrators, as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars, and many others. In addition to several new program models, Fulbright is offering more opportunities for flexible, multi-country grants. The deadline for the 2019–20 program is August 1.

National Biosafety & Biocontainment Training Program: Applications due August 1, 2018

The NBBTP is a partnership between the Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health. This is a rare opportunity for individuals seeking work in high containment facilities to receive professional training in biosafety and biocontainment at one of the foremost biomedical research centers in the world. Additional information regarding the Fellowships and Professional Development courses is online at ; Application packages are due August 1, 2018; fellowships begin January 8, 2019 at the NIH Bethesda campus.

The NBBTP Fellowship is designed specifically for people interested in careers in high-containment. This is an intensive two years, immersive experience where Fellows are introduced to all elements of biosafety. The program includes traditional lectures, reading assignments, mentoring projects and travel to off-site conferences and training sessions

Individual Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships in Spinal Cord Injury Research (Round 4)

This Request for Applications (RFA) provides funding for individual predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships (similar to NIH F31 and F32 awards, respectively) that will enable New York State to attract and retain the most promising and exceptionally-talented predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows. The intent of this initiative is to support the continued training of researchers with extraordinary potential for making significant contributions to the fields of SCI research.

Projects will be supported by State funds. Approximately $1.5 million will be available for this RFA to fund approximately six (6) training (pre- or post- doctoral) awards. The amount of funds awarded will be contingent upon the quality of applications submitted. In determining final awards, the Department reserves the right to allocate funds between the two funding mechanisms offered within this RFA as it deems appropriate. 

Eligible organizations are invited to submit applications for the following funding mechanisms:

  1. Predoctoral fellowships will be a three-year award with total annual costs of up to $45,200 per year (see RFA Attachment 2 pages 7-8).
  2. Postdoctoral fellowships will be a three-year award with total annual costs of up to $71,910 per year (see RFA Attachment 2 pages 7-8).

Full description and instructions on applying

Registration Opens for Falling Walls Competition

Would you like to take the stage in Berlin, Germany, this fall to tell the world about your research?  If so, register by September 17 for the Falling Walls Lab, a preliminary contest on October 2 at 3:30 p.m. in Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Commons. Each presenter will have three minutes and three slides to summarize their groundbreaking idea. The winner receives $500 and a trip to the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin, November 7 to 9. Cash prizes will also be awarded to the top two finalists. Contact Adele Coelho for additional information.

The Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Price in Interdisciplinary Research

The Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Prize in Interdisciplinary Research provides a monetary award towards recognizing outstanding Postdoctoral Associates or Postdoctoral Fellows at the University of Rochester whose research exemplifies the importance of cross- discipline approaches toward examining high impact questions of science. The competition is open to all UR SMD and ASE Postdoctoral Associates and Fellows. For a complete review of the application including eligibility and submission requirements, please visit the Steadman Family Prize Website.

Employment Opportunity

Visiting Instructor/Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Physiology @ Alfred University

Anatomy and Physiology:  The Division of Biology at Alfred University invites applications for a one-year visiting instructor/assistant professor beginning August 2018. We seek candidates with expertise in human anatomy and physiology, with preference given to those with a Ph.D. and undergraduate teaching experience. Minimum qualifications include a MA/MS in biology or a closely related field. Specific teaching assignments will include lower and upper division Human Anatomy and Physiology lecture/lab courses, a lower division Physiology of Aging course, and assistance with labs for Structure and Function of Organisms, a sophomore level core course for Biology majors.  Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated commitment to excellence, innovation, and diversity in undergraduate teaching and close interaction with students in a small-college environment.

Founded in 1836 and nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains and the Finger Lakes wine region in western New York State, Alfred University is a small, comprehensive private university with a long-standing tradition of excellence in Liberal Arts and inclusive practices.  It is situated on a sprawling 232-acre campus where nearly 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students reside in a vibrant, student-centered learning community.  Outdoor recreational opportunities are abundant at our campus location.

To apply, please submit the following: Cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, (optional) Statement of Research Interests – a brief summary of current and/or past research efforts, Names and contact information for three references, at least one of which should be a current or very recent supervisor

All materials should be sent electronically to with Biology in the subject line. Review of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

UR Offers New Program To Boost Diversity Among Early Career Researchers

The new UR Stars program helps connect established researchers at UR with early career scholars from groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research. Faculty who are looking for postdocs or early career researchers to work in their labs are invited to participate.

The University of Rochester has launched a new program meant to boost the diversity of its early-career research faculty. The two-day UR Stars Program will help connect established researchers at the University with underrepresented postdoctoral fellows and early-career faculty candidates from around the country.

Having a diverse workforce can boost productivity and improve outcomes, but several racial/ethnic groups, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, and people with disabilities remain underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce across the U.S. Increasing diversity in this sector can bring new viewpoints and ideas to the table, fostering collaboration, creativity, and innovation.

UR Stars will help basic science, population health, and biomedical research faculty recruit underrepresented postdoctoral fellows and early career faculty into open positions in their labs. Interested faculty from the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry, UR School of Nursing and Eastman Institute of Oral Health can give a speed research talk and network with the candidates at the program’s inaugural event in November.

The event, taking place Sunday, November 11 through Tuesday, November 13, will offer scholars from diverse backgrounds and especially those who are underrepresented in biomedical research the opportunity to engage with University faculty, and explore the University and Rochester. Participating scholars will be strongly encouraged to apply for post-doctoral fellowships at the UR.

This program is supported by the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity at UR, and URMC’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs. For additional information contact Ashley N. Campbell, Director of Diversity Programming, 585-273-4297.

Relevant Reads

Protecting Study Volunteers in Research

Human subject protection is one of the most concerning aspects of the clinical trials process requiring rigorous compliance and ethical standards. Now in its fourth edition, Protecting Study Volunteers in Research continues to be the industry s leading resource on the subject teaching clinical research professionals how to successfully implement the highest standards of safe and ethical treatment of study volunteers while addressing current and emerging issues that are vital to human subject protection and successful clinical trial outcomes. 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.

Building an Endpoint to Your Faculty Job Search

How long should you spend on the faculty job market? Derek Attig offers some concrete advice. Read Building an Endpoint to Your Faculty Job Search

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