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Opportunities to Explore - July 31-August 4, 2017

July 31 – August 4, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 31 | Trainee News

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

This Week

Summer Scholars 2017 Poster Session

Thursday, August 3 | 9:30 am – 11:30 am | Flaum Atrium, URMC

Everyone is welcome to attend the Summer Scholars 2017 Poster Session. Refreshments will be provided.   Please contact with any questions.

Upcoming Events

Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, August 8 | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm | 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.

URBEST Career Stories Suggestions and Input Meeting

Monday, August 14 | 9:00 am-10:00 am or 2:00 pm-3:00 pm | Anderson Room (G-8534), URMC

Dr. Tracey Baas, URBEST Executive Director, will be holding two gatherings to assist her in selecting and inviting speakers to visit the University of Rochester.  Dr. Baas encourages anyone who would like to attend to put together your wish list or “mock” advertisement of who you would like to visit for URBEST.  Please contact with any questions.

The Science of Great Ideas: Fostering the Creative Process

Thursday, August 17 | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm | CEL Room 2-7536 (URMC)

Introduce your right brain to your left brain, decoding the science of great ideas by fostering the creative process. The session will be led by Vineeth John, MD, MBA, who will introduce you to some of the theories of the creative process; and Charmaine Wheatley, URMC artist-in-residence, who will lead you through some hands-on art activities. Register here to sign up today!

CPD Sponsored Event: Grantsmanship for Postdocs: Pathway to Independence Awards (K99/R00) (Online Webinar)

Tuesday, October 3 | 6:00 pm-8:30 pm | Webinar

The ability to write competitive grant applications is now more important than ever. Therefore, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are strongly encouraged to develop and perfect their grant writing skills early in their careers by applying for fellowships, career transition awards, and other funding opportunities. Moreover, concise and persuasive writing skills are not only vital for a career in academia, but are essential for all career paths. For information on what will be covered during the webinar and to register, please visit The New York Academy of Sciences website.

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

Exploring Science; Earth and Space

August 18-21 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm | Rochester Museum & Science Center

Are you a graduate student, postdoc, or faculty member?  Do you have a background in astronomy, climatology, physics, or space sciences? The Rochester Museum & science Center is looking for volunteers interested in supporting hands-on science demonstrations for our Earth and Space event focusing on the total solar eclipse! Training and materials will be provided for all activities. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Rachel Walker at for more information. Sign up to volunteer at .

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)

  • August (Exact Date TBD) – Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly

Relevant Reads

Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership

By Janice Marturano.  Janice Marturano, a senior executive with decades of experience in Fortune 500 corporations, explains how Mindful Leadership training integrates the practice of mindfulness--meditation and self-awareness--with the practical tools of management, enabling leaders to bring a wider range of their capacities to the challenges at hand. 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.

Don’t Let Your Dissertation Run Your Life

If you allow it to take over, you will be missing crucial aspects of the world outside your office, lab or library, warns David A. McDonald. Read Don’t Let Your Dissertation Run Your Life

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