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Opportunities to Explore - July 9-13, 2018

Vol 4, Issue 28 | Trainee News

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

| CPD & GEPA Events Calendar | URBEST Program Calendar

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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.

This Week

13 LinkedIn Steps to Your New Job

Wednesday, July 11 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Webinar, Virtual Session

  • Sandra Long '79, Post Road Consulting LLC

LinkedIn’s 530 million users are the most educated, affluent, and informed group on social media—these are the folks that hire or refer you. Sandra will share her best strategies for appealing to recruiters and hiring managers, leveraging the platform’s newest job search settings, and acquiring references to the companies you actually want to work for. For more information and to register for this event, please visit Handshake.

(*) URBEST Career Story Q & A: Natalie Cain, PhD

Wednesday, July 11 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555)

Natalie Cain, PhD, will share her Career Story as a Scientific Editor at Cell Reports. Pizza will be provided. For more information about this event, please contact Tracey Baas at

(*) URBEST Event: Cell reports and Cell Press Seminar

Wednesday, July 11 | 1:00 pm-2:00 pm | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555)

Natalie Cain, PhD, will discuss the submission process at Cell Reports and Cell Press, and answer any questions about publications, the editorial and review process, and the scope of the journals. For more information about this event, please contact Tracey Baas at

(*) PDA Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, July 11| 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm | URMC, Location TBD

All postdocs are invited to attend the monthly postdoctoral association meeting. For more information about this event, please contact

(*) CPD Sponsored: Preparing for the Upcoming Job Search

Thursday, July 12 | 2:00 pm-3:00 pm | Combined Northeastern Room (1-9525 & 1-9535), URMC

The upcoming job search! When should I start? What will I need? These are just a few of the many questions that individuals will ask when starting the job search. Learn about what you will need along the way including individuals to involve, application materials, and timelines. For more information about this event, please contact Eric Vaughn .

Upcoming Events

(*) CPD Sponsored Webinar: Leveraging Your PhD for Career Success

Wednesday, July 18 | 1:00 pm-2:00 pm | SRB 1402, Welk Conference Room

This webinar will provide lessons on creating the right résumé or CV, basic networking skills, finding the right job for you, how to identify and leverage your transferable skills. We will also cover basic and advanced interviewing skills, how to negotiate, how to advance once you're hired. For more information about this online event, please contact Eric Vaughn at .

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

Wednesday, July 18 (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

Pride Parade

Saturday, July 21 | 12:00 pm (Line up begins), 1:00 pm (Parade begins) | Alexander St. Between East Ave. and Monroe Ave.

Walk with the University of Rochester in the 2018 pride parade will send a positive message of support to the LGBTQ community. Bring your family and friends to this fun and important event! RSVP BY JULY 6 TO GET A FREE T-SHIRT using this Google Form.. SPONSORED BY: Susan B. Anthony Center, Office for Faculty Development and Diversity Office of the President, University of Rochester Medical Center Clinical and Translational Science Institute Office for Inclusion and Culture Development Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center, David T. Kearns Center, Office of Alumni Relations, School of Nursing, and Office of Human Resources.

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 Boulder 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)


(*) 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 And 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 document. 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.

See more upcoming events here.

Happening Now (Grant, Travel Award, and Conference Information

UR Postdoctoral Association Travel and Professional Development Award- Application Deadline: July 13, 2018  

As part of the mission of the UR PDA, this travel award has been created to support the professional development of postdocs.  Priority will be given to individuals who demonstrate that attending a conference, workshop, or networking event will provide opportunities for professional development not available at the University of Rochester. One AS&E postdoc and one SMD postdoc will each be awarded up to $1200 to attend a conference, workshop, or networking event. See complete award details and information. To apply for the 2018 UR PDA Travel and Development Award, please visit this Google Document. Award will be announced on September 21st during National Postdoc Appreciation Week.

Science & SciLifeLab Prizes for Young Scientists: Applications due July 15, 2018

The Science & SciLifeLab Prizes are awarded to a young scientist for outstanding life science research who has been awarded a doctoral degree in the previous two years (2016 or 2017). Entrants’ thesis research must have been within one of the following categories: Cell and Molecular Biology, Genomics and Proteomics, Ecology and Environment, Translational Medicine. The winner is awarded $30,000 and his or her essay is published in the journal Science. The Grand Prize essay and that of the Runner-up are also published on Science Online. More information is available via the Science Magazine Website.

The Genome Writers Guild

July 19-21, 2018; McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Genome engineering has hit the streets. The plethora of new editing tools is propelling the field into the next genomic revolution. What are the new technologies? What will we make with them? How are the innovations impacting society and our individual lives? The Genome Writers Guild's annual conference highlights the fast pace of genomic engineering. Topics at the conference focus on recent research, tangible skills for the laboratory, and the challenges of social responsibility we all share. For more information on the conference, please visit the Genome Writers Guild Website.

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).

For a full description and instructions on applying, please visit the Grants Gateway Website.

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 Postdoctoral Association Website.

Employment Opportunity

Adjunct Faculty Position Teaching Genetics at St. Bonaventure

St. Bonaventure is seeking someone to teach 2 lecture sections of Genetics (sophomore level, primarily Biology or Biochemistry majors, approximately 20 students per section) this fall.  Require a Master’s degree or equivalent.  Full information can be found at higheredjobs.

Internship Opportunity

Fairport Brewing and Kombucha

About FBC: Fairport Brewing Company (FBC) is a local micro-brewery that produces more than 30 beer styles annually. Many of the craft beers have been recognized with the highest honors at the World Beer Championships. In addition, FBC has a kombucha line, Timbucha, which is available in six flavors. In 2017, Timbucha was recognized as the fifth fastest growing newcomer to the US kombucha market.

Fairport Brewing Company (FBC) is growing rapidly and is looking for a unique intern that can join them at this exciting time! The desired candidate will help establish a laboratory to test and refine methods in the brewing and kombucha making processes.

FBC just opened up a new 10,000 square-foot brewing facility in Rochester and are looking for an intern to improve and scale their operations. The intern will work directly with the founder and owner to establish a laboratory space. For a full internship description, please visit and log-into Handshake. If you have questions about this opportunity or Handshake, please contact Eric Vaughn at .

Relevant Reads

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

In today's world, yesterday's methods just don't work. In Getting Things Done, veteran coach and management consultant David Allen shares the breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to tens of thousands of people across the country. Allen's premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve effective productivity and unleash our creative potential. 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.

3 Informational Interview Mistakes

Many students are unclear how to conduct such conversations and are potentially sabotaging future career prospects, writes Thomas Magaldi. Read 3 Informational Interview Mistakes

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