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Opportunities to Explore - November 14-18, 2016

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

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Alumni/Advancement Webinar: Survive & Thrive: Managing your Career with Jane Finkle ’86W (MSE)

Tuesday, November 15 at 12:30 pm. Join Jane Finkle '86W (MSE) principal of Career Visions, to do more than survive! Hear about the theory of Planned Happenstance and how to leverage "luck" toward future success. Do more than tread water - start creating your own opportunities. Register for the Alumni/Advancement webinar

BioCareers Webinar: Making Every Moment Count

November 16 at 7PM. The most daunting aspect of a job search is actually getting started. Knowing where to start and how to sustain momentum will not only shorten the job search, it will also keep you sane during the process. Coach Tom will share his strategies for keeping job seekers on target, and moving forward in their job search. Register FOR FREE for this webinar

2016-2017 Dannon Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship!

The Dannon Company is pleased to announce its 5th Dannon Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Grant opportunity with you. Established in 2012, the Dannon Fellowship Grant has been expanded to include the gut microbiome in recognition of its remarkable potential on the human body. As part of their continued commitment to support scientists and advance research of the gut microbiome, The Dannon Company is offering two grants of $25,000 each to undergraduate, graduate or postdoctoral scholars to enhance their academic path. 2016-2017 Dannon Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship website

AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program

Interested in science communication? The AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program places science, engineering, and mathematics students and postdocs at media organizations nationwide. Fellows have worked as reporters, editors, researchers, and production assistants at media outlets that include the Los Angeles Times, WIRED, National Public Radio, National Geographic Society, and Scientific American. AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program Website

NIH F99/K00 in Neuroscience

The NIH released a new funding opportunity announcement, NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award (F99/K00). The purpose of the award “is to support a defined pathway across career stages for outstanding graduate students who are from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in neuroscience research. More information can be found on the NIH Website. The application due date is April 8, 2017.

GWIS  Travel Award Fall 2016 - Deadline 11/29

GWIS is accepting applications.  You must be a graduate student in years 1 through 5 and an active participant in GWIS.  Travel will be sponsored on the basis of scientific merit, need, and regular participation at GWIS meetings as evidenced from the sign-up sheet.  To date, forty-seven GWIS members have received Travel Awards. There are two steps for completing an application: Step 1- Submit a completed Application Form along with a copy of your C.V. and copies of your peer-reviewed publications. Step 2-  Request that your Ph.D. mentor and one of your Ph.D. advisory committee members each forward a letter of reference. Submit all material to Stephanie Scoville by noon on the 29th.

This Week

URBEST Conflict Management

Tuesday November 15, 2016|4:00AM-7:00PM| Natapow Conference Room (1-9545)| Join URBEST and Katherine Schaefer, College Writing Program for a lesson in conflict management. Conflict is inevitable, but doesn't have to be feared or unpleasant.  In fact, properly handled conflict can be a catalyst for creative thinking and positive change. This workshop explores ways to think about what conflict is, why it happens, and how to manage it. Dinner to be served, Register via survey monkey

URBEST: The Bottom Line: What You Need to Know About Interviewing

Thursday November 17, 2016|12:00PM-2:00PM| Ryan Case Method Room (1-9579) | Paul Dunman will lead this workshop, which is open to all PhD graduate students and postdocs. The workshop will be interactive, and you must bring a hardcopy of your resume. Successful interns and job seekers will lead small round table discussions to talk about their experiences and offer interviewing advice. Three practice phone interviews with Martha Harber, Field Applications Manager at Unchained Labs, will be awarded in a raffle. Hope to see you there!, URBEST: The Bottom Line: What You Need to Know About Interviewing registration

3rd MEETING OF GWIS: Invited Speaker:  Rachel Fearns, Ph.D

Thursday November 17, 2016|3:00PM-4:00PM| Ryan Case Method Room (1-9579) | Join GWIS in inviting Dr.  Rachel Fearns, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Boston University School of Medicine, as she presents her talk titled: “Working with the Pharma Industry From the Academic Side of the Fence”. Dr. Fearns will also be presenting a seminar in the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics Seminar Series on Wednesday, November 16th  titled “Initiation of Paramyxovirus Transcription and Genome Replication” at 2:00 p.m. in K-307.

Diversity Seminar Series: Overcoming Health Disparities in the Seneca Nation

Friday November 18, 2016|12:00PM-1:00PM| Helen Wood Hall 1W-501| Shaela Maybee, health planner and grant coordinator in good health and wellness in Indian Country Grant, project director of Native Connections at Seneca Nation Health System’s Lionel R. John Health Center, will present "Overcoming Health Disparities in the Seneca Nation." The seminar is open to faculty, fellows, residents, students, and staff. To register contact Grace Fuller.

Upcoming Events

Faculty Development Workshop: How to Prepare a Poster for Presentation

Wednesday November 30, 2016|11:30AM-1:00PM| CEL 2-7544| Presented by Dr. Denham Ward, at the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: appreciate how information can best be displayed on a poster; list tips on using Power Point for poster making; determine how to best put charts and graphs on a poster; and discuss hints for consistency and readability of a poster. To register for this workshop, please contact Kimberly Johnson at

See more upcoming events here.

Relevant Reads

Protecting Study Volunteers in Research

by Cynthia McGuire Dunn, M.D., Gary L. Chadwick, Pharm.D., M.P.H., CIP, Sara Gambrill. This well-organized and concise manual teaches organizations how to successfully implement the highest standards of safe and ethical treatment of study volunteers. Visit the CPD’s Lending Library catalog to see titles of interest. To borrow a book, stop by our office in G-9556 or email with your request.

Making a Difference Through Public Engagement

Engaging larger publics and influencing policy through one's scholarship can be personally rewarding, but such work too often goes unrecognized in university systems of evaluation, write Joya Misra and Jennifer Lundquist. Read Making a Difference Through Public Engagement

Do This While You Diss

Five easy steps you can take in graduate school to prepare for an alternative-academic job search. Read Do This While You Diss

The Academic Side Hustle

Thoughts on finding a marketable talent that is specific enough to limit your competition but still has a big enough client base to grow. Read The Academic Side Hustle


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