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Opportunities to Explore - November 26-30, 2018

Vol 4, Issue 48 | 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

(*) Last Monday URBEST The Grand Gesture

Monday, November 26 | 10:00 am-12:o0 pm | Louise Slaughter Room, Alumni Hallway (1-9555), URMC
We’re providing the Grand Gesture by reserving a room and providing hot coffee and snacks to all graduate students, postdocs, faculty and staff who would like to attend. You provide Deep Work, getting those large important tasks and projects accomplished. No lectures, no discussion, just quiet, coffee and 2 hours of Deep Work. What you focus on is completely up to you! If you want to learn more, read Deep Work by Cal Newport or watch this summary on his book:

University of Rochester Brain Awareness Campaign Fundraiser at Chipotle

Tuesday, November 27 | 4:00 pm-8:00 pm | Chipotle College Town
The University of Rochester Brain Awareness Campaign is gearing up for the third annual Brain Bee! This competition for local high school students takes place every February, and the winner and their parent/guardian are sent to Baltimore for the national competition. In order to do this, they need your help! They are hosting a fundraiser at Chipotle on Tuesday, November 27 from 4-8PM. If you are hungry, please stop by the College Town Chipotle and mention that you would like to support the Brain Awareness Campaign. That's all it takes! Burritos for you, money for the campaign to send a student to a national neuroscience competition. If you have any questions, please feel free to email UR Brain Awareness at

(*) Becoming More Comfortable with Conflict

Thursday, November 29 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576), URMC
2018-2019 Medical Faculty and Clinician Wellness Series- Co-Sponsored by URSMD Office for Faculty Development and URMC Medical Faculty and Clinician Wellness Program. Presented by: Beth Danehy, MA, MS MFT, CEAP; Director, Employee Assistance Program, UR Medicine EAP Life – Work Connections / EAP, and University of Rochester, Department of Psychiatry

Conflict is inevitable, yet most of us prefer to avoid it.  Avoidance or dependence on one familiar approach to conflict can limit the potential for effective outcomes.  Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the seminar, the participant will able to: Expand their understanding of conflict and enhance intervention skills, Apply appropriate conflict resolution styles to specific situations, and Apply conversational techniques and mindful approaches to effectively de-escalate conflict. To register for this seminar, please email the Office for Faculty Development at Faculty, PAs, NPs, Residents, Fellows, Students and Staff are welcome to attend. Light lunch will be served. Webcast link available.

(*) Effective Presentation Skills

Thursday, November 29 | 4:00 pm-5:30 pm | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC
Faculty Development Workshop Series in Teaching and Learning. Presented by Balal Bhagavayh, MD; Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of Scibetta Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic-Surgery and Co-Director of the URMC Fibroid Center.  Learning Objectives:  By the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to: Understand the pros and cons of using PowerPoint, Learn the importance of avoiding bullet points and using the Assertion / Evidence method instead, and Appreciate that thorough preparation to explain a few important concepts is more important than reviewing a lot of information crammed in busy slides. To register for this workshop, please Faculty, Staff, Residents and Students are invited to attend this seminar.

Upcoming Events

(*) SMD Postdoc Town Hall and Lunch

Monday, December 3 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425), URMC
SMD Postdocs, we want to hear from you! Join us for a town hall meeting with Richard Libby, Ph.D.; Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs. Share your thoughts on the postdoctoral experience at UR SMD and enjoy a free lunch catered by Aladdin’s Natural Eatery. RSVP here at If you would like to request accommodations, contact at least three business days prior to the event.

(*) Postdoctoral Association Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, December 4 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Georgen Hall, Room 417, River Campus
Meetings are a monthly, one-hour meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at noon. The SMD and AS&E co-chairs, as well as the PDA advisors, and staff with interests in postdoc professional development are always present. Anyone from the general postdoc population at the University of Rochester is welcome to attend. Meetings typically focus on planning social and professional development events for postdocs however the association has also addressed a range of other pertinent matters including but not limited to changes to postdoc insurance, working alongside the Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia and revisions to campus policies. For more information, please email Anthony Franchini (SMD) or Jeffrey Tithof (AS&E).

(*) Bio Careers Webinar Series: “The Job Search Process: What Companies Look for When Evaluating Talent”

Wednesday, December 5 | 1:00 pm-2:00 pm | 2-7539, URMC
In this seminar, Propel Careers will provide insight on the job search process and what companies look for when evaluating talent. Propel will discuss the importance of tailoring a resume and cover letter for a specific position. Propel Careers will also discuss how companies utilize resume databases and LinkedIn to identify talent. Propel will provide tips on how candidates can standout from the crowd. For more information about this event, please contact Trainees can also register and via the webinar by visiting the Gotowebinar website.

(*) Faculty and Students Experiences with Online Learning at the University of Rochester

Thursday, December 6 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Genrich Rusling Room, 215 LeChase Hall, Warner School of Education, River Campus
Lunch will be provided. RSVP at this Survey Monkey.

(*) Flourishing at Work and Being Present at Home: Some Skills and Strategies

Wednesday, December 12 | 11:30 am-1:30 pm | Evarts Lounge, School of Nursing
Facilitator: Ronald M. Epstein, M.D.- Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology and Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.  Improve your resilience and well-being though self-awareness and self-monitoring. Join us for a lively discussion focusing on intention (your sense of vision and purpose), attention (what you pay attention to and where you direct your energy), and habits (what you do every day to promote your goals). Complimentary lunch is provided. RSVP today!

See more upcoming events here.

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

Young Scientist Seminars

The Young Scientist Seminars (YSS) is a video series produced by iBiology that features young scientists giving talks about their research and discoveries. It is a great opportunity for graduate students and postdocs interested in science communication and in sharing their work with an international audience of students, scientists, and educators. The YSS is a collaboration between the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, and iBiology.

Participants in the 2019 YSS must apply to be selected. Four winners will attend a multi-day workshop in San Francisco led by iBiology, in collaboration with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, a leading organization in training scientists to give effective talks. After this training, the selected winners record their 30-minute talks in a green screen studio, which are posted on as part of the Young Scientist Seminars. The winners will also receive a $500 honorarium.

More information about the 2019 YSS and application details can be found at: Applications are open until December 17, 2018. To watch the videos of the Young Scientist Seminars please visit:

45th Eastern-Atlantic Student Research Forum (ESRF)

2019 ESRF Call for Abstracts

February 19-22, 2019 | University of Miami Miller School of Medicine | Miami, Florida
The Eastern-Atlantic Student Research Forum (ESRF) is a four-day international symposium held at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine (UMMSM) in Miami, Florida. Each year, ESRF selects medical, graduate, M.D./Ph.D. students, and resident physicians from the United States, Canada, Europe, Central and South Americas to present original basic science and clinical research in multiple biomedical fields. In addition to formal presentations, the forum includes the informal exchange of scientific ideas among students and faculty preceptors, the encouragement of student-initiated research, and the professional development of future leaders in biomedical research. Registration and abstract information can be found online at Early abstract submission is October 31, 2018 and regular abstract submission is November 30, 2018.

Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program (Application Deadline January 9, 2019)

The Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program supports early career life scientists in academic labs across the U.S.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community. We know that the biggest challenges in science call for diverse perspectives and original thinking. The goal of the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program is to recruit and retain individuals from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences, including those individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through their successful careers, HHMI Hanna Gray Fellows will become leaders in academic research and inspire future generations of scientists from America’s diverse talent pool.

Following the “people, not projects” philosophy of HHMI, the competition is open to those dedicated to basic research from both doctoral and/or medical training paths in the biomedical and life science disciplines, including plant biology, evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology. Fellows have freedom to change their research focus and follow their own curiosity for the duration of the award.

Fellows will receive funding through their academic institution for postdoctoral training and may continue to receive funding during their early career years as independent faculty. The program provides opportunities for career development, including mentoring and networking with others in the HHMI scientific community

For more information on the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program including eligibility, application, award, and past fellow award winners; please visit this link. Application deadline is January 9, 2019.

Adjunct Teaching Opportunity

BIO 323-Microbiology Lecturer

The Biology Department at The College at Brockport is seeking a Microbiology adjunct instructor for the spring semester.  This is a great opportunity for a senior PhD student or postdoc to obtain teaching experience. 

Responsibilities: Teach lectures (2 X 75 min/week). T/R 11-12:15, Twenty-four to forty-eight students, $800/credits = $2,400, 4 exams (Scantron), Mastering Microbiology assessments, Labs are run by Technical Support Specialist

If interested, please submit your application to

Center for Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning

Fall 2018 Online Drop-In Event: All-Network Teaching-as-Research Presentations
Wednesday, November 28 | 5:00 pm -6:30 pm ET | Online
Events have live, real-time online sessions; event series include a handful of events that revolve around a unifying theme in STEM teaching and learning. Events run on a drop-in basis and do not require advance registration. Participants can attend as many or as few events as they like in a given series Join us for CIRTL's fall All-Network presentation session as dozens of TAR practitioners from across the nation share their teaching-as-research findings. Take this opportunity to learn more about Teaching-as-Research in general, and to learn about exciting work that others in the Network are doing. For more information and find out how to participate in this event, please visit the CIRTL Event Page.

For a full list of upcoming Center for Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning Workshops, please visit The majority of events are online and requires advance registration.

Relevant Reads

First Day to Final Grade: A Graduate Student’s Guide to Teaching

Both a quick reference tool and a fluid read, the book focuses on the “how to’s” of teaching, such as setting up a lesson plan, running a discussion, and grading, as well as issues specific to the teaching assistant’s unique role as both student and teacher. This new edition incorporates newer teaching and learning pedagogy. The book has been updated to reflect the role of technology both inside and outside the classroom. In addition, a new chapter has been added that discusses successfully transitioning from being a teaching assistant to being hired as a full-time instructor. 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.

Which Social Media Channels Do Hiring Managers Check?

We spoke with an HR expert about how hiring managers use social media during the hiring process. Here are four takeaways from that conversation. Read Which Social Media Channels Do Hiring Managers Check?


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