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Opportunities to Explore - October 15-19, 2018

Vol 4, Issue 42 | 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

OTE Online

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This Week

Health Care Virtual Job Fairs

Wednesday, October 17 | 6:45 pm-10:15 pm | Online (Virtual Session)

HRSA’s Virtual Job Fairs connect healthcare organizations with students, trainees, and clinicians interested or already practicing in underserved communities. Our Virtual Job Fairs are live, fully interactive and, most importantly, free online events that occur online throughout the year. Who should attend?  We invite medical, nursing, dental, and mental/behavioral health students, trainees and clinicians to attend, and learn about the thousands of opportunities nationwide. What happens during a Virtual Job Fair? Recruiters/representatives from health care facilities nationwide have 15 minutes to present inside a “virtual breakout room.” There, the presenter discusses their organization, the community they serve, and their currently available positions. Those seeking career opportunities are able to interact with up to 100 organizations during one event. For more information or to participate in this event, please check out

(*) Check Out Toastmasters Guest Day Event

Thursday, October 18 | 7:30 am-9:00 am | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC

If speaking in front of a group makes you nervous or you just want to improve your presentation, listening, and leadership skills, you won’t want to miss this upcoming Guest Day Event. Find out how Toastmasters proven method of education and mentoring can help you become the speaker and leader you want to be. Please join Toastmasters’ members for coffee and refreshments and see what Toastmasters is all about!  All are welcome! To learn more about Toastmasters, visit For additional details on the Guest Day event you may email

(*) Graduate Women In Science (GWIS)- Embracing Change: Reframing Career Zigzags as Skillful Transitions

Thursday, October 18 | 3:00 pm | Adolph Lower Auditorium (1-7619), URMC

Annabelle Kleist, Ph.D. - Director, Teen Health & Success Partnership; UR Inclusive Climate Leadership Fellow; Center for Community Health & Prevention University of Rochester Medical Center. Hosted by Dr. Lynne Maquat. Please visit the GWIS webpage at this link for more information or contact Stephanie Scoville at .

(*) Introduction to Open Research

Thursday, October 18 | 5:00 pm-6:30pm | Rush Rhees Library, Gamble Room, River Campus

In this session panelists will introduce key concepts in open scholarship and discuss how open research practices can make research and science more credible, more replicable, and more collaborative. Refreshments provided. For more information and to register for this event, please visit

(*) Build Your Scholarly Identity

Friday, October 19 | 10:00 am-11:30am | Rush Rhees Library, Instruction Suite B, River Campus

Learn how to establish and effectively manage your scholarly identity. During this hands-on session you will explore tools that will help you distinguish yourself from other researchers and build a professional presence online. You will also learn how to leverage library resources to connect with colleagues, discover collaborators, find funders, and expose your work to new audiences. Please bring a laptop. For more information and to register for this event, please visit

Upcoming Events

(*) Improving the Learning Environment in the Health Professions

Tuesday, October 23 | 4:00 pm-5:30 pm | CEL 2-7536, URMC

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Office for Faculty Development: 2018-2019 Faculty Development Workshop Series In Teaching and Learning- Upcoming Workshop: Improving the Learning Environment in the Health Professions

Presented by Sarah E. Peyre, EdD; Professor of Surgery, Clinical Nursing, Medical Humanities and Bioethics, Associate Dean for Innovative Education, Executive Director, Institute for Innovative Education at the University of Rochester Medical Center

Changes in healthcare delivery, technology and emphasis on patient safety and quality have impacted how our spaces and interactions support learning. Recently, there has been concerted effort to examine the importance of learning environments on performance, culture and climate. This session will explore how we define, shape and influence our multiple environments to support learning in the health professions. By the end of the session, participants will be able to: Understand the essential characteristics to a positive learning environment. Describe the relationship between organizational governance, policies and support systems and the active process of learning. Connect what individual faculty can do to support best practices in leveraging and enhancing diverse learning environments. To register for this workshop, please email Faculty, Staff, Residents and Students are invited to attend this seminar.

(*) Teaching Fundamentals: Tools to Demystify Course Planning and Assessment

Wednesday, October 24 | 11:30 am-2:00 pm | Rush Rhees Library, Gamble Room 361, River Campus

Instructors at all levels will learn how to set learning objectives, build course plans to track achievement of outcomes, and assess learning. Participants will develop sample course maps, test blueprints, sample rubrics, and assessment tracing maps to document progress for student learning and person goals.  Complementary lunch will be provided. For more information and to register, please visit this site. Questions or accommodation requests, please contact Adele Coelho, Faculty Outreach Coordinator at .

(*) Paywall: The Business of Scholarship

Thursday, October 25 | 4:00 pm-5:30 pm | Rush Rhees Library, Hawkins-Carlson Room, River Campus

Please join us for a screening of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship, a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. For more information and to register for this event, please visit

(*) Speed Career Coffee Meetings with CPD Career Services

Monday, October 29 | 9:00 am-11:00 am | Finger Lakes Coffee (Near Flaum Atrium), URMC

Need your CV, resume, cover letter, or LinkedIn profile reviewed or critiqued. Want to get more info on CPD and the services we provide. Join Eric Vaughn, Director of Career Services, for coffee at Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters. Trainees who sign up and attend will receive a coffee coupon from Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters. Sign up for a 15-minute appointment by contacting Damaris Cruz, Open to SMD graduate students and postdocs only.

(*) Introduction to Open Science Framework

Thursday, November 1 | 5:00 pm-6:30 pm | Rush Rhees Library, Gamble Room, River Campus

In this session you'll learn how to use the Open Science Framework (OSF) to preregister studies, design a study, organize materials, and collaborate with others. 

(*) URBEST Career Story Q & AL Nan Tracy Zheng, PhD

Friday, November 2 | 11:00 am-12:00 pm | Anderson Room (G-8534), URMC

Nan Tracy Zheng, Senior Research Public Health Analyst at RTI (Research Triangle Institute) International will share her experiences. Learn how Tracy combines data science and public health in her current research, which focuses on quality of care for the elderly and health services utilization and care processes. LUNCH WILL BE SERVED AT 12:00 PM. Please email if you’d like to attend lunch.

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

Nature: Supporting Early Career Researchers through Travel Grants
A Nature of memes and schemes blog post advertises that the Communications journals – Biology, Chemistry, and Physics – have started funding travel grants to support the travel of early career scientists to international conferences. Grant applications are open until November 5.

Rochester Young Science Club is Recruiting Volunteers

Do you love kids, science, and Saturday mornings? Rochester Young Scientists Club partners with elementary schools in Rochester City School District to bring 40 5th and 6th graders to URSMD throughout the school year. We meet on 10 Saturdays from 10:00am-12:00 pm (from mid-October through March). As club leaders, we plan the curriculum and gather supplies, so all you need to do is show up and help our young scientists do the experiment or science project of the day. At the end of the program, the young scientists design their own experiment, make a poster, and present their project to their families (at a joint poster session with the STEP program). If you are interested in learning more about this program or wish to sign up, please click this link.

PLOS ONE Early Career Travel Awards

PLOS ONE is pleased to offer a travel award program for early career researchers presenting work at a 2018 physical science conference. The award is $500 to offset registration and/or travel expenses associated with attending and presenting work at a physical science conference. Eligibility: Currently enrolled in a graduate program or have received a degree within the last five (5) years, AND Confirmation that their research has been accepted for presentation at the conference indicated in the application. For more information and deadlines, please visit this link.

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.

Online Resources & Tools

Run Successful Experiments with the Right Antibody

If your study involves the use of antibodies, BenchSci is a free online platform that can help you easily find antibodies from publications. Individuals can take advantage of this resource with free registration here: For more information about this new resource, please contact Maurice Y.F. Shen, Ph.D., Head of Academic Relations at BenchSci at (416) 317-5798 or .

Research Opportunity

Orthopaedic Research Opportunity in NYC Beginning December 2018

One of the Orthopaedic labs at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Manhattan is looking for a research associate to work full-time for at least one year. Applicants must be prompt, with great work ethic, and be willing to conduct experiments and surgeries on mice.  Prior lab experience in lab with cell culture, PCR, western blotting, or related bench skills are highly preferred. The lab page can be found here: If interested or you have more questions, feel free to reach me at Josh McGough is a graduate of the University of Rochester.

Volunteer Opportunities

Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC): October 26th- Almost Overnight at the Museum: Spooky Sweet Tooth Science

RMSC is seeking volunteers who have an interest in dental/oral care to participate engaging with attendees on the importance of oral health. This Almost Overnight theme is Spooky Sweet Tooth Science and there will be activities on the museum floor, shows, food, and classroom experiences. Great CV/resume builder. If you are interested, please contact Joelle Esler at

Center for Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning

Creating Effective Learning Communities (Registration Closes on Friday, October 12 at 1:00 pm EST)

Wednesday, October 17 & 31 | 4:00 pm-5:30 pm (ET) | Online Workshop

Learning communities are valuable because they bring people together for shared learning, discovery, and the generation of knowledge. Within a learning community, all participants take responsibility for achieving the learning goals. Importantly, learning communities are the process by which individuals come together to achieve learning goals. These learning goals can be specific to individual courses and activities, or can be those that guide an entire teaching and learning enterprise. This workshop is designed for new or future leaders of local learning communities to inform their design. Participants will identify the characteristics of successful learning communities, as well as analyze an example learning community to develop strategies that they will apply to their own learning community. For more information or to register, please visit

How Can We Minimize Implicit Biases in Our Academic Communities?  (Registration Closes on Monday, October 22)

Monday, October 22 |11:30 am-12:30 pm (ET) | Online Workshop

Many view academia as an ivory tower, disconnected from the everyday challenges, controversies, and conflicts of the real-world. However, issues related to social justice, like implicit bias, are embedded in the very fabric of STEM and higher education. In the third session of this CIRTLCast series, invited speakers will discuss minimizing implicit bias in STEM classrooms, higher education institutions, and beyond. We will define and discuss key terms, such as stereotype threat, internalized oppression, social justice, and the wage gap. Using Blackboard Collaborate, presenters will facilitate a discussion between speakers and participants based on their questions, comments, and experiences related to this issue. Note: Registration This drop-in, online event is open to the public. Anyone is welcome to attend, but you must register in order to attend. Once you register, you will have access to the Blackboard Collaborate room where this online event will take place. For more information or to register, please visit

Creating and Owning Your Individual Development Plan (Registration Closes on Friday, October 19 at 1:00 pm EST)

Tuesday, October 23 & 30 | 4:00 pm-5:30 pm (ET) | Online Workshop

In this 2-part workshop, you will create a robust draft of your IDP and an action plan to facilitate conversations with your advisor or supervisor about career goals, current and desired skills, and professional development opportunities. We will discuss how to define achievable objectives, identify resources, and develop strategies for implementing and sustaining your plans. You’ll start by considering your current skills and career aspirations. Then, along with your peers, you will consider key features of effective plans. You will begin to create a personalized plan that takes into account career interests and addresses the resources needed for the development of knowledge and skills. In addition, you will begin writing objectives that are achievable and meaningful. IDPs are most effective when shared. Participants will develop a draft of their IDPs to share for feedback from the facilitators and other participants during the second session. Workshop participants will develop a plan for talking with their mentor and practice how to begin these conversations. For more information or to register, please visit

How Can We Interrupt and Mitigate Implicit Bias When We Witness It?  (Registration Closes on Monday, October 29)

Monday, October 29|11:30 am-12:30 pm (ET) | Online Workshop

Reducing implicit bias and promoting diversity in STEM is a science and innovation, workforce, and economic imperative (OSTP & OPM, 2016). While the first three sessions of this CIRTLCast series laid the foundation for understanding implicit bias in STEM higher education, in this final session, we will discuss recommendations for interrupting and mitigating implicit bias. Recommendations will include concrete tips and strategies for future STEM faculty in all disciplines, levels, and roles within STEM. We will define and discuss key terms, such as intersectionality, positionality, and cultural responsiveness. Using Blackboard Collaborate, presenters will facilitate a discussion between speakers and participants based on their questions, comments, and experiences related to this issue. Note: Registration This drop-in, online event is open to the public. Anyone is welcome to attend, but you must register in order to attend. Once you register, you will have access to the Blackboard Collaborate room where this online event will take place. For more information or to register, please visit

Identifying and Developing Your Leadership Style (Registration Closes on Friday, November 9 at 1:00 pm EST)

Monday, Nov 12 & 26 | 4:00 pm-5:30 pm (ET) | Online Workshop

Leadership skills are a critical component to success as a faculty member, administrative positions in higher education, and in non-academic positions. This workshop will build on several aspects of leadership skills, taking participants through the components of leadership: recognizing the characteristics of leadership and management and when to apply each; assessing their own capabilities; developing strategies for implementation; and developing strategies to bring out the leadership capacity in others. Participants will have access to a unique 360-Degree Leadership Assessment tool developed by Northwestern University to be able to analyze their current skill levels and track their leadership skill gains as they progress throughout their career.

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

Successful Scientific Writing: A Step-by-Step Guide for the Biological and Medical Sciences

Covering all aspects of the writing process, this concise, accessible resource is critically acclaimed, well-structured, comprehensive, and entertaining. Self-help exercises and abundant examples from actual typescripts draw on the authors' extensive experience working both as researchers and with them. 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.

Career Tips for First-Generation Grad Students

Helen Pho, a first-generation grad student herself, offers six key pieces of advice.

Dealing With the Curse of the Blank Page

Anthony Ocampa and Kerry Ann Rockquemore share five steps for moving from an empty page to an article out the door.

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