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Opportunities to Explore - October 22-26, 2018

Vol 4, Issue 43 | 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

(*) State Senate Candidate Forum

Monday, October 22 | 6:00 pm | Class of ‘62 Auditorium, URMC
Don’t know who’s running for State Senate? Now’s your chance to find out!  The League of Women Voters and URMC Medical Students would like to invite you to a candidate forum for New York State Senate. With the November 6th elections fast approaching, this is an opportunity to meet your State Senate candidates from both parties, hear about the issues, and engage with them in a Q&A style panel. The panel will be focused on the health of our community, and the policy issues most relevant to an academic medical center.

(*) 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

Upcoming Events

(*) 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.

(*) Training Future Researchers: Running an All-Undergraduate, Lean & Competitive Research Lab

Monday, October 29 | 12:00 pm | Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library, River Campus
Presenter: Dr. Jeffrey Miller ’66; Professor, Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics at UCLA Geffen School of Medicine. Lunch will be provided to those who register in advance. Please respond to or Rachel Lawrick at (585) 275-6166 by October 24, 2018. Supported by the Dr. Matthew E. and Ruth Harmon Fairbank Alumni Leadership Fund. 

(*) Graduate Student Society: Coffee Hour for Graduate Students

Wednesday, October 31 | 10:00 pm-11:00 am | Anderson Room (G-8534), URMC
Free coffee, tea, and treats. Enjoy conversation with fellow students or just grab and go!

(*) 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.

(*) Informational Interviewing 101

Monday, November 5 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Northeastern Room (1-9525 & 1-9535), URMC
Presented by Eric Vaughn, M.Ed., Life Sciences Career Coach

Are you curious about a specific career field or experience? Not sure who to ask or what to ask. This workshop will describe what an informational interview is, why it is important, and how it can assist you with exploring careers and options pre and post-graduation. This workshop will also discuss the importance of networking and how informational interviewing can assist you with expanding your network. For more information about this event, please contact

(*) Career Search Strategy Webinar: How to Identify Opportunities and the Best Practices for Job Searching

Wednesday, November 7 | 1:00 pm-12:00 pm | Natapow Conference Room (1-9545)
Presented by BioCareers. This webinar workshop will provide advice on how to prepare and conduct an effective job search. This webinar presentation focus on questions that every job seeker should ask themselves before they begin their search to ensure a focused search on roles and companies aligned to the job seeker’s values, interests, and skills. Other topics that will be discussed include marketing yourself, effective networking, and the importance of tailoring your application materials. For more information about this event, please contact

(*) Does Your CV/Resume Speak to What the Employer is Seeking in a Job Candidate?

Friday, November 9 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm | Northeastern Room (1-9525 & 1-9535), URMC
Presented by Eric Vaughn, M.Ed., Life Sciences Career Coach. What goes into a CV or resume? How are you promoting or branding yourself through your CV and resume? Learn how your CV and resume can set you apart from other candidates! We will examine and review example CVs and resumes during the session. For more information about this event, please contact

See more upcoming events here.

Happening Now (Grant, Travel Award, and Conference Information

Nature: Supporting Early Career Researchers through Travel Grants (Application Deadline November 5)

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.

National Postdoctoral Association Travel and Childcare Support Awards for 17th NPA Annual Conference (Application Deadline: November 7)

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is pleased to offer travel and childcare support awards for postdoctoral scholars to attend our 17th NPA Annual Conference, which will be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida, April 12 - 14, 2019. Travel awards will first cover registration and lodging, and then travel expenses up to the limit of the award. Travel award amounts will vary, but the maximum amount awarded will be $1,000. Childcare support awards will be used to cover childcare expenses while attending the Annual Conference up to the limit of the award. Award amounts will vary, but the maximum amount awarded will be $500. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Graduate Women In Science (GWIS) Travel Awards

Application deadlines are November 15th and April 15th. 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 and need. For application and additional information, please visit the GWIS website for more information.

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 Fill Out the Volunteer Form.

45th Eastern-Atlantic Student Research Forum (ESRF)

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 the Fellows Program Website. 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.

Center for Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning

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

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

Cracking the Hidden Job Market: How to Find Opportunity in Any Economy

Career guru Donald Asher offers proven strategies for finding great opportunities in any industry. With Cracking the Hidden Job Market you’ll stop wasting time and effort and beat the job-search odds by learning how to: find jobs that are never posted anywhere; get complete strangers to help you find a job; convince potential employers to give you an interview—even when they’re “not hiring”; and find—and land—the new jobs in this, or any, economy. 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.

Advice from researchers-turned -career-counselors for their younger selves-and today’s trainees

By Sharon Ann Holgate - Read Advice from researchers-turned -career-counselors for their younger selves-and today’s trainees

Making myself visible as a grad student parent

By Sasha Nikolaeva - Read Making myself visible as a grad student parent

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