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Opportunities to Explore - October 8-12, 2018

Vol 4, Issue 41 | 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

(*) PhD in Translational Biomedical Science 2018 Annual Poster Session

Monday, October 8 | 12:30 pm-1:30 pm | Saunders Research Building Atrium
Posters to include topics such as: eHealth interventions for chronic conditions, Nanoparticle use for anti-biofilm agents, Infectious disease in global populations, Antifungal drug discovery, and many other topics! Light refreshments provided.

(*) Future Faculty Workshops: Understanding the Faculty Role

Wednesday, October 10 | 11:30 am-4:30 pm | Gamble Room (2nd Floor), Rush Rhees Library, River Campus
Gain a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of academic careers, hear alumni perspectives on transitioning from graduate student to faculty member, and learn of discipline-specific expectations and challenges in the job search, including building a CV and preparing to interview. Complimentary lunch will be provided. Please contact Adele Coelho, Faculty Outreach Coordinator, at (585) 273-2571 or with any questions or to RSVP.

(*) Fall 2018 University Online Learning Symposium Series: Online Learning Initiatives at Yale University

Thursday, October 11 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm |Genrich Rusling Room (215 LeChase Hall), Warner School of Education, River Campus
Presenter: Lucas Swineford; Executive Director of Digital Education, Yale University. Lunch will be provided. To register for this event, please visit the Survey Monkey for the symposium series.

Graduate Student Society Presents: Finger Lakes Wine Tour 2018

Sunday, October 14 | 9:00 am-4:00 pm | Finger Lake Wineries
The wineries we will be visiting are Belhurst Castle & Winery, Lakewood Vineyards, Torrey Ridge Winery, and Fox Run Vineyards. Tickets include limo bus transportation leaving from the Silver Clock Circle at URMC, water, snacks, and lunch at Fox Run Vineyards. Tickets will be on sale starting Monday, October 1st for $30, cash only, at the GEPA Office (G-9556) near the Flaum Atrium. Event is 21+ only; friends and family welcome.

Upcoming Events

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

(*) 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 for more information or contact Stephanie Scoville at .

(*) 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 the Rochester Alumni Exchange. Questions or accommodation requests, please contact Adele Coelho, Faculty Outreach Coordinator at .

(*) 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.

(*) 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.

See more upcoming events here.

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). Learn more about this program and sign up.

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 the PLOS Website.

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 Hannah H. Gray Fellows Website. Application deadline is January 9, 2019.

Employment Opportunities & Information

Cell/Molecular Biologist (Visiting Position) @ University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

Ph.D. and commitment to teaching undergraduates required. Responsibilities include teaching Introductory Biology lecture and labs, an upper-level Molecular Biology course for majors with a lab, and a non-majors biology course. Submit letter of application, CV, unofficial transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy and research interests to Dr. Lauren Yaich at, Chair, Division of Biological and Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, 300 Campus Drive, Bradford, PA 16701. For full consideration, applicants must submit complete application packages. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. For more information about University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, please visit

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

How Can We Identify Implicit Biases in Ourselves and Others?  (Registration Closes on Monday, October 8)

Monday, October 8 |11:30 am-12:30 pm (ET) | Online Workshop
Most often, implicit bias is subtle and unconscious, both of which pose challenges to fostering awareness. The STEM community’s resistance to evidence of implicit bias compounds these challenges further (Handley, Brown, Moss-Racusin, & Smith, 2015). In the second session of this CIRTLCast series, invited speakers will discuss reactions to implicit bias in STEM as well as reflecting on our own biases. We will define and discuss key terms, such as discrimination, prejudice, worldview, and cultural competency. 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 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

Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers

This revised and greatly expanded edition of the 1988 handbook offers teachers at all levels how-to advise on classroom assessment, including: What classroom assessment entails and how it works. How to plan, implement, and analyze assessment projects. Twelve case studies that detail the real-life classroom experiences of teachers carrying out successful classroom assessment projects. Fifty classroom assessment techniques. Step-by-step procedures for administering the techniques. Practical advice on how to analyze your data. 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.

Like virtual reality for careers: A new online resource helps scientists explore job options 

Scientists can try their hands at realistic job tasks for a range of professions. Read Like virtual reality for careers: A new online resource helps scientists explore job options 

NIH Loan Repayment Programs Are Accepting Applications

To help relieve some of the financial burden on scientists and researchers, the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) repay up to $35,000/year (for two years) of debt in exchange for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. On average, nearly 50% of all new LRP applications are funded, and applicants can apply for renewal awards until all educational debt is repaid. The application deadline is November 15. Dr. Michael Lauer, NIH’s Deputy Director for Extramural Research, discusses the program in a blog post.

How female scientists can confront gender bias in the workplace

Article from Nature: By Kendall Powell. Six researchers offer tips for navigating through and beyond gender barriers. Read How female scientists can confront gender bias in the workplace

The Psychology of Networking

Joseph Barber recommends some best practices for introverts. Read The Psychology of Networking

3 Better Ways to Describe Your Work Schedule Than ‘Busy’

By Taylor Tobin via Fairygodboss. Read 3 Better Ways to Describe Your Work Schedule Than ‘Busy’

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