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Opportunities to Explore - October 9-13, 2017

October 9-13, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 41 | Trainee News

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

CPD Travel Award

Center for Professional Development (CPD) Travel Award (Deadline: November 17, 2017 by 5:00 pm)

The Center of Professional Development (CPD) is sponsoring a CPD Travel Award for PhD students and postdoctoral appointees in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Each travel award is worth up to $1500 and can be utilized for travel to a conference or for a professional development opportunity relevant to preparation for current or future career endeavors. For more information including eligibility or to apply, please visit the Travel Award Website.

This Week

Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, October 10 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm | Goergen Hall, Room 417, River Campus

All postdocs are welcome to attend this meeting along with the executive board and committee members of the PDA.

Understanding the Faculty Role

Wednesday, October 11 | 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm | Evarts Lounge, Helen Wood Hall, URMC

The Offices of the Provost and of Faculty Development and Diversity hosts “Understanding the Faculty Role”. Gain an 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. A complimentary lunch will be provided.

CPD Sponsored Event: Navigating Career Choices with Special Alumni Guests from the Class of 2016 Jennifer Stripay, PhD and Ryan Dawes, PhD

Wednesday, October 11 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Adolph (Lower) Auditorium (1-7619), URMC

Neuroscience graduates of 2016-2017; Jennifer Stripay, PhD and Ryan Dawes, PhD; will discuss their personal experience with navigating career choices and how plans can change over time. In addition, they will answer current student and trainees’ questions with navigating career choices and opportunities. Register online at

CPD Sponsored Event: Networking Reception with Jennifer Stripay, PhD and Ryan Dawes, PhD

Wednesday, October 11 |4:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Forbes Mezzanine


Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Meeting: Academic Science: Amazing Career Opportunities

Thursday, October 12 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Lower Adolph Auditorium (1-7619), URMC

Anita Hopper, Ph.D. - Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

Steadman Postdoc Prize Presentation & Reception

Friday, October 13 | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm | Morey Hall, Room 321, River Campus

Finalists for the Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Prize in Interdisciplinary Research will be selected to participate in a 3-minute oral presentation to the faculty panel at the Steadman Prize presentation during Meliora Weekend. Attendance at the final competition is expected if selected as a finalist. Winners will be announced at the award reception immediately following. For more details on this award, please contact

Upcoming Events

Diversity Virtual Career Fair

Wednesday, October 18 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm | Online

33 employers from all majors and disciplines seeking candidates from Associates to PhDs. Learn more about this event and register

URBEST Sponsored Event: The Science of Great Ideas: Fostering The Creative Process

Thursday, October 19 | TBD and Charmaine Wheatley's Studio

A two-hour session to introduce your right brain to your left brain. In essence, decoding the science of great ideas by fostering the creative process. The session will be lead by Vineeth John, MD, MBA, who will introduce you to some of the theories of the creative process (~20 – 30 minutes); and Charmaine Wheatley, URMC artist-in-residence, who will lead you through some hands-on art activities (~1.5 hours). Register at

Undergraduate Research & Visitation Day

Friday, October 20 | URMC

The event is for undergraduate juniors and seniors with an interested in the Biomedical and Health Sciences.  Students will have the opportunity to present a research project of their choice to current faculty in the Biomedical and Health Sciences. *There will be a poster session (11-12:30) and lunch (12:30-1:30) that we would to have students at.  PhD students and postdoc appointees are invited to lunch and  should RSVP to to reserve your spot (space is limited).

Student CARE Network Seminar (Hosted by the Graduate Student Society at URMC)

Friday, October 20 | 3:15 pm-4:00 pm | Lower Adolph Auditorium (1-7619), URMC

Presented by Morgan Levy, Director of Equal Opportunity Compliance. Refreshments will be provided by GSS.

Professional Development Workshops with Tara Gray, PhD: Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar & Ten Ways to Manage Your Time

Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar (RSVP Deadline: October 6th)

  • Monday, October 23 | 9:00 am-12:00 pm | Whipple Auditorium (2-6424), URMC

Increase your productivity by a factor of three. Write clearer, better organized, and more compelling prose. Many scholarly writers are educated at the School of Hard Knocks, but it’s not the only school or even the best. Much is known about how to become a prolific scholar, and anybody can. For more information or to RSVP, please visit

Ten Ways to Manage Your Time (RSVP Deadline: October 6th)

  • Monday, October 23 | 1:45 pm-3:45 pm | Whipple Auditorium (2-6424), URMC

University professors are pulled in many directions at once, facing publication deadlines, piles of student papers, committee obligations, and that  ever-growing list of unanswered emails. In all of this clutter of activity, we might begin to wonder: are we making the best use of our time? Clearly, we need to develop strategies and concrete practices to open up some “space” in our lives in which we can reflect, consider the long term, and function more productively in our daily lives. For more information or to RSVP, please visit

CPD Sponsored Event: CV & Resume Writing: Starting and Enhancing Your CV and Resume

Wednesday, October 25 | 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm | Combined Northeastern Room (1-9525 & 1-9535), URMC

Learn how your CV and resume can set you apart from other candidates! Register for this event online at

Fall 2017 University Online Learning Symposium Series

What does the research tell us about online learning- and how can it inform our practice?

Thursday, November 2 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | LeChase Hall, Genrich Rushing Room, River Campus

Special guest presenter Dr. Peter Shea, Editor of the Online Learning Journal and Associate Provost for Online Learning & Associate Professor, Educational Theory and Practice and Informatics - University at Albany. Complimentary lunch will be served. 

Faculty and student experiences with Online Learning at the University of Rochester

Thursday, December 7 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | LeChase Hall, Genrich Rushing Room, River Campus

UR faculty and students presenting. Complimentary lunch will be served.

See more upcoming events here.

Happening Now

American Society for Cell Biology Meeting

This year’s American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) annual meeting is organized jointly with the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). The conference will take place in Philadelphia, PA from December 2-6. See for more information. If your work involves any aspect of cell biology, consider presenting at the meeting. The final abstract deadline is October 11, and early registration ends October 4. Anybody who is not an ASCB member yet should contact Michael Welte ( who can provide you with a coupon code to get 50% off membership (the code must be used at checkout to receive the discount).

The Data Incubator- Data Science Fellowship

Early Deadline: October 9, 2017 and Regular Deadline: October 16, 2017

The Data Incubator is a Cornell-funded data science training organization. We run a free advanced 8-week fellowship (think data science bootcamp) for PhDs looking to enter industry. A variety of innovative companies partner with The Data Incubator for their hiring and training needs, including LinkedIn, Genentech, Capital One, Pfizer, and many others. The program is free for admitted Fellows - see the FAQ below for more information. Fellows have the option to participate in the program either in person in New York, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle New, Boston New, Washington DC, or online.

More Information Application Link

Data Science in 30 minutes: Learn how to build a data-science project in our upcoming free Data Science in 30-minutes webcast. Signup soon as space is limited. Want to learn about The Data Incubator? Read about alumni experiences on our blog or watch capstone project demos by our fellows. For the latest, follow us on TwitterLinkedIn, and Facebook.

Alan Hall and Norton B. Gilula Travel Awards

Application Deadline: October 10, 2017

The Journal of Cell Biology is pleased to announce that they are now accepting applications for the Alan Hall and Norton B. Gilula Travel Awards to attend the 2017 ASCB/EMBO meeting in Philadelphia, PA. Please read each award criteria carefully online. Applications will be assessed based upon financial need and scientific merit. Applicants will be considered for all awards for which they are eligible. To apply: Applicants must provide a one-page description of their research goals, a current CV, their abstract submitted to ASCB and an advisor letter of recommendation.  Submit your applications here:

Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Travel and Development award for 2017-2018

Deadline: October 31, 2017

The PDA Travel and Development award will support travel to a conference, workshop, or event that aids in the postdocs professional development not otherwise available at UR.  Two winners will be chosen for the award, and both winners will be awarded $1200 to cover travel and registration for the event of their choosing.  Following the event, winners are required to write up a short meeting report to be shared with the rest of the postdoctoral community.  The submission portal is open now and will be open until October 31, 2017.  Winners announced November 30, 2017! Application rules and eligibility.  To apply, please complete the application and upload your CV to the application portal link. Questions, please contact Jeff Tithof, PhD at or Anthony M. Franchini, PhD at .

Yale Ciencia Academy (YCA) for Professional Development

Deadline to apply is Friday, November 10, 2017

YCA is an NIH-funded (1R25GM114000) initiative that connects PhD, MD/PhD, or PsyD students across the U.S. who are conducting biological, biomedical, or behavioral sciences research with a network of diverse peers and role models, and with professional development opportunities to help students navigate graduate school, identify their academic and professional goals, and gain the confidence to achieve them. Students from other fields are encouraged to apply if their work might be of NIH interest. Key features of the program include:

( 1 ) Virtual chats with diverse role models and mentors who will discuss topics such as careers within and outside of academia, getting funded, securing a postdoc, getting published, time and project management, and work-life balance, among others; ( 2 ) Supportive discussions with peers, moderated by experts, on inter-personal issues (mentoring challenges, impostor syndrome, the importance of community, etc.) ( 3 ) Online and in person workshops for the development of non-research skills such as: effective scientific and professional communication, professional goal setting & networking, mentoring, and scientific teaching. ( 4 ) Attendance to an annual YCA meeting (all expenses paid) to take place during the AAAS Annual Meeting to extend opportunities for networking and professional development; ( 5 ) Participants will have the opportunity to impact their communities and put in place leadership and communication skills through science outreach activities like the publication of popular science articles, podcasts, or visits to local schools. ( 6 ) and Additional advice on their IDP. Application requirements, selection criteria, FAQs, and the application form can be accessed via this link:  Questions can be directed to  ( or at .

Autism Science Foundation Fellowships

Deadline: December 1, 2017

  • Funding: The one-year awards include $25,000 for pre-doctoral and medical students and $35,000 for postdoctoral students.

The Autism Science Foundation is inviting applications for its Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Awards and Medical School Gap Year Research Training Awards from graduate students, medical students, and postdoctoral fellows interested in pursuing careers in basic and clinical research relevant to autism spectrum disorders. The proposed training must be scientifically linked to autism and may be broadened to include training in a closely related area of scientific research, including but not limited to human behavior across the lifespan (language, learning, behavior, communication, social function, motor skills & planning, epilepsy, sleep, repetitive disorders), neurobiology (anatomy, development, neuroimaging), pharmacology, neuropathology, genetics, epigenetics, genomics, epigenomics, immunology, molecular and cellular mechanisms, studies employing model organisms and systems, and studies of treatment and service delivery. Special consideration will be given to projects focused on gender issues in autism. This includes studies examining the female protective effect, neurobiological and neuroanatomical examination of the female autism brain, diagnostic differences and challenges in females, the female phenotype, and health and lifespan issues, including vocational services and employment. ASF also invites studies focused on unaffected siblings and recurrence risk in the offspring of unaffected siblings. ASF is also interested in supporting research on the neurobiology and molecular biology of autism using post-mortem brain tissue.

Full RFA on ASF Website

The 2018 Competition for the iBiology Young Scientist Seminars (YSS)

Deadline to apply is December 10, 2017 (11:59pm PT)

The Young Scientist Seminars (YSS) is a video series produced by iBiology that features young scientists giving talks about their research and discoveries. As with all iBiology videos, the YSS videos are freely available online and widely viewed by an international audience of students, scientists, educators, and the public. Speakers in the YSS series must apply by December 10, 2017 (11:59pm PT) to be selected. Benefits: (1) Winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the University of California, San Francisco (late Spring 2018, exact date TBD), where they will attend a multi-day science communication workshop led by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, in collaboration with iBiology. During the workshop, they will make improvements to their 30-minute research talks. (2) At the end of the workshop week, winners will record their improved 30-minute research talks in iBiology's green screen studio. Studio-recorded talks will be posted on the iBiology website as part of a the Young Scientist Seminars. (3) Receive a $500 honorarium. For more information including eligibility, application details, and selection process, please visit

Postdoc & Employment Opportunities

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Postdocs

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a private research institution in Memphis, Tennessee, where cutting-edge basic research is translated into novel therapies. They have been named on Fortune magazine’s ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ list for seven consecutive years. 135 basic science faculty and 235 postdoctoral fellows collaborate with 110 clinical faculty, creating excellent translational research opportunities. State-of-the-art facilities provide an exceptional environment to train the next generation of biomedical investigators. If you are interested in postdoc positions, please e-mail your CV to, and indicate faculty of particular interest. Academic Programs staff, listed below, facilitate the application and interview process, and provide information on research and relocation. Visit for more information. Visit the CPD Twitter page for a copy of the Postdoc flier.

Assistant Professor of Biology; University of Minnesota, Morris (Position Number 320099)

The University of Minnesota, Morris seeks an individual committed to excellence in undergraduate education, to fill a tenure-track position in biology beginning August 20, 2018. Responsibilities include: teaching undergraduate biology courses including introductory biology, molecular biology with lab, electives in the applicant’s areas of expertise, and other courses that support the biology program; advising undergraduates; conducting research that could involve undergraduates and potentially in collaboration with our data sciences faculty; and sharing in the governance and advancement of the biology program, the division, and the campus. More Information & Application Details.

Post-doc positions available to work on Growth & Patterning during mouse and fly development. 

Talented, independent and self-motivated recent PhD students with a strong interest in cell biology in development, who are interested in the coordination of tissue growth and tissue organization are encouraged to apply. Imaging expertise or experience in mouse or Drosophila genetics and development a plus.    Two fully funded postdoctoral positions are available- one starting November 2017 and one in May 2018. Interested candidates should send Helen McNeill ( a brief description of their research interests and career goals, their CV,  and contact information for three references with their application. The project will be developed in consultation with the postdoctoral candidate-exciting avenues of research include: 1) Exploring the mechanisms of branching morphogenesis and progenitor regulation in the mouse kidney, using genetics and organ culture approaches. 2) Dissection of Drosophila Fat cadherin function in vivo with CRISPR and mass spectrometry. 

3) Investigating a novel nuclear envelope protein, Speg, and its roles in chromatin regulation & meiosis in flies and mice. The McNeill lab is moving to the Department of Developmental Biology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, USA in 2018. (  We are interested in Fat/Hippo signaling, PCP, and mechanisms of morphogenesis.

Relevant Reads

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