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Opportunities to Explore - September 11-15, 2017

September 11-15, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 37 | Trainee News

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

This Week

CPD Sponsored Event: Beyond the End of the Road: Career Advice from Wilderness- Utilizing and understanding your Individual Development Plan (IDP) to help you through your career journey

Tuesday, September 12 | 10:00 am-11:30 am | Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576), URMC

Dr. Keith Micoli, postdoctoral program director at NYU School of Medicine, will share career advice he learned from his trip through the Adirondacks and how it can assist you through your career journey utilizing your Individual Development Plan (IDP).  The combined seminar and program will assist students and trainees gain an understanding of how your values, interests, and skills can help you focus on your journey to your dream job.  Participants will also will be able to understand the differences between what you need, want and what success will require to reach your goals. To register for the workshop, please visit the registration site. CPD will also be hosting a luncheon from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. for students and trainees to connect with Dr. Micoli and further the conversation about his talk and IDPs.  If you are interested in having lunch with Dr. Micoli please RSVP to (limited to 7-10 attendees). Dr. Micoli will also be available to meet with students and trainees for 15 minute appointments starting at 1:30 pm and ending around 3:45 pm.  If you are interested in meeting with Dr. Micoli one-on-one, please RSVP to .

PDA Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, September 12 | 12:30 pm-1:30 pm | 2-7539 (Room Change), URMC

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

SMD Opening Convocation

Tuesday, September 12 | 4:00 pm-7:00 pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425) & Flaum Atrium, URMC

Marl B. Taubman, M.D.; CEO, University of Rochester Medical Center and UR Medicine; Dean, School of Medicine & Dentistry & Senior Vice President for Health Sciences invites SMD faculty, staff, students, and trainees to attend the Opening Convocation Ceremony for the Scool of Medicine & Dentistry. A reception is to follow the convocation in the Sarah Flaum Atrium. For questions, please contact Diane Frank at .

Light and Sound Interactive 2017 (Registration Free)

September 12-14 | Floreano Riverside Convention Center and Hyatt Regency, Rochester

LSI in the inaugural celebration of two of Rochester's greatest strengths: imaging and music. The event includes an interactive conference, tradeshow, career fair, live demos, museum tours, networking opportunities, and an event for startup companies. LSI focuses on light- and sound-based technologies and their application into some of the fastest growing markets in the world, including virtual and augmented reality, video games, media, film, and music. Visit Light and Sound Interactive for information and updates. 

URBEST Retreat and Career Workshops

Thursday, September 14 | 8:30 am-4:00 pm | Class of 62 and CEL Classrooms, URMC

This year’s retreat includes guest presenter Randy Ribaudo from SciPhD joining us to present The Art of Negotiation and Networking for Success. Speakers and round-table leaders will be LeRon Nelson, Assistant Professor of Nursing; Ed Brydon, Social Media Strategist at Weill Cornell Medicine; Kirk Macolini, President & Principal Consultant at InteliSpark, LLC; Kurt Schilling, SVP Research and Technologies at The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.; and Judith Dunn, VP Global head Clinical Development at Roche. There will be ice cream and therapy dogs at this year’s event also! Register for the event online at .

Celebrating a Community of Diverse Students and Trainees at URMC

Sunday, September 17 | 1:00 pm-4:00 pm | Canal side Shelter Genesee Valley Park

Sponsored by URMC: Clinical and Transitional Science Institute, Executive Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, Office for Inclusion and Cultural Development, School of Medicine and Dentistry, and School of Nursing invite you and your families to join them for food, fun, and games, to celebrate our community of diverse students and trainees at the University of Rochester Medical Center. To RSVP, please visit the link here

Upcoming Events

CPD Sponsored Event: National Postdoc Appreciation Week Activities and Events - September 18-22, 2017

NPAW Coffee Hour

Monday, September 18 | 9:00 am - 10:00 am | Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs Office (GEPA) (G-9556), URMC

Enjoy a free cup of coffee and meet the Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs staff!

CPD Sponsored Event: NPAW Grant Writing Workshop

Tuesday, September 19 | 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm | 2-7544, URMC

Presented by Elaine Smolock; Life Sciences Writing Specialist, Center for Professional Development.  The workshop will review the working parts of F31/32 grants, including the Research Plan and the Training Plan.  In addition, attendees will learn how to develop specific aims and hypothesis driven science.  The workshop will focus on the unique parts of the fellowship (i.e. bio sketch, activities planned, and dissertation research.  Attendees are encouraged (although not required) to bring laptops and working drafts of their grants. Register online at

NPAW Poster Session

Wednesday, September 20 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Flaum Atrium, URMC

Compete for cash prizes of up to $500! Register online.

NPAW Poster Session Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, September 20 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Forbes Mezzanine, URMC

In addition to cash prizes, there will be a prize raffle and light refreshments. Awards presented by Dr. Edith Lord.

NPAW Chalk Talk Workshop

Thursday, September 21 | 1:00  pm - 2:30 pm (Time Updated) | Adolph (Lower) Auditorium (1-7619), URMC

A knowledgeable panel will answer your questions about chalk talks: how to prepare, their role in academic interviews, and how to convey the right message. Hosted by Professors Tinting Yang, Andrew Samuelson, Mark Noble, and Paul Funkenbusch.

NPAW Social Hour

Friday, September 22 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Elmwood Inn (1256 Mt Hope Ave, Rochester)

End the week networking with other postdocs! Food will be provided.

“From U of R to Tenure-Track: Teaching and Research at a Small Liberal Arts”

Thursday, September 21 | 3:00 pm-4:00 pm | Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576), URMC

1st MEETING OF Graduate Women In Science (GWIS) FOR 2017-2018: Invited Speaker:  Emily Desmet Ledgerwood, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY.  Refreshments will be provided.

The 7th Annual Lecture on Biomedical Ethics, “Do New Tools Need New Ethics? The Challenge of Governance for Gene Editing in Humans,”

Given by Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH, of the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University.

Wednesday, September 27 | 2:00 pm-3:00 pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425), URMC

The NIH requires that all graduate students and postdoctoral appointees receive continued instruction on the responsible conduct of research (RCR) throughout their training.  As part of ongoing efforts to satisfy this requirement, the University of Rochester sponsors periodic RCR lectures and workshops.  In addition to completing the Ethics and Professional Integrity in Research Course (IND501/506), all graduate students and postdoctoral appointees are expected to participate in these lectures and workshops. Refreshments will be available in Natapow Conference Room (1-9545) following the lecture.

CPD Sponsored Event: Grantsmanship for Postdocs: Pathway to Independence Awards (K99/R00) (Online Webinar)

Tuesday, October 3 | 6:00 pm-8:30 pm | Webinar

The ability to write competitive grant applications is now more important than ever. Therefore, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are strongly encouraged to develop and perfect their grant writing skills early in their careers by applying for fellowships, career transition awards, and other funding opportunities. Moreover, concise and persuasive writing skills are not only vital for a career in academia, but are essential for all career paths. For information on what will be covered during the webinar and to register, please visit The New York Academy of Sciences website. CPD will pay the webinar fee and host a space in the Medical Center for those interested in participating in the webinar. If you are interested in participating, please contact Eric Vaughn at by Friday, September 29th.

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. Register online at

Fall 2017 University Online Learning Symposium Series

Online Learning at Cornell University

  • Thursday, October 5 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | LeChase Hall, Genrich Rushing Room, River Campus
    Special guest presenter Paul Krause, CEO eCornell and Associate Vice Provost for Online Learning, Cornell University. Complimentary lunch will be served. 

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. 

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 .

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Happening Now

The Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Prize in Interdisciplinary Research

Deadline: Friday, September 29, 2017

The Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Prize in Interdisciplinary Research provides a monetary award towards recognizing outstanding Postdoctoral Associates or Postdoctoral Fellows at the University of Rochester whose research exemplifies the importance of cross- discipline approaches toward examining high impact questions of science. The competition is open to all UR SMD and ASE Postdoctoral Associates and Fellows. For eligibility and application criteria, please check-out the prize’s information online. Questions concerning this prize can be directed to

National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) 2018 Travel and Childcare Support Awards to attend the 16th Annual Conference

Application deadline: October 2nd at 11:59 pm

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is pleased to offer travel and childcare support awards for postdoctoral scholars to attend our 16th Annual Conference, which will be held at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio, April 6-8, 2018.  Applications will be accepted through Monday, October 2, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET.  Travel awards will 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 $1000. Childcare support awards will be used to cover childcare expenses while attending the Annual Meeting up to the limit of the award. Award amounts will vary, but the maximum amount awarded will be $500.

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 can be found online at this link.  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 .

Employment Opportunties

The State University of New York at Geneseo has a rare emergency adjunct opening in their Biology department teaching a class/lab called Molecular Techniques (brief description below). The professor teaching the course had to leave due to a medical emergency and the department needs someone to cover the lab, which meets Tuesday afternoons from 1-5PM. Adjunct will be compensated as per the adjunct agreement with the college. Interested individuals should contact George Briggs, the chair of the Biology department, as soon as possible.

Molecular Techniques

Tuesdays 1 – 5 PM

An introduction to basic techniques commonly used in biotechnology. Laboratory exercises include DNA, RNA, and protein manipulations, web-based sequence analysis, and the use of associated apparatus. Lectures cover background information of the techniques and their applications. Restricted to majors. Prerequisites: BIOL 300 and one of the following: (BIOL 216, BIOL 223, BIOL 230, BIOL 301, CHEM 301, BIOL 330).

Relevant Reads

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

By Edward R. Tufte. Theory and practice in the design of data graphics, 250 illustrations of the best (and a few of the worst) statistical graphics, with detailed analysis of how to display data for precise, effective, quick analysis. 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.

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