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Opportunities to Explore - September 16-20, 2019

Vol 5, Issue 38 | 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

Opportunities to Explore is also available online. To view the web version, please visit goo.gl/bxuggB. The web version is optimized for viewing on tablets and smart phones.

National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) 2019

(*) Meet ‘n’ Greet Breakfast

Monday, September 16 | 9:00 am-10:00 am | SMD GEPA Office (G-9556)

(*) Breakfast Career Panel & Breakout Sessions

Thursday, September 19 | 8:00 am-10:30 am | Helen Wood Hall (IW-509, Craytor & McNearney)

(*) Postdoc Showcase and Luncheon

Thursday, September 19 | 12:00 pm-2:00 pm | Helen Wood Hall (IW-509, Craytor & McNearney)

(*) Coping with Work and Family Stress

Friday, September 20 | 9:00 am-10:00 am | Helen Wood Hall (IW-509, Craytor & McNearney)

(*) Learn: Yoga in the Office

Friday, September 20 | 11:30 am-12:00 pm | Helen Wood Hall (IW-509, Craytor & McNearney)

(*) Salad Bar

Friday, September 20 | 12:00 pm-12:30 pm | Helen Wood Hall (IW-509, Craytor & McNearney)

(*) Learn: Tennis Ball Self-Massage

Friday, September 20 | 12:30 pm-1:30 pm | Helen Wood Hall (IW-509, Craytor & McNearney)

(*) Steadman Competition

Friday, September 20 | 3:30 pm-4:30 pm | George Hall Room 101, Sloan Auditorium

Finalists will be judged on several criteria, with emphasis on the research’s potential for innovation, broad impact to interdisciplinary fields of study and presentation ability.

Finalists are: Jonathan Cheng, Department of Mechanical Engineering; Jessica Goodman, Department of Psychiatry; Arnab Kar, Laboratory for Laser Energetics; Yiming Li, Department of Biomedical Engineering; Jared Mereness, Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Environmental Medicine; Tiffany Panko, Department of Public Health; Mariam Paracha, Center of Health and Technology and Department of Neurology; and Yuanhui Song, Department of Biomedical Engineering. Winners will be announced at the award reception immediately following. RSVP here: https://forms.gle/DE1eiEGRSubTHCEE6

(*) RocDocs and NPAW Poster Session

Friday, September 20 | 4:30 pm-5:30 pm | George Atrium
Contact Anusha Naganathan, anusha.naganathan@rochester.edu (ASE) or Monica Javidnia, monica_javidnia@urmc.rochester.edu (SMD) if you have any questions. For fullevent descriptions and to RSVP for any of the events, please visit URNPAW 2019 page.

This Week

(*) Page Turners for Teaching

Wednesday, September 18 | 4:00 pm-5:00 pm | Miner Classroom (1-6200D), URMC
Curious about how best to teach and train others? Considering an academic career? Lacking opportunities or time to teach as a busy researcher? Looking for ways to keep your CV up-to-date on teaching even if you are not currently doing it? Join Page Turners For Teaching! A bi-weekly discussion group offered through a collaboration between the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), Center for Professional Development (CPD), and the AS&E and SMD GEPA offices for graduate students and postdocs interested in exploring their teaching practice with like-minded colleagues! Get a FREE copy of Small Teaching by James Lang to discuss!  Register to reserve your spot and a free book. For questions about this event, please contact Kyle Trenshaw, Kyle.trenshaw@rochester.edu. Sponsored by CETL, CPD, and the AS&E and SMD GEPA offices.

(*) Postdoctoral Association National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week (NPAW) 2019: Breakfast Career Panel

Thursday, September 19 | 8:00 am-10:30 am | Helen Wood Hall (IW-509)
Join our diverse group of panelists to discuss career transitions! Panelists include: Teaching- Jonathan Millen, Ste. John Fisher College; Patent Law- Lynn Gottfried, Pepper Hamilton LLP; Outreach- Calvin Uzelmeier, Rochester Museum and Science Center; Tenure Track- Kenneth Henry, University of Rochester; Business: Anthony Franchini, CBETHNK; and Industry- Mike Wilson, Simulated Inanimate Models LLC. RSVP will be required for this event. More information and RSVPing will be available soon. For questions about this event, please contact CPD-SMD-Grad@urmc.rochester.edu.

(*) Graduate Student Negative Data Club

Friday, September 20 | 3:00 pm-4:00pm | Natapow Room (1-9545), URMC
This club is an environment where students have the opportunity to present negative data in a casual setting amongst their peers. This is 1) a chance to practice presenting, 2) a way to be socially engaging, 3) a chance to present to people outside your field, 4) a way to spotlight data that you worked hard on, but are having difficulty publishing, and 5) a way to encourage scientific integrity. Seeking at least 1-3 students willing to present their work as 6-8 PowerPoint slides in 10-15 min slots.  A sample presentation format would be 1 Title, 1-2 Intro, 1 Method, 2-3 Data, 1 Limitation/Discussion.  If you're interested in presenting, please email us at URNegativeDataClub@outlook.com by Friday, September 13.  Questions concerning the group can also email URNegativeDataClub@outlook.com.

2nd Annual Suite-Up Event at JCPenney

Sunday, September 22 | 6:00 pm-9:00 pm | 600 Eastview Mall, Victor, NY
In collaboration with the Greene Center, JCPenney College Suit-Up offers students an exclusive, one-time only shopping experience for career wear at discounts that are not accessible to the general public. Bring your student ID and receive up to 60% off professional and career wear, including additional discounts on already-reduced, sale-priced apparel. Merchandise options include men's and women's career and dress apparel, shoes, belts, ties, scarves, and handbags from name brands such as Liz Claiborne and Worthington. While shopping, don't forget to stop by Sephora for a FREE mini makeover and samples, and head over to the hair salon for a consultation. Check out the portrait studio for professional headshots starting at just $29.99!

Register in Handshake to win a $100 gift card to be used at the Suit-Up Event on September 22! You must be pre-registered in Handshake and on-site at the event in order to be eligible for the gift card.  Drive on your own or hop on a shuttle! Shuttles will continuously loop from Rush Rhees on Library Road to JCPenney Eastview. Estimated shuttle pick-up times at Rush Rhees: 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. Register today to reserve your spot at this popular event! We're looking forward to seeing you at Suit-Up! Please contact Christina Pero at christina.pero@rochester.edu with any questions. If you require disability-related accommodations, please contact David Cota-Buckhout (dcotabuc@ur.rochester.edu) as soon as possible, ideally at least 3-5 business days in advance of the event. Thank you.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Informational Webinar: Preparing an Application to the NIH Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Program

Tuesday, September 24 | 1:00 pm-3:00 pm | Online Webinar
The purpose of this Notice is to inform potential applicants to the NIH Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Program to Enhance Diversity UE5 (PAR-19-342) and K99/R00 (PAR-19-343) funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) of an upcoming webinar on planning submissions to this program. Participation in the webinar, although encouraged, is optional and is not required for application submission. During this webinar, you will learn about the MOSAIC program and the process for writing a UE5 or K99/R00 application. For complete information on the webinar and how to join the WebEx Meeting, please check out the Notice of Information Webinar website

(*) The Graduate Giving Gala

Friday, September 27 | 8:00 pm-11:00 pm | Feldman Ballroom, River Campus
Hosted by the Graduate Student Society and the Graduate Student Association

DJ, Dancing, Raffles, hors d’oeuvres, and cash bar. Each ticket buys a Thanksgiving Dinner for a local family in need at Rochester School No. 28. Tickets are $15.00, add $5 for 15 raffle tickets (pre-sale only). RSVP in the GEPA office (G-9556) (cash only) or buy tickets at the door.

(*) Page Turners for Teaching

Wednesday, October 2 | 4:00 pm-5:00 pm | Miner Classroom (1-6200D), URMC
Curious about how best to teach and train others? Considering an academic career? Lacking opportunities or time to teach as a busy researcher? Looking for ways to keep your CV up-to-date on teaching even if you are not currently doing it? Join Page Turners For Teaching! A bi-weekly discussion group offered through a collaboration between the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), Center for Professional Development (CPD), and the AS&E and SMD GEPA offices for graduate students and postdocs interested in exploring their teaching practice with like-minded colleagues! Get a FREE copy of Small Teaching by James Lang to discuss!  Register to reserve your spot and a free book. For questions about this event, please contact Kyle Trenshaw, Kyle.trenshaw@rochester.edu. Sponsored by CETL, CPD, and the AS&E and SMD GEPA offices.

(*) Online Learning Symposium Series: Online Learning at St. John’s University

Thursday, October 10 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Genrich Rusling, LeChase Hall, River Campus
Dr. Elizabeth Ciabocchi; Vice Provost for Digital Learning and Executive Director of Online Learning & Services; St. John’s University. RSVP online, lunch is provided.

Future Workshops:

  • Thursday, November 14- Online Learning Research and the Impact of Social and Teaching Presence
  • Thursday, December 12- Faculty and student experiences with Online Learning at the University of Rochester

(*) 2019-2020 Future Faculty Workshop Series: Understand the Faculty Role

Wednesday, October 16 | 11:30 am-3:30 pm | Feldman Ballroom, Douglas Commons, River Campus
Designed collaboratively by faculty from each of the University’s schools, this workshop series aims to prepare the next generation of faculty and to give our graduates a competitive edge in the academic marketplace. This program is sponsored by the Office of the Provost. For a full listing of all 2019-2020 Future Faculty Workshops, and to RSVP for these events, please visit this link. Complimentary lunch will be provided.

See more upcoming events here.  

HAPPENING NOW (GRANT, TRAVEL AWARD, and CONFERENCE INFO)

Call for Nominations: The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award (Deadline: October 1, 2019)

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others; and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning. (Information about past recipients of the Cross Award is available here.)

The award honors the work of K. Patricia Cross, Professor Emerita of Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Throughout her career, Pat Cross helped the higher education community better understand our students, their characteristics, and their needs, and recognize what our responsibilities should be. Her ground-breaking scholarship paved the way for a legacy of work on age, socioeconomic class, gender, race, sexual orientation, and numerous other aspects of intersectional social identity.

Please visit this site for complete information about the Cross Award.

ComSciCon-NY- Seeking Organizing committee Members

Calling all science communicators, recruitment for the 2020 ComSciCon-NY Organizing Committee is now underway! If you are interested in participating and/or receiving more information about the responsibilities, commitment, and event logistics and information session will be held on October 10th at 5PM. The information session will be held in 321 Weill Hall, Cornell University and will also be accessible via a Zoom video webinar. We strongly encourage everyone interested to join us remotely or in person, if possible, since we will be answered any questions then. Attending this information session is not binding in any way, and your attendance is not mandatory to become part of the Organizing Committee. For more information, please contact Adrienne Chang (ac2763@cornell.edu).

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATION NEWS

Join the PDA Slack at https://urpda.slack.com/.

POSTDOCTORAL OPPORTUNITY

MD Anderson Cancer Center's CPRIT TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Fellow

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is currently accepting applications for the CPRIT TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Translational Cancer Research. This three-year fellowship provides basic, translational, and clinical training and aims to further develop talented PhD or MD/PhDs into successful clinical/translational research scientists. Applications are reviewed quarterly with the next cycle due dates of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2019. Additional information regarding eligibility, application process, and current trainees and program alumni profiles are found at www.mdanderson.org/CPRITTRIUMPH. Please contact Dr. Kari Brewer Savannah, Program Manager, with any questions at ksavannah@mdanderson.org.

CENTER FOR THE INTEGRATION OF RESEARCH, TEACHING AND LEARNING

Using Qualitative Methods to Enrich Teaching and Learning

Get an introduction to qualitative research methods for classroom-based research in this two-part workshop. In the first session, participants will explore fundamental differences between qualitative orientations and more common research designs in STEM. Foundational (theoretical) knowledge that underlies much of qualitative research will be summarized so that students understand how and why qualitative research looks and feels different. Following this discussion, the advantages of using observation as a qualitative method will be explored, with special emphasis on understanding the difference between approaching an inquiry product from an inductive versus deductive reasoning approach and how the method of observation can add rigor when examining learning behaviors. In the second session, participants will hone in on what makes for effective qualitative research interviews. Interviewing is a common technique both inside the world of research and without. Whereas interviews are generally viewed as purposeful conversations, qualitative researchers use interviews to gather descriptive data and to document and discover interpretations of the world. Further, interviews in qualitative research are rarely used as a stand-alone strategy as they are often paired with observation and document analysis. This session will explore the distinguishing features of qualitative interviews, describe their use as primary and secondary data collection methods and engage participants in constructing interview questions for classroom-based research.

Workshop Schedule: This workshop has two online sessions, which participants are required to attend, at 3-4:30PM ET on Monday, September 23 and September 30. For more information or to register for Using Qualitive Methods to Enrich Teaching and Learning visit the CIRTL website.

Peer-led Teaching-as-Research Learning Community

After the hard work of preparing a Teaching-as-Research proposal, the implementation stage of the TAR process may require additional support, advice, and guidance. This learning community (LC) is intended for graduate students and postdocs who have completed a TAR proposal, and would like additional support during implementation and analysis. In this LC, participants who have planned and are implementing a TAR project will meet regularly with experienced peers who have recently completed their own project.

In addition, we will invite guest speakers to share their expertise in relevant topics, including: Data collection; Qualitative and quantitative methods; and Sharing your findings

Schedule: This learning community has weekly online meetings on Mondays at 4-5:30PM ET / 3-4:30PM CT / 2-3:30PM MT / 1-2:30PM PT from September 30 through December 9. For more information or to register for Peer-led Teaching-as-Research Learning Community visit the CIRTL website.

Fall 2019 Online CIRTL Courses

Courses have live, real-time online sessions and require regular homework outside of those class meetings. Short courses typically meet weekly for one to two months, while full courses typically meet for two to three months. Registration is required; STEM grad students and postdocs from CIRTL institutions receive enrollment priority.

Diversity in the College Classroom

Fridays 9/27-11/15: 11:30AM-1PM ET

Understand the theory behind how diversity affects learning and develop practical classroom strategies in this course designed for STEM/SBE grad students and postdocs. Cap: 30. Register by 9/16. For full description please visit the course webpage.

Equity in STEM for All Genders

Thursdays 10/3-12/12: 11:30AM-1:30PM ET

Analyze gender bias and collaboratively develop approaches to counter gender bias in STEM in this 9-week online course. Cap: 35. Register by 9/16. For full description please visit the course webpage.

Planning Your Teaching-as-Research Project

Mondays 9/23-12/9 12-1:30PM ET

Plan and refine your own Teaching-as-Research project alongside a learning community of peers in this 12-week online course. Cap: 20. Register by 9/16. For full description please visit the course webpage.

Additional information on CIRTL including online workshops and classes

For a complete list of workshops and online classes, please visit the CIRTL Network website.

RELEVANT READS

From Ph.D. to Professoriate: The Role of the Institution in Fostering the Advancement of Postdoc Women

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.

Graduate Students Need to Think Differently About Time

James M. Van Wyck recommends that Ph.D. students make at least three mental shifts about time as they negotiate graduate school.

ACCOMMODATIONS

“Need accommodations for any CPD or GEPA event?  Contact GradAccessServices@urmc.rochester.edu at least three business days prior to the event.

Visit http://www.gepa-calendar.urmc.edu/ for a calendar of all our events.  Review the Opportunities to Explore archive.

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