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Opportunities to Explore - September 18-22, 2017

September 18-22, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 38 | Trainee News

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

This Week

National Postdoc Appreciation Week (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! 

What Every Biomedical and STEM Trainee Should Know About US Employment: A Recruiter’s Perspective

Wednesday, September 20 | 9:00 am-10:30 am | Helen Wood Hall 1W-509, URMC

Dan Beaudry, Author of Power Ties: The International Student’s Guide to Finding a Job in the United States.  Register at

Employer Visit: Guthrie Information Session

Wednesday, September 20 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Gwen Greene Career and Internship Center Conference Room (4-200), Dewey Hall, River Campus

Guthrie is a not-for-profit, integrated health care system designed to offer patients a full-spectrum of health services incorporating primary care, complex specialty care, behavioral health services, surgical services, inpatient care, durable medical equipment services, home health, long-term care, palliative care and hospice care. Our integrated approach creates a better experience for our patients and is working to decrease the cost of the delivery of health care. For more information or to register, login to .

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.

“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.

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.

Upcoming Events

URBEST/BioM Career Story Q&A: Brian O’Mara, MSc

Wednesday, September 27 | 9:00 am-10:00 am | Northeastern Room (1-9525), URMC

Senior Scientist at Bristol Myers Squibb will be presenting a URBEST Career Story. This is in conjunction with the 2-credit fall course MBI 406: Biomanufacturing. For information about the course contact and information about registration contact All are welcome to attend!

Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Wednesday, September 27 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Gowen Room, Wilson Commons, River Campus

Come and hear an overview of programs offered by the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship, including classes, competitions and funding opportunities. We look forward to seeing you! Open to all students; pizza will be served!

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

URBEST/BioM Career Story Q&A: Rick Lawless, BS, MBA

Wednesday, October 4 | 9:00 am-10:00 am | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC

Associate Director of Biomanufacturing Training & Education Center (BTEC) at North Carolina State University will be presenting a URBEST Career Story. This is in conjunction with the 2-credit fall course MBI 406: Biomanufacturing. For information about the course contact and information about registration contact All are welcome to attend!

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.

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

Program and registration information coming soon!

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

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

Program and registration information coming soon!

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

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 .

See more upcoming events here.

iBiology Courses

Planning Your Scientific Journey

Course starts Monday, October 2 and ends on Monday, November 13 | Estimated Effort (hours/week) 3 hours

Planning Your Scientific Journey is an innovative online course. Engaging videos, along with reflective exercises, offer concrete tools and practical advice to help you navigate the most challenging aspects of developing and planning a research project. Instruction is led by a diverse group of leading scientists, such as Nobel Laureates, accomplished faculty, and junior scientists, who think about different aspects scientific training in deep and meaningful ways. Our hope is that you will end our course feeling more prepared and confident in your own scientific journey! More information and enrollment

Book Club

The Science, Technology, and Culture book club welcomes new members for the fall semester! Each meeting features snacks, discussion, and a guest speaker. Wednesdays, 5-6 pm in the Humanities Center lobby (Rush Rhees Library).
Email for more information.

  • September 27th – Chemistry, by Weike Wang. Featuring Hochang (Ben) Lee, M.D., Department of Psychiatry Chair
  • October 18th – A Crack in Creation, by Jennifer Doudna
  • November 8th – The Periodic Table, by Primo Levi
  • December 6th – Weapons of Math Destruction, by Cathy O’Neil

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.  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 .

Relevant Reads

PhD [alternative] Career Clinic

In PhD [alternative] Career Clinic, Jane Y. Chin describes the realities of an academic "business" enterprise and how PhD graduates may know more about the business world than they realize. She offers practical advice on building mental toughness required of PhDs competing in an unforgiving job market and how PhDs can grow a social network that delivers value and results. 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.

Making Leadership and Service County in the Job Search

Graduate students need to recognize the marketability and value of their unpaid work and anticipate how it could be attractive to a future employer, writes Amanda Cornwall. Read Making Leadership and Service County in the Job Search

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