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Opportunities to Explore - September 23-27, 2019

Vol 5, Issue 39 | 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

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This Week

(*) UR “Just Write!”

Tuesday, September 24 | 8:00 am-10:00 am | Saunders Research Building 3434A/B

Many writing coaches recommend blocking off time and changing up your working set-up to be a more productive and regular writer. Please use this opportunity to Just Write! Just Write! sessions are held every Tuesday 8am-10am through the end of December, in Saunders Research Building, 3434A/B. Feel free to use this space to have a focused, uninterrupted writing session. The room is across from a kitchen equipped with a toaster, a microwave, a teapot and a Keurig machine; we provide K-cups and granola bars. If you have any questions, please contact Alina at

(*) 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

(*) CTSI Seminar Series - Dr. David Adler – From Masiphumelele to the Strong Emergency Department

Tuesday, September 24 | 1:00 pm-2:00 pm | Hellen Wood Hall, 1W304, School of Nursing, URMC

David Adler, MD MPH, will be discussing his research related to cervical cancer prevention in South Africa and in the Emergency Department at Strong Memorial Hospital, which was made possible via support from the University of Rochester Clinical & Translational Science Institute. Dr. Adler will also explain how CTSI financial awards accelerated his success in obtaining NIH funding. ASL Interpreters in attendance.

(*) CPD Sponsored Event: Career and Professional Development Timeline

Wednesday, September 25 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC

When should I start exploring career options? When do I need to start thinking about next steps after graduate school? When do I apply for postdocs or positions in industry? Have you thought about any of these questions, if “yes” this workshop is for you. This workshop will look at key areas to focus during and post-graduate school. Participants will each work toward developing a timeline in the areas of career and professional development that meet their needs. For questions about this event, please contact

(*) UR Writing Grants

Thursday, September 26, 2-3pm – “Training Plan” | 1-7619

Thursday, October 10, 2-3pm – “Research Plan” | 1-9576

Thursday, October 17, 2-5pm – Working session | 1-7619

The UR Writing Grants seminar series aims to help graduate students and postdocs tackle grant writing. For more information or to be matched with a grant-writing group, please contact (if you’re a graduate student) or (if you’re a postdoc).

(*) 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.

Upcoming Events

(*) URBEST: Mentoring Up Case Study #7

Tuesday, October 1 | 12:00 pm-12:30 pm | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC

Case studies are discussions that are guided by a faculty member (this week Jeff Hayes) to consider possible solutions to challenging situations that may occur during graduate school or postdoctoral training.

Trainees that complete the Workshop and at least six of the ten Refresher Case Studies (at their own pace, multiple years is fine) will earn a Mentoring Up electronic badge. Trainees that earn electronic badges will have the option of becoming co-guides with the faculty for the 2020 monthly Mentoring Up Refresher Case Studies. Register at to be included in the BlackBoard Mentoring Up group and receive case studies.

(*) 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, Sponsored by CETL, CPD, and the AS&E and SMD GEPA offices.

(*) A Conversation with Paulina Porizkova (Model, Actress, and Author)

Thursday, October 3 | 5:15 pm | Sloan Auditorium, Robert B. Goergen Hall, River Campus

Co-Sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony Center. Paulina Porizkova has had the privilege to live and work in numerous locations around the world. Join the conversation as she shares her cultural experiences and perspective as both a woman and immigrant, and how they have impacted her life. Following the discussion, Christabel Ntete Kirenga ’22, Karina Vasquez ’21, and Zhongyi Zuo ’20 will examine their own personal stories as newcomers to the United States. Register for the event online at (Note: They are also putting together a series of PowerPoint slides highlighting quotes from international female students and employees on how living in different cultures has impacted them. This would be played on a loop prior to the event and the Susan B. Anthony Center hope would be to turn this into a display for International Women’s Day in March 2020. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PRESENTING A QUOTE ON LIVING AS A WOMAN IN MULTIPLE CULTURES, please complete download the PDF at this link and email to with a headshot.

(*) URBEST The Grand Gesture

Friday, October 4 | 10:00 am-12:00pm | Wegman’s Hall Room 1201, River campus

Deep Work by Cal Newport inspired me to start The Grand Gesture at University of Rochester. By leveraging a radical change to your normal environment, coupled with a significant investment of effort or money, you increase the perceived importance of your deep work. This boost in importance reduces your mind’s instinct to procrastinate and delivers an injection of motivation and energy. 

Newport references the examples of J.K. Rowling checking into the five-star Balmoral Hotel, Bill Gates working in a cabin, Alan Lightman retreating to a tiny island in Maine, and Peter Shankman booking a round-trip flight to Japan. I can’t offer those options, but what I can offer is a 2-hour URBEST Grand Gesture in Room 1201 in Wegman's Hall on River Campus, which gives you a great view of the “gear head” sculpture in the garden and easy access to Peets Coffee.

(*) UR Writing Retreat

Tuesday, October 8 – Thursday, October 10 | 9:00am-2:00pm | Registration required

Struggling to find time, space, and/or motivation to make writing progress? Join our Writing Retreat! The purpose of the UR Writing Retreat is to provide an environment in which you can get some serious writing done. We will provide space, snacks, coffee, a productive work atmosphere, and access to a writing consultant. Goal setting and accountability to other writers are key components of the Retreat. Space is limited to 15 participants. Please register here for the UR Writing Retreat.  If you have any questions, please email Alina Denham:

Approximate Schedule

Tuesday, October 8

9:00-9:30am – Goal-setting workshop

9:30-9:45am – Small group discussion: Introductions/Share today’s writing goal

9:45am-1:45pm – Writing session

1:45-1:50pm – Personal reflective writing: Rate your progress on the goals worksheet, add to your journal, etc.

1:50-2:00pm – Small group discussion: Share you progress with your group

Wednesday, October 9 – Thursday, October 10

9:00-9:05am – Journal reflection

9:05-9:20am – Small group discussion: Share today’s writing goal

9:20am-1:40pm – Writing session

1:40-1:45pm – Personal reflective writing: Rate your progress on the goals worksheet, add to your journal, etc.

1:45-2:00pm – Small group discussion: Share you progress with your group

(*) 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.

(*) What’s in your CV/Résumé 

Tuesday, October 22 | 12:00 pm-1:30 pm | Natapow Conference Room (1-9545), URMC

Does your CV/ Résumé speak your experience, knowledge, and skills for the opportunities you are utilizing it for?

The average job opening will get 100-250 applications and from those applicants the search committee will select about 4-6 candidates to interview for the 1 position opening. Developing a targeted CV/résumé for the job opening can set you apart from other candidates and allow to share your strengths and personal experiences/skills. This workshop will help you to understand what should go into your CV/résumé, how to best sell yourself and experiences to the employer, and identify what you should include in your CV/résumé.

See more upcoming events here. 

Happening Now (Grant, Travel Award, and Conference Information)

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 (

Teaching Opportunities

The College at Brockport Biology Department

Seeking someone interested in teaching an Immunology Lab for Spring 2020. If you are interested, please contact the chair, Michael Pelletier, Ph.D. at For information about the Department of Biology, please visit

Regional College/University Employers- Employment pages for adjunct, part-time, and full-time faculty and staff positions.


Employment Website

Finger Lakes Community College (SUNY)


Genesee Community College (SUNY)


Hobart William Smith Colleges


Houghton College


Keuka College


Monroe Community College (SUNY)


National Technical Institute for the Deaf


Nazareth College


Roberts Wesleyan College


Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)


St. John Fisher College


The College at Brockport (SUNY)


Empire State College (SUNY)


SUNY Geneseo


University of Rochester


Wells College


Postdoctoral Association News

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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 Please contact Dr. Kari Brewer Savannah, Program Manager, with any questions at

Relevant Reads

Finding the Space to Lead

This is not a new "leadership system" to add to the burden of already overworked people. It brings the concepts of mindfulness into the everyday life of anyone in a leadership role, through specific exercises that address practical issues--the calendar, schedule, phone usage, meetings, to-do list, and strategic planning, as well as interpersonal challenges such as listening and working with difficult colleagues. 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.

You May Not Be the Inside Candidate

But you can still be the top choice for the job, argues Kay Kimball Gruder, who offers advice for how to increase your odds.

A Student-Centered Teaching Statement

Taking a student-focused approach can help search committees distinguish your statement from those of other candidates, writes Zachary Nowak.


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