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Opportunities to Explore - September 25-29, 2017

September 25-29, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 39 | Trainee News

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

This Week

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! For more information or to register, login to .

A Recruiter’s Perspective on Hiring Scientists and Engineers (Free Webinar hosted by AAAS)

Wednesday, September 27 | 1:00 pm-2:00 pm | Online Webinar

Few things in your career will be as daunting as the interview process. Knowing the perspective of your interviewer beforehand can be a distinct advantage. In this webcast, Peter Carley describes the hiring process for STEM-related positions from the HR perspective – from the development of the job description and posting to making the job offer. You will learn how to tailor your resume for the position, how to prepare for the different types of interviews, tips for the day of your face-to-face interview and what research you need to do before receiving an offer. You will also discover how to approach the issue of salary during the recruiting process and get tips on effectively handling the negotiation of your compensation package. Hint: You have more leverage than you may realize! Following Mr. Carley’s presentation, there will also be a live Q&A session, with an opportunity for participants to ask both general questions and to receive targeted guidance specific to individual situations.

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.

The Science, Technology, and Culture Book Club- Chemistry, by Weike Wang. Featuring Hochang (Ben) Lee, M.D., Department of Psychiatry Chair

Wednesday, September 27 | 5:00 pm-6:00 pm | Humanities Center Lobby (Rush Rhees Library), River Campus

Welcomes new members for the fall semester! Each meeting features snacks, discussion, and a guest speaker. Email for more information.

SMD Grad Student Flu Vaccine Clinic

Thursday, September 28 | 1:30 pm-3:00 pm | Medical Student Lounge (G-7647), URMC

The clinic is on a first come, first served basis. Please bring your health insurance card or a copy of your card (both sides) to the clinic. The UR Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna) covers the cost of the flu vaccine. If you have not received your card, you will be able to receive your flu shot at the clinic. If you have questions about the clinic, e-mail If you are unable to come during this time, you can come to the clinic for medical students, which will be held from 11:30-1:30 on the same day in the same location.

CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship(Virtual Info Session)

Thursday, September 28 | 3:00 pm-4:00 pm (ET) | Online

Will provide an introduction to the CCST Science Fellows program and answer your questions about the application process and requirements. Current and former CCST Science Fellows will be on hand to talk about their fellowship year working inside the California State Legislature.
Recruitment for our 2019 Class will begin this December. Experience a year of public service and government leadership training ― and grow your career while making a difference in California’s policy arena.  Register online at

Talk and Roundtable/Lunch Discussion with Harold Smith, PhD and Josephine Seddon, PhD (CIRTL)

Presentation Title: Enhancing the Critical Thinking Experience in a Science Laboratory Course through Problem Based Learning

Friday, September 29 | 10:30 am-11:30 am | Bausch & Lomb, Room 106, River Campus

The talk will be given by Harold Smith of the URMC biochemistry department.  Dr. Smith is a long-time practitioner of Problem Based Learning, and has recently completed a pilot application of the technique to an undergraduate biochemistry lab course.  His talk will give a general introduction to Problem Based Learning, and describe its application in his undergraduate lab course.  The roundtable discussion will include both Prof. Smith and Josephine Seddon, who helped with the assessment part of the project (and thus might appeal to instructors who aren't necessarily invested in the biochemistry applications, but who are interested in how college assessment staff could participate in a class). This roundtable stands alone from the talk (i.e., people can benefit from coming to it even if they haven't attended Harold's talk). If you plan to attend the roundtable/lunch, for food-planning purposes please do RSVP to Andrew Berger at

Graduate Student Society (GSS) Coffee Hour

Friday, September 29 | 3:30 pm-4:30 pm | Combined Northeastern Room (1-9525 & 1-9535), URMC


Upcoming Events

Fall Career Expos - Engineering, Data Science and Technology Expo and Finance, Consulting, and Corporate Expo

Tuesday, October 3 | 11:00 am-2:00 pm

  • Engineering, Tech and Data Science Career Expo: Douglas Ballroom, Frederick Douglas Building, River Campus
  • Finance, Consulting and Corporate Career Expo: May Room, Wilson Commons

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.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Information Session

Tuesday, Octo 3 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Goergen 101, Rover Campus

Come interact with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc! They will be on campus to share insight into their company, unique culture, potential career paths, and internship/ co-op opportunities. The target audience for this experience includes students pursuing their bachelors, masters and PhD degrees. We look for students in the following major categories: Life Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science or related. Refreshments will be served!  To RSVP for this event, please login to 

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. 

URBEST The Grand Gesture

Friday, October 6 | 9:00 am-11:00 am | Wegmans Hall, Georgen Institute for Data Science (Room 1201), River Campus

The first ten people that arrive at each URBEST Grand Gesture, Georgen Institute for Data Science Room 1201 (near Peet's Coffee) get a crisp $5 to buy coffee/snacks. All others are welcome to attend but must by their own snacks. What deep work you select to focus on is completely up to you. A copy of Deep Work by Cal Newport will be given to people that attend all four (Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec) sessions.  Learn more about Deep Work and The Grand Gesture online at

URBEST Career Story Q&A: Jeffrey Harder, PhD and Candice Baker, PhD

Friday, October 6 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Natapow Conference Room (1-9545), URMC

Postdoc and Associate Study Director of Genetic Engineering Technologies, respectively, at The Jackson Laboratory ( A small group of trainees will be invited to lunch.

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


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 .

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.

Fall 2017 University Online Learning Symposium Series 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

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.

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 Frequently Asked Questions 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. For

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 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 .

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! Get more information and enroll 

Relevant Reads

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.

How to Discuss Work-Life Balance

Before approaching the subject with your future or current supervisor, you should consider their interests, advises Stephanie K. Eberle. Read How to Discuss Work-Life Balance

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