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Opportunities to Explore - September 3-7, 2018

Vol 4, Issue 36 | 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

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National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) Information

National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) commences this year the week of September 17th, 2018. While the UR PDA executive committee prepares and finalizes the schedule, one thing is certain:  In lieu of the traditional poster session and judging, we’ve decided to put on a Postdoc Showcase, to highlight the research performed by postdocs here at UR, give them a platform to speak to science policy, or educate us all on new advances in their current field. What we are looking for:  Up to six postdocs to give an oral presentation on the topic of their choice.  This topic could be their own research, a novel finding in their field of choice, or a current gap in knowledge within their field of choice, or science policy focused.  This presentation will be 15 minutes in total, including three minutes for questions. Interested or know someone who may be?  NOMINATE THEM! Any postdoc, faculty, or student may nominate a current postdoc.  Nominations can be made to  Please include the Postdocs’ name, department, and brief (1-2 sentence) description of why the postdoc should be included in the showcase.    Deadline for nominations is Friday, September 7th, 2018. What’s in it for you?  Each presenter selected will receive a monetary award.  In addition, the judges and audience will select a “Best overall Presentation” and “People’s choice” award in addition!  Awards will be announced at the NPAW happy hour later that day. 

This Week

(*) Sponsored by CETL, CPD, and URBEST: Page-Turners for Teaching

  • Tuesday, September 4 (Every 1st Tuesday) | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Dewey 1-160B
  • Wednesday, September 19 (Every 3rd Wednesday) | 4:00 pm-5:00 pm | 2-7544, 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 new bi-weekly (1st Tuesday at noon in Dewey 1-160B and 3rd Wednesday at 4:00 pm in the Medical Center) discussion group offered through a collaboration between the CIRTL Program, Center for Professional Development (CPD) and URBEST for grad students, medical students, postdocs, and residents interested in exploring their teaching practice with like-minded colleagues! New link to reserve your book coming soon. For questions about this event, please contact Kyle Trenshaw at .

(*) Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, September 4 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Anderson Room (G-8534), URMC

All postdoctoral associates are invited to attend the PDA monthly meetings.

(*) CPD Sponsored Webinar: What Industry Can Offer: Tips for Putting Your Foot Inside the Door

Wednesday, September 5th | 1:00 pm-2:00 pm | Adolph (Lower) Auditorium (1-7619), URMC

In this webinar, Dr. Sen will highlight why he pursued the Industrial career path; how is the market out there now, what to expect in a career in industry and what could be some of the critical steps that one can follow in order to land up with a successful job in the industrial sector. Audience can feel free to ask any questions which they think might aid them in finding the next job in industry. If you wish to view this webinar on your own, please register at this link.

(*) Developing Your Career Plan

Thursday, September 6 | 2:00 pm-3:00 pm | Combined Northwestern Room (1-9525 & 1-9535), URMC

What does your personal roadmap for your career path look like? Have you accomplished or established your goals for the next phase of your career journey? How does your current network look and how have you utilized your network to assist you in preparing for your next steps? What skills have you developed or need to develop for potential career interests? How are you marketing yourself? The aim of this workshop is to provide individuals with the opportunity to reflect on their career goals and to support preparation for developing their next steps in their career path. Presented by Eric Vaughn, M.Ed., Director of Career Services, URMC.

(*) Opening Convocation Ceremony School of Medicine & Dentistry

Thursday, September 6 | 4:00 pm | Class of 1962 Auditorium (G-9425), URMC

Reception to follow in the Sarah Flaum Atrium. Contact Diane Frank with questions at of 275-7923.

Upcoming Events

CPD Sponsored Webinar: “Job Search: Self Sponsored Green Cards: How to petition for a Green Card and Advance your Career Prospects in the US”

Wednesday, September 12 | 1:00 pm-2:00 pm | Webinar


Scientists and Researchers have the ability to self-petition for a Green Card in the United States under the EB1A, Extraordinary Ability; or EB-2, National Interest Waiver visa categories. This webinar will provide information about these visa categories and explain how, as an individual, you can file an application for yourself to qualify for a Green Card. The presenter, Immigration Attorney Brendan Delaney of Frank and Delaney Immigration Law, LLC will discuss the procedures involved and describe the types of evidence and documentation that is necessary for you to file a strong application and qualify for US permanent residence.

The Story Behind The Story

Wednesday, September 12 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm | National Coalition Building Institute, StarBridge, 1650 South Ave. #200, Rochester, NY

Join URBEST, in partnership with NCBI and the Leadership Learning Collective, for The Story Behind The Story. This workshop will take a look at mental health and stigma through portraiture, poetry, and discussion. Poetry is led by Amen Ptah and Artwork is supplied and created by Charmaine Wheatley, artist behind You will also have a chance to meet the artist and some of her subjects, who sat for the portraits. Nibbles will be served and mingling is encouraged after the event.

(*) URBEST Retreat and Career Workshop

Thursday, September 13 | 9:00 am-4:00 pm | Adolph Auditorium (1-7619) & CEL 2-7536/2-7544)

Presenters include: Randy Ribaudo, Co-founder SciPhD; Jon Baker, J. Craig Venter Institute Fellow; Claire McCarthy, Science Writing Fellow at National Cancer Institute; Katie Smolnycki, Program Manager of Business Development at Fred Hutch; Virginia Glazer, Assistant Professor of Biology at Niagara University; Corey Hoffman, ORISE Fellow at US Department of Health & Human Services; Steve Dewhurst, Vice Dean of Research; Derek Crowe, Instructor for Scientific Communication and Visual Design; Derek Crowe, Instructor for Scientific Communication and Visual Design. Registration link made available mid-August. “Need accommodations?  Contact at least three business days prior to the event.” For more information about this event, please contact Tracey Baas at Please register at this link.

Cookout - Celebrating a Community of Diverse Students and Trainees at URMC! (RSVP by September 7th)

Saturday, September 15 | 1:00 pm-4:00 pm | Canalside Shelter, Genesee Valley Park

RSVP for Cookout

Come and join us for a Cookout, Celebrating a Community of Diverse Students and Trainees at URMC! RSVP by September 7th at this link. Sponsored by URMC: Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Executive Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, Office for Inclusion and Culture Development School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing.

(*) CPD Sponsored Event: F-Series Grant Writing Workshop

Thursday, September 20 | 1:00 pm-5:00 pm | Anderson Room (G-8534), URMC

Presented by Elaine M. Smolock, PhD; Director of Writing Services. Review the working parts of the F-series, logistics and time management to meet submission deadlines. Discuss the distributed emphasis of how the grant is reviewed. Focus on the Research Training Plan, primary focus being the Specific Aims page! Followed by questions and answers session. 

(*) Graduate Women In Science (GWIS) Seminar- Getting by with a Little Help from My Friends: The Value of Community in Science and Life

Thursday, September 20 | 3:00 pm | Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576), URMC

Kristen W. Lynch, Ph.D. - Chair and Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA

(*) Battle of the Bands (Hosted by Humans for Education)

Friday, September 21 | Douglas Ballroom, River Campus

Featuring Bands like: Hey Mabel and Mojo Chunk. The audience decides the winner. To register your band, please contact Ninoshka Fernandes at

Suit-Up Event

Sunday, September 23 | 6:00 pm-9:00 pm | JCPenney’s @ Eastview Mall (600 Eastview Mall Drive, Victor, NY 14564)

Need professional wear for an upcoming interview? Join us at the 1stAnnual JCPenney College Suit-Up Event in collaboration with the Gwen M. Greene Center. This one-time only shopping experience for career wear at discounts that are not accessible to the general public. Bring your UR-ID and receive an extra 40% off. Register in Handshake to win a $100 gift card! You must be pre-registered in Handshake to win a $100 gift card! Register at Register today to reserve your spot! Please contact Eric Vaughn at or Christina Pero at with any questions.

(*) Grantsmanship: The Art of Writing Winning Grants

Wednesday, September 26 | 2:00 pm-4:00 pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium

Jerry Heindel, PhD; Grantsman Strategies, Raleigh, NC. Hosted by the University of Rochester NIEHS Center and the Department of Environment Medicine. Students, postdocs, and faculty are all encouraged to attend! For additional information about this event, please contact Rebecca (Trautman) Ruston.

(*) Future Faculty Workshops: Understanding the Faculty Role

Wednesday, October 10 | 11:30 am-4:30 pm | Gamble Room (2nd Floor), Rush Rhees Library, River Campus

Gain a clear 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. Complimentary lunch will be provided. Please contact Adele Coelho, Faculty Outreach Coordinator, at (585) 273-2571 or with any questions or to RSVP.

See more upcoming events here.

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

Present a Poster at the Forum for Cell and Molecular Biology: 2018 American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) and European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) (Deadline for discounted price/application for travel award/poster submission is September 4th)

December 8-12, 2018 | San Diego, CA

The meeting will focus on cell biology as the fundamental basis of biology while exploring the impact of cell biology on other more specialized fields, such as Neurobiology and Stem Cell Biology. Sept. 4 is the LAST day to submit a poster abstract at a discounted price/apply for a travel award to attend the meeting. Register or Submit an Abstract Today!

Registration Opens for Falling Walls Competition

Would you like to take the stage in Berlin, Germany, this fall to tell the world about your research?  If so, register by September 17 for the Falling Walls Lab, a preliminary contest on October 2 at 3:30 p.m. in Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Commons. Each presenter will have three minutes and three slides to summarize their groundbreaking idea. The winner receives $500 and a trip to the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin, November 7 to 9. Cash prizes will also be awarded to the top two finalists. Contact Adele Coelho for additional information.

The Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Price in Interdisciplinary Research

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 a complete review of the application including eligibility and submission requirements, please visit the Steadman Prize webpage.

Town Hall Meetings for Community Input on the University's Next President

Members of the Trustees’ Presidential Search Committee (TPSC) invite all faculty, staff, and students to participate in Town Hall meetings to discuss the search for the University’s next president. Below are the upcoming Town Hall times, dates, and locations. No RSVP is needed.

Student Town Halls

  • Wednesday, Sept. 5, 7-8 p.m., River Campus, Hawkins-Carlson Room
  • Thursday, Sept. 6, 12-1 p.m., Medical Center, Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425)
  • Thursday, Sept. 6, 7-8 p.m., Eastman School of Music, Ray Wright Room (ESM 120)
  • Friday, Sept. 7, 12-1 p.m., River Campus, Hawkins-Carlson Room

These town halls will help the TPSC to address key questions for the search:

  • What are the University’s strongest advantages?
  • What makes the presidency an attractive position?
  • What are the major challenges facing the University?
  • What characteristics would you most like to see in the next president?

English Language Program

Beginning in the fall of 2018, the University of Rochester’s Office for Global Engagement in conjunction with the Warner School of Education will offer a non-credit-bearing English language Program (ELP) for newly admitted or matriculated international students as well as for English speakers who have a connection to the University of Rochester (staff member or family of a staff member or student). Program modules will run for ten weeks, starting September 10 and will cover topics ranging from general English to academic speaking and listening to academic.

Fall 2018 Session Details: Program modules will run for ten weeks, starting September 10 and will cover topics ranging from general English to academic speaking and listening to academic reading and writing. Free and low-cost modules are as follows:

  • Academic Reading and Writing- ELP 401. CRN: 91091, Two 75-minute sessions per week, College Town, classroom 102, Cost: $300*, This module is designed to help develop and refine academic English reading and writing skills in classroom discourse. Content includes weekly journals on a Blackboard discussion board, presentations on articles in students’ disciplines, various reading strategies, and major genres of writing such as articles for publication, course assignments, and professional correspondence.
  • Academic Speaking and Listening- ELP 402. CRN: 91107,  Two 75-minute sessions per week, College Town, classroom 102 Cost: $300*,  This module aims to help strengthen speaking and listening skills in both classroom and everyday communication settings. The major elements include 1) mini-presentation; 2) transcription of a video on a current issue; 3) group debate (three times during the semester); 4) formal presentation of a topic in students’ disciplines; and 5) voice journal.
  • General English- ELP 403. CRN: 91274, Two 75-minute sessions per week, College Town, classroom 102, Cost: Cost: $300, This module encourages English language learners in the University community to develop English communication skills in both formal and informal settings. The purpose of this module is to help students develop a solid understanding of US cultures in the workplace and daily life; improve their use of English beyond the classroom such as in job interviews; and make rapid progress in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
  • Learning and Speaking about U.S. Life and Culture-Formerly ISO’s English Conversation Skills Program, One hour per week, several sessions available, The Language Center, Douglass Commons, Cost: FREE. This module provides a context for participants to converse in structured and opportunistic manners, improving their spoken English. Past versions of this module have explored topics related to life and culture in the US as well as pragmatic matters such as making arrangements and participating in meetings.

Transportation: The College Town Express shuttle runs from River Campus and the Medical Center to College Town approximately every 10 minutes during the week between 11:05 a.m. and 3:05 p.m. Along with other University shuttles that stop at or near College Town (including the Blue and Brown lines), this should make the new location of the Global Engagement and the International Services Office easily accessible to all. Also, there is free customer parking at College Town.

*Discounts are offered to University departments and units registering individuals or groups of students/participants.

University of Rochester National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week 2018 - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

Event Schedule

  • 9 – 10 am - Breakfast Meet & Greet, Forbes Mezzanine (1-9580), URMC
    Come enjoy a free cup of coffee and breakfast with the Postdoctoral Association and staff of the Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs and Center for Professional Development! Please RSVP Here.
  • 12 - 2 pm - Postdoc Showcase & Lunch, LeChase Assembly Hall (G-9576), URMC
    Six postdocs will each give a 12 min presentation (for non-specialists) about exciting developments in their field of research. All six finalists will receive $100 plus additional monetary awards to the “Best Overall Presentation” and “People’s Choice.” Lunch will be catered by Red Fern. Please RSVP Here.
  • 2:30 – 4 pm - Marketing Yourself Online in Today’s Employment Market & Job Search, Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425), URMC
    This interactive workshop will examine different ways of promoting yourself online to organizations, hiring managers, recruiters, etc. Participants will learn about all the current functions available through LinkedIn and how to make your profile stand out and allow for potential new contacts from those recruiting for talent. We will also examine the importance of utilizing online media including Twitter, blogs, and personal websites. Participants are encouraged to bring a mobile device to the presentation (smartphone, tablet, or laptop). Presented by Eric Vaughn, M.Ed., Life Science Career Coach, URMC​
  • 4 – 6 pm - Happy Hour and Awards, LeChase Assembly Hall (G-9576), URMC​
    The Postdoctoral Association will present awards from the Postdoc Showcase as well as the Postdoc Travel and Professional Development Award. There will also be raffle prizes and refreshments.

Relevant Reads

Put Your Science to Work: The Take-Charge Career Guide for Scientists

Whether you are a science undergraduate or graduate student, post-doc or senior scientist, you need practical career development advice. Put Your Science to Work: The Take-Charge Career Guide for Scientists can help you explore all your options and develop dynamite strategies for landing the job of your dreams. 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.

Life After Grad School

Submitted by Clement Weinberger. Read Life After Grad School

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