Friday, January 13, 2012

AGEP | Not a Retreat but a Forward...To Funding

AGEP Not a Retreat But A Forward…To Funding | January 20, 2012, 1pm - 6pm | University Library Lilly Auditorium, IUPUI campus

The Indiana University Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) is pleased to announce the annual Not a Retreat but a Forward on Friday, January 20, 2012 on the IUPUI campus. This year’s program focuses on funding opportunities and includes an interactive grant writing workshop to assist graduate students and postdocs in learning and practicing the essentials of successful proposals. Topics include: how to seek and secure research funding, writing for the discipline and lay-person reviewer, and review and feedback of participant’s current grant proposals. Dinner Included. Please reserve your seat by Thursday, January 19 at Please contact the IUPUI Graduate Office for additional information. 317.274.1577 or

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

POSTDOC | NIGMS Workshop Prepares Postdocs for Independent Careers

FASEB Opens Registration for NIGMS Workshop to Prepare Postdocs for Independent Careers
DEADLINE November 30, 2011

Bethesda, MD - On behalf of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is organizing the 2012 Workshop for Postdocs Transitioning to Independent Positions on March 12-13, 2012 at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, will deliver the keynote address.

While the transition to independence is a challenge for all postdocs, young investigators who are members of groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical or behavioral sciences may have an especially difficult time finding and establishing themselves in their first independent positions. To prepare early career investigators of diverse backgrounds for this transformation, the Workshop will bring together 150 postdocs (including a small number of senior graduate students) and a distinguished group of outstanding researchers, prominent scientific administrators and nationally recognized career development experts to discuss key issues related to the cultivation of a successful career in science.

 Topics to be covered will include:

  •  Career planning
  •  Job application process
  •  Funding resources
  •  Grant writing
  •  Establishing a lab
  •  Work/life balance
  •  Non-bench careers
The Workshop is intended for postdocs, however senior graduate students (within one year of completion of Ph.D. study) will also be considered, space permitting.
To download the Workshop application, please go to Participants will be required to pay a $25 registration fee upon selection, however all eligible applicants (those not receiving federal funding and other criteria) who are selected to participate will receive travel awards (maximum $1,250). The deadline for registration is November 30, 2011.

For more information regarding meeting logistics, contact Meeting Assistant Danielle King,

FASEB is composed of 24 societies with more than 100,000 members, making it the largest coalition of  biomedical research associations in the United States. FASEB enhances the ability of scientists and engineers to improve—through their research—the health, well-being and productivity of all people. Our mission is to  advance health and welfare by promoting progress and education in biological and biomedical sciences through service to our member societies and collaborative advocacy.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

POST ITS | Post It Notes Can Help Improve Your Teaching

Simple Post-its for Teaching Improvement

       by Heather M. Whitney (Originally posted on ProfHacker via
       Chronicle of Higher Education)

What we do and don’t recall easily is a funny thing. I’ve learned a lot of helpful information, science and teaching-wise, at the conferences I’ve attended, but some sticks in my mind without the help of notes and some doesn’t.

One bit of information I recall most readily is a handy tip I learned from attending GradSTEP (Graduate Student Teaching Event for Professional Development) at Vanderbilt University, literally days after I defended my Ph.D. During one of the sessions, a panelist, very new to the professoriate herself, mentioned that immediately after each class, before she does anything else or even touches her computer, she takes a large 5×8″ sticky note and writes down what did or didn’t work well in that class period. She sticks that to her papers from the class and then uses that note the next time she teaches the course to improve her teaching.

Read on for how post its help and find other tips HERE.

CLICK, SCAN & LEARN | Key Sites for Information on Academic Careers

The links below provide information and insight into the skills needed to advance in an academic career. Click, Scan and Learn:

Courtesy National Postdoctal Association

POSTDOC | 2012 Kauffman Foundation Emerging Postdoctral Entrepreneur Award

Nominations Open for the Kauffman Foundation
 Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Awards
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2012 Kauffman Foundation Outstanding Postdoctoral and Emerging Postdoctoral Entrepreneur awards. The awards recognize exceptional former and current postdocs who are working to commercialize research. The awards will be presented at the NPA 10th Annual Meeting, March 16-18, 2012, to be held at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco.

The Outstanding Postdoctoral Entrepreneur will receive a $10,000 honorarium and a travel stipend. The Emerging Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Award will receive a $2,500 honorarium and a travel stipend.

To read detailed eligibility requirements and application instructions, click here.

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The Kauffman Foundation Seeks Your Input
The Kauffman Foundation is seeking input on a curriculum currently being developed for a life sciences entrepreneurship conference. The curriculum is being developed to help entrepreneurs in the life sciences transform their ideas and discoveries into commercially viable products or services. The content will initially be presented during a 2-day conference in 2012.

Please complete the survey here to help in establishing the educational needs of today's life science entrepreneur.