Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The New York Academy of Sciences

Check out these events and opportunities from The New York Academy of Sciences!

**Deadline for Poster Abstracts and Travel Fellowship Applications this Friday, March 23, 2012**
12th International Conference on Myasthenia Gravis and Related Disorders Conference
Conference dates: May 21 - 23, 2012
Website & Information: www.nyas.org/MG12

**Deadline for Abstracts is Monday, March 26, 2012**
Genome Integrity Discussion Group Meeting
Event Date: April 2, 2012
Website & Informationhttp://www.nyas.org/Apr2012

**Deadline for Poster Abstracts next Friday March 30, 2012**
Fetal Programming and Environmental Exposures: Implications for Prenatal Care and Pre-Term Birth Conference
Conference dates: June 11 - 12, 2012
Website & Information: www.nyas.org/FetalProgramming

*Call for Poster Abstracts.  Deadline: April 06, 2012
5th Annual Advances in Biomolecular Engineering Symposium
Event Date: April 27, 2012
Website & Information: http://www.nyas.org/​BiomolEng2012

*Call for Abstracts. Deadline: April 08, 2012
Malaria 2012: Drugs, Vaccines, and Pathogenesis
Event Date: April 17, 2012
Website & Information: http://www.nyas.org/​Malaria2012

*Call for Poster and Short Talk Abstracts.  Deadline: Friday, April 27, 2012
Inositol Phospholipid Signaling in Physiology and Disease
Conference dates: June 26 - 27, 2012
Website & Information: www.nyas.org/Inositol2012

*Call for Poster Abstracts.  Deadline: May 18, 2012
Chemical Biology Discussion Group Year-End Symposium
Event Date: June 6, 2012
Website & Information: http://www.nyas.org/​YearEnd2012

Monday, April 9, 2012 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Introduction to Scientific Teaching
Dr. Matthew R. Marcello will introduce key elements of Scientific Teaching in this interactive workshop based on the Howard Hughes Medical Institute/National Academies Summer Teaching Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology. He will introduce the core Scientific Teaching concepts (active learning, diversity, and assessment) and practical information on how to incorporate these concepts into the classroom to improve your teaching effectiveness and student learning outcomes. The workshop will provide current and future faculty the knowledge and skills to incorporate scientific teaching principles into their courses.

About the New York Academy of Sciences
For nearly 200 years, the New York Academy of Sciences has brought together extraordinary people working at the frontiers of discovery and promoted vital links between science and society. The leading minds of academia, industry, and government depend on the unique forum the Academy provides for insight into the most important questions in all disciplines of science. For more information, visit www.nyas.org.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Black & Proud to be College Bound 2.0 March 17, 2012

Black & Proud
to Be
College Bound 2.0
"Black 2 The Future"
A College Readiness Conference for Black Males
Saturday, March 17th, 2012
8:00am - 4:00pm
Berkeley City College
2050 Center Street  Berkeley, CA 94704
  • Opportunities for students to engage with technology!
  • Sessions on SAT/ACT, A-G requirements, STEM, and more!
  • Transcript Evaluations by Counselors (bring YOUR transcripts!)
  • Raffles, prizes and giveaways!
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
This one-day convening will highlight the crossroads of education and technology, focusing on tech tools and careers!  Students will learn about and test various tech apps that can meet their academic needs and further their preparation for college.  Additionally, students will meet black tech industry professionals who have developed innovative apps and are creating pathways for future black entrepreneurs in technology.
Through the College Bound Brotherhood, the Kapor Foundation seeks to expand the number of African American young men in the Bay Area who are prepared for a college education.


We support organizations that provoke social change in communities of color en route to equality.

Finding a postdoctoral position

I know it has been quite some time since I last wrote- that is how busy things have been for me. Within the last year I have published a first author manuscript, mentored an undergraduate summer research student, defended my thesis, graduated from my doctorate program and relocated to start my postdoctoral research position. Phew, yeah I know... it all happened so quickly and I have lots that I want to share with you about each of these events. First I will start with how I approached finding a postdoctoral position.

Identify exciting research
Thinking about finding a postdoctoral position nearly gave me an anxiety attack.  But I calmed down and initially approached the search by identifying labs whose research greatly peeked my interest. I view the postdoctoral position as a great opportunity for me to modify my research focus, but remain within the broader scope of what my graduate work centered upon. With this in mind, I scrolled website after website of numerous labs located at a very short list of universities where I wanted to conduct my postdoctoral research.  After reading a variety of research summaries, I decided to further investigate the labs whose research made me feel "giddy."  (I know that sounds unprofessional, but if the research does not garner feelings of excitement, then I know that is not the lab for me.)

Explore the publication record
For these labs whose research I found interesting, I next explored their publication history. Most lab web pages display the most recent or impressive articles that they have published. However, I also visited the NCBI PubMed website to view a more thorough publication record. To do this, I went to PubMed and typed in the last name and first initial of the principal investigator of the lab followed by [au] (For example, Researcher X [au]) and clicked "search."  Sometimes I had to add a key word to narrow results when the professor's last name and first initial was too common). Conducting this publication search was important because examining the lab's publication record shows the types of journals in which a lab publishes; i.e. journals that feature clinical, technical, or basic research, etc.

Review trainees 
Exploration of the publication record also gave me insight into the composition of trainees in a given lab. How so? Well, articles always provide a listing of contributing authors.  I cross-referenced the authors' names with the lab's website, and began to learn that some labs were primarily comprised of postdocs, whereas others had a mixture of individuals at various stages in their career and from varying disciplines, i.e. graduate students, undergraduate students, technicians, biostatisticians, clinicians, etc.). Depending on the publication date, some of the authors of an article no longer were present in thatalab. So it was important to do a little more research to see where trainees went after leaving the lab. Most significantly, I wanted to know what became of the postdocs once they left the lab. Did they go move into faculty appointments...go to industry/biotech...land a position in government? Tracking past trainees this way allowed me to get a sense of how the training received in the potential lab facilitated movement of the trainees into their current positions. Some lab websites readily displayed such "where are they now" information and supplied me with instant answers.  However, when not provided, I simply Googled.

Learn how the lab is funded
Also, to be sure that the funding situation is secure for at least three years, I reviewed what funding the potential lab possessed.  If the lab is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), then this information can be accessed on the NIH RePORTER web page. On this site, I also learned what the potential lab has funding for, which allowed me to better understand the goals of the research and the duration of funding.

Time is short right now, so I will continue describing this journey in another post. In an upcoming post, I will share my experience with how I contacted and applied to prospective labs.

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