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September 2014


September 9, 2014

Digital Science Catalyst Grant

Digital Science supports innovative software ideas that help make scientific research more efficient. The Catalyst Grant program offers funding plus the opportunity to work with our team to refine, develop and promote the innovation.

What are they looking for?

Original, early stage software ideas that help benefit scientific research.

What do they offer?

Grants of up to $25,000 (£15,000) to help take your idea from concept to prototype.

How can your students apply?

Find out more and apply for the Catalyst Grant here


August 2014

August 11, 2014

Association of College and University Biology Educators 

Are you thinking about a career path beyond basic research? Perhaps you are interested in a career that emphasizes teaching and pedagogical research. Working at a liberal arts college or a two year school can be a rewarding career, but making the transition from a research scientist can be a difficult process.  Where can you get teaching experience? What are some effective classroom methods? What are the publishing opportunities in pedagogical research?

You are invited to check out the Association of College and University Biology Educators, better known as ACUBE. It is a group of post-secondary educators dedicated to excellence in teaching biology and a network of support for science education. The community consists of teachers and staff from relatively small four year colleges and universities, community colleges, technical schools, and even large research institutions. The mission of ACUBE is to provide a supporting and mentoring environment for professional developmental opportunities to include:

  • Develop and recognize excellence in teaching
  • New and innovative teaching ideas.
  • Advising and mentoring students in and out of the classroom.
  • Enhance scholarship through our nationally, peer reviewed journal Bioscene.

ACUBE has annual meetings that showcase novel teaching methods and provide workshops and seminars on career strategies at all levels. It also is a great opportunity for networking with biology educators. Please visit its home page at to discover more about the mission, newsletters, previous and upcoming activities, and the Bioscene publication archive. Soon you can also follow them on LinkedIn and discuss topics related to our mission.

 July 2014

July 29, 2014

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Third Annual BioArt competition

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is holding its third annual BioArt competition. Each day, scientific investigators produce thousands of images and videos as a part of their research – from the collection of image-based data, to the visualization of results and the illustration of complex findings. However, only a few are ever seen outside of the laboratory. Through the BioArt competition, FASEB hopes to share the beauty and excitement of biological research with the public.

The competition is open to federally-funded biomedical and life scientists or FASEB society members who wish to submit captivating, high-resolution images and videos produced from their own cutting-edge life science research. This year, there are two image categories “Fluorescence and Electron Microscopy” and “All Other Life Science Images.” FASEB will select five winners in each image category and two in the video category. The submission deadline is August 30, 2014.

Last year’s winning images are on display at the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) Visitor Center. Winning images and videos have been featured on the NIH Director’s blog and been included in other exhibits and events!

July 9, 2014

Cell Viability Survey

A global biotechnology company is conducting a survey to better serve the needs of researchers. They are offering a $15 Starbucks eGift to the first 200 participants. For life science research only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.

Complete the survey here:

June 2014

June 23, 2014

11th Annual Qualitative Research Summer Intensive

ResearchTalk Inc., a qualitative research consulting and professional development firm, and the University of North Carolina's Odum Institute are offering a special discount for NPA members to attend the 11th annual Qualitative Research Summer Intensive.  The event will be held in Chapel Hill, NC. It begins July 28, 2014 and ends August 1, 2014.

More information about the event is available at this webpage:

NPA members are entitled to two different discount offers this year:

  • Members can register for any courses offered at this year's event and receive a 25% discount.  Simply use the discount code NPA25 while completing your registration information; OR
  • Two specific courses on this year schedule are available to you at 50% discount (offer not to be combined with above discount or any other discount offers). 
    • Robin Jarrett is teaching a course entitled “Negotiating Diversity in Qualitative Research.”  This two-day course is offered Monday and Tuesday, July 28 and 29.
    • Tony Adams, co-editor of “The Handbook of Autoethnography” and author of “Narrating the Closet: An Autoethnography of Same Sex Desire ,” is teaching a two-day course entitled “Autoethnographic Research.”  This course is offered Thursday, July 31 through Friday, August 1.

To receive this discount, e-mail ResearchTalk directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This special discount is only available via e-mail and not available through online registration.

June 19,2014

Turn your Science into a Company Workshop

The American Society for Microbiology is soliciting applications from graduate students, postdoctoral and early career scientists for the inaugural 2014 ASM Turning Science into a Company.  Application deadline is August 17, 2014. Space is limited- Apply Now!

Workshop topics cover:

1. Steps for structuring start-up businesses including research, product development, and    commercialization

2. Resources for conducting market research analysis

3. Alternatives for financing start-up business

4. When, why, and how to exit a business


The workshop will be held Friday and Saturday, September 26 – 27, 2014, ASM Headquarters, Washington, DC

For more information, please visit the Turning Your Science into a Company page. If you have questions email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



June 9,2014

Volunteers Needed For Research Study

Survey of the prevalent professional research climate of postdoctoral researchers and Ph.D. students

Seeking participants for an anonymous online survey to document the experiences of postdoctoral scholars and Ph.D. students during their training period. To take this survey you must be a postdoctoral scholar or Ph.D. student in a research environment. You must understand written English and will need to be over 18 to give consent to participate. It is anticipated that the survey will not take longer than 30 minutes to complete.

RISKS AND BENEFITS: No personal information of the participants will be collected or used as a part of this survey. Once results are collected, they will be used only in relation to this research. Participation in the study involves minimal risk. The survey poses some questions of a sensitive nature that might cause mild psychological discomfort. If you find any questions too uncomfortable to answer, you are free to omit those questions. Benefits to participants include the opportunity to express thoughts and feelings regarding your research training in a safe and anonymous setting. Potential long-term benefits include a better understanding of the trainee experience throughout academia and potential changes in institutional policies, as well as information that could help design independent help desks for research scholars.

COST AND PAYMENTS: There are no costs for participating in this study. You will not be paid for your participation.

Any questions pertaining to the research can be answered by

Dr. Siddharth Ramakrishnan ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Please find the link to the survey below:

June 6, 2014

2014 Building Bridges and Spanning Boundaries Award: Innovations in Research and Research Education

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) announces its third annual award developed in collaboration with the Graduate Research, Education, and Training (GREAT) Group and Group on Research Advancement and Development (GRAND) leadership. The 2014 award will highlight innovations in two different areas:

Community Partnerships

Proposals must highlight innovative ways institutions partner with communities through research or research training outreach programs. Examples of eligible programs include K-12 STEM education outreach, clinical trial outreach and recruitment programs, community education outreach, or health equity research programs.

Maximizing Research Efficiency

Proposals must highlight innovative ways institutions maximize research efficiency within their research or research training program. Examples of eligible initiatives include new (re)organization or utilization of shared research core facilities, innovative models for space allocation, collaborations across multiple institutions, optimizing units that support research, or other related initiatives.

Who Should Apply?

Research training leaders in Ph.D., M.D.-Ph.D., and postdoctoral programs, research deans, and research and faculty leaders across the full spectrum of research are encouraged to apply. Self-submissions and applications on behalf of colleagues are welcome.


Winners will be announced at the 2014 GRAND, GREAT Group and Postdoctorate Leaders Section Annual Professional Development Meeting, September 18-20 in Ft. Worth, Texas. At least one award in each category will be presented to institutions. A total amount of $15,000 will be awarded.

Application and more award details are available on the AAMC website.

Application deadline: Monday, June 30, 2014

Application submissions and questions:
Jodi Yellin, Ph.D.
Director, Science Policy, AAMC
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 202-828-0485

June 5, 2014

Curium Consulting Projects

Are you a highly skilled graduate student or academic looking to leverage your skill set in a business setting? Would you like to gain experience in bioscience business consulting while building your network and solving real-life business problems?

Curium encourages high caliber academics from all disciplines to apply to work on Curium consulting projects.

Curium carefully reviews and selects applicants based on their experience, previous accolades, and current project needs. If chosen, you will receive training, guidance, and support, before being assigned to a project team under the direction of a project lead. Curium consultants are offered project based stipends and compensation is commensurate with experience. As you gain experience with Curium, you can progress from an analyst to project manager, based on project performance.

Curium consulting projects are designed to be completed in parallel to full-time academic commitments, as such, project teams typically meet on evenings and weekends to allow for this. Also, while it is understood that student members have academic commitments, Curium project consultants are expected to complete projects within project timelines and to the highest quality standards.

How to Apply

Curium is continually seeking exceptional candidates. If interested, please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with the subject line “Curium Consulting Applicant” and make sure to include your résumé and a brief description of your career interests and/or cover letter.

Candidate applicants will be reviewed and contacted directly for interviews regarding upcoming projects based on fit and availability.


May 2014

May 8, 2014

Elsevier Publishing Connect Webinar Series

The Elsevier Foundation runs the hugely popular Publishing Connect program, supporting young and new scientific authors by bringing publishing workshops to institutions across the globe. They also provide a library of training webcasts on their website.

They are bringing you a new series of free live webinars, presented by Elsevier's top experts.

By participating in these webinars, you will receive the most valuable and up-to-date advice on how to publish and get your research seen by your peers. You will also be able to send your questions to our experts. All this without having to leave your desk!

You can register for one, or several of their events:

Introduction to Scholarly Publishing
Presenter: Keith Lambert, Publisher
8 May 2014, 3.00pm BST, 4.00pm CEST, 10.00am EDT
What does a Publisher actually do? Find out what key contributions to the scientific and health communities a Publisher makes.

How to Get Published
Presenter: Anthony Newman, Senior Publisher
Part I: Preparing Your Manuscript
13 May 2014, 3.00pm BST, 4.00pm CEST, 10.00am EDT
Learn what are the important steps that, as an Author, you need to follow in preparing your manuscript for a successful publication.

Part II: Structuring an Article
14 May 2014, 3.00pm BST, 4.00pm CEST, 10.00am EDT
From the title and keywords, right through to the conclusion and references, this presentation will take you through all the essential criteria to give your article the best chance of success.

Part III: Using Proper Scientific Language
15 May 2014, 3.00pm BST, 4.00pm CEST, 10.00am EDT
Find out why proper language is vital and about all the main ways to present your work, including the correct use of tenses and grammar.

Research and Publishing Ethics
Presenter: Catriona Fennell, Director Publishing Services
22 May 2014, 3.00pm BST, 4.00pm CEST, 10.00am EDT
Protect your reputation and career by learning how to navigate ethical topics, such as authorship, plagiarism and conflict of interest.

The events are FREE to attend. Just register here and you'll be sent a link and a calendar reminder. On the day, just click on the link, sit back and watch the presentation. Register here!

May 7, 2014

Careers@Singapore: Translational & Clinical Research Networking Sessions

Singapore offers generous funding, cutting-edge infrastructure and an established ecosystem of renowned research institutes helmed by distinguished researchers to support the careers of physician scientists and clinical researchers.

Contact Singapore, an alliance of the Singapore Economic Development Board and Ministry of Manpower, together with some of Singapore's leading medical and research institutes, will be holding networking sessions on the East Coast from May 19-22. Contact Singapore is looking for physician scientists, academic physicians and researchers in the following therapeutic areas: cancer, cardiovascular diseases, computational & systems biology, dermatology, health services research, infectious diseases/immunology, metabolic disorders, neuroscience, pediatrics, pathology, radiological sciences, stem cell biology, stroke, neuro-degenerative diseases and neuro-oncology.

Boston, MA: Monday, May 19

Hotel Commonwealth
500 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (registration starts at 6:30 p.m.)

New York, NY: Wednesday, May 21

Millennium Broadway Hotel New York
145 West 44th Street
New York, 10036-40
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (registration starts at 6:30 p.m.)

Bethesda, MD: Thursday, May 22

Hilton Garden Inn Washington, D.C./Bethesda
7301 Waverly Street
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (registration starts at 6:30 p.m.)

Participants will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from Singapore’s medical and research institutes, including: A*STAR Genome Institute of Singapore, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Healthcare Cluster, and Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.

To register for these sessions and to submit your CV to be considered for research and career positions at these institutes, please visit:

The deadline to register is May 15, 2014.

Contact Singapore and their partners will also be present at the Naturejobs Career Expo 2014 in Boston on May 20, 2014. Register here for Naturejobs Career Expo 2014 in Boston:


April 2014

April 23, 2014

Research In Progress Luncheon

The Clinical and Translational Science Center of the Weill Cornell Medical College is holding a Research In Progress luncheon, featuring presentations by CTSC trainees and scholars. The luncheon is hosted by Olaf Andersen, M.D. on Friday, May 16, 2014, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., at 525 E. 68th Street, 2nd floor, Payson Solarium (P-224).

“Evaluation of the Pathobiology of Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPN) in Pediatric Patients”
CTSC KL2 Scholar – Nicole Kucine, M.D.

“Dynamic Load Bearing Characteristics of Implants for Osteochondral Defects”
CTSC KL2 Scholar – Tony Chen, Ph.D.

“Fecal metabolite profiling: a noninvasive method to determine biomarkers of chemopreventive efficacy in intestinal neoplasia”
CTSC TL1 Trainee– David Montrose, Ph.D.

Please RSVP by May 14, 2014 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Light refreshments will be served.

April 18, 2014

Postdoc to Faculty Workshop

If you are a postdoctoral fellow interested in a faculty position in the chemical sciences at a college or university, this workshop can help you prepare for a rewarding career. Housing and meals will be provided to the selected applicants.

August 8 & 9 in San Francisco, CA (prior to the fall 2014 ACS National Meeting).

The Postdoc to Faculty Workshop:

  • compares and contrasts positions and expectations in undergraduate and graduate chemistry departments
  • provides assistance with and feedback on teaching philosophies and research statements
  • presents strategies for balancing scholarship, teaching, and service expectations with life outside academia
  • creates a network of early-career faculty along with mentors, who can guide newly-minted faculty members
  • introduces interactive teaching models and provides resources to facilitate their incorporation

Submit an application by April 21

Please review the entire application form and gather all of the necessary information prior to attempting to start the application.Female applicants are encouraged to apply for the Dan Su Travel Award

The Dan Su Travel Award is a competitive award used to encourage women pursuing an academic career in chemistry. It will be awarded to the top four applications from women.The Dan Su Travel Award is established in memory of Dr. Dan Su, who served as Manager of both Analytical R&D and Quality Control Departments at Cambridge Major Laboratories, Inc. Dr. Su earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in polymer chemistry at Jilin University and Beijing Institute of Chemical Technology, respectively, before receiving her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Montreal. She conducted postdoctoral research with Dr. Fred Menger and Dr. David Jaeger before embarking on an industrial career.

Applicants are additionally encouraged to submit an abstract, by March 31, to be a part of the Academic Employment Intiative held at SciMix. This venue provides a unique opportunity for postdocs seeking academic positions to network with faculty recruiters.

If you have any questions, write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"Intro to Government Consulting" Workshop

What's next for your career? Consulting is a growing and exciting career for graduates in life sciences, physical sciences, math, engineering, computer sciences and other STEM-related fields. Attend the next "Intro to Government Consulting" workshop. Get an insiders perspective from current STEM consultants.

April 30, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Metro Park - Alexandria, VA

Sign Up Now - Limited Seating Available!

Reserve your seat today and join STEM Career Services at Metro Park in Alexandria, VA, April 30, 2014 to get expert advice on:

  • The importance of STEM-trained candidates in government consulting.
  • Where to look for jobs in government consulting.
  • How to qualify for a security clearance.
  • How government consulting differs from management consulting and why STEM graduates find it more desirable.
  • How to transfer your academic/industry skills to those of a government consultant.
  • The importance of client interaction and which technical skills you must have to succeed.
  • What makes you a good “fit” for a company and a company a good “fit” for you.

All courses are taught by current government consultants. Learn by hearing case studies, seeing mock interviews and being exposed to the most up-to-date information about this career field.

April 14, 2014

Annual Postdoc Conference & Career Fair

A conference and career fair for current postdoctoral fellows working in Washington, D.C. area federal labs and universities, and for companies recruiting high-level S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) professionals. This event exposes area postdoctoral fellows in the S.T.E.M. fields to the many career options (e.g., government, private sector, entrepreneurship) that are available to them.

The career fair portion connects local job-seeking postdocs with companies seeking that level of talent.

Bethesda North Marriott/Montgomery County Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road
Rockville, MD 20852

April 24, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


April 8, 2014

Centricity Series - Cancer: Navigating Innovative Care - April 23, 2014

Centricity Series on Cancer: Navigating Innovative Care, will take place on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset.

Register here:


HEAL-X Program at Tulane University

The HEAL-X Program at the Tulane School of Medicine is an expedited 3 ½- year program for those with Ph.D.s in biomedical sciences who would like to pursue an M.D. degree. Each year, up to 15 qualified students are accepted into a small cohort which learns using the ‘flipped classroom’ model. Using outcome-based learning objectives, students prepare materials outside of class, and then meet with faculty in interactive sessions that employ problem-based learning, team-based learning, and other interactive learning methods. Early clinical exposure is used throughout the first 18 months to emphasize and integrate the clinical application of basic science.

Application deadline for the January 2015 class is July 31st. For more information visit their website or contact Mary Tigner-Rasanen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

April 1, 2014

NextProf 2014 Future Faculty Workshop

The NextProf 2014 Future Faculty Workshop is planned for Wednesday, October 1, 2014 through Friday, October 3, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering. They have hosted two very successful NextProf workshops over the past two years. For more details on NextProf 2014 and to nominate someone, please click on .

They are seeking the very best senior doctoral candidates, postdocs and recent graduates meeting the following eligibility criteria:

  • Participants should be an underrepresented minority as defined by the National Science Foundation framework for broadening participation: individuals who belong to underrepresented groups, e.g., Alaska Native, Native American, Blacks or African American, Hispanics, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; and
  • Participants should be interested in/thinking about an academic career in engineering and science at an exceptional research or teaching institution.

All travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the selected participants.

If you should have any question about the event, please feel free to contact Alec at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Fulbright Postdoctoral Grant Opportunities

The Fulbright Scholar Program is eager to engage postdoctoral and early career academics, offering opportunities in a range of countries and fields.

Postdoctoral/early career grants are open to U.S. scholars who have recently completed their doctoral degrees – typically within the five previous years. Postdoctoral awards are available in STEM fields, the arts, humanities and social sciences. Grant lengths range from one semester to 20 months, depending on the host country.

Postdoctoral/early career grants present an excellent opportunity for recently minted scholars to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources and to make connections with others in their fields. Scholars will be expected to engage with graduate students in the host country and to be involved with host university training in cutting edge research in their specializations.

For more information, including a list of countries offering Fulbright Scholar postdoctoral opportunities, visit:

Pubget is a life science literature search tool similar to PubMed. Unlike PubMed, with Pubget, the search results are complete papers-not abstracts. Each paper in a search is displayed as a PDF, thus allowing users to quickly and efficiently save and print papers from journals such as Nature, Science and Cell (in fact, our database is comprised of everything in PubMed). Pubget is free to use (although a user's institution needs a subscription to use Pubget) and currently has more than 800,000 unique users from more than 500+ institutions accessing the site each month.

 core_final_816Ethics CORE will develop, gather, preserve and provide comprehensive access to resources related to professional and research ethics for many audiences. It will provide information and expertise for instructors who teach ethics, students with questions about research integrity, researchers and engineers who encounter ethical challenges in practice, administrators in universities and businesses who oversee ethics and compliance policies, scholars who conduct research on professional and research ethics, and others with questions or interests in these areas using a variety of tools including Online Presentations, Courses, Learning Modules, Animations, Teaching Materials, and more. These resources come from contributors in our scientific community, and are used by visitors from all over the world.

Ethics CORE investigators hail from diverse backgrounds, including business, law, civil engineering, education, electrical and computer engineering and library sciences. Other partners bring strengths across the range of disciplines supported by the National Science Foundation and beyond.

Become a Character in an Interactive Movie Simulating Responsible Conduct of Research Topics

In "The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct," you become the lead characters in an interactive movie and make decisions about integrity in research that can have long-term consequences. The simulation addresses Responsible Conduct of Research topics such as avoiding research misconduct, mentorship responsibilities, handling of data, responsible authorship, and questionable research practices. In the movie you assume the role of four characters confronted with the pressures of working in a research laboratory. For complete details about this interactive movie visit

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Younger Chemists Committee

The Younger Chemists Committee advocates for and provides resources to early-career chemists and professionals in the chemical sciences and related fields. The YCC addresses specific issues facing younger chemists within the ACS and serves as a voice to the Society on behalf of younger chemists.

Addgene is a nonprofit plasmid repository that helps scientists share their published plasmids. Addgene helps depositing scientists by archiving their DNA samples and handling plasmid requests. Addgene is also a great resource for scientists that need plasmids because we provide a searchable database of sequence-verified samples. Addgene currently has over 10,000 plasmids stored, and has shipped close to 100,000 samples to scientists around the world.

LabLife provides free lab management software to biology research labs. LabLife helps scientists organize materials and data, organize lab ordering, analyze sequences, and more. It's perfect for post-docs who want to help their current labs get organized or who are looking for free IT infrastructure as they start their own labs.

The New York City postdoctoral community has established an Internet platform which promotes cross-institutional collaboration for improving the lives and training of more than three thousand postdocs living in the NYC area. Follow this link:

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