Career Development Opportunities

January 2014

Opportunities for Science-based Careers in Advocacy/Jan 14 2013

WHAT:  Jim Bernstein, Government & Public Affairs Director for the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, will host an informal discussion where postdocs and grad students can talk with him about different science-based careers in advocacy.
WHEN:  Tuesday, Jan 14th;   5:00-7:00 pm
WHERE:  Med 229B
DETAILS:  Register by Friday, Jan 10th at:  Chalk Talk Registration. Refreshments will be provided.

What's next for Federal Funding of Biomedical Research? Developing effective science advocates for NIH in times of turmoil/Jan 15, 2014

WHAT:  Jim Bernstein, Government & Public Affairs Director for the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, will present an “inside the beltway” look at the political, economic, and other environmental factors that are threatening the future of the biomedical research enterprise.  This is a Department of Pharmacology Seminar Series event.
WHEN:   Wednesday, Jan 15th;  12:00-1:00 pm
WHERE:   Med 444B
DETAILS:   Details available on the attached Bernstein Flyer (pdf).

Grant Writing Dos and Don'ts Seminar and Panel Discussion/Jan 28, 2014

WHAT:  Karen Klein, Director of Grant Development and Medical Editing for the Translational Science Institute of Wake Forest University Health Sciences will conduct a seminar on the grant application dos and don’ts. 
    UTHSCSA Discussion Panel:
        Sunil Ahuja, MD, M.Sc., Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology & Biochemistry
        Reto Asmis, PhD, Professor, Deparments of Clinical Lab Sciences & Biochemistry
        Don Dougherty, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry
        Linda McManus, PhD, Professor, Department of Pathology
WHEN:  Tuesday, Jan 28th;  3:00-5:00 pm
VCON Sites:  GCCRI 2.160;  TRP 1.120;  TBRI 12.216;  Laredo DDH 2.200;  E-RAHC 1.200.2; H-RAHC 2.138
DETAILS:  Register here:  Grant Writing RSVP. Refreshments will be served. Please review the Grant Writing Flyer (pdf).

Careers in Science Writing Round Table Session/Jan 29, 2014

WHAT:  Karen Klein, President-elect of the American Medical Writers Association will provide advice about starting a medical writing career.  Limited attendance.
WHEN:   Wednesday, Jan 29th;   9:00-10:30 am
WHERE:   Lib 2.043
DETAILS:   Register here:  Science Writing RSVP. Breakfast will be served. Details available on the Science Writing Flyer (pdf).

February 2014

New Postdoc Orientation/Feb 3, 2014

WHAT:  The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs offers a New Postdoc Orientation.  This quarterly event will introduce early career development opportunities and resources available at the Health Science Center.
WHEN:   Monday, Feb 3rd;   8:00-10:00 am
WHERE:   AAB 106
DETAILS:   Register here:  New Postdoc Orientation Registration. For more information, contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at 567-0397.

March 2014

Pathways to Careers in Science Workshop/Mar 14, 2014

WHAT:  This workshop gives trainees an opportunity to discuss the variety of career paths that are available to young scientists.  Speakers will be Dr. James Barrett, Dr. Minda Lynch, and Dr. Tom McClellan and the workshop moderator will be Dr. Andrea Giuffrida.
WHEN:   Friday, Mar 14th;   3:00-5:00 pm
DETAILS:   Register here:  PCS Registration

Special Announcements

NIH Encourages Institutions to Develop Individual Development Plans

WHAT:   NIH to require institutions to utilize individual development plans (IDPs) for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to facilitate their achievement of career goals within the biomedical research workforce. Institutions are encouraged to develop procedures that document the use of IDPs; details will be required in all NIH progress reports (PHS 2590 or RPPR) submitted on/after October 1, 2014

Extension of eRA Commons User IDs

WHAT:   eRA Commons user IDs to be required for graduate and undergraduate students who participate in NIH-funded projects. Beginning October 18, 2013, modified PHS 2590 and RPPR forms will request this information…a warning will be generated if an eRA Commons user ID for graduate and undergraduate students is not provided. Then, beginning October 2014, the NIH will not accept progress reports lacking this information. Note that since 2009, the NIH has required an eRA Commons user ID for postdoctoral trainees (NOT-OD-09-140).

UTHSCSA Postdocs and Graduate Students are encouraged to obtain an eRA Commons User ID now. For eRA Commons Registration Assistance, contact Mari Martinez,, in the Office of Sponsored Programs.