All Upcoming Programs

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
O'Hara Student Center - Ballroom
Natasha Tokowicz, PhD

In this workshop, we will discuss ways to overcome the difficulties associated with being productive in writing, focusing on the issues that are identified by the audience as most problematic. We will also discuss the critical step of editing one’s writing.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 8:30am - 10:30am
S120 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Darlene F. Zellers, PhD
Ora A. Weisz, PhD

Highly productive and satisfying postdoctoral relationships are best fostered by strategic hiring practices and structured mentoring activities. This session will provide faculty members an overview of best practices for recruiting, screening, interviewing, selecting, and mentoring postdoctoral trainees who are best able to contribute to their research program. Faculty participants will explore how successful postdoctoral relationships are shaped by clarity of expectations during the recruitment stage, realistic goal setting, accountability, and positive interactions during training.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
S123 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Marci Lee Nilsen, PhD, RN
University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing

Title of This Month's Talk:

"Usability and Feasibility of Communication Tools for Older Adults after Head and Neck Cancer Surgery"

To learn more about the speaker, click here.

Postdoc to Postdoc is a forum for postdocs to practice their scientific presentation skills to an audience of fellow postdocs. These are scheduled monthly, and complimentary lunch and soft drinks are provided.


Thursday, April 23, 2015 (All day) - Friday, April 24, 2015 (All day)
UPMC Conference Center, 11th Floor of Scaife Hall

Day One: Thursday, April 23, 2015

12:30 p.m.

Registration Begins

1:00 p.m.


Darlene F. Zellers, PhD - Director, Office of Academic Career Development

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Keynote Presentation

The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Imposter Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It

Presenter: Valerie Young, EdD - Best Selling Author and Consultant

In her decades of in-the-trenches research on women’s self-limiting feelings and beliefs about themselves and their success, Valerie Young has uncovered the often surprising reasons why so many accomplished women feel as though they are “faking it” – impostors in their own lives and careers. In Valerie’s book, The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women, these women finally have a solution: Important insight into why fraud fears are more common in women combined with practical ways to banish the thought patterns that undermine their ability to feel — and act — as bright and capable as they truly are.

3:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.


3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Making Connections Through Strategic Networking

Presenter: Anne M. Robertson, PhD - William Kepler Whiteford Professor of Engineering - Director of the Center for Faculty Experience - Swanson School of Engineering

Cheryl A. Bodnar, PhD, CTDP - Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

Enhance your networking capabilities and discover the enjoyment of networking.  This introductory presentation will be followed by a hands-on speed networking session. 

5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Dinner Break - Dinner Provided for Registered Participants

5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.


Negotiation: The Art of Asking for It

Presenter: Leanne Meyer - Program Director, Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women - Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University

Do you ask for what you want or are you waiting to be offered the opportunity that will advance your career and/or compensation?  Learn how to better navigate the barriers we know women face in the workplace.

6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Negotiation Case Studies

Moderator: Jennifer E. Woodward, PhD - Associate Professor of Surgery - Associate Vice Provost for Research Operations

Working in small groups, you will apply your negotiation skills and critique the negotiation skills of others.

8:00 p.m.



Day Two: Friday, April 24, 2015 

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Contintental Breakfast Reception

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Individual Career Consultations - Ask a Guide for Direction

You will have the opportunity to sign up for a personal 15-minute career consultation with faculty members from across the campus. You can have your CV reviewed, ask for a referral, or just talk to someone knowledgeable about your career aspirations. Those who pre-register for this session will be contacted no later than April 15th to select a mentor and schedule a meeting time between 8:30am and 9:30am.

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Communicating with Confidence

It’s important to establish your professional credibility by being an influential and excellent communicator. Beth has spoken for audiences that range in size from 10-800+ around the United States. She’ll share how to communicate with pride and purpose, whether it’s in an email, conference call, team meeting or at a podium. 

Presenter: Beth Caldwell - Author and Consultant

11:30 a.m.




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Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S120 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Satdarshan (Paul) Monga, MD
Nick Giannoukakis, PhD

This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview on the process of the F32 grant writing and review process with a special emphasis on structure of grant proposals, how reviewers score the grants, and how decisions on funding are made. At the conclusion of the workshop, the participants should be able to appreciate the scientific features of an outstanding grant proposal, thus allowing them to write a successful F32 grant application.