All Upcoming Programs

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Vietnam Veteran's Pavilion, Schenley Park

Postdocs and their friends and families are invited to network and socialize at this UPPDA picnic event. Enjoy a variety of free activities for everyone including caricature drawings, face painting, balloon animals, lawn games, etc. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 PM. This event requires advance registration.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017 (All day) - Wednesday, October 4, 2017 (All day)
University Club, Ballrooms A and B

October 3, 2017 | University Club | Day One


Registration Begins

Ballroom B

Introduction and Welcome

Vice Dean, School of Medicine
Professor of Critical Care Medicine
University of Pittsburgh
Ballroom B

Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce: Beyond Best Practices

Association of Women in Science



Ballroom B

Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce Panel Discussion

Jack D. Myers Professor and Chair
Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

Laurie J. Kirsch, PhD
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Development, & Diversity
Professor of Business Administration

University of Pittsburgh

Senior Vice-Dean

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY

Dean of School of Pharmacy
Dr. Gordon J. Vanscoy Professor of
  Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Pittsburgh                  
10:30–10:45am Break
Ballroom B 

Gender Differences in Declining Requests for Non‐Promotable Tasks

Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Economics
University of Pittsburgh
11:45am–1pm Lunch on Own
Ballroom B


The Benefits of Climate Change in Academia

Professor of Ophthalmology and Director
Office for Women's Careers
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
2–2:15pm Break
Ballroom B

Making Connections at Professional Meetings through Strategic Networking

Association of Women in Science 
3:15–3:30pm Break
Ballroom B


Taking Your Networking to the Next Level: From Connections to Collaborations

Pitt Moderator and Panelists

Associate Vice Provost for Research Operations
Professor of Surgery and Immunology
University of Pittsburgh
Professor and Chair
Department of Psychology

University of Pittsburgh

Distinguished Professor
Department of Immunology

University of Pittsburgh

Associate Dean, Director
Medical Scientist Training Program
Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology

University of Pittsburgh

Associate Dean for Research
John A. Swanson Professor of Bioengineering
University of Pittsburgh
Ballroom A
Meet and Greet the Presenters and Panelists
Hors d’oeuvre Reception

October 4, 2017 | University Club | Day Two

Ballroom A*
Continental Breakfast Reception
Ballroom A
9:45–10:00am Break
Ballroom B

Saying No So You Can Say Yes

Vice President for Equity and Inclusion
University of Oregon
11:30am Closing

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Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce:
Beyond Best Practices
Best practices have been developed that can make the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in science and engineering more gender equitable. This session will focus on how individuals can leverage those strategies into effective techniques for their own mentorship and sponsorship, networking, and professional interactions for career advancement. 

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Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce Panel Discussion
Senior academic leaders will discuss the academic obstacles that impede the retention and advancement of women faculty and the institutional challenges to implementing transformative change.

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Breaking the Glass Ceiling with "No"
Gender Differences in Declining Requests for Non-Promotable Tasks
Gender differences in task allocations may sustain vertical gender segregation in labor markets. Dr. Vesterlund will report on studies examining the allocation of a task that everyone prefers be completed by someone else (writing a report, serving on a committee, etc.) and will present evidence that women more than men volunteer, are asked to volunteer, and accept requests to volunteer for such tasks. Beliefs that women, more than men, say yes to tasks with low promotability appear as an important driver of these differences. If women hold tasks that are less promotable than those held by men, then women will progress more slowly in organizations.

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The Benefits of Climate Change in Academia
You can look at the pipeline in a negative light (and that is appropriate), but Dr. Masur suggests that you should not stop there because, in addition, you can look at it another way. She argues that we are at a tipping point. In this presentation, Dr. Masur will examine a) case studies that illustrate how progress has been made, b) the role of diverse teams in improving scientific progress and impact, c) institutional and national programs that make a difference in gender equity, and d) how to celebrate success to create positive feedback loops.

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Making Connections at Professional Meetings through Strategic Networking
Networking is an important component for career success and, when strategically implemented, can be utilized to advance one’s career. This interactive workshop will cover the various forms of networking, incorporate small group discussions on the benefits and challenges related to networking, and provide tips and techniques that can immediately be put into action to improve one’s networking skills.

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Taking Your Networking to the Next Level:
From Connections to Collaborations
A panel of accomplished academic scientists will share their experiences building collaborative relationships and offer insights and advice on how to identify and cultivate relationships with potential collaborators.

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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. Have your CV reviewed, ask for a referral, or just talk to someone knowledgeable about your career aspirations. Registration will close by noon on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Registrants will be contacted tshortly after via email and given instructions for choosing a career guide.

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Saying No So You Can Say Yes
As women in academia, we’re conditioned to see opportunity as a scarce commodity. When one presents itself, no matter what it may be or how much time we may not have, we feel pressure to say yes because another one might not come along. However, not every yes is created equal. In fact, a no can often be the best thing for you and everyone involved. This workshop, "Saying No So You Can Say Yes", teaches how to embrace your true purpose, identify the projects that support it, and most importantly, say no to the ones that don’t. When all's said and done, you won’t be judged by how many things you did, but by how effective they were.

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Dress for Success

Participants are encouraged to donate to Dress for Success Pittsburgh. Donations will be collected during both days of the 2017 Women in Medicine and Science Forum. Please check the wish list for items of greatest need. View Wish List


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Registration Deadline

Please register *no later than Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 5pm. 

*The option to select the Individual Career Consultations session ends on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at noon to allow time for you to be matched with a career guide.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
S100A Starzl Biomedical Science Tower


SPRINGBOARD Speaker - Sarah MorganSarah Morgan is currently the manager of the Recruiting and Client Services department within the Office of Human Resources at the University of Pittsburgh. Sarah has worked in this department since August of 2012 starting as a Recruiter and later a Senior Recruiter. Sarah has over 10 years of recruiting and hiring experience in various industries including staffing and retail. Sarah obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Oklahoma and recently completed her MBA from the KATZ Graduate School of Business. Sarah and her husband are both originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two old English bulldogs, Penny and Uno, going out to eat or going for hikes in the local parks or the many state parks near Pittsburgh.

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SPRINGBOARD Speaker - Darlene ZellersDarlene F. Zellers, PhD, is associate vice chancellor for academic career development, health sciences, at the University of Pittsburgh; director of the Office of Academic Career Development (OACD), Health Sciences; director of the Center for Postdoctoral Affairs in the Health Sciences; and associate dean for postdoctoral affairs in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. In her leadership role with the OACD, she is responsible for developing professional career development programs and services for biomedical scientists and clinicians within the University’s six schools of the health sciences, and providing oversight to the university-wide Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development. The OACD serves the University’s academic health science community, including graduate and medical students, postdoctoral fellows, residents, clinical fellows, and faculty at every level of experience, by providing full-spectrum academic career development guidance, training, and support. With regard to postdoctoral affairs, she is additionally responsible for overseeing postdoctoral training and professional career development across the schools of the health sciences.

Darlene joined the University of Pittsburgh in 1995 as director of the Office of Summer Sessions and Continuing Education, and, in 1997, became associate dean of continuing education and summer programs in the College of General Studies. She previously held administrative posts at the Community College of Allegheny County and Duquesne University. Throughout Darlene’s career, she has held leadership roles in continuing education professional organizations, has been recognized by the College Board Office of Adult Learning Services as a leading practitioner in continuing education, and has received national awards for academic program development and marketing. She has published in the fields of continuing higher education and professional career development and her research interests are academic cultures, professional career development, and program development. Darlene received a BS in individual and family studies from the Pennsylvania State University. She received an MA in administrative and policy studies and a PhD in higher education administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Coming Soon

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
University Club, Ballroom B, 123 University Place

This interactive workshop, presented by the Office of Academic Career Development–Health Sciences and the University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association, is designed to bolster the professional development of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students by providing practical input for discovering emerging employment opportunities in today’s job market.

Dr. Urban will discuss how doctoral students and postdoctoral trainees can leverage their advanced scientific and analytic reasoning skills to solve challenging problems working in a wide variety of scientific professions. Following his presentation, participants will have the opportunity to meet and interact with a variety of local professionals from science-related fields who will lead roundtable discussions about career prospects in a range of employment settings such as academia, industry, and government organizations.

Light refreshments will be served.

Keynote Speaker

SCIENCE2017 Speaker - Nathan UrbanNathan Urban, PhD is a professor and the associate chair of the Department of Neurobiology, the Associate Director of the University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute and co-Director of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition. In June 2017, he was appointed to Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Strategic Initiatives after serving as the Vice Provost for Special Projects beginning in 2015. Prior to joining Pitt, Urban was a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon, where he was the Frederick Schwertz Distinguished Professor of Life Sciences and served as Head of the Department of Biological Sciences and interim Provost from 2014-2015.

Urban graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991 with majors in Neuroscience and Mathematics and Philosophy. Following graduation, he attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar before returning to the University of Pittsburgh to earn his PhD in Neuroscience. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg Germany, Urban joined Carnegie Mellon's Department of Biological Sciences in 2002. Urban’s scientific work continues to focus on experimental and computational analysis of sensory processing by neural circuits in the mouse brain, with a focus on the sense of smell. He is also interested in development of new techniques and methods for neuroscience especially in the areas of recordings of brain activity and the computational analysis of behavior. His work has been funded by NIH, NSF, DARPA, AFOSR, the Simons Foundation, the Commonwealth of PA and the Human Frontiers Science Program.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S100 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower

This workshop will focus on appropriately organizing and budgeting time at any stage of training to maximize productivity. This is NOT just a time management workshop. The goal of this workshop is to give you a better understanding of how to successfully juggle tasks--in both work and life--to be as effective as possible in the workplace. The workshop will be highly interactive and will encourage you to get started on the “re-sequencing” of work and life events for increased success.

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Tullia C. Bruno, PhD is a research assistant professor in the Department of Immunology. She directs Dr. Dario Vignali’s translational lab at the Hillman Cancer Center and conducts her own research on the function of tumor infiltrating B cells in non-small cell lung cancer patients. She began her training in the lab as an undergraduate student at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN and decided to pursue a PhD in Immunology (with a focus in cancer immunology) at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD as a result. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado where she was also actively involved in the postdoctoral association, serving as President in the last year of her fellowship. As a new faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, she is actively involved in all Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) programs, which provide funding for Dr. Bruno’s research. Outside of her academic research, she is also very interested in science policy and communication, and is an advocate for the postdoctoral community by serving on the National Postdoctoral Association Board of Directors. Throughout her training, she has learned how to re-sequence work tasks to optimize productivity, which is the focus of this interactive workshop.  


Add to Calendar 10/26/2017 03:00 PM 10/26/2017 05:00 PM America/New_York Re-Sequencing: How to Heighten Productivity and Maintain Balance DPCD Workshop S100 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower 10/26/2017 Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
O'Hara Student Union - Second Floor Ballroom

LinkedIn is one of the most powerful tools used to develop an effective network, yet many users do not know how to get the most out of the platform. This program will focus on the major concepts of LinkedIn; creating a profile, making connections and finding opportunities, for both first time and experienced users. Attendees will learn tips and tricks to ensure their profiles stand out and are targeted to attract the people or organizations who can help them advance their careers.

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DPCD Workshop Speaker - Sam Musselman

Sam Musselman is an internship associate at the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Career Development and Placement Assistance, where he assists students in finding and obtaining internships and other experiential learning opportunities. He leads the office’s LinkedIn programming and works closely with a wide range of students, alumni, staff, and employers. He attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his BS in Psychology in 2011, and subsequently worked for WPIC-UPMC in a developmental psychopathology research lab for five years. Currently, he is pursuing his MBA part-time at Pitt’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.


Add to Calendar 11/08/2017 03:00 PM 11/08/2017 05:00 PM America/New_York Leveraging LinkedIn: Building Your Online Presence DPCD Professionalism Series Workshop O'Hara Student Center, Second Floor Ballroom 11/08/2017 Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development


Monday, November 13, 2017 - 8:30am - 12:30pm
S100 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower

About the Seminar

This interactive seminar for postdoctoral trainees, who are non-native English speakers, will give you the opportunity to:

  • Expand your cultural intelligence
  • Learn how to tell your science story
  • Practice describing your data
  • Improve your presentation skills

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Mallory Fix Lopez, MS Ed/TESOL | Learn More
Applied Linguist

Owner, language connectED

Rebecca Toner, MS Ed/TESOL | Learn More
Applied Linguist

Project Manager, language connectED

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How to Apply

This seminar is FREE; however, enrollment is limited to 40 participants. Priority admission is based on number of years in training. This seminar involves a formal commitment and pre-work assignment in order to attend.

Requirement 1: Letter of Support

You must provide a letter of support from your PI that indicates his or her support of your career and provides permission for you to attend this half-day seminar.

Requirement 2: Pre-Work Assignment

In order to reach the highest level of effectiveness in the shortest amount of time, you will prepare a three- to five-minute presentation (no more than five PowerPoint slides) of your scientific work prior to the course.

Your presentation will answer:

1.      Who am I?
2.      What do I do?
3.      What is my current research focus?
4.      Where am I currently in my research?
5.      What direction do I hope to take in my research? 

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Application Deadline

Please apply no later than Sunday, October 1, 2017

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If you have any questions or concerns regarding this seminar, please email or call (412) 648-8486.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 8:30am - 10:30am
S120 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower

Securing research funding in the present economic climate requires more than producing good science--you must communicate transformative objectives within the context of a highly competitive research proposal. This workshop takes the mystery out of grant preparation and provides a pathway for success.

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Bruce Freeman - Research Series SpeakerBruce A. Freeman, PhD | Learn More 
Irwin Fridovich Professor and Chair
Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Edwin Jackson - Research Series Speaker

Edwin K. Jackson, PhD Learn More
Professor of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


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Add to Calendar 12/06/2017 08:30 AM 12/06/2017 10:30 AM America/New_York Developing Competitive Grant Applications OACD Workshop S120 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower 12/06/2017 Office of Academic Career Development