All Upcoming Programs

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
S123 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Jason Lohmueller, PhD

Title of This Month's Talk:

"Human anti-MUC1 antibodies elicited by a prophylactic cancer vaccine for mAb and CAR-modified T cell immunotherapies"

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.


Friday, March 20, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
William Pitt Union 548
David B. Pankratz, PhD
Research & Policy Director, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
Jennifer Petrie-Signore, PhD
Director of Development at DePaul School for Hearing and Speech

David Pankratz, PhD, is an arts researcher, evaluator, and policy analyst who currently serves as Research & Policy Director for the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC).  In this role he has directed the production and dissemination of its report, “Arts, Culture & Economic Prosperity in Allegheny County”, drafted “Developing Policy Positions on the Arts, Culture & Tourism in PA,” managed the Pittsburgh Arts Research Committee, facilitated “Connecting Pittsburgh Creatives” gatherings, and chaired Mayor Peduto's transition subcommittee on the Arts, Culture, Tourism, and Economic Development.  David teaches "Cultural Policy & Advocacy in the U.S.” at Carnegie Mellon University and “Analysis for Creative Placemaking” for The Ohio State University. He previously held senior positions for the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Arts & Business Council of Los Angeles, and the Independent Commission on the National Endowment for the Arts. David is the author of  Multiculturalism and Public Arts Policy, and co-editor of The Arts in a New Millennium: Research and the Arts Sector.  He earned an M.A. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. in Arts Policy & Administration from The Ohio State University.

Jennifer Petrie-Signore, PhD, is the director of development at DePaul School for Hearing and Speech in Shadyside.  She has also held development positions at Frick Art & Historical Center in Point Breeze, Bethlehem Haven women’s shelter in Uptown, and provides freelance nonprofit consulting, editing, and grant writing services. Before joining the non-profit community, she spent seven years as a senior project coordinator for the Office of Academic Affairs, Health Sciences, at the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her undergraduate degree at Purdue University, earned her doctorate in behavioral neuroscience from the University of California at Los Angeles, and then completed postdoctoral training in stress neurobiology in the University of Pittsburgh Department Of Psychiatry. She has been an active member of the western Pennsylvania chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals since 2010 and served on the Board of Directors as chair of the annual Emerging Philanthropy conference and Vice President for Communications. Jennifer is a Pittsburgh native who resides in Squirrel Hill with her husband and two children.



Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S100A Starzl BST
Steven K. Wendell, PhD, PC

We will briefly discuss some career options that do not benefit from time in a postdoc position.  We will primarily focus on the preparation for successful transitioning to a postdoctoral position and the critical consideration when selecting this position.  This requires consideration of your longer term career plans and a host of candidate position parameters that will help you to determine the optimal environment and fit to support your individual career success. 


Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S100A Starzl BST
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.

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.