Video Library

The OACD Video Library has been developed as a resource to access recordings of past OACD programming content. Recordings are availble from a variety of programs, and are free to access.

By default, videos are listed in chronological order (newest through oldest), but you can filter results by using any combination of the search options below including keywords, program type, and year. 

Program:
Research Series
Date:
January 26, 2023

NIH is committed to nurturing the next generation of researchers to keep the biomedical innovation pipeline flowing. There are many unique opportunities and special considerations available to junior investigators, but they are not always obvious. If you are a "newbie" to NIH funding, this presentation is for you! An ex-NIH Program Director walks you through your options and realistically points you in the right direction. This presentation covers the funding opportunities and strategies used by NIH to kick-start careers. Both targeted initiatives and avoiding traps in writing grant applications were discussed.

Program:
Postdoctoral Association (UPPDA)
Date:
January 25, 2023

Jianan Jian, PhD, (School of Medicine, Dept. of Urology) conducted an informational interview with Santosh Chandrasekaran, PhD, now a Research Scientist at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. Watch this session to learn about his journey and his career!

Program:
Science Career Symposium
Date:
December 7, 2022

Karen Carney, PhD, a past postdoctoral associate in the Department of Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, provided opening remarks at the 2022 SCIENCE Career Symposium that covered 10 insider tips to achieving your career goals. 

Presenter Bio: Karen Carney, PhD, is a Product Manager at Elsevier supporting ClinicalPath, an oncology-focused clinical decision support and analytics software tool. Karen previously worked at PittSciVelo as a Senior Commercial Translation Associate where she helped researchers commercialize their digital health innovations. Prior to transitioning to industry, Karen was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She was also actively involved in the leadership of the University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association, the not-for-profit consulting firm Fourth River Solutions, and the Pitt Professional Development Consortium.

Program:
Research Series
Date:
December 1, 2022

View this session to learn how to write a successful fellowship (F30, F31, and F32) applications! The purpose of the NIH F-type training grant is to provide support to promising graduate and post-doctoral applicants who have the potential to become productive, independent investigators in health-related research fields relevant to the missions of participating NIH institutes. This session begins with an overview of the F-award and then illuminates the grant submission/review process, outlines how to prepare a successful grant, describes a mock study section, and covers scoring and funding. It is presented by Nick Giannoukakis, PhD, a member of the Division of Experimental Pathology and a member of the Cellular and Molecular Pathology Graduate Training Program, who has a successful track record mentoring graduate students and postdocs who have forged independent research careers.

Program:
Doctoral and Postdoctoral Professionalism Series
Date:
November 9, 2022

Learn about Katz graduate courses that were designed for busy, working adults like you! Take one, two, or all four courses, which will earn you a Leading People in Organizations microcredential from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business. In this session, a panel of your peers answer questions about the courseload, the value of the individual courses, the advantage of a business microcredential, and more. Tammy Dennis, from the OACD, explains everything you need to know about the application process and how Pitt tuition benefits work. This comprehensive information session covers the unique opportunity to gain formal business training while working fulltime as a postdoc at Pitt. No matter whether you're ready to apply, undecided, or have never heard of a microcredential, this session is for you!

Program:
Research Series
Date:
November 1, 2022

K awards, or the NIH’s Mentored Career Development Awards, are the NIH’s most common mechanism for supporting early career investigators. In this session, Pitt faculty with extensive study section experience reviewed applications as part of a mock K study section. Attendees were able to not only observe what a study section is like, but also received inside information regarding the study section review process.

Cesar G. Escobar-Viera, PhD, MD
Program:
Research Series
Date:
October 13, 2022

The K99/R00, or "Pathway to Independence" award, helps trainees transition from a mentored postdoctoral research position to an independent research position. Applicants do not have to be US citizens or permanent residents, making this a popular funding mechanism for trainees. Because of the complexity of the application process, this standalone session was developed to help you learn how to successfully write one by learning from those who have already done so. Dr. Escobar-Viera provided an overview of the K99/R00 application. Panelists then spoke about their own experiences in writing successful applications and shared how they personalized different sections to showcase their strengths and future research goals. 

Ryan Champagne, Bradley Pollock
Program:
Research Series
Date:
September 28, 2022

Discover the world of funding opportunities and easily identify the ones that are right for you at any career stage! Are you looking for funding opportunities to kickstart your research career or to move it to the next level and not sure where to start? Pivot is a searchable funding opportunity and expertise database, subscribed to by the University of Pittsburgh and offered to all faculty, postdoctoral trainees, and graduate students. The database is a comprehensive source for funding information from all disciplines and users can conduct searches for funding opportunities, save searches and receive funding alerts tailored to your scholarly profile. Ryan Champagne and Bradley Pollock from Pitt’s Office of Sponsored Programs discuss how to use this valuable resource. Additional resources are also shared for identifying prestigious academic awards, fellowships available to non-US citizens, funding programs for early career faculty, and internally-coordinated competitions for limited submission and University-funded programs.

Diane Sepa-Kishi, PhD
Program:
Doctoral and Postdoctoral Professionalism Series
Date:
September 13, 2022

How can PhDs build meaningful and impactful careers after their degree or postdoc? Now more than ever, PhDs work in a variety of career fields, leveraging their education and training wherever smart people are needed. But how exactly do PhDs successfully job search? What are the proven strategies you can apply to successfully build your career?

As a student or postdoc at the University of Pittsburgh, you have access to the PhD Career Training Platform, a one-of-a kind resource where you can explore career options and learn how to job search in academia and beyond. Through self-paced courses and live webinars in the Training Platform, you’ll learn how to launch a successful job search.

After viewing this presentation, you'll be able to:

-Describe the challenges PhDs face in their job search
-Identify the resources in the PhD Career Training Platform that can help you
-Apply tips and strategies to confidently begin your career exploration and job search in academia or beyond

Mark S. Roberts, MD, MPP
Program:
Research Series
Date:
September 7, 2022

Mentored Career Development Awards (also known as "K Awards") are the National Institute of Health's (NIH) primary grant mechanisms for supporting trainees, from new- to mid-career investigators, and are a key step in any researcher's career. Mark S. Roberts, MD, MPP, shared step-by-step instructions on how to prepare an outstanding and successful K application during "Know Your K: Writing a Successful Career Development Award Application for Basic Scientists and Clinical Investigators". An overview of the application process and review criteria were covered, and the range of K awards were discussed.