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Virtual Chat and Announcement from AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship program

Kim Petrie
July 17, 2013

The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships is launching two new program areas: Big Data & Analytics and Judicial Branch. To learn more about these program areas and hear more about the fellowship experience, join AAAS for the next live virtual chat event with Fellows and program staff on Wednesday, August 14 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Job Opportunity: Postdoc Fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine, Vanderbilt

July 16, 2013

Post-doctoral fellowship position available in cardiovascular medicine and integrative physiology laboratory to study mechanisms of heart failure and potential molecular therapies.  Background in progenitor cell biology, developmental biology, molecular biology, and signal transduction will be considered. Interested applicants may contact Dr. Sawyer at

Open Call for FOCUS Co-Leaders

July 9, 2013
Posted in Announcements

Anyone interested in gaining teaching experience should consider applying to serve as a FOCUS co-Leader. FOCUS sessions are small group literature discussions for first year graduate students. Two Co-Leaders will be paired with a faculty member and mentored through the process to teach small group discussion sections. The time commitment is every Monday from 11-12 and Tuesdays from 9-11.

12-week fellowship in science policy

Kim Petrie
July 9, 2013
Posted in Announcements

The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program, now in its 16th year, provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation. Alumni of the program hold positions in Congressional committees such as the House Science and Technology Committee and at federal agencies such as the U.S.

Best Questions to Ask in Your Job Interview

June 26, 2013

Best Questions to Ask in Your Job Interview, by Carole Martin, in BioSpace When this question is asked in the interview, surprisingly, the most common answer is “No.” Not only is this the wrong answer, you have missed an opportunity to find out information about the company. It is important for you to ask questions; not just any questions, but questions relating to the job, the company, and the industry. 

An Introvert's Guide to Getting the Most from a Conference

June 26, 2013

"An Introvert's Guide to Getting the Most From A Conference" by Dharmesh Shah Ideas fly around the room. Informal teams form and mutate and re-form. Decisions are quickly made and un-made and refined. Plans are drawn and re-drawn and perfected. Three hours later, you and a room full of incredibly talented people have used your collective knowledge, experience, expertise, and enthusiasm to create something amazing. Many of those people are pumped. They want to go celebrate. They want to keep the “party” going.

Responding to emotion-charged emails

Kim Petrie
May 23, 2013

Instead of responding via email, Allison Vaillancourt recommends avoiding these email "drone strikes" in favor of face-to-face discussions or phone conversations. It may be uncomfortable, but honing your communication and conflict resolution skills will pay off in your professional career. 

Etiquette Express

May 1, 2013

Come get a crash course in entering and exiting conversations, wine etiquette, and thank you note and follow-up protocol. Etiquette Express Monday, May 204:00-5:00PMLight Hall, Rm 512Registration is kindly requested.  

2013 Responsible Conduct of Research

April 23, 2013

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is committed to the highest ethical standards in the conduct of research. Monday, May 13, 8am-5pm. Vanderbilt, 208 Light Hall"Training in Survival Skills, Communication, and Responsible Conduct of Research" **No pre-registration required**