Upcoming TIBBS events

The newsletter of the UNC Training Initiatives in Biomedical & Biological Sciences (TIBBS) group is a great resource to stay updated with events for Graduate Students here at UNC.  Visit this link to see the most recent newsletter: Click here to view this newsletter.

A few events that CCBTP trainees may be interested in are:

Science Webinar on Data collection & Complex Translational Research – Sep 30

New complimentary webinar from Science: Addressing challenges in data collection: The role of automation in complex translational research

You are invited to hear our panel of experts on September 30, 2015, in this live, online educational seminar. For more information and complimentary registration visit: webinar.sciencemag.org

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Time: 12 noon Eastern, 9 a.m. Pacific, 5 p.m. UK, 6 p.m. Central Europe
Duration: 1 hour

About This Webinar: For a better and deeper understanding of the biological processes involved in diseases, as well as finding relevant therapeutic approaches, more and more complex methods and applications are being developed and used every day. Drug discovery and translational research is not only found in biopharma R&D laboratories, but also becoming an increasingly larger part of the academic environment. The need for automation in such labs is therefore growing dramatically. However, automation has many advantages beyond simply higher throughput. Robots and other automation tools enable the development of robust and reliable workflows that meet the requirements of new and complex translational research methods. Manual approaches often do not deliver the reproducibility and the accuracy needed for acceptable data quality. In such cases, small-scale automation devices—such as state-of-the-art multimode microplate readers and microplate washers, highly sensitive microarray scanners, and high throughput hybridization stations—can play a critical role in providing the necessary reliability and publication quality data. Using examples from neuroscience and cancer research, this webinar will discuss how small-scale automation in typical academic labs can be used to collect data that cannot be produced by standard manual approaches.

  • During the webinar, our panelists will:
  • Explain the benefits of automation in a typical academic laboratory
  • Show how hybridization stations and microarray scanners enable the characterization of pro- and anti-inflammatory mechanisms and biomarkers for disease
  • Discuss how specially equipped automated instruments are used to optimize the workflow to analyze the dynamics in photodynamic cancer therapy (PDT)
  • Answer your questions live during the broadcast!

Participants: Francisco J. Quintana, Ph.D., Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA; Kristjan Plätzer, Ph.D., University of Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria

Register at: webinar.sciencemag.org. Questions? E-mail: webinar@aaas.org. Produced by the Science/AAAS Custom Publishing Office and sponsored by Tecan.

UNC Career Services Annual Career Symposium & TIBBS Melanie Sinche Visit – Oct 10 

UNC Career Services Annual Career Symposium – Oct 10

Join the Graduate School for our 5th annual day of workshops and advice dedicated to your career planning needs across the career spectrum. Alumni, employers and career services professionals will present on a variety of topics through panels and skill-building workshops.  Lunch will be served.  This event is open to current graduate/professional students and postdoctoral scholars.

Join TIBBS’ special invited guest speaker, Melanie Sinche, who will be presenting “Job Hunting for Positions Beyond the Tenure Track – STEM fields” at 2pm as part of the Career Symposium.  A nationally certified career counselor focused on STEM careers at the PhD level, Melanie Sinche currently serves as the Director of Education for the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine. In this role, she works directly with faculty, predocs, and postdocs at the Jackson Laboratory, assisting with their career and professional development. She also oversees STEM initiatives for high school and undergraduate students and is a liaison for courses and conferences at the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine.

She continues to serve as Senior Research Associate at the Labor & Worklife Program in Harvard Law School, analyzing data collected through a survey study entitled “Identifying Career Pathways for PhDs in Science.” She formerly served as the Founding Director of the FAS Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at Harvard University, as well as the founder of UNC’s own Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. She is an accomplished career counselor, trainer, and speaker. In addition to building three career centers for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, she has offered career development presentations and training sessions for universities, government agencies, professional associations, and non-profit organizations across the country and is available to speak to small and large audiences alike on career development topics for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. She is also under contract with Harvard University Press and is currently working on a book on career options for PhDs in science and engineering.

For the full schedule of the Career Symposium, and to register : http://tinyurl.com/ogxhl9a . Please register by Oct 6 to attend.

Career Symposium: October 10, 8.30 am – 4.00 pm, Michael Hooker Research Center, SPH

Melanie Sinche will also be an invited guest at the October TIBBS/WISE Career Networking Lunch (CNL) on October 9th from 12-1p, stay tuned for more details on the TIBBS Listserv! Thanks to Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) for cosponsoring the CNL Event!

Save the date: PhD Movie II & TIBBS Social

PhD Movie II is coming. That is all.

Oct 23rd, to a theater near you: MBRB G-202.

The trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yb2y_a7hL5M

“Piled Higher and Deeper: Still in Grad School” is the sequel to the film adaptation of the popular comic strip “Piled Higher and Deeper” by Jorge Cham (phdcomics.comphdmovie.com). Like the comics and the first movie, the film takes a smart and humorous look at the world of Academia through the eyes of four grad students, and features real academics (including a Nobel Prize winner!) in many of the roles. The PHD Movie 2 was funded in large part by Kickstarter backers and was filmed on location at the California Institute of Technology. The film was produced as part of a continued collaboration between PHD Comics and the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter at Caltech.

This event has been sponsored by the UNC Graduate School and the UNC Training Initiatives in Biomedical and Biological Sciences, although all members of the UNC community are welcome to attend.

Find out more at: https://www.facebook.com/events/845152598924885/

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