LinkedIn seminar

The Biotech Club is sponsoring a seminar next week on how to showcase your technical expertise on LinkedIn.

  • Seminar: Presenting Professional Skills on LinkedIn
  • Monday, 3/2, 6-7pm
  • 301D Life Sciences
  • contact: Taryn Serman
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Income tax 1040 preparation

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It’s time for my annual plug for Penn State’s VITA program. If you’re a poor grad student, these volunteers will fill out and file your taxes for free! Schedule an appointment here; slots are available now through April 11.

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Career development seminars

There are a couple of interesting career development seminars this week. Highlights:

  • Thursday/Monday: “Writing a Teaching Philosophy: First Steps” with Stephen Van Wert and Whitney Zimmerman–registration required
    • February 26th from 1-2:15 PM in 315 Rider Building OR
    • Monday, March 2nd from 1-2:15 PM in 7A Sparks Building
  • Thursday: “Non-Traditional Career Tracks” with Lauren Kaskiel, (GlaxoSmithKline), 5:45-6:45 PM in 101 Osmond
  • Saturday: “Panel Discussion on Non-Academic Careers” with 12 Eberly alumni, 3:30 PM in the Nittany Lion Inn Boardroom–RSVP

These and other career development seminars may be found here.

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Upcoming events for CIDD Grads

Now that the semester’s well underway, I’d like to initiate two quasi-weekly events; journal club and computational corner.
Journal club is a semi-weekly meeting where we discuss papers and the greater significance to disease research.  Each meeting will – hopefully – be run by someone different, so we can get a variety of perspectives.  As I’m aware all of us are busy, this means journal club will be run on an as-needed basis.   This poll is for the time of the first journal club: http://doodle.com/uyyfpnk22ndh5upa To save running doodle polls repeatedly in the future, it would be nice if you chose a time where you expect to be free on a regular basis, so we can use this as a default time for journal club.
As I was excited by Andrew’s recent CIDD lunch, I’d like to discuss “evolution proof” management, inspired by his 2009 paper: http://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.1000058
Computational corner is a recent innovation.  Many of us work on what are essentially programming problems as part of our research, but it can be hard to make the time to sit and code in the face of a myriad of other responsibilities as a graduate student.  Computational corner is meant to essentially be a study group – we’ll meet in the second floor lounge (by Andrew’s office) every Friday afternoon and work our our respective programming projects together.  On weeks where attendance is good, we may even spring for snacks.  Tentatively this will start at 2 PM and run until whenever people leave, but as it’s an informal thing, coming late and leaving early are both acceptable.  This will start this upcoming Friday, Febuary 27th.
I hope to see you there!
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Lunch with Dr. Sabra Klein

Join us for lunch with Dr. Sabra Klein (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) immediately following her seminar titled “The Evolution of SeXX Differences in the Outcome of Infection and Vaccination.”  Her lab focuses on how males and females respond differently to viruses and vaccinations.

Where: W-203 Millennium Science Complex

When: February 26th, 2015 12:00 – 1:00PM

Please RSVP before Wednesday, February 25th at 5pm using the poll below. Hope to see you there!

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Lunch with Dr. David Schneider

Join us for lunch with Dr. David Schneider (Stanford University School of Medicine) immediately following his seminar!  His lab uses many different infection models to investigate aspects of immunity and to study the differences between disease resistance and tolerance.

Where: W-203 Millennium Science Complex

When: February 19th, 2015 12:00 – 1:00PM

Please RSVP before Wednesday, February 18th at 5pm using the poll below. Hope to see you there!

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Lunch with Dr. Gay Miller

Join us for lunch with Dr. Gay Miller (University of Illinois) immediately following her seminar!

Where: W-203 Millennium Science Complex

When: February 12th, 2015 12:00 – 1:00PM

Please RSVP before Wednesday, February 11th at 5pm using the poll below. Hope to see you there!

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Papers on Gain of Function

For a complete view, I have posted the following links to papers and symposia. I will keep updating the list, please check back.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/make-the-pause-on-risky-pathogen-research-permanent/

The Apocalypse as a Rhetorical Device in the Influenza Virus Gain-of-Function Debate. http://mbio.asm.org/content/5/5/e02062-14

Can limited scientific value of potential pandemic pathogen experiments justify the risks?
Lipsitch M1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25316701

Reply to “Can limited scientific value of potential pandemic pathogen experiments justify the risks?”. Casadevall A1, Howard D2, Imperiale MJ3.  http://mbio.asm.org/content/5/5/e02053-14

Studies on Influenza Virus Transmission between Ferrets: the Public Health Risks Revisited    Ron A. M. Fouchier.   http://mbio.asm.org/content/6/1/e02560-14.full

Reply to “Studies on Influenza Virus Transmission between Ferrets: the Public Health Risks Revisited”  Marc Lipsitch, Thomas V. Inglesbyb.  http://mbio.asm.org/content/6/1/e00041-15

NAS Gain of Function Symposium Dec. 15-16, 2014 .https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuTGMA3A_-16HWJ6smsx4w1Bh_2TKf40V

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Lunch with Dr. Alex Ploss

Join us for lunch with Dr. Alex Ploss (Princeton) immediately following his seminar.  He does some really neat work on human pathogens of the liver including several viruses and species of Plasmodium.

Where: W-203 Millennium Science Complex

When: February 5th, 2015 12:00 – 1:00PM

Please RSVP before Wednesday, February 4th at 5pm using the poll below. Hope to see you there!

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R Basics Workshop

R is an integral tool for many life scientists.  Whether it be analyzing data, building models, or just evaluating existing models, many parts of our job rely heavily on some fluency in R.  As such, the CGSA is planning to hold an R tutorial at 11:30 AM on February 3rd in W-203 MSC.

This workshop will cover the basics of R.  You don’t need to have any familiarity with R to attend.  However, you should have it downloaded (it’s available here: http://www.r-project.org/) as well as RStudio or a similar easy editor.

If you’d like to attend, please send me an e-mail at azm200 @ psu.edu, with the subject “R Basics RSVP”.  We will not be working in a computer lab, so please plan to bring a laptop or make arrangements to share with someone.

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