Spring Quarter Seminar Schedule 2018

Seminars take place in BSLC008 on Friday unless otherwise noted

March 30th 4:00pm – Financial Planning: Just the Facts on Student Loans
Dan Wood, CFA, Financial Coach at Next Door (State Farm), will discuss how to manage your student loans and pay them off. Learn how to figure out the status of your loans, determine your payment plan, and know what happens and what to do if you make a mistake.

April 6th: GRADUCon
GRADUCon is the University of Chicago's annual career conference just for graduate students and postdocs. It is a fantastic opportunity to explore careers in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government. The day includes panel discussions and the chance to talk one-on-one with employers and alumni about diverse career trajectories.

April 13th 3:30pm – Transferable Skills Workshop for Postdocs
Location: UChicagoGRAD Suite, 340 – 3rd Floor of the UChicago Bookstore Building
Briana Konnick, PhD, Assistant Director, Graduate Career Development. This workshop will discuss what the term "transferable skills" means in practice, and will feature an interactive component of identifying what you do day-to-day currently and how that translates into a more typical working environment.

April 20th 1:00pm – Research Careers at Genentech
Joint event with myCHOICE
Luciana Molinero, PhD, Scientist at Genentech. Find out what it’s like to work at one of the leading biotechnology companies and learn about Dr. Molinero’s exciting research in the field of cancer immunotherapy.
April 27th 4:00pm – NIH Career Development (K) Awards
Lixing Yang, PhD, Assistant Professor; Steve Lee, PhD, Postdoc; Paul Geeleher, PhD, Postdoc.
May 4th 4:00pm  – Clinical Postdoctoral Fellowships
Joint event with myCHOICE
Panelists Jennifer Keller-Ramey (Gene DX), Scott Topper (Color Genomics) and Xander van Wijk (Asst. Director, Clinical Chemistry Labs, University of Chicago) will be discussing potential career pathways for clinical genomics.

May 18th 10:00 am - Immigration & Visa Seminar for International Postdocs and Researchers 
Brendan Delaney, Immigration Attorney at Frank & Delaney Immigration Law, will discuss types of visas, 212(e) waivers, permanent residence, issues you might face during the transition process, and how to assemble your CV/resume for a self-sponsored application.

May 18th 4:00 pm – The Ethics of Authorship, Data Management, and Publication
Dr. Nancy Schwartz (Professor, Depts. Of BMB and Pediatrics, and Dean of Postdoctoral Affairs) and Dr. Ziaoxi Zhuang (Professor, Dept. of Neurobiology) will discuss the criteria for deciding authorship, best practices for managing data, and transparency in publication.
This is a quarterly ethics seminar that fulfills the NIH RCR requirement.

June 1st 3:00pm  – Demystifying Academic Interview Chalk Talks
Tobin Sosnick, PhD, Professor; Jingyi Fei, Assistant Professor; Engin Özkan, Assistant Professor.

June 8th 4:00pm – TED-Style Postdoc Research Talks
Find out more about what your postdoctoral colleagues at U. Chicago are researching. This event will feature a series of short, engaging presentations geared for a multidisciplinary audience.

Presentations include:

“Fighting dirty: Can bacteria protect from food allergies?” Catherine Plunkett

“Stalking influenza viruses to generate a universal vaccine,” Jenna Guthmiller

“How to make cancer killing viruses,” Melanie Weigert

"How does your immune system use vitamins to detect infection?” Cara Froyd

Wednesday, June 13th 4:00pm in GCIS W301/303– Structural basis for light control of cell development: New insights from bacterial phytochrome proteins
Joint event with BMB
Emina Stojković, PhD, Associate Professor at Northeastern Illinois University, will give a talk about her research at 4:00pm and meet with postdocs earlier in the day to discuss career options at primarily undergraduate colleges.