Applications Open for 2021 NCI Technology Transfer Ambassadors Program (TTAP)
This hybrid training/mentoring immersion program offers postdoctoral fellows the opportunity to augment their current research activities with five to eight hours per week of hands-on training in biomedical invention development, commercialization, and entrepreneurship.
The TTAP was developed at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Technology Transfer Center, which services the technology transfer needs for NCI as well as 9 other institutes, including NICHD.
More information about the program, as well as a pre-recorded information session, can be found at https://techtransfer.cancer.gov/aboutttc/ambassadors. Questions can be directed to TT_Ambassadors@mail.nih.gov.
If you are interested in joining the TTAP, download the application from the website and return with the requested materials to TT_Ambassadors@mail.nih.gov by Tuesday, December 1, 2020.
Gain Programming Skills While Teleworking from Home
During this time of extended telework, the NICHD’s Bioinformatics and Scientific Programming Core (BSPC) is offering to help fellows gain valuable programming and data analysis skills. BSPC can provide several resources for learning the R programming language as well as develop custom learning plans using online resources to meet specific learning goals. If you are interested in programming and data analysis, please contact Dr. Ryan Dale at email@example.com.
Upcoming Public Speaking Worksop: Giving Scientific Talks
Wednesday, December 2, 1–2 p.m. (Virtual)
As a launching pad for our Annual Postbac Seminar Series (more information to be announced soon!), on Wednesday, December 2, Public Speaking Coach Scott Morgan will be offering his acclaimed workshop “Speaking About Science.” This is a great opportunity for newer postbacs to learn strategies and tips for giving effective science presentations, whether at lab meetings or for larger audiences of broad scientific backgrounds.
“Speaking about Science” is a highly interactive workshop that introduces a nine-step preparation process to prepare a clear and engaging talk for a variety of scientific audiences. Topics include: the presentation of data, identifying the theme and focus, how to create effective visual aids, and how to begin and end a talk.
Please email Monica Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you plan to attend.
Have You Told Us About Your Accomplishments This Year?
We’d love to recognize your great news from 2020—from winning a poster award to landing a new job! Please send a letter to our editor, at email@example.com, with your accomplishment(s) from 2020, and we will include them in our December issue.
Ethics in Research Training for Postbacs and Graduate Students
Thursday, December 10, 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
From the OITE website:
Training in Responsible Conduct of Research is an essential component of your development as a scientist. This course will use lectures, group discussions, and case studies to explore the principles of research ethics. The full-day course is split into a morning and afternoon session (attendance at both is required for course credit.) Each class accommodates 70 people. Certificates will be awarded to those that complete the course. Topics to be covered include:
- Overview of research ethics (current topics and historical studies)
- Formal research misconduct (falsification, fabrication, and plagiarism)
- Ethical research involving animal models and human subjects
- Data management
- Mentor/mentee relations
- Conflict of Interest
- Conflict resolution and reporting
- Strategies for excelling as a trainee in an ethical manner
This course must be completed by all postbacs and graduate students, in the first training year. Follow this link to register: Ethics in Research for Postbacs & Graduate Students.