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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN APRIL?


Wednesday, April 5th 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
JOHNS HOPKINS THREE MINUTE THESIS (3MT™) COMPETITION
Where: Turner Auditorium
It’s off to Three Minute Thesis we go! Come one, come all to the Johns Hopkins Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) Competition on Wednesday, April 5, at 2 p.m. in Turner Auditorium to see who is the clearest communicator in all the land. Doctoral students will have three minutes and a single PowerPoint slide to present their dissertation topic and its significance to a general audience. Watch contestants as they go head to head to win the title of Johns Hopkins Three Minute Thesis champion! You can also visit the PDCO’s 3MT website to watch videos of past winners. Watch the promo video for this year’s competition here. Register and attend for a chance to win a $50 Apple ITunes gift card. Attendees will vote via text for the Three Minute Thesis ‘People’s Choice’ winner.
REGISTER HERE
Thursday, April 6th 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
CAREER BLITZ – THREE TOPICS|THREE WORKSHOPS|ONE HOUR
Where: 1830 East Monument Building Room 2-108
12:00 PM Field Application Scientist and Technical Sales Careers: Learn about these careers, the skills needed, how to gain experience and where to find positions.
12:20 PM Non-Academic Fellowships: There are numerous fellowship opportunities that prepare your for-science policy, regulatory affairs, communication, safety and biocontainment and other careers. This blitz will highlight those opportunities.
12:40 PM Getting What We Want Without Being a Jerk: Top ten hints for negotiating what you want.
REGISTER HERE
Monday, April 10th 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
JOHNS HOPKINS K-TO-R TRANSITION PROGRAM ‘SPECIFIC AIMS’ SPEED REVIEWS
Where: PCTB Mountcastle Auditorium
The Johns Hopkins K-to-R Transition Program, in collaboration with the Professional Development and Career Office and Office of Faculty Development, will be holding Specific Aims Speed Review session on Monday, April 10, 1-3:30 PM, in the Pre-Clinical Teaching Building (PCTB), 725 North Wolfe St, Mountcastle Auditorium. This special interactive session features speed reviews of aims pages by panels of funded investigators and reviewers. Submit your aims page or come as an observer – all are welcome! An additional Specific Aims Speed Review session will be offered on August 1, 2017 in advance of the NIH October deadline.

REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED TO OBSERVE
Tuesday, April 11th 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
WRITING FOR THE PUBLIC: THE LAY SUMMARY, PART I
Where: Vivian Foster Conference Room (Rm. 602, 1830 E. Monument Street)
Do you struggle explaining your science to the public? Who are “the public,” anyway? What writing styles are most effective? Did you know there is an actual science of science communication to help answer these questions? In these two sessions, you will produce a clear, succinct and engaging lay summary for a scientific paper. More and more prestigious journals are requiring a lay summary as a part of paper submission. Our secret weapon in this class? The actual public! In between the workshops, we’ll send your work to a variety of non-scientists to get their feedback. The workshops are a set: you must attend both sessions (April 11th and April 18th). All writing will occur in class – no need to budget extra time for assignments.
REGISTER HERE
Wednesday, April 12th 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
BCI CASUAL CONVERSATION – TECH TRANSFER WITH ROBERT SONS, PHD, TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER SPECIALIST, NIH NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE
Where: 1830 East Monument Building Room 2-108
Robert Sons, PhD works in the areas of technology assessment, business development, patenting, marketing, and licensing as a Technology Transfer Manager with the National Cancer Institute. Contributing to his overall quest to better understand factors affecting the commercialization of health technologies, he is a registered patent agent, and recently completed a certificate in Health Economics and Outcomes Research from the University of Washington. While obtaining his PhD in cell biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he co-founded its Science and Business Club to expose colleagues to a variety of career paths and experiential learning opportunities. The PDCO/BCI Casual Conversations Series is a monthly career exploration event where career professionals share their career path and answer any questions you might have. YOU drive the conversation and content.

Due to the snow storm on March 14th, this event has been rescheduled for March 23rd.
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Wednesday, April 12th 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
TEACHING TOPICS AND TAPAS: WRITING EFFECTIVE LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Where: STILE Classroom, PCTB
This month Dr. Megan (Sampley) Bohn will present on Writing Effective Learning Objectives. Please join us for light fare, drinks and the opportunity to discuss teaching topics with our guest faculty!
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Friday, April 14th 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
AGAR ART WITH BALTIMORE UNDERGROUND SCIENCE SPACE
Where: 1830 East Monument Building Room 2-108
Create your own agar art masterpiece in time to submit your creation in the American Society for Microbiology national agar art contest on April 27th. Yeast expressing various colors of fluorescent proteins will be available along with agar, paper and other art supplies. You can bring a template or create a hand drawing. BUGSS is a non-profit lab space for amateur, professional, and citizen scientists, makers, artists, creative thinkers, engineers, and biology and technology enthusiasts. We offer an array of workshops, hands-on lab courses, public lectures, and other interactive gatherings to enhance knowledge, skills, and appreciation of biology and technology. BUGSS is a space for creative biology! We will have BEER to help get the creative juices flowing.
REGISTER HERE
Tuesday, April 18th 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
WRITING FOR THE PUBLIC: THE LAY SUMMARY, PART II
Where: 1830 East Monument Building Room 2-108
Do you struggle explaining your science to the public? Who are “the public,” anyway? What writing styles are most effective? Did you know there is an actual science of science communication to help answer these questions? In these two sessions, you will produce a clear, succinct and engaging lay summary for a scientific paper. More and more prestigious journals are requiring a lay summary as a part of paper submission. Our secret weapon in this class? The actual public! In between the workshops, we’ll send your work to a variety of non-scientists to get their feedback. The workshops are a set: you must attend both sessions (April 11th and April 18th). All writing will occur in class – no need to budget extra time for assignments.
REGISTER HERE
Wednesday, April 19th 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
TELLING STORIES ABOUT SCIENCE WITH VIRGINIA HUGHES, SCIENCE EDITOR, BUZZFEED NEWS
Where: Wood Basic Science Bldg. Auditorium
Please join us as Virginia Hughes, science editor for BuzzFeed News, discusses the role of journalists as watchdogs versus science communicators. Hughes was previously an independent journalist specializing in genetics, neuroscience, medicine and biotechnology. Her blog, Only Human, was published by National Geographic, and she was a contributing editor at Popular Science and Matter. Her writing has also appeared in Nature, The New York Times, Slate, and twice in The Best American Science and Nature Writing anthologies. Following the lecture, join us for a networking reception, where Hughes will be available to answer questions. PDCO is sponsoring a Mix and mingle where you can meet with Virginia one on one, and enjoy complimentary pizza and beverages. Please RSVP if you plan on attending the reception.
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Thursday, April 20th 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
CAREER CLINIC: NEGOTIATING JOB OFFERS
Where: 1830 East Monument Building Room 2-108
Negotiating a job offer is not easy and research suggests almost 50% of us accept the first offer given. This workshop gives tips on how to answer the dreaded question "What salary are you seeking?" and provides examples of what to say when negotiating a job offer.
REGISTER HERE
Friday, April 21st 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
UNDERGRADUATE POSTER COMPETITION
Where: PCTB Lobby & Room 113
Have fun while building your resume. Help judge research posters from undergraduates at Stevenson University. You might even find a talented young undergraduate to work in your lab over the summer.
REGISTER HERE

Other Events

Friday, April 7th 12:00 pm
JHU-CMDB CAREER FRIDAYS-DR. ONI CELESTIN, SCIENCE ADVISOR, NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Where: JHU KSAS Mudd Hall 23
For more information and registration instructions, contact D’Arcy Placilla, Academic Program Coordinator, Department of Biology, Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts & Sciences (KSAS) 410-516-4704

Hosted by the JHU Doctoral Program in Cell, Molecular, Developmental Biology and Biophysics (CMDB)
Friday, April 7th 1:00 pm
JHGCC BIOTECH & HEALTHCARE CASE COMPETITION
Where: JHU Homewood Campus
For more information, visit the JHGCC website - http://jhgcc.weebly.com/2017-jhgcc-biotech--healthcare-case-competition.html

Hosted by the Hopkins Graduate Student Consulting Club (JHGCC)

National Opportunities and News

NEXUS AWARD FOR EXTERNSHIPS IN DRUG AND DEVICE DEVELOPMENT
Applications due by April 3, 11:59 pm.
Up to $25,000 including a maximum of $5,000 in travel, $200/day in support or replacement salary support. Applications are due on April 3, by 11:59 pm.

Sponsored by Institute for Clinical and Translational Research:Website
AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR CELL BIOLOGY AND KECK GRADUATE INSTITUTE BIOTECH COURSE
Applications are due April 17th.
CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH COURSE
Application deadline: April 7th.
NIH campus in Bethesda
Registration is open for the NIH clinical and translational research course for PhD students. The course will be held on the NIH campus in Bethesda, July 11-21, 2017.
2017 JAPAN SOCIETY FOR THE PROMOTION OF SCIENCE POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP
Application deadline: May 31st
The application deadline is May 31st. Learn more about these fellowships that support research at NIH for Japanese postdoctoral fellows HERE.