Archived events 2010-2011

Learn to Write a Teaching Statement - CLOSED

Wednesday, February 2, 12:45-2:15pm, SBS N117. Presenter: Associate Professor Gary Halada, Materials Science & Engineering Department

In this workshop you will learn what elements should go into a "teaching philosophy" or "teaching plan" statement required as part of most applications to faculty positions. In particular, we will discuss teaching and learning styles (including your own) and how to develop lessons, courses and curricula which address these styles and meet learning objectives. We will also review what resources are available to you as you develop your teaching philosophy through the Teaching Learning Technology Department at Stony Brook University. You will come away from this workshop with a better idea of teaching methods and elements which will help your teaching statement stand out (and hopefully make you a better teacher in the process!). Workshop is free, but registration is required.


CV to Resume Workshop - Registration CLOSED

Wednesday, February 16, 5-6:15 pm, Career Center, W0550 Melville Library. Presenter: Alfreda James, PhD Career Center

Confused about when to prepare a resume and when to prepare a CV? This session will explain the difference between these two job search documents. Other topics covered are: appropriate content for CVs and resumes, how employers read job search documents, formatting options, and communicating with potential employers. This workshop is free, but participants must register at google docs. For questions you can email


Improvisation for Scientists

Six-session workshop, Mondays, February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, and 28, 6-8 pm, Wang Center Room 102. Presenter: Valeri Lantz-Gefroh, Lecturer Theatre Arts

This six-session innovative workshop, pioneered by Alan Alda, uses improvisational theater techniques to help scientists connect more directly and responsively with their audience and with each other. Participants take part in exercises that emphasize moving freely, speaking spontaneously, paying close attention to others, and shaping communication to respond to others’ cues and needs. This workshop is not about acting; it’s about helping scientists make a personal connection with their audiences. Science doctoral students who had several sessions of improvisation training in a pilot session reported communicating better as teachers, researchers, students and family members. For more information, visit Communicating Science to the Public.  

 Valeri Lantz-Gefroh, a Theatre Arts faculty member, has worked with Alan Alda in developing these techniques and has led workshops at Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, as well as at Stony Brook. Registration fee of $35 is required and workshop is capped at 10 participants so Postdocs will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, visit SBU's secure registration site. For questions you can email


Professional Development Seminar "On the Market: The Ins and Outs of an Academic Job Search"

Tuesday, March 1, 1:30 pm, Life Sciences Building, Room 038. Presenter: Assistant Professor Laurie Krug. This presentation is being sponsored by the Graduate Program in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology in the School of Medicine and is open to all Postdocs. Seminar is free.


Xiaoliang Sunney Xie speaks at BNL 'Life at the Single Molecule Level'

Friday, March 4, 4 pm, Berkner Hall, BNL

Xiaoliang Sunney Xie, Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, will give a BSA Distinguished Lecture titled "Life at the Single Molecule Level," at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory on Friday, March 4, at 4 p.m. in Berkner Hall. Xie and his team have made numerous, significant advances in single-molecule imaging of living bacterial cells. They are able to monitor the intricate processes of gene expression - converting information found in a gene to a protein - in a living cell as they occur.

Xie earned a B.S. in chemistry from Peking University in 1984 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at San Diego in 1990. He joined the University of Chicago as a postdoctoral fellow in 1990 and moved on to become a senior research scientist, and later chief scientist, at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, from 1992 to 1998. He joined Harvard University in 1999 as a professor of chemistry, and he was named the Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry in 2009. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, and the Biophysical Society, Xie has also won numerous awards, including the Coblentz Award in 1996, the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences in 2003, the National Institutes of Health Director's Pioneer Award in 2004, the Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics in 2007, the Berthold Leibinger Zukunftspreis for Laser Technology in 2008, and the E. O. Lawrence Award in Chemistry from the U.S. Department of Energy in 2009.  He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Visitors to the Laboratory age 16 and over must bring a photo ID. Call (631) 344-2345 for more information.


Powerful Presentations to Enhance your Teaching

Wednesday, March 9 12:45-1:45 pm, Library PC Classroom B (C1640). Presenter: Patricia Aceves, EdD, Director, The Faculty Center

Using the Presentation Zen™ philosophy, you will learn how to avoid the dreaded “death by PowerPoint.” Learn how to create slide shows that support your presentations and lectures and engage your audience. The workshop location is the computer classroom directly across from the SINC site in the Ward Melville Library. Register at the TLT website. Workshop is free. For questions you can email


Job Search Strategies for Postdocs

Wednesday, March 23, 1-2 pm, Humanities 2045. Presenter: Alfreda James, PhD, Career Center

Get Organized! Strategic actions can make the difference between frustration and progress. Learn how to maximize your research connections and personal values as you launch a professional job search. Workshop is free. Please register at google docs. For questions you can email


Bonnie Bassler to Give a Talk at BNL 'Tiny Conspiracies: Cell-to-Cell Communication in Bacteria'

Thursday, March 24, 4 pm Berkner Hall, BNL

Bonnie Bassler, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and Squibb Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, will give a talk titled "Tiny Conspiracies: Cell-to-Cell Communication in Bacteria," at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Thursday, March 24, at 4 p.m. in Berkner Hall. Bassler made key insights into how bacteria communicate with one another in a process called "quorum sensing." The bacteria use receptors on their surfaces that allow them to detect and respond to the buildup of chemical molecules that travel from cell to cell. Quorum sensing allows bacteria to perform in unison, rather than individually, so that they are more effective in performing functions such as forming spores or spreading infection. Bassler's current research is focused on developing novel anti-bacterial therapies aimed at interfering with quorum sensing. Ideally, such therapies could be used to create an antibiotic that is effective in combating all kinds of disease-causing bacteria.

Sponsored by Brookhaven Women in Science, the talk is free and no pre-registration is required. All visitors to the Laboratory age 16 and older must carry a photo ID. Call (631) 344-2345 for more information.


Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) Overview

Wednesday, March 30, 1-2 pm, Library E4315. Presenters: Nancy Daneau, CRA Deputy/ Jin Bentley, Research Development Associate, Office of the Vice President for Research

In this workshop you will be provided with an overview of the OVPR office here at Stony Brook. Any university whose faculty is writing grants will have an office comparable to the OVPR. Learn about the different departments that make up the OVPR and what resources it has to offer. Become familiar with Research Development & Assessment; Sponsored Programs; Grants Management; Research Compliance; and Technology Transfer, Licensing & Industry Relations. Audience members will be asked to fill out a survey on what grant writing topics are of interest to attendees in the future. Workshop is free. Please register at google docs. For questions you can email


Preparing for the Future: Immigration Issues for International Postdocs

Wednesday, April 27, 1-2 pm Humanities 3017. Presenter: Elizabeth A. Barnum, EdD, Assistant Dean for International Programs and Services, Director for Visa and Immigration Services

Guest Speaker: Mr. Philip Kleiner, Senior Partner Barst, Mukamal and Kleiner LLP

In this workshop we will discuss immigration options for employment beyond the Postdoc, including preparation for filing employment based immigrant petitions leading to a Green Card. We will discuss the meaning of "permanent employment" as defined by USCIS in the context of research positions and current university policies for petitioning for permanent residence. Workshop is free. Please register at google docs. For questions you can email


 Understanding the Tenure Process

Wednesday, May 11, 1-2 pm, Humanities 3018. Presenter: Lynn Allopenna, Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs

Putting together a tenure file can vary from institution to institution and from college to college within an institution, but understanding the process can help you regardless of where you become a faculty member. In this workshop we will look at the tenure file outline that is used by the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at SBU. Learn about what to include in a file, how to organize a file and helpful hints on the right questions to ask regarding your tenure process. Workshop is free. Please register at google docs. For questions, email


Interviewing Skills for Postdocs

Wednesday, May 18, 12:45-2 pm, Career Center. Presenter: Alfreda James, PhD, Career Center

An interview is a conversation, not an inquisition. Learn how to manage questions, anticipate questions, and even talk about salary/relocation issues with a potential employer. Workshop is free. Please register at google docs. For questions you can email


Networking Social for Postdocs

Thursday, May 19, 4-6 pm University Café

pdsocialCome socialize with your fellow Postdocs  and enjoy free food and drink at the University Café. This is a chance to network and enjoy some down time with your colleagues. Please RSVP to so we can get a general headcount for ordering food. Hope to see you there!






Postdoc Women and the Leaky Pipeline: Strategies for Advancing Your Academic Career

Wednesday, June 8, 1-2 pm, 201 Wang Center. Presenter: Dr. Kathleen Flint Ehm, PhD, National Postdoctoral Association

flintThe years between receiving the Ph.D.and joining the tenure track are a time when many more women than men in the sciences leave the academic career path – causing the so-called “leaky pipeline.” The coincidence of these postdoctoral years with the prime years of family formation can create significant challenges that are thought to be the leading cause for these career changes among Postdoc women. Dr. Flint Ehm will present an overview of the challenges facing early-career scientist women and will describe some strategies for navigating this leaky pipeline to the career of one’s choosing.

Bio: Kathleen Flint Ehm is the Project Manager at the National Postdoctoral Association, where she manages NPA ADVANCE, a National Science Foundation-funded project to foster the transition of postdoc women into the professoriate. Dr. Flint Ehm specializes in training and workforce issues for postdoctoral scholars and is the author of the NPA’s RCR Toolkit: Tools for developing programs on responsible conduct of research for postdocs.


Conflict Resolution: Introduction to the University Ombuds Office

Wednesday, June 15, 1-2 pm, SBS 228. Presenter: Judi Segall, University Ombudsperson

Need help learning how to resolve conflicts? Want to know where to go when an interpersonal problem at work seems insurmountable? Learn about the resources and services offered by the University Ombuds Office along with an introduction to constructive conflict management techniques within the academic and research environment. Please register at For questions, email


Postdoc Softball Team

The Center for Science and Math Education (CESAME) is putting together a postdoc softball team to play in the SBU coed summer softball league. This is a very relaxed group just looking to have some fun. Below are some of the important points to know about the league.

1. You only need to provide your own glove (which you can buy at Walmart for $20). All other equipment is supplied.
2. The season runs from June 7th through August 18th. (No games are played around the week of July 4th.)
3. Games are usually played at 5:20 pm and 6:35 pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the summer (games are 65 minutes long).
4. 9 games are usually played in a season, not including playoffs.
5. Only students, faculty and staff of the University are eligible to participate.
6. The cost of the entry fee is divided among the players so the more people, the lower the cost per person. (The total cost is $250 for the team.)
7. There are 9-11 players on the field, and at least four of the players on the field must be women. There is no limit to the number of players that can be on a team.
8. This is a self-pitch league, meaning your teammate pitches to you.
9. The team usually gets a 50% discount at The Bench across from the train station on game nights!!

If you are interested in participating, please email your name, email address and SBU ID# to the team coordinator Delon Callender at


Funding Your Technology-Based Startup, Monday July 25, 5-7:30 pm, BNL

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory is hosting a panel discussion on "Funding Your Technology-Based Startup" on Monday, July 25, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. This is the fourth meeting of  the Entrepreneurs' Foundation Workshop series hosted by the Laboratory. A panel of experts on funding technology startups will address such questions as: What types of investments are venture capitalists looking for? What are the characteristics of a winning investor pitch? What makes a technology-based business attractive to investors? Additional questions will be taken from the audience. The workshop is open to the public. There is a $10 fee, and advance online registration is required. Online registration and payment by credit card is available at the Entrepreneurs' Foundation Workshop website: Registrants may also pay the fee at the door by cash or check after pre-registering. All visitors to the Laboratory age 16 and older must bring a photo ID. The agenda includes refreshments and networking from 5 to 5:30 p.m., the panel discussion with time for Q&A from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and more refreshments and networking from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.


The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is offering a series of grant writing workshops during the month of August. Participants are free to attend any and all of the workshops.


How to Write a Budget, Tuesday August 2, 1-2 pm, E4340 Melville Library. Presenters: Jin Bentley (OVPR) & Cynthia Forman (Psychology)

A  well constructed budget is a crucial part of any proposal. Learn how to build a budget including when and how to include fringe benefits, indirect costs, tuition, summer salary, equipment purchases, and more. WORKSHOP IS CLOSED.


Organizing a Proposal, Thursday August 4, 1-2 pm, E4340 Melville Library. Presenters: Dr. Robert Crease (Philosophy) & Dr. Michael Hadjiargyrou (Biomedical Engineering)

Writing a well organized proposal is key to keeping reviewers engaged. Learn the difference between writing an abstract versus a narrative; what to say and when to repeat information; how to draw in the reviewer; and how to incorporate important key phrases. WORKSHOP IS CLOSED.


COEUS, Tuesday August 9, 1-2 pm, E4340 Melville Library. Presenters: Deborah Chalmers & Joann DeLucia-Conlon, Office of Sponsored Programs

COEUS is Stony Brook’s electronic proposal preparation and submission system. COEUS provides internal proposal routing and approval, ability to create templates and to share proposal information, and allows faculty to work on scientific material until submission to sponsor:  Learn how to navigate the system. Please register at


Inventions and Patents, Tuesday August 16, 1-2 pm, E4340 Melville Library. Presenters: Adam DeRosa & Sean Boykevisch, Technology Licensing & Industry Relations

Intellectual property includes inventions, patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Please join us and learn how the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 changed the face of intellectual property management in academia, and how The Office of Technology Licensing and Industry Relations (OTLIR) manages the intellectual property generated by the staff, students, faculty and others using Stony Brook University facilities. Please register at


Life in the Biotech Industry, Thursday August 18, 1-2 pm, E4340 Melville Library. Presenter: Anil Dhundale, PhD Executive Director, LIHTI

Biotechnology has been around since humankind started to domesticate food sources. However this past century biotechnology evolved to a very different level. You will learn about 3 basic types of biotech businesses through a case study of one company on LI. You will also learn about the Stony Brook Business Incubator; what they are, why they exist, and where you could start your own biotech company. Please register at

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