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Faculty Career Development Series

Career Development Series

The ITHS Career Development Series consist of monthly lectures and workshops designed to provide junior faculty and investigators with tools, a forum for discussion, and learning opportunities to help advance their careers.

Topics

Topics are selected based on an annual needs assessment.

Example topics include:

  • How to Write an NIH K Award
  • Making the Most of your Mentor Relationship
  • Mastering Public Speaking as a Researcher
  • Communicating your Findings Visually
  • What really happens in an NIH Study Review

Where can I find a CDS event?

ITHS partners with several UW campus and WWAMI regional partners to ensure we reach and engage the translational workforce with each series. CDS events occur across the main UW campus, in the UW Medicine South Lake Union building, and are often captured on video and edited for online distribution to our regional partners. Many of our offerings are also broadcast live as webinars to allow for flexible viewing opportunities. Check out the calendar for specific upcoming event topics and locations.

Upcoming and Past Events

Dec
7
Tue
Biosketch 101: Getting (Grant Reviewers) to Know You @ Online Event
Dec 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Description

The biographical sketch (or “biosketch”) is where you get to show grant reviewers what you—as PI or other key personnel—will bring to a proposed project. In this session, we will discuss how to make your experience and expertise shine through in the Personal Statement and Contributions to Science sections of the biosketch. We will also cover key changes the NIH biosketch format that take effect in 2022 so that you can make sure yours complies with the latest NIH policy.

Pre-Work

To make the most of this session, have a copy of your current biosketch handy. The session will include breakout sessions to workshop the narrative sections.

You should also pre-read the new NIH Biosketch Instructions (for grants with due dates on/after Jan 25, 2022).

Learning Objectives

At the end of the session, attendees will be able to:

  1. Understand the different biosketch formats and when to use them
  2. (Re)format their biosketch to meet new requirements that will be enforced starting January 25, 2022
  3. List two tactics for demonstrating experience in the Personal Statement

Schedule of Activities

  • 12:00-12:05pm – Welcome/Introduction
  • 12:05-1:25pm – Presentation and Discussion
  • 1:25-1:30pm – Thank You/Closing

About the Speakers

Melissa Vaught, PhD, is the Director of Research Development for ITHS, facilitating proposal development for strategic initiatives across ITHS. She also provides personalized guidance to ITHS resources for investigators, fellows, and students conducting clinical and translational research. Dr. Vaught earned her PhD in Chemistry at Vanderbilt University and continued research at the interface of biology and chemistry as a postdoctoral fellow in Boston, MA. As a contractor at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) for almost four years, she managed daily operations of post-publication projects. She joined ITHS in 2018 as the Research Navigator and has served as Director of Research Development since December 2019.

Alysia vandenBerg, PhD, is the Grants Development Manager for ITHS. Dr. vandenBerg has a PhD in Cellular and Molecular biology from the University of Vermont. Her postdoctoral studies took her from New York to Paris, France, where she studied cellular signaling processes involved in cancers of the female reproductive tract. Before joining ITHS in 2020, she worked at Fred Hutch as program manager for a range of efforts that spurred research in strategic areas. She has a dozen years’ experience in grant development, program management, and scientific communications on two continents.

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Jan
12
Wed
How to Build a Research Budget @ Online Event
Jan 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Description

In this session, we will discuss how to break down a research plan into digestible, cost-driving components, and how best to estimate appropriate levels of effort. We will cover the basics of developing an agile budgeting tool, including tips and tricks for modifying a budget template for different applications. Other topics will include typical sponsor critiques, downsizing, and common pitfalls in research budgeting.

Pre-Work

It may be helpful, but not required, for attendees to review this site for general information about federal cost principles: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/nihgps/HTML5/section_7/7.2_the_cost_principles.htm

Learning Objectives

At the end of the session, attendees will be able to:

  1. Break down any written research aim into a list of specific, cost-driving component categories
  2. Identify at least two of the federal Cost Principles

Schedule of Activities

  • 12:00-12:05pm – Welcome/Introduction
  • 12:05-1:25pm – Presentation and Q&A
  • 1:25-1:30pm – Thank You/Closing

About the Speakers

Denise Cecil, PhD, received her BS in Microbiology from Michigan State University in 1996. After graduation, she joined a B-cell biology lab at The Scripps Research Institute focused on rheumatologic diseases. She then moved over to the UC San Diego’s Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology Department in 2000 and worked as a technician. In 2008 she received her Ph.D. from UC San Diego in Molecular Pathology, examining the role of non-traditional inflammatory cytokines in the modulation of the pathogenesis and progression of osteoarthritis. Currently, Dr. Cecil is working with the Cancer Vaccine Institute (CVI) on the development and characterization of peptide-specific vaccines for breast and ovarian cancers.

Lauren Corulli, MS, has been with the CVI since 2010. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology-Physiology from The University of Washington, and her Masters in Project Management from City University Seattle. Lauren supervises and oversees the CVI Animal Core, having worked with pre-clinical models since 2008. She also oversees program budget management and award applications for the CVI, and lab operations with other research staff. When she’s not working on a budget or helping a PI to schedule a preclinical experiment, she’s taking her two little boys to the park to run around.

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Jan
19
Wed
Responding to Reviewer Comments: Turning Your Good Manuscript Into a Great Publication @ Online Event
Jan 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Description

Rejection of your manuscript is just the first step on the path to publication of your research report. Reviewers ask you to adopt their favorite theoretical framework, redo the data analysis, write the paper they want to read, and add lots of new material, all despite the editor’s demand to make it 500 words shorter. Use all of this to make your published report better. We will provide a road map and chart alternative routes to acceptance, pointing out landmines along the way.

Pre-Work

Participants are invited to have on hand a decision letter asking for revisions of a manuscript. Best would be a recent manuscript they need to revise and resubmit.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the session, participants will:

  1. Have a template to structure responses to reviewer comments and editor concerns.
  2. Identify key decision points in how to proceed with a rejected manuscript.
  3. Outline strategies to solve problems posed by reviewer comments.

Schedule of Activities

  • 12:00-12:10pm – Welcome, Overview, Introductions
  • 12:10-1:10pm – Presentation
  • 1:10-1:25pm – Questions and Answer Section
  • 1:25-1:30pm – Thank You and Feedback Survey

About the Speaker

Bill Phillips, MDBill Phillips, MD is a family doctor, teacher, researcher and editor. He founded and recently retired as editor of the Annals of Family Medicine. He has published research and served as reviewer and editor with multiple medical and public health journals worldwide. He has also served as president of the North American Primary Care Research Group and on the US Preventive Services Task Force. Bill has decades of experience with all the steps in the academic dance of writing, submitting, rejection, revising, acceptance and publication.

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