Spring 2019

Invitation to summer workshop on computational reproducibility

Interested in learning more about computational reproducibility but aren’t sure where to start? Register for our upcoming workshop, designed for anyone who has at least some experience in any programming language!

Biostatistician and data scientist Nelle Varoquaux (University of California, Berkeley; https://nellev.github.io/) will be leading a hands-on lunchtime workshop series at UConn focusing on computational reproducibility. Essentially, computational reproducibility is ensuring that another person can run the same analyses that you did on your data and come to the same result.

This series will be held at 12-1pm on May 27-31. Topics will include: basic code and data management; best-practices on documentation, testing, and packaging; using git and GitHub; and automating your code.

We can only accommodate around 20 people, so we encourage you to register soon: https://forms.gle/VpGhQZYDznDSnopx9

Again, this is specifically designed for beginners, so if you’re interested, don’t talk yourself out of applying!

Funding Opportunity: Laura Bassi Scholarship 2019

The Laura Bassi Scholarship, which will award a total of $8,000 thrice per annum, was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed. The scholarships are open to every discipline and the next round of funding will be awarded in July:

Summer 2019

Application deadline: 25 July 2019

Results: 15 August 2019

All currently enrolled master’s and doctoral candidates are eligible to apply, as are academics in the first five years of their employment.

Applicants are required to submit a completed application form along with their CV through the application portal by the relevant deadline. Further details and application portal: https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fediting.press%2Fbassi&data=02%7C01%7Cpsychgrad%40uconn.edu%7C27e930c866ab40708f0008d6d95041a4%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636935336063961261&sdata=DOvfITSnBz2znaX7zU2awB%2Ffn%2Fv4epj4wdkkrHwEjlw%3D&reserved=0

Requesting Input on Summer Workshop on Computational Reproducibility

Biostatistician and data scientist Nelle Varoquaux (University of California, Berkeley; https://nellev.github.io/) will be giving a series of hands-on lunchtime workshops focusing on computational reproducibility during the month of May. Essentially, computational reproducibility is ensuring that another person can run the same analyses that you did on your data and come to the same result.

This week-long course is designed for relative beginners. You should have some experience with the basics of programming in any language (e.g., R, Python, MATLAB), but you do not need experience with the languages described here. These are meant to be approachable introductions to these topics—specifically designed to invite new people to learn these often-daunting skills!

In preparation for this workshop, we are asking interested graduate students to complete a brief survey by Friday, May 10. We will be sending out registration forms shortly thereafter. Space will be limited, but we want to get as wide a view on what people would like to learn as possible.

If you have questions, please contact Alex Paxton <alexandra.paxton@uconn.edu>.

2019 HEALTH CARE BENEFITS OPEN ENROLLMENT

2019 HEALTH CARE BENEFITS OPEN ENROLLMENT  

Graduate Assistants, ELIGIBLE Graduate Interns, AND ELIGIBLE Graduate Fellows who are currently enrolled in the Connecticut Partnership Plan 

(05/07/2019)

Open Enrollment (April 15- May 15) allows continuing Graduate Assistants, eligible Graduate Interns, and eligible Graduate Fellows to make changes to their existing medical and dental plan elections, including making changes for their eligible dependents, without providing proof of a qualifying life event. Elections or changes made during Open Enrollment are effective September 1, 2019. Any member adding a dependent to their insurance is required to provide proof of the relationship, such as a marriage certificate for a spouse or a long-form birth certificate for a child

 

Please note: After May 15, 2019, there will not be an opportunity to make changes to your insurance elections without a verified qualifying life event.

 

Graduate Assistants, Graduate Interns, and Graduate Fellows who have not received confirmation of continuation for the 2019-2020 Academic Year and wish to make a change should do so now in the event they are continued.* If you have received confirmation of an appointment continuation from your employing department and do not wish to make any changes, you are not required to take any action to continue your existing coverage.

 

Open Enrollment information, including FAQs and rates, is available on the Human Resources website.

Participate in Open Enrollment

Options

Dates Available

Open Enrollment Form

April 15-May 15

eBenefits Self-Service

April 22-May 1

For questions regarding Open Enrollment, please contact the Benefits and HR Services Unit of the Department of Human Resources at HR@uconn.edu or by telephone at 860-486-3034.

*Continuation of employment does NOT qualify for a status change to make elections/changes to your coverage. Examples of qualified status changes include birth/adoption of a child, marriage, divorce, and loss of coverage. If you have questions, contact Human Resources to verify if your life event

Alexion Pharmaceuticals/UConn Grad Student Dissertation Award

Two Graduate Student Awards to consider: Alexion Pharmaceuticals Dissertation Award (June 3rd) & ProQuest/CGS Dissertation Award (June 21st)

 

Alexion Pharmaceuticals/ UConn Graduate Student Dissertation Improvement Award

DEADLINE: MONDAY 3rd June 2019

Faculty nominators can apply here: https://forms.gle/F2EQyavWnPiMyTep7

Through a partnership with Alexion Pharmaceuticals, the Alexion/UConn Graduate Student Dissertation Improvement Award (GSDIA) is a program that supports graduate students at UConn/UConn Health whose research in basic biological processes or health applications contributes to discovery, innovation, or the development of products for diagnosis or treatment of rare diseases. Alexion is a global leader in the development and delivery of breakthrough therapies for patients with severe and life-threatening rare diseases.

The GSDIA can be used for the investigation (including, but not limited to, equipment, consumables, services, conference attendance) of basic biological processes whose understanding could lead to the development of rare disease diagnostic or therapeutic products or for the development of prototypes, pre-clinical data, human clinical data, drug delivery platform/systems, large animal studies, or other advanced research in health applications for rare diseases. One awards of $5000 is available.

The Alexion Dissertation Improvement Award is open to all doctoral students who achieved candidacy during this or previous academic years and are expected to complete, defend their dissertation, and graduate on or before August 2020.

Criteria:

* Must be a fulltime graduate student at UConn or UConn Health

* Must be pursuing a graduate degree in a life sciences or biomedical related field

* Must be in good standing with the university with regards to all educational expectations of their respective department and/ or school

* Must be pursuing a graduate research project related to an area of research having to do with understanding the basic biology of, the diagnosis of, or the treatment of a rare human disease

* Must be nominated by a faculty member associated with their research project or thesis advisory team Must not be a graduate student associated with any ongoing clinical trial of an Alexion related therapy

* Must not be a graduate student currently doing an internship or employed by Alexion part time or full time

* Must not be a graduate student already receiving corporate support, involved with a clinical trial for, or doing an internship with, or employed by a direct competitor of Alexion.

 

Council of Graduate Schools / ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards

DEADLINE: FRIDAY 21st June

Faculty members can nominate here: https://forms.gle/uv6LTwgvB3mfG29F7

UConn will run an internal process to select two nominees to forward to the U.S. competition. Each UConn department from the eligible pool of departments (see below) is invited to submit one nomination.

Two CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards, each consisting of an award of $2,000 and a certificate of recognition, will be presented at the CGS Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon on December 5, 2019, in Nashville, TN. Reasonable travel expenses of award recipients will be covered. Only the winners and the nominating deans will be notified of the outcomes of the competition prior to the Awards Luncheon.

Selection Process: The Council of Graduate Schools will name an Award Committee whose members have established records in the disciplinary areas under consideration. Additional consultation may be sought at the discretion of the committee members. The nominated dissertations should represent original work making an unusually significant contribution to the disciplines. Both methodological and substantive quality will be judged.

Doctoral dissertations awarded between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2019 are eligible from the following fields:

Biological Sciences: biology; botany; zoology; ecology; embryology; entomology; genetics; nutrition; plant pathology; plant physiology; anatomy; biochemistry; biophysics; microbiology; pathology; pharmacology; physiology; and related fields. Also included are agriculture, forestry, and related fields.

Humanities and Fine Arts: history; philosophy; language; linguistics; literature; archaeology; jurisprudence; the history, theory and criticism of the arts; ethics; comparative religion; and those aspects of the social sciences that employ historical or philosophical approaches.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions,

Onwards!

Stuart

Dr. Stuart Paul Duncan (pronouns: he / him / his)

Director of Fellowships, Outreach, and Programming

The Graduate School, University of Connecticut

(860) 486-0681

Free workshop: The Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH)

Free Workshop: The Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study Data User Workshop: Making Nationally Representative Inferences from the PATH Study Data

Dates and Location: August 12 & 13, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructors: Katy Edwards (Westat) and Jean Opsomer (Westat)

The PATH Study is a household-based, nationally representative, longitudinal cohort study of approximately 46,000 adults and youth (ages 12 and up) in the United States. The study was launched in 2011 to inform the FDA’s regulatory activities under the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. This free workshop will consist of a brief overview of the PATH study and detailed discussion of sample design and weights for all types of PATH study data files (including youth, adult, biomarker, and state identifier data files). Participants will also gain hands-on experience working with the data and understanding the weighted results.

The focus of this workshop will be on understanding and using the PATH study data files, not on a specific analytic approach. The workshop will be a combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on exercises.

The course is designed for academic faculty and research professionals as well as for graduate students interested in tobacco regulatory science and/or tobacco biomarkers of exposure. Participants should be comfortable with data analysis software and quantitative research methods. All examples and exercises will utilize SAS statistical software, although participants may use the software of their choice. The workshop will include two full days of instruction and exercises. To get the most out of the workshop, participants should plan to attend both full days.

Prerequisites: Participants should have a basic understanding of secondary data organization and manipulation, fundamental data analysis skills, working knowledge of a statistical software package (e.g., SAS, Stata, and R) and a substantive interest in tobacco regulatory research.

Application: Admission to this workshop is competitive. Enrollment is limited. Apply using the ICPSR Summer Program portal. Please upload the following documents with your application:

  • Current curriculum vita with a select list of publications. Please highlight your research interests and any experience and/or coursework relevant to the PATH study summer workshop, particularly prior experience with tobacco research and/or quantitative analytic methods.
  • Research project description. Priority will be given to applicants whose project description indicates interest in using the PATH Study data for tobacco regulatory research. The project description should include references to theory or historical context, how the project extends what is presently known, and why the PATH Study data are needed for the project.

Application Deadline: May 10, 2019.

Workshop sponsored by the National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program.

For more information, contact the ICPSR Summer Program at sumprog@icpsr.umich.edu or (734) 763-7400.

2019 Graduate Healthcare Open Enrollment Notice

2019 HEALTH CARE BENEFITS OPEN ENROLLMENT

Graduate Assistants, ELIGIBLE Graduate Interns, AND ELIGIBLE Graduate Fellows who are currently enrolled in the Connecticut Partnership Plan

Open Enrollment (April 15- May 15) allows continuing Graduate Assistants, eligible Graduate Interns, and eligible Graduate Fellows to make changes to their existing medical and dental plan elections, including making changes for their eligible dependents, without providing proof of a qualifying life event. Elections or changes made during Open Enrollment are effective September 1, 2019. Any member adding a dependent to their insurance is required to provide proof of the relationship, such as a marriage certificate for a spouse or a long-form birth certificate for a child.

Please note: After May 15, 2019, there will not be an opportunity to make changes to your insurance elections without a verified qualifying life event.

Graduate Assistants, Graduate Interns, and Graduate Fellows who have not received confirmation of continuation for the 2019-2020 Academic Year and wish to make a change should do so now in the event they are continued.* If you have received confirmation of an appointment continuation from your employing department and do not wish to make any changes, you are not required to take any action to continue your existing coverage.

Open Enrollment information, including FAQs and rates, is available on the Human Resources website.

Participate in Open Enrollment
Options Dates Available
Open Enrollment Form April 15-May 15
eBenefits Self-Service April 22-May 1

 

For questions regarding Open Enrollment, please contact the Benefits and HR Services Unit of the Department of Human Resources at HR@uconn.edu or by telephone at 860-486-3034.

 

*Continuation of employment does NOT qualify for a status change to make elections/changes to your coverage. Examples of qualified status changes include birth/adoption of a child, marriage, divorce, and loss of coverage. If you have questions, contact Human Resources to verify if your life event would qualify to make changes to your coverage.

President’s Series on Teaching Excellence

This is the 4th year for this series and our featured speaker will be Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of English Gina Barreca https://ginabarreca.com/.   As you may know, President Herbst launched this initiative 4 years ago as part of our ongoing commitment to help promote teaching excellence among faculty and teaching assistants. Her thinking then as now, was that having opportunities to learn from some of UConn’s best scholar-teachers would be particularly valuable for our TA’s intent on pursuing academic careers.

RSVP: Register here: https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/fins/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=804

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019:   4:00 pm – 5:00 pm           Konover Auditorium      Wine and Cheese reception – 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Why Teaching Matters, or Why I Never Turn My Back on a Class  (Gina Barreca https://ginabarreca.com/ )
Students do not have to make you happy; that’s not their job. You don’t need to make them happy; that’s not your job. Their job is to understand what you’re teaching them and your job is to know precisely why they need to know what you’re teaching them. You’re the authority not because you’re in control of the situation, but because you can provide what they’ll need to carry with them for the rest of their lives. Educating students is about more than just giving them information. It’s about providing context, perspective and illumination.

[BIRC Speaker Series] Michele Diaz – 5/1 @ 1:30pm

We are delighted to announce that Professor Michele Diaz, will join us from Pennsylvania State University on Wednesday, May 1st at 1:30pm in Arjona 307 to give her talk: Evidence of age-related phonological impairments in language production. Her current work examines age-related differences in language. Specifically, neural factors that contribute to age-related retention (semantics) and decline (phonology) that have been observed in language production. For more details, including the abstract for this talk, please see the attached flyer.

*If you would like to meet with Professor Diaz on the day of her visit, please send an email to birc@uconn.edu asap*

diaz_flyer