CIDD Graduate Students: What do we do?

Many of us including graduate students, post docs, and faculty, gathered together on Monday to discuss who we are as CIDD, what we expect of ourselves, and what the faculty expect of us. Additionally, we discussed and proposed multiple venues in which students and post docs would have the opportunity to discuss their ideas, research/data, job opportunities, and life in general. So for those of you who are curious about grad life at CIDD or are hopelessly wishing for more scientific opportunities to land at your feet…pay attention.

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New semester at CIDD: a guide for incoming students

This week marks the start of a new semester for graduate students at the CIDD. For new students: welcome! CIDD and the broader Penn State community have a lot of ongoing events, activities and available resources that CGSA wants to makes sure you are aware of. Here’s a guide to some of the most important things to keep on your radar: Continue reading

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Communicating Science: Examples to follow from ComSciCon

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The annual Communicating Science workshop for graduate students, ComSciCon, gathered students and science journalists from all over the country to meet for a three day workshop in Cambridge, Mass. last week. The conference included workshops on developing K-12 curriculum, using social media to communicate science and telling a good story in addition to panel discussions on diversity in STEM, science advocacy, media and journalism, and a keynote by Ed Yong, science writer for the Atlantic.

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CGSA Lunch with Speaker Dr. Christopher Hunter

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CIDD  seminar:  Dr. Christopher Hunter, Mindy Halikman Heyer Distinguished Professor of Pathobiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Pennsylvania, will leadthe discussion.

Imaging host-pathogen interactions in the CNS

When:   Thursday, May 4, 2017, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where:  W-203 Millennium Science Complex

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Recap: Career paths in administration with Dr. Neil Sharkey

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During this week’s CIDD lunch, grad students, post-docs, and faculty eagerly assembled to listen to Dr. Neil Sharkey, Vice President for Research at Penn State.

Dr. Sharkey shared with the group his not-so-traditional path to his current administrative position – starting work as a med tech in a hospital and over time becoming a research scientist, Associate Dean, and then Vice President for Research. Over the course of the talk, a recurring theme was gaining management skills to work with people of different backgrounds and different skills sets.  Specifically highlighted skills included: being able to manage change (both happy and unhappy), being able to make fair decisions in a timely way, being able to network and socialize, public speaking, and gaining satisfaction from problem solving.  Additionally, Dr. Sharkey emphasized how important it was to be the best scientist you are capable of being.  Excellent scientists are often chosen for these positions by universities to serve as an example (or an ideal) of the kind of research going on at the university.  What surprised Dr. Sharkey most in his new position was how much time he would spend dealing with attorneys and doing bureaucratic work.

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CGSA Lunch with Speaker Dr. Sabra Klein

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CIDD  seminar:  Dr. Sabra Klein,  Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will lead thediscussion.

Sex as a biological variable in infectious disease pathogenesis

When:   Thursday, April 27, 2017, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where:  W-203 Millennium Science Complex

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Tutorial: Plotting Lyme Disease Cases across Michigan counties with ggplot2

Here is a tutorial for anyone interested in learning how to create maps with ggplot2. We’re going to investigate the incidence of Lyme Disease cases across Michigan.

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CIDD lunch (4/20/2017) with Dr. Christine Johnston

Dr. Christine Johnston is giving her talk ”…one swab at a time: a systems biology approach to studying genital HSV infection  on April 20 2017. Her seminar will be held at 11 am to 12:00 PM  and we will have lunch right after at the usual time of 12pm-1pm .

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CIDD lunch (4/13/2017) with Dr. Micheal Ferdig

Dr. Micheal Ferdig is giving his talk ”Harnessing the power of malaria parasite genetic crosses  on April 13 2017. His seminar will be held at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM  but we will have lunch at the usual time of 12pm-1pm .

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Science Communication Recap

Last week, Ed Rajotte, Julie Urban, Cherie Winner, and Joyce Sakamoto all met with CIDD graduate students to discuss the importance of communicating our science with the general public. Even with their different experiences from being the editor of the university’s research journal to being the head of the IPM programs across Pennsylvanian farms, the invited guests all agreed that communicating ones research to a diverse audience was a necessity. All speakers provided their unique insights for why science communication is essential for any researcher.

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CIDD lunch (3/30/2017) with Dr. Raina Plowright

Dr. Raina Plowright is giving her talk ”Pathogen spillover:  dynamics in reservoirs and recipients  on March 30 2017 (11am). Join us for a group lunch with Dr. Plowright at 12pm. 

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