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Welcome back!  We're all getting back into the swing of classes and research.  Please review this latest newsletter to learn all about what PRISM was up to during the break and what we have planned for the new semester.
In This Issue:

PRISM Welcomes Its Newest Members!

Fifteen new students are now part of our official PRISM family after completing a three-day Research Training Workshop (RTW) during the winter break.  Students learned basic research protocols and techniques throughout the RTW with some of their time spent in the “classroom” and some of their time spent in the laboratory.  Several PRISM mentors visited the RTW to speak about their research interests and to invite students to discuss joining their research teams.  For more details about the training activities, the attendees, and additional pictures, visit the PRISM website.

Some Dates to Know

January 30:               
-  Mentoring Plans Deadline to Submit

February 6:               
-  Deadline to Submit Mentor Bio and Picture for The Chronicle
February 11:               
-  Proposal Workshop for New Students
February 15:
-  Deadline to Submit Nominations for Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher

February 18:               
-  RSVP Deadline for 2/25 Mentors' Meeting
February 23:               
-  PRISM Sponsored Lecture - Pathologist and Lab Tours for CJA Students

February 24:
-  Toxicology Lecture - Dr. Marta Concheiro-Guisan
February 25:               
-  Spring Research Proposals Deadline

February 25:               
-  Mentors' Meeting with Guest Speaker        
February 26:
-  Workshop - "Components of Scientific Writing"

March 1:               
-  PRISM Outing - 92nd St Y Lecture 

April 29:               
-  PRISM Symposium


Upcoming Deadlines!

We emailed you a couple of weeks ago with a reminder about these quickly approaching deadlines:
  • Jan 30: Mentoring Plans - These are due today!  Please submit ASAP to Eric if you haven’t already done so. 
  • Feb 6: Faculty Chronicle profiles and pictures
  • Feb 15: Nominations for Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher
  • Feb 16: Request for Proposals for Equipment - Up to $300,000 available  
  • Feb 25: Student Spring Proposals – Electronic version only (mentor-signed paper copy due after reviews)
The last PRISM newsletter from December included details and submission instructions with links to associated documents.  Please click here if you need a copy of that newsletter. 

Upcoming Events and Lectures

There is no official PRISM monthly meeting for students for February, but there are several sponsored events and we ask you to encourage student attendance:

February 11, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.: PRISM’s proposal writing workshop.  All students planning to submit a proposal for the first time this semester should attend unless they have attended a previous one.

February 23, 4 – 5 p.m.:  PRISM alumna, Dr. Melissa Guzzetta will visit to speak about her journey to become a pathologist who performs autopsies. 

February 24, 4 – 5 p.m.:  Prof. Mecki Prinz organizes a lecture series each semester.  The first of these lectures will be given by new JJC professor, Dr. Marta Concheiro-Guisan, titled “Toxicology Research on Drugs and Traffic Safety.”  All are welcome.  No RSVP needed.  For a schedule of all the lectures in this series, click here

February 26, 1:40 – 3 p.m.:  PRISM-recommended workshop on “The Components of Scientific Writing.”  Dr. Diane Hardej, Professor at St. John’s University will give tips to help students with their scientific writing endeavors, which may include lab reports, proposals, or even research papers to be submitted for publication. 

March 1, 7:30 – 10 p.m.: PRISM sponsored outing to the 92nd St Y for their lecture on the “The Neuroscience of Creativity.”  There will be limited tickets available for this event. 

Students will receive event details by email and in some cases, by posted flyer.  For a sneak peak at all of the currently scheduled or sponsored PRISM events for the spring semester, click here to view our events calendar.

Mentors' Meeting with Guest Speaker - Feb 25

Please recall that we will be having our next mentors’ meeting on February 25, 2015 during community hour in room 05.66.01.  We will be joined by Dr. Joel Oppenheim, Professor Emeritus of Microbiology at NYU Sackler Institute, to discuss the role of mentoring in STEM education.  A more official invitation with final details will be sent next week, but please RSVP to Ed by February 18 so that we can plan accordingly.

PRISM's Winter Break Outreach Activities

The break from classes was a nice opportunity for PRISM to sponsor outreach activities that provided science enrichment to current and prospective PRISM students and partner community college students. 

On Wednesday, January 14, PRISM traveled out to Suffolk County to visit the impressive Brookhaven National Lab.  Our curious group of students spent the day touring some of the labs and participating in a hands-on radioactivity exercise. We learned that BNL provides its typically rare facilities and equipment to worthy scientists and lab teams at no charge.  Click here for additional pictures from this event.

Also during the winter break PRISM labs opened their doors to host promising prospective students as shadows.  Students in the Macaulay Honors College at JJC, S-STEM Scholarship Program, and our partner community colleges spent about three hours with a buddy PRISM student, experiencing “a day in the life” of a student researcher.  Click here for additional pictures from this event.

To learn more about these and other PRISM events and activities, visit our events webpage on the PRISM website.

Extra Supply Funding

Over break, you should have received an email from Ed with some good news about supply funding for anyone who mentors a student between 10/1/14 and 5/1/15.   Please review that email for full details but here are some of the highlights:
  • You will all have an extra $1000 in mentor supply funds. To access these funds, purchases must be made before May 30 and invoices must have a purchase date between today and 5/30/15.
  • For the grant budget year of October 1st, 2014 to September 30, 2015 there will not be a cap on the number of students for whom you can receive supply money.

PRISM Veteran Student Mentoring Responsibilities

Veteran PRISM students are now required by our grants to participate in peer mentoring activities in order to be eligible for stipends.  We have been working with these students to determine a mentoring plan that best suits their abilities and their lab situations.  Some students will be marked as “peer ambassadors,” which means they will be more likely to help with PRISM outreach activities such as open houses and shadowing. In these cases, your students may approach you to discuss your lab’s participation in such events.  We thank you for your support.

Can You Host a Lab Tour on Monday 2/23?

Our community college partner students will be invited to attend the 2/23 pathologist lecture and afterwards we’d like to have them tour a couple of our PRISM labs.  You may recall that PRISM offers some incentive funds to any mentor who helps with these.  We anticipate needing two labs available that day between 5:15 and 6:30 p.m.  If you can help and would like to volunteer, please contact Fran Jimenez ASAP.  You may also be approached by one of your PRISM students if he/she is marked as a peer ambassador. 

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