January 24, 2023


Professional Development


Special Events

Postdoc Orientation Tomorrow

Postdoc Orientation is offered the last Wednesday of every month via Zoom and is here to help you make the most of your postdoc experience at UF. You do not have to be a new postdoc to join an orientation session. Everyone is welcome!
The next session is Tomorrow, Jan. 25th, 2:30-4:30pm ET

Objectives of Orientation:
  • Become familiar with resources available to you across campus
  • Learn about policies relevant to postdocs
  • Learn about your UF benefits & meet with UF benefits counselors
  • Begin drafting or refine your professional development plan
  • Meet fellow postdocs and the UF Postdoc Association

Research Promotion Initiative - Connect Your Research with a Broad Audience

UF’s Research Promotion Initiative is a competitive award designed to help UF connect your research with a broad audience.

We encourage submissions from all areas of campus, with research involving artificial intelligence of particular interest. To maximize the chances of earning coverage in national and international news outlets, all submissions must have been accepted but not yet published in order to qualify for this initiative. UF’s Office of Strategic Communications and Marketing (SCM) will work with researchers to ensure that any embargoes are honored.

To enter your research for consideration, please submit your peer-reviewed journal articles, books, literary essays or scholarly monographs to SCM by completing this form. SCM will contact the authors of the winning entries to work collaboratively, often with the communications professionals in your units, to increase recognition of your work. Additionally, the SCM team awards $1,000 to authors of papers selected for promotion, which can be used on research-related activities, such as travel, books and supplies.

Entries that do not win the funding award may still be featured on news and social media platforms by SCM and/or college or unit communications offices. If you believe your research may be of interest to the media, we also encourage you to contact your college’s communications office. Doing so will not impact your eligibility for the Research Promotion Initiative.

Why share your research in this way? For one, research has found that positive mentions in both social media and traditional media are associated with higher citation counts down the line. Sharing your work with the media also attracts positive attention from federal agencies and other funders, who appreciate seeing the outcomes from their grant dollars. And mass media promotion is an excellent way to fulfill the scholar’s mission to not only uncover new truths but also to also share them with the world and can fulfill the National Science Foundation’s Broader Impacts requirements. Both SCM and your units are standing by to provide media training, so you have a successful and enjoyable experience working with the media. I would also like to remind you of our opportunity to be an expert for media calls through our Experts website. This is for faculty experts to be available for commentary, interviews and speaking opportunities by having a profile on our website. If you are interested, please fill out the form here.

Thank you for considering this opportunity to tell your story of academic and research impact as well as becoming a faculty expert. If you have questions or would like to discuss, please contact Blake Trauschke, UF public relations specialist, at We look forward to collaborating with you.


What Comes Next? Career & Life Choices After Your Postdoc - NPA SmartSkills Seminar Today, Jan 24th at 3pm

NPA SmartSkills: What Comes Next? Career & Life Choices After Your Postdoc
Tuesday, January 24, 3 p.m. ET

Being a postdoc, and eventually a postdoc alum, is only one part of who you are. Building a career is only one part of building a life. Making the right choices headed into your first permanent position, while balancing work and life demands, can be difficult. Peter Loge, whose career includes serving in senior staff positions in Congress and the Obama administration, writing a book explaining how soccer can make people better managers, and advising organizations ranging from American Farmland Trust and America's Funniest Home Videos to and the World Wildlife Fund, will lead a conversation about how to build and balance your life and career.

Speaker: Peter Loge, M.A., M.S., associate professor of media and public affairs; associate director, School of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University; strategic consultant

Introduction to the Science of Team Science - Learn Discover Lead Seminar Feb. 10th

The “Learn – Discover – Lead” seminar series is designed to provide practical advice for PhD and dual degree scientists, who will be managing and leading research teams of their own.  The target audience is graduate students, combined degree students, postdoctoral research trainees, and junior faculty, but everyone who may benefit from these seminars is welcome to attend! View series schedule, archives, and register.

Upcoming Workshops with the Center for Teaching Excellence

In order to RSVP for these events you will need to create a Passport Portal account. If you already have a Passport account, you can register in the Passport PortalView all upcoming events with the Center for Teaching Excellence.
Beyond Reports and Presentations: Alternative Final Assignments
Presented by Cliff Haynes
January 30, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
While writing research reports and giving traditional presentations are necessary skills, the ability to communicate to a variety of audiences through other mediums is a skill set that students need to learn how to do effectively. This session will discuss a variety of ways to use final assignments to teach these skills. Sample assignments include creating research poster sessions for an academic conference, podcasts to educate practitioners, and op-eds and social media (Twitter, Instagram and even TikTok!) to engage the general public.
Humanizing Your Course
Presented by Joslyn Ahlgren
January 31, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Bryant Space Science Center
Humanizing is a student-centered mindset that involves recognizing and supporting the non-cognitive components of learning. Humanizing integrates elements of Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning and Universal Design for Learning. In a humanized course, faculty intentionally cultivate an inclusive learning environment that fosters psychological safety and trust and forms connections that grow into relationships and a community. With an emphasis on presence, empathy, and awareness, faculty become warm demanders and students apply themselves at a higher level to not let down their learning partner.
Creating Global Classrooms Through Virtual Exchange
Presented by Carrie Martins
February  2, 9:30am  – 10:30am
Join this workshop to discover how to turn your class into a global classroom. Through virtual exchange, faculty can connect their UF classes with students and faculty abroad to collaborate on assignments, acquire global perspectives on course-related material, and develop intercultural competence skills. In the 2021-2022 academic year, over 1,400 UF students took courses that incorporated international virtual exchange activities in a variety of disciplines. This workshop will help you discover different types of virtual exchange projects and will connect you to trainings and resources to get you started.

Free In-Person Pilates Classes on Gainesville Main Campus

Free in-person Pilates classes start Thursday on Reitz Union lawn

Join Isabel Garcia-Rose, senior lecturer at the College of the Arts, for a Pilates class every other Thursday on the North Lawn in front of the Reitz Union from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Classes are open to all UF and UF Health faculty and staff of all levels of experience; a one-inch yoga mat will be needed to participate.

Learn more about free fitness classes you can participate in.

Florida Museum to Host ‘Ta-RUN-tula 5K’ March 4th

In honor of the new “Spiders Alive!” special exhibit, the Florida Museum of Natural History will host a ‘Ta-RUN-tula 5K’ race on Saturday, March 4 from 8 to 10 a.m. Participants can run in-person or virtually! The in-person race includes a combination of trails in the UF Natural Area Teaching Laboratory and campus roads. Late or virtual registration is $30, the registration fee includes a finisher’s medal and T-shirt. In-person runners can also use their medals to receive free entry to the “Spiders Alive!” exhibit. In-person runners can register early by Feb. 3 for discounts. Find more information and sign up.

Design Construction and Planning Research Symposium Jan. 26th

Join DCP Wednesday , Jan. 26, for an interactive forum as we learn about the state of research occurring throughout the college. Thought-provoking research topics are highlighted by a panel on artificial intelligence! Learn More and Register Now!

Check Out Live Spiders at the Florida Museum’s New Exhibit Opening Jan. 28th

Take an eight-legged walk on the wild side with the Florida Museum of Natural History’s new “Spiders Alive!” exhibit, opening Jan. 28. This exciting exhibit dives into the world of spiders, scorpions and their relatives with more than a dozen live species on display. Large touchable models reveal more about spider anatomy and their differences from insects while rare fossils display species from the past, including one that’s 100 million years old. Videos showcase a variety of unique animal behaviors, such as a diving bell spider living underwater and a southern black widow spinning silk. Admission is $8 for adults, $7.50 for Florida residents and $5.50 for ages 3-17. Museum members, children ages 0-2 and UF students with a valid Gator 1 Card receive free admission. Find more information and purchase tickets online.

Emerging Pathogens Institute Research Day, Feb. 16th 

EPI Research Day 2023 is scheduled to take place Feburary 16th in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Registration closes on Thursday, Feb. 9. Register

The first half of the event will feature a large poster session, which awards an $1,000 prize to two winners. Registrants must submit an abstract by Friday, Feb. 3, to enter the competition.

The second half of the event will host talks from renowned scientists Dr. Tulio de Oliveira and Dr. Amadou A. Sall. Oliveira serves as director of South Africa’s Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation, and Time Magazine nominated him as one of 100 most influential people of 2022. Sall serves as the CEO of Institut Pasteur de Dakar in Senegal, and he directs the WHO Center for Arborviruses and Viral Hemorrhagic Fever. As always, food and transportation services will be provided. Want to learn more? Visit the EPI website for more information on the event.

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