March 21, 2023


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Special Events

Postdoc Orientation March 29th - Learn About Resources, Benefits, and the UF Postdoc Association

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 March 29th, 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

Postdoc Association Social at Depot Park - March 30th

UFPDA is organizing a social gathering at Depot Park near Humblewood Fire Pizza Trailer (127 SE Depot Ave) on Thursday, March 30th starting at 6:00pm.
It's the perfect opportunity to unwind, plan for the weekend, and meet new postdocs or catch up with friends. Depot Park (and UFPDA) is pet and family friendly, so feel free to bring them along.
Look out for the UFPDA Banner. If you have trouble finding the group or need directions, please reach out on the Florida Postdoc Socials WhatsApp group.

Call for Postdoc Judges for Graduate Student Research Day - April 4th

The Organization for Graduate Student Advancement and Professional Development (OGAP) will host Graduate Student Research Day (GSRD) in person this year on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 from 9:45 am to 3:00 pm — and they need your help judging poster presentations.

This yearly event provides graduate students with a great opportunity to share their research with peers and faculty while connecting with people from various departments and colleges across the University of Florida.

This year’s theme is “Promoting Collaboration and Global Citizenship through Innovative, Evidence-Based Research and Advocacy” — and while participant research does not have to be related to this theme, it will be the focus of two keynote addresses during this daylong event.

If you are willing to volunteer as a judge, please click this link to register (do NOT use the link in the flyer): Register to judge for GSRD —then mark the date on your calendar and keep an eye out for future updates. Lunch will be provided for all judges during the event.

If you have any questions, please email OGAP Logistics Erika Davis at or OGAP President Riya Chakraborty at

For more information on OGAP, click this link: Organization for Graduate Student Advancement and Professional Development (OGAP).

Conversations with Leaders in BioTech Industry - Meet with President of PERSOWN, Inc. TODAY 3pm

This seminar series will feature leaders from the Biotech industry who will share information about their companies and tips for academics interested in transitioning from academic to industry careers. Registrations will open March 7th. 

March 21st, 3:00 pm. To 4:00 pm ET via Zoom  
Eric Doherty, President, PERSOWN, Inc. 


PERSOWN, Inc. has partnered with the global leader in analytics, SAS-Analytics Software & Solutions.  

With powerful SAS artificial intelligence, visual analytics, and data management software, PERSOWN will be able to effectively mine diagnostic data to uncover infection trends and visualize disease hot spots to better monitor and predict outbreaks. 

These early insights will help governments and health organizations implement practices that reduce disease spread, mitigate impact, create early interventions, and save lives. 

Eric has nearly 30 years of executive leadership experience in starting and reorganizing businesses in medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biotechnologies, biogenetics, EHR Systems, disposable medical equipment, and consumer goods. He holds two MBA degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and Saint Louis University in International Marketing and Management, plus additional certifications in leadership and operations.    

April 4th, 3:00 pm. To 4:00 pm ET via Zoom  
Keith Rubin, Founder & CEO, ILIAD Biotechnologies 


ILiAD Biotechnologies (ILiAD) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on preventing and treating diseases caused by Bordetella Pertussis.   

Keith Rubin, M.D. is the Founder and CEO of Iliad Biotechnologies. Dr. Rubin has over 30 years of experience in medicine, academia, the development of medical technology, intellectual property, and venture capital. He graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine and obtained a B.A. in Biology from Princeton University. 

April 11th, 3:00 pm. To 4:00 pm ET via Zoom  
Nick Paciaroni PhD, Senior Staff Scientist, Deluge Biotechnologies 

Nick Paciaroni is an expert in DNA-encoded library (DEL) synthesis and design, with a diverse background in synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry. At Deluge, he focuses on developing new DNA-compatible chemistries and designing custom DELs. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from Clemson University and earned his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a concentration in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Florida. 

April 18th, 3:00 pm. To 4:00 pm ET via Zoom  
Rina K. Dukor, PhD, Co-founder, President & CEO, BioTools


BioTools is a life sciences tools company that revolutionized characterization technology for the most important therapeutics of our time – chiral small molecules and biologics. The breakthrough analytical techniques developed by the company provide molecular structure information which governs safety and efficacy – analyzed in a fraction of a time compared to traditional methodology.

BioFlorida Virtual Life Sciences Career Fair - March 23rd

Virtual Career Fair for Hiring Organizations & Trainees / Experienced Professionals Seeking Jobs in the Life Sciences to meet & discuss Open Positions. The BioFlorida Life Sciences Career Fair takes place on a virtual platform where organizations and candidates across the state can meet face-to-face. There is no travel, no waiting and a large variety of hiring life sciences organizations / candidates to meet.

Interested in registering as a job seeker? REGISTER HERE. There is no charge for students & job seekers.

Free & Discounted Open Access Publishing for UF Authors

Want to publish your research open access? Take advantage of free and discounted APCs, thanks to Read-and-Publish deals from UF's George A Smathers Libraries! Visit for more information.

Humanities Writing Retreat at UF Austin Cary Forest Campus - May 8th-12th

Humanities Writing Retreat
Monday-Friday, May 8-12 from 9am to 5pm daily
UF Austin Cary Forest Campus
Applications Due: April 7, 2023

Join colleagues for five days of writing sessions in the peaceful UF Austin Cary Forest Campus where we will provide lunches and beverages for all days. Open to all UF scholars with writing projects in the humanities, including graduate students. Please complete the Qualtrics application if you would like to participate.

Participation for the writing retreat will be capped at 25. The selection is on a first come first-serve basis with an emphasis on humanities research and group composition.

Join the UF Postdoc Writing Community - Virtual Writing Retreats Every Thursday 2-4pm ET

The UF Postdoc Writing Community hosts weekly virtual writing retreats to help you meet your writing goals in a supportive community of peers. Virtual writing retreats will be held every Thursday, 2pm - 4pm. Each session consists of a 15 minute group check-in at the beginning of the session, 90 minutes of writing, and a 15 minute group check-out at the end of the session. Check-in’s are for the purpose of setting writing goals, leveraging peer accountability, and sharing strategies for overcoming resistance to writing. Retreats are not instructional, but if you are encountering barriers to your writing productivity, the community can help you find resources and tools to keep you writing.

ChatGPT and Instruction: Adapting Assessments - April 11th

ChatGPT is the “water cooler” technology buzz of Spring 2023. What is it? And how will ChatGPT impact teaching and learning? Learn about ChatGPT by attending Adapting Assessments with AI in Mind:
Tuesday, April 11
2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Via Zoom – Registration Link
ChatGPT and other generative AI tools have led to questions about academic integrity and how AI can transform teaching, learning, and assessment.  Anyone with questions about this event is welcome to contact UFIT’s Center for Instructional Technology and Training.

Last Chance to Register for UF’s First RiTL Symposium - April 21st

Please join us on April 21st, 2023 for the first UF RiTL (Research in Teaching and Learning) symposium. This half day kick off event will take place at the Harn Museum and feature a keynote by Dr. Bob Mathieu, founder of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning along with other guest speakers who are actively working on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

RiTL (Research in Teaching and Learning) at UF is specialized research that delves deeply into how students learn within and across disciplines. UF’s RiTL community of researchers and educators will engage in the deliberate, systematic, and reflective use of research methods to develop and implement teaching practices that advance field-specific learning. RiTL at UF includes scholarly work related to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), Teaching as Research (TAR), Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER), etc.

Who should attend? All faculty including clinical faculty, instructional faculty, practitioners, faculty considering promotion, department Chairs, as well as staff and librarians interested in teaching focused research.

Registration is limited to the first 120 people. Registration closes on April 6, 2023 at 12:00pm EST or when capacity has been reached.

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.
EMBRACE: An Intersectional Approach to Academic Mentorship
Presented by Jeanne-Marie R. Stacciarini
March 24, 9:00am – 10:00am
Brought to you by UF’s Mentoring Affinity Group.
Teaching STEM courses with Learning Assistants
Presented by Sujata Krishna
March 27, 10:00am – 11:00am
In this workshop I will go over how the LA program helps students and instructors in an active learning classroom. I will go over the 3 essential elements of the LAA model. No background knowledge is expected of participants.
Digging Deeper, Doing Better: Optimizing Inclusive and Culturally Responsive Mentorship Practices (Session 1)
Presented by Kelly Diggs-Andrews
March 27, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

The Southeastern Conference (SEC), the University of Florida and the International Mentoring Association (IMA) are pleased to offer this three-part series that provides faculty and staff with tools for effective multicultural mentoring. Participants who take all three live sessions will earn a certificate in multicultural mentoring. Session 1 Digging Deeper, Doing Better: Optimizing Inclusive and Culturally Responsive Mentorship Practices presented by Dr. Kelly Diggs-Andrews.
Creating Global Classrooms Through Virtual Exchange
Presented by Consuelo Kreider & Truly Hardemon
March 27, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Bryant Space Science Center
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.
Make it Global: Curriculum Internationalization
Presented by Paloma Rodriguez
March 29, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
During this workshop, faculty will learn how to enhance their courses with international case studies, activities, and perspectives. This workshop will also expose instructors to best practices such as international virtual exchange and useful frameworks (i.e., the UN Sustainable Development Goals) that can be used to infuse international concepts and activities into any discipline. The session will provide an overview of relevant data on the attitudes and beliefs of UF students towards global issues and intercultural communication that instructors can use to fine tune their teaching, and participants will also receive a self-assessment tool to measure the internationalization of their current courses.
Cafe Conversation about ChatGPT
Presented by Brian Harfe
March 30, 9:00am – 10:30am
Bryant Space Science Center
Join us for an informal, round table discussion about new artificial intelligence tools such as ChatGPT. We will be discussing concerns about AI tools affecting higher education and exploring ways they can be used to support student learning.
PlayPosit Foundations Training
Presented by Brady Venables
March 30, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
This training will highlight the fundamentals of PlayPosit with an emphasis on interactions that are automatically graded by the platform. It will be customized for your learning management system and include use cases relevant to all content areas in Higher Ed.

Research Metrics to What End? Webinar - March 24, 12-1:30pm

How do we assess the value and impact of research activities across disciplines? This webinar explores emerging metrics that reflect and celebrate forms of knowledge, creative research, and social engagement in the arts, humanities, and the allied disciplines of design. Panelists include Christopher Newfield, Emily M. Janke, and Stefanie Haustein. Organized by the College of the Arts, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and College of Design, Construction and Planning with support from a HuMetricsHSS Community Fellowship. Learn more and register.  

NPA SmartSkills: Take Charge of your Immigration Education - March 28th

March 28th, 3 p.m. ET via zoom

Your career success as an international postdoc in the United States depends not only on your skills, credentials, and experience but also on your ability to obtain a work visa or permanent residency as fast as possible. To secure the proper immigration status, you need to assemble an immigration portfolio, similar to a job application package. An immigration portfolio helps you stand out and includes evidence of your credentials, work experience, international recognition, and the importance of your work. Unlike job packages, immigration portfolios are more robust and less understood. Preparing an immigration portfolio is like building a network--it takes time, effort, and knowledge. Come learn how to use your professional development activities to create an immigration portfolio by prioritizing activities that satisfy the immigration criteria for substantial merit or the National Interest Waiver while increasing competitiveness for diverse careers.

Florida Museum, UF Geological Sciences Department Host ‘Can You Dig It?’ - April 1sts

Dig into geology and discover the Earth at your feet during this free, fun-for-all-ages geology event! Presented in partnership with the University of Florida department of geological sciences, enjoy hands-on activities on Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Watch demonstrations of volcanic eruptions, experience an augmented reality sandbox and more. While the event activities are free, there is an admission charge for the “Spiders Alive!” and “Butterfly Rainforest” exhibits. Learn more.

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P. O. Box 113175
Gainesville, FL 32611

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