March 7, 2023


Industry & Entrepreneurship

Professional Development

Special Events

NIH Hosts Listening Sessions to Hear from Postdoctoral Community - First Session is March 8th

NIH seeks to lay the foundation for a strong future of biomedical research leadership and innovation through the growth of a robust and diverse biomedical workforce. To meet this goal, NIH recently announced a Request for Information (RFI) inviting the biomedical research community to provide their thoughts on the state of postdoctoral research training and NIH postdoctoral policies and programs.
If you are a postdoc or someone with perspectives on the postdoc community (for instance, recent postdocs, future postdocs, or faculty and administrators who work with this community), share your insights about the challenges and opportunities ahead for the postdoc community.  
In addition to opportunities for written feedback, NIH will host four virtual listening sessions between March 8 and March 20 to gain community insights. The discussion topic and date of each session are listed below:
  • Role, duration, structure, and value of the academic postdoc, including the effects on underrepresented populations
    • Wednesday, March 8, 12:30–1:30 p.m. ET
  • International trainee concerns
    • Friday, March 10, 1:30–2:30 p.m. ET
  • Compensation and benefits, including child care and dependent care
    • Friday, March 17, 12:30–1:30 p.m. ET
  • Job security, career prospects, and quality of life
    • Monday, March 20, 1:30–2:30 p.m. ET

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.

Learn About AI's Role in Medicine at UF College of Medicine's Upcoming Conference

The University of Florida’s inaugural AI4Health: Improving Health through Artificial Intelligence conference will explore how AI-enabled discoveries will change clinical practice and improve patients’ health. Registration is now open for the three-day event, which will take place at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club resorts in Orlando on April 20-22. Virtual options available.
Register now:

Conversations with Leaders in BioTech Industry - Seminar Series Starts March 21st

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 Technologies 


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.

Developing an Innovative Idea into a Product - UF Innovate Insights Seminar March 22nd

March 22nd: 12 - 1:30 PM
Serial entrepreneur John Engels will share his insights into technology development and overcoming commercialization challenges to bring biomedical products to market. Learn the importance of the business model, team, and what academic innovators can do to advance commercialization. Reserve your space here.

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs & Leaders: the Importance of Advisors, Mentors, and Sponsors - March 31st

Friday March 31, 2023
10:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Offered virtually via Zoom
Learn more & Register

Learn about, share and celebrate the empowering potential of women’s entrepreneurship.

The UF Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center and the Collaboratory for Women Innovators invite students, faculty, staff, and members of the UF community to attend the Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit. This event offers inspirational stories and lessons learned from successful women entrepreneurs.

The event provides opportunities for UF women to connect with peers and other successful business leaders to foster shared learning and community-building, as well as networking, mentoring, start-up and career advice, and career connections.

Upcoming Biotech Training Events with Biotility

Cleanrooms & Gowning certificate short-course
March 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT – Biotility in Alachua
This hands-on course will cover best practices for working in a cleanroom, including gowning and de-gowning, proper entrance and exiting, behaviors to minimize turbulence and the generation of particulates, and multiple tips for reducing the likelihood of contamination. Regulations from the International Organization for Standards (ISO) and the United States Federal Standards for the use of cleanrooms will be emphasized, with examples of human health and financial consequences resulting from non-compliance.
CGMP for Biopharmaceuticals certificate short-course
April 12 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT (virtual)
Participants learn the core precepts of FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practices and their direct application to the manufacture and testing of a regulated biological product. This virtual course covers 21 CFR Parts 210, 211, and 600 and topics include Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs), regulatory compliance, and maintaining a culture of quality for the safe manufacture of biopharmaceutical drug products.
BioFlorida Celebration of Biotechnology 2023
April 20 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT – Momentum Labs in Alachua
Now in its 18th year, the Celebration of Biotechology is Florida’s largest life sciences exhibit show. The Celebration offers informative exhibitors, guided bus tours of the Gainesville/Alachua biotech community, music, and food vendors. This annual event is a great opportunity to connect with life sciences executives in the region and across the state.
The 5 Pillar Strategy for a Lean Workplace
May 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT (virtual)
This course covers the core principles of the 5S system and illustrates why using 5S is essential to a “Lean” initiative. Topics include the foundations of the Lean system, structure of 5S Teams, stakeholders to involve, and strategies for obtaining the best results from a 5S effort. In addition, approaches will be presented for positive environmental impacts, leading to immediate improvements with real long-term benefits. 5S is one of the most versatile Lean techniques, and may be applied to almost any work environment, whether a manufacturing facility, busy professional office, healthcare facility, laboratory, or school.

Certificate in Multicultural Mentoring - First of Three Sessions Begins March 27th

The Southeastern Conference (SEC), the University of Florida, and the International Mentoring Association (IMA) are pleased to offer this three-part online series that will provide SEC faculty and staff tools for effective multicultural mentoring. Participants who attend all three live zoom sessions will earn a certificate, and participants in any of the sessions will be eligible for half price membership to the IMA.
Session 1
Digging Deeper, Doing Better: Optimizing Inclusive and Culturally Responsive Mentorship Practices

Dr. Kelly Diggs-Andrews
Founder and CEO
Diggs-Andrews Consulting, LLC
March 27, 2023
12:00 -1:30 PM EDT
Session 2
Why Mentoring Matters for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Moving from Research to Practice

Dr. Audrey J. Murrell
Professor of Business Administration and Psychology
University of Pittsburgh
April 6, 2023
12:00 - 1:30 PM EDT
Session 3
Bridging Differences for Better Mentoring

Lisa Fain
Center for Mentoring Excellence
April 13, 2023
12:00 - 1:30 PM EDT

NPA SmartSkills: Unconscious Bias and Beyond - April 25th

Tuesday, April 25, 2023, 3 p.m. ET, via Zoom

Biases and barriers at an interpersonal and systemic level impacts an individual's growth, successful interactions between teams, and mismatch in expectations. In this talk we will discuss the impact of compounding barriers, including unconscious bias, that affect the culture of science, society and innovation.

Postdoc Academy: Building Skills for a Successful Career - Course Begins May 1st

The Postdoc Academy is a comprehensive online and in-person program built on the National Postdoctoral Association core competencies to support skill development throughout postdoc training, from orientation to next career step.

Register for the next course: Building Skills for a Successful Career, Which begins May 1st. Registration is open through June 19th. 

Skills for Health and Research Professionals (SHARP) Program Offers Summer Trainings

Registration is now open for 29 hands-on summer boot camps designed for health and research professionals from any organization and all career stages! Learn immediate take-away skills directly from the experts over 1-4 days this summer. Training formats are either in-person in NYC, livestream, virtual over Zoom, or a hybrid mixture. The SHARP Program is offered through Columbia University.   
Bayesian Modeling for Environmental Health Workshop: Concepts and Computational Tools for Spatial, Temporal, and Spatiotemporal Modeling Relevant to Public Health
In-Person | August 14-15, 2023 | More info
Causal Mediation Analysis Training: Methods and Applications Using Health Data
Livestream Virtual | August 28-30, 2023 | More info
Climate Change and Health Boot Camp: Building Skills and Knowledge for Effective Engagement
Livestream Virtual | June 28-30, 2023 | More info
Code Rigor and Reproducibility with R Boot Camp: Design Principles and Practical Tools to Make Research Code More Efficient, Less Buggy, Easier to Reproduce, and Ready to Share
In-Person | July 31-August 1, 2023 | More info
Creating Compelling Research Narrative Workshop: Strategies for Effectively Presenting your Science
Livestream Virtual | July 13, 2023 | More info
Electronic Medical Records Boot Camp: Biostatistical Methods for Analyzing EMR Data
Livestream Virtual | August 21-22, 2023 | More info
Environmental Justice Boot Camp: Theory and Methods to Study Environmental Health Disparities
In-Person | August 17-18, 2023 | More info
Environmental Mixtures Workshop: Applications in Environmental Health Studies
In-Person | July 26-27, 2023 | More info
Epigenetics Boot Camp: Planning and Analyzing DNA Methylation Studies for Human Populations
Livestream Virtual | June 29-30, 2023 |  More info
The Exposome Boot Camp: Measuring Exposures on an Omic Scale
In-Person | July 20-21, 2023 | More info
Exposure Modeling Boot Camp: Traditional and Machine Learning Methods for Environmental Epidemiology
In-Person | August 3-4, 2023 | More info
GIS Workshop: Visualizing and Analyzing Health Data 
Livestream Virtual | June 20-21, 2023 |  More info
Google Earth Engine Boot Camp: Methods for Using Satellite and Geospatial Data for Environmental Exposure Science
Livestream Virtual | June 12-13, 2023 | More info
Indigenous Environmental Health Research Workshop: Methods, Ethics and Practice to Collaborate with Communities
Livestream Virtual | July 13-14, 2023 | More info
Life Cycle Assessment Boot Camp: LCA for the Health Sector
Livestream Virtual | August 24-25 & October 5-6, 2023 | More info
Machine Learning Boot Camp: Analyzing Biomedical and Health Data
Hybrid | June 22-23, 2023 | More info
Mendelian Randomization Boot Camp: A Practical Guide to Study Design and Implementation
Hybrid  | August 7-8, 2023 | More info
Microbiome Data Analytics Boot Camp: Planning, Generating, and Analyzing 16S rRNA Gene Sequencing Surveys
Livestream Virtual | June 22-23, 2023 More info
Multi-omics Boot Camp: Analysis of Omics Data for Research Studies
Livestream Virtual | June 7-9, 2023 | More info
NIH Grant Writing Boot Camp: Building a Strong Foundation for Funding Success
Livestream Virtual | July 10-11, 2023 | More info
PI Crash Course: Skills for Future or New Lab Leaders
In-Person | June 12-13, 2023 | More info
The PI's Business of Research Boot Camp: Ins and Outs of Budgets, Personnel and Project Management
Livestream Virtual | July 17-18, 2023 | More info
Python Data Wrangling Boot Camp: Introduction to Data Wrangling, Cleaning and Manipulation with the Python Programming Language
In-Person | July 24-25, 2023 | More info
Quantitative Genomics Training: Methods and Tools for Whole-Genome and Transcriptome Analyses
Livestream Virtual | June 14-15, 2023 | More info
Shiny Boot Camp: Building Interactive Graphics and Dashboards in R
In-Person | July 6-7, 2023 | More info
Single Cell Analysis Boot Camp: Systems Biology Methods for Analysis of Single Cell RNA-Seq
Livestream Virtual | May 12 & 22, 2023 | More info
SQL Boot Camp: Building and Querying Databases
Hybrid | June 7-9, 2023 | More info
Statistical Analysis with Missing Data Workshop: Methods and Applications in Health Studies
In-Person | June 20-21, 2023 | More info

Upcoming Workshops with the Center for Teaching Excellence

Cultural Differences in Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication
Presented by Marina Klimenko
March 17, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Human communication can be achieved through vocal (language) and non-vocal modalities (e.g., facial expressions, gestures, body posture, etc.). Although, there are universal principles that guide all human communication, notable cultural differences still exist and may lead to communication breakdown between people of different cultural background, even if they communicate using the same language. Some of the notable cultural differences that may affect human communication rules are degree of cultural individualism (vs collectivism), high (vs low) context and masculine (vs feminine) societal values (Geert Hofstede). In this talk, you will learn more about these three cultural dimensions (individualism, high/low context and masculinity), and explain how/why they may influence human communication styles. You will also discuss potential negative consequences that stem from inappropriate application of cultural communication rules by non-native speakers. This talk should be particularly useful for instructors and mentors who collaborate/teach culturally diverse groups of students.
Everyday UDL: Practical classroom & mentorship strategies that also enact DEI
Presented by Consuelo Kreider & Truly Hardemon
March 20, 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Universal design for learning (UDL) is a transformative instructional approach that, in its adoption, exposes fundamental biases in traditional curricula. However, implementation of UDL principles, in its intentional consideration of diverse learner characteristics remediates such fundamental biases. We will present principles of UDL, share simple strategies for its implementation in classroom, advising, and mentorship contexts, and discuss practicalities of shifting our instructional framework from traditional instructional practices to adoption of a student-asset framework through UDL practices that intentionally consider diverse learner characteristics.
Creating Global Classrooms Through Virtual Exchange
Presented by Carrie Martins
March 21, 10:00am – 11:00am
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.
Playposit Lunch and Learn
Presented by Brady Venables
March 22, 12:00pm – 12:30pm
Join this session to learn about how you can increase accountability, reduce grading, and add engagement with video based learning in Canvas.
Create Presentation Visuals Worthy of the TED Stage
Presented by Karina Kolb
March 23, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Imagine you are giving the best presentation of your career. Your verbal delivery is captivating and masterfully choreographed with slide visuals and props that are attention grabbing, easy to understand, and even moving. This is what it means to use presentation visuals in a way that is worthy of the TED stage. In this course, participants will learn about the common mistakes presenters make with their presentation visuals, gain insights into the way the human brain best processes information while experiencing a presentation, leverage visual techniques for making your content resonate and stick, use next-level techniques to plan a visual presentation, analyze examples from some of the worlds best presenters, and apply key design principles. This course is helpful for both novice and even highly seasoned presenters. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop to this session to engage in hands-on design work activities in small groups.

Carmen, The Most Popular Opera of All Time - at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts March 31 & April 1

The World’s Most Popular Opera, CARMEN, comes to the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1, 2023. Carmen, under the stage direction of award-winning Director Anthony Offerle, features an ensemble cast of professional artists and performers from the UF Opera Theatre, School of Theatre and Dance, and the Capella Nova Chorus of Gainesville. The  Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, at 3201 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611, will host two performances of Carmen on March 31 and April 1 at 7:30 p.m, and tickets are available for purchase at 352-392-ARTS (2787) or online at

235 Tigert Hall
P. O. Box 113175
Gainesville, FL 32611

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