Books & Bagels: Conversations on Interdisciplinary Research 9/26

Join us for our next Books & Bagels: Conversations on Interdisciplinary Research!

Friday, September 26, 2014
The ExCITe Center of Drexel University
3401 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Brief introduction to current research by graduate students followed by a moderated discussion.
Audience participation is encouraged.
Lunch will be provided.


Laura Ashley Oxenfeld
MS Student, Science, Technology & Society
College of Arts & Sciences
“How Sharing Tools and Technology Builds Networks of Knowledge”

Nora Madison
PhD Candidate, Communication, Culture & Media College of Arts & Sciences
“(In)Visible: Technologies of Bisexual Identity Online”

Moderated by Dr. Kelly Joyce, Professor, History & Politics, College of Arts & Sciences
Director, Center for Science, Technology & Society

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The New York Academy of Sciences – Science Alliance Events

Listed below my signature you will find a select group of upcoming events and opportunities from The New York Academy of Sciences’ Science Alliance that are geared to provide learning and networking opportunities across disciplines, and promote professional development and career advancement for early-career scientists. Please circulate this information to students, postdocs, faculty, and colleagues.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

Kind regards,

Natasha Neysmith
Associate Director
The New York Academy of Sciences
7 World Trade Center | 250 Greenwich St, 40th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Tel: +

Upcoming events:

What Every International Student and Postdoc Should Know About US Employment (Also available as a Webinar)

Monday, September 22, 2014 | 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Interested in hearing how H-1B sponsorship happens from the inside?  Dan Beaudry, former head of campus recruiting at, shares the potent job search system used by many international students and postdocs to find U.S. employment. H-1B’s are won in ways you likely don’t expect.  What you’ll discover in this presentation may surprise you:

  • Learn how to secure H-1B sponsorship at companies that have a policy against sponsoring H-1B visas.
  • Learn why 80 percent of open jobs are never advertised – and how to find them before anyone else.
  • Learn why human resources is often an obstacle instead of a conduit to finding a U.S. job-and how to bypass it.
  • Learn why submitting résumés online is not an effective use of your time-and how you can better invest that time.

For more information please visit


Conflict Resolution Skills: In and Out of the Lab

Sunday, October 26, 2014 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

In this weekend workshop you will learn critical skills and tools to cultivate more fulfilling and productive working relationships.


Risky Business – A Pharmaceutical Industry Strategy Workshop

Saturday, November 15, 2014 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

This course gives professionals from inside and outside the pharmaceutical industry—including students and postdocs—a much better understanding of how the R&D and business development and licensing processes operate.


PepsiCo Journey through Science Day (Travel fellowships available according to need)

Monday, December 8, 2014 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

On December 8, 2014, the New York Academy of Sciences and PepsiCo will host a special Journey through Science Day at the Academy’s headquarters in New York City. Fifty exceptional students and early career scientists (MS, PhD, postdoc) will be selected for this unique opportunity to interact with PepsiCo’s R&D leadership, learn about their efforts to develop products rooted in science-based nutrition, and get an exclusive glimpse of how science has shaped their careers. Additionally, each participant will be asked to present a poster on their research to highlight and share their own activities and interests with PepsiCo. There will be an award ceremony for the best posters at the end of the event.

We are looking to invite individuals with experience in the following key areas:

  • Life Sciences: Nutrition, Biochemistry, Toxicology, Biology, and Pharmacology
  • Engineering: Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Plastics Engineering, Packaging Engineering
  • Food Science: Food Science specialties, Agriculture and Analytical Chemistry
  • Material Science: Material Science, Polymer Science

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Deadline Monday, September 16, 2014.  For more information please visit


Other NYAS Events:

From Bacterial Immunity to Genome Editing: The 2014 Dr. Paul Janssen Award Symposium

September 11, 2014

This symposium will honor Drs. Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna, who will reflect on their research leading up to the discovery of the mechanism of dual-RNA-guided DNA cleavage in adaptive bacterial immunity and its potential applications in rewriting the genome. Following their Award lectures, leading scientists in microbiology, molecular genetics, genomics, and other relevant research areas will discuss the implications of this novel technology for basic science, medical research, drug development, and human health.

FREE EVENT – Registration Required


New Frontiers in the Neurobiology of Mental Illness
October 10, 2014
This conference will explore the translation of recent breakthroughs in neuroscience into therapies for the more than twenty-five percent of Americans suffering from mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, fear and anxiety disorders, autism, and other psychiatric disorders. A keynote lecture by The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy will address strategies to simultaneously abolish the stigma surrounding mental illness in order to fully realize the potential of these new treatments to improve mental health. 
FREE EVENT – Registration Required


Pharmacologic Resolution of Inflammation as a Novel Therapeutic Approach
October 28, 2014
Uncontrolled, chronic inflammation plays a key role in the progression of many diseases, and elucidation of biochemical pathways provides novel targets. This symposium reviews discoveries, approaches and opportunities for treatment and prevention.  Abstract submissions are invited for a poster session, and several abstracts will be selected for short ‘Late-breaking abstract’ presentations. Abstract deadline is September 26, 2014.


Gene Network Changes in Alzheimer’s Disease: Potential Points for Therapeutic Intervention
November 3, 2014
Next generation sequencing of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) progression reveals gene networks within microglial pathways. This symposium focuses on microglia biology, molecular signatures specific to microglial phenotypes, and phenotype modulation.Abstract submissions are invited for a poster session, and several abstracts will be selected for short ‘Late-breaking abstract’ presentations.Abstract deadline is September 26, 2014.


Diabetic Kidney Disease: Drug Discovery and Clinical Development Challenges 
December 9, 2014
Identifying and prosecuting drug targets is challenging due to a poor understanding of pathogenesis and few biomarkers. This symposium identifies targets for preventive or therapeutic interventions and discusses challenges in clinical development. Travel Fellowship application and abstract deadline is October 17, 2014.

Books & Bagels: Conversations on Interdisciplinary Research 8/27

Join us for our next Books & Bagels: Conversations on Interdisciplinary Research!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Graduate Student Lounge (Main 010A)
Basement of Main Building
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Brief introduction to current research by graduate students followed by a moderated discussion.
Audience participation is encouraged.
Lunch will be provided.


Cem Sahin & Mitchell D’Rozario
PhD Student, Electrical and Computer Engineering & PhD Candidate, Biological Sciences
College of Engineering & College of Arts and Sciences
“Of Flies, Mice and Humans: A Bioinformatic Approach”

Cem is a PhD student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He earned his undergraduate degree as a Computer Engineer at Drexel. He then joined the Drexel Wireless Systems Lab to continue his academic career as a graduate student. His research interests include wireless network security, embedded design, multimedia streaming, and engineering education. He is honored to be able to contribute to Mitch’s research.

Mitch is a PhD candidate in the Department of Biology. Before he came to Drexel, Mitch did his undergraduate work at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. He is interested in the role of a protein Daughterless in differentiated neurons and how this function is conserved in flies and mice. He recently began collaborating with Cem. Today they will talk about their work with bioinformatics, an interdisciplinary scientific field that develops methods for storing, retrieving, organizing and analyzing biological data. A major activity in bioinformatics is to develop software tools to generate useful biological knowledge.

Abstract: Our understanding of gene expression has changed dramatically over the past decade through technological improvements. High-throughput experiments generate large amount of genome-wide gene expression data that are curated in public archives. Reuse of public data can be very powerful, but there are obstacles in analyzing across different species. In our initial attempt, we have generated a tractable list of conserved targets of a transcription factor Da (and it’s homologue TCF4) in differentiated neurons in flies and human cell lines. We have further validated Da/TCF4 function in flies, mice and humans. These results suggest that TCF4 has a function in differentiated neurons across evolution.

Hossein Rastgoftar
PhD Candidate, Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
College of Engineering
“Evolution of Multi Agent System as Continua”

Hossein is a PhD candidate in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He is currently finising his degree and looking for a postdoctoral position in the field of Dynamics and Control. Hossein has developed a new methodology for formation control in multi agent system based on principles of continuum mechanics. He is proud to have done most of his research with his former advisor, Dr. Sudhada Jayasuriya who passed away last month.

Abstract: The key idea of this research comes from the hypothesis that natural biological swarms do not perform peer-to-peer communication to sustain their group behavior as a collective. The group evolution is more likely based on what each individual agent perceives of its nearby agents behavior to control its own motion. However, most if not all of the work available on biologically inspired engineered swarms rely on inter-agent or peer-to-peer communication to shape group behavior such as formation keeping and formation reconfiguration. In this work, we have been able to develop a novel communication protocol for propagating an original motion strategy based on the so called Homogeneous maps.

Moderated by Dr. Jacob Russell, Associate Professor, Biology, College of Arts & Sciences

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Submit an Abstract for DUCOM Discovery Day 2014 10/2/14

Discovery Day 2014
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Queen Lane Campus

The date for Discovery 2014 is Thursday, October 2, with alumni pre-Discovery events scheduled on Wednesday afternoon/evening October 1, 2014.

To submit an abstract, head to the Discovery submission site:

For more information on Discovery 2014, please contact:
Angelo Milone
Discovery Day Coordinator
Director of Marketing and Recruitment

Introduction to the GRFP: Info Sessions, Workshops, and Webinars

Introduction to the GRFP: Info Sessions, Workshops, and Webinars

Interested in pursuing a research career in STEM fields or social sciences? Come learn about the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program – a prestigious award that supports research-oriented students in a wide range of STEM and social science fields during their first three years of graduate school. The award includes a $32,000 stipend plus a $12,000 Cost of Education Allowance.

To be eligible, applicants must be either rising seniors or 1st year or 2nd year graduate students, plan on a PhD/research-oriented career, and be US Citizens or Permanent Residents. Eligible fields of study are: Chemistry, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Geosciences, Life Sciences, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning Research.

The Fellowships Office will be offering a series of events and resources to Drexel students who are applying – or thinking about applying – for a NSF-GRFP. Our workshops provide students with an overview of the NSF GRFP, writing tips on the application essays, and tips from fellow students and faculty reviewers.

All events are open to Drexel students and alumni only.

National Deadlines: October 29 – November 4 (Depending on field of study)
Optional Campus Review Deadline:October 16 at 5 p.m.

Info Sessions on NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
The GRFP is a generous and prestigious award that supports research-oriented students in STEM and Social Science fields during their first three years of graduate school, with a $32,000 stipend plus a $12,000 Cost of Education Allowance.  In this session, we will review the basics of the NSF-GRFP and consider the range of projects students have conducted with the support of an NSF grant.

Monday, August 18, 3-4 PM
109 Disque Hall (32nd and Chestnut)

Thursday, August 28, 12-1 PM
109 Disque Hall

Wednesday, September 3, 6-7 PM
Webinar – contact us to register

Tuesday, September 9, 10-11 AM
302 Bossone (31st and Market)

Thursday, September 18, 3-4 PM
Graduate Student Lounge, Main Building 010A

Wednesday, September 24, 7-8 PM
Webinar – Contact us to register

Application Workshops
We will have two kinds of application workshops. The first focuses on the Graduate Research Plan statement, and the second on the Personal, Relevant Experience and Future Goals Statement. Please RSVP (even last minute) to let us know you are coming to an info session. Visit our website for the most updated information.

Writing the NSF GRFP “Graduate Research Plan”
The Graduate Research Statement is where you outline a plan for future research and demonstrate that you can conceive and undertake original research that will advance knowledge in your field and have broader impacts for society. These workshops will review what to address, how to get started, and revision strategies.

Thursday, September 4, 12-1 PM
PISB 103 (33rd and Chestnut)

Monday, September 15, 6-7 PM
Webinar – Contact us to register

Tuesday, September 30, 3-4 PM
260 Stratton Hall (32nd and Chestnut)

Monday, October 6, 12-1 PM
2019 MacAlister (3260 Chestnut)

Writing the NSF GRFP “Personal, Relevant Background and Future Goals Statement”
The “Personal, Relevant Background, and Future Goals” essay is designed to give reviewers a sense of who you are, your experience and readiness to conduct advanced research and studies, and your research and career goals. In this hands-on workshop, we will discuss how to approach this essay and work to explore your motivation, experience, and goals to help you – and your reader – gain a deeper understanding of your fellowship application.

Monday, September 8, 5-6:30 PM
109 Disque Hall (32nd and Chestnut)

Friday, September 26, 3-4:30 PM
109 Disque Hall

Thursday, October 2, 12-1:30 PM
109 Disque Hall

Thursday, October 9, 7-8:30 PM
Webinar – Contact us to register

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Register a table at the DRAGON EXPO 2014

DRAGON EXPO 2014 – Graduate Student Orientation

All graduate student organizations should register to have a table at the Dragon Expo on Friday, September 12th 3:30-5pm. Please have a representative from your organization RSVP here by Monday, August 25th. Please provide a contact person and any additional requests. Each org will get one table and two chairs. We expect about 300-400 students to attend. This is a great opportunity to share your upcoming events and recruit students to your organization!


Careers Beyond the Bench Professional & Career Development Series


Presented by the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Professional Studies, DUCOM


What Is Careers Beyond the Bench?

Careers Beyond the Bench, a one-day professional development conference, will feature accomplished speakers and panelists discussing non-academic career options for PhD students and postdocs. Attendees will learn about careers in private industry, federal government and foundations, as well as training strategies and career planning tools. A networking reception following the sessions will provide the opportunity for attendees to learn more about non-academic career choices in an informal setting. View full agenda.

A full-day event to include:

  • More than a dozen highly accomplished speakers and panelists discussing careers for biomedical scientists
  • Lunch roundtable discussions with speakers and panelists
  • Presentation of career training and planning strategies for graduate and postdoctoral fellows
  • Networking reception with speakers and panelists

Who Should Attend?

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies invites biomedical graduate students from the tristate region to attend.


Speakers include: William J. Martin, PhD; Rob Ring, PhD; Sally Rockey, PhD; David Howland, PhD; Janet Clark, PhD; Philip S. Clifford, PhD; Robert Cobuzzi, PhD; Katja Brose, PhD; David Michelson, MD; John Hemmer, JD; Pier Giorgio Pacifici, PhD. Learn more about the speakers.