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Tox Track, 11/21/16

Weekly Newsletter of the MSU Institute for Integrative Toxicology
Director: Dr. Norbert Kaminski / Editor: Lauren St.John

November 21, 2016, Vol. 39, Number 23

Seminars / Events / Workshops / Funding / Job Postings

 

Seminars

Tuesday, November 29
*The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics presents EITS student, Jiajun (Brian) Zhou, to give a research proposal seminar on, “The Role of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodiobenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD)-mediated increase of Lymphocyte-specific Protein Kinase (LCK) and the Related Downstream Efffects on IgM Secretion in CD40 Ligand Activated Human Primary B Cells,” on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at 9 a.m. in 162 Food Safety and Toxicology Building.

Wednesday, November 30
*The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology presents Dr. Cheryl Rockwell, to speak on, “The role of Nrf2 in immune cell function,” on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at 12 noon in B448 Life Science Building.

Friday, December 2
*The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology presents Dr. Eran Andrechek, to speak on, “Using genomics to predict optimal therapy in a mouse model of breast cancer,” on Friday, December 2, 2016, at 9 a.m. in B448 Life Science Building.

Tuesday, December 6
*The Cell and Molecular Biology program presents Sean Nguyen, EITS graduate student, to give a research proposal seminar on, “The Role of Placental Exosomes During Pregnancy,” on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. in 1425 Biomedical Physical Science Building.

*Fulfills seminar requirements for the Environmental and Integrative Toxicological Sciences Graduate Programs. Seminars that fulfill this requirement are archived at: http://cit.msu.edu/training/seminarlist.html.

Events

The Graduate School and COGS are co-sponsoring 80 slots for the Write Winning Grant Proposals Workshop offered by the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies Office. We will pay the $100 registration fee for interested students.  

Because this is a limited opportunity, if you register you must be committed to attending this workshop. Please do not keep another student from attending if you are unsure of your plans.

Your registration must be received by Friday, December 9th at 5:00 PM.

Write Winning Grant Proposals
Thursday, January 5th- 8am-5pm
Molecular Plant Sciences Bldg., Room 1200
John D. Robertson, Ph.D., associate member of the Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops, LLC Full-day seminar designed for faculty members, graduate students, and administrative staff who want tips and strategies for presenting their research case to reviewers. During the seminar, you will learn more about the practical and conceptual aspects that drive the successful proposal-writing process. 

Learn more about...

  • Idea development
  • Identifying the most appropriate granting agency
  • How to write for reviewers
  • Tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting an applicant's case to reviewers
  • Strategies for writing proposal sections and examples

Registration required:
$100 fee includes refreshments, lunch, and required workbook.

In order to register you must provide the following in an email to gradwrsp@grd.msu.edu:

**PLEASE INCLUDE “WRITE WINNING GRANT PROPOSALS” IN THE SUBJECT LINE.
1.      Your name
2.      Your department
3.      Your email address
4.      Phone number
5.      Textbook choice (select ONE: NIH, NSF, USDA/NIFA, Any Agency)
6.      Box lunch choice (ham, turkey, veggie wrap or vegan/gluten free)
7.      Do you need any special accommodations? And if so, what?

 

Funding

COGS Disciplinary Leadership Award
In 2010, the MSU Council of Graduate Students (COGS) established an endowment to recognize disciplinary leadership by graduate and grad-professional students.

Eligibility and description of the program: Graduate students regularly (not provisional or lifelong) enrolled in a graduate or grad-professional program (not a certificate program only) at MSU and who are in good standing in their programs may apply. Faculty or others are encouraged to nominate a graduate student. Students must be enrolled for the minimum credits to be in full-time status or provide a justification for less than full-time status. The attached application form must be filled out completely and submitted electronically along with the required letter of recommendation by November 30, 2016 for the 2016-17 awards.

Consideration will be given to students who have clearly demonstrated leadership in their respective disciplines and/or professional societies at the local, state, regional, national, or international levels while a student at MSU. Examples include: an award from the disciplinary or professional society, invited participation in a panel, presentation or poster session at a disciplinary society meeting, service or leadership on a disciplinary society committee, or leadership role in a nationally-recognized graduate student organization linked to or sponsored by a disciplinary society. This award is not for leadership on MSU committees or governance bodies, even though those are important contributions.

Awards will be provided as an MSU fellowship. COGS prefers that the award is used to further the leadership skill development of the awardee. The number of awards will depend on the funds available and the pool of candidates. MSU must follow federal awarding rules.
NOTE: If you have federal aid, including loans, a fellowship award may result in a reduction of your federal loans. However, this is a benefit in that you will need to repay less after graduation.

A committee consisting of a representative from the Graduate School, 3 members of the COGS membership at large, and 2 faculty members from graduate programs at MSU will review applications. The committee will select 3-5 candidates and forward to the Dean of the Graduate School who will make the final decision. The Dean may also consider any remaining candidates in the pool.

Awardees will be expected to express acceptance and appreciation of the award within 6 weeks of notification by writing a letter to COGS, Chittenden Hall, 466 W. Circle Dr., Room 120, MSU, East Lansing MI 48824.

Applications are due electronically only by email to: fellowshipapps@grd.msu.edu by the November 30, 2016 deadline.

 

Job Postings

Two Early Stage Researcher Position Openings, RECETOX – NaToxAq
The Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment (RECETOX) centre hereby opens a new call for applications - two Early Stage Researcher/PhD student positions are available within the MSCA-ITN NaToxAq project.

The project is Horizon 2020 - MSCA Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (Excellent Science) international training network comprising 21 leading universities, research institutions/agencies, and water enterprises in seven European countries, which aim to expand insight on natural toxin identity, analysis, fate, dissipation, removal during water treatment, health effects, and risk assessment under impact of climate change, to ensure safe and healthy waters for European consumers.

The following positions are available at RECETOX:
ESR 12 : Water treatment operations to remove natural toxins from surface water
ESR 14 : Health risks of natural toxins in surface waters

For more information on these positions and to apply by December 1, 2016, please visit: http://recetox.muni.cz/index-en.php?pg=news&aid=667.
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Center of Excellence In Environmental Toxicology (CEET)- Program in Environmental Epidemiology – Faculty Positions

The Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania seeks candidates for several Associate, Full, and/or Assistant Professor positions in the tenure track. Applicants must have an M.D. or Ph.D degree.

Senior faculty applicants should have a research program that links the use of exposure science (exposure assessment, biosensors, biomarkers, geographic information systems, cartographic tools) with diseases of environmental etiology (cancer subtypes, lung and airway disease, metabolic diseases, or developmental basis of adult-disease etc.) Expertise in the epidemiological design of retrospective and prospective studies and the analysis of large data sets is desirable. Individuals at the senior level will have the opportunity to lead this program and significant resources can be made available. Depending on the applicant’s credentials and interests, academic appointments are available in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Department of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics, Clinical Departments within the School of Medicine and/or the Department of Pediatrics, based in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Applicants may also be affiliated with the Abramson Cancer Center. Senior applicants (Associate and Full Professor) are expected to have a nationally recognized extramurally funded research program. Junior faculty applicants (Assistant Professor) are expected to have a MD or PhD and several years of postdoctoral epidemiological research experience. At the junior level the applicant must have a disease focus or must be developing new methods for epidemiological studies, and either have grant funding (K-award or equivalent) or should be able to generate their own independent grant support within three years. Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae, names of three references and a description of their current or future research program.

We seek candidates who embrace and reflect diversity in the broadest sense.

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://www.med.upenn.edu/apps/faculty_ad/index.php/d4491.

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Center of Excellence In Environmental Toxicology (CEET)-Translational Research Program in Asthma - Faculty Positions
The Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania seeks candidates for several Associate, Full, and/or Assistant Professor positions in the tenure track. Applicants must have an M.D./Ph.D degree.

Individuals with a clinical research program in adult or pediatric asthma; or a translational research program working on airway hyper-responsiveness, aberrant lung injury or repair, drug resistance, inhalation toxicology, allergy and immunology, gene-environment interactions or epigenetic therapies are sought. 

Individuals at the senior level have the opportunity to lead this program and significant resources can be made available. Senior applicants (Associate and Full Professor) are expected to have a nationally recognized extramurally funded research program in asthma. Junior Applicants (Assistant Professor) are expected to have a MD/PhD; several years of postdoctoral or clinical research experience and the potential to generate their own grant support. 

The faculty appointment will be in an appropriate department in the Perelman School of Medicine. Depending on the applicant’s credentials, academic appointments are available in the Department of Medicine (within the Divisions of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine or Translational Medicine and Human Genetics) in the Department of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics or in the Department of Pediatrics, based in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

Applicants should submit their CV, names of three references, and a description of their current or future research program online.

We seek candidates who embrace and reflect diversity in the broadest sense.

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://www.med.upenn.edu/apps/faculty_ad/index.php/d4437.


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