Week Seven: What is going on?

Planning Your Scientific Journey


Three-week course – FINAL WEEK

July 6th – Bring Your Plan to Life

July 8th – Final Remarks

Live Session on July 8th

Being successful as a scientist requires more than acquiring knowledge and developing experimental skills. It also requires: (1) asking a good scientific question, (2) establishing a clear plan of action, and (3) seeking advice along the way. These three topics are the focus of iBiology’s course, “Planning Your Scientific Journey.” Through customizing the iBiology content, we provide summer 2020 undergraduate students an opportunity to explore these topics during their virtual experience. The goal of this course is to have our Summer Undergraduate virtual research student explore research questions that interest them, define potential career goals, and to network with mentors and faculty that can support their scientific journey.

Blog post 3 – Finding your niche

Friday, July 10

How has science been act of self-expression for you? 

The first week in the PYSJ course starts off by discussing how science is an act of self-expression. It is critical that there are a variety of perspectives to progress science and make the implication of science impactful. In this blog post discuss what kind of science questions most speak to you. We are interested to hear how these questions is interesting, motivating, andappropriately challenging for you. You should reflect on your research interests,the techniques you have already mastered, and the techniques you will be most interested in adding toyour tool kit.

July 6th

9:45 AM – Pre-meeting chats

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Program virtual “huddle” with Kendra – Visit from Dr. Linda Sealy

RECORDING: https://vanderbilt.zoom.us/rec/share/-cpaAZXa7GBOHonwsW36Yv55A6TAaaa8gHUarqZfmUYxUFkdoZB4aGohaNr0raNC

OPTIONAL: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM – “Signalosomes” within the myocardium

Description:Dr. Michael Kapiloff  


Register in advance for this webinar:
Password: CVI@Lokey

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Video Group Update: Writing an IRB

RECORDING: https://vanderbilt.zoom.us/rec/share/-9F_AbXX119JUKPN8mTnWJQfF5rbT6a8gSkX-qEKykmvV4o6F9i-OFUrmFYRhPEC

  • Review video and survey
    • Present preliminary data from survey pilot
    • Review structural competency data from pilot
    • Perform a factor analysis (on your own time; see link on MURAL)
    • Expert reviewer identified and contacted (cc’ Joey)
      • Get comments and correction from content expert by the end of the week
  • Write IRB
    • Go to Discover-e website
    • Share a PDF of the application with Kendra by end of day on July 10th
    • Plan to submit on July 13th after Kendra approves
  • Make sure all members have completed IRB training
    • Google “oracle vanderbilt”
      • click on “learning”
      • search “HPRR”
      • Complete the “HPRR Basic Training Course”
    • Select “yes” on the poll in #general when you have completed
      • Kendra will contact IRB office to make sure your training status is updated in Discover-e
    • You will not be able to submit until training is complete.

July 7th

OPTIONAL: 10:00 AM Gentle Yoga Session

Description: Kaitlin Briana Oliver, Yoga Instructor in Bristol UK
Meeting ID: 2864883911 Password: ZenDen

OPTIONAL: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM SU – Faculty Career Path Talks

Dr. Ronglih Liao – https://profiles.stanford.edu/ronglih-liao
Dr. Fatima Rodriguez – https://profiles.stanford.edu/intranet/85681
Dr. Yasuhiro Shudo – https://profiles.stanford.edu/yasuhiro-shudo

Register in advance for this webinar:
Password: CVI@Lokey

July 8th

OPTIONAL 11:00-12:00PM : SU – Leveraging big data to improve vascular disease care

Dr. Elsie Ross – https://profiles.stanford.edu/elsie-ross

Register in advance for this webinar: https://stanford.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bVlDHFWjR8KF6_GwQTvTBA  Password: CVI@Lokey

1:00 – 3:00PM : PYSJ- Working Session (your should have completed all modules before attending this session)

RECORDING: https://vanderbilt.zoom.us/rec/share/7tcvK-CrzkBJQ6_J7ELFBf59P4T4aaa8hHUf86UJxRpPFN-m4facL-KdXkFwfpr2

July 9th

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Career Pathway Talk

Efrain Garcia, PhD – US Government BARDA 

Efrain E. Garcia, PhD

Chief, International Partnerships Branch
Division of International Health Security
Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, D.C.

Watch Dr. Garcia’s Beyond the Lab interview.


11:00-12 PM – BU PD: Translational Science: How to link questions to research

Description: NaomiM Hamburg MD (BUSM)

Register in advance for this meeting:

1:00 PM- 3:00 PM – Storytelling with statistics

RECORDING: https://vanderbilt.zoom.us/rec/share/6_wsK4nLyXNJYa_20E6Ye7cEGKDMaaa803RI-PRZmhtXJmqRU1vgNE27IodaybX_

July 10th

Blog post 3 due: finding your niche

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt


1:00 -2:00 PM : VU-Diversity in Medicine


André Churchwell, MD

Chief Diversity Officer (VUMC)

Senior Associate Dean for Diversity Affairs (VUSM)

Interim Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer 

Vanderbilt University

Published by Kendra Oliver

I am an experienced scientist passionate about science communication, multi-disciplinary projects, and online learning and engagement approaches. It is critical that we find new strategies to communicate scientific finding and engage the public. Using online learning and visualization methods, I am exploring visual science communication to support online education and science marketing approaches. Although classically trained as a research scientist in pharmacology, I consider myself a science communication designer with skills ranging from project management, pedagogical approaches to online learning, video production, instructional design, and web design. With a foundation as a cross-disciplinary team member, I am interested in developing and utilizing these skills to produce science marketing, communication, and engagement strategies, particularly those at the intersection of art and science.

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