Tales of Discovery: Zebrafish Symposium (SEEDS You Choose Leadership)

On January 13, 2015, SEEDS presented Tales of Discovery: Zebrafish Symposium, January 13, 2015, in the CAS Gallery.   On Tuesday, January 13, 2015, the UM College of Arts and Sciences Zebrafish Facility Directors, Drs. Julia Dallman and Isaac Skromne, invite you to attend a symposium, entitled "Tales of Discovery" which will highlight research approaches made possible through UM's newly established Zebrafish Service Center in the CAS Gallery on the Gables campus. tours of the facility and a series of short talks will be followed by dinner, dessert, music, poster presentations.

Two keynote speakers were invited to headline the symposium: Drs. Cecilia Moens, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Dr. Florian Engert.  Each keynote speaker presented research seminars at the UM Miller School of Medicine in the Lois Pope Life Center.

The College of Arts & Science’s Research News highlighted this event on January 14, 2015.  Click here to read the article 

The symposium was sponsored by a SEEDS You Choose Award to Dallman and Skromne; the UM College of Arts & Sciences and its Department of Biology, and the Miller School of Medicine’s Neuroscience Program; the Society for Developmental Biology Pentair Aquatic Eco-System and Noldus Information Technology.

Clear and Concise Writing Skills for Scientific Investigators (SEEDS You Choose Leadership)

The Office of Research Administration (ORA) has offered “Grant writing training sessions focused on preparing scientifically meritorious applications, a critically important skill for researchers. However, in the current dismal funding environment, the scientific merit of a grant application is not the only factor that can cause the application to be rejected. Increased competition and decreased funding have put tremendous pressure on reviewers to reject applications on criteria which otherwise would have been overlooked, such as sentence-level issues of clarity and conciseness, and even minor grammatical errors. Therefore, NIH advises applicants to “Write clearly and concisely so that your application is easy to read and easy to understand. Carefully edit and proof the application for your grammar and spelling.”   

During the Fall 2014 (December 10) and Spring 2015 (February 6 and March 6) semester, SEEDS presented three interactive workshops in which April Mann, Director of UM's Writing Center, discussed concrete strategies scientists can use to ensure their writing is clear and concise.  This hands-on workshop was designed to help native and non-native English speakers improve the clarity of their writing and thus increase their odds of securing extramural funding. The workshops were sponsored by a SEEDS You Choose Leadership Award to Dr. Pochi Subbarayan, Research Assistant Professor, Hematology/Oncology, the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and UM's Postdoctoral Programs Office.

Academic Leadership: Uses of Influence, Power and Conflict Resolution
November 5, 2014

SEEDS hosted a day-long career workshop on Academic Leadership with Dr. Barbara Butterfield, COACh International, in the SLAB Seminar Room on the RSMAS campus from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. In this workshop, attendees increased their leadership skills by understanding effective and ineffective leadership characteristics; research trends in applied leadership skills; power and influence skills as well as building competency based, high-performance teams. Leaders and participants practiced skills and received feedback.

Dr. Barbara Butterfield has more than 35 years of service in higher education. She is an executive consultant to the University of Michigan and senior consultant to the Segal Company. Dr. Butterfield is a consultant educator in the area of faculty development for both COACh and ADVANCE Programs, supported by grants from the National Science Foundation. Her experience has been in higher education in public, land grant, private, and research Universities and incorporates education both in the United States and abroad.

COACh is a grass-roots organization working to increase the number and career success of women scientists and engineers through innovative programs and strategies. For more information, regarding COACh, please visit coach.uoregon.edu/coach.

Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) Clinical Training presented by Kaite Gotham, Ph.D. (SEEDS You Choose Leadership)
August 14-15, 2014

PEPSA (Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with Autism) and SEEDS You Choose in partnership with CARD (Center for Autism and Related Disabilities), the Barton G. Kids Hear Now Foundation and UHealth Ear Institute sponsored the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) Clinical Training, August 14-15, 2014 in the Flipse Building, room 536 from 8:30-4: 30 pm. This workshop was a 2-day clinical training course on using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) to identify people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The ADOS is a structured interaction and interview session with the person suspected of having an ASD designed to assess social and communication behaviors. It can be used with young children to adults and with people who are nonverbal to those who are highly verbal. This workshop provides information on using all 4 ADOS Modules as part of an autism spectrum evaluation. For researchers, this workshop was a prerequisite to more intensive training offered by the ADOS authors, designed to achieve the high-reliability levels needed in research. However, use of the ADOS for clinical and identification purposes can be very helpful for clinicians. 

Dr. Katherine Gotham, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University, presented the workshop. She has given several ADOS training workshops per year (as well as Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised training workshops) since becoming a certified trainer in 2004. Dr. Gotham's long-term research interests focus on identifying mechanisms of and developing interventions for mood disorders that commonly co-occur with ASD. A SEEDS You Choose Award to Ivette Cejas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Ear Institute, co-sponsored this event.

Getting Your Research Recognized (SEEDS Career Workshop)

Friday, September 20, 2013
Cox Science Center, Room 166

A SEEDS You Choose Leadership Award to Rebecca Duncan presented a Career Workshop on "Getting Your Research Recognized" on September 20, 2013.  Do you ever wonder why some scientists seem to get all the press while other amazing research goes unnoticed by the media? Have you made a breakthrough discovery and want to share it with the outside world? This workshop is designed to give UM scientists' tools and resources to begin publicizing their research and garnering media attention. Join a panel made up of a UM researcher, UM media relations representatives, and professional science writers to discuss how to get the media to share your research to a broad audience and to use the Media Relations department within the University to publicize your research.


Dr. Neil Hammershlag: Research Assistant Professor at the RSMAS and Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. Director of UM's RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program focused on advancing ocean conservation through cutting-edge research and outreach.

Prof. Gina Maranto: Prize-winning science writer who has covered biomedicine, the environment, and Earth sciences at the national level (Discover, Scientific American, NY Times) since 1982, who also serves as a lecturer and co-director of the Abess Center's undergrad program in Ecosystem Science and Policy

Marie Guma-Diaz: Science writer at the UM department of media relations

Angela Posada-Swafford: Former Knight Science Journalism Fellow, freelance science writer (WIRED, National Geographic, New Scientist) and current U.S. correspondent for Muy Intresante, leading Spanish-language popular science magazine

Rebekah Monson: Editor for the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences Magazine and freelance journalist

Annette Gallagher: Media relations officer at the University of Miami

CTSI (Clinical and Translational Science Institute) and SEEDS (Scientists and Engineers Expanding on Diversity and Success) present: UM Workshop on Writing R01 Style Grants: 8-week course

When: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM every Wednesday beginning June 19th for 8weeks
Where: Clinical Research Building, Room 953 (UM Medical Campus)

June 19th
1. NIH Review Process
2. Specific Aims

June 26th
3. Approach l

July 17th
4. Approach Il (statistics?)

July 24th
5. Significance/Innovation

July 31st 
6. Biosketch/Facility Statement
7. Title/Project Summary/Project narrative/Cover Letter

July 3/10th 
No formal class/read Gopen & Swan/ using Workbook, write Specific Aims/Approach

August 7th 
8. Budget/ Vertebrate Animals
9. Editing your grant

This class is for a Faculty/Residents writing R01 style grants.
The class is limited to 20 participants. (Post-docs will be considered only if the class is not filled)

A SEEDS You Choose Award Presented: "Career Resilience: How Women Can Ensure their Continuing Professional Growth" featuring Janet Bickel, M.A.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education Auditorium (MED Campus)
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Janet Bickel presented a professional development seminar for Women Faculty.  Janet Bickel is a nationally recognized expert in faculty, career and leadership development with 40 years of experience in academic medicine and science. She led the first AAMC Office of Women in Medicine over 25 years ago, and her initiatives spearheaded its growth into the powerful Group on Women in Medicine and Science as we now know it. Her vision and leadership resulted in the creation of a rich network of professional development opportunities for women across the country.

Part I: Obtaining and Giving Mentoring Across Career Stages

Maximize your impact as a mentor 
Expand your professional networks and circle of colleagues and role models in ways aligned with your goals
Recognize and deal with extra challenges that women and minorities often experience in mentoring relationships

Part II: How is Your Vision of Success and Influence Changing? Developing Strategies that Work for You

Gaining clarity on what "success" and "influence" means to you
Making more strategic choices regarding your commitments

A SEEDS You Choose award to Drs. Hilit Mechaber and Denise Marie Gervais sponsored this event. 

A SEEDS You Choose Award Presented: "Using Situational Intelligence to Facilitate Better Communication with Patients: An Intensive, Interactive Workshop" featuring Dr. J. Yellowlees Douglas, Ph.D.

Friday, June 28, 2013, in the Clinical Research Building, Room 1080 (MED Campus) 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

The interaction between patients and clinicians has long been a particularly neglected aspect of clinician education and training. In particular, most clinicians lack an understanding of an invaluable set of skills reading their patients' body language, including their use of physical space, posture, the arrangement of hands and feet, and facial expressions. This interactive workshop will present clinicians with valuable tools to use in patient interactions, including how to discern when patients are masking or ignoring symptoms, signs of insecurity or fear, and signals of deception—particularly useful when patients are non-compliant but unwilling to admit it.  A SEEDS You Choose award to Dr. Baharak "Baha" Moshiree sponsored this event. 

SEEDS Presented: COACh Leadership Workshop with Dr. Sandra Shullman

Friday, April 26, 2013
Map and Charts Room (RSMAS Library, Map & Chart Room)
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

SEEDS hosted a COACh Leadership workshop with Dr. Sandra Shullman. Space was limited to 15 participants (Faculty). COACh is a grass-roots organization working to increase the number and career success of women scientists and engineers through innovative programs and strategies. Sandra (Sandy) Shullman, Ph.D. has had a distinguished career working with senior executives and executive teams in a wide range of national and multi-national organizations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, BP, Deutsche Bank, Lafarge, Siemens, UBS, Nationwide, BankOneChase, and Ingersoll Rand. In addition to over fifteen years of executive leadership of an organizational and behavioral healthcare firm, Dr. Shullman served as Director of Managerial Effectiveness Programs at the Center for Creative Leadership, where she led major projects involving performance management and executive and managerial effectiveness.

SEEDS Presented: "Strategic Persuasion: Skills in Problem Solving, Conflict Resolution and Negotiations" with Dr. Barbara Butterfield

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 
Newman Alumni Center, Library 
AM Session: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM 
PM Session: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

SEEDS  hosted two Negotiations workshop sessions with Dr. Barbara Butterfield. Space was limited to 25 participants (Faculty). Barbara Butterfield has more than 35 years of service in higher education. She is executive consultant to the University of Michigan and senior consultant to the Segal Company. Dr. Butterfield is a consultant educator in the area of faculty development for both COACh and ADVANCE Programs, supported by grants from the National Science Foundation. Her experience has been in higher education in public, land grant, private, and research Universities and in corporate education both in the United States and abroad. Dr. Butterfield holds a Ph.D. in education administration and is an alumna of The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business Advanced Management Program. She is the author of three books and is a past president of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

A SEEDS You Choose Award Presented "A Science Policy Workshop for the UM Community"

Friday, April 12, 2013 in SLAB Seminar Room, S/A 103 (RSMAS Campus) 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM 
In this time of shrinking federal and state budgets for research, it is critical that scientists inform themselves about science policy. Many students and scientists, however, are not familiar with the process of developing science policy, how it affects their research or how they can get involved. We hosted a one-day workshop to provide a crash course on science and climate policy featuring experts from Washington, DC and Boulder, CO.  A SEEDS You Choose award to Dr. Amy Clement sponsored this event. For more information, please contact Angela Colbert at (305) 421-4032 or acolbert@rsmas.miami.edu or Marisa Hightower, SEEDS Program Manager, at (305) 284-3988 or mhightower@bio.miami.edu

SEEDS (Scientist and Engineers Expanding Diversity and Success) and RIM (Research and Innovative Medicine) present a NIH Applicants: Resubmissions Workshop

The NIH Applicant: Resubmission Workshop took place on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 9:30AM - 1:00PM in the Clinical Research Building, Room 692 on the Medical Campus. This workshop was for researchers who were thinking of resubmitting their R01 proposals to NIH. 

I. Interactive Workshop (bring your Summary Statements)

  • What are the common problems leading to high scores?
  • Understanding your Summary Statement
  • Should I re-submit? If so, when should I re-submit?
  • How to strengthen your grant for resubmission
  • How to answer the reviewers in one page

II. An open panel of experts will be available to answer your questions

There was an opportunity to sign up for a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your Summary Statement. This will be held as a Speed mentoring event on March 27th.  Space is limited to 40 participants. Refreshments were be provided. 
This workshop was open to any faculty who submit grants. It was highly interactive and participatory.

A SEEDS You Choose Award Presented: Unlocking the Geoweb: Incorporating Space and Place into Your Research 

School of Nursing Executive Board Room

Saturday: February 23 and April 20, 2013

Data visualization and geospatial analytic tools such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have traditionally remained a luxury of researchers with specialized software and training, but recent free and open-source tools and the rise of the "Geoweb" have unlocked doors to incorporating geographic frameworks into nearly any area of research. Yet few platforms provide professional support for the integration of these methods across disciplines or for faculty pursuing non-traditional research partnerships.  Join us for a 5-hour faculty-only professional development workshop featuring short talks and demos, multiple hands-on exercises, roundtable discussion of your own work, networking opportunities, and a panel of researchers who have "gone spatial."  This event was sponsored by a SEEDS You Choose award to Drs. Justin Stoler and Diane Ter-Ghazaryan.

A SEEDS You Choose Award Presented: Advancing Careers in Interdisciplinary Research, February 11, 2013 in Ungar 230C on the Coral Gables Campus.

The workshop explored the dimensions of interdisciplinary research and gave students and faculty insights into developing diverse careers. Join us for research presentations, discussions, and networking. Special attention was given to issues for women and minorities. The workshop was sponsored by a SEEDS You Choose award to Dr. Kenneth Broad, Director of the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy.

Research Submissions for afternoon poster session
-Submit 500 word abstract by Jan. 25th
-Research must incorporate no less than two disciplinary perspectives (biology, physics, history, law, etc.) in a meaningful way and include a discussion of why this integration is crucial to addressing the issue at hand Submit at: tinyurl.com/submitabstract

Forum on Preparing NSF-Career proposals Friday April 15, 2011

This forum on writing successful NSF Career awards was unique among the many grant-writing workshops at UM. First, it was unusual in the breadth of its sponsorship: The College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, Rosensteil School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and SEEDS. Second, and more important, it focused on only one type of grant, the NSF Career awards, for which only junior faculty are eligible (click the link below for eligibility details), thus giving more pertinent advice to those interested in writing such a grant. In the forum, four faculty who had received NSF CAREER awards in the past each spoke for ten minutes and then answered questions on what elements are important to success. Click here for resources from the workshopincluding PowerPoint presentations and links.


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COMPASS Workshop at RSMAS Fri April 8, 2011 on Communicating Science to Non-scientists

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Even though we scientists are seldom trained to communicate outside academia, if we want our research to inform decisions about our future, we must go beyond publishing only in peer-reviewed journals. To help us communicate widely and effectively, a SEEDS You Choose award to Andrew Baker brought us a training event throughCOMPASS (Communications Partnership for Science and the Sea). This event helped researchers shake bad habits so we can talk with journalists, the public, and policymakers about what we do - and it why matters - in clear, lively terms. This workshop is based on the prestigious Aldo Leopold Leadership program at Stanford University. 

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In the main event, three leading journalists addressed such questions as: "Why should scientists communicate to non-scientists? How can you deliver a clear and compelling message? Why do the cultures of science and journalists sometimes clash? What are the “do's and don'ts” of dealing with the media?"

Several individuals were selected for an opportunity for one-on-one mock interviews with a journalist:

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Swan Writing workshop Nov 13, 2010, "From Data Dumps to Clear Documents: Writing Effectively for Science and Engineering" by Judith Swan, Ph.D. in Biochemistry from MIT, Associate Director for Writing at Princeton, co-author of The Science of Science Writing (pdf). Made possible by a You Choose Award to Blythe Nobleman and Helena Solo-Gabriele. 



SEEDS Workshop and chalk talks


On Oct 28, 2010, Kathryn Tosney, Director of SEEDS, led a workshop on a crucial new element in job interviews in academia. For those seaking academic positions, departments increasingly demand not only formal seminars but also chalk talks, informal presentations of future directions. These are often pivotal in hiring decisions. Tactics for succeeding in this task were revealed.




Oct 20
 Jacqueline Dixon the first woman Dean of Arts and Sciences and future dean at South Florida University discussed leadership skills, led HERS leadership workshop. For information on HERS, see http://www.hersnet.org/

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SEEDS Writing Lecture and Workshop


On May 26, 2010, Kathryn Tosney, Director of SEEDS, gave a talk
"Writing for your life: clarity, argument, and reader-oriented prose"
followed by an intensive two-hour “Writing workshop: applying writing strategies”

SEEDS Women in Science Panel Discussion



At RSMAS on April 2, 2010, eight marine science women from a diverse array of disciplines and backgrounds shared their insights into the nuances that women face while pursuing a profession in marine science. Funded by the SEEDS Working from Within program to Rana Fine and Sue Sponaugle

The SEEDS NIH Grant Writing Workshops


A series of NIH grant writing workshops have been funded by a You Choose award to Joy Lincoln. Assistant Professor, Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology proposal, with cost share by Richard Bookman’s office, to develop five forums on navigating the NIH system. Each forum entails a presentation by an invited Program Officer from an NIH Institute, an interactive Panel Discussion, and a networking event. Follow-up questionnaires assess value and impact. Although grantsmanship already receives attention at UM, these forums target underrepresented groups, to provide essential tools for furthering their careers. Obtaining grants from NIH is essential for a successful career in biomedical sciences yet requires knowledge and insights typically gained only through networking with funded peers and officials at NIH itself, which often bypasses under-represented groups who lack avenues of access to these key people at NIH. Demystifying the granting process and giving attendees direct, informal access to NIH program officers is designed to significantly enhance the ability to win grants, as well as provide an ethos that may translate into other professional interactions.



The first workshop on navigating the NIH system was led by NIH/NINDS Program Director Ramona Hicks on Nov 11 2009, 2:00-5:00 PM, in the Lois Pope LIFE Building, 7th floor auditorium. 


The second workshop NIH Program Director Joyce Gibson on March 17, 2010, in the fourth floor conference room RMSB


The Third SEEDS NIH Grant Writing Workshop was led by NIH Program Director, Cora Lee Wetherington on March 17, 2010. She is in the Division of Neuroscience and is the Women and Sex/Gender Research coordinator at the Institute on Drug Abuse.

SEEDS Day-long Writing Workshop


A day-long Seeds Writing Workshop on Nov. 21, 2009 was funded by a “You Choose” award to Paquita Zuidema. It was led by Dr. Judith Swan, Assistant Director for writing in Science and Engineering at Princeton, who received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from MIT and is a known expert and teacher on effective scientific writing and, co-author of "The Science of Science Writing." 175 faculty, postdocs and grad students attended. 



Writing well is a crucial element for success during the many stages of a scientific career, from thesis to publication and garnering research funding, but opportunities to acquire effective writing skills in science can be rare. In this workshop, Dr. Swan identified identified strategies for writing clearly and compellingly. These strategies use the principle of “reader oriented” prose, based on studies of where in a sentence, a paragraph or a paper, a reader expects to find the context, and where to find the emphasis. Such strategies have been shown to improve communication dramatically, with both writer and reader much more likely to agree on what is important.

SEEDS Workshop and Mentoring Event


Kate Barald, the University of Michigan, who gave a workshop on Tips to Mentors for writing NIH Postdoc applications 6018, March 5, 3:30 - 5:00. Co-Sponsored by the Miller Graduate School. She also gave an evening mentoring session at the SEEDS director's home for junior faculty and postdocs.