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October General Meeting

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Thank you for everyone who came to last Tuesday’s General Meeting! Here’s a recap of the important information that was covered during the October General Meeting plus additional important announcements.

Career Day

On October 30th, the GSA is hosting the Career Day event, which is an opportunity to students to learn about the career paths available to them, interact with the UT Health Science Center’s Career Advisory Council, and network with employers and professionals. The keynote speaker for the event will be Adam Ruben, a comedian, author, and molecular biologist who writes a humorous career column for the Science journal. Adam will be bringing his book, Surviving your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School, which will be available for purchase ($10) and signing at the Career Fair after the keynote address.

The UTHSCSA Postdoctoral Association will be sponsoring free professional head shots at the Career Fair. Take advantage of this opportunity. More detailed information will be sent out soon!

If you are interested in attending any part of the Career Day event, please pre-register here!

Chili Cook-Off!

The Annual Chili Cook-off is here! Free chili, free beer, costumes, prizes, and socializing! What more do you need to know? Well, here’s a few more details:

The chili cook-off will begin at 5:30 and run until 7:30 pm on the Intramural Fields next to the Gold’s Gym. To get access to the free beer, students need to have their UTHSCSA ID and a driver’s license. If you’re a competitor, there are plenty of prizes available for winning in different categories, such as the Best All-Around Chili, Hottest, Best Veggie, Best Solo Costume, and Best Group Costumes! Last year the GSA officers won hottest chili, and whoever is on the winning team this year splits the prizes among themselves! The SGA will reimburse $25 of expenses on the chili preparation and booth setup, and the GSA will reimburse the rest! If you’re interested in joining the Chili Cook-off Team, contact us at uthscsa.gsa@gmail.com.

Volunteer Opportunities

Texas Public Radio Air Pledge Campaign

The graduate school has been contacted by Texas Public Radio asking for volunteers to help raise money to support non-commercial radio stations broadcasting to San Antonio and other regions throughout Texas. Texas Public Radio is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to “engage in the production and distribution of non-commercial informational, educational, cultural and entertainment content for the people of Texas.”

The fundraising air pledge campaign will be October 17 – 24, and volunteers are needed to answer phones from interested donors and fill out pledge forms. The shifts are 2.5 hours, brief training is provided, and all the volunteers are kept well fed! If volunteers from the grad school help out this campaign, the TPR will announce the participation of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and this can be a great way for us to connect with the San Antonio community and represent our organization. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Dana Reeder, Academic Programs Coordinator, at reederd@uthscsa.edu.

TeenMOB Science Night

Teen Meetings Outside the Box (TeenMOB) is hosting Science Night at Natalia High School to engage young students in science. Science Night will be held in the high school gymnasium on October 27th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. 75 to 100 families are expected to show at this event. Students will receive a “learning passport” to guide them through the event, which will include booths, raffles, and give-aways. Volunteers will be needed to help man the event. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Teresa Evans at evanstm@uthscsa.edu. The final preparatory meeting for Science Night will be October 23rd, 5 – 7 pm, in room DTL 5.670 (click for map).

UTHSCSA Science Expo

The UT Health Science Center will be hosting the Annual Science Expo on November 8th, from 8 am to 12 noon. This is an event to inform high school and college students about careers in science, and 1,500 students from the Texas area are expected to attend. Volunteers are needed to help run interactive, hands-on activities and presentations, and ideas for discussions, demonstrations, and labs are welcome! At the moment, there are few volunteers from the graduate school, so we need more graduate students to sign up. You can sign up for a presentation, a booth, or to help with registration and crowd control, either as an individual, or bring friends and sign up as a group! If you’re interested in helping out, please contact David Aguilar at david.aguilar11@gmail.com.

SGA Updates

Student Government Association (SGA) representative Aparna Gorthi attended the meeting and made a few announcements concerning the graduate students.

SGA Representative Elections

The SGA is an organization that spans the entire institution and receives input and announcements by representatives of students from each school. Up until this point, the representatives of the graduate students in the SGA were selected by appointment. Next year, the SGA representatives for the grad students will be selected by election.

Student Parking

It’s no secret that parking on campus has been a problem, between Lot 17 always being full, curb parking rules being unclear, and other issues. Our SGA rep Aparna is collecting complaints from the grad students to communicate the problems our students are concerned about, whether it’s parking space, security, ticketing, or any other topic that you would like to bring up to UTHSCSA’s Parking Office. Please send any information, concerns, and complaints to Aparna at gorthi@uthscsa.edu.

UTHSCSA Library Updates

Library Room Reservations

Graduate students! There have been complaints that some students are using the library group study rooms without making reservations, and they are interfering with reservations that have already been made. If you want to use one of the group study rooms in the library, please make a reservation. You can see the schedule for the library room reservations here, and you can make a room reservation by logging in here. You can read the library study room guidelines here.

Possible Journal Cancellations

The UTHSC library is considering the cancellation of 51 journal subscriptions for 2015. This list of journals includes titles such as Scientific American, Stem Cell Reviews and Reports, the Journal of Reproductive Medicine, the Journal of Lipid Research, the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, the Journal of Clinical Immunology, Developmental Neurobiology, and many more. The full list of possible cancellations can be found on the Library webpage hereIf you or your colleagues would like to request any of these resources be kept, send your comments to John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, at weedj@uthscsa.edu.

Upcoming Events

Discover Your Career Path
October 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, 444B
Discover Your Career Path: One chapter at a time. Come to see Dr. Peter Johnson, MD discuss the process one can use to discover their career path. Learn from this successful scientist, physician, entrepreneur and novelist how you can navigate your own path. Lunch will be served!

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage
October 15, 2014 at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Texas Star Cafe Breezeway
Event hosted by SACNAS to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Cultural festivities, dance classes, and delicious food!

Academic Research Track: Part 2, Preparing for the Interview
October 17, 12pm – 1pm, 409L
Experienced faculty panelists will discuss how to conduct a successful interview for career positions in Academia. Hosted by the UTHSCSA Postdoctoral Association, but open to all students.

Spotlight on Research Integrity: Enhance the Value of Research Findings
October 21, 4pm – 5pm, 409L
Enhance the Value of Research Findings: What should we ALL do? Presented by the NIH/NINDS. RSVP here.

Innovation Forum
October 29, 3pm – 4pm, 409L
Leaders from the United States Patent and Trademark Office will discuss the implications of our research findings in the world of innovation as well as highlight the innovative science outreach programs they support.

UTHSCSA Wellness Day
October 30, 10am – 3pm, Pavilion at Gold’s Gym
Healthy Food Trucks 11 am – 1 pm, 5K Zombie Walk/Run @ 3pm, Register in the Student Life Office. Health information booths, free health screenings.

Here are the powerpoint slides that were presented at the October Meeting



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