Professional Training Courses

The fourth day of the 2018 YES meeting will include two sessions of half-day professional training courses at no additional cost to attendees. Some courses will focus on research skills, while others will focus on “soft skills.”

Research Skills Courses:

  • Solid Phase Extraction – In an ever changing world, analytical detectors are becoming more sophisticated that the need for better sample cleanup is apparent. Solid phase extraction is one of the best sample preparation procedures at removing matrices, contaminants and other interferences without losing analytes/compounds of interest. In this workshop you will learn the basics of SPE (offline vs. online) and a “hands off” approach to method development by seeing how the entire process can be used on an automated system. The workshop will include a demonstration of the Symbiosis PICO™ by iChrom Solutions, which automates the SPE procedure, cutting down the time and money spent on laboratory consumables.
  • Software Carpentry: The Unix Shell –  When we use computers, it feels as if the user sends commands directly to the computer, and the computer sends output directly to the user. In fact, there is usually a program in between called a command shell. What the user types goes to the shell, which then orders the computer to execute commands. The shell a powerful tool that allows people to do complex things with just a few keystrokes. More importantly, it helps them combine existing programs in new ways and automate repetitive tasks so they aren’t typing the same things over and over again. Use of the shell is fundamental to using a wide range of other powerful tools and computing resources (including “high-performance computing” supercomputers). This short course will start you on a path towards using these resources effectively. No previous Unix Shell experience required.
  • Risk Assessment in Global Research  – Dr. Alhaji N’jai is a native of Sierra Leone whose research has focused on toxicology, genomics, immunology, stem cell biology and systems biology. In this interactive workshop, he will share his experiences working around the world and his expertise in risk assessment.
  • Microscopy Imaging –  The UW-Madison Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation is a biophotonics instrumentation laboratory with a focus on developing advanced optical and computational techniques for imaging and experimentally manipulating living specimens. This interactive workshop will introduce a variety of imaging techniques for different research applications across scientific disciplines.

Soft Skills Courses:

  • Patenting and Licensing in the Life Sciences – The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) was founded in 1925 and is among the oldest and most successful technology transfer offices in the nation. As the designated patent and licensing organization for UW–Madison, WARF advances transformative discoveries to the marketplace to benefit humankind across Wisconsin and the world. This workshop will help you identify potential patents in your own research, and introduce you to the process of making your invention available to the world.
  • Effective Mentoring Strategies – Research mentoring is an essential component of academic and scientific life, but it’s not always easy to navigate, even if you’re an experienced researcher. With a little training, you can make mentoring truly enjoyable and beneficial to everyone involved. UW-Madison is home to a nationally renowned, evidence-based research mentor training program. Presented by Dr. Cheri Barta Rossi, the Undergraduate Research Director for the Department of Chemistry at UW-Madison, this workshop will give you tools to help you establish expectations, consider issues of human diversity, and develop a reflective approach to mentoring.
  • Translating scientific information into a story that can influence decision-makers – Presented by Cassie Steiner, PR and Outreach Associate for the Sierra Club, this workshop will be interactive and will give attendees the opportunity to practice writing a letter to the editor and preparing a testimony for a public hearing. Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States, with successes ranging from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.
  • Data Management for Researchers – Data Management plans are required for grant proposals and are an important part of record keeping in government and industry jobs. This workshop will help you gain an understanding for your data workflow from collection to publication to long term preservation. Learn best practices, techniques, tips and tricks to maximize efficiency of processing and analysis of scientific data. Topics will include file naming and organization, backups and storage options, and documentation and formatting for data preservation and sharing.
  • Publishing your Research – This course aims to cover a range of topics pertinent to publishing scientific research, from the technical (reviewing papers, how to select the appropriate outlet for your research and common publishing pitfalls and problems) to the more esoteric (publishing ethics and bias, navigating funder mandates, post-publication promotion). This session will be designed to help graduate students and early career researchers across all areas of expertise. It will provide attendees with an editor’s perspective on best publishing practices.