Events

Ridley Hall, Room G008 (School of Education & Human Development)
This is a special topic with an invited speaker of the PhD+ Fall 2022 Foundations series. This discussion on values offers guidance on common areas related to your mentality, well-being, productivity, and professional preparation. Many of you are just getting started with your PhD programs or Postdoctoral training at UVA. While it is easy to feel the weight of your checklists, your to-dos, your calendars, it is also critical for us to pause and reflect on what is explicitly and implicitly driving our decisions. What are values exactly? What are your values? How are your values connected to your PhD/Postdoctoral work, your professional and career development, and your personal life? In this session, we will discuss the definitions of values, take a values assessment, and brainstorm ways that allow us to live our lives more intentionally based on our values. We will also get to know each other from different academic/professional backgrounds, create a learning community for the semester, share and exchange thoughts through small group discussions and general discussions, and recharge for the rest of the semester.  LEARNING OBJECTIVES Gain more understanding of what values mean to you and which values stand out to you. Understand how values play a role in individual life as well as your subsequent graduate training, professional development, and career decision-making. Discuss intentions and transformations: what happens when values align or shift. SPEAKER Karolyn Kinane, Ph.D., is the Associate Director of Pedagogy and Faculty Engagement at the Contemplative Sciences Center. Karolyn works one-on-one and in small groups with faculty across grounds to develop and enhance contemplative approaches to teaching and learning. She facilitates workshops and retreats, designs curriculum, and directs the pedagogy database for the Contemplative University. Previously, Karolyn served as professor and chair of the English Department at Plymouth State University (PSU), New Hampshire, where she researched and taught Medieval Studies, English literature, mysticism, and contemplative reading and writing. Over her thirteen years at PSU, Karolyn served as founding co-director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Forum, and founding director of Contemplative Communities, a cross-campus initiative that helps students, faculty, staff, and community members explore and develop agency, resilience, purpose, and mindfulness. REGISTRATION  
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Priority deadline: Tuesday, October 11 Writing a dissertation may sometimes feel like one is a caterpillar being asked to fly, without having fully developed the organs for the task. In this 3-hour workshop, grounded in the conceptual framework of Embodied Critical Thinking (ECT), we will support graduate students in the development of their writing project by harnessing their implicit, embodied ways of knowing, and by learning ways of trusting oneself and supporting each other in the transformative process of idea generation. The process we introduce may be helpful to navigate a variety of typical writing issues that are part and parcel of the creative process: the inevitable emotional roller coasters that accompany finding one's path in uncharted territory, articulating a profound and personally meaningful research question, getting stuck and unstuck, learning to trust one’s own voice, and cultivating the social support necessary to carry one through. Participants will work in listening partnerships focused on the embodied process of ideating, assisting one another to articulate what’s most meaningful in their chosen academic quest. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence & PhD Plus. Workshop facilitators Ram Eisenberg, Environmental Designer and Landscape Architect, is one of the partners in the Training in Embodied Critical Thinking Initiative. As ​Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Technion in Haifa, Israel, Ram is a pioneer in introducing methods such as Focusing and Thinking-at-the-Edge in the training of students in landscape architecture and environmental design. Dorothe Bach, Associate Director and Professor, Center for Teaching Excellence, has recently trained in Embodied Critical Thinking methodologies and is eager to share the method with others. For more information, see bio. EVENT DETAILS When: Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 2–5 pm Where: To be determined Audience: Graduate students Registration Questions about the event? Contact cte-uva@virginia.edu.  
Ridley Hall, Room G008 (School of Education & Human Development)
This is a special topic with an invited speaker of the PhD+ Fall 2022 Foundations series. This discussion on personal finance offers guidance on common topics related to financial literacy, financial well-being, and how to learn relevant topics during graduate school.  Living from paycheck to paycheck can add stress to the already complex Graduate School and Postdoc training experience. In this workshop, learn the basics of finance management, budgeting, and strategies to manage your expenses within the Graduate Student or Postdoc stipend structure. Use these strategies to develop a financial plan to fit your personal needs towards a balanced life.   SPEAKER Andew Pennock, Ph.D. - Andy Pennock is an associate professor of public policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. He serves UVA as the faculty director of Batten’s MPP orientation program, on Batten’s curriculum committee, and as an elected member of the Executive Council of the Faculty Senate. REGISTRATION  
Zoom Meeting
PhD+ and the School of Engineering Graduate Writing Lab (GWL) are hosting a virtual NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Student Mentor ‘Last Minute Questions’ Panel Discussion on Tuesday, October 4, from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.     Join us to hear NSF GRFP awardees and fellowship mentors answer some of the most common 'last minute' questions as you finalize your application materials before the mid-October deadline. Our four panelists will also share their “top tips for applicants” and their recommendations on how best to balance feedback from multiple people and how you can highlight your strengths and experiences for the fellowship reviewers.    REGISTER HERE   Read more about our GRFP support opportunities here.
Virtual
This is the first session of the Statistical Analysis in R (2022 Fall pilot) series, developed through collaboration with UVA Health’s Health Sciences Library. In this session learners will review fundamental tidyverse code so everyone starts on the same page being able to conditionally summarize and visualize a dataset. Learners will then explore the foundational concepts of linear regression. Learners will become proficient in conducting, interpreting, and visualizing results of single variable linear regression models. Instructor Marieke Jones, Research Data Specialist, UVA Health Sciences Library PRE-REQUISITES REQUIRED  Participants MUST have working knowledge of R and RStudio, preferably with previous experience using tidyverse packages (dplyr and ggplot2). This series’ pre-requisite may be met through any of the following: Attendance at Health Sciences Library’s 4 workshops in R (offered monthly) Participation in at least 3 sessions of PhDPlus Data Literacy in R series (offered Spring semester annually) Participation in Brain Immunology and Glia Center Learn R series (offered Fall annually) Completion of a curricular course using R (within the past 3 years) Independent learning of R and instructor approval SESSION DATES Virtual format | Oct 19, Oct 26, Nov 2, Nov 9, Nov 16 (Wednesdays), 10 am – 12 pm (ET) Please hold dates on your calendar after registration.  Registration Link * Registration closes on Oct 14, and instructors will evaluate prerequisites and make announcements by Oct 17.  
Virtual
This is the second session of the Statistical Analysis in R (2022 Fall pilot) series, developed through collaboration with UVA Health’s Health Sciences Library. This session will extend learners’ knowledge of linear regression to cases with a single categorical independent variable. Learners will develop fluency interpreting the output of one-way ANOVA models by visualizing the results before learning about 2-way ANOVAs with and without an interaction term. INSTRUCTOR Marieke Jones, Research Data Specialist, UVA Health Sciences Library Pre-Requisites Required  Participants MUST have working knowledge of R and RStudio, preferably with previous experience using tidyverse packages (dplyr and ggplot2). This series’ pre-requisite may be met through any of the following: Attendance at Health Sciences Library’s 4 workshops in R (offered monthly) Participation in at least 3 sessions of PhDPlus Data Literacy in R series (offered Spring semester annually) Participation in Brain Immunology and Glia Center Learn R series (offered Fall annually) Completion of a curricular course using R (within the past 3 years) Independent learning of R and instructor approval   SESSION DATES Virtual format | Oct 19, Oct 26, Nov 2, Nov 9, Nov 16 (Wednesdays), 10 am – 12 pm (ET) Please hold dates on your calendar after registration.  REGISTRATION LINK * Registration closes on Oct 14, and instructors will evaluate prerequisites and make announcements by Oct 17.  
Virtual
This is the third session of the Statistical Analysis in R (2022 Fall pilot) series, developed through collaboration with UVA Health’s Health Sciences Library. Now that we have a handle on the basics of regression, this week learners will explore options for what to do when the assumptions of linear regression are not met. Learners will explore adding polynomial terms, splines regression, and bootstrapped estimation of regression coefficients. INSTRUCTOR Marieke Jones, Research Data Specialist, UVA Health Sciences Library PRE-REQUISITES REQUIRED  Participants MUST have working knowledge of R and RStudio, preferably with previous experience using tidyverse packages (dplyr and ggplot2). This series’ pre-requisite may be met through any of the following: Attendance at Health Sciences Library’s 4 workshops in R (offered monthly) Participation in at least 3 sessions of PhDPlus Data Literacy in R series (offered Spring semester annually) Participation in Brain Immunology and Glia Center Learn R series (offered Fall annually) Completion of a curricular course using R (within the past 3 years) Independent learning of R and instructor approval SESSION DATES Virtual format | Oct 19, Oct 26, Nov 2, Nov 9, Nov 16 (Wednesdays), 10 am – 12 pm (ET) Please hold dates on your calendar after registration.  REGISTRATION LINK * Registration closes on Oct 14, and instructors will evaluate prerequisites and make announcements by Oct 17.  
Virtual
This is the fourth session of the Statistical Analysis in R (2022 Fall pilot) series, developed through collaboration with UVA Health’s Health Sciences Library. This session will explore logistic regression models, useful when the outcome variable is not a continuous variable, but rather is binary. Learners will connect these models to linear regressions they are familiar with and will spend much of their time making sure they understand the interpretation of the output. INSTRUCTOR Marieke Jones, Research Data Specialist, UVA Health Sciences Library PRE-REQUISITES REQUIRED  Participants MUST have working knowledge of R and RStudio, preferably with previous experience using tidyverse packages (dplyr and ggplot2). This series’ pre-requisite may be met through any of the following: Attendance at Health Sciences Library’s 4 workshops in R (offered monthly) Participation in at least 3 sessions of PhDPlus Data Literacy in R series (offered Spring semester annually) Participation in Brain Immunology and Glia Center Learn R series (offered Fall annually) Completion of a curricular course using R (within the past 3 years) Independent learning of R and instructor approval SESSION DATES Virtual format | Oct 19, Oct 26, Nov 2, Nov 9, Nov 16 (Wednesdays), 10 am – 12 pm (ET) Please hold dates on your calendar after registration.  REGISTRATION LINK * Registration closes on Oct 14, and instructors will evaluate prerequisites and make announcements by Oct 17.  
Virtual
This is the fifth (and last) session of the Statistical Analysis in R (2022 Fall pilot) series, developed through collaboration with UVA Health’s Health Sciences Library. In this final session, learners will improve their understanding of linear mixed effects models, useful when data are clustered or collected longitudinally. Learners will develop intuition about when these models may be useful, differences between linear regression models and these mixed models, and will gain experience visualizing the results and interpreting output from these models. INSTRUCTOR Marieke Jones, Research Data Specialist, UVA Health Sciences Library PRE-REQUISITES REQUIRED  Participants MUST have working knowledge of R and RStudio, preferably with previous experience using tidyverse packages (dplyr and ggplot2). This series’ pre-requisite may be met through any of the following: Attendance at Health Sciences Library’s 4 workshops in R (offered monthly) Participation in at least 3 sessions of PhDPlus Data Literacy in R series (offered Spring semester annually) Participation in Brain Immunology and Glia Center Learn R series (offered Fall annually) Completion of a curricular course using R (within the past 3 years) Independent learning of R and instructor approval Session Dates Virtual format | Oct 19, Oct 26, Nov 2, Nov 9, Nov 16 (Wednesdays), 10 am – 12 pm (ET) Please hold dates on your calendar after registration.  REGISTRATION LINK * Registration closes on Oct 14, and instructors will evaluate prerequisites and make announcements by Oct 17.  
Virtual (please register to receive the Zoom link)
This series, Writing Op-Eds: Translating Your Research to a Broad Audience, will help PhD students in arts, humanities, and social science (AHSS) convert their academic writing and research to make it more accessible for broad audiences. In this first session, Dr. Brian Rosenwald, a UVA PhD alum, public commentator, and Senior Editor at Made by History, a Washington Post history section, will dig into the nuts and bolts of public scholarship and cover why and how to write for the public: everything from why to write for the public to how to write various types of op-eds, to how to pitch editors and how to publicize your work both within and outside of the academy. This session will address the differences stylistically between academic and public writing and how to adapt to the new form. It will also include a discussion of diversity in the world of public intellectuals/commentary, when to pass an opportunity on to a colleague, and how to take advantage of the current media climate. Finally, it will cover the world of social media.   INSTRUCTOR Brian Rosenwald, Ph.D. - Dr. Rosenwald is a scholar in residence at the Partnership for Effective Public Administration and Leadership Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania, an instructor at Penn, and author of Talk Radio’s America: How an Industry Took Over a Political Party That Took Over the United States. He serves as a senior editor of Made By History, a Washington Post history section, and as a political analyst for NBC10 Philadelphia. He also makes regular appearance on Stand Up! with Pete Dominick, the Michael Smerconish Show, NBCLX, and the Other Side of Midnight with Frank Morano. Dr. Rosenwald received a PhD and a MA in history from the University of Virginia and a BA in political science (with honors) and history from the University of Pennsylvania. More broadly, Dr. Rosenwald is a frequent commentator on radio, television and in print. He has authored pieces for The Atlantic, The Washington Post, CNN.com, Politico, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Baltimore Sun, The Daily Beast and Time Magazine's history blog, and contributed insight to pieces for media outlets including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Dr. Rosenwald’s work intersects four disciplines— history, political science, media studies, and communications. His scholarly interests include Congress, the media, public policy, and the Supreme Court. He also has significant interests in the substance of public policy and in helping scholars to reach a wider audience with their work. Read more here. Registration Form