Tomorrow, CUNY marches for science!

Tomorrow, 350 CUNY science advocates across 10 campuses will be marching for science! Over 30,000 people have registered for March for Science NYC, joining over 500 cities around the world to celebrate and defend publicly-funded science for the common good.

CUNY March for Science NYC Route (map)

At 9:30am, more than 150 of us will meet at Macaulay Honors College (35 W 67th St.) to grab snacks, coffee, and make some last-minute signs. At 10am, we will swing up to Verdi Square to meet a group of 100-150 from Queens College*. Together, we will enter the march at 71st & Columbus Ave, moving South on Central Park West to the rally stage at 62nd. You will not be able to enter the march except at 64th, 68th, & 71st**. The 64th and 68th St. entrances will be closed once Central Park West fills up at each of these streets. You will not be able to enter the march from Central Park (exit into Central Park is permitted, but not re-entry). Marchers will be lined up along Central Park West from 61st stretching north.
At 11:30am, the march will begin at 61st St, heading South along the East side of Columbus Circle, and down Broadway towards 52nd St. As the march approaches 52nd street, groups will be directed so that the march disperses without causing a bottleneck for those behind them. Marchers will be encouraged to join the City’s Earth Day celebration with Car Free NYC.

Some Tips

  • Wear your CUNY swag, #nolabcoatsrequired
  • Bring as little as possible: photo ID, small amount of cash, credit card, fully charged cell phone, and 2-3 emergency contacts written on paper in case your phone is lost. Backpacks and large bags are discouraged
  • During the march, drop coins into plastic bottles to use as shakers. After the march, donate the coins and recycle the bottles.
Please follow @CUNYWomeninSTEM on Twitter, where we will be sharing our most up-to-date info. I will look for tweets tagged #M4SNYC to retweet.
Thanks to the DSC and USS for their support, and Kelly O’Donnell at Macaulay for offering to host us!

* Baruch College has been instructed to meet at 60th & Central Park West and will enter the march separately.

** those with mobility issues can enter at 61st & Broadway, email to arrange accessibility accommodations.

March with CUNY for Science!

Kelly O’Donnell, the Director at Science Forward at Macaulay Honors College has graciously offered to host the launching pad for all CUNY folks, groups and friends who want to March for Science together. We will meet at Macaulay at 9:30am. RSVP as we would like to provide some grab-and-go snacks sponsored by the DSC and USS. Here is a map of our meeting point, likely route to enter the march, and path of the march. If you have any special needs, such as accessibility accommodations, please send an email to

Defiance for Science poster for the March for ScienceFollow @CUNYWomeninSTEM on Twitter for updates about our CUNY group. Please mention us when you are tweeting about #M4SNYC!

The above is for those who want to march with CUNY. Please check the official March for Science NYC‘s communication channels for the most up-to-date march information.

CUNY! Join us at the March for Science NYC!

Since the 2016 US Presidential election, scientists have become deeply concerned for the preservation and future of rigorous, transparent, publicly-funded research for an equitable, just, and sustainable society. We recognize that legislation, policies, and programs differently and disproportionately affect scientists and science beneficiaries with marginalized identities. Conscientious attention to the conduct and application of research is imperative to addressing how science — the systematic study and application of observation and experimentation to build a body of knowledge — affects all people, the natural world, and the pursuit of knowledge. CUNY Women in STEM invites all New Yorkers who are concerned about these issues and value science to the March for Science NYC on April 22nd, 2017.

CUNY Women in STEM is committed to highlighting, standing in solidarity with, and acting in allyship as and with marginalized people and people with intersecting identities. We encourage individuals regardless of age, ethnicity, immigration status, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, (dis)ability, education level, and/or socioeconomic status to join us in defending and advocating for public science for the public good. Just as the thousands of people around the world who are excited to march for science make up a diverse tapestry, New York City includes people who value, pursue and engage in the scientific endeavor.

We are marching to make science accessible to everyone. We advocate for individuals of all backgrounds to pursue education and careers in science; a diverse group of scientists broadens, strengthens, and enriches scientific inquiry, and therefore, our understanding of the world. Moreover, we recognize that the application of scientific research, evidence-based policies, and public data affects all of us, but can and has disproportionately disadvantaged people who are already marginalized.

The March for Science NYC is one opportunity within a cascade of mobilizations (such as the Women’s March  on January 21st,  and the upcoming May Day actions) for people to express their concerns and priorities to those who purport to represent us. The March for Science NYC is an open invitation for people to publicly resist a socio-political system that privileges some perspectives and marginalizes other voices. We see the March for Science as one way to apply sustained and consistent pressure on decision-makers to respond to the people. CUNY Women in STEM, supported by the Doctoral Students’ Council and the University Student Senate, invites CUNY students, especially those with intersecting identities and disciplines to join us at the March for Science NYC.

Help us promote the March for Science NYC by posting stickers, or through social media channels such as FacebookTwitter, Instagram, Tumbler,  using #M4SNYC.

CUNY Women in STEM supports the March for Science NYC

In response to increasing anti-science rhetoric, President Trump’s denial of empirical facts, and this administration’s severe actions to undercut scientific research, CUNY Women in STEM endorses the March for Science NYC.

The March for Science has inspired cities across the country, indeed around the world, to rally for scientific principles. CUNY Women in STEM  is working with organizers of the NYC march to invite the scientific community and all those who benefit from science to come out on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017.

We should also be wary of defending science when it is imagined to be the province solely of an expert elite. We can respect the knowledge science produces while recognizing the many people from diverse social backgrounds who contribute to it: not just Ph.D.s but also farmers, members of environmental justice communities, people living with illnesses under research and many others.” –Sigrid Schmalzer

The March for Science NYC is one action within a cascading tide of dissent. Each action is an opportunity for people to publicly resist a socio-political system that privileges some perspectives and marginalizes other voices. It is one tactic among many to apply sustained and consistent pressure on this administration to respond to the people. Through the March for Science NYC, CUNY Women in STEM will persist in the fight for publicly-funded science, for evidence-based policies, for the public interest.

Resist Persist graphic for the March for Science

Women in Science and Engineering at CUNY

Women in Science and Engineering at the City University of New York: Research and Progress Summit

  • Plenary address by Dr. Jill O’Donnell-Tormey, member of the CUNY Board of Trustees and CEO of the Cancer Research Institute, NYC
  •  Keynote presentation by Prof. Patricia Rodriguez Brennan, Biology/Mt Holyoke College on the basic science of avian reproductive biology from the female perspective
  • Round Table Discussion on the STEM Pipeline and Retention of Women at CUNY and beyond
  • Poster Presentations by women CUNY STEM researchers, including graduate and undergraduate students

~ Refreshments will be served ~

Friday, April 28, 2017, 12.30 – 5 PM
CUNY School of Law
2 Court Square W, Long Island City, NY 11101
Exit at the E, G, M, and 7 – Court Square NYC Subway stops

RSVP and Sign-up for Poster Presentations here:

The cost of poster-printing will be reimbursed to each presenter.

Women in STEM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

The Women in Science initiatives at Hunter College, Rockefeller University, The American Museum of Natural History and other NYC science institutions are  hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on March 9th at 6pm in the Rockefeller University Faculty Club to increase representation of women in STEM on Wikipedia. Only between 8.5-16% of Wikipedia editors are women. That gender gap translates to a paltry showing of women in STEM, compared to their male counterparts. So why not get together over pizza and beer and bridge that gap together?

Women in science groups from around the city are invited to Rockefeller to meet up and celebrate the women that have inspired us. Wikipedia has generously supplied us with a Wikipedian to guide us through the editing process, and are providing childcare to anyone requiring it!

If you want to join, be sure to register here, and if you require childcare, email Maryam at

EBook and PDF sites

Tested free eBook and PDF sites:

Not yet tested:

A custom eBook search engine created by ManWithoutModem on Reddit*.

To convert eBooks to other formats, Calibre is free and fairly easy to use.

* Info for this post was collected from colleagues and this Reddit thread.

A number of events and opportunities for STEM Career Development are approaching!

CUNY STEM Career Development Update – Sept 2016

Featured Events and Opportunities



Advancing Computer Science Careers through Enhanced Networking and Training

Friday October 7th 2016, 11:00 AM—4:30 PM

Urban Futures Lab, NYU School of Engineering, Brooklyn NY


11:00 AM – Ryan Armbrust, Managing Director, FF Venture Capital

Entrepreneurship and Artificial Intelligence: Addressing the importance and impacts of trends in Artificial Intelligence from the Venture Capital lens


12:00 PM – Lunch and Networking Break


1:00 PM – Guido Gerig, Institute Professor of Computer Science & Engineering,

NYU Tandon School of Engineering

The multi-disciplinary nature of Computer Science careers and research: Opportunities in the field and beyond


2:00 PM – Postdoc Pitches

Featuring a diverse range of presentation pitches from postdocs across the ASCENT community and consortium schools covering current and recent research projects


3:30 PM – Networking Reception


Please RSVP at:

For more information about the program, please contact Sahar Kazemini at:



New Networking Groups

Minority Graduate Student Network (MGSN)

Welcome Back Happy Hour

Friday, September 30, 2016 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Location: Rockefeller University Faculty & Student Club, 1230 York Ave, New York, NY)

Join fellow NYC grad students to catch up over refreshments and snacks to bring in another school year


CUNY Biotech

CUNY BIOTECH is a cross-campus alliance of CUNY graduate students who are interested in the application of life science research for the development of innovative health solutions.

Their goal is to provide CUNY students with opportunities to:

  1. learn and explore a wide array of aspects in the life sciences industry including R&D, drug development, regulatory affairs, and clinical trials
  2. expand and enhance career skills
  3. network with professionals in the life sciences industry

Please contact them at if you would like more information about their events, to receive alerts of upcoming events, and/or to get involved.
CUNY BIOTECH is a founding member of GRO-Biotech (Graduate Research Organizations for Biotech of NYC).
NYC Science Communication

Many PhD students in STEM fields are passionate about science communication and consider pursuing a career in science education, science writing, medical writing, or medical science liaison. NYCSciComm aims to guide students to navigate career options in science communication, build strong and supportive professional network among peers, and bring accessible and digestible scientific concepts to the public.

As a member, you will have access to professional development opportunities, educational resources, upcoming educational and networking events at a discount, newly posted blogs, volunteering opportunities with us to build your resume, and announcements about job openings in science communication and beyond.

Become a member today. And join their LinkedIn group and follow them (@nycscicomm) on Twitter.


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Programming Partner Events and Opportunities

CUNY Graduate Center – Office of Career Planning & Professional Development

Creating a Resume that Stands Out

Thursday, September 29, 2016 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (WEBINAR)

A strong resume is one of the most important documents submitted for a non-faculty position. You may have an old one that now needs updating or this may be the first time you need to create one. Join this webinar to learn about the latest trends in resumes, how to manage potential pitfalls, and how to turn your CV into a resume.

Register for webinar here.


Careers in State and Local Government

Friday, September 30, 2016 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM (CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave, New York, NY – room 9207)

As the nation’s largest employer, the government offers plenty of rewarding career opportunities for MAs and PhDs from all disciplines. Many of these jobs are at the state and local level. In this panel, GC alum will discuss their own careers in local and state government, and how others might join them.

Please register to attend here.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Julie Gruberg, MALS, New York State Assembly Graduate Internship, Spring 2016
  • Nicholas Parrella, NYS Senate Fellows Program
  • Kara Pangburn, Excelsior Fellowships/Director of Recruitment and Appointments for Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
  • Allison L. C. de Cerreño, Ph.D. Political Science, Assistant Director, Tunnels, Bridges & Terminals


Building and Maintaining Professional Networks

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave, New York, NY – room C198)

In the United States today, the supply of PhDs in STEM fields exceeds academia’s demand for these scientists. According to the National Science Foundation, less than 15% of students who graduate with a PhD in a STEM field will find a tenured-track faculty position within six years of graduating. Fortunately, PhDs can find many rewarding careers outside of academia by understanding the value of peer mentoring and networking strategically. In this seminar, Dr. Fortis Santiago will give describe strategies and advice to cultivate personal and professional networks. Participants will assess their current network in order to reach full potential.

Please register here.

This seminar will cover:

  • Current network assessment
  • Mentee etiquette
  • How to establish long term relations
  • Differences between sponsors, mentors, and advisors
  • Informational Interviews

This seminar will include interactive exercises on the following topics:

  • Small-group activities to help attendees asses their current network,
  • Practice active listening
  • Promote interaction among attendees to facilitate the identification of future mentors and to expand their network


Mastering the Job Interview

Thursday, October 6, 2016 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (WEBINAR)

You’ve received the call to schedule an interview. Now what? Mastering this next step and securing the job takes some preparation, time, and thought. Join this webinar to learn how you can best prepare for job interviews and how to do your best to make a strong impression.

Register here.


Careers in Media and Communications

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave, New York, NY – room 9207)

Careers in media and communications are numerous and diverse, and many offer humanities and social sciences PhDs and MAs excellent opportunities to put their research and communication skills and training to work. Career paths can lead to a job as researcher in a communications think tank, a managing editor in the communications department of a museum of art, a writer and producer for a television show or broadcast journalism. But the very diversity of possible paths, and the particular qualifications and requirements specific to different fields of employment, can make finding an opening into a career in media and communications a challenge. Attend this panel to get a sense of the lay of the land, and start to get your bearings.

Panelist to be announced.


Preparing for the Non-Academic Job Search

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM (Location to be announced.)

As you prepare to conduct a job search for a non-academic position, you may wonder how to go about this process in today’s job market. Which strategies are worth your time? Where should you focus your attention? Join this workshop to learn more about the latest job search trends and tips to maximize your potential for success.

Please register here.


Successful Networking for Today’s Career Paths

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM (Location to be announced.)

Networking is one of the most important parts of career management. It’s essential to be able to communicate your own value and build your network throughout your professional career. In this session, we’ll discuss what networking means today, the most successful forms of networking, using LinkedIn, and ways to keep in touch with your connections.

Please register here.


Academic Job Search: Interviewing and Negotiating

Monday, November 14, 2016 | 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM (Location to be announced.)

Are you on the academic job market this fall? Plan to participate in this webinar, in which we’ll talk about both preliminary (phone, Skype, and conference) interviews and campus visits. Learn what to expect and how you can put your best foot forward as a candidate. We’ll also discuss what to expect if you receive an offer, and how you might negotiate it.

Please register here.


Discover Your Strengths and How to Maximize Them

Thursday, December 8, 2016 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Location to be announced.)

Experts believe our greatest potential for success comes from understanding our own unique talents, using them every day, and ultimately building them into real strengths. Assess your top five key strengths through the Clifton StrengthsFinder, and learn how to enhance these strengths and apply them to professional and career goals.

Please register here.



Science Alliance/New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS)

From Scientist to CSO: Experiencing the Scientific Method as your Guide to Career Success

October 29 – December 10, 2016 (Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center)

Course Instructors: Larry Petcovic (Human Workflows), Randall Ribaudo (Human Workflows)

This 35 hours certificate program introduces the key competencies that are valued by hiring organizations for entry-level positions, and essential for career success.


Clinical Research Management Online Course Fall / Winter 2016

November 1, 2016 – February 9, 2017 (Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center)

The Certificate in Clinical Research Management is designed to provide extensive training in the niche domain of clinical research and clinical data management.


Grantsmanship for Students and Postdocs: F30, F31, F32

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM (Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center)

Keynote Speaker: Jaime Rubin (Columbia University)

Join Science Alliance for “Grantsmanship for Graduate Students and Postdocs” to learn the skills for concise and persuasive writing that is not only vital in academia, but essential for any career path.


Scientists Teaching Science Online Course: Fall / Winter 2016

November 7, 2016 – February 9, 2017 (Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center)

Instructor: Barbara Houtz (STEM Education Solutions, LLC)

Take the online course Scientists Teaching Science and learn about active vs. passive learning, creating course objectives and test items, and finding ways to improve your teaching and assessment techniques for students of all ages.


Women in Science Wikipedia Editathon 2016

Saturday, November 12, 2016 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center)
As we start the yearlong celebrate of our 200th anniversary, we invite you to join us for our second annual Women in Science Wikipedia Editathon. At this event you can learn how to edit Wikipedia articles and also participate in our effort to add and improve Wikipedia entries on female scientists and their many accomplishments.



New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS)

Genome Integrity Discussion Group

Monday, October 3, 2016 | 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM (Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center)

Speakers: Marcin Imielinski (Weill Cornell Medicine), Christopher Lima (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Barry Sleckman (Weill Cornell Medicine), Alexandra Zidovska (New York University)

The Genome Integrity Discussion Group provides a forum for interactions between basic and clinical research groups working on chromosome biology and function, and at the interface between chromosome integrity and onset and progression of malignancy.


Advances in the Neurobiology of Mental Illness

Friday, October 7, 2016 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center)

Mental illness causes debilitating consequences on quality of life for individuals, families, and society. This symposium explores avenues for translating these discoveries about the neurobiology of a spectrum of mental illnesses into new treatments.


Emerging Paradigms in Drug Discovery & Chemical Biology

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center)

Speakers: Marcus Bantscheff (Cellzome/GSK), Benjamin F Cravatt (The Scripps Research Institute), Craig Crews (Yale University), Howard Hang (The Rockefeller University), Ruth Nussinov (National Cancer Institute), Brian Raymer (Pfizer), Bryan Roth (University of North Carolina), Eranthie Weerapana (Boston College)

Chemical Biology is changing the face of drug discovery. This symposium will highlight recent developments in the field, featuring examples from neurobiology and cancer, the ubiquitin proteasome system, GPCRs, and protein lipidation.


Microbial Influences in Cardio–Metabolic Diseases

Thursday, November 3, 2016 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center)

Speakers: Henrik Bjørn Nielsen (Clinical-Microbiomics A/S), Martin J. Blaser (New York University Langone Medical Center), Patrice D. Cani (Louvain Drug Research Institute, Metabolism and Nutrition), Rachel Carmody (Harvard University), Stanley L. Hazen (Cleveland Clinic), Gerald I. Shulman (Yale University School of Medicine), Marion Soto (Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School), and Dan Winer (University of Toronto)

The microbiome is emerging as an important regulator of health, and disease well beyond the digestive tract. This symposium will highlight recent research innovations and therapeutic applications from the microbiome with a focus on metabolic disease.


Equivalence of Complex Drug Products: Scientific and Regulatory Challenges

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 | 8:30 AM – 5:15 PM (Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center)

Keynote Speaker: Lawrence D. Mayer (Jazz Pharmaceuticals)

Explore approaches for complex drug development and regulation, outstanding challenges in the assessment of complex drug equivalence, consequences for product interchangeability, and compare biological and non-biological complex drug families.


Epigenetics in Cancer: Translational Medicine Approaches

Thursday, November 10, 2016 | 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center)

Speakers: Iannis Aifantis (NYU School of Medicine), Emily Bernstein (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai), Ryan Kruger (GlaxoSmithKline), Ross L. Levine (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Sheng Li (Weill Cornell Medical College), Christopher E. Mason (Weill Cornell Medicine), Kornelia Polyak (Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School), Tim Somervaille (The University of Manchester), and Jorge DiMartino (Celgene)

This conference will explore novel target and validation strategies, translational approaches to assess predictive and response biomarkers, resistance mechanisms, and combination strategies for targeting epigenetic susceptibilities in cancer.


Mucosal Healing of the Intestinal Epithelial Barrier

Saturday, November 12, 2016 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center)

Speakers: Thaddeus Stappenbeck (Washington University School of Medicine), Declan F. McCole (University of California, Riverside), Jerrold R. Turner (Harvard Medical School), Linda G. Griffith (MIT), Tim Denning (Georgia State University), and Alan Hanash (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)

This symposium will evaluate emerging research investigating the benefits of achieving mucosal healing in the treatment of intestinal disorders.


Aging and Nutrition: Novel Approaches and Techniques

Friday, December 2, 2016 | 12:30 PM – 6:30 PM (Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center)

Speakers: Jan van Deursen (The Mayo Clinic), Vadim Gladyshev (Harvard University), Steven Horvath (University of California Los Angeles), Matt Kaeberlein (University of Washington), Vera Gorbunova (University of Rochester), and Arlan Richardson (University of Oklahoma)

To explore the interplay between aging, nutrition, and metabolism, as well as the important role that novel technologies will play in current and future studies, we are bringing together several preeminent researchers in these fields.


Genome Integrity Discussion Group

Monday, December 5, 2016 | 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Speakers: Songtao Jia (Columbia University), Luciano Marraffini (The Rockefeller University), Bruce Stillman (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory), and Jingsong Yuan (Columbia University Medical Center)

The Genome Integrity Discussion Group provides a forum for interactions between basic and clinical research groups working on chromosome biology and function, and at the interface between chromosome integrity and onset and progression of malignancy.


Alzheimer’s Disease as a Neurovascular Inflammatory Disorder

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM PM (Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center)

Speakers: Katerina Akassoglou (University of California San Francisco), Robert Dempsey (University of Wisconsin), Paula Grammas (University of Rhode Island), Steven Greenberg (Harvard Medical School), Jaime Grutzendler (Yale University), Costantino Iadecola (Weill Cornell Medical College), Jeffrey Iliff (Oregon Health & Science University), Berislav V. Zlokovic (University of Southern California), Heather Snyder (Alzheimer’s Association), Zorina Galis (NIH)

This symposium will highlight basic research and clinical science elucidating the mechanisms underlying vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID).


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Mondays | 2pm-3pm & Fridays | 2pm-3pm throughout the semester (CUNY Central Office – 205 East 42nd Street, New York, NY)

To better assist you in your career development, I am launching ‘Office Hours’ when you can reserve time with me to go over your career interests, review your C.V./Resume and develop a personal development plan. If you are interested, please contact me for further information and to schedule a date and time. (Be sure to include the words “Office Hours” in the subject line of your email).


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Eric Vieira, Ph.D.

Director of Special Research Programs

CUNY Office of Research

The City University of New York

205 East 42nd Street, Room 1159

New York, NY 10017

Phone: +1 646.664.8903



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