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STEM Institute 6/22/2017 @ Moore Hall, UCLA
Jun 22 – Jun 23 all-day

Funded partially by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, this two-day workshop will feature the latest findings on best practices in postsecondary STEM education. We have specifically tailored the workshop to address needs of campus administrators and faculty interested in pursuing innovative strategies to recruit, retain, and graduate increased numbers of undergraduates in STEM. Participants will learn from experts who have been researching undergraduate STEM student pathways and successful interventions for more than a decade. The slate of speakers also includes campus leaders who are successfully transforming undergraduate STEM education at their institutions.

Venue: Moore Hall, UCLA
Lodging: A limited number of rooms at a special conference rate of $195/night are available at the Hotel Angeleno. Reservations can be made by calling 1-866-264-3536. Please reference “UCLA-HERI Summer Institute.”


For more information and to register please click here.

Making Your Own Professional Development Plan for Biomedical and Life Sciences Postdocs 6/23/17 @ CHS Bldg., Rm. 14-214U
Jun 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the options for professional development that appear in your inbox, digests, and flyers? Or, are you somehow not hearing about these opportunities? I can help with that.

This workshop will help you develop a plan about which types of professional development training to prioritize and how to map out a professional development plan that takes into account your career goals, your current and future needs and the time you have left in your training. I’ll also cover all the career resources available to you and where to find them.

Since the plan will be customized to your needs, this workshop is ideal for bioscience postdocs at any stage, early to late in your training. You may also repeat this workshop occasionally to update your plan and learn about the latest professional development resources available.


Led by Lynn Talton, PhD, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs for the Biomedical and Life Sciences, DGSOM

Conversations with Carl Wieman: Taking a Scientific Approach to Teaching Science (and most other subjects) 6/14/17 @ California Room at the UCLA Faculty Center
Jun 23 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Preceded by a lunch reception at 12 noon in same location

Abstract: Guided by experimental tests of theory and practice, science has advanced rapidly in the past 500 years. Guided primarily by tradition and dogma, science education meanwhile has remained largely medieval. Research on how people learn is now revealing much more effective ways to teach and evaluate learning than what is in use in the traditional science class. Students and instructors find such teaching more rewarding, and it also shows students how to learn most effectively. This research is setting the stage for a new approach to teaching and learning that can provide the relevant and effective science education for all students that is needed for the 21st century. I will also cover more meaningful and effective ways to measure the quality of teaching. Although the focus of the talk is on undergraduate science and engineering teaching, where the data is the most compelling, the underlying principles come from studies of the general development of expertise and apply widely.

Bio: Carl Wieman holds a joint appointment as Professor of Physics and of the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. Wieman was the founder of PhET which now provides online interactive simulations that are used more than 100 million times per year to learn science in grades 4-16. Wieman directed the science education initiatives at the Universities of Colorado and British Columbia which carried out large scale change in teaching methods across university science departments. He also served as Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House in 2010-12. He has done extensive experimental research in both atomic physics and science education at the university level. Wieman has received numerous awards recognizing his work in atomic physics, including the Nobel Prize in physics in 2001 for the first creation of a Bose-Einstein condensate. He has also studied student learning and problem solving and the comparative effectiveness of different methods for teaching science. The education work has been recognized with a number of awards including the Carnegie Foundation US University Professor of the Year in 2004, the Oersted Medal for physics education, and a lifetime achievement award from the National Science Teachers Association.

To register for Carl Wieman’s talk visit:


Carl Wieman’s talk is part of the HERI STEM institute on June 22-23, 2017.
To attend the 2-day STEM institute, register at

Event is co-sponsored by: Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, UCLA College Life Sciences, UCLA College Physical Science, the Henry Samueli School of Engineering an Applied Sciences, and the Leona B. and Harry M. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

Careers in Imaging & Visualization Panel @ CNSI Auditorium
Jul 7 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Careers in Imaging & Visualization for Graduate Students & Postdocs


Friday, July 7th | CNSI Auditorium | 8:30am – 10:30am

Learn about PhD-level careers from UCLA alumni and professionals currently working in the Imaging and Visualization field. Gain insight on how to leverage your PhD and strategies for applying to similar positions. Join us for this lively panel discussion and networking breakfast before the panel.

8:30am Networking Breakfast

9:00am Panel Discussion with Q&A


  • Greg Bearman, Ph.D., Principal, ANE Image
  • Robert Hurt, Ph.D., Associate Scientist, Infrared Processing & Analysis Center, Caltech
  • Ziyue Karen Jiang, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, NantBioscience
  • Scott Singer, Ph.D., Director of Products, Strobe, Inc.


Co-sponsored by: California NanoSystems Institute, UCLA Career Center, David Geffen School of Medicine Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, UCLA Graduate Division and STROBE NSF Science & Technology Center

UCLA Mobile Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching
Jul 24 – Jul 28 all-day

2017 UCLA Mobile Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching
July 24-28, 2017 | University of California, Los Angeles

The Summer Institute (SI) is a prestigious teaching development program that aims to improve college education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and to enhance the academic success of all students by helping current and future faculty develop and adopt inclusive and effective teaching practices.

Click here to learn more about the UCLA Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching.


FirstFridays: Secrets of Startup Success 8/4/2017
Aug 4 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am


UCLA TDG is pleased to announce our next FirstFridays coffee and bagels networking event!

TOPIC: “Secrets of Startup Success”

SPEAKER: Kevin DeBré – Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP


Date: August 4, 2017

Time: 9am-10:30am

Place: Suite 820-20, 10889 Wilshire Blvd.


Space is limited. RSVP is recommended. Thank you!


Kevin represents entrepreneurs and startup companies in building successful businesses. He is a corporate and intellectual property attorney and a partner at Stubbs Alderton and Markiles, LLP, a full-service, Los Angeles-based business law firm representing many of Southern California’s most promising emerging growth technology companies. Kevin structures and negotiates equity and debt investment transactions, technology development deals and commercialization agreements and ventures for monetizing intellectual property assets. Prior to Stubbs Alderton, Kevin was a partner in leading international law firms, including Brobeck Phleger & Harrison, LLP, where he headed the firm’s technology transactions practice in Southern California. Kevin is a registered patent attorney and worked as an engineer before law school. He served as a judicial law clerk for Hon. John G. Davies, United States District Court for the Central District of California and received his J.D. degree from Hastings College of the Law and his B.S. degree from the University of California, Davis.


About FirstFridays @UCLA TDG

UCLA Technology Development Group (UCLA TDG) is pleased to host the monthly educational series, FirstFridays @TDG. The continental breakfast networking event occurs on the first Friday of every month from 9:00-10:30 in our new large conference room Suite 820-20, 10889 Wilshire Blvd. The purpose of the event is to provide an opportunity for the campus and local communities to come and meet with our staff and Technology Fellows, to hear a brief presentation on a variety of topics relevant to intellectual property and entrepreneurship at UCLA, and to ask questions and network. Please visit our Eventbrite page for future events.

UCLA-Salesforce Data Science Challenge: Kickoff Event For Graduate Students and Postdocs 8/7/17 @ UCLA Career Center, Room 200
Aug 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

UCLA-Salesforce Data Science Challenge | Kickoff Event

For Graduate Students and Postdocs

Monday, August 7th | 5:00 – 6:30 pm | Career Center, 2nd Floor, Room 200

Register here:


In collaboration with the, UCLA is hosting its first-ever Data Science Challenge for Master’s, Doctoral, and Postdoctoral scholars. This is an exciting opportunity for students interested in data science careers to gain leadership, teamwork, and hands-on experience working with real world data, while also helping one of Salesforce’s nonprofit partners achieve their mission. The kickoff event will provide additional information about the competition, including details about how to register to participate.


  • The goal of the project is to use real student data and statistical analyses to help a nonprofit high school, Boston Day and Evening Academy (BDEA), advance their mission of providing the highest level of education and care to their students.
  • Participants will be assigned into interdisciplinary teams, and work over the course of 2-3 weeks to tackle the project.
  • At the end of the competition, teams will provide short (15 min) presentations of their results to a panel of Salesforce and BDEA judges. A winning team will be selected, and prizes (TBA) awarded.


About Salesforce: is the global leader in customer relationship management (CRM) software. They pioneered the shift to cloud computing, and today they’re delivering the next generation of social, mobile and cloud technologies that help companies revolutionize the way they sell, service, market, collaborate and innovate. They are the fastest growing of the top 10 enterprise software companies, the World’s Most Innovative Company according to Forbes and one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. Salesforce also donates technology, resources, and people towards helping social impact and nonprofit organizations through their philanthropic branch at


About Boston Day and Evening Academy:


Boston Day and Evening Academy (BDEA), is a student-centered, alternative high school in Boston, Massachusetts that provides the city’s most challenged students with an education that prepares them to be happy, healthy, engaged members of their communities and the world. Their students struggle with self- esteem issues, mental health concerns (over half of our students are diagnosed with or self- identify mental health concerns), and poverty (over 30% of our students have recently experienced housing insecurity).

Write to Change the World: Workshop with the Op Ed Project @ UCLA
Sep 17 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm



DATE: Sunday, September 17, 2017

TIME: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

LOCATION: UCLA (Room details will be provided to registered participants)

CSW is thrilled to announce that we are partnering with The OpEd Project to bring a special day-long seminar to UCLA!

Learn how to write, pitch, and publish op-eds; assert your expertise; and increase the range of voices and ideas that we hear from in our media.

“Write to Change the World” will bring emerging voices together for an interactive day of live experiments around expertise, credibility, ideas and impact. The seminar is open to everyone–scholars, students, entrepreneurs, activists, nonprofit leaders, executives, writers and righteous thinkers across the political spectrum–and is designed to generate immediate, concrete results (op-eds and more). Participants leave with access to a network of high-level journalist-mentors for follow-up support.

Curriculum parallels a portion of The OpEd Project’s year-long faculty fellowship program at leading institutions nationwide, including Yale, Northwestern, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, The Ford Foundation and others.

Details and registration here.

Scholarship spots are available! Contact for more details.

CEILS Annual Faculty Workshop on Best Practices in Teaching 09/20/17 @ 158 Hershey Hall
Sep 20 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm


Description: Join the Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences (CEILS) for this annual event for faculty and instructors where we explore current data on student outcomes at UCLA, provide evidence-based strategies for inclusive teaching, and offer opportunities for collaborative discussion and resource sharing. Topics will include effective course design and student-centered teaching strategies that incorporate active learning and create inclusive classrooms. Many of the instructional techniques will focus on facilitating peer learning and other collaborative activities in large enrollment classes. Concurrent sessions will provide opportunities for workshop participates to engage in discussions with campus experts about specific pedagogies, instructional modalities (hybrid/online), assessment approaches, and other resources supporting undergraduate instruction.

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RSVP: before September 15th


Sep 20 @ 8:56 pm – 9:56 pm


Are you a scientist or engineer seeking career training in the public policy realm? Want to gain real-world experience working with leaders in the California state government? Then join us on September 28th to learn about our CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship

We’ll provide an introduction to the CCST Science Fellows program and answer your questions about the application process and requirements. Current and former CCST Science Fellows will be on hand to talk about their fellowship year working inside the California State Legislature.

Recruitment for our 2019 Class will begin this December. Experience a year of public service and government leadership training, and grow your career while making a difference in California’s policy arena