September 16, 1997

Academic Career Conference, Part 1*

The ninth annual Program for Pre-Dissertation Students, co-sponsored by Career Planning and Placement, and the Vice Provost for Graduate Education, will be held on September 23, in Houston Hall from 4 until 6 p.m.

4-4:30 p.m. Issues Facing Graduate Education, Ben Franklin Room; Janice Madden, vice provost for graduate education.

4:30-5:30 p.m. The Insiders' Guide to Graduate Education at Penn: A Program for First-Year Students, Smith Penniman Room; Janice Madden, vice provost for graduate education; Averil Clarke, sociology, Elizabeth Hopper, biochemistry, Charles Moses, electrical engineering, Lawrence Warner, English, advanced doctoral students/recent Ph.D.'s moderated by Dr. Madden, will give first-hand advice.

4:30-6 p.m. The Doctoral Student's Tool Kit: A Program for Second-Year-Plus Students, Ben Franklin Room

4:30-5 p.m. Stephen Winick, Graduate Student Teaching Resource Network; Developing a Teaching Portfolio

5-5:30 p.m. Jacqui Sadashige, assistant professor of Classical studies; Assembling a Dissertation Committee and Finishing in a Timely Manner

5:30-6 p.m. Toni Bowers, assistant professor of English, Writing a Strong Funding Application

To sign up, call 898-7530 or send an e-mail message to



*Part 2, Going on the Job Market, is scheduled for September 25 in the Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall, 4-6 p.m.


Diabetes Research Grants

The Diabetes Research Center of the University of Pennsylvania requests submission of applications for support to perform pilot and feasibility studies in diabetes and related endocrine and metabolic disorders.

Young investigators who are starting their laboratories, or established investigators who wish to take a new direction to their studies, are encouraged to submit applications to the Diabetes Research Center, 501 Stemmler Hall, by Friday, December 19, 1997.

An original and 12 copies of the standard NIH forms for ROI grant applications must be used. The recommended format of A) Specific Aims, B) Background & Significance, C) Preliminary Studies, and D) Experimental Design Methods should be used for the Research Plan.

However, since the proposal is intended to obtain additional preliminary data on a topic for a later, more complete grant submission or to test the feasibility of a hypothesis, and is for a one or two year duration only, the overall length of the application must not be more than 10 pages of single-spaced typescript.

If human subjects will be participating in the proposed research, it will be necessary to submit NIH Human Subject forms with the application; if animal research is being proposed, we will need an original and 3 copies of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) protocol forms.

Grants will be reviewed by the Diabetes Research Center's Pilot and Feasibility Review Committee and by extramural consultants. Based upon the outstanding evaluation of the recent competitive renewal of the Diabetes Research Center, we anticipate that awards of up to $25,000 will he made (equipment and travel fund requests are not permitted) and will be funded for one year.

Investigators who are currently in year 1 of support through this Pilot and Feasibility Program may reapply for an additional year of funding. Such continuation requests need to be carefully justified, however, and will be considered as a competing renewal application. Preference will be given to new investigators. Must have an applicant level of Instructor or higher. Notification of an award will be made in April of 1998. For further information, please contact Dr. Mitchell Lazar, Department of Medicine and Genetics, Room 61lA/6349 (898-0210).

- Franz M. Matschinsky, Director, Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center

- Mitch Lazar Director, Pilot and Feasibility Grant Program


Penn/Leuven Faculty Exchange

Applications are invited from all Penn faculty interested in participating in Penn's exchange with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven) in Belgium. Round-trip economy airfare and a modest per diem are provided for teaching and research visits of at least one month and not more than one semester. Knowledge of Dutch is not required. A faculty host at the K.U.Leuven must be identified. Application deadline for spring 1998 short-term and fall 1998 semester-long faculty exchanges is Wednesday, October 15, 1997. Inquiries concerning later visits are welcome. For an application form and further information, please contact Dr. Joyce M. Randolph, Director, Office of International Programs, 133 Bennett Hall/6275, 898-4665 or by e-mail:

- Elva E. Power, Office of International Programs


Lectureship Grants for Distinguished Scholars

The German-American Academic Council Foundation (GAAC) will make available-in the context of its mission to provide a common forum for transatlantic scientific and scholarly dialogue-funds for distinguished German scientists and scholars to give guest lectures in the U.S., and for American scientists and scholars to give guest lectures in Germany. In the second selection round 1997/II, up to ten applications from U.S. or German universities or other research institutions will be selected. As a rule, each project will be funded with $10,000. Lectureship visits can take place in the summer semester 1998, that is between April and September 1998.

By enabling presentations, lectures and visits of acclaimed scientists and scholars, the GAAC Distinguished Lectureship Program is a means of strengthening and expanding scientific and scholarly contacts and cooperation between the scientific and scholarly communities of both countries. Special emphasis is placed on involving young scientists and scholars in the program.

A "Lectureship" is defined as a visit by a distinguished scientist or scholar on invitation of a university, university department, or other research institution that can last up to one week. Individual contacts and talks should be part of the "lectureship visit." All fields of science and the humanities are eligible.

Applications for GAAC Distinguished Lectureship Grants for the summer semester 1998 (April-September 1998) must be received by the GAAC no later than November 15, 1997. Complete information may be obtained from the GAAC's Web Site (URL: /

-Dr. Joyce M. Randolph, Director, Office of International Programs (OIP)


Workplace Mentoring Program

Penn Volunteers in Public Service will kick off its Penn Workplace Mentoring Program with the Shaw Middle School on October 23. This will be our fourth year in operation of the program and it will allow eighth-grade students an opportunity to get a few ideas of what it's like in the working world. They will spend approximately four hours, one day each month from October to May, with an employee in the workplace here at the University. There are so many reasons to be a mentor, but here are two I can appreciate:

Dr. Ira Harkavy and I, along with past mentors, encourage PennVIPS to continue their involvement with this worthwhile program, and we encourage and welcome new mentors to participate. Members of the University should send their names to me by September 25 to indicate an interest in attending the October 23 meeting. For this or for answers to any questions, I can be reached by e-mail ( or by phone at 898-6612.

-Winnie Smart-Mapp, Assistant Director, Penn Staff, Faculty and Alumni Volunteer Service

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