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  • Inquiring Minds for Graduate Students: Part 1
    May 10, 2021, 10:00 AM

     

    This is a 5-hour workshop that is an evidence-based program covering three main components: stigma reduction, resiliency skills, and the Mental Health Continuum Model. The program also teaches about creating a supportive campus and how to support others who may be experiencing poor mental health. The program is designed to be interactive with activities and group discussions, as well as a set of scenarios for participants to work through.

    This workshop for graduate students is taken in two parts. The first workshop is on May 10 and the second is on May 11 from 10:00am-12:30pm. (Atlantic time) on both dates. This workshop requires a minimum of 8 participants and a maximum of 15 to move ahead with the training. We ask that you only sign up if you can fully commit to both of these dates and times. First come, first serve. If you sign up for this workshop, you will be contacted to confirm your attendance. If we do not hear back from you confirming your attendance in two business days, your position will be given to the next available person. By completing all components in these two workshops, participants will receive a certificate from the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

    Because of the length of the workshop and the content covered, this two-part series will also contribute towards your Health & Wellbeing Experiential Learning hours for those pursuing the Dal GradPD Certificate. Depending on interest, there may be future offerings for this workshop.

    Facilitator: Jonnie-Lyn Baron (Manager, Student Health Promotion & Student Experience Programming)

    Register now (registration closes May 7 at 12:30 p.m.)


  • Inquiring Minds for Graduate Students: Part 2
    May 11, 2021, 10:00 AM

     

    This is a 5-hour workshop that is an evidence-based program covering three main components: stigma reduction, resiliency skills, and the Mental Health Continuum Model. The program also teaches about creating a supportive campus and how to support others who may be experiencing poor mental health. The program is designed to be interactive with activities and group discussions, as well as a set of scenarios for participants to work through.

    This workshop for graduate students is taken in two parts. The first workshop is on May 10 and the second is on May 11 from 10:00am-12:30pm. (Atlantic time) on both dates. This workshop requires a minimum of 8 participants and a maximum of 15 to move ahead with the training. We ask that you only sign up if you can fully commit to both of these dates and times. First come, first serve. If you sign up for this workshop, you will be contacted to confirm your attendance. If we do not hear back from you confirming your attendance in two business days, your position will be given to the next available person. By completing all components in these two workshops, participants will receive a certificate from the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

    Because of the length of the workshop and the content covered, this two-part series will also contribute towards your Health & Wellbeing Experiential Learning hours for those pursuing the Dal GradPD Certificate. Depending on interest, there may be future offerings for this workshop.

    Facilitator: Jonnie-Lyn Baron (Manager, Student Health Promotion & Student Experience Programming)

    Register now (registration closes May 7 at 12:30 p.m.)


  • Telling your research story
    May 17, 2021, 1:00 PM

    In an ever-more crowded environment of Tweets, TikToks, Instagram, traditional and online media, how can you engage with the public about your area of research? In this session presented by OpenThink, editor and writer Kim Pittaway will provide tools and advice to help you hone how you position and describe yourself and your expertise as you engage in public discourse, what conversations you contribute to and attempt to prompt, and how to prepare for challenging interactions (yes, trolls).

    Facilitator: Kim Pittaway is an award-winning journalist, writer and editor. She is the former editor of Chatelaine magazine and DAL Magazine, and the Executive Director of the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program jointly offered by Dal and King's.

    Link to register (registration closes Saturday, May 15)

     


  • Mitacs training: Project management
    May 20, 2021, 9:00 AM

    Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are invited to register for upcoming instructor-led training sessions from Mitacs. Space is limited and enrolment is open to students at other Atlantic Canadian universities, so early registration is advised. Follow these steps to enroll for a course:

    1. Create an account on edge.mitacs.ca if you don't already have one
    2. Navigate to the "catalog" tab on the main dashboard and enroll in the workshop title of your choice
    3. Select the date and time of the session you wish to attend
    4. Watch for email notifications for workshop materials and Zoom login details.

    The Project Management workshop is held over two days (May 20 and 21) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.


  • How to visually communicate your research
    June 2, 2021, 1:00 PM

    Visual communication skills are a key asset for anyone looking to make an impact with their research and share ideas with diverse audiences, but it can be challenging to translate scientific data into clear and informative illustrations.  The Designs that Cell team has consolidated and summarized the eight steps we use for creating eye-catching scientific figures. In this workshop presented by OpenThink, we will walk through these eight illustration steps using visual examples. We will also highlight essential content and design considerations for creating figures to communicate your research with diverse audiences. Finally, we will discuss illustration platforms, helpful resources, and free illustration repositories. This workshop will provide you with a practical framework for illustrating your research!

    Register now (registration closes June 1 at 9:00 a.m.)

    Presenter Bios:

    Sarah Nersesian, MSc, PhD Candidate
    Founder, Co-Owner & Senior Illustrator, Designs that Cell

    Sarah Nersesian is a passionate researcher who loves to share scientific knowledge through illustrations and other visual communication strategies. She obtained her MSc in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Queen’s University and is currently completing her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology at Dalhousie University focusing on exploring the impact of intra-tumoural immune cells on tumour development and treatment responses. Over her academic journey, she has published her research in journals including, The British Medical Journal, Scientific Reports, The American Journal of Reproductive Immunology, , Oncoimmunology, Frontiers of Immunology, Bladder Cancer, and The Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer. Many of these publications were accompanied by her custom scientific illustrations. With her unique expertise combining scientific communication strategies with illustration and graphic design, Sarah founded Designs that Cell in 2017. Sarah’s vision for the company was a space where “scien-artists” such as herself and others could combine their scientific foundation with their visual communication skills to illustrate the ideas of other members of the scientific community. She is a senior illustrator at Designs that Cell and oversees all its operations.
     
    Molly Wells, BSc (cand.)
    Senior Illustrator

    Molly Wells is a scientific illustrator that enjoys combining art and science to help researchers communicate their work in innovative ways. She is currently in her third year of her BSc at Dalhousie University in marine biology and statistics. In her second year, Molly created illustrations for the Psychology and Neuroscience Department, which have since been published in an open-source textbook for first-year students. She joined Designs that Cell in 2020, creating infographics and graphical abstracts for researchers in healthcare, cancer research, biochemistry, and kinesiology. As a senior illustrator, her role is to design layouts and illustrations that communicate science in a simple and easily understood manner.


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