Class Registration & Competition Announcements

Information Updated As of 08/05/2014

As part of NYU's commitment to research excellence, technology transfer, and entrepreneurship, we are pleased to announce the 2014 call for proposals for the Technology Acceleration & Commercialization (TAC) Awards.

The purpose of the TAC Awards is to encourage and promote the development of research projects and technologies that have the near-term potential for commercialization through start-up creation or licensing. The Awards will support projects from NYU's Washington Square, Dental School, and NYU-Poly campuses.

Applicants may request up to a maximum budget of $50,000 in direct costs. Funding is ordinarily for one year and is non-renewable. Successful applications should relate to technology for which intellectual property has been obtained or will be sought by NYU, and should seek to advance the commercial development of the technology through prototype development, proof-of-concept studies, etc.

A similar program has existed at the NYU School of Medicine for a number of years, and has generated a return of approximately 10:1 in terms of royalties and industry research support from the subsequent commercialization of technologies supported by the fund, while developing products to benefit patients.

To be considered for this annual round, please submit a one page preliminary proposal to Bob Fechter <> at NYU's Office of Industrial Liaison (OIL) by September 19, 2014. A confirmation will be emailed to you within 2 business days of receipt.

Following review for scientific merit and commercial potential, selected applicants will be invited to submit full 3-5 page proposals. Funding is expected to start January 1, 2014.

For detailed guidelines and an application, or if you have any questions, please visit the OIL web site or call the Office at 212-263-8178.

Information Updated as of 07/11/2014

The PolyU Innovation & Entrepreneurship Global Student Challenge 2015.

Dear all,
I am writing to invite high performing team to once again represent your institution in PolyU Innovation & Entrepreneurship Global Student Challenge (GSC) 2015 - a global business plan competition for talented secondary and university students worldwide.

Since its inception in 2010, over 600 teams from 37 countries including the team represented your institution have taken part in this Challenge. Similar to previous Challenges, all full time university undergraduate or senior secondary school student as of 20-26 June 2015 with a brilliant business idea about a product or service are eligible to apply. All shortlisted teams will be sponsored for flights to/from Hong Kong and will be provided with accommodation at PolyU Student Halls of Residence whilst attending the Semi-Final/Final rounds and the cultural excursion programmes in June.

Please find enclosed leaflets outlining key information on GSC 2015. Further details and online registration form are available at We sincerely hope your students will be encouraged to take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and register online by 31 October 2014.

Should you have further queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the project manager, Caroline Tso at

Thank you and we look forward to receiving registration from your students.

Information was updated on June 5, 2014

Pediatric Translational Research Workshop (PTRW) for Basic Scientists at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Research Institute has been extended to Monday, June 16, 2014 at 5:00pm EDT. The program will take place on October 6-10, 2014. The goal of this program is to provide basic or wet bench scientists with the information they need to successfully transition their research programs to the clinic. The tentative agenda for the 2014 PTRW is attached for your reference. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to:

·Hear how other researchers have successfully transitioned their research programs from the bench to the clinic

·Meet patients during in-classroom visits, demonstrating how basic science research has impacted their care

·Tour patient clinics and hospital departments, including GI, Oncology, Genetics, Neurology, the Emergency Room, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

·Network with world class researchers from across the CHOP and Penn campuses ·Gain exposure to cutting-edge research in autism, fetal surgery, and many more disciplines More information and application instructions can be found at Click here to view the pdf for more information about the program.  

Information was updated on June 5, 2014


Science Writing Competition in Mental Health

Calling all graduate students and postdocs:
We are looking to award a $500 prize to the best piece of science writing. This is an opportunity for you if you are looking to enter a science writing career to obtain some valuable experience in honing your skills.

Your task is to write an assessment of the current educational needs for the mental healthcare treating community (psychiatrists, psychologists and all other mental healthcare professionals) on the assessment and management of acute agitation in patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. The cut-off for entries is Friday, June 20th at 5pm. All entries are welcome. Some guidelines for you:

-The written piece should be in MS Word, accurately referenced, and a full citation list provided
-Your assessment of what the mental healthcare clinician needs to be educated on should be derived from evidence-based reviews, peer-reviewed literature and currently-established best practices
-You should consider how clinicians may be currently practicing, how they should be practicing based on the current evidence, and where there are therefore gaps in practice that can be closed through education. Credit will be given in scoring to writers identifying educational gaps clearly and succinctly.
-Images, charts and graphics are welcome; please ensure that you do not violate copyright restrictions by doing so.
-Quotes from currently-practicing healthcare professionals are welcome; please ensure that you have their permission to do so, and provide their name, qualifications and affiliation.
-There is no length limit, but consider that you are trying to keep someone's attention by telling a well-balanced story.
-No entries will be accepted after the cut-off time.
-Reasonable questions and entries can be submitted to   

Information was updated on April 2, 2014

Dear all,
I am excited to announce another amazing course for you to take, Confident Communicators of Science.
This course is taught by Susanne Baddiel, a trained actress who also works with physicians, executives, and scientist to help them improve their communication skills.

This is a six-week course, so don't sign up unless you can commit to the whole thing. All sessions will be held in the Smilow Multipurpose Room, and most sessions will be on Saturdays from 4-6pm.
The cost is $40, and your spot is not reserved until you pay me.

Title: Confident Communicators of Science
Session dates: Thursday April 17- 3:30-5:30 pm
Saturdays April 26-May 24, 4:00-6:00 pm
Location: NYULMC Smilow Multipurpose Room
Registration: click here

A detailed description of the course is attached, and space is limited to 15 participants.

I think this is going to really help the people who take it become better and more confident communicators, which is important for wherever your career plans take you.


Keith Micoli, PhD
Postdoctoral Program Director
Ethics Program Coordinator
NYU School of Medicine
Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
545 First Avenue
Greenberg Hall, 5i
New York, NY 10016
(212) 263-8569

Information was updated on April 1, 2014

Announcing another great event for our postdocs and grad students, this time on resumes and cover letters!  We are hosting Molly Starback, Director of Duke University's Office of Postdoctoral Services, on April 18.  Molly will share her wisdom gathered from a decade spent helping postdocs make the transition from academia to other careers, and can really help you write your resume so that it gives you the best possible chance of getting an interview.

This event is open to the entire NYU community, but note that this is being held at the Medical Center.

Details are in the attached flyer, but I'll summarize things because I know you're busy and don't have time to open attachments.

What: Job Search Basics: Resumes and Cover Letters
Where: NYU Med Center, Alumni Hall B
When: April 18, 5:00-6:30 pm
Click here to register!

Space is limited, so sign up today!