“Career Evolution: The Last Job You Will Never Have” with Provost Timothy Tracy on Wednesday, March 23, at 5:30 pm


When: Wednesday, March 23, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Where: Chemistry-Physics Building, Room 114B, (505 Rose Street) or Building 55 on the UK campus map.
Description: Provost Tim Tracy will discuss the importance of leadership positions to academic careers and what are some things that postdocs could and should do now to prepare.

Speaker Biography: Dr. Tracy received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University, his PhD in clinical pharmacy from Purdue University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical pharmacology at Indiana University. Prior to entering academia, he practiced in community and hospital settings throughout Ohio. He launched his academic career at West Virginia University, where he rose through the ranks to Full Professor. During his time at West Virginia University, he won six college-wide teaching awards and one university-wide teaching award. Dr. Tracy then joined that University of Minnesota where he served as Head of the Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, Director of the Center for Forecasting Drug Response and Director of Clinical and Translational Research Services. In August 2010, he joined the University of Kentucky as Dean of the College of Pharmacy. In addition, Dr. Tracy served as Associate Director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science with responsibilities for the Clinical Services Core, Regulatory Support function and the Drug Discovery and Development function. From May of 2012 until August of 2013 he also served as the Interim Provost at UK and in February of 2015 was named permanent Provost. His research and teaching interests deal with pharmacogenetics and their effect on drug metabolism, as well as the larger field of clinical pharmacology. Dr. Tracy has published over 100 scientific manuscripts, more than 15 book chapters and edited two books and has served as a principal and co-investigator on numerous NIH-funded grants.

SOPS is looking for a new executive officer!

We are currently looking for a volunteer to become an executive officer for SOPS. The executive officers plan social events and professional development workshops, and meet with our faculty advisors and the deans of the Graduate School. We ask that potential executive officers be available to volunteer through June. If you have ideas and suggestions for the future of SOPS and are interested in becoming an executive officer, please e-mail uk.sops@gmail.com.

'Career Fair Success' on Wednesday, 2/17, at 5:30 pm

When: Wednesday, February 17, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Where: Room 101, James W. Stuckert Career Center, 408 Rose Street or Building 494 on the UK campus map.
Description: The James W. Stuckert Career Center, College of Engineering Career Development, and the Graham Office of Career Management are hosting UK's Spring 2016 Career Fair featuring 100 employers from a variety of industries and fields including government, non-profit, technical, engineering, finance, education, and more! Make sure you're prepared with this seminar. Topics will include:

  • what happens at the Career Fair.
  • how to market yourself to future employers.
  • how to network.
  • how to conduct an informational interview.
  • what to do after the Career Fair and how to follow-up with company representatives.

Board game night @ West 6th Brewing on Monday, 2/15, at 6:30 pm!

When: Monday, February 15, 6:30 pm
Where: West Sixth Brewing, 501 West Sixth Street, Suite 100

Come join us for a night of board games at West Sixth Brewing, Monday, February 15 at 6:30pm! Whether you prefer Scrabble or Settlers, come relax and hang out with fellow UK postdocs. Even if you don't like playing games, stop by for a drink or some dinner from Smithtown Seafood next-door. West Sixth Brewing hosts a game night every other Monday so we won't be the only ones there but you can find us by looking for the SOPS sign.

Hope to see you there! RSVP on the Facebook event page.

(More) Pizza and Trivia on Wednesday, January 27, at 7:30 pm!

When: Wednesday, January 27, 7:30 pm
Where: Mellow Mushroom (503 S Upper St, Lexington, KY 40508)

Come join SOPS for another round of pizza and trivia at the Mellow Mushroom, just off campus! Last time, one of our teams won- Let's defend our title and spend our victory gift certificate!

Trivia starts at 8:30 pm, but, if you can, meet us at the Mellow Mushroom at 7:30 pm to grab dinner before. Just look for the SOPS sign on the table.

Hope to see you there! RSVP on the Facebook event page.

SOPS team wins at Pizza Trivia Night!

Nice job Pizza the Hut for winning trivia!

(and to everyone else for their stellar pizza eating skills ;) )

Pizza and Trivia at the Mellow Mushroom on Wednesday, 12/16, at 7:30 pm!

When: Wednesday, December 16, 7:30 pm
Where: Mellow Mushroom (503 S Upper St, Lexington, KY 40508)

Come join SOPS for pizza and trivia at the Mellow Mushroom, just off campus! Trivia starts at 8:30, but, if you can, meet us at the Mellow Mushroom at 7:30 to grab dinner before. Just look for the SOPS sign on the table. Hope to see you there! RSVP on the Facebook event page.

Backward Design: Aligning Outcomes, Assessments, and Activities

When: Tuesday, December 1, 5:30-6:30 pm
Where: Chemistry-Physics Building, Room 220 (505 Rose Street) or Building 55 on the UK campus map.
Description: CELT's William Burke will discuss aligning student learning outcomes, course assessments, and class activities. It’s called backward design... He'll touch on a variety of topics including how to write learning outcomes, how to create good exams, and strategies to use in the classroom.

SOPS Outing: Pizza at Pazzo's

When: Wednesday, November 18, 6:00 pm
Where: Pazzo's Pizza Pub (385 S Limestone, Lexington, Kentucky 40508)

Description: Join us for socializing and pizza, Wednesday, November 18th at Pazzo's!
Whether you are new to SOPS or a returning member, come stop by, say hi, and hang out with other postdocs. If you haven't been before, Pazzo's is just off-campus (at Limestone and Euclid) and a perfect place to stop in for some after-work relaxation. Hope to see you there!

What’s pivot™ and how do I use it to find funding?

When: Wednesday, November 4, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Where: Multipurpose Room (B-108C) (Map) in W.T. Young Library, or Building 456 on the UK campus map.
Description: One of the greatest concerns for new faculty members is applying for funding. This workshop will focus on identifying funding opportunities beyond NIH and NSF for science researchers. Erik Davidshofer of University of Kentucky’s Proposal Development Office will demonstrate how to search the Pivot database for potential fellowships and grants and discuss several options that are relevant to a broad science audience.
Space is limited. Please register in advance here.

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