January 2013

Friday, January 11, 2013 @ 12:00 noon
Introduction to Grants and Other Sponsored Projects
Room 403 IS Building (Doctoral Students)
Nancy Spice, Assistant Director of Training in the Office of Research at Pitt, will introduce doctoral students to sponsored projects (primarily grants, but this includes other types as well): what they are, funding sources, award mechanisms, the review and submission process, how they are administered, etc.  Lunch will be provided.

Thursday, January 17, 2013 @ 10:00 am
Career Preparation Checklist
Room 403 IS Building (everyone)
Wes Lipschultz, Manager of iSchool Student Services, will review a list of recommended items and strategies for those on the job market.  This review will include (but not be limited to): resumes, curriculum vitae, portfolios, social media, cover letters, mock interviews, informational interviews, phone interviews, behavioral-based interviews, job search databases, networking, etiquette (dress code, lunch interviews, reference checks, etc.), and negotiation items (salary, transportation, benefits, etc.).  

Friday, January 18,, 2013 @ 1:00 pm
Talking Intelligently About Copyright and Fair Use
Room 403 IS Building (everyone)
James “Kip” Currier, Assistant Professor in the iSchool’s Library and Information Science Program, will lead a discussion of key issues with copyright laws and their relevancy for Information Professionals. He will cover current debates over copyright and culture, and how fair use can be defined.  Lunch will be provided.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 @ 10:00 am
Coping with Stress
Room 403 IS Building (everyone)
Deanna Burkett, Outreach and Consultation Coordinator in Pitt’s Counseling Center, will share strategies and resources to help to cope with stress.  Specifically, she will introduce “mindfulness strategies” and the services offered by the Stress-Free Zone at Pitt.  Lunch will be provided.

Friday, January 25, 2013 @ 5:00 pm
Faculty/Staff/Graduate Student Friday
Room 501 IS Building
All faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited to enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.  This is a great opportunity to discuss ideas, meet new students, get to know each other, talk about conferences, travel, and research ideas, and to play a few games together.  Thanks to the generous support of the iSchool Doctoral Guild and SISGO for making this event possible.  (Exact time TBD, as this will occur after IS Prelims)