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Duke’s Community of Scholars (CoS) seeks to connect trainees, share educational resources, and increase program efficiencies to enhance the career development of diverse scholars across Duke, enabling them to become successful researchers, mentors and leaders.

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Contact Stephanie Molner to join our distribution list and find out more about what’s coming down the COS pipeline.

Congratulations to KL2 Scholar Lola Fayanju, MD! 
Lola is the Duke Forge Associate Director, and she was named a 2019 Emerging Leader in Health and Medicine Scholar by the National Academy of Medicine in Washington, D.C.  Click here for more information.

IMPORTANT:  Updates to the Grant Review and Submission Process
Beginning July 2019, the Schools of Medicine and Nursing plan to implement several changes that will more closely align Duke with its peers, ensure that Duke is meeting its obligations to sponsors by submitting compliant proposals, and respond to faculty requests for a more transparent and streamlined grant submission process.

What is changing?

  • We are introducing a brief standardized, electronic Intent to Submit process.  By providing basic information about your intended submission, you will have the opportunity to meet with a grant management team who will help with the grant submission process.
  • A new, modernized Electronic Attestation Process will replace the current DPAF (Duke Proposal Approval Form).  The new process will include a notification to all principal investigators and key personnel with anticipated involvement on the project. 
  • We are introducing a 5-Day Internal Deadline Policy which will require a near final draft of the full proposal 5 business days prior to the sponsor deadline.

A Research Town Hall on June 11 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. will focus on these changes.  To register, visit the Duke Office of Scientific Integrity website:
More information on these updates, changes and initiatives can be found on the SOM-RA website at

Track your publishing contributions in Publons
Publons allows you to track your publications, citations, and contributed peer reviews in one dashboard. Publons also calculates your h-index (and displays all data on a public-facing dashboard.

Create a unique researcher ID with ORCID
ORCID (pronounced ORKID) is a great solution for differentiating authors with the same name and connecting them to all of their own research. ORCID is a globally supported non-profit organization that provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that may be used across research databases and other places where research is found.
It takes just 30 seconds to register for your ORCID iD! Then, you may read this short article about ORCID for instructions to claim your publications, link your iD to Scopus and Scholars@Duke, and add your iD to LinkedIn. Keep in mind that some publishers are requiring authors to have ORCID iDs in order to publish their work. Also, some funders such as the NIH are requesting that grantees use ORCID iDs to manage information in their systems.2019-2020

Health Disparities Research Curriculum:  Request for Applications
The Duke CTSA and the Center for Research to Advance Healthcare Equity (REACH Equity) are pleased to announce a call for applications for the Health Disparities Research Curriculum (HDRC).
is designed to increase knowledge and skill in the design and conduct of health disparities research.  The curriculum consists of didactic and interactive sessions every three weeks on Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:00 pm; September, 2019 through June, 2020.  
The curriculum addresses: 

  • Nomenclature and framework for approaching research involving health disparities
  • Contributors to health disparities
  • Role of implicit bias in disparities 
  • Health disparities research methods across the translational spectrum
  • Conduct of health disparities research focused on the clinical encounter

For additional program information, syllabus and the application, please see:

If you’re interested in participating in the 2019-2020 curriculum, a brief online application must be submitted by August 2, 2019.   Acceptance into the HDRC curriculum will be determined based on capacity, commitment to conducting health disparities research, and the applicant's rationale for taking the course. Applicants will be notified of acceptance in early August. 

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If you have problems gaining access to any of these events, please let us know so that we can address this with the organizer

SBIR/STTR Grant Application Workshop
May 31 or June 7, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., School of Nursing, Pearson Hall 1026

Sponsor:  Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative
FREE (registration required)
Learn best practices for applying for SBIR and STTR awards, the largest source of federal funding for innovative early-stage startups. This two-part series will include panels of reviewers and past winners. Ideal for those considering submitting applications in September or January. 
Registration and more information

National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) Info Session - Nursing Applicants
May 31, 2019 - 2:00 p.m.
Want to translate research into action? Have questions about NCSP or the application process? Learn more at one of our upcoming info sessions with NCSP program directors and Scholars! 
Registration and more information

Population Health Sciences Summer Institute
June 3-6 and June 10-13, 215 Morris Street, Suite 210
Workshop Titles: Patient-Reported Outcomes, Qualitative Research:  Study Design & Applied Thematic Analysis, Topics in Populations Health Sciences, Dissemination & Implementation Science
More information.

Kerfuffles, Conflicts and Misunderstandings: Strategies for Engagement
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 8am-noon, The Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center
Presented by Ann Brown, MD, MHS, and Cathie Siders, PhD
This interactive session starts with the premise that the capacity to engage skillfully in challenging conversations is a vital component of leadership. The goal is for participants to gain greater confidence in addressing difficult conversations. All are welcome, material will be geared toward School of Medicine faculty.
Questions: contact

Getting Started with ORCID
Wednesday, June 5
, 12:15-12:45, Medical Center Library & Archives – Level 1, Rm 104
ORCID: Open Researcher and Contributor Identification
ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.
Use ORCID to make sure you get credit for all your work, despite having a common name, using several aliases, or changing institutions. ORCID will help you keep track of your research, is used in many systems such as ScienCV, is collected by some publishers, and can be connected to your Duke Elements account (for your Scholars @ Duke profile) and your Duke Directory listing.
This quick introduction to ORCID will get you started!
Learn more information and register.

National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) Info Session
June 14  - 12:00pm
Want to translate research into action? Have questions about NCSP or the application process? Learn more at one of our upcoming info sessions with NCSP program directors and Scholars! 
Registration and more information

Summer Writing Groups for Researchers
Friday, June 7th,
12:00-1:30PM, Bostock Room 127
The Duke Office of Research Initiatives and the Faculty Write Program are pleased to provide Writing Groups for Researchers!
Interdisciplinary groups of writers will convene to learn about the benefits of writing groups in enhancing writing productivity and collegiality across the Duke Schools and Institutes. Participants will have an opportunity to meet their writing group members (sorted based on work-style preference, disciplinary preference and availability), and develop shared goals for the semester. This program is open to Duke affiliates with faculty appointments.
Please join us on Friday, June 7th, 12:00-1:30PM in Bostock Room 127. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required.

Duke Machine Learning Summer School
June 17-21, 2019 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Schiciano Auditorium, Durham, NC

The Duke Machine Summer Learning School (MLSS) will focus on the areas of machine learning that have made the biggest advances in utility over the last several years, including deep learning. The class will concentrate on methods that allow machine-learning algorithms to train effectively on massive datasets, i.e., "big data." Emphasis will be placed on the latest methods for image and video analysis, natural language processing, reinforcement learning, and data synthesis/modeling.
More information

Increasing your Influence
Tuesday, June 18 - 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center Presented by Hile Rutledge, MSOD, President and Principal Consultant at Otto Kroeger Associates
How do you approach the challenge of influencing or motivating others? What is your preferred style? If you are using the same approach regardless of the situation or the audience—you could be more successful by deliberately considering your chosen influence style. In this workshop, participants will use a tool to explore how they rise to the complex challenge of influencing others and ways they can develop to be more effective in their context and roles.
For questions contact the Office for Faculty Development:

BIRCWH Leadership Series Webinar -“Team Science”
Thursday, June 20 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET
Dr. Michelle Bennett will be presenting.  The webinar will be moderated by Dr. Priyathama Vellanki, a second year BIRCWH scholar, Endocrinologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University.
Dr. Michelle Bennett directs the Center for Research Strategy, a science-based office that since 2015 collaboratively develops recommendations for addressing scientific opportunities, monitors the direction and application of the NCI’s scientific knowledge and resources, and identifies research funding gaps. Prior to taking on this role, she served as the deputy scientific director of the Division of Intramural Research at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and before that was deputy director at NCI’s Center for Cancer Research. Dr. Bennett earned her Ph.D. in oncology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison studying genetic susceptibility to cancer and, as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, performed some of the earliest work on BRCA1 and BRCA2 including the characterization and localization of BRCA1 to the long arm of Chromosome 17.
Dr. Bennett has extensive practical experience in promoting collaboration and team-based approaches by bringing together research scientists with diverse backgrounds and expertise to solve complex scientific problems. She has supported efforts to increase diversity in the biomedical workforce, played a leadership role in launching and building the NIH Stadtman Tenure Track Investigator program, and developed a trans-NIH web presence for the NIH Intramural program. Dr. Bennett is the recipient of many awards, including NIH and Institute Director’s Awards, the NCI Women’s Scientist Advisors Achievement Award, and the NCI Exceptional Mentor Award.
REGISTER  **After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
You can also view previous leadership presentations at the Emory BIRCWH website.

Transforming Obesity Research at Duke Symposium
June 21, 2019 - 7:30 a.m.

Join fellow Duke researchers, June 21, and foster collaborations intended to have the highest impact on future obesity-related research and patient care.
More information and to register

Enhancing your Visibility as a Scientist
Research Careers Ahead! Seminar Series
Wednesday, June 26
, 4:00-5:00 p.m. 2001 Duke North Hospital
Presented by Dr. Matthew Sparks, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine

Symptom Science Center:  A Resource for Precision Health
Thursday, June 27
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
NIH Campus – Masur Auditorium, Bethesda, MD
NINR’s Division of Intramural Research will host a scientific symposium to mark the launch of the NINR-led Symptom Science Center, a trans-NIH resource for the scientific community. The event will be held on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.  The event will feature a keynote address from NIH Deputy Director for Intramural Research, Dr. Michael Gottesman; as well as an introduction to the Symptom Science Center; and scientific panels on cancer-related symptoms, patient-reported outcomes and symptom science at the NIH Clinical Center, and symptom clusters in concussions. There will also be a poster session to highlight the innovative research conducted by NIH intramural researchers and trainees.
The event will be broadcast live and archived at
The event is free but registration is required.  Register.

Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals
Friday, July 26, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Duke South Amphitheater
Register NOW!
Registration is now open to all School of Medicine faculty for Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals, the full-day grant writing seminar presented by John D. Robertson, PhD, Managing Member of Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops LLC. This widely-acclaimed session provides step-by-step instructions for how to craft a winning NIH grant proposal and is appropriate for all SOM faculty who are actively writing grants. Click here for a complete session description. Space is limited and seats are expected to fill up quickly, so sign up now if you wish to attend. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Seats will be held open for faculty through April 14, at which point limited seating will become available for staff, fellows, postdocs, and other non-faculty.
If you have questions or need any additional information, please contact Fiona Johann at (919) 613-5209 or

3rd Annual URiM Family Barbeque
August 3, 5:00-8:00

Treyburn Country Club
Underrepresented in Medicine, Fellows, Residents, Medical Students and their families are invited to attend
More information and RSVP.

End of Summer Writing Retreat
August 7-8, 2019  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

King’s Daughters Inn in Durham, NC.
Want one last writing burst before fall semester begins? Would you like to reconnect with colleagues and write alongside faculty from a range of disciplines? Each day of this writing retreat includes time to write independently in a comfortable, relaxed space and optional workshops on productive writing habits. Close out your summer by making progress on a writing project and participating in a writing community. Lunch is included. Space is limited. Facilitator: Jennifer Ahern-Dodson

Making the Case – August 2019
Thursday August 8, 15, 22

Making the Case is a hands-on, interactive program to learn the skills needed to transform an idea into a proposal. Over the course of three sessions you will develop or refine a business plan for your own idea, get feedback on stakeholders to engage and questions to ask, and practice pitching your proposal to a panel of mock judges. No actual funds will be awarded as part of this program. In order to participate you must come to the first session with a program or project idea that you would like to develop. This should be an idea that you want to move forward and that requires a budgetary component. Past examples include things like starting a new program, implementing a clinical redesign effort, launching a new division or center, or proposing a new system-wide workflow redesign. Sessions will include guidance on how to use and manipulate data using excel.
Registration is only open to School of Medicine Faculty.
More information and register.

Women’s Leadership Conference
Revive and Thrive:  The Leadership Journey for Women in Medicine
Friday, September 13, 2019
Sponsored by the Wake Forest School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs
This second annual conference is inspired by our first female Dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine, who also serves as CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Dr. Julie Freischlag. Join her and others as we explore the pursuit of well-being and positivity through your leadership journey. 
Open to N.C. and surrounding state academic medicine faculty and administration.
Early registration begins June 1. Cost is $75 before July 15 and $100 after.
More information

Writing from the Reader's Perspective
Monday, November 18, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Lecture Hall, Searle Conference Center 

This widely acclaimed seminar is based on the concept that in order to improve writing, it is first necessary to understand the process of reading.  The ideas presented in this lecture have changed participants' writing habits permanently, often resulting in improved grant-writing and publication success.
More information and register.

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