October 2022

Office of Faculty Development

Leadership Development Program 2023

The Office of Faculty Development is offering the 11th Leadership Development Program beginning Feb. 2, 2023. Anyone interested in participating should contact their division director. 

The goals of this program are to enhance successful leadership characteristics and to identify the implications and impact of leadership and communication styles. The Leadership Development Program is seeking faculty who are eager to development and enhance their leadership skills, abilities, and style for their current and future leadership roles. The program is also open to employees in current leadership positions, including nurse managers, clinical directors and research administrators. 

Program topics will include:

  • Clarifying roles
  • WUSM/SLCH relationship
  • Social styles
  • Resiliency and self-care
  • Professionalism
  • Managing change
  • Authentic and courageous communication
  • DE&I cultural competence

The ten sessions program will begin on Feb. 2, 2023, and end in May 2023. The sessions will be held every Thursday via Zoom, with occasional breaks based on speaker availability. The schedule is being finalized and will be provided when available. The sessions include both didactic and practical exercises and are generally one and one-half hour in length and begin at 7:30 a.m.

Diversity advisor training

The Department of Pediatrics is committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace for all faculty. This starts with recruitment of new hires with the help of Diversity Advisors.  A Diversity Advisor serves as a member of faculty hiring committees and ensures that best practices in diversity, inclusion, and equity are utilized through the hiring process. Diversity Advisors may be a member of the faculty or staff. To learn more about Diversity Advisors, please visit the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion webpage.

The Office of Faculty Development — in collaboration with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion — is offering a Diversity Advisor training for the Department of Pediatrics on Oct. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., via Zoom. All faculty and staff are welcome to attend Completion of Diversity 1.0 and 2.0 is required to be eligible for the Diversity Advisor training.

It is university policy that all faculty hiring committees have a diversity advisor. It is also policy to have a diversity advisor at all other committees in general. Having a faculty member(s) trained in each division will benefit all divisional activities.

  • Our goal is to have at least one division faculty or staff member that is trained.
  • This is voluntary not mandatory.
  • There is no dedicated time commitment or FTE attached to it. Faculty members in your division already participate in the hiring process and the additional role for this person is to ensure DEI best practices following the DEI advisor toolkit/checklist.
  • It is not our intention for the trained advisor to take on a departmental role or be involved in activities outside of your division.
  • When asked “what’s in it for me?” our answer is:
    • Satisfaction of knowing it’s the right thing to do.
    • Personal and professional development/growth.
    • Contribution to the in-campus and out-of-campus community.
    • It is a great addition to your CV/CEP/Faculty Report.

Interested faculty and staff are asked to RSVP here.

Clinical Research Training Center – Now accepting applications!

The Clinical Research Training Center (CRTC) is accepting applications for programs providing advanced training in Clinical Investigation! Postdocs, Fellows, Faculty, Jr. Faculty, and Instructors are encouraged to apply for the Mentored Training Program in Clinical Investigation (MTPCI) and the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI).

Applications are due Nov. 1, 2022. To apply, visit the CRTC website. For more information, email crtcpostdoc@wustl.edu.

Mentored Training Program in Clinical Investigation

  • 17 credit hour training program
  • Two to three years to complete
  • May enroll in additional coursework to complete
  • The Master of Science in Clinical Investigation degree
  • U.S. citizen or permanent residency required
  • Program eligible for the partial remission or
  • Washington University HR tuition benefit

Master of Science in Clinical Investigation

  • 33 credit hours
  • One to five years to complete
  • No citizenship requirements
  • Program eligible for the Washington
  • University HR tuition benefit

See OFD News

Faculty feature

Melissa Mavers, MD, PhD

Melissa Michelle Mavers, MD, PhD, is a St. Louis native who wanted nothing more as a teenager than to leave St. Louis and explore the big wide world. She did just that, relocating to Florida to attend the University of Miami. She still recalls her father regretting taking her to see the campus — who wouldn’t want to go to college where the weather is nice and it looks like a resort?!? (Her family was happy for her but sad to see her go!) At UM, she majored in microbiology and… Read more.

Faculty news

Jorge Di Paola, MD, was installed as the Elizabeth Finney McDonnell Endowed Chair in Pediatric Hematology Oncology on Sept. 22. He presented the lecture titled, “Genetic Mechanisms of Bleeding.” Congratulations!

Funded awards

Congratulations to Tarin Bigley, David Butler, Amjad Horani, David Hunstad, Carol Kao, Jeffrey Magee, Jason Newland, Gary Silverman and Jack Wren. Read this month’s funded awards page to learn more.

Funding opportunities

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R01 Series – new: Oct. 5
U01 – new: Oct. 5
K Series – new: Oct. 12
R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, R34, R36, UH2, UH3, UH2/UH3 – new: Oct. 16
R15 – new, renewal, resubmission, revision: Oct. 25

Paul Calabresi K12 Career Development Award in Clinical Oncology. Applications are due Oct. 15, 2022, by 5 p.m. (CST).

Global Health Seed Funding. Applications are due Oct. 15, 2022, by 5 p.m. (CDT).

Dean’s Scholars Program. Applications are due Oct. 17, 2022.

Musculoskeletal Research Center Pilot & Feasibility Grants. Proposals are due Nov. 11, 2022, by 11:59 p.m. (CST).

Center for Drug Discovery Pilot Grant Program. Applications are due Nov. 14, 2022, by 5 p.m. (CST).

W. M. Keck Foundation Science, Engineering and Medical Research Grant Program. Applications are due Nov. 14, 2022, by 11:59 p.m. (CST).

For cancer related funding opportunities, please visit the Siteman Cancer Center website.

CRE² Graduate Studio Small Grants. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

CRE² Innovation Space – Labs/Startups/Ateliers. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

ICTS & CRE² Partnership: the Just-in-Time Core Usage Funding Program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

ICTS Precision Health Innovation Awards. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
For COVID-19 related funding opportunities, please visit the OVCR COVID-19 website.

Education and postdoctoral opportunities

Genomics in Medicine Seminar Series – Fall 2022 Schedule. Wednesdays at 4 p.m. starting Aug. 31, 2022, through Dec. 7, 2022.

Master of Science in Clinical Investigation. Open Enrollment for fall 2022 courses now underway.

T37 LEAD Global Training Program: Postdoctoral Position in Perioperative Wellness. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

T37 LEAD Global Training Program: Postdoctoral Research Associate Position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Prevention and Control. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Women’s Health. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

TL1 Translational Sciences Postdoctoral Program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Bioinformatics Workshop Series. Mondays at 10 a.m. through May 1, 2023.

Community of Academic Physician-Scientists in Training Seminar Series. The second Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. through May 19, 2023.

Welcome new employees

The Department of Pediatrics recently welcomed many new employees. Meet them on this month’s new employees page!

IT news

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a global effort to help everyone stay protected wherever and however they connect.

We’re sure you’ve heard of phishing, but do you know how to report suspected phishing emails to the Office of Information Security for review? To the right are phishing red flags. If you receive an email from an unknown sender that exhibits any of these red flags, you should never click any links within the email. Instead, click the Phish Alert Button in the righthand corner of your email in Office 365 and Outlook.

For more information on phishing or reporting suspected phishing emails, visit the InfoSec website.

Research news

Oct. 3 – mDivE-STL – Microbes of Diverse Ecosystems Research Symposium
Oct. 11 – Using Python for Basic Data Exploration and Manipulation
Oct. 12Good Clinical Practice Training
Oct. 12Open October: Make Data Count – Data Citations
Oct. 13Good Clinical Practice Training
Oct. 13Open October: ORCID and NSPM-33 – What to Know and How to Be Ready
Oct. 14 – Dissemination and Implementation Rural Health Symposium
Oct. 18#SciComm Seminar: What’s Your Story? Using Narratives to Open Science
Oct. 18Using Python for Basic Data Visualization
Oct. 20 Nvidia Virtual Training: Parabricks – GPU-Accelerated Genome Sequencing Analysis
Oct. 21Data Cleaning with Python Workshop
Oct. 25Open October: State of Open Access at Washington University
Oct. 27Open October: Open Access at the School of Medicine
Oct. 27Nvidia Virtual Training: Fast Training with MONAI Core

Upcoming events

Pediatrics Molecular Medicine Seminar (PMMS) Series
Zoom Meeting – Link will be sent by Pediatric Molecular Medicine on Monday before meeting.  If you do not receive email, feel free to email pediatricmolecularmedicine@kids.wustl.edu for link

Oct. 6, 2022Guest Speaker – Garrett M. Brodeur, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, CHOP
Oct. 13, 2022Stephanie Fritz
Oct. 27, 2022Allison King
Nov. 10, 2022Lori Holtz

Peds news

State of the Department

The Department of Pediatrics State of the Department held on Sept. 9 once again showcased our outstanding department, thanks to all of our faculty, staff, residents and students contributions! Below are photos from the event.