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January 2018

Professional Development: Human Subject Research and Institutional Review Board Workshop

January 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

HUMAN SUBJECT RESEARCH AND INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD WORKSHOP   This session will address: ethical principles surrounding human subjects research, history on human subjects protection, federal regulations, consent requirements, subject recruitment, and the review process. All PDI events will be available to sites other than Pullman through a web link that will be emailed to you before the event. Please make sure to register on the link below and indicate at which WSU site you are located. Please register for the…

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Professional Development: Financial Literacy Series on Taxes

January 22 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Professional Development: FINANCIAL LITERACY SERIES on TAXES   Two things are certain in life: death and taxes. And while tax time arrives every year, it often comes with different laws— as well as different financial situations for you. This lesson will simplify taxes to help you prepare for them (even if you’re not the one prepping them). In this lesson, you’ll learn about:  Basic tax documents. How to prepare to file your income tax return. Your tax liability through different…

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Women in Film, Literature, and the Arts Discussion Series: Literature Discussion

January 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Bundy Reading Room, Avery 111
Pullman, WA United States
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WOMEN IN FILM, LITERATURE, AND THE ARTS DISCUSSION SERIES Literature Discussion- Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher A special Skype appearance from author: Julie Schumacher  A Special Discussion with:  Lauralea Edwards, Fiscal Officer/ Management Analyst, Reporting & Modernization The Women in Film, Literature, and the Arts Discussion Series is hosted by the Professional Development Initiative (PDI) in partnership with the Association for Faculty Women (AFW) as a means for students, faculty and staff to read a book, watch a film, or…

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Parts of a Paper Series: Methods and Results

January 30 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elitza Kotzeva, PhD Candidate, Rhetoric and Composition  In this workshop, you will learn about the general requirements and expectations of the sections on methods and results in a research paper. This session is designed mostly for graduate students in the STEM disciplines who are working on a paper for class, for publication, or as part of their thesis/dissertation. Please bring a draft of your work. You will have a chance to work on your own writing in small groups and…

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February 2018

Communication and Presence: Finding your Natural Voice in a Professional Environment

February 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

COMMUNICATION AND PRESENCE: FINDING YOUR NATURAL VOICE IN A PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT Mary Trotter, Clinical Assistant Professor, CAS WSU Performing Arts Public speaking, interviews, meetings, presentations…these events can be terrifying and nerve-wracking.  Do you ever find yourself out of breath and unable to speak? In this workshop we will explore strategies to put you at ease and help you find strength in these moments.  By working with voice and breath, you will learn to communicate more effectively with those around you. All…

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Data Literacy: Busting Myths of Big Data

February 6 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

DATA LITERACY: BUSTING MYTHS OF BIG DATA    Dr. Nairanjana Dasgupta, Boeing Science/Math Education Distinguished Professor in Mathematics and Statistics In this workshop we will focus on learning about the what, when, how and whys of data.  Data is pervasive these days and like it or not we have to use data to make decisions or others will make them for us.  In this workshop we will start from the basics and talk about types of data and we can…

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Writing Workshop Series: Writer’s Block and Writing Strategies

February 9 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

WRITING WORKSHOP SERIES: WRITERS BLOCK AND WRITING STRATEGIES   For this highly hands-on workshop, expect to learn strategies to employ while pre-writing, writing, and revising documents, such as journal articles, your thesis, or even a short email. This workshop is intended for students who know what they need to write and have done the necessary research but may be struggling with getting words on paper or making sure the words on the paper are the ones they really want. Particular…

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Women in Film, Literature, and the Arts Discussion Series: Film Discussion, Wild

February 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Bundy Reading Room, Avery 111
Pullman, WA United States
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WOMEN IN FILM, LITERATURE, AND THE ARTS DISCUSSION SERIES Film Discussion- Wild A Special Discussion with: Davi Kallman, Communication and Media Scholar The Women in Film, Literature, and the Arts Discussion Series is hosted by the Professional Development Initiative (PDI) in partnership with the Association for Faculty Women (AFW) as a means for students, faculty and staff to read a book, watch a film, or attend an exhibit or performance for pleasure, rather than what is assigned for classes. This…

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Financial Literacy Series: Credit and Debt

February 20 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

FINANCIAL LITERACY SERIES: CREDIT AND DEBT   Credit can be a very useful part of your financial toolkit if you develop good habits. That enticing credit card offer in your mailbox may sound perfect, but it could actually be the opposite. This lesson will help you approach credit decisions in a positive way so your decisions support your personal life choices. In this lesson, you’ll learn about:  Why credit equals debt. The components of a credit report. Different credit types.…

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Leadership Workshop Series: Understanding the Tides of Transition

February 21 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

UNDERSTANDING THE TIDES OF TRANSITION   You’ve undoubtedly heard the catchphrase “the only constant is change.”  You’ve likely paid the price when transitions were poorly managed by you or others.  Whether the change is personal (new apartment or different relationship) or professional (institutional, departmental, global), this workshop offers a simple yet profound way to understand and appreciate transitions such that you can move through the next chapter of uncertainty with understanding, empathy and ease. All PDI events will be available…

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Parts of a Paper Series: Discussion and Conclusion

February 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Led by Elitza Kotzeva, PhD Candidate, Rhetoric and Composition  In this workshop, you will learn about the general requirements and expectations of the sections on discussion and conclusion in a research paper. This session is designed for graduate students who are working on a paper for class, for publication, or as part of their thesis/dissertation. Please bring a draft of your work. You will have a chance to work on your own writing in small groups and with the help…

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March 2018

The Cheeky Scientist Series: Linked In Presence

March 3 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
CUE 202 Pullman, United States + Google Map

THE CHEEKY SCIENTIST SERIES: LINKEDIN PRESENCE Dr. Isaiah Hankel (The Cheeky Scientist) Using online profiles to maximize the effectiveness of the job seeking/transition process. Hiring managers use LinkedIn to determine whether they will bring in a candidate for an interview, this topic will cover all the key elements of the LinkedIn profile and how each section should be used to strategically maximize it’s impact. In addition, we will show candidates how to use LinkedIn algorithms to support their job search, and sell themselves to perspective employers. All PDI events…

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Writing Workshop Series: Submitting Your Thesis and Dissertation

March 7 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

SUBMITTING YOUR THESIS AND DISSERTATION You’ve spent years on your dissertation and it’s time to turn it in to the Graduate School. What happens then? The Graduate School’s Daniel Vickoren, Programs and Graduations Supervisor, will teach students how to understand and navigate WSU’s thesis and dissertation formatting requirements. Daniel will also debut a new thesis/dissertation template and give additional tips on the title page, abstract, chapter headings, using previously-published work, and much more. The WSU librarians Debra Spidal and Talea…

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Women in Film, Literature, and the Arts Discussion Series

March 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Bundy Reading Room, Avery 111
Pullman, WA United States
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WOMEN IN FILM, LITERATURE, AND THE ARTS DISCUSSION SERIES   Literature Discussion: Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women who Want to Speak up, Create and Lead by Tara Mohr A special Skype appearance from author: Tara Mohr   A Special Discussion with: Leeann Hunter,Clinical Assistant Professor of English The Women in Film, Literature, and the Arts Discussion Series is hosted by the Professional Development Initiative (PDI) in partnership with the Association for Faculty Women (AFW) as a means for students,…

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Financial Literacy Series: Loan Repayment

March 29 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

FINANCIAL LITERACY SERIES: LOAN REPAYMENT   You borrowed money to pay for school, and now you’re in debt. Don’t worry— there are plenty of ways to face it head- on. (Debt can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.) This lesson will help you fully understand your options so repayment will feel more manageable. In this lesson, you’ll learn about:  Your rights and responsibilities as a borrower. Your repayment plan options. How your payments relate to your spending plan.…

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April 2018

Writing Lock In

April 10 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

WRITING LOCK IN Are you writing your dissertation, thesis, a journal article, or other writing project? This event offers a quiet space for writers to work without distractions. Work for the entire four hours or come and go as you please. Coffee, tea, and very light refreshments will be offered. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, but there will be limited access to computers. Important notes: If you work best while listening to music, you must bring headphones. Distractions…

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Women in Film, Literature, and the Arts Discussion Series: Literature Discussion, Silent Sky (Play; 6 performances: Mar 30 &31, April 6 & 7)

April 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Bundy Reading Room, Avery 111
Pullman, WA United States
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Art Discussion: Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Mary Trotter Performances: Fridays & Saturdays, March 30 & 31 and April 6 & 7, 2018/ 7:30 p.m. nightly and 2:00 p.m. Saturday matinees. Located at the Jones Theatre at Daggy Hall. Tickets on Sale now. A Special Discussion with: Mary Trotter, Clinical Assistant Professor, CAS WSU Performing Arts The Women in Film, Literature, and the Arts Discussion Series is hosted by the Professional Development Initiative (PDI) in partnership with the Association for Faculty…

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The Cheeky Scientist Series: Interviewing and Negotiating

April 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
CUE 202 Pullman, United States + Google Map

THE CHEEKY SCIENTIST SERIES: INTERVIEWING AND NEGOTIATING Dr. Isaiah Hankel (The Cheeky Scientist) This topic discusses the strategy of interviewing beyond just answering questions. There is an entire process of preparation for an interview, beside learning how to answer interview questions. We will detail the entire interview preparation that is required for professionals to demonstrate they are invaluable to a company; from the research to the categories of interview questions, and the best ways to respond. Most jobseekers don’t negotiate even though companies expect them to negotiate. We will…

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Writing Workshop Series: Reference Management Software

April 20 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

WRITING WORKSHOP SERIES: REFERENCE MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE  Reference management software enables users to collect, organize, manage, and cite sources in a methodical and sustainable process. This workshop will focus on the free, open source Zotero reference management tool, but will briefly discuss alternatives such as EndNote and Mendeley. ***Note the writing workshop series is a year-long initiative! Watch for more sessions in this semester and spring semester. (The computer lab only has 40 computers, computers will be distributed on a first come first…

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