ICBR Courses

Choose from a selection of FREE core lab short courses and learn about techniques and technologies focused on the following topics:

  • Bioinformatics
    Concepts related to experimental design, analysis, and interpretation of large data sets acquired from next-generation sequencing, gene expression, and mass-spectrometry analytical technologies as well as expertise in developing computational tools and web applications.
  • Flow Cytometry
    Introduction to cytometric tools used for cellular measurements including flow cytometry and laser scanning confocal microscopy.
  • Electron Microscopy
    Introduction to various EM techniques including transmission and scanning EM and confocal laser scanning and epifluorescence microscopy.
  • Gene Expression and Genotyping
    Techniques used to measure gene expression including high and low-throughput sequencing such as Affymetrix and Agilent gene expression arrays and RNA-seq as well as quantitative PCR.
  • Monoclonal Antibody
    Methods involved in generating new mouse monoclonal antibodies for use in basic and applied research.
  • NextGen DNA Sequencing
    Introduction to various Next-Gen DNA Sequencing methods such as PacBio, Ion Torrent and Ion Proton, and Illumina NextSeq and MiSeq.
  • Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry
    Introduction to 1-D and 2-D gel based electrophoretic methods including separation techniques, western blotting, isoelectric focusing and 2D-DIGE as well as mass spectrometric based methods for the characterization of proteins and peptides including post-translational modification analysis and accurate molecular weight determination.

Professional Development Courses

FREE half-day short courses on the following topics will be available for all participants:

  • Science Improv
    Tamara McNealy, PhD Science improv is a novel training method that uses improvisational theater techniques to help participants communicate more directly and responsively. Developed at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, this approach helps scientists adapt to the needs of different audiences, pick up on non-verbal signals, and become more flexible and engaging while communicating. It’s not about acting: it’s about connecting with an audience.
  • Risk Assessment and Regulation
    Leah Stuchal, PhD Ecological risk assessment (ERA) plays a vital role in determining effects of chemicals on populations and ecosystems. Regulatory agencies recognize ERA as a way to ensure the protection of ecological receptors as well as ecosystem services. This course is designed to provide an understanding of the USEPA ERA process. Participants will learn about the eight steps of a risk assessment including components of both screening level and basic ecological risk assessments. The protection of threatened and endangered species will also be discussed. In the practical part of the course, students will have an opportunity to design a site conceptual model for the ERA and develop toxicity reference values for several species and media. Models will be used to estimate contaminant concentrations in several different trophic levels. The relevance of modeling versus environmental sampling will be discussed.
  • Making Good Scientific Presentations Great
    Andy Kane, PhD The need to communicate science is paramount in a range of professional arenas including academia, environmental and public health, human and veterinary medicine, and in state and federal agencies. As an integral part of your professional education and training, this workshop focuses on science communication techniques to help your reach a range of professional audiences. Discussions will include application of graphically-driven PowerPoint presentations, and use of figures and tables that reveal data and show relationships. We will also examine mechanical techniques to support optimal delivery of your scientific content, explicitly and tacitly, to make your presentations meaningful and memorable.
  • How to Get a Job in Academia
    Chris Martyniuk, PhD This short course will present some of the strategies that one can employ when applying, and negotiating for, an academic position. Perspectives will be from both the individual searching for an academic position and the department perspective (a behind the scenes sneak peek). We will discuss the initial steps of the application process, from preparing strong curriculum vitae to writing a captivating cover letter. Important factors to be discussed include selection committees (how do they function), the interview process (what happens throughout the day as well as “dos and don’ts”), the difference between a research and teaching seminar, and the negation process once a position is offered to a candidate. In class conversations about the strategies and pitfalls of an academic positon search will be discussed.
  • Introduction to Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
    Christoph Koffler, PhD The course will introduce you to the basic principles and terminology of Life Cycle Assessment following the international standards ISO 14040/44. Life Cycle Assessment deals with the quantification of potential environmental impacts of products and services throughout their entire life cycle. It catalogues material, energy, and other relevant flows in and out of a product system to enable the assessment of their potential effects on the environment. The course will guide you through the general structure of these assessments from Goal & Scope to Life Cycle Inventory, Life Cycle Impact Assessment, and Interpretation and include examples from industry. Over the last two decades, Life Cycle Assessment has prevailed as the predominant tool to assess the environmental performance of products, and it is currently considered to become mandatory under the EU Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) program.
  • Scientific Publishing
    Charlie Menzie, SETAC Global Executive Director At the recent SETAC NA annual meeting in Salt Lake City, there was a great deal of enthusiasm about creating publishing sessions that would offer publishing tips and assistance to authors early in their career. This course aims to cover a range of topics pertinent to publishing scientific research, from the technical (reviewing papers, how to select the appropriate outlet for your research and common publishing pitfalls and problems) to the more esoteric (publishing ethics and bias, navigating funder mandates, post-publication promotion). This session will be designed to help graduate students and early career researchers across all areas of expertise. It will provide attendees with an editor’s perspective on best publishing practices.