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Trainee Career Development Series – Part 1:
Microaggressions: How to Recognize, Respond to, and Minimize Microaggressions

Hosted by the ASPET Mentoring Network

Friday, October 16, 2020

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET (Webinar)
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET (Discussion in ASPETConnect)

Microaggressions are brief and commonplace attacks on dignity that are often directed at people based on their race, gender, age, weight, or ability. Individually, these aggressions may seem small, but together they add up and take a real psychological toll on the mental health of their recipients. This toll can lead to depression, anger, and low self-esteem, and can decrease productivity and problem-solving abilities. Microaggressions can occur with or without intent or awareness. They are often given by well-intentioned people who see themselves as good, moral, and decent individuals, but who do not recognize their own biases. Unfortunately, educators, employers, and service providers including health-care providers, are common perpetrators.  The consequences are unhealthy workplace environments.  Verbal or behavioral humiliations, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative attitudes toward any individual should be recognized and stopped.

This webinar will increase awareness and introduce strategies that recipients and by-standers can use to combat this unhealthy form of communication to help maintain a welcoming, inclusive, and healthy workplace environment. 


Susan Ingram, PhD - Oregon Health & Science University
Martha I. Dávila-García, PhD - Howard University
Manoj Puthenveedu, PhD - University of Michigan


Trainee Career Development Series – Part 2:
Designing Science Presentations: Simple Principles that Can Allow for Great Impact on Audiences

Hosted by the ASPET Mentoring Network

Friday, November 13, 2020

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET

This workshop will explore how scientists can use simple principles of design to greatly improve their presentations and increase the impact they have on audiences. By utilizing some simple design skills to better communicate their ideas, results, and conclusions, any scientist can greatly increase the quality of their figures, slides, posters, and more. This session will contain several “before and after” examples of good design and allow audience members to decide which versions of the same presentations they like the best. The ultimate goal is for all participants to gain some new skills in designing science presentations to better communicate their work.


Matt Carter, PhD  – Williams College

Last Updated: November 16, 2020

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