Events and Training Opportunities

2019 Scientific Writing Program Calendar of Events

To facilitate best writing practices and prospects for funding and sterling publications, the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is excited to announce the new and improved 2019 Scientific Writing Program. Training opportunities include opportunities for writers at all stages: Seminars (1-hour) with more general content for wider audiences (staff through junior faculty), Workshops (all day) for targeted more committed participants, and the new Writing Groups for serious R and K Grant application writers. Seminars are open to all, but registration is required for Workshops and Writing Groups to verify commitment to the writing process. See details on Workshops and Writing Groups below. Specific details on all Seminars, Workshops and Writing Groups may be found in the attached Calendar of Events for your planning pleasure.

Workshops

(Note: You may attend a Workshop without being in the corresponding Writing Group.)

The Biomedical Writing Workshop will have a half-day didactic session with mentoring in the afternoon. Morning sessions (8 a.m. - noon) will cover manuscript components, style, story arc and getting published. One-hour afternoon sessions (1 - 4 p.m.) will be hands-on with a mentor to review your manuscript one-on-one. You do not need to sign up for both sessions; but the morning session is required to register for the afternoon session. P.M. Mentoring Prerequisite: Registration and draft manuscripts must be submitted by Mon. 4/15/19 to be assigned and reviewed by a mentor in advance of one-on-one discussion.

R and K Proposal Writing Workshops will be day-long didactic sessions covering crafting a proposal that establishes clear Specific Aims, substantial significance, transforming innovation, a rigorous approach, a commanding biosketch and vibrant summary and narrative, with concise and precise writing. A session by SPO will also cover budgeting and other requirements. K Workshops will also discuss designing an aspiring Career Development and Mentoring plan.

Writing Groups

If you are interested in submitting an R proposal by October 5, 2019 or a K proposal by February 5, 2020 and would like to participate in a Mentored Writing Group, please register for both the Workshop and the Writing Group. Attendance at the corresponding day-long workshops on R and K Proposal Writing will serve as prerequisites for participation in the corresponding Writing Group. When registering for a Writing Group, you will need to identify a committed mentor to accompany you. Writing Groups will meet every other week for eight to 10 90-minute sessions with regular assignments, mentored reviews and discussions and constant revisions. The mentor will be asked to attend the writing group meetings along with their mentee. Each mentor/mentee team will also be paired with another team for co-review and peer-to-peer revision. The final product is a submission ready proposal.

August 15, 2019 – Seminar: Cut the Fluff! Editing & Copyediting

When: 

8/15/19

11 a.m. – noon

No registration required. Brown bag lunch format.

Location: 

WA1525

Intended Audience:

Aspiring new proposal or manuscript writers.

General content suitable for all audiences (staff, trainees, fellows, post-docs, junior faculty).

Description:

  • The review process
  • How to line edit for flow, style and organization
  • How to edit grammar, syntax, acronyms and formatting
  • Concise and precise phrasing
September 16, 2019 – Seminar: Abstracts & Summaries & Narratives (Oh My!)

When: 

9/16/19

Noon – 1 p.m.

No registration required. Brown bag lunch format.

Location: 

WA1525

Intended Audience:

Aspiring new proposal or manuscript writers.

General content suitable for all audiences (staff, trainees, fellows, post-docs, junior faculty).

Description:

  • Components of an abstract
  • Differences between abstracts, NIH summaries and narratives
October 15, 2019 – Workshop: NIH K Proposal Writing (Mentored Research Career Development Awards)

When: 

10/15/19

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Lunch provided. 

Registration required in Training Tracker. Register now.

Location: 

WB1110

Intended Audience:

Aspiring K proposal writers; more in depth content. 

Prerequisite for hands-on K Writing Group participants.

Description:

Crafting a proposal that establishes clear specific aims, significance and innovation, an aspiring career development and mentoring plan, a commanding biosketch and a vibrant summary and narrative with concise and precise writing. The budget process and working with SPO will also be addressed.  
October 2019 – January 2020 – K01 (Mentored Research Career Development Awards) Proposal Writing Group

When: 

October 2019 – January 2020

Email Melody Davis to enroll.

Location: 

TBD

Intended Audience:

K Grant Applicants for NIH 2/5/20 submission.

Eligibility:

  • Currently conducting patient-oriented clinical/translational research and applying for a K-series grant for the next NIH grant cycle.
  • Have published at least three first-authored peer-reviewed papers in your broad area of research interest.
  • Have established a mentoring team (lead mentor and co-mentors) and have discussed your Specific Aims with your team.

Description:

  • Sessions 1 & 2: Specific Aims
  • Sessions 3 & 4: Significance and Innovation
  • Sessions 5 & 6: Career Development and Mentoring Plan
October 30, 2019 – Seminar: How to Represent Your Data Well: Graphics & Figures

When: 

10/30/19

Noon – 1 p.m.

No registration required. Brown bag lunch format.

Location: 

WA1525

Intended Audience:

Aspiring new proposal or manuscript writers.

General content suitable for all audiences (staff, trainees, fellows, post-docs and junior faculty).

Description:

  • Let your data speak
  • How best to present your data: tables vs figures
  • Keeping figures & tables readable
November 7, 2019 – Workshop: Biomedical Writing (1 Day With Mentoring)

When: 

11/7/19

8 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4 p.m. (Lunch break from noon – 1 p.m. on own.)

Registration required in Training Tracker. You must register for each session separately.

Register for Morning Session › 

Register for Afternoon Session ›

Location: 

WB1110

Intended Audience:

Those currently writing scientific manuscripts.

Register for A.M. only or A.M. + P.M. Priority given to those with draft manuscripts. 

You do not need to sign up for both sessions; but the morning session is required to register for the afternoon session.

Description:

Morning sessions will be a half-day didactic session on manuscript components, style, story arc, and getting published. Afternoon sessions will be hands-on with a mentor to review your manuscript one-on-one.

P.M. Mentoring Prerequisite: Draft manuscripts must be submitted by                             to be assigned and reviewed by a mentor in advance of one-on-one discussion.

A.M. Didactic Topics:

  • Methods
  • Representing Data, Figures, & Tables
  • Reporting Results
  • The Plot Thickens – Creating a Story Arc
  • Discussing Results
  • Teeing up your paper
  • Abstract
  • Revising/Responding
  • Rules of the Road
November 21, 2019 – Workshop: Polishing the Specific Aims (SA) Page

When: 

11/21/19

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

No registration required. Brown bag lunch format.

Location: 

WA1525

Intended Audience:

NIH R or K proposal writers for February submission (or current proposal writers) hands on workshop. Come with your Specific Aims page.

Description:

  • Understanding the Importance of the SA page to the Funder
  • Defining a Meaningful Problem
  • What? Why? Who?
  • Making the SAs Achievable
  • The Payoff Paragraph
December 5, 2019 – Seminar: Getting the Most Out of EndNote by Alison Gehred

When: 

12/5/19

11 a.m. –noon

No registration required. Brown bag lunch format.

Location: 

WA1525

Intended Audience:

Aspiring new proposal or manuscript writers.

General content suitable for all audiences (staff, trainees, fellows, post-docs and junior faculty).

Description:

Using the software effectively to build bibliographies, link citations and format to journal specifications.

December 19, 2019 – Seminar: Distinguishing Significance and Innovation Sections

When: 

12/19/19

11 a.m. –noon

No registration required. Brown bag lunch format.

Location: 

WA1525

Intended Audience:

Aspiring new proposal or manuscript writers.

General content suitable for all audiences (staff, trainees, fellows, post-docs and junior faculty).

Description:

  • Importance
  • Significance Section
  • Establishing the Knowledge Gap
  • The Statement of Significance
  • Emphasize Benefits and Positive Impact
    • Innovation Section
  • What is the current norm?
  • Depart from the Status Quo
  • Establish New Horizons

Responsible Conduct of Research Seminars

2020 dates coming soon. 

NOTE: All training sessions will be held in WA1020, Discovery Auditorium.

Topic Presenter Date / Time
Authorship/Publication/ Peer Review Mark Klebanoff Monday, June 10, 2019
Noon - 1 p.m.
Collaboration-Including Collaboration with Industry Andrew Corris Monday, June 17, 2019
Noon - 1 p.m.
Data Acquisition -
Management, Sharing and Ownership
Aaron Trask Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Noon - 1 p.m.
Contemporary Ethical Issues in Biomedical
Research
Pedro Weisleder
Monday, July 1, 2019
Noon - 1 p.m.
Animal Welfare
Dondrae Coble
Monday, July 8, 2019
Noon - 1 p.m.
Conflict of Interest - Personal Professional,
Financial
Kathleen Dunn
Monday, July 15, 2019
Noon - 1 p.m.
Environmental and Societal Impacts of
Scientific Research
Movie and Panel
Discussion
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
4 - 6:30 p.m.
Mentor/Mentee Relationships and
Responsibilities
Dawn Chandler
Monday, July 22, 2019
Noon - 1 p.m.
Scientific Misconduct
Robyn Cunningham
Monday, July 29, 2019
Noon - 1 p.m.