From the Liaison-Dr. Patricia Thibodeau

“Avoiding the Breakdown (and I don’t mean the newsletter!)”
I hope everyone is surviving the start of their fall semesters, whether on-campus or remote! It was great to hear what some of you have been up to with your research this summer at our Get-Together last week.

In an op-ed for Science Magazine, Stanford University doctoral candidates Emily Ashkin and Michelle Atallah highlight the importance of sharing our successes and failures in graduate school and beyond, which I think is so important!

After getting two of my dissertation chapters accepted for publication this year, for example, my last manuscript chapter on pteropod gut sequencing got rejected last week. I was pretty disheartened at first, but I'm trying to use it as motivation to make the paper better (and I'm appealing to the editor to reconsider). Gotta build up that armor and be a resilient scientist!

I also want to offer some suggestions for working remotely as we gear up for another semester of mostly remote learning, so I’ve included an infographic that I thought was useful. Because I've gotten pretty stir crazy working from home, I am occasionally working at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography. It’s been nice to actually see some people in person even if our faces are covered in masks. Avoid breaking down by taking care of yourselves!

Graduate research and the SURF program are still underway for some students this fall, so check out two student highlights below!

Stay healthy and well and I hope to “see” you all at our virtual get-together in October!

Best, Tricia
Happenings @RI C-AIM
Bay Observatory Update
The completion of RI C-AIM's integrated Bay Observatory is nearing as two sensor buoys are expected to arrive at the end of this year! A practice buoy was recently deployed at the Narragansett Bay Plankton Time Series site in the lower West Passage. These buoys are collecting temperature, salinity, fluorescence, and dissolved oxygen data. The pump station at Castle Hill Lighthouse in Newport is also recording real-time data.

Thanks to Dr. Kris Gomes, Dr. Andy Davies and Bay Observatory Research Technician Katie Nickles (above) for their work to establish the Bay Observatory! To learn more about why the Bay Observatory is crucial to RI C-AIM's mission, check out this edition of The Current!
Funding for URI Undergraduates: URI's Office of Undergraduate Research & Innovation is offering up to $1,400 to fund original research or creative or artistic projects of their own design. These projects require supervision by a faculty sponsor. To apply for a grant, a student (or group of up to three students) will submit a proposal and budget along with a letter of support from a faculty sponsor. Funding will cover projects through June 30, 2021. All funds must be dispersed and used by April 15, 2021.

Click here for more about criteria, upcoming information sessions, or to apply.
CDP Resource: Did you miss last week's workshop, organized by the Metcalf Institute, on developing effective time management strategies, presented by Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega of the Latin American Faculty for Social Sciences, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) Sede Mexico? Check out the entire workshop here!
Getting to Know:
Juwaan Douglas-Jenkins &
Sofia Refulio-Coronado
This week, we celebrate two students who presented their research to the National Science Foundation as part of RI C-AIM's virtual site visit. Salve Regina University's Juwaan Douglas-Jenkins highlights his research on biofilm formation, while doctoral candidate Sonia Refulio-Coronado explains her socio-ecological modeling work on how the public values the environment through recreation. Read more!
Juwaan Douglas-Jenkins
Sonia Refulio-Coronado
More @ RI C-AIM
Virtual Get-Togethers

To keep all our students in our research community connected, RI C-AIM is hosting monthly, informal virtual meetings via WebEx. We will have a lead speaker on various topics of discussion. The next get-together will happen on Thursday, October 22 at 4 p.m.
We want to hear from you!

Let us know more about your cool RI C-AIM research and how your routines have changed as a result of COVID-19, and we will share it via social media, our newsletters and website. For more info, contact RI C-AIM Communications Coordinator Shaun Kirby at [email protected]
Get in touch: RI C-AIM's Diversity Action Committee
As chair of RI C-AIM’s Diversity Action Committee, Chuck Watson is available as a resource for C-AIM students and postdocs. 

His email is [email protected].
Have questions or comments for the Graduate student/Postdoc Liaison?

Reach out to Patricia via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PattyPlankton
Header image courtesy Alexa Sterling