Gates Center Middlebury Stem Cell Research Intern

In 2015, the Charles C. Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology in Denver, Colorado initiated a new program called the Gates Center Summer Internship Program. The goal of the program is to encourage outstanding undergraduates to consider careers in stem cell research by providing state of the art training opportunities at the Gates Center. Using adult stem cells, students work with research teams to develop therapies across a wide range of areas including Dermatology, Orthopedics, Oncology and Neurology. Scholars attend biweekly lectures given by the Gates Center faculty and present their work at the end of their internship at a poster presentation session. In both Summer 2016 and 2017 we selected two outstanding students for the program, and this summer we will again select two Middlebury Gates Summer Scholars to spend 10 weeks interning in laboratories on the University of Colorado Medical Campus. The internship is full time (June 1 to August 10, 2018) and you will receive a stipend of $3600.00.

The application process is competitive and open to current Sophomores and Juniors. In order to apply, your GPA must be at least 3.60, but students selected for GSIP typically have GPA’s around 3.80.

Apply in Handshake. Deadline 1/7/18 at 11:59 pm.

Midd/MIIS Travelers

The following employees have reported upcoming travel between Midd and MIIS:

From Midd to MIIS From MIIS to Midd
Rich Wolfson, Physics

Jan 8-26

Beryl Levinger, GSIPM_DPP

Last week of Jan

Orion Lewis, Political Science

Jan 25- Feb 10

Mar 25- Apr 1

Amy McGill, Associate Provost for Integration Strategies

Last week of Jan

Midd Faculty Visitors (Group 1)

Feb 5-7

Seamus Dorrian, Records

Late January

Erin Irons, Office of the Provost

Feb 5-9

Mike Roy, Dean of the Library

Feb 26- Mar 4

Middlebury Dancers

Mar 5-11

Midd Faculty Visitors (Group 2)

Mar 26-28

Damascus Kafumbe, Music

May 2-6

Reflections on Wellbeing

As 2017 draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on my health coaching sessions from this year, what I have learned, and what I plan to take forward into 2018. Here are my top two thoughts:

Connection and community are essential components of wellbeing.

In the work I do, the discussion of connection often starts with self; exploring our understanding of who we are and what we value. It extends to the connection with our families and friends – our tribe. It also extends to our colleagues and coworkers and how we support and engage with each other. We spend a large portion of our waking hours together and how we treat each other really matters. Lastly, our involvement and fellowship in our larger community influences the vitality of our wellbeing.

When we have support, encouragement, and camaraderie, tackling the challenges and changes in life can be more manageable. Just knowing that someone has your back at the end of the day influences the way you even perceive the hurdles in front of you.

It is ok to be human. Actually, it is a necessity.

So often, the changes that clients want to make seem straightforward at the beginning of our work together. However, when you have been practicing a way of being for years, changing that pattern can be difficult. Setbacks, feeling stuck, and frustration are normal. As I remind clients – there are no failures, just learning opportunities. It takes courage to envision the life you want and even take a small step in that direction. I am sincerely grateful for the opportunity to have witnessed such courage and authentic humanness.

I wish you all a holiday season of connection in your restorative and adventurous moments. Please reach out if you would like to partner with me in the New Year!

Best,

Laura

News from the Office of Digital Learning

Updates

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You Asked, We Listened

Photo of the 'You asked, we listened' billboard in the Davis Family Library Atrium

The Library Space Committee has created a billboard display in the atrium to showcase how student input impacts space decisions made here at the library.

Background: The Library Space Committee collected student feedback about the library, as part of a 2016 lobby survey and a media carrel area survey. With this information the Library Space Committee made or influenced changes to the library, including the creation of “The Nook” and the Unplug & Recharge Room. Also highlighted on the billboard display were other smaller changes that were made or supported by the team including: a new water bottle fountain, more plants, puzzle table, acquiring student art, better designated quiet areas, bean bag chairs, opening more carrels on the main level (by moving or removing equipment), and a self-schedule service for study rooms.Filled out survey, from Fall 2017 Library Space Survey

Last week the Space Committee concluded a three week seating survey.  The results will help the Committee to learn more about students seating habits and what improvements can be made to library spaces.

Reflections on Wellbeing

As 2017 draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on my health coaching sessions from this year, what I have learned, and what I plan to take forward into 2018. Here are my top two thoughts:

Connection and community are essential components of wellbeing.

In the work I do, the discussion of connection often starts with self; exploring our understanding of who we are and what we value. It extends to the connection with our families and friends – our tribe. It also extends to our colleagues and coworkers and how we support and engage with each other. We spend a large portion of our waking hours together and how we treat each other really matters. Lastly, our involvement and fellowship in our larger community influences the vitality of our wellbeing.

 When we have support, encouragement, and camaraderie, tackling the challenges and changes in life can be more manageable. Just knowing that someone has your back at the end of the day influences the way you even perceive the hurdles in front of you.

It is ok to be human. Actually, it is a necessity.

So often, the changes that clients want to make seem straightforward at the beginning of our work together. However, when you have been practicing a way of being for years, changing that pattern can be difficult. Setbacks, feeling stuck, and frustration are normal. As I remind clients – there are no failures, just learning opportunities. It takes courage to envision the life you want and even take a small step in that direction. I am sincerely grateful for the opportunity to have witnessed such courage and authentic humanness.

I wish you all a holiday season of connection in your restorative and adventurous moments. Please reach out if you would like to partner with me in the New Year!

 

Best,

Laura

lwilkinson@middlebury.edu