Development Courses & Workshops:

Blackboard Course - "FIRST 101"

The purpose of this course is to disseminate information about the FIRST program, Emory University, and Atlanta, Georgia to recent FIRST post-docs (or FIRSTers as we call ourselves). This site was designed using Emory's Blackboard system "by FIRSTers, for FIRSTers". To have access to this course you must have successfully completed the application process and be accepted into the FIRST program.

All new FIRST fellows will be given an ID and Password to have access to this course. The following link will take you to the login screen (

Professional Development Workshops:

Support will be given for fellows to attend workshops in collaboration with the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience. These workshops deal with career opportunities, resume writing, interviewing techniques, etc.

Internet Course Development:

Postdoctoral fellows and FIRST faculty will attend an intensive, full-time, 1 week workshop each summer on the technical and practical production of Web pages for course presentation on the World Wide Web. This includes three specialists in education, graphic design, and image production.  This year the course was held May 27-30, 2008 and was presented by the Emory Center for Instructional Technology (ECIT).

Experiments in Biotechnology:

This course in Biotechnology will be designed to provide fellows with theoretical and practical education in biological expertise currently used in the biotechnology industry, as well as in academic, medical and governmental laboratories. It will emphasize formal education and immediate participation in research.

Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research:

All postdoctoral fellows are required to receive education in the responsible conduct of research. The Emory Center for Ethics and Public Policy and the Professions has developed a short course, Values in Science: An Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research. It addresses the topics of conflict of interest, authorship, the handling of misconduct, the legal and humane use of human and animal subjects and the proper procedures for record keeping and data management. Case studies are analyzed and on-site visits to research facilities are performed.

Emory University School of Medicine
Department of Physiology
Atlanta, GA 30322-3110
(404) 727-7410 Office ~ (404) 727-2648 FAX

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