JHPDA Weekly Bulletin

14 July 2014

contact: postdoc@jhmi.edu

website: jhpda.jhu.edu

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Did you know? Our health insurance rates went up 5% for the 2014-2015 year! The new rates went into effect July 1, 2014. For more information, check here.


New Content

Recurring Content

Upcoming JHPDA Meetings

International Committee 

When: Tuesday, July 29th, 6:00 - 7:00pm

Where: Cobblestone Cafe - (Nelson Building) - (map)

Contact: Thibault Mauxion

Policy and Advocacy Committee

When: Thursday, July 30th, 4:00 - 5:00pm

Where: Wenz Cafe (first floor of the Armstrong Medical Education Building, 1600 McElderry St) - (map)

Contact: Kirsten Block

Future JHPDA Events

International Lunch & Chat

When: Monday, July 28th, 12:30-1:30pm

Where: PCTB  Room 113/114 (map, directions)

Contact: Thibault Mauxion

Shuttle Social

When: Thursday, July 31st, 6:00-8:00pm

Where: Wharf Rat (Fells Point), 801 S. Ann

Travel: FREE Charm City Circulator,

Green line stop 105 (link)

Contact: Justin La Favor

JHPDA Executive Council 

2013-2014 Officers

Co-president: Blythe Shepard

Co-president: Nick Puts

Treasurer: Jeff Norris

Secretary:  Corinne Pettigrew

2014-2015 Officers

Co-president: Stephen Gee

Co-president: Corinne Pettigrew

Treasurer: Jeff Norris

Secretary:  Pankhuri Vyas

Committee Chairs and Webmaster

Communications: Nick Puts

International: Thibault Mauxion

Policy and Advocacy: Kirsten Block

Professional Development: Casey Rebholz and Yuejin Li

Socials: Justin La Favor

Webmaster: Paul Aiyetan

Other Announcements

Fulbright Postdoc Awards available

The Council for International Exchange of Scholars, administers the Fulbright Scholar Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.


Many of these post-doctoral opportunities are All Discipline Research awards, with durations ranging from 4 to 20 months.

Find more information here

Joining the JHPDA

Interested in one of our committees? Want to contribute to postdoc events, policy and training? Good ideas for future events?

Email us:  postdoc@jhmi.edu

Bulletin provided by the JHPDA Media and Communications Committee

Want to contribute to our bulletin? Know of an upcoming event, or want to write an article for our “In Brief” section?

Email us:  postdoc@jhmi.edu


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IN BRIEF: Goodbye from your 2013-2014 Co-Presidents


(photograph courtesy of BeMore Photography)

Greetings fellow postdocs!

What a fabulous year this has been!  From POSTDOCtoberfest to the first annual postdoc retreat, the JHPDA has kept itself quite busy.  In December, we bid farewell to our friend, advocate and Associate Dean, Dr. Levi Watkins who retired, and in January, we welcomed our new Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, Dr. Martha Zeiger.  

Over the past few months we worked together to improve the postdoc experience here at Hopkins.  

This is evidenced by the first University-wide postdoc orientation that was just held last week and it will continue this Fall with the implementation of the Individual Development Plan, new internships, and funding opportunities.

During our tenure as Co-Presidents of the JHPDA, we have watched our association host a 2-week National Postdoc Appreciation Week, celebrate cultural holidays, “Speak out for science” in DC and learn about the diverse career opportunities available to postdocs. We spent a day at Homewood talking about “communication”, increased JHPDA visibility, revamped the weekly bulletin, and made many new friends at the monthly “shuttle socials”.

It has truly been a pleasure and a joy serving the JHPDA this past year, and we couldn’t have done this without our amazing committee members. We know that we are leaving the group in excellent hands.  We just can’t wait to see what next year will bring!

We wish you all a relaxing summer, and as always, when you see us on campus, come say hello! Looking forward to seeing you all at our events!

Blythe and Nick

2013-2014 JHPDA Co-Presidents

JHPDA needs you!

Are you passionate about things in addition to science and research? If so, we’d love to talk with you about them. Sign up here. Help the JHPDA and help document your transferable skills. The JHPDA needs help from fellows with skills and/or passion about the following:

  • Graphic Design
  • Website Design
  • Writing code (html, PHP, Javascript, Flash)
  • Photography
  • Science writing and communication

Don’t see your passion listed? Would you like to get involved with the JHPDA but are unsure how to help? Contact us: postdoc@jhmi.edu or sign up here.


Professional Development Office (PDO) Events:

Lunch & Learn Seminar Series

On Wednesdays over your lunch break, come discuss important topics that leverage your marketability when looking for a job. Upcoming themes:

  • July 23: Looking into diverse careers - Discussion
  • July 30: Government Jobs - Differences in the resume & where to look for jobs
  • August 6: The power of LinkedIn
  • August 13: Repeat: Identifying Transferable Skills - What they are all about

When: Wednesday, 12:00-1:00pm

Where: 1830 E Monument St. building, room 2-108 (map)

Register Here (for headcount purposes only); you may attend any or all seminars, there is no restriction.

Your Research Career – Summer Intersession: this week!

This intensive five-day course introduces JHMI professional students, graduate students and fellows to the most important uses for scientific communication. Learn how to apply for your first NIH or other peer-reviewed grant (Mon - Tue); how to write a research paper (Thu); and how to plan, organize and deliver an effective research talk or poster, including appropriate design and use of graphics (Fri). Wednesday will cover various aspects of Research Leadership for students.  

When: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, July 14, 15, 17, 18, 2014, 9:00am – 12:30pm (Students and Postdocs):  You may attend any or all days.

Wednesday, July 16, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm  (Students ONLY)

Where: Mountcastle Auditorium; 1st floor Preclinical Teaching Building (map)

Register Here


Professional development workshop for Johns Hopkins SOM, SPH and SON Faculty, Postdoctoral & Clinical Fellows. Covered topics include:

  • The federal grant process and “grant culture”
  • Mechanisms of particular interest to new investigators
  • Choosing a "fundable" research problem
  • Writing a competitive application
  • The NIH system of peer review
  • Developing a budget and budget justification

When: Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Where: Mountcastle Auditorium, 1st Floor Preclinical Teaching Building, 725 N. Wolfe Street

Register Here

Other Opportunities

Recent additions listed below. Full descriptions can be seen here.

  • Webinar: Getting the Right Job at a Startup Company, 7/17, 12pm; link
  • Data scientist training program, 6-week fellowship, 9/08-10/17 (more details)
  • 2nd Global EURAXESS Science Slam North America 2014, 5/10-8/15; link
  • Access to the latest research for postdoc scholars in between-jobs; 8/31 deadline, link
  • Lasker Essay Contest in Support of Medical Research; 8/08 deadline, link
  • Research Study: Paid for participation in a Physical and Mental Fatigue Study, link


Recent additions listed below. Full descriptions here.

  • American Association for Cancer Research, International Crown, July 21-27 (volunteer here)
  • American Cancer Society Food and Wine Tasting Event, July 27 (event link; volunteer here)
  • Project Bridge: connecting science and community (link)
  • AAAS STEM Volunteer Program (link; contact: bcalinge@aaas.org)
  • Baltimore Green Works (volunteer here)


Recent additions listed below. Full descriptions here.

  • Research Data Alliance US Fellows Program (applications due 07/20; link)
  • Biogen Idec Postdoctoral Program (link)
  • Associate Director, iBiology (link)
  • Equity Research Fellow (link)
  • Research Opportunities in Europe for NSF-funded postdocs (link)
  • FDA Fellow, Avalere Health LLC, Washington, D.C. (link)
  • FDA Cell Death Regulation Postdoctoral Fellowship (link)
  • FDA Therapeutic Protein Glycosylation Fellowship (link)
  • International Opportunity: Scientific Instrumentation (link)
  • Gruss-Lipper Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (link)


All Job and Fellowship listings are compiled here.

Details on NIH job listings are also compiled here.

Other opportunities can be found here.


Specific Events

Recurring Events

Local Events Outside Baltimore City

For other local events, visit http://baltimore.org/events or here.

Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association


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