JHPDA Weekly Bulletin

10 March 2014                                                                      

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Did you know? The 2014 National Research Service Award (NRSA) postdoctoral salary guidelines were released on February 10th. University administrators are actively working on their policy for implementing these increased levels. Watch the JHPDA website for updates!


New Content

Recurring Content

JHPDA Meetings

JHPDA Committee Meetings

Communications Committee

Interested in communicating ideas and events? Good with Google Drive and websites?

When: Tuesday, March 11th, 11:00am

Where: Daily Grind, Miller Research Building 3rd floor

Contact: Corinne Pettigrew

Socials Committee

Have ideas for social gatherings? Want to help brainstorm, plan, and organize postdoc events?

When: Thursday, March 13th, 12-1pm

Where: Life of Reilly, 2031 E. Fairmount

Contact: Jeff Norris

Internationals Committee

Interested in International postdoc affairs and events?

When: Tuesday, March 25th, 6pm

Where: Cobblestone Cafe, Nelson Bldg.

Contact: Thibault Mauxion

Future JHPDA Events

Social Shuttle

When: Thursday, March 20th

Where: James Joyce, 616 S President St.

See next week’s bulletin for more details!

JHPDA Executive Council 


Co-president: Blythe Shepard

Co-president: Nick Puts

Treasurer: Cara Altimus

Secretary:  Regan Memmott

Committee Chairs and Webmaster

Communications: Corinne Pettigrew

Socials: Orion Furmanski & Jeff Norris

International: Thibault Mauxion

Professional Development: Shirley Tan

Policy and Advocacy: Stephen Gee

Webmaster: Issel Anne Lim

Other Announcements

Survey About Open Peer Review

Researchers from the Open University in the UK are conducting a survey to investigate the attitude of biomedical researchers towards open peer review, particularly with regard to emerging modes of online peer review. Postdoctoral researchers are likely to have considerable influence over peer review in the future, and this study will collect your opinions. Participate here.

Tax Information

The filing of Federal Taxes for the 2013 year  is due by April 15th, 2014.

Tax information for non-resident aliens (NRA). Need information about tax preparation, or resources and software for preparing taxes? For more information about taxes, click here. To learn about accessing tax preparation software, click here. Contact the Hopkins Tax Office (tax@jhu.edu) with questions.

Upcoming GSA Tax Workshops.

3/14: “It All Counts - Deductions and How to Claim Exemptions”

3/21: Open forum with tax professionals

Workshop details here.  

Hopkins Dance: Hip Hop Classes

Through 3/20; click here for more details

Mother’s Room Now Open!

The Mother's Room in PCTB 302 is now open. To access, moms can complete an authorization form (link) and return it to: Sharon Eddinger, PCTB 333. Room contains pumps, three stations, a sink, a small refrigerator, and full-length mirror.  More family resources can be found here.

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


Postdoc Blog, Life after the Doctorate: Experiments and Experiences in Baltimore

Featured Articles: 

Finding a roommate (by MB Nebel)

Useful Baby Items (by Issel Anne Lim)

Tell Your Stories: Submit a post

Postdoc Business Cards

Family Resources

Baltimore Resources

BusyGrad: housing, reviews, buy/sell items
[BusyGrad is not affiliated with Hopkins.]

IN BRIEF: 2014 Survey for Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Research Fellows


You have a VOICE, and we are louder as a choir!

This is YOUR chance to give feedback on ways to improve the experience of all Johns Hopkins fellows. The survey covers the following topics: 1) Benefits; 2) Resources available to you as a fellow; 3) International issues; 4) Careers; and 5) Training.



We need as many voices as possible to make a difference.

This survey will be open from March 3 - March 17, and is sponsored by the JHPDA Policy and Advocacy Committee.  Questions?  Please contact postdoc@jhmi.edu


Postdoc Research Presentation Club: Wed., March 12th

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Come support and provide feedback to this week’s presenters!

1) "Mutational Signature of the Natural Carcinogen Aristolochic Acid"

2) "Identification of Emergent Motion Compartments in the Amniote Embryo"

3) "Chronic Kidney Disease Progression and Risk of End-Stage Renal Disease: The Use of Change in Novel Kidney Filtration Markers"

When: Wednesday, March 12, 12-1pm

Where: PreClinical Teaching Building, Room 113/114

For more information, click here

To book your slot and RSVP, click here

Speak Out for Science: Wed., March 19th

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Do you worry about the dismal state of science research funding? If so, join the JHPDA Policy & Advocacy Committee on a trip to DC to speak out! Sign up to join us!

What will we do:

  • Speak with congressional representatives.
  • Lunch with fellow postdocs and graduate students.
  • Tour the Capitol Building!

When: Wednesday, March 19th

Travel to DC U.S. Congressional Office Buildings will be covered for carpoolers and public transportation passengers. We will help coordinate travel.

Contact: Stephen Gee or Kirsten Block

Inviting Submissions: Photo Exhibit Featuring Your Country

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The JHPDA Internationals Committee is requesting photos of your country! Photos will be displayed later this spring at a photo exhibit and dinner.

Email submissions to postdoc@jhmi.edu (only 1 photo per postdoc!).

The world is full of awesome places - show fellow postdocs where you’re from.

Roller Derby Social: Sat., March 22nd


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Join fellow JHPDA postdocs to watch the Charm City Roller Girls battle it out at Clarence Du Burns Arena (in Canton)!

How: Purchase your own tickets here using our special discount code CHARMHOPKINS ($10, only applied when bought in advance; otherwise $12), then meet your fellow postdocs at the entrance of Du Burns at 6pm, day of the event!

When: Saturday, March 22nd, 6pm

Where: Du Burns Arena, 3100 Boston St.

Contact: postdoc@jhmi.edu


Professional Development Office Events

Boston Consulting Group: Bridge to BCG Program

When: Thursday, March 13, 5:00-8:00pm

Where: Mountcastle Auditorium

Boston Consulting Group invites those with advanced degree to learn about their Bridge to BCG program and full-time career opportunities. Refreshments will be served, no registration required; flyer here.

Scientific Presentations

When: Wednesday, March 19, 9:00am - 2:00pm

Where: Mountcastle Auditorium, 1st floor Preclinical Teaching Building

Anxious about presenting your research? Among the topics covered: different types of presentation planning, organizing and delivering a winning talk, how to capture and keep the attention of the audience, effective use of visual aids, and more.  Register here.

JHMI Career Information Fair - In Partnership with BME EDGE

When: Friday, March 21; exhibitors 10:00am - 2:00pm; panels 2:00 - 5:00pm

Where: Turner Concourse, East Baltimore Medical Campus.

Details: Chance to gain knowledge about the variety of careers in science. While our exhibitors may or may not be recruiting for specific positions, you will be able to learn about their organizations and make contacts for now or in the future. More details here.

Writing Successful K Applications: Beyond the Basics

When: Friday, March 28, 8:30am - 12:30pm

Where: Tilghman Auditorium, Ground Floor of Miller Research Building (MRB)

Consisting of: 1) A plenary for all K candidates, covering parts of the application and common problems; 2) Breakout groups specifically for K99/R00 and other types of Ks; followed by 3) Small group critiques of your own and your peers’ Specific Aims. Register here.

Other Opportunities

Recent additions listed below. Full descriptions here.

  • March Online Offerings from the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (details here):

  • March 10, 5pm, Mentoring and Being Mentored
  • March 13, 1pm, Work-Life Balance that Works
  • March 17, 3pm, Data Management and Analysis
  • Online educational seminar: The Sequencing Continuum for Clinical Research: From Sanger to Next Gen; March 12, 12pm (details here)
  • AAAS Neuroscience and Data Sharing Symposium (webcast also available), March 21; details here

  • Immunogenomics 2014; 9/29-10/01; details here
  • 2014 Science/UCSF Career Event, March 21; register here.

  • Graduate Student Association Career Exploration Series; through 4/24; spring schedule here


Recent additions listed below. Full descriptions here.

  • Call for Volunteers for “Over Sea and Land We Go” (an international/cultural fair for children)
  • Call for Volunteers for 2nd Annual Hopkins Robotics Cup
  • Volunteer for Science Outreach to Refugee Youth in Baltimore


Recent additions listed below. Full descriptions here.

  • New NIH Intramural listings
  • Jobs featured in Science Careers (link)
  • Armenise-Harvard Career Development Awards (link)
  • Research opportunities in Europe for NSF-funded postdocs (link)
  • Senior Level faculty in myocardial repair at University of Louisville
  • Patent Agent, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (link)
  • Postdoctoral position to investigate the central mechanisms of pain sensation at John Hopkins University
  • Postdoctoral position at the Center for Child and Community Health Research


All Job and Fellowship listings are compiled here.

Details on NIH job listings are also compiled here.


  • Project Bridge Presents: Community Dialogue: A Casual Night of Science (3/13/14, 5pm, details here)
  • 4th Annual Annapolis 5K Run & Dog Walk (4/27/14, all proceeds benefit America’s Vet Dogs; details and registration here)

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

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