JHPDA Weekly Bulletin

20 April 2015

contact: postdoc@jhmi.edu

website: jhpda.jhu.edu

Did you know? We’re still accepting evaluations of the 2nd Annual Postdoc Retreat! Whether or not you attended the retreat, respond today for a chance to win an Amazon gift card! Retreat evaluations will be accepted until Friday, 4/24.


New Content

Recurring Content

Upcoming JHPDA Meetings

(Campus map for meeting & event locations)

JHPDA Monthly Meeting

Learn about ongoing JHPDA programming and events. Open to all!

When: Wednesday, May 6th, 5:30 pm

Where: Preclinical Teaching Building (PCTB) room 113/114 (opposite the Greenhouse Cafe)

Diversity Postdoc Alliance Meeting

When: Monday, April 27th, 6:00 pm

Where: MRB/BRB Daily Grind  

Contact: Stan Andrisse and Dionna Williams 

Internationals Committee Meeting

Learn about resources for internationals and make new friends; all welcome!

When: Wednesday, April 29th, 12:30 pm

Where:  Cobblestone Cafe

Contact: Beth Zucconi and Anders Josefsson

Policy and Advocacy Committee Meeting

Learn about issues affecting the postdoctoral community; all welcome!

When: Wednesday, April 29th, 4:00 pm

Where:  Wenz Cafe

Contact: Jacqueline Brosnan-Cashman

JHPDA Executive Council 

2014-2015 Officers

Co-president: Corinne Pettigrew

Co-president: Casey Rebholz

Treasurer: Blythe Shepard

Secretary: Pankhuri Vyas

Committee Chairs and Webmaster

Communications: Cynthia Zhang and Anna Blice-Baum

International: Beth Zucconi and Anders Josefsson 

Policy and Advocacy: Jacqueline Brosnan-Cashman

Professional Development: Jineta Banerjee and Yuejin Li

Socials: Justin La Favor

Diversity Postdoc Alliance: Stan Andrisse and Dionna Williams

Webmaster: Paul Aiyetan

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

Postdoc Internship Program

Short-term internships for gaining skills and experience in diverse careers. Check out the Postdoc Internship Program website for complete program descriptions.

Current position openings:

  • Science Communication - Office of External Affairs in the BSPH
  • Technology Commercialization
  • Policy & Advocacy - Office of Policy Coordination

Other Announcements

Increase your on-campus visibility

Are you publishing a paper? Let Marketing and Communications know by sending your manuscript, journal, and anticipated publication date to JHMedia@jhmi.edu.

Career Development Toolkit
for Postdoctoral Researchers

jobs.ac.uk offers a toolkit aimed at postdoctoral researchers considering their overall career progress and development. The toolkit offers some general starting points for reflecting on careers to date and formulating an ongoing career strategy. Download the career toolkit here.

First annual Johns Hopkins Sleep & Circadian Research Day

Organized by the Basic & Clinical Researchers studying Sleep & Circadian Rhythms at Hopkins and local institutions.

When: Monday, June 22nd,  9:00 - 3:30 pm

Where: Chevy Chase Auditorium, Sheikh Zayed Building, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Emmanuel Mignot, Stanford University

Registration and more details here.

Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center Fellow Research Day

When: Friday, May 15th

Where: Turner Concourse

Registration & abstract submission open until 4/22. Details here (Hopkins intranet only).

Personal Security Device Survey

A team of Hopkins graduate students and alumni are developing a device for personal safety on-campus and in Baltimore. They are gathering information from potential users and would really appreciate getting feedback from the Hopkins postdoc community through their short survey.

Great, inexpensive photography

The Department of Pathology, JHMI offers excellent photography services. For more information, click here.

National Science Foundation Graduate Education Forum

The Graduate Education Forum is intended to encourage discussion among US graduate-education stakeholders and will provide the DGE a direct connection with graduate students, faculty, university administrators, employers, and others who would like to contribute to the national dialogue. For more information, click here.


JHPDA Postdoc Blog

Tell Your Stories: Submit a post

Postdoc Business Cards 

[Includes instructions for postdocs in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health, and postdocs at Homewood.]

Family Resources

Baltimore Resources

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

Argonne Postdoc Blog 

[not affiliated with Hopkins]



A free networking website for the global research community. It enables researchers to identify and connect with thousands of potential collaborators worldwide, helping them to build their networks and explore new ideas

Complimentary ebooks on career advice

The Global Academic Careers Guide

Career Development Toolkit 4 Researchers

Research Publications Planner

Co-authoring - Getting Started

IN BRIEF: Congratulations to the 8 postdocs receiving retreat travel awards for their outstanding presentations!


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Pravin George

Oral Presentation Awardees:

  • 1st, Blythe Shepard - A renal olfactory receptor aids in glucose handling in the proximal tubule.
  • 2nd, Tanvir Hussain - Care management as a population health intervention to reduce disparities and control hypertension in primary care: A multisite, pragmatic trial.
  • 2nd,  Richard Anderson -  Revealing    the   secret companion and intriguing past of the archetype of cepheid variable stars.
  • Honorable Mention, Neeraja Nagarajan - Radiation therapy and survival in soft tissue sarcoma: Results of a study using the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End-Results Program (SEER).
  • Honorable Mention, Ho Lam Tang - The apoptotic cell death process is reversible.

Poster Presentation Awardees:

  • 1st, Salem Noureldine - The Impact of Surgical Volume on Racial Disparity in Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery.
  • 2nd, Anna Blice-Baum - Heart-specific overexpression of FOXO ameliorates performance decline through enhanced UPS processing in aging Drosophila.
  • 2nd, Monika Deshpande - Accumulation of Hypoxia Inducible Factor-1a in Retinal Cells in Response to Acute Hypoglycemia is Necessary for Survival.

The above fellows were awarded travel awards to support upcoming conference attendance. The retreat organizing committee would also like to gratefully acknowledge the following Deans for their generous contributions in support of the postdoctoral travel awards: Dr. Martha Zeiger (SOM), Dr. Janet DiPietro (SPH), Dr. Edward R. Scheinerman (WSE), and Dr. John P. Toscano (KSAS). 


Shuttle Social at Max’s Taphouse,

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The Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association invites you to a shuttle social at Kooper’s Tavern in Fells Point! Tuesday night is $5 Burger Night at Kooper’s and all Postdocs are welcome!

When: Tuesday, April 21 from 6 - 8 pm

Where: Kooper’s Tavern, 1702 Thames St.

Transportation: Charm City Circulator, Green line, stop 105


Professional Development Office

Spring 2015 Research Leadership for Postdocs

Research Leadership for Postdocs in a series of 12 short lunchtime modules. Sessions are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00-1:30 in the 1830 Building, classroom 2-108. For the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) on 4/30, payment must be received by 4/23. Find session topics and dates here and register here.

Interviewing for Career Success

When: Monday, April 20th

Time: lecture from 12:15 - 1:15 pm, mock interview from 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Where:  W4030, School of Public Health

Register here. Hosted by The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Career Services Office and the JHMI Professional Development Office.

Career Options for Diverse PhDs

When: Tuesday, April 28th, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Where: ​1830 E Monument St., room 2-108

Panel speakers will represent careers in science communication, research-based government jobs, and teaching-focused academic positions.

RSVP here.

Information Session: Collaborative Teaching Fellows Programs - New options!

When: Monday, May 11th, 12:00 - 2:00 pm

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

Attend this information session to learn about the Teaching Fellows Program from faculty and participants. Teaching sites include Notre Dame University of Maryland*, Goucher College, Stevenson University and Morgan State University. Visit the teaching fellows website to learn more! (*Co-Sponsored by the JHPDA.)

Additional Professional Development Events

Welch Library Courses

A list of upcoming Welch Library Courses can be found here.


Hopkins Science Writing Program

Online/low-residency Science Writing Program. Postdocs have multiple options for gaining training, including a Master of Arts degree (9 courses), a Graduate Certificate program (5 courses), and individual classes. Except for week-long residencies, courses are online. To learn more, see this flyer or visit this site.

33rd Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

When: June 15th - July 3rd

Where: Bloomberg School of Public Health

Details here. Contact summerepi@jhpsh.edu with questions.

Summer Institute offers intensive basic and advanced level courses in epidemiology and biostatistics intended to develop an understanding of the principles, methodologic strategies and practical aspects of epidemiological research. SOM postdocs interested in registering should contact the SOM Registrar.

Upcoming Seminars

Events from Institute for Excellence in Education (IEE)

These events are open to all and the registration fees are waived for graduate students and postdocs.

  • IEE Summer Teaching Camp

Registration for IEE Summer Teaching Camp is open to postdocs. More information can be found here.

When:  Thursday July 31 and Friday August 1, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Where: Armstrong Medical education building

Other Opportunities

  • “Call for Innovations” Competition on 5/4 (due 4/20, link)
  • 3 month summer Equity Research Biotech Fellow Internship with T. Rowe Price (due 4/23, details; return interest form to Arhonda Gogos; J-1 Scholars and H-1B temporary workers are not eligible to apply)
  • Alzheimer’s disease Pilot Project Funding available, $30,000 direct costs (due 4/24; details)
  • Fellowship - Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program for Biotechnology (SMDP Biotech) (due 4/30; details)
  • Association of Women in Science: recruiting new leaders on their Executive Board (details; if interested, contact Ekemini Riley)
  • Lasker Foundation 2015 “Research Challenge” Essay Contest; prizes of $10k, $5k, and $2k (due 5/4; details)
  • CIRTL Johns Hopkins Summer Teaching Institute, 5/27 - 5/29 (details)
  • MEND Funding Initiative for Research in Neurodegenerative Disorders (due 6/30, details)



Visit the below site for additional updated listings, including job postings and postdoctoral fellowships in a variety of science careers across disciplines. Recent additions listed below.

  • Lecturer position in Biochemistry at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC; details) (posted 4/19)
  • Two Radiology/Human genetics postdocs available (due 4/27, details)
  • Paid internship Opportunity  with Acidophil, LLC to evaluate biotechnology opportunities from both a technical and business point of view; interested parties should seek PI approval and ensure your training allows outside employment (details) (posted 4/19)
  • Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award  - call for candidate nominations (due 4/30; website; full details)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity in Sarcoma Translational Biology (details; or email David Loeb, loebda@jhmi.edu) (posted 2/09)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Cellular and Molecular Shock Research at the Center for Vascular and Inflammatory Diseases, UMD Baltimore (details) (posted 2/09)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Biochemistry/Enzymology at the Lieber Institute for Brain Development (JHU affiliate; link; if interested, contact james.barrow@libd.org) (posted 2/23)
  • Assistant/Associate Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center (link) (posted 2/03)
  • Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, Goucher College, Department of Chemistry (application) (posted 1/12)
  • Naturejobs Career Expo 2015 (5/20, registration)
  • Postdoc Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine in the University of Maryland, Baltimore (link) (posted 4/06)
  • Multiple positions at Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (link) (posted 4/06)
  • The Foundation for Women's Wellness (FWW) Fellowship Awards (due 6/8, link)


All Job and Fellowship listings are compiled here.

Details on NIH job listings are also compiled here.

Receive grant alerts here.

Other opportunities can be found here.


Upcoming Events

  • Wicked the musical is coming to Baltimore in April, tickets here! Last showing April 26.
  • Baltimore Orioles free giveaways at games - promotion schedule!
  • ...and many more listed here!

Recurring Events

For other local events, visit http://baltimore.org/events or the Culture Fly calendar.

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