JHPDA Weekly Bulletin

27 May 2014

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Upcoming JHPDA Meetings

JHPDA Monthly Board Meeting

Come meet new people, get involved, and share ideas! Snacks will be available. All Postdocs are welcome!

When: Wednesday, June 4th, 5:30-6:30pm

Where: Preclinical Teaching Building (PCTB) 113/114

Contact: Nick Puts or Blythe Shepard

JHPDA monthly board meeting minutes can be found here.

International Committee Meeting

Interested in International postdoctoral affairs and events? Come join us!

When: TODAY, May 27th, 6pm - 7pm

Where: Cobblestone Cafe (Nelson Building, Hospital Cafeteria)

Contact: Thibault Mauxion

Policy and Advocacy Committee Meeting

Interested in issues related to science policy, and/or have questions or ideas about policies at Johns Hopkins? Come join us!

When: June 3rd, 9am-10am

Where: Smith Building (corner of Broadway and Orleans), 4th floor conference room 4003)

Contact: Stephen Gee

Socials Committee Meeting

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

When: Wednesday, June 5th, 12pm

Where: Life of Reilly, 2031 E Fairmount Ave

Contact: Orion Furmanski

Communications Committee

Interested in communicating ideas and events? Interested in reorganizing our webpage? Come join us!

When: Tuesday, June 10th, 11am

Where: Daily Grind, Miller Research Building, 3rd floor

Contact: Corinne Pettigrew

Future JHPDA Events

Whitewater Rafting

When: Saturday, May 31st, 11am - 2pm

Where: Harpers Ferry, WV

See center panel for more details!

Postdoc Family Event

When:Saturday June 7th, 11am-1pm

Where:Fort McHenry National Park

See center panel for more details!

JHPDA Executive Council 


Co-president: Blythe Shepard

Co-president: Nick Puts

Treasurer: Cara Altimus and Jeff Norris

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: Paul Aiyetan

Other Announcements

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



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

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The JHPDA is run by postdocs, for postdocs. To be able to organize our events and represent the Hopkins postdoc community, we always need new members!

Please join us for our recruitment event to meet active JHPDA members, learn about our committees and learn about what we do!!!

Becoming an active JHPDA member is not only great fun, but good for your network and your cv!

When: Wednesday June 4th, 4.30 - 5.30pm

Where: Preclinical Training Building (PCTB) 113/114

This event takes place just before our monthly meeting so feel free to join that too! Our five committees are:

- Policy and Advocacy

- Professional Development

- Socials

- International

- Media and Communications

Read up on our committees here.


DEADLINE TODAY; Whitewater Rafting, Sat., May 31

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Are you an outdoor enthusiast? Come whitewater rafting with the JHPDA, as we will raft across the borders of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia on the Shenandoah River. This is a beginner level course, so no previous rafting experience is required.

When: Saturday, May 31st, 11 am to 2 pm

Where: Harpers Ferry, WV

Cost: $74

Registration and payment are due by 2:00 pm on Tuesday, May 27. Contact Justin La Favor (jlafavo3@jhmi.edu) to sign-up, or with questions.

Postdoc Family Event, Sat., June 7

Come join us for an informal summer picnic at Fort McHenry, suitable for families with children (but everyone is invited)! Bring your favorite picnic foods to share. Limited pizza and drinks will be provided (please contact for dietary constraints).

When: Saturday, June 7th, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Where: Fort McHenry National Park, 2400 E. Fort Ave.

Who: All postdocs and especially family members of all ages

Cost: Free ($7/adult if you want to check out the historical exhibits)

Contact: Nick Guydosh (guydosh@jhmi.edu)

Meeting place: front entrance of visit center. For late arrivals, we’ll be in the grass at the North end. Fort McHenry is reachable using the Circulator Banner line and parking is available.

Nominate a JHPDA officer


Do you know anyone who is interested in contributing to the oldest postdoctoral association in the country? Would they be great at making decisions that can influence the postdoctoral experience of yourself and your colleagues? If yes, then nominate them for an officer position in the JHPDA!

Self-nominations are allowed! All SOM and SPH postdocs are eligible for nomination.

Send your nominations to postdoc@jhmi.edu. Please add [Nomination] and the officer position in the email subject line.

Please submit your nominations before June 7th

There are Four Elected JHPDA Officer positions:

  • Two Co-President positions (To be eligible for these positions, the nominee must have been an active JHPDA member in 2013-2014)
  • Treasurer (No prior experience is required )
  • Secretary (No prior experience is required )

Nominees will be contacted on June 14th


JHPDA Event: Postdoc Research Presentation Club

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The Postdoctoral Research Presentation Club is looking for members and speakers! Practice a research talk and receive friendly feedback from an audience of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. Native English speakers and ESL speakers alike are encouraged.

When: 2nd Wednesday of each month, 12-1pm

Where: PreClinical Teaching Building (PCTB) Room 113/114 (across Greenhouse cafe)

For more information, click here. To book your slot and RSVP, click here.

Professional Development Office (PDO) Events:

Understanding Your Career Interests and Personality Preferences

Illuminate the path to better career choices by relating psychological type to the Individual Development Plan. Based on Jung’s theory of type, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a self-report questionnaire that identifies normal personality differences and preferences that each of us has. Understanding and appreciating these differences can be a valuable way to better communicate and collaborate in the workplace and in our personal lives. Use the free online version of an Individual Development Plan, myIDP from the Sciencecareers.org portal, to identify your specific skills, values and interests. Then connect these with your personality preference using practical concepts and exercises during the 3-hour workshop.

When: Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 12 -3pm

Where: 1830 E. Monument Street Building, Classroom 2-108

Register: click here. Register and pay by Friday, May 23rd. 25 person limit

Note: There is a fee of $20 for taking the MBTI. You must complete the online MBTI and you are encouraged to complete myIDP before attending the workshop.

Information Session: Teaching Fellows Program

Attention all East Baltimore Postdocs and 2+ year Graduate Students! Interested in a career with a major teaching component? Interested in gaining mentored teaching experience at a local college or university? Did you know that Hopkins has partnered with the University of Maryland School of Medicine to expand the Teaching Fellow Programs?  

  • Teaching sites now include Notre Dame University of Maryland, Towson University, Loyola University of Maryland, Goucher College and Stevenson University.
  • Come join us at this information session to learn more from faculty and participants.  Following the presentations, you will have the opportunity to meet and network informally with the mentors and current Teaching Fellows.

When: Tuesday, June 3 from 3-5 pm.  

Where: Southern Management Corporation (SMC) Campus Center, 621 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Map of location.

Other Opportunities

Recent additions listed below. Full descriptions here.

  • 2nd annual Pediatric Translational Research Workshop for Basic Scientists at CHOP (DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 16; link)
  • 8th Annual Chapel Hill Pharmaceutical Sciences Conference (5/28-5/29) (link)
  • FDAology for the Neuroscientist at AAAS (6/5, link)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) 8-week course (6/2) Email:  jsivo1@jhmi.edu; link)
  • Data scientist training program, 6-week fellowship (6/09-7/18; details & application)
  • Johns Hopkins Schizophrenia Center 3rd Annual Symposium (6/11; link)
  • The Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (6/16-7/03; register by 6/20; link); contact JHU SOM registrar for tuition support
  • 2014 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration (6/26-6/27; link)
  • Johns Hopkins Entrepreneurship Bootcamp (7/17-8/29; link; register by 6/30; link)


Recent additions listed below. Full descriptions here.


Recent additions listed below. Full descriptions here.

  • Equity Research Fellow (link)
  • 2014 First Award Fellowship Program (National Space Biomedical Research Institute; deadline 6/6; link)
  • Armenise-Harvard Career Development Awards (deadline 7/15; 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)
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers (link)
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in understanding Alzheimer’s disease pathogenesis (link)
  • International Opportunity: Scientific Instrumentation (link)
  • Director of Policy and Advocacy, Society for Neuroscience (link)


All Job and Fellowship listings are compiled here.

Details on NIH job listings are also compiled here.

Other opportunities can be found here.


  • Baltimore Farmer's Market, Sundays (underneath the Jones Falls Expressway on Saratoga Street between Holliday and Gay Street
  • Thursday Nights at the Walters, every Thursday from 5-9 pm enjoy art exhibits for FREE!
  • Promotions and Giveaways for Baltimore Orioles’ baseball games

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

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