JHPDA Weekly Bulletin

27 October 2014

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New Content

Recurring Content

Upcoming JHPDA Meetings

(Campus map for meeting & event locations)

Professional Development Committee

When: Monday, Oct. 27, 12:30 pm

Where:  MRB/BRB Daily Grind

Contact: Jineta Banerjee

 Internationals Committee

When: Tuesday, Oct. 28, 12:30 pm

Where:  Cobblestone cafe

Contact: Thibault Mauxion

JHPDA Monthly Board Meeting

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

When: Wednesday, Nov. 5, 5:30 pm

Where:  PCTB 113/114

Contact: postdoc@jhmi.edu

Future JHPDA Events

Celebrate Diwali!

When: Thursday, Oct. 30th, 6:00 pm

Where: Ross/BRB Daily Grind

See center panel for details.

Paintball Outing

When: Saturday, Nov. 8th, 10:00 am

Where: Paintball Adventure Park

See center panel for details. RSVP req’d.

Visiting Scientist: Career advice & talk

Who: Nancy Thornberry (LinkedIn)

When: Thursday, Nov. 13th, 11:00 am (career advice) and 3:00 pm (talk)

See center panel for details.

JHPDA Executive Council 

2014-2015 Officers

Co-president: Corinne Pettigrew

Co-president: Casey Rebholz

Treasurer: Jeff Norris

Secretary:  Pankhuri Vyas

Committee Chairs and Webmaster

Communications: Cynthia Zhang

International: Thibault Mauxion and Beth Zucconi

Policy and Advocacy: Kirsten Block

Professional Development: Jineta Banerjee and Yuejin Li

Socials: Justin La Favor

Webmaster: Paul Aiyetan

Other Announcements

New JHPDA Meetup.com Group

JHPDA has created a Meetup.com group for postdocs interested in attending smaller local events around Baltimore, such as concerts, art walks, happy hours, museums, and other happenings.  Go to Meetup.com, create a profile, and join the Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association Meetup Group.  Receive emails about weekly events other JHPDA members are attending or create your own meetup for an event you want to attend.

Business & Consulting Mini-Case Competition & Info Session

The Hopkins Business and Consulting Club is hosting a mini-Case Competition. Attend to compete in the event, network with consultants, enjoy a happy hour, and learn about consulting.

Info session: Tuesday, Oct. 28th, 5:30 pm; 1830 Building, room 2-108

Case Competition: Friday, Nov. 7th

More details here

Register for mini-case competition here

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.

Get your Flu Shot!

Click here for more information on times and dates.

Fall Telling Stories about Science Events

  • Wednesday, Nov. 5: Peter Agre

Where: Wood Basic Science Bldg. Aud.

More details here

Hopkins SOM Evenings at the

 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

When: Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, 7:00 pm

Details: Stravinsky's Rite of Spring

Event includes the concert, Q&A session, and a catered reception; see the above link for more details

Great, inexpensive photography

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


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.]

IN BRIEF: 2nd Annual Postdoc Retreat - input requested!


The 2nd Annual Postdoc Research Retreat - to be held spring 2015 - will focus on career options for postdoctoral fellows.

Now, we want to hear from you! Know someone that may have good career advice for postdocs? Have thoughts on what type of career information would be helpful? Send us your ideas!

Though your retreat planning committee has a number of ideas for breakout session topics and plenary speakers, we welcome additional input. Please send any retreat ideas to postdoc@jhmi.edu by Friday, November 7th!


Celebrate Diwali 2014, Thurs., Oct. 30th

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Join the JHPDA in celebrating the Indian “Festival of Lights,” Diwali!

Free Indian food and drinks provided!

Dinner will be followed by Indian music and Dandiya dancing! Dandiya is a very popular form of group dance and a special feature of the Navratri festival celebrated all over India. It is comprised of very simple steps that one can learn on the spot!

When: Thursday, Oct. 30th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: Ross/MRB Daily Grind

Paintball at Paintball Adventure Park, Sat., Nov. 8th

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Come play paintball with the JHPDA. Friends are welcome but space is limited!

When: Saturday, Nov. 8th, 10:00 am

Where: Paintball Adventure Park, 3939 Old Taneytown Rd., Taneytown 21787

Travel: Carpooling may be organized based on availability

Who: Postdocs and their friends (18+ years of age)

Cost: $20 for 500 paintballs (JHPDA covers entry and equipment rental)

RSVP here

Info Session: Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program, Mon., Nov. 10th

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Interested in entrepreneurship or working in a start-up? The Hopkins Biotech Network (HBN) invites postdocs to an information session for their Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program. See flyer for panel and presentation details.

When: Monday, Nov. 10th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Where: Tilghman Auditorium (Turner concourse)

RSVP here

Career advice for postdoctoral fellows & afternoon lecture by visiting scientist Nancy Thornberry, Thurs., Nov. 13th

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Nancy Thornberry (LinkedIn) is an Independent Consultant in the pharmaceutical industry. Mark your calendars for these two upcoming events:

1) Join fellow postdocs to get career advice from visiting scientist, Nancy Thornberry.

When: Thursday, Nov. 13th, 11:00 am

Where: Preclinical Teaching Building, Room 517

For more details, click here.

If interested in joining Nancy Thornberry in a small-group lunch on 11/13, please email postdoc@jhmi.edu by 10/28.

2) Lecture: “New Therapeutic Opportunities in the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes

When: Thursday, Nov. 13th, 3:00 pm

Where: Mountcastle Auditorium, Preclinical Teaching Building


Professional Development Office (PDO) Events:

Ruth D. Vogel Professional Development Award ($500 for conference or meeting travel)

The Hon. Ruth D. Vogel Fund for Professional Development provides up to four $500 awards per year to JHMI students, residents or postdoctoral fellows for attendance at a scientific workshop, conference, or similar scholarly meeting during calendar year 2015. The candidate must be the presenting author of an oral or poster presentation.

Instructions and application form: click here (awards announced early December)

Deadline: November 6, 2014

Questions? Email dvogel@jhmi.edu

One hour Lunch-and-Learn

On Wednesdays during your lunch break, come discuss important topics that leverage your marketability when looking for a job. You may attend any or all seminars, there is no restriction.

Register here (for headcount purposes only)

  • 10/29: The Power of LinkedIn (PCTB, Room 113/114)
  • 11/05: Introvert? Extrovert? Using Your Strengths (PCTB, Room 113/114)

Fall 2014 Research Leadership for Postdocs (lunchtime modules)

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:00 - 1:30 pm (unless otherwise noted below)

Where: 1830 Building, classroom 2-108

Register here

  • 10/28: Networking
  • 10/30: Promotion and Tenure, Reward and Recognition
  • 11/04: Mentoring
  • 11/11: Building and Managing Teams (3 hours)
  • 11/13: Inclusive Excellence; Hot-Button Issues in the Workplace
  • 11/18: Working within Your Organization
  • 12/02: Managing Research Funds, Faculty Panel
  • 12/04: Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship
  • 12/09: Time Management (11:30 am - 1:30 pm)
  • 12/11: Project Management (3 hours)


Topics covered 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: Monday, Nov. 17th, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: West Lecture Hall, ground floor of 725 N. Wolfe Street

Register here

Additional Professional Development Events:

CIRTL, the Center for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning

October Webcasts (CIRTLCast) Series: 12:00 - 1:00 pm

  • 10/28:  Grading and Effective Feedback in the American System

Bloomberg School of Public Health Career Services Office Events (Fall 2014)

Fall 2014 event details for SPH postdocs, including event descriptions, locations, RSVP links can be found on the Career Services Office website.

Questions? Contact jhsph.careers@jhu.edu

  • 10/29, "Access to Experts" information session: EY (RSVP)
  • 10/30, "Access to Experts" information session: KP Mid-Atlantic (RSVP)
  • 11/04, “Access to Experts” information session: EIS/CSTE Fellowship (RSVP)
  • 11/05, “Access to Experts” information session: FDA (RSVP)
  • ...more November events coming soon! 

Postercraft: The Art and Science of Crafting a Poster

Ever wonder what font you should use on your scientific poster? Think color might make your poster a hit at the conference? Learn the answers to these important questions and more.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 19th, 12:15 - 1:15 pm

Where: Sheldon Hall, Bloomberg School of Public Health

Sponsored by: Delta Omega, MPH Program, Professional Development Office

Homewood Opportunity

Professional Development Module Program courses offered by the Center for Leadership Education in the Whiting School of Engineering.  Click here and here for details.

Other Opportunities

  • The Neuro Challenge (deadline 10/31, flyer link, website link)
  • Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (due 11/03, link)
  • NIH Loan Repayment Programs (due 11/17, link)
  • ASU Origins Project Postdoctoral ($10K) Prize Lectureship Nomination (due 12/01, link; more information here)
  • The Dan David Prize scholarship ($15K; due 3/10/15, application link; for details about selected fields of interest, click here)
  • Research Study, paid participation: Physical & Mental Fatigue Study (link)
  • Request for guest editors for Biochemistry Insights Journal (contact Mariana Figuera Losada)



Recent additions listed below.

  • 2 postdoc positions in lab of Dr. Mark Anderson; research in calcium and redox signaling and mitochondrial metabolism in cardiac physiology & disease (link)
  • Senior Scientist Position @ NIEHS/NIH (link)
  • Lead Clinical Research Associate (In-House), Hinckley, OH (link)
  • Brain Trauma Research Fellow/Associate 4  (link)
  • Public Health Support Lead/Program Manager (link)
  • Sleep and Performance Scientist (link)
  • Protein Engineer/Molecular Biology Scientist (link)
  • Biogen Idec Postdoctoral Program (link)
  • Research Opportunities in Europe for NSF-funded postdocs (link)
  • International Opportunity: Scientific Instrumentation (link)
  • Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Scientific Grants Manager (link)


All Job and Fellowship listings are compiled here.

Details on NIH job listings are also compiled here.

Other opportunities can be found here.


Recurring Events

Local Events Outside Baltimore City

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

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