JHPDA Weekly Bulletin

3 March 2014                                                                      

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Did you know? There are more than 1500 postdocs at Johns Hopkins. Only 10% of us have responded in previous years to an important survey that could greatly impact our experience at Hopkins!  Please complete this survey TODAY and have a happy snow day!


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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, March 5th, 5:30-6:30pm

Where: Preclinical Teaching Building (PCTB) 113/114

Contact: Nick Puts or Blythe Shepard

We would like to advise anyone attending to read last months minutes here to get up to speed with our events and future plans!!

Policy and Advocacy Committee

If you are interested in issues related to science policy, and/or have questions or ideas about how these issues could best be implemented at Johns Hopkins, please join us for our next committee meeting

When: Tuesday, March 4th, 10:00am

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

Contact: Stephen Gee

Communications Committee

Interested in communicating ideas and events? Good with Google Drive and websites? Join us for our committee meeting!

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

Where: Daily Grind, Miller Research Building 3rd floor

Contact: Corinne Pettigrew

Future JHPDA Events

Postdoctoral Research Presentation Club

Next meeting on Wednesday, 3/12 at 12pm. See JHPDA Professional Development Opportunities (center panel, below) 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

Tax Information for Non-Resident Aliens (NRA)

The JHU Tax Office has purchased a license for GLACIER Tax Prep (free) which is Federal tax preparation software for Nonresident Alien (NRA) Students and Scholars. GLACIER Tax Prep is specifically designed to help NRA’s file a federal tax return so it is user friendly and generates the appropriate federal tax return for each NRA. Click here for more information.


Filing of Federal Taxes for the 2013 year  is due by April 15, 2014.

If you are an International Scholar who has not passed the substantial presence test (spending >183 days of each of the last 3 years in the USA) then you are likely considered a “Non-Resident for Tax Purposes” and are eligible to utilize the GLACIER Tax Prep tool.  Information on accessing this software through the Hopkins Tax Office is now available. Please click here to read the flier and email the tax office directly for access and your questions.   Read more here.

Email the tax office for more information (tax@jhu.edu). The information above is an informal guide. Please contact the tax office if you have any specific concerns.

GSA Tax Workshop

Click here for the flyer

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)

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Tell Your Stories: Submit a post

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IN BRIEF: 2014 Survey for Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Research Fellows

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

Please help us to help you by completing this survey. It covers issues related to benefits and resources available to you as a Johns Hopkins postdoc.  This is YOUR chance to give feedback on ways to improve the experience of all Johns Hopkins postdocs.

There are >1500 postdocs at Johns Hopkins, but only 10% of us have responded to this important survey in previous years.  Our goal this year: 50%!


This survey will be open from March 3-March 17, 2014, and is sponsored by the JHPDA Policy and Advocacy Committee.  Questions?  Please contact postdoc@jhmi.edu


Speak out for Science: Wed., March 19th (Sign up by March 5th)

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

- Speak with congressional representatives.

- Lunch with fellow postdocs and graduate students.

- Tour the Capitol Building!

When: Wednesday, March 19th

Where: U.S. Congressional Office Buildings, Washington, DC.  (Travel expenses will be reimbursed for those who carpool or use public transportation.)

Sign up:

Find the online form here 

In-person: Wednesday, March 5th, 1st floor of the PCTB building OR the Daily Grind.

Email: Stephen Gee (sgee3@jhmi.edu) or Kirsten Block (kblock4@jhmi.edu)

To attend, contact: Stephen Gee or Kirsten Block


JHPDA Event: Postdoc Research Presentation Club

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The newly established Postdoctoral Research Presentation Club is looking for members and speakers! Monthly events consist of 3 presentations per session. 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 to attend and present.

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 Events


When: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 9:00 am - 4:15 pm

Where: Wood Basic Science Auditorium, Ground Floor of Preclinical Teaching Building (PCTB)

Among the topics covered: 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. Register here.

Scientific Presentations

When: Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where: Mountcastle Auditorium, First Floor of Preclinical Teaching Building (PCTB)

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.

Writing Successful K Applications: Beyond the Basics

When: Friday, March 28, 2014, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

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.

  • 2014 Science/UCSF Career Event, March 21, 2014.  Click here to register.

  • Project Bridge Workshop: Fostering Private Support for your Science, (Wednesday, 03/05)

  • Science Policy Volunteer Opportunity: Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG) seeks a Director of Development (3hr/week)


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.

  • 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.


  • 4th Annual Annapolis 5K Run & Dog Walk (4/27/2014, all proceeds benefit America’s Vet Dogs; click here for more information and to register)

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

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