JHPDA Weekly Bulletin

28 April 2014

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Did you know? Today (Monday) is the last day to submit your abstract for the poster session at the Postdoc Retreat. Registration closes Friday! Details below.


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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!!

JHPDA Committee Meetings

International committee meeting

Interested in International postdoc affairs and events?

When: Tuesday, April 29th, 6pm

Where: Cobblestone Cafe, Nelson Bldg.

Contact: Thibault Mauxion

Socials committee meeting

Have ideas for or Interested in helping plan postdoc events?

When: Thursday, May 8th, 12pm

Where: Life of Reilly Pub, 2031 E Fairmount

Contact: Orion Furmanski

JHPDA monthly board meeting minutes can be found here

Future JHPDA Events

1st Annual Postdoctoral Retreat

“Let me tell you”

When: May 16, 2014; 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Where: Homewood Campus, Hodson Hall

Register here. For more information, postdocretreat.jhu.edu/ 

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?

Email us:  postdoc@jhmi.edu


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IN BRIEF: Associate Dean’s Corner

Hello Postdoctoral Fellows!

The First Annual Postdoctoral Fellows’ Retreat entitled “Let Me Tell You” May 16th, sponsored by JHPDA and Homewood PDA promises to be a truly exciting event! As scientists, innovators, and educators, effective communication through speaking, writing, and networking is the key to a successful career. Please join us and plan to experience a multitude of venues directed at myriad forms of communication.


Keynote speakers include:  

“Serving as an effective liaison between scientists and the public”

Emily Graslie, Chief Curiosity Correspondent for The Field Museum in Chicago

"Speaking for the fish: Serving as an effective liaison between scientists and the government”

Sarah Elfreth, Government Affairs Director for the National Aquarium


I look forward to seeing you all there.



Martha A. Zeiger, MD

Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs


Intercultural Game & Chat Dinner, Mon., April 28th


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Want to meet  fellow postdocs, practice English, and play board games over dinner?

Join your fellow postdocs for dinner and Cranium!

When: Monday, April 28th, 6:00  8:00pm

Where: Preclinical Teaching Building, 113/114

Sponsored by the JHPDA Internationals Committee.

JHPDA Postdoc Retreat, Fri., May 16th - deadlines this week!


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“Let me tell you”

A Day of Learning to Communicate About Research

When: Friday, May 16th, 8:30am – 5:00pm

Where: Homewood Campus, Hodson Hall

Abstract deadline: TODAY (Monday, April 28th)

Registration deadline: THIS Friday (May 2nd)

All postdocs at Hopkins and Hopkins-affiliated institutes are invited to attend and encouraged to submit a poster abstract (by tonight!).

Register here and go to postdocretreat.jhu.edu/ for more information.

Postdoc Family Event at Pratt Library, Sat., May 3rd 


Are you a postdoc with kids? Bring your family to the Pratt Library for story time and meet other parents and their children. After the library event, we'll go to a nearby cafe for coffee and snacks.

When: Saturday, May 3rd, 10:15am

Where: Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St.

Who: Postdocs & their families. The event is tailored to children 3 and under, but bigger kids are welcome too!

Cost: Free

RSVP to Nick Guydosh (guydosh@jhmi.edu) if planning to come

Meet us just inside the lobby a few minutes early. The library is walkable from the JHMI-Homewood shuttle stop in Mt. Vernon. Street parking is usually available.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, Mon., May 5th


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The JHPDA invites you to join us for a fiesta in honor of Cinco de Mayo, a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride!

What: Cinco de Mayo fiesta, with free food, beverages, and piñatas! Food will be provided by R&R Taqueria, voted #1 Mexican restaurant by Zagat.

When: Monday, May 5th, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Where: Preclinical Teaching Building (PCTB) Courtyard/Greenhouse Café


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 Events

Research Leadership

Topics to be discussed: productivity and career advancement, mentoring students and trainees, building and managing teams, you and your organization, dollars and science, time management, project management, commercialization and entrepreneurship.

When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays; April 29 - May 22, 2014

Where: Mountcastle Auditorium (1st floor, PCTB)

Register: click here

Course Director: Donna Vogel

Developing a Tailored Resume and Deciphering the Job Announcement

If you are considering a non-academic career path, and more specifically a position in industry or non-profit organization, come and learn how to decipher the job announcement and to use the essential words to tailor your resume to the position.

This is an interactive workshop and you are encouraged to share your resume and/or a specific job announcement that will be used as an example.

When: Monday, May 5th, 12-2pm

Where: 1830 Building, Room 2-108

Register: click here

A Series of Talks by Dr. Toby Freedman

The Professional Development Office and the Biomedical Careers Initiative are happy to announce a series of talks by Dr. Toby Freedman, author of Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development (see flyer). For more information and to register for the individual events detailed below, visit the BCI events page.

 DAY 1: Tuesday, May 20th

Talk #1: “The Many Career Opportunities in Industry, Government and Non Profit Organizations,” 11am, Wood Basic Science Building (WBSB) Auditorium

Talk #2: “Job Search Strategies in Industry: Networking and Resume Development,” 1:30pm, WBSB Auditorium

Small group session for postdocs: Pursuing job opportunities, 3:45pm, Room 2-108 of the 1830 Building

Lunch will be served for attendees at 12:30pm.

 DAY 2: Events on Wednesday, May 21st

Talk #3: “Interviewing and Informational Interviews” seminar, 11am, WBSB Auditorium

Talk #4: “What to Look for in a Company, Salary Comps and the Current Economy,” 1:00pm, WBSB Auditorium

Lunch will be served for attendees at 12:00pm.

Other Opportunities

Recent additions listed below. Full descriptions here.

  • Postdoc preparation Institute: workshop for postdoctoral investigators who are soon seeking positions in a variety of career sectors (6/05-6/06; apply by 5/02; link)
  • NCBI Discovery Workshops at the National Library of Medicine (5/06-5/07, Bethesda; link)
  • 7th Annual NIH Career Symposium (5/26; link)
  • 2nd annual Pediatric Translational Research Workshop for Basic Scientists at CHOP (applications due by 5/23; link)
  • FDA Commissioner’s Fellowship (apply by 5/26; link)
  • Data scientist training program, 6-week fellowship (06/09-07/18; details & application)
  • 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)


Recent additions listed below. Full descriptions here.

  • AAAS is seeking 15 to 20 engaging scientists to speak with local high school students during a “Meet the Scientist/Engineer” (link)
  • Volunteers needed for the AAAS STEM Volunteer Program (link; contact: bcalinge@aaas.org)


Recent additions listed below. Full descriptions here.

  • Technology Transfer Fellowship (deadline 4/30; link)
  • Clinical and Translational Research Grant in collaboration with SYSU (China; deadline 5/11; link)
  • L’Oreal USA For Women in Science Fellowship. (deadline 5/19; 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)


All Job and Fellowship listings are compiled here.

Details on NIH job listings are also compiled here.


  • Flowermart 2014: flowers, food, and fun in Mt. Vernon (5/02-5/03; link)
  • American Visionary Art Museum’s Kinetic Sculpture Race (5/03; link)
  • Baltimore Farmer's Market, Sundays (underneath the Jones Falls Expressway on Saratoga Street between Holliday and Gay Streets)

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

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