JHPDA Weekly Bulletin

07 April 2014

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Did you know? According to an analysis by the American Institutes for Research, the nonacademic careers of STEM Ph.D. holders shows 61 percent of those with a STEM doctorate have careers outside of academia. See this link and document.


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JHPDA Meetings

Communications Committee

Interested in issues related to JHPDA communications, then attend the next communications committee meeting.

When: Tue Apr 8, 2014 11am – 12pm ET

Where: Daily Grind (3rd Floor MRB)

Contact: Nick Puts or Corinne Pettigrew

Future JHPDA Events

The International Committee

Next event (April 15th) of the International Committee: The Spanish Movie Night.

When: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 6:30pm

Where: PCTB 113/114

Contact: Thibault Mauxion

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: Paul Aiyetan

Other Announcements

Tax Information

The filing of Federal Taxes for the 2013 year  is due by April 15th, 2014.

Tax information for non-resident aliens (NRA). Need information about tax preparation, or resources and software for preparing taxes? For more information about taxes, click here. To learn about accessing tax preparation software, click here. Contact the Hopkins Tax Office (tax@jhu.edu) with questions.

Please read this important tax information

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

Requesting Postdoc Input

Welch Medical Library survey concerning its online Bioinformatics Portal (provides multiple resources in genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, epigenomics, metabolomics, and pharmacogenomics). Deadline extended to 4/09. Find survey here.


Postdoc Blog, Life after the Doctorate: Experiments and Experiences in Baltimore

Featured Articles:

Finding a roommate (by MB Nebel)

Useful Baby Items (by Issel Anne Lim)

Tell Your Stories: Submit a post

Postdoc Business Cards

Family Resources

Baltimore Resources

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

In Brief: Associate Dean’s Corner

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Hello All Postdoctoral Fellows!

I am very pleased to have recently been chosen as Associate Dean of Postdoctoral Fellows at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Replacing Levi Watkins is a tall order to fill, but I welcome the challenge and hope to partner with you and your department representative to accomplish all that I hope to over the coming years.  As you already know I have had the distinct pleasure of over the past 21 years directing an NIH-funded laboratory, mentoring innumerable postdoctoral fellows, students, residents and junior faculty.

My first order of business as Associate Dean is to simply streamline communications between us in order to facilitate dissemination of information to you about fellows’ policy, resources, and events. Conversely, I invite you to share your ideas, questions, and concerns with me. I look forward to getting to know and working with you in the future and, I really look forward to meeting you at many of the events the Johns Hopkins’ Postdoctoral Association has planned for us in the future.


Martha A. Zeiger, M.D.

Associate Dean of Postdoctoral Affairs


Shuttle Social at Green Turtle

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Come support your picks in the NCAA men’s basketball finals by joining the JHPDA for a Shuttle Social at the Greene Turtle in Fell’s Point.

Show your spirit at happy hour, then stay late to watch the game!

When: Mon, April 7, Happy Hour: 6 pm to 8 pm

Game Start Time: 9:37 pm

Where: The Greene Turtle, 722 South Broadway, Green Line Stop #123

Contact: postdoc@jhmi.edu

Postdoctoral Research Presentation Club

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"Yoga improves the somatosensory contribution to balance in visually impaired persons at risk for falls as measured by the Wii Balance Board"

Please join us for this presentation and others

...and provide feedback!

When: Wed, April 9, 12-1pm

Where: Preclinical Teaching Building 113/114

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

National Cherry Blossom Festival: Register Today!

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The Johns Hopkins International Society and JHPDA invite you to join us for the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the Smithsonian Museum tour in Washington DC! See Poster here.

When: Saturday, April 12th,

chartered bus departs JHMI at 8:30 am, returns by 5:30 pm

Cost: $18/person (includes round-trip transportation only).  

The Smithsonian museums are free.

To reserve round-trip transportation: click here for printable reservation form

Contact: postdoc@jhmi.edu 

International Committee’s Spanish Movie Night


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The international committee invites you to a Spanish movie night. Film is titled "Tesis (Thesis)"

Popcorn, cookies, and drinks provided!

When: Tues. April 15, 2014, 6:30pm

Where: PCTB 113/114

Contact: Thibault Mauxion

Inviting Submissions: Photo Exhibit Featuring Your Country


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The world is full of awesome places - show fellow postdocs where you’re from. The JHPDA Internationals Committee is requesting photos of your country! Photos will be displayed later this spring at a photo exhibit and dinner.

Email submissions to postdoc@jhmi.edu (only 1 photo per postdoc!).

Deadline:  April 15, 2014

The 1st Annual Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Retreat

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The JHPDA and HWPDA cordially invite all postdocs to:

“Let me tell you”

A Day of Learning to Communicate About Research

All postdocs at Hopkins and Hopkins affiliated institutes are invited to attend and encouraged to submit an abstract. $750 travel awards and oral presentations for top three abstracts, poster prizes, and more!

When: May 16, 2014; 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Where: Homewood Campus, Hodson Hall

Register here

Go to postdocretreat.jhu.edu/ for more information


JHPDA Events

Journal Peer Review:  How to Review and Respond

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Would you like to be a peer reviewer for journals?  What do editors expect and how can your review be of help to the authors?  As an author, how should you respond to reviewer comments?

Speaker: Dr. Jose G. Merino (U.S. Clinical Research Editor, British Medical Journal)

When: Wednesday, April 16, 12-1 pm

Where: Mountcastle Auditorium (1st floor, PCTB)

Postdoctoral fellows and graduate students are welcome!

SciPhD Workshop: Preparing for Professional Careers

Running an effective laboratory operation is like running a small business, and can benefit from applying best practices that have been developed by industry.  In “Preparing for Professional Careers” we will look at how your scientific/technical skills combined with your business skills and social skills together make up the three identities that define your brand [read more].

When: Tuesday April 22, 2014, 9am - 4pm

Where: Feinstone Hall, School of Public Health, Room E2030

Registration mandatory (click here). Limited to the first 100 registrants. For more information, click here.

Co-sponsored by the PDO and JHPDA.

Professional Development Office Events

Interviewing for Career Success

When: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 12:00-1:30 pm

Where: Room W3030 in the Wolfe St. Building


Hosted by The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Career Services Office and the JHMI Professional Development Office. Do you get nervous before a job interview? Can you come up with answers for all of the various interview questions thrown at you? Do you know when an interview is going well? Get answers to these questions and more during an interactive workshop where you will have the opportunity to practice your interview skills if you wish.

You may register here.

Other Opportunities


  • AAAS webinar, Thinking Outside the Lab: Finding a fulfilling non-research career (4/08; details & registration)
  • STEM Postdoc Career Fair (4/24; link)
  • Graduate Student Association Career Exploration Series; through 4/24 (spring schedule)
  • 2014 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration (6/26-6/27; link)
  • Data scientist training program, 6-week fellowship (06/09-07/18; details & application)
  • Postdoc preparation Institute - 2014 NIGMS sponsored-workshop for postdoctoral investigators who will soon be seeking positions in a variety of career sectors. The workshop, coordinated by FASEB, will take place near NIH on June 5-6. More information here
  • Project Bridge's last workshop of the year - More information here
  • Local Lipid Conference
  • Science of Learning Institute Event


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)
  • Call for Volunteers for “Over Sea and Land We Go” (an international/cultural fair for children, 4/25-4/26)
  • Volunteer for Science Outreach to Refugee Youth in Baltimore


Recent additions listed below. Full descriptions here.

  • Clinical and Translational Research Grant in collaboration with SYSU (China). Deadline May 1. (link)
  • L’Oreal USA For Women in Science fellowship program. Deadline May 19. (link)
  • Jobs featured in Science Careers (link)
  • Armenise-Harvard Career Development Awards (link)
  • Research opportunities in Europe for NSF-funded postdocs (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
  • MedImmune's Brazilian Postdoc Program


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; all proceeds benefit America’s Vet Dogs; details & registration)
  • Sunday Baltimore Farmer's Market started 4/06 (located underneath the Jones Falls Expressway on Saratoga Street between Holliday and Gay street)

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

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