JHPDA Weekly Bulletin

4 August 2014

contact: postdoc@jhmi.edu

website: jhpda.jhu.edu

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New Content

Recurring Content

Upcoming JHPDA Meetings

(Campus map for meeting & event locations)

JHPDA Monthly Board Meeting

When: Wednesday, Aug. 6th, 5:30 - 6:30pm

Where: Preclinical Teaching Bldg., 113/114

Contact: postdoc@jhmi.edu

Open to all postdocs!  

Socials Committee Meeting

When: Thursday, Aug 7th, 12:00 – 1:00pm

Where: Life of Reilly Irish Pub, 2031 E. Fairmount (map)

Contact:  Justin La Favor

Communications Committee Meeting

When: Thursday, Aug 12th, 11:00 – 12:00pm

Where: Daily Grind, Miller Research Building 3rd floor

Contact:  Nick Puts

Future JHPDA Events

Watch this space! 15-19th September is National Postdoc Appreciation Week! Put it in your calendar because we’ll be offering plenty of appreciation!

JHPDA Executive Council 

2014-2015 Officers

Co-president: Stephen Gee

Co-president: Corinne Pettigrew

Treasurer: Jeff Norris

Secretary:  Pankhuri Vyas

Committee Chairs and Webmaster

Communications: Nick Puts

International: Thibault Mauxion

Policy and Advocacy: Kirsten Block

Professional Development: Casey Rebholz and Yuejin Li

Socials: Justin La Favor

Webmaster: Paul Aiyetan

Other Announcements

Guest Lecture Opportunity in James Madison University Biology Department

Build your teaching portfolios by guest lecturing at JMU’s Biology Department this fall semester.

What: Deliver 1-3 one-hour lectures on topics related to mechanisms of gene regulation to an advanced topics graduate level course

Who: Hopkins postdocs

Where: James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA (~165 miles); mileage reimbursement available

When: Fall semester; times and dates TBD


Annual Watkins Minority Welcome Reception

An annual reception to welcome incoming minority medical and graduate students, house staff, postdocs, residents, and faculty.

When: Tuesday, Sept. 2, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Where: The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, 830 E Pratt St.

RSVP here by August 10th

Current Museum exhibits can be viewed as part of the reception. Sponsored by the Office of the Vice Dean for Education and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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, Life after the Doctorate: Experiments and Experiences in Baltimore

Featured Articles: 

Finding a roommate (by MB Nebel)

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: “The Stressed Out Postdoc”

“After he defended his dissertation and moved to a new lab—at Dartmouth College for a postdoc—Ian Street hoped his battles with anxiety and depression were over.” [...]

“There is little doubt, though, that being a postdoc is stressful. Most postdocs work extremely hard, often for long hours and at low pay. Faced with the pressures of work, they may not take time for healthy diversions and exercise, which could help mitigate stress and reduce its health effects. Because of their commitment to work, they often are isolated from close friends and family. Like Street, many postdocs find themselves far away from home, profoundly stressed and lonely, with no clue where to go for help.”*

Read this article about stress during postdoc life, as well as ways to deal with it, in full here*

*By Carrie Arnold, sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/, july 28th 2014, 10.1126/science.caredit.a1400189


JHPDA monthly meeting: Wed., August 6th

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Interested in joining the JHPDA? Interested in helping out and improving everyones postdoc experience? During our monthly meeting we discuss ongoing projects, events as well as plans for the future! Come meet other postdocs, join a committee, or just hear what we’re up to!

Our monthly meetings are open to ALL postdocs!

When: Wed. August 6th, 5.30 - 6.30

Where: PreClinical Training Building (PCTB) room 113/114 (opposite the greenhouse cafe)

Contact: postdoc@jhmi.edu

Some snacks and drinks will be served. Come join us on Wednesday!

JHPDA needs your skills!

Interested in doing something outside of science and research? Passionate about design and effective communication? If so, we’d love your help! Help the JHPDA and develop your transferable skills. Sign up here. The JHPDA needs help from fellows with skills and/or passion about the following:

  • Graphic Design
  • Website Design
  • Writing code (html, PHP, Javascript, Flash)
  • Photography
  • Science writing and communication

Don’t see your passion listed? Would you like to get involved with the JHPDA but are unsure how to help? Contact us: postdoc@jhmi.edu or sign up here! You may also contact Paul for more information.


Professional Development Office (PDO) Events:

Lunch & Learn Seminar Series

On Wednesdays over your lunch break, discuss important topics that leverage your marketability when looking for a job. Upcoming themes:

  • August 6: The power of LinkedIn
  • August 13: Repeat - Identifying Transferable Skills: What they are all about

When: Wednesday, 12:00 - 1:00pm

Where: 1830 E Monument St. building, room 2-108 (map)

Register here (for headcount purposes only); you may attend any or all seminars.


Professional development workshop for Johns Hopkins SOM, SPH and SON Faculty, Postdoctoral & Clinical Fellows. Covered topics 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: Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Mountcastle Auditorium, 1st Floor Preclinical Teaching Building

Register here

Other Upcoming PDO Events:

Other Opportunities

Recent additions listed below. Full descriptions can be seen here.

  • National Postdoctoral Association Call for Proposals now open for the 2015 meeting; (link)
  • Data scientist training program, 6-week fellowship, 9/08-10/17 (link)
  • 2nd Global EURAXESS Science Slam North America 2014, 5/10-8/15 (link)
  • Access to the latest research for postdoc scholars in between-jobs; 8/31 deadline (link)
  • Lasker Essay Contest in Support of Medical Research; 8/08 deadline (link)
  • Research Study: Paid for participation in a Physical and Mental Fatigue Study (link)


Recent additions listed below. Full descriptions here.


Recent additions listed below. Full descriptions here.

  • Fulbright Postdoctoral Research Awards: all disciplines; (8/01 deadline; link)
  • Fulbright Postdoctoral Research Awards: Humanities, Social Sciences, Letters, Linguistics, and Arts (in Brazil; 8/01 deadline; link)
  • Biogen Idec Postdoctoral Program (link)
  • Associate Director, iBiology (link)
  • Equity Research Fellow (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)
  • International Opportunity: Scientific Instrumentation (link)
  • Gruss-Lipper Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (link)


All Job and Fellowship listings are compiled here.

Details on NIH job listings are also compiled here.

Other opportunities can be found here.


Specific Events

Recurring Events

Local Events Outside Baltimore City

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

Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association


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