JHPDA Weekly Bulletin

21 April 2014

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JHPDA Meetings

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

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

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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IN BRIEF: The Importance of Communicating


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*Written by Nick Puts, JHPDA co-president

“Communication” is a very broad term, and being an effective communicator is a key skill for any postdoc (read also here and here). Effective communication does not just apply to conference talks, it also applies to emails you write, to the grants you submit, to the small talk you have with co-workers and to networking at conferences.

As a postdoc, you are at the forefront of scientific discovery, what you do is interesting, what you do is important and being able to explain this to other people, academics or not, is a scientist’s duty to academia and to the general public.

Effective communication can be applied to all aspects of academic life and beyond. To focus on numerous aspects of Communication, including "Networking", "Negotiation", "Selling your work" and "Specific aims", the JHPDA and Homewood PDA put their efforts together to organize the first annual Hopkins Postdoc retreat:

“Let me tell you”

A Day of Learning to Communicate About Research

When: May 16, 2014; 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Where: Homewood Campus, Hodson Hall

All postdocs at Hopkins and Hopkins-affiliated institutes are invited to attend and encouraged to submit an abstract. The deadline to submit for travel awards has passed, but there will also be poster prizes! So far, over 100 postdocs have registered with over 70 abstracts submitted!

Register here and go to postdocretreat.jhu.edu/ for more information. You can also join our presentation club (see below for details).


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 (free). After the library event, we'll go to a nearby cafe for coffee and snacks.

When: Saturday, May 3rd, 10:15 a.m.

Where: Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St.

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

Cost: free

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.

Please RSVP to Nick Guydosh (guydosh@jhmi.edu) if you are planning to come. Hope to see you there!

Other upcoming important EVENTS

Annual Postdoc Conference and Career Fair

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A conference and career fair for current postdoctoral fellows working in Washington, D.C. area federal labs and universities, and for companies recruiting high-level S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) professionals.  

When: April 24, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Where: Bethesda North Marriott / Montgomery County Conference Center 5701 Marinelli Road, Rockville, MD 20852 (free parking)


PDO Director Dr. Donna Vogel will be giving a workshop on Networking for Scientists.


See attached flyer for details and to register go to:  http://www.postdocconference.org/

Homewood PDA event: Break into Government jobs

Break into Government Jobs: How to Approach the Government Job Search

When: Thursday, 4/24, 4-6 pm;

Where: Clark 110 (Homewood campus)

* 4-5 pm Panel discussion

* 5-6 pm Networking happy hour

Panelists from the FDA, NCI, NIAID, and CSR will discuss US govt careers and job search strategies. Open to students and postdoctoral fellows. Pizza and drinks provided; click here to find out more info and RSVP!  

Hosted by the Homewood Postdoctoral Association (HW-PDA) and cosponsored by the Hopkins Biotech Network and Graduate Representative Organization.


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.

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 (link). Limited to the first 100 registrants. For more information, click here. Co-sponsored by the PDO and JHPDA.

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

Other Opportunities

Recent additions listed below. Full descriptions here.


  • JHU Entrepreneurship Week (4/21-5/2, link, RSVP)
  • Second annual Pediatric Translational Research Workshop (PTRW) for Basic Scientists at CHOP (link).
  • The Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (link)
  • Graduate Student Association Career Exploration Series; through 4/24 (spring schedule)
  • FDA Commissioner’s Fellowship (Apply by 5/26; link)
  • 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 (06/05-06/06; link)
  • Local Lipid Conference
  • 32nd Annual Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (6/16 -7/3; link) Postdoc fellows should contact the JHU SOM registrar for tuition support.


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)
  • Jobs featured in Science Careers (link)
  • Armenise-Harvard Career Development Awards (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.


  • 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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