JHPDA Weekly Bulletin

25 August 2014

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Did you know? National Postdoc Appreciation Weeks (NPAW) will run from Sept. 15-26. SAVE THE DATE for POSTDOCtobferfest on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 5:30 - 7:30pm (Rain date: Friday, Sept. 26) in the Ross Courtyard!


New Content

Recurring Content

Upcoming JHPDA Meetings

(Campus map for meeting & event locations)

JHPDA Monthly Meeting

When: Wednesday, Sept. 3rd, 5:30 - 6:30pm

Where: Pre-Clinical Training Building (PCTB) Room 113/114

Socials Committee Meeting

When: Thursday, Sept. 4th, noon - 1:00pm

Where: Life of Reilly, East Fairmount Ave, Baltimore, MD

Future JHPDA Events

Renaissance Festival Outing

When: Sunday, Sept. 7th

Where: Annapolis Ren Fest

RSVP by August 26th!

See center panel for more details.

Rally for Medical Research

When: Thursday, Sept. 18th

Where: Washington, D.C.

Register by September 5th! 

See center panel for more details.

National Postdoc Appreciation Weeks

When: Sept. 15th-19th + 22nd-26th!

Add these two weeks to your calendar because your JHPDA will be offering many events in honor of postdocs!


When: Thursday, Sept. 25th, 5:30-7:30pm

Where: Ross Courtyard

(Rain date: Friday, Sept. 26th, 5:30-7:30pm)

JHPDA Executive Council 

2014-2015 Officers

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

Interested in playing intramural soccer or volleyball? Sign up to be part of a JHPDA team! All participants must have a Cooley membership or purchase a short-term pass. Please sign up here by Tuesday, Sept. 2!

Interested in science mentoring? In developing transferable skills? The STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools (SABES) program is looking for individuals to serve as  science-engineer mentors in after-school programs for kids in grades 3-5!

Contact: Anindya Roy (aroy21@jhu.edu). Please inquire by the first week of September!

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


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IN BRIEF: Your life in weeks

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Have you ever looked back through your notebook and realized that you spent weeks or months troubleshooting experiments that are now no longer a priority? Hopefully, you were doing other experiments during those weeks as backup projects to lessen the blow. As scientists, we are so focused on the next experiment, the next grant, the next big breakthrough that we sometimes forget about all the rewarding opportunities that surround us each week. Week after week we get to work early, work late into the night, come in on the weekend, and/or skip dinner with loved ones all in the name of science.

The blog “Wait But Why” reminds us that many times it seems that our life is filled  

with an endless number of weeks, but these weeks are actually finite. In fact, those weeks can be counted and represented as individual boxes on a page. An example of a typical American life is summarized here. See Einstein’s and Newton’s life accomplishments here. What does yours look like? This clever way of mapping out your life may remind you that each week is a brand new empty box full of promise. Take some time out from science to fill up your box with positive outcomes outside of science. Many of those positive events might even be listed in this bulletin!


International Game & Chat Dinner, Mon., Aug. 25th

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Bring your smile and take time to enjoy the food, relax with others while improving your speaking skills. Taboo will be the featured game.

When: Monday, August 25th, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Where: Pre-Clinical Training Building (PCTB) Courtyard or Greenhouse Cafe (Rain location)

Questions? Contact postdoc@jhmi.edu

Shuttle Social, Gordon Biersch, Thurs., Aug. 28th

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All postdocs are welcome to join the Socials Committee’s August Shuttle Social at Gordon Biersch in Harbor East! Enjoy waterfront views, German lagers, good food, and great company!

When: Thursday, August 28th, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Where: Gordon Biersch, 1000 Lancaster St.

Transportation: Charm City Circulator, green line stop #107 (map) 

Questions? Contact postdoc@jhmi.edu

Intramural Soccer and Volleyball, Sign up by Tues., Sept. 2nd

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Interested in playing intramural soccer or volleyball?

Sign up to be part of a JHPDA team!

Please sign up here by Tuesday, Sept. 2!

All participants must have a Cooley membership or purchase a short-term pass.

Renaissance Festival Outing, Sun., Sept. 7th


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The Socials Committee invites you to its Renaissance Festival outing on Sunday Sept 7th in Annapolis!

Tickets are $15 for adults ($7 for child, 7-15 years); more information can be found on the attached flyer (left).

RSVPs and payments are due by August 26th! RSVP here.

Rally for Medical Research Capitol Hill Day, Thurs., Sept. 18

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Are you worried about the state of medical research funding and how it affects your career? Voice your concern directly to your Representative and Senators! Join the Rally for Medical Research as they meet with congressional offices to stress the need for increased medical research funding.

Register here by September 5th!

When: Wednesday, September 17th (training) and Thursday, September 18th (Congressional Meetings)

Where: Washington, D.C.


Professional Development Office (PDO) Events:

Applying for the NSF GRF this year?

When: Friday, August 29, 2014, 3-4pm

Where: Mountcastle Auditorium, 725 N. Wolfe Street, 1st floor

This workshop will focus on the personal statement, in the context of the 'broader impacts' and 'intellectual merit' criteria. Conducted by Dr. Kelly Barry, Director of the National Fellowships Program and interim Dean of Academic Services. You are not expected to bring drafts to the workshop. Samples of winning applications will be available as a point of reference. An RSVP to Dr. Barry is helpful, but not required kbarry@jhu.edu). As an additional resource, there is a portfolio of previous winning NSF GRF applications from JHU students in the Career Center (Garland Hall, 3rd Floor, regular hours are 8:30-4:30); just walk in and ask to see the portfolio.

Register here.

Scientific Presentations

When: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Where: West Lecture Hall, PCTB Building, Ground floor, 725 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21287.

Course Leader: Donna Vogel, M.D., Ph.D.

Anxious about presenting your research? Learn how to do your best and beat the stress! 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, turning the Question period to your advantage, dealing with nervousness.

Networking and Informational Interview Workshop

When: Thursday, September 10, 2014, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Where: 1830 Building, Room 2-108

Who you know does matter, and can help to predict career success! You can learn to network effectively, and increase your professional visibility. Choosing the right career can be a challenge. You will gain insight about conducting informational interviews to help you reach the next step in your career.

Register here.

Other Opportunities

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

  • Entrepreneurship Bootcamp Final presentations and Poster Session (8/29, 1-4pm, MRB Rooms G01 & G03 and Turner Concourse, link)
  • Access to the latest research for postdoc scholars in between-jobs (deadline 8/31, link)
  • Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (due 9/01, link)
  • Pancreatic Cancer Research Pilot Projects (due 9/05, link)
  • 4th Annual Hopkins Imaging Conference on 11/05! (abstracts due 9/05, link)
  • NIH International Opportunities Expo and Career Event (9/09, link)
  • Academic Drug Discovery Consortium (ADDC) and AstraZeneca High-throughput Screening (HTS) partnership (due 9/01, link)
  • NIH Loan Repayment Programs, Submission (due 9/01 and 11/15, link)
  • The Thrasher Research Fund - Early Career Awards (concept submissions due 9/12; proposal submissions due 10/24,  link)
  • NIH Earl Stadtman Investigators (due 9/30, link)
  • Career Awards for Medical Scientists (due 10/01, link)
  • Publicizing Basic Science Contest - $500 Prizes (Deadline: 10/20, link)
  • The Brain Challenge (Deadline 10/31, flyer link, website link)
  • Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (due 11/03, link)
  • Research Study: Paid for participation in a Physical and Mental Fatigue Study (link)
  • Faculty Positions in Life Sciences at Yale-National University of Singapore (NUS) College (link)


Recent additions listed below.


Recent additions listed below.

  • Human Frontier Science Program Postdoctoral Fellowships (due 8/28; link)
  • Gruss-Lipper Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (due 9/03; link)
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellowships (due 9/11; link)
  • Postdoc position in cancer biology at Johns Hopkins with Dr. Chrtistine Hann (due 10/01; link (row 23))
  • Protein Engineer/Molecular Biology Scientist (link)
  • Biogen Idec Postdoctoral Program (link)
  • Equity Research Fellow (link)
  • Research Opportunities in Europe for NSF-funded postdocs (link)
  • International Opportunity: Scientific Instrumentation (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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