JHPDA Weekly Bulletin

01 December 2014

contact: postdoc@jhmi.edu

website: jhpda.jhu.edu

Did you know? The PDO is now hosting the Editing Referral Service formerly based at the Welch Medical Library? See more here.


New Content

Recurring Content

Upcoming JHPDA Meetings

(Campus map for meeting & event locations)

JHPDA Monthly Meeting

When: 5:30pm to 6:30pm on the first Wednesday of each month (except Jan. 1, 2015)

Where: Preclinical Teaching Building (PCTB) room 113/114 (opposite the Greenhouse Cafe)

Professional Development Committee Meeting

When: Tuesday, Dec. 2, 12:00 pm

Where:  Daily Grind Cafe (3rd floor, Ross)

Contact: Jineta Banerjee and Yuejin Li

Communications Committee Meeting

Learn about ongoing JHPDA programming and events. Open to all!

When: Tuesday, Dec. 9th, 11:00 am

Where:  Daily Grind, BRB)

Contact: postdoc@jhmi.edu

Future JHPDA Events 

See Upcoming JHPDA Events in the right panel of the bulletin.

JHPDA Executive Council 

2014-2015 Officers

Co-president: Corinne Pettigrew

Co-president: Casey Rebholz

Treasurer: Jeff Norris

Secretary:  Pankhuri Vyas

Committee Chairs and Webmaster

Communications: Cynthia Zhang

International: Thibault Mauxion and Beth Zucconi

Policy and Advocacy: Jacqueline Brosnan-Cashman

Professional Development: Jineta Banerjee and Yuejin Li

Socials: Justin La Favor

Webmaster: Paul Aiyetan

Postdoc Internship Program

Short-term internships for gaining skills and experience in diverse careers. Check out the Postdoc Internship Program website for complete program descriptions.

Current position openings:

  • Policy & Advocacy - Office of Policy Coordination
  • Program Development - Professional Development Office
  • **NEW** Science Communication - Office of External Affairs in the BSPH
  • Research & Development in Industry - MedImmue/AstraZeneca

Other Announcements

Increase your on-campus visibility

Are you publishing a paper? Let Marketing and Communications know by sending your manuscript, journal, and anticipated publication date to JHMedia@jhmi.edu.

2015 Retreat Survey - Topics

Postdocs, we need your input! The planning process is underway for the 2nd Annual Postdoc Retreat, co-organized by the JHPDA and HWPDA. On April 7, 2015, this year's retreat will focus on "PhD Careers" and will cover professional development topics related to academic and diverse career paths after the postdoctoral fellowship. It will also provide postdocs opportunities to present their research.

We need your input! Please answer these four questions.

reDISCOVER the Welch Medical Library!

Join Anne Seymour, Director of the Welch Library, in celebrating the recent renovation of the Library’s second floor.

Nancy McCall, Director of the Alan Chesney Mason Medical Archives for JHMI, will be giving a brief talk about the Legends of Hopkins and Welch Library.


When: Dec. 3rd, 2014

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Where: Welch Medical Library, West Reading Room


Food and drinks will be provided! We look forward to seeing you! For questions contact Victoria Riese.

Join Ultrasounds for our Winter Concert

Ultrasounds is the Hopkins graduate student and East Baltimore campus premier instrumental ensemble featuring classical music, jazz, funk and more. Refreshments will be provided!

When: Friday, Dec. 5th, 12:30 pm 

Where: 2nd floor, Armstrong Medical Education Building

Great, inexpensive photography

The Department of Pathology, JHMI offers excellent photography services. For more information, click here.

National Science Foundation Graduate Education Forum

The forum is intended to encourage discussion among US graduate-education stakeholders and will provide the DGE a direct connection with graduate students, faculty, university administrators, employers, and others who would like to contribute to the national dialogue. For more information, click here.

New JHPDA Meetup.com Group

JHPDA has created a Meetup.com group for postdocs interested in attending smaller local events around Baltimore, such as concerts, art walks, happy hours, museums, and other happenings.  Go to Meetup.com, create a profile, and join the Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association Meetup Group.  Receive emails about weekly events other JHPDA members are attending.

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,

Tell Your Stories: Submit a post

Postdoc Business Cards 

[Includes instructions for postdocs in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health, and postdocs at Homewood.]

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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As we turn the corner of the new academic year I would like to recap some of the exciting initiatives the postdoctoral affairs advisory board and I have implemented. First, Drs. Mark Wu, Gaelle Kolb, Geetanjali Chander, and Ken Witwer along with Corinne Pettigrew and Casey Rebholz have begun our bimonthly “fireside chats”. This consists of a luncheon during which postdoctoral fellows share what resources their departments have for research, and creates a wonderful setting for networking. Let us know if you to are interested in attending.

Secondly, several mini-internships have recently been created throughout the institution, in The Office of Policy Coordination, The Professional Development Office and JHSPH Media and Public Relations Office. The purpose of these is to provide a means by which postdoctoral fellows gain exposure to a variety of career opportunities that they might choose in the future.  Stay tuned for additional ones to roll out. We also have a lecture series in which we have invited 4 successful scientists from a variety of career backgrounds. Our first visiting lecturer was Nancy Thornberry, an extremely accomplished scientist in diabetes research and industry. Keep an eye out for our future, visiting scientists who include Victor Ambros, Keith Micoli, and Anthony Fauci.

Last, but not least, I wish you all a wonderful holiday season and certainly hope to see you at the wine and cheese reception, December 4th.

Martha Zeiger

Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs


JHPDA Monthly meeting, Wed., Dec 3rd


The JHPDA Executive Office and Committee Chairs meet each month to discuss current issues and upcoming events or plans. If you would like to become more involved or have an issue/suggestion that you would like addressed, please attend our next monthly meeting. We are a very open organization and appreciate feedback and attendance from any postdoc interested in our association - all postdocs are welcome!

When: Wednesday, December 3rd, 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Where: Preclinical Teaching Building (PCTB), 113/114 (opposite the Greenhouse Cafe) (map)

Questions? Contact postdoc@jhmi.edu

Postdoc Coffee Break, Wed., Dec 3rd

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As the days get shorter and colder, warm up with some holiday-themed beverages and tasty snacks along side your fellow postdocs. Come to network, meet new friends and get to know the Policy & Advocacy Committee.

When: Wednesday, December 3rd, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Where: Owens Pre-function Area, CRB II

Questions? Contact: kblock4@jhmi.edu

Wine & Cheese Event, Thu., Dec 4th


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The Associate Dean of Postdoctoral Affairs, Dr. Martha Zeiger, cordially invites postdocs to network at a Wine & Cheese Event!

When: Thursday, December 4th, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Where:  Houck Lobby 1st floor, Phipps Building

Questions? Contact postdoc@jhmi.edu

Shuttle Social, Thu., Dec 11th

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The Socials committee invites you to another Shuttle Social event!

When: Thursday, December 11th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where:  Homeslyce, 336 N. Charles Street, Mount Vernon, Baltimore (JHMI/Peabody/Homewood shuttle Washington Monument stop)

Questions? Contact postdoc@jhmi.edu


Professional Development Office (PDO) Events:

Fall 2014 Research Leadership for Postdocs (lunchtime modules)

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:00 - 1:30 pm (unless otherwise noted below)

Where: 1830 Building, classroom 2-108

Register here 

  • 12/02: Managing Research Funds, Faculty Panel
  • 12/04: Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship
  • 12/09: Time Management (11:30 am - 1:30 pm)
  • 12/11: Project Management (3 hours)

Additional Professional Development Events:

Bloomberg School of Public Health Career Services Office Events (Fall 2014)

Fall 2014 event details for SPH postdocs, including event descriptions, locations, RSVP links can be found on the Career Services Office website.

Questions? Contact jhsph.careers@jhu.edu

  • 12/02, “Access to Experts” Alumni Speaker: Marcel Muenster, CEO and Founder, TraveDoc (RSVP)
  • 12/02, “Access to Experts” information session: TraveDoc (RSVP)

Grant writing workshop hosted by TRNAMH and presented by Dr. Donna Vogel

This two-hour workshop held via webinar will focus on the anatomy and physiology of the parts of the NIH-style application with particular attention to the R- and K-type proposals. A brief discussion of the electronic submission process will be included. If you would like to have your title, abstract, and specific aims page analyzed in this session please submit to Amanda Brown (instructions and diagram) by Monday, Dec. 1st.

When: Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Details here

Time Management: How to Create 5 Extra Hours a Week for Your Use

How often do you say to yourself, “If only I had more time!” or “Where did the time go?” Do you look at others and ask “How do they get it done?” This course provides you with the skill set to create time in your day, remove extraneous baggage from your schedule and be much more productive per unit time. The seminar will help you to create 5 extra hours of productive time in a week.

When: Thursday, December 11th, 8:30 - 10:30 am (breakfast from 8:00 - 8:30 am)

Where: 2024 Building, Suite 2-1002, 2024 East Monument Street

Speaker: Dr. David Yousem

Contact and RSVP: Valentina Viertel (410-502-5521); RSVP here

Welch Library Courses

The Welch Medical Library offers the following classes and lectures for our faculty, staff and students. For more information, see here.

Other Opportunities

  • Registration for the National Postdoctoral Association 2015 Annual Meeting is now open (link)
  • The Dan David Prize scholarship ($15K; due 3/10/15, application link; for details about selected fields of interest, click here)
  • Research Study, paid participation: Physical & Mental Fatigue Study (link)
  • Request for guest editors for Biochemistry Insights Journal (contact Mariana Figuera Losada)
  • Association of Women in Science is recruiting new leaders on their Executive Board (more info; if interested, contact Ekemini Riley)



Recent additions listed below.

  • New England Anti-Vivisection Society $40,000 postdoc grant for non-animal alternatives in women’s health/sex differences (due 12/15; details, link)
  • Pearl M. Stetler Research Fund for Women Physicians, $65,000 awards (due 1/15/15; contact Meredith McCormack; link)
  • 2 postdoc positions in Dr. Mark Anderson’s lab; research in calcium and redox signaling and mitochondrial metabolism in cardiac physiology & disease (link)
  • Lead Clinical Research Associate (In-House), Hinckley, OH (link)
  • Sleep and Performance Scientist (link)
  • Protein Engineer/Molecular Biology Scientist (link)
  • Biogen Idec Postdoctoral Program (link)
  • Research Opportunities in Europe for NSF-funded postdocs (link)
  • International opportunity: Scientific Instrumentation (link)
  • Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Scientific Grants Manager (link)
  • American Heart Association fellowship (due 1/16/15; link)


All Job and Fellowship listings are compiled here.

Details on NIH job listings are also compiled here.

Receive grant alerts here

Other opportunities can be found here.


Recurring Events

  • Baltimore Farmer's Market, Sundays (underneath the Jones Falls overpass) Expressway on Saratoga Street between Holliday and Gay Street)
  • Thursday Nights at the Walters, FREE art exhibits every Thurs., 5-9pm

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

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