JHPDA Weekly Bulletin

19 May 2014

contact: postdoc@jhmi.edu

website: jhpda.jhu.edu

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Did you know? Results from the 2014 JHPDA Policy and Advocacy Survey can now be viewed and/or downloaded here.


New Content

Recurring Content

Upcoming JHPDA Meetings

International Committee Meeting

Interested in International postdoctoral affairs and events? Come join us!

When: May 27th, 6pm - 7pm

Where: Cobblestone Cafe (Nelson Building, Hospital Cafeteria)

Contact: Thibault Mauxion

Policy and Advocacy Committee Meeting

Interested in issues related to science policy, and/or have questions or ideas about policies at Johns Hopkins? Come join us!

When: June 3rd, 9am-10am

Where: Smith Building (corner of Broadway and Orleans), 4th floor conference room 4003)

Contact: Stephen Gee

JHPDA Monthly Board Meeting

Come meet new people, get involved, and share ideas! Snacks will be available. All Postdocs are welcome!

When: Wednesday, June 4th, 5:30pm-6:30pm

Where: Preclinical Teaching Building (PCTB) 113/114

Contact: Nick Puts or Blythe Shepard

JHPDA monthly board meeting minutes can be found here.

Socials Committee Meeting

Have ideas for social gatherings? Want to help brainstorm, plan, and organize postdoc events? Come join us!

When: Wednesday, June 5th, 12pm

Where: Life of Reilly, 2031 E Fairmount Ave

Contact: Orion Furmanski

Communications Committee

Interested in communicating ideas and events? Interested in reorganizing our webpage? Come join us!

When: Tuesday, June 10th, 11am

Where: Daily Grind, Miller Research Building, 3rd floor

Contact: Corinne Pettigrew

Future JHPDA Events

Shuttle Social

When: Tuesday, May 20th, 6-8 pm

Where: Heavy Seas Alehouse in Fell’s Point. 1300 Bank St., Charm City Circulator Green line stop #104

Whitewater Rafting

When: Saturday, May 31st, 11am - 2pm

Where: Harpers Ferry, WV

See center panel for more details!

JHPDA Executive Council 


Co-president: Blythe Shepard

Co-president: Nick Puts

Treasurer: Cara Altimus and Jeff Norris

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



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

Homewood-Peabody-JHMI Shuttle Survey

The Homewood-Peabody-JHMI Shuttle is in the midst of refocusing their efforts on safety and customer service. In order to figure out where changes need to be made, they are requesting feedback from passengers. Please complete this important survey here or contact: Roman Steichen


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: Nominate a JHPDA Officer


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Do you know anyone who is interested in contributing to the oldest postdoctoral association in the country? Would they be great at making decisions that can influence the postdoctoral experience of yourself and your colleagues? If yes, then nominate them for an officer position in the JHPDA!

Self-nominations are allowed! All SOM and SPH postdocs are eligible for nomination.

Send your nominations to postdoc@jhmi.edu. Please add [Nomination] and the officer position in the email subject line.

Please submit your nominations before June 7th

There are Four Elected JHPDA Officer positions:

  • Two Co-President positions (To be eligible for these positions, the nominee must have been an active JHPDA member in 2013-2014)
  • Treasurer (No prior experience is required )
  • Secretary (No prior experience is required )

Nominees will be contacted on June 14th


Shuttle Social, Tues., May 20

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Join the JHPDA for a nice evening out by attending our shuttle social at the Heavy Seas Alehouse in Fell’s Point.

Meet and enjoy the company of fellow postdocs!

When: Tuesday, May 20th, 6-8 pm

Where: Heavy Seas Alehouse in Fell’s Point.  1300 Bank St., Charm City Circulator Green line stop #104

Contact: postdoc@jhmi.edu

Whitewater Rafting, Sat., May 31

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Are you an outdoor enthusiast? Come whitewater rafting with the JHPDA, as we will raft across the borders of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia on the Shenandoah River. This is a beginner level course, so no previous rafting experience is required.

When: Saturday, May 31st, 11 am to 2 pm

Where: Harpers Ferry, WV

Cost: $74

Registration and payment are due by 2:00 pm on Tuesday, May 27. Contact Justin La Favor (jlafavo3@jhmi.edu) to sign-up, or with questions.


JHPDA Events: Please check back next week

Professional Development Office (PDO) Events:

Writing for Publication

An intensive workshop designed to demystify publishing research. Topics covered include:  the purpose of a publication, choosing a journal, authorship issues, planning: parts of the paper and their importance, specifics of effective scientific writing, presenting data-figures and tables, and understanding peer review.

When: Monday, May 19, 2014, 9am -2pm

Where: Mountcastle Auditorium (1st floor, PCTB)

Register: click here.

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

A Series of Talks by Dr. Toby Freedman

The PDO and the Biomedical Careers Initiative are happy to announce a series of talks by Dr. Toby Freedman, author of Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development (see flyer). For more info and to register for the events below, visit the BCI events page.

 DAY 1: Tuesday, May 20th

Talk #1: “The Many Career Opportunities in Industry, Government and Non Profit Organizations,” 11am, Wood Basic Science Building (WBSB) Auditorium

Talk #2: “Job Search Strategies in Industry: Networking and Resume Development,” 1:30pm, WBSB Auditorium

Small group session for postdocs: Pursuing job opportunities, 3:45pm, Room 2-108 of the 1830 Building

Lunch will be served for attendees at 12:30pm.

 DAY 2: Events on Wednesday, May 21st

Talk #3: “Interviewing and Informational Interviews” seminar, 11am, WBSB Auditorium

Talk #4: “What to Look for in a Company, Salary Comps and the Current Economy,” 1:00pm, WBSB Auditorium

Lunch will be served for attendees at 12:00pm.

Understanding Your Career Interests and Personality Preferences

Illuminate the path to better career choices by relating psychological type to the Individual Development Plan. Based on Jung’s theory of type, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a self-report questionnaire that identifies normal personality differences and preferences that each of us has. Understanding and appreciating these differences (or unique gifts) can be a valuable way to better communicate and collaborate in the workplace and in our personal lives. Use the free online version of an Individual Development Plan, myIDP from the Sciencecareers.org portal, to identify your specific skills, values and interests. Then connect these with your personality preference using practical concepts and exercises during the 3-hour workshop.

When: Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 12 -3pm

Where: 1830 E. Monument Street Building, Classroom 2-108

Register: click here. Register and pay by Friday, May 23rd. 25 person limit

Note: There is a fee of $20 for taking the MBTI. You must complete the online MBTI and you are encouraged to complete myIDP before attending the workshop.

Information Session: Teaching Fellows Program

Attention all East Baltimore Postdocs and 2+ year Graduate Students!   Interested in a career with a major teaching component?  Interested in gaining mentored teaching experience at a local college or university?  Did you know that Hopkins has partnered with the University of Maryland School of Medicine to expand the Teaching Fellow Programs?  

  • Teaching sites now include Notre Dame University of Maryland, Towson University, Loyola University of Maryland, Goucher College and Stevenson University.
  • Come join us at this information session to learn more from faculty and participants.  Following the presentations, you will have the opportunity to meet and network informally with the mentors and current Teaching Fellows.

When: Tuesday, June 3 from 3-5 pm.  

Where: Southern Management Corporation (SMC) Campus Center, 621 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Map of location.

Other Opportunities

Recent additions listed below. Full descriptions here.

  • Informational meeting on research opportunities in Singapore (Bethesda, MD, 5/22). Details here.
  • 2nd annual Pediatric Translational Research Workshop for Basic Scientists at CHOP (applications due by 5/23; link)
  • 7th Annual NIH Career Symposium (5/26; link)
  • FDA Commissioner’s Fellowship (apply by 5/26; link)
  • 8th Annual Chapel Hill Pharmaceutical Sciences Conference (5/28-5/29) (link)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) 8-week course (6/2) Email:  jsivo1@jhmi.edu; link)
  • Data scientist training program, 6-week fellowship (6/09-7/18; details & application)
  • Johns Hopkins Schizophrenia Center 3rd Annual Symposium (6/11; link)
  • The Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (6/16-7/03; register by 6/20; link); contact JHU SOM registrar for tuition support
  • 2014 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration (6/26-6/27; link)
  • Johns Hopkins Entrepreneurship Bootcamp (7/17-8/29; link; register by 6/30; link)


Recent additions listed below. Full descriptions here.


Recent additions listed below. Full descriptions here.

  • L’Oreal USA For Women in Science Fellowship. (deadline 5/19; link)
  • 2014 First Award Fellowship Program (National Space Biomedical Research Institute; deadline 6/6; link)
  • Armenise-Harvard Career Development Awards (deadline 7/15; 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)
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers (link)
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in understanding Alzheimer’s disease pathogenesis (link)
  • International Opportunity: Scientific Instrumentation (link)
  • Director of Policy and Advocacy, Society for Neuroscience (link)


All Job and Fellowship listings are compiled here.

Details on NIH job listings are also compiled here.

Other opportunities can be found here.


  • Baltimore Farmer's Market, Sundays (underneath the Jones Falls Expressway on Saratoga Street between Holliday and Gay Street
  • Thursday Nights at the Walters, every Thursday from 5-9 pm enjoy art exhibits for FREE!
  • Promotions and Giveaways for Baltimore Orioles’ baseball games

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

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