JHPDA Weekly Bulletin

14 April 2014

contact: postdoc@jhmi.edu

website: jhpda.jhu.edu

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Did you know? It’s Dollar Days at the Cooley Fitness Center this week (April 14-19). Anyone can try out the Cooley Fitness Center for only $1 per day.



New Content

Recurring Content

JHPDA Meetings

None this week

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

Tax Information

The filing of Federal Taxes for the 2013 year  is due by April 15th, 2014.

Tax information for non-resident aliens (NRA). Need information about tax preparation, or resources and software for preparing taxes? For more information about taxes, click here. To learn about accessing tax preparation software, click here. Contact the Hopkins Tax Office (tax@jhu.edu) with questions.

Please read this important tax information

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)

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: JHU School of Medicine Policy for Implementing the NEW NRSA Salary Increase


NOTE: ALL questions regarding implementation of this policy should be discussed individually with your department contact.

The JHPDA will not provide further information. You can refer department contacts to the official university memo. (click here) 

Effective immediately, all NEW postdoctoral fellows, regardless of funding source, shall be paid according to the NIH stipend scale listed to the left and here.

Stipend Adjustments for existing NIH/NRSA-supported fellows

Fellows supported by NIH/NRSA funds who were appointed on or after October 1, 2013, shall receive a retroactive stipend increase to the new amount for their PGY level.

Fellows appointed prior to October 1, 2013 will receive an annual stipend increase on their anniversary date of appointment and shall be compensated at the next PGY level on the FY2014 scale.

Stipend Adjustment for existing fellows supported by non-NIH/NRSA funds

On the fellow's next anniversary date, the fellow shall be compensated at the next PGY

level on the FY2014 scale.

Finally, any postdoctoral fellow, regardless of funding source shall never go more than 12 months without a stipend increase. The Office of Postdoctoral Programs conducts an annual stipend analysis and will require stipends to be paid at the appropriate PGY level.


International Committee’s Spanish Movie Night


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The international committee invites you to a Spanish movie night. Film is titled "Tesis (Thesis)"

Popcorn, cookies, and drinks provided!

When: Tues. April 15, 2014, 6:30pm

Where: PCTB 113/114

Contact: Thibault Mauxion

Inviting Submissions: Photo Exhibit Featuring Your Country


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The world is full of awesome places - show fellow postdocs where you’re from. The JHPDA Internationals Committee is requesting photos of your country! Photos will be displayed later this spring at a photo exhibit and dinner.

Email submissions to postdoc@jhmi.edu (only 1 photo per postdoc!).

Deadline:  April 15, 2014

Journal Peer Review:  How to Review and Respond

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Would you like to be a peer reviewer for journals?  What do editors expect and how can your review be of help to the authors?  As an author, how should you respond to reviewer comments?

Speaker: Dr. Jose G. Merino (U.S. Clinical Research Editor, British Medical Journal)

When: Wednesday, April 16, 12-1 pm

Where: Mountcastle Auditorium (1st floor, PCTB)

Postdoctoral fellows and graduate students are welcome!

The 1st Annual Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Retreat

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The JHPDA and HWPDA cordially invite all postdocs to:

“Let me tell you”

A Day of Learning to Communicate About Research

All postdocs at Hopkins and Hopkins affiliated institutes are invited to attend and encouraged to submit an abstract. $750 travel awards (for future conferences) and oral presentations for top three abstracts, poster prizes, and more!

Deadline to be considered for a travel award is THIS FRIDAY 18th of April, 5pm.

Register here

When: May 16, 2014; 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Where: Homewood Campus, Hodson Hall

For more information, go to postdocretreat.jhu.edu/ 


JHPDA Events

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.

Course Director: Donna Vogel

When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays; April 29 - May 22, 2014

Where: Mountcastle Auditorium (1st floor, PCTB)

Register: click here

Other Opportunities


  • Science of Learning Institute Belgian Beer Event (RSVP by 4/14, event on 4/17 in Phipps Building, Room 340, 1800 Orleans Street )
  • 7th Annual Johns Hopkins Women’s Health Research Symposium (Submit Abstract by 4/16, Register here, link)
  • JHU Entrepreneurship Week (4/21-5/2, link, RSVP)
  • STEM Postdoc Career Fair (4/24; 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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