Monday, September 25, 2017

September 25 PDA Newsletter

National Postdoc Appreciation Week Recap
Thanks to everyone that participated in NPAW events last week!
Winners of the Outstanding Postdoc and Outstanding Mentor will be announced shortly. Thanks to everyone who sent in nominations.
As part of NPAW, the PDA sent a letter to all postdoc mentors to encourage them to support postdoc career development, and the letter was signed by Dean Scott Lanyon and Associate Dean Yoji Shimizu.

PDA Steering Committee Meeting
September 28 @11:45 AM

All are invited to attend the PDA monthly steering committee meeting.

WHEN: September 28, 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
WHERE: Johnston Hall, room 331

Empowering Women in Science: Open House Invitation

September 29 @4 PM

Empowering Women in Science Steering Committee invites you to join them at their Open House, on September 29th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in 1-101 MRF. Their initiative was started by graduate students and postdocs in the Center for Immunology. They organized events last semester with the Center's support, and recently also obtained funding from the Women's Center to continue their mission.

Come to learn about their goals, resources, and upcoming events, and interact with scientists interested in promoting gender equality on campus and beyond. Drinks and snacks will be provided, so RSVP here

All are welcome!

Imaging Fellowship Opportunity at Harvard University

Harvard University is seeking life and physical scientists with an interest in imaging to develop innovative imaging technologies, lead biological investigations using these technologies, or both, for an exciting position as a John Harvard Distinguished Science Fellow (JHDSF).

Fellows will work as independent researchers; receive funding to run a small research group; and will be appointed for a three-year term (two year extension after review).

Candidates should have recently completed a PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Engineering or related areas, or should complete a PhD by the time their appointment begins.

Application Deadline is October 29, 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

National Postdoc Appreciation Week

NPAW - September 18th-22nd

This year, National Postdoc Appreciation Week starts on September 18, and we've been hard at work to put together an exciting program for career development and advocacy. This is a great chance to get involved with the postdoc association, make contacts in the private sector, or just get to know other postdocs at the U.

PDA Townhall
September 18 @12:30 PM - 2 PM
The PDA will be holding a townhall to introduce postdocs to the Postdoctoral Association, what we do, how postdocs fit in to the community at the University of Minnesota, and to hear your questions, concerns, and opinions.

We will be reviewing what we have done over the past year, including: explaining changes to the FLSA and its status under the new administration, advocating for postdoctoral rights with the White House, travelling to DC, changing our position in the University Senate, changing mentoring at the U, trying to create a career office, advocating with the National Postdoc Association, and more.

Food to be provided

Speakers: Geoff Rojas, Kristina Burrack, Ben Intoy, Alisha Aagesen, Katie Block

Seminar: My IDP with Noro Andriamanalina
September 19th @2 PM - 3 PM
A seminar reviewing an efficient process at creating the professional agreement that guarantees a successful postdoctoral appointment and improving the relationship between you and your mentor.

Speaker: Noro Andriamanalina

WHERE: Weaver-Densford Hall W2-110
WHEN: September 19, 2PM
Food will be provided

Ice Cream Social
September 20th @3 PM
An ice cream social for postdocs on campus! Show up, have some free ice cream, play games, talk to your fellow coworkers, and have a chance to relax on campus!

WHEN: September 20, 3PM
WHERE: Outside Northrup Plaza 

Postdoc Happy Hour
September 21 @6 PM
The PDA will be hosting a happy hour at the Kitty Cat Club in Dinky Town starting at 6 PM

Poster Symposium & Award Ceremony
September 22nd @12 AM - 2 PM
The postdoc research symposium (September 22nd, 12 PM) is a poster session where postdocs will have the chance to interact with judges and representatives from local industry. There will be awards both from the PDA and local companies and the awards ceremony will feature various speakers
You can register posters for the poster session here, there is no fee, there is a limit to the number of poster spots available.
If you have questions, please direct them to We hope you'll take advantage of this opportunity to build a stronger postdoc community at the U. 
Limited poster printing is available. Contact with questions.

Outstanding Scholar/Mentor Awards
We will be presenting awards for Best Scholar and Outstanding Mentor at our Postdoctoral Research Symposium. Deadline for nominations was September 2nd.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Professional Devlopment Update, Jan 17, 2017