November Postdoc Newsletter


November 2014 Updates


Dear Postdocs:


The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is pleased to share several upcoming events and programs in the month of  November, including a workshop on immigration possibilities and career development for international postdocs and fellowship opportunities.




Postdoc Orientation

November 13th from 10:00am – 11:30, New Cabell Hall 504


We encourage all new postdocs to attend our monthly New Postdoc Orientation where you will receive an overview of the services that will help get you started and connected to the community. Registration Requested.


Monthly Lunch and Learn Series: Time Management

November 13th from 12:00-1:00, New Cabell Hall 349

We provide the cookies and tea and you bring your bag lunch!


Presenter: Dr. Karlin Luedtke, Assistant Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality and Association Dean for the International Residential College.


Registration Requested.


Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science Workshops

November 14th


Overview: The goal is to help participants learn to communicate more effectively about science with people outside their field, including the general public, policy makers, the media, students, potential employers or funders and prospective collaborators in other disciplines. Through discussion and practice, we will focus on fundamental skills – knowing your audience, connecting with your audience, and speaking clearly and conversationally about your work and why it matters.


Events Include:

8:30-9:30 am: Introduction to Communicating Science General Session (unlimited attendees, required attendance for those participating in the hands-on Improvisation for Scientists workshop) OLSSON 120


9:30 am -12:30 pm: Improve for Scientists Workshop-32 participants will be selected (based on order of registration and completion of questions below) to participate in the Improvisation for Scientists workshop where you will discover theater exercises that help you connect more directly with listeners. It’s not about acting or comedy – it’s about paying dynamic attention to the people you’re talking with. Rodman Room, THORNTON HALL


1:30-2:30 pm: Introduction to Distilling your Message General Session (unlimited attendees, required attendance for those participating in the hands-on Distilling your Message workshop) MONROE 130


2:30-4:30 pm: Distilling your Message Workshop-16 participants will be selected (based on order of registration and completion of registration question-participants must have attended the morning workshop of Improvisation for Scientists) to participate in the Distilling your Message workshop where you will learn how to talk clearly and conversationally about complex science without “dumbing it down.” NEW CABELL HALL, 562


Learn more about events and register here. Advance registration required.



Immigration Possibilities and Career Development for International Postdocs

November 18th from 12:00-1:30, Jordan Hall ABC


The workshop will focus on issues that relate to career development and transition in the context of immigration options and limitations. Workshop topics will include:

·         Do postdocs' visas transfer to a new job?

·         How does this change if it's an academic or a non-academic job?

·         What are the steps for getting a green card and how can an individual strengthen their resume to apply for a self-petitioned application?

·         What are J-1 Visas and the Two Year Home Residence Requirement? 


In addition, postdocs will have the opportunity to meet with the speaker for one-on-one consultations following the workshop. (Only 10 slots available-you must attend the workshop in order to request a consultation)


About the Speaker:

Brendan Delaney is a native of Northern Ireland and joined the firm in December 2000. Brendan received his Juris Doctor at The Catholic University of America in Washington DC, and became a partner in January 2009. He has been invited to speak at the Annual Meeting of the NPA, and NAFSA, as well as conducting legal seminars at Universities and institutions across the United States. Brendan has co-authored numerous articles related to postdoctoral issues for the Post Docket (quarterly newsletter of the NPA), and currently serves on their Advisory Council.


Click here to register for the workshop!


Click here to register for a 1-on-1 consultation!



Chalk Talk/Happy Hour Series

November 21st  from 5:00-6:30pm, OpenGrounds


Join your fellow postdocs and hear about the research happening all around grounds, network, and enjoy refreshments! This is a drop-in event. Chalks occur in between networking and mingling among postdocs.


ARE YOU INTERESTED IN HOSTING A WINTER HAPPY HOUR/CHALK TALK IN YOUR DEPARTMENT? If so, please contact Melissa ( We are looking to make the Chalk Talk/Happy Hour series mobile in the Winter/Spring months!


Professional Headshots for Postdocs

December 11th  from 11:00-1:00pm


The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs has contracted Professional Photographer Billy Arbour to take professional headshots for postdocs. Each postdoc will receive 2 JPEG files (1 high res for print; 1 low res for online use) emailed after the session.


Take advantage of this FREE opportunity to get a lasting professional image for use on LinkedIn, your personal webpage, Bios, and more!


Sign up in Advance!





Parkinson’s Disease Foundation Grant Opportunities


The Parkinson's Disease Foundation has several grant opportunities for the upcoming 2014-2015 grant cycle. Letters of intent for our PDF Postdoctoral Fellowship (for Basic Scientists and Neurologists) open Saturday, November 1st, and are due Monday, December 1st. We also have summer fellowships for medical and undergraduate students to conduct research, travel awards for graduate and medical students to present data at PD-related conferences, conference awards for established investigators to organize a meeting on PD, and partnership awards with the Parkinson Study Group and Howard Hughes Medical Institute for clinicians.


Please see the attached document for deadline details, as well as our website for eligibility: