May 27, 2014
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One-on-One Consultations

Do you need assistance with career services, finding funding, developing an IDP or have questions but don't know whom to ask or where to go? Click here to schedule a One-on-One consultation with Kim Patton.
ND Calendar & Events
For a full listing of events on the Notre Dame campus for the week of May 26, 2014 - click here.

Spotlight Jobs of the Week
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GPS for Mindy, Body & Soul


by Geoffrey James for Business Insider



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Postdoc Corner
Notre Dame Study Reveals that Particle Size Matters for Environmental DNA Monitoring

University of Notre Dame scientists have now published the first detailed investigation of just how small (or big) environmental DNA, or eDNA, particles really are, and their results provide important guidance for all eDNA monitoring programs.
The new study from the lab of David Lodge, Notre Dame's Ludmilla F. and Stephen J. Galla Professor of Biological Sciences, and freely available online in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution, compared performance across centrifugation and filter pore sizes from 0.2 to 180 micrometers. It also provides a simple equation for calculating combinations of filter pore size and water volume to capture equivalent amounts of eDNA. The scientists used a highly specific quantitative PCR test to measure carp eDNA, but they also quantified total eDNA - the DNA from any species - and found it was most concentrated in particles smaller than 1 micrometer. Because abundant total eDNA can interfere with the detection of eDNA from a rare species, this result further recommends the use of filter pore sizes greater than 1 micrometer.
Matthew Barnes is a postdoc at the Environmental Change Initiative and is part of the team conducting this research. Matthew conducts research to predict and explain species distributions and dispersal in aquatic systems, with a particular focus on biological invasions. 
To read more about Matthew and his research, click here.
PhDs at Work

A smart and diverse network open to new ideas and new opportunities. Make new professional contacts. Gain expert insight on managing your career. Learn from peers who have transitioned beyond academia. Join us and network with your fellow PhDs At Work.


Check out the website here.

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Career Services
By Elaine To for Scizzle Blog

So you're nearing the end of your PhD. It's a time for celebration, right? Unfortunately, the shining dream of becoming a professor in academia that you started with has faded. It's no longer your career path, and all those seminars on how to land the perfect postdoctoral position no longer apply to you. Searching for a job in the real world sounds scary at first, especially in the current economy. 


Click  here to read the full article by To and see the 5 ways to jump start your career.


Professional Development
Workshops from the Kaneb Center

Are you interested in learning more about discipline-specific teaching and learning in the university setting? The university offers short credit-bearing summer graduate courses on university teaching and learning in various fields!  Consider taking one of this year's courses 


For class descriptions, click here.


National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity


The University has entered into a relationship with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) to provide additional professional development training opportunities for faculty and postdoctoral scholars.  Our institutional membership allows all Postdoctral Scholars, Assistant Professors, and Associate Professors to participate in most of the programs without further cost.  Click here for more information. 
Workshops from ND Human Resorces
ND Human Resources provides workshops for all ND employees. For a full list of courses, descriptions, dates/times and registration click here.

Calendar of Events
ND Postdoc Women's Mixer


Friday, June 6, 6pm-8pm, Eck Visitor's/Alumni Center


Please join your fellow ND Postdoc Women for a fun evening to get to know each other and to learn about the newly formed ND Postdoc Women's Group open to all ND Postdoc Women. Drinks and appetizers will be provided.


Please RSVP here to let us know your coming.


ND Postdoc Women's Book Club


Book: (Forget a Mentor) Find a Sponsor 


Author: Sylvia Ann Hewlett  


Synopsis: Discusses professional development and the people that can help you achieve your goals and how to deepen the relationships that will get you where you want to go in your career.


Discussion: June 27, 2014 at noon - Register here to be part of the discussion.


Location: TBD


Price: via Amazon  - Kindle $9.00 or Paperback $14.98 
World On Tap


When: Wednesday, June 4, 5:00-7:00 p.m.


Location: Rohr's at the Morris Inn


International graduate students and scholars are invited to The World on Tap, a monthly social at Rohr's. Free appetizers will be provided. The first 50 international students and scholars will also receive a free drink ticket valued up to $6. Please bring a valid photo ID.


PhD Comics


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