June 17, 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 June 16, 2014 - click here.

Spotlight Jobs of the Week
Helpful Hints

Positive Productivity Points

By Craig Jarrow

GPS for Mindy, Body & Soul


by Dr. Samantha Sutton for MindBodyGreen





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Postdoc Corner
LEGO to Create New Kit Consisting of Three Female Scientists

The number of women on university science faculties has been growing too slowly to satisfy many people. But one category of researchers-miniature ones made of plastic-will soon get an infusion of female members. LEGO, the manufacturer of the plastic-block construction sets beloved by children everywhere, has announced that a new kit consisting of three female scientists and their research gear will hit the market by the fall. 


The new group is multidisciplinary, with figures representing an astronomer, a chemist, and a paleontologist. As LEGO deconstructs the stereotype that women can't do science, kids will be building a dinosaur, a telescope, and a chemistry lab. The three new figures join LEGO's first-ever female scientist, a member of an unspecified discipline that involves flasks of colored liquid, who  made her debut last year.

The idea for this kit beat out a number of other proposals. Maia Weinstock offers background at Scientific American.

To read the full article by Benderly, click here.
The ND Postdoc Newsletter wants to share your research or article you have written with the ND Postdoc Community.  If you would like to submit an article for the newsletter, please email Kim Patton.

Career Services
Seven Worst Interview Bloopers & Tips on How to Handle Them

In the course of my short career of four years I have sit for at least a dozen interviews for a wide variety of positions, in a wide variety of organizations. Right from executive to manager, and from a startup of fifteen to a multinational of more than 10,000 employees, I have had the opportunity to appear in front of a wide range of HR managers. I made through most of them (with varying degree of success). Whatever the outcome, I always made it a point to get some feedback from the HR regarding my interview; the good and the bad. These tips are a result of my personal observation, inputs from HR managers and a little common sense. 


Click here to read about the bloopers and their tips by Tyagi.


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. 
Summer Learning Programs from ND Human Resorces
ND Human Resources provides workshops for all ND employees. For a full list of courses offered this summer, descriptions, dates/times and registration click here.

Calendar of Events
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 - Click here to be part of the discussion.


Location: Outside LaFortune (campus map) - bring your lunch, drinks and treats will be provided.


Price: via Amazon  - Kindle $9.00 or Paperback $14.98 
Postdoc Summer Picnic


Mark your calendars to attend the first annual Postdoc Summer Picnic.  We will also be celebrating the 1 Year Anniversary of the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars.  There will be food, games, prizes and a DUNK TANK.  This event is free to all ND Postdocs and their families.


When: Thursday, July 17

Time:  11:30am - 1:30pm

Location: Irish Green - south part of campus (Map location)


Stay tuned for further details about the summer picnic!!  We look forward to having some fun with all of you on July 17th.


World Cup Game Watches


The 2014 World Cup will air from Thursday, June 12 through Sunday, July 13. Join your fellow students, faculty and staff to watch your favorite teams compete for the championship title in the LaFortune Montgomery Auditorium. A full schedule of game watches is available online


Sponsored by Notre Dame International, the LaFortune Student Center, Graduate Student Life, the Graduate Student Union and the Student Activities Office. 


PhD Comics


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