February 3, 2015
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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 February 2, 2015 - click here.

Academic iNDex

  • A secure, easily accessible, online repository for your academic and professional information
  • An index of your publications, presentations, grants, work history, and other academic achievements
  • A resource for identifying scholars eligible for specific grant and fellowship opportunities
  • A tool to quickly create personalized CVs, resume, lists of publication or presentations, and more
For more information about Academic iNDex and how to use it, click here.

Versatile PhD - Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Discover interesting career paths as an alternative to the faculty track
  • Join a large community of post-academics to consult about your situation and the versatility of your PhD, MA, or postdoctoral appointment
  • Read job listings appropriate for postdocs
  • Network with successful post-academic PhDs nationwide
For more information about Versatile PhD and how to use it, click here.

Spotlight Jobs of the Week
Helpful Hints

Positive Productivity Points

By Andrew O'Connell for Harvard Business Review

by Erin Greenawald for The Muse



Social Media

Postdoc Corner
Do You Have Mysterious Dragons in Your Research?

Joseph Barber for Inside Higher Ed


Deep down, I think that everyone dreams that they could one day stand up and deliver a mind-blowing, heartstring-tugging, or perspective-changing talk about their own research that looks and feels like this (or like many of the other TED-talk presentations you may have seen).  What's more, we all would like to imagine ourselves seeming so composed, fluent, and engaging while giving this imaginary talk.  I mean, where are his notes?  Where is the lectern to hide behind?  Why doesn't he seem to be shaking? 


The truth is that you can probably give a talk like this (not with all the dancing perhaps)--but it takes work.  


To read the full article by Barber, click here.

7 Tips for Women at Science Conferences

Hilda Bastian for PLOS


Women are really losing out at many science conferences.


Large chunks of our lives are spent listening to men talking - often unbroken by a female voice for hours at a time - especially from the podium for major speaking sessions and the discussions that follow.


It's a glaring outward sign of women's relative disadvantage in many areas of science - and one of the factors contributing to it, too. When scientists congregate, our thoughts form, shift, and re-align. Our collaborations do, too. The Brownian motion can strike up new opportunities and recognition - lynchpins for progressing ideas as well as careers.


To read the full article by Bastian, click here.

Seeking Postdoc Volunteers

The Postdoc Office is looking for volunteers for Translation and Interpretation Services.


We are looking for volunteers to act as translators or interpreters for incoming international postdocs. You may be asked to accompany the incoming postdoc to Human Resources to complete their incoming paperwork and/or accompany the incoming postdoc to their Postdoc Office Welcome.


If you have a high level of proficiency in ANY language and would like to be included in the volunteer Interpreter Database please complete this short form.


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
Graduate Career Consortium's PhD & Master's Virtual Career Fair


Register NOW for the annual Graduate Career Consortium's PhD & Master's Virtual Career Fair.  


This fair is free of charge to students but you must register to be able to attend.  This is a virtual fair, so chat room times will vary by company throughout the day. Review the schedule for company times.  There are currently 25 employers registered for the event.  The event is open to ND Postdocs. Upload your resume and get seen by employers prior to the event!

  • Date: February 17, 2015
  • Cost: FREE
  • Employer List: Click here.
  • Register: Click here.  You must register to be part of the event. 

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Writing and Rewriting the CV


Ellen Mayock for Inside Higher Ed


Keeping a "course of the life" (curriculum vitae) is no easy task. 

Nevertheless, once you have a solid C.V. started, you will be in great shape. Here are a few items for you to keep in mind and a few simple instructions to follow as you craft your C.V.


Know Your Field

If you have ever been a grant reviewer or served on a pre-tenure or tenure committee in a different department, you will have noticed that not all fields have the same expectations for the C.V. and that not all C.V.s in the same field are alike. Examine a variety of C.V.s in your field to discern general practices. You can surf the web to find these and ask colleagues for a copy of their C.V.s. Many professional guides also include sample C.V.s.


Click here to read the full article by Mayock.


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Funding Opportunties
There are several funding opportunities for ND Postdocs.  Here is a list.  Links are provided for specific details to each award below.

The L'Oréal USA For Women In Science fellowship program will award five post-doctoral women scientists in the United States this year with grants of up to $60,000 each. Applicants are welcome from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics.


Applications will open on February 2, 2015 and are due on March 20, 2015.


For more information on the L'Oreal Fellowship, click  here.

Provides opportunities for scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking and implementation while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills to policymakers.


For more information on the AAAS Fellowship Resources, click here.

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) is seeking applicants for postdoctoral training awards in translational research. 


For more information on the Indiana CTSI Awards and a link to the application, click here.

International Postdocs
The World on Tap
  • Date: Wednesday, February 4
  • Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m., 
  • Location: Rohr's at the Morris Inn (map)
International postdocs and grad students are invited to The World on Tap, a monthly social at Rohr's. Free appetizers will be provided. The first 50 international postdocs and grad students will also receive a free drink ticket valued up to $6. Please bring a valid photo ID.


Tax Assistance Program

The Notre Dame Saint Mary's College Tax Assistance Program (TAP) offers free tax return preparation services to international visitors. All international visitors in F-1 or J-1 status MUST file a tax return, even if they earned no income during 2014.

Tax services to international clients are by appointment only. Due to the many variables in international client tax situations, all international visitors are required to use the online Appointment Scheduling Process (ASP) to schedule their appointments. The ASP will guide tax clients to the preparer best suited to assist in their tax return preparations.

You may access the ASP here beginning on February 9, 2015. You will log in using your NetID and password. There are many special circumstances considered in preparing tax returns. Based on your circumstances, the online ASP system will provide you with online help and instructions on each screen. Please follow all instructions carefully.

For more information about TAP, click here.


Professional Development
Graduate School Professional Development Programs

All postdocs may take professional development programs from the Graduate School.  Here are the upcoming programs:


Tuesday, February 3rd
    • Ethics Cafe: Ethical Leadership 
      • 1:00 - 2:00pm
      • Location: Geddes Coffeehouse

Tuesday, February 10th

    • EAP Workshop: English Pronunciation Strategies and Techniques
      • 6:30 - 7:45pm
      • Location: 303 DeBartolo Hall

Friday, February 13th

    • Community Engagement Workshop: Religion and Spirituality in Pedagogies of Community Engagement
      • 11:45am - 1:15pm
      • Location: 223 Geddes Hall
Monday, February 16th
    • EAP Workshop: Paraphrasing, Using Sources Effectively, and Avoiding Plagiarism
      • 6:30 - 7:45pm
      • Location: 303 DeBartolo Hall
For workshop descriptions and registration instructions, click here. 


Workshops from the NCFDD

The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity is an independent professional development, training and mentoring community of over 71,000 graduate students, postdocs, and faculty members. The NCDFF is 100% dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers.  They offer on-campus workshops, professional development training, and intensive mentoring programs.


The University of Notre Dame is an institutional member of the NCFDD. Through Notre Dame's membership, ND Postdocs may claim an Institutional Sub-account Membership at no cost and enjoy all the benefits of a NCFDD Individual Membership.  Register here to join NCFDD.


For a list of the Spring 2015 webinars, click here.


Workshops from the Kaneb Center

Are you interested in learning more about discipline-specific teaching and learning in the university setting? The university workshops on university teaching and learning in various fields!  Consider enrolling in one of the workshops.


 For workshop descriptions, click here.


Hesburgh Libraries and Center for Digital Scholarship Workshops

The Hesburgh Libraries and Center for Digital Scholarship workshops are offered to all ND Postdocs.


Tuesday, February 3rd

    • Using ArcGIS
      • 12:00 - 1:00pm
      • Location: CDS Classroom (Rm 129), 1st Floor Hesburgh Library

Thursday, February 12th

    • Basic Satellite Imagery Analysis
      • 3:00 - 4:00pm
      • Location: CDS Classroom (Rm 129), 1st Floor Hesburgh Library

Friday, February 13th

    • Introduction to Text Mining
      • 1:10 - 2:00pm
      • Location: CDS Classroom (Rm 129), 1st Floor Hesburgh Library
    • Using Voyant Tools
      • 2:00 - 2:45pm
      • Location: CDS Classroom (Rm 129), 1st Floor Hesburgh Library
    • Using JSTOR's Data for Research
      • 3:00 - 3:45pm
      • Location: CDS Classroom (Rm 129), 1st Floor Hesburgh Library
    • Text Mining and Hathi Trust
      • 4:00 - 4:45pm
      • Location: CDS Classroom (Rm 129), 1st Floor Hesburgh Library
More information: library.nd.edu/cds/workshops
Questions? cds@nd.edu


English for Academic Purposes Workshops

The Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures' English for Academic Purposes program offers workshops that are open to all ND Postdocs.


Questions? Contact Lisa Joy Oglesbee


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The views and opinions expressed in the media, articles, and comments included in this newsletter are solely the views and expressions of the original sources' authors and contributors, and do not necessarily represent those of the University of Notre Dame, The Graduate School, or the Office of Postdoctoral Scholars.