March 10, 2015
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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 March 9, 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 Craig Jarrow for Time Management Ninja.

By Thorin Klosowski for Life Hacker.



Social Media

Postdoc Corner
What If You Have to Lecture?


David Gooblar for Vitae


In writing about ways to overcome student resistance to active-learning strategies, I noted that it's a good idea to reserve at least some portion of class time to lecture. But what if you have to lecture for longer than 10 or 15 minutes?


For reasons of class size, course content, or departmental policy, some instructors simply don't have the option of abandoning a lecture-dominated course. If you must lecture, does it follow that your students have to be completely passive throughout class time, sitting there listening (or not listening) as though you were a recording?

Here are some ways to make sure that your students remain engaged and active, even when you can't leave the lectern.


Click here for the full article by Gooblar

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
Job Seeker?  Here's What Not to Post on Social Media


Jörgen Sundberg for  

 Undercover Recruiter


Heads up, job seekers: Data from Jobvite's Social Recruiting Survey makes it clear that recruiters are inspecting your profiles, posts, and tweets. 


Are you broadcasting something that turns employers off? You might need to do more than just hide those incriminating spring break photos


You don't have to be fear social media in the business realm, but you should certainly keep it in mind. Examining your online presence from an employer's perspective could make or break your job hunt. 


Click here to read the full article by Sundberg.


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Three Rules for Powerful Questions


David Jensen

for Science Magazine


When someone asks you a question during a job interview, you need to answer it correctly-that's a given. The frustrating thing about interview questions, though, is that, no matter how prepared you are, you can never be sure what the interviewer is going to ask. It's uncomfortable having no control. But you can control the questions that you ask. These may be the most important questions of all.


Interviewers tend to remember candidates who ask good questions. Borderline candidates-good candidates who are less-than-ideal fits for certain positions-often find themselves with job offers because they impress with their side of the questioning.


The same principle holds true throughout your job search, at networking events, informational interviews, and so on: People remember good questions, and that works in your favor, in a big way.


Click here to read the full article by Jensen.


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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 Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Postdoctoral Research Awards offer unique research opportunities to highly talented Ph.D. recipients to engage in innovative research at universities, national laboratories, and other research facilities that are conducting applied research in support of EERE. The 2015 awards focus on solar energy research. 


Applications are due on May 7, 2015.


For more information on the EERE Fellowship, click here.

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 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.

From Piazzolla to Traditional Tango


Join Cuarteto Tanguero in this Tango Music performance preceded by a 20-minute introductory panel led by Professor Tellez, Dr. Daniel Stein (ND Postdoc), and regional scholars.


Part of the ongoing "Music and Society in Latin America" series, supported by the Kellogg Institute, and the Sacred Music and Music Departments.

  • Date: March 19, 2015
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Location: Annenberg Auditorium (Snite Museum)

7th Annual Research Symposium


The Graduate Student Union and the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars at the University of Notre Dame are proud to present the seventh annual Research Symposium. This event showcases the innovative work of the Notre Dame graduate student and postdoc communities. Students and postdocs wishing to present must submit an abstract contextualizing their research for an audience outside their academic discipline. The symposium will be separated into four divisions: Engineering, Humanities, Science, and Social Science. Students and postdocs will present their research via posters or digital presentations (via a laptop supplied by the student/postdoc) to members of the University and the general public.

  • Date: April 9, 2015
  • Time: 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Award Ceremony: 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Location: Notre Dame Conference Center Lower Level (map)
  • Deadline for submission: March 27, 2015
  • More information, click here
  • To submit an abstract, click here.

Pi Day 5K

This year, we will be the closest to pi (3.1415926...) in our lifetime! In celebration of Pi Day and Einstein's Birthday, the Society of Schmitt Fellows and the Association for Women in Science are co-hosting the first ever Pi Day 5K, with science demos, lab tours, and more!  

All proceeds from the event will be given to Girls on the Run program at Harrison Boys and Girls ClubFor more details, click here.  

Shamrock Shindig

Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars and your fellow ND Postdocs at the Shamrock Shindig.

  • Date: March 17, 2015
  • Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Location: Rohr's (inside Morris Inn - map)
  • Register here to let us know you are coming

Free appetizers for all!  Free drink ticket to ND Postdocs who wear their ND Postdoc Green T-Shirt.  Don't have the green ND Postdoc T-Shirt? Email the ND Postdoc Office.  We hope to see you there.

International Postdocs
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. 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, March 17th
    • EAP Workshop: Enhancing Your Vocabulary
      • 6:30 - 7:45pm
      • Location: 303 DeBartolo Hall
Thursday, March 19th
    • 10 Steps to Writing Productivity
      • 4:00 - 5:00pm
      • Location: 118 DeBartolo Hall
Friday, March 20th
    • Lunch and Learn: Teaching and Learning Online
      • 1:00 - 2:00pm
      • Location: Carey Auditorium
Thursday, March 26th
    • EAP Workshop: Giving and Receiving Student Feedback
      • 6:30 - 7:45pm
      • Location: 303 DeBartolo Hall
For workshop descriptions and registration instructions,


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.


Wednesday, March 18th

    • Digital Humanities Lab Seminar with Marijeta Bozovic
      • 4:30 - 5:30pm
      • Location: CDS Classroom (Rm 129), 1st Floor Hesburgh Library

Friday, March 20th

    • Foundations of Text Analysis (Part III)
      • 2:00 - 3:30pm
      • Location: CDS Classroom (Rm 129), 1st Floor Hesburgh Library

Tuesday, March 24th

    • Introduction to Text Mining
      • 1:15 - 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

Wednesday, March 25th

    • Library Lunch and Learn: Peer Review and Publication
      • 12:30 - 1:30pm
      • Location: 247 Hesburgh Library
Friday, March 27th
    • Foundations of Text Analysis (Part IV)
      • 2:00 - 3:30pm
      • 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.


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