April 28, 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 April 27, 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

Positive Productivity Points


By Amy Cavender for the Chronicle of Higher Education.

GPS for Mind, Body & Soul

By Gabrielle Harris for MindBodyGreen



Social Media

Postdoc Corner
NIH Budget Boosters Get a Push from the Right


Paul Basken for The Chronicle of Higher Education


About 100 university scientists and their advocates gathered here on Tuesday as part of an annual ritual to convince lawmakers of the value of federal spending on medical research.


And this year, with the sales job perhaps as tough as any, they got some extra inside help.


Along with the usual chorus on the political left, a few of Capitol Hill's most conservative voices also have begun pressing for increased federal spending on biomedical research,raising at least a glimmer of hope that a decade of declines in budgetary support might finally be nearing an end. 


Click here for the full article by Basken.


Postdocs Doing Research: Abigail Weaver (CEEES)


Access to high-quality medicine is a basic human right, but more than four billion people live in countries where many medications are substandard or fake. Marya Lieberman of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame and Abigail Weaver, a postdoctoral associate in the University's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, took up the challenge of how people in developing countries could detect low-quality antimalarial drugs without expensive equipment and without handling dangerous chemicals.


The solution they developed involves using paper cards, embedded with reagents, that carry out 12 colorful chemical tests all at once on a solid sample. The colors show whether a medicine contains the expected ingredients and whether fillers or substitute drugs have been added. 


Click here for the full article about Weaver.


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
How Postdocs Can Maximize Their Career Chances in a Competitive World


Belinda Lee Huang for Elsevier Connect


The number of postdoctoral scholars has been rising steadily over the past few decades, making the competition for positions in the academic market as intense as ever. Meanwhile, other career options are available, but many postdocs don't know where to find them or how to prepare for them.


The NPA offers resources and programs to address these critical issues for postdocs and guide them to find a wider variety of career options, including jobs in the corporate sector. 


Click here to read the full article by Huang.


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Nonverbal Communication Skills


Stephanie K. Eberle for Inside Higher Ed


Does the following story sound familiar? It goes something like this: a trainee comes into the career center and looks around suspiciously, as though she were doing something illicit or illegal. (I want to start keeping trench coats and nose-and-glasses sets outside my office for just this occasion.) She sits down and, after being reassured of my vow of confidentiality, she tells me, almost whispers, "I think I might not pursue an academic career." She searches my brow for signs of scowling and continues, "I'm thinking of, of, well, consulting."


I'm not scowling, of course. I'm not shocked at all. What surprises me, however, is that so many trainees think they are alone in the quest to find their career of choice or the only ones to consider that said choice may very well be found outside the ivory tower. If you are among the trainees who believe this, I am happy to let you know you are not alone. What may be more surprising is that many of the faculty members I have met do not think that all trainees will end up in academe, either.


Click here to read the full article by Eberle.


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ACS Virtual Career Fair


The ACS Virtual Career Fair eliminates geographical barriers, enabling job seekers and employers to connect with each other no matter where they are. Interviews take place via text or video chat, plus there are virtual forums for job seekers and employers to meet informally.  Job seekers can connect with employers from their homes, offices, or from the dedicated computer stations we'll have on hand at the Onsite Career Fair.  In addition, virtual job seekers can schedule one-on-one career consultants and attend live events via webcast (or view them later on demand).  Enhance your job search by participating fully in both onsite and online sections of the ACS Career Fair.
  • Date: June 1 & 2, 2015
  • Location: Connect from anywhere in the world!
  • Hours: (subject to change)
    • o    All times are Central Time
    • o    June 1: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM CT
    • o    June 2: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM CT
  • For more information and registration information, click here.


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New Library Services for Postdocs

One Button Studio Opens in Hesburgh Library Lower Level
In partnership with OIT, Hesburgh Libraries is piloting the new One Button Studio, a fully-featured digital video production studio that is designed to be both powerful and easy-to-use, requiring no prior video production experience.  The studio is available for use by all ND faculty, staff, and students (valid NDID required).

Examples of studio projects might include activities such as:

  • practicing presentations
  • creating videos for online instruction
  • recording training or professional development modules
  • creating ePortfolio materials or video essays

More information and reservations, click here.


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Testing New Desktop Overhead Scanner: Hesburgh Library Research Help Desk, First Floor, Hesburgh Library


Many postdocs know that the Hesburgh Library has overhead scanners that can be used to digitize and create SmartPDF of documents. The Library has two new scanners in the area for you to try, one the Library owns and one they are seeking feedback before buying. 

  • The Library owns a new SmartDock KIC overhead scanner with an autodocument feed (ADF) capability. Got a stack of looseleaf papers? Insert them and push 'scan' for ADF and they will scan, both sides, and feed automatically. Got a smart device? Dock it on the SmartDock and automatically transfer to your iPad, iPod or other smart device. You can also scan to your PrintND print queue and print from the PrintND workstations. Ask us how!
  • They are testing a desktop KIC overhead scanner that is a 'Click Scan'. It is fast, it has easily adjusted settings and can email or save your scanned documents to a USB/Flash drive. Give it a try and leave them feedback so they know whether they should purchase this test drive.

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Hesburgh Library Renovation Alert: Ren-Alerts Service Available

Making improvements to the Hesburgh Library is both exciting and disruptive. To keep informed on changes that impact you as a library user, sign up for Hesburgh Library Ren-Alerts here.


When you submit your email address, you will be added to the service that sends updates with the subject line beginning: "Ren-Alert:"  This email list is used only to share relevant information related to the impact of renovation on services and collections. Keep yourself in the know.


The renovation website will also have visual updates, including access to a webcam, as well as an archive of the Ren-Alerts sent to date. Feedback may also be given on the "Contact" page available from the site.



Events and Groups

  • Are you a postdoc in a committed relationship? 
  • Would you and your significant other like to get to know other couples and families? 
  • Then join the Graduate Spouse and Partner Network (GSPN) here at Notre Dame! 

The goal of the GSPN is to act as a sustainable support system and social networking community for the significant others of all graduate students and postdocs and their partners, and to facilitate their involvement in the Notre Dame and South Bend communities. All significant others, partners, spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, and anyone in a committed relationship with a University of Notre Dame post-baccalaureate student or postdoc are welcome and encouraged to join the GSPN along with their partner. Significant others and/or graduate students/postdocs do not need to be based in South Bend to join the group. Join today and start receiving information on our community events and small interest groups, like Ultimate Frisbee, Kickball, Film Night, and Craft Night! To sign up to receive more information about the GSPN and possibly get involved, simply visit this REGISTRATION LINK 


For more information on the GSPN, email Tony.


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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.

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.


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Professional Development
Graduate School Professional Development Programs

All postdocs may take professional development programs from the Graduate School.  


For workshop descriptions and registration instructions, 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 



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 Summer 2015 webinars, 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.


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.


PhD Humor

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.