July 7, 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 July 6, 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.

National Postdoctoral Association (NPA)


The NPA is a member-driven organization that provides a unique, national voice for postdoctoral scholars. Since 2003, they have taken on the ambitious agenda to enhance the quality of the postdoctoral experience in the US. They have assumed a leadership role in addressing the many issues confronting the postdoctoral community that are national in scope and requiring action beyond the local level. 

  • The University of Notre Dame is a sustaining member of the NPA.
  • ND Postdocs can join the NPA for free.
  • Learn about the benefits of a NPA membership here.
For more information about the NPA and to become a member, 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
GPS for Mind, Body & Soul

By Chris Mooney for The Washington Post



Social Media

Postdoc Corner
Twitter: Revolutionising Scientific Communication One Hashtag at a Time


Euan Ritchie for Euan Ritchie Applied Ecologist


Social media platforms, such as Twitter, have revolutionised the ability of scientists to communicate and engage with the public and, indeed, also amongst themselves.


It's quite staggering and indeed wonderful to see how many scientists (new tweeps) are jumping on board each week. Twitter now supports a massive on-line community of researchers with 'member' numbers that dwarf even the biggest of professional and more traditiona societies. Viva la revolución! And if you're still not convinced social media is for you, just take a look at this infographic as further evidence why you should be.


Click here for the full article by Ritchie .


Coping With Verbal Abuse
Academic politics are vicious, but that doesn't mean you have to be


By Robert J. Sternberg for The Chronicle of Higher Education


The saying "Academic politics are so vicious precisely because the stakes are so small" has been attributed to many different people, including Henry Kissinger, Wallace Sayre, Jesse Unruh, Samuel Johnson, and Laurence J. Peter, among others. Whoever said it first had a point. When you choose a career in academe, you need to be prepared not only for rough-and-tumble politics, but also for the verbal abuse that goes with it.


That abuse comes in many different forms: book reviews, referee reports on journal submissions, evaluations of grant proposals, questions and comments during presentations, offhand comments by less-than-collegial colleagues, and on and on.


Click here or the full article by Sternberg.


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
The Backup Plan

by Thomas Magaldie for Insider Higher Ed


When writing a grant or fellowship application, prudent researchers prepare for unexpected challenges by outlining alternative means to address their research questions. Ph.D.s would never invest precious grant money and time in a project whose success is tied to the implementation of a single research method. Nor should they invest in a job search that is too narrow. Although there are a plethora of career options for Ph.D.s, landing the first job after graduate school or postdoc training is still difficult.


Click here to read the full article by Magaldi.


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How Introverts Can Excel in Job Interviews

by Lisa Quast 
for The Seattle Times


In my years as a career coach, I've found that introverted clients often have a tougher time nailing interviews. Job seeking is nerve-racking for everyone, but the ongoing interaction and need to always be "on" can be especially draining for introverted personalities.


The assumption that hiring managers are always looking for outgoing star employees who dazzle them with their personalities can translate into nervousness and self-doubt for job candidates who aren't innately extroverted. But hiring managers aren't always seeking this employee. Sometimes they need an outgoing go-getter, other times it's an introspective thinker.


Click here to read the full article by Quast.


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Events and Groups
Come celebrate summer with your families and fellow postdocs at the Postdoc Summer Picnic.  There will be great food, games and a bounce house for the kids!  
  • Date: July 16, 2015
  • Time: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
  • Location: Irish Green (map)
Make sure you wear your GREEN Postdoc T-shirt. We will take a group photo at 12:30pm.  Don't have a GREEN Postdoc T-shirt, email Kim Patton.

We will even have goody bags for the kids.  Please click here to register for the picnic.  Please include the name of each guest and the ages of each kid attending. We will give each registered kid a goody bag!

Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Fiction Book Club 
"Stories of imagination," as the great Terry Pratchett said, "tend to upset those without one." Whether its physics or philosophy that rocks your world, economics or English that pay the bills, we all need to give our minds a break. I suggest a monthly dose of the unreal. Twelve times a year we will pick a book of science fiction, fantasy, or the like in an effort to throw off our thinking caps and let our freaks and geeks flag fly.
  • First Book: Dune
  • Date: Wednesday, July 1st
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Location: TBD
  • Register here
  • Questions: Contact Nicholas Bonneau
Indiana Dunes Family Outing
Join members of GSPN for a family friendly beach outing! The Indiana Dunes State Park features a number of hiking trails, including a 3-Dune Hiking Challenge, as well as a beautiful beach with a volleyball net! What could be better than a GSPN day of fun in the sun?! 
Date: August 1, 2015
More Info: Click here

For more information on GSPN, follow them on their Facebook page.

The Scholarly Communication Committee of the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI) organization is pleased to invite you to participate in our first THATCamp on Friday, July 24th at the Ruth Lilly Medical Library in Indianapolis. Registration, parking, and food are provided by ALI, so this event is free of charge for all attendees. All you need to do is bring your ideas and enthusiasm! We strongly encourage librarians, graduate students, archivists, technologists, and anyone interested in learning or talking about the changing landscape of scholarly communications in the humanities or other disciplines. Attendance is limited, so please register as soon as possible.

THATCamp stands for "The Humanities and Technology Camp." THATCamps are "unconferences," which means that specific sessions will be determined on the day of the camp and will be based on the interests of the attendees. You can propose sessions prior to the day of the event, and you are welcome to bring your ideas for sessions on the day of the camp as well. You can also submit proposals for two minute "dork shorts" prior to the event. These short presentations will give you the opportunity to share your ideas, projects, or plans with attendees.
  • Register here for THATCamp 
  • Propose a session or "dork short" here


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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.

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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In 2015 the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), in collaboration with Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, is awarding three cash prizes ($5,000, $3,000, and $1,000) to honor academic excellence in graduate student research. Seven other finalists will receive travel awards to attend the ASCB Annual Meeting in San Diego, December 12-16. All 10 finalists will also be invited to speak at a minisymposium supported by Beckman Coulter at the Annual Meeting. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2015.Applicants must submit a one-page essay describing their research accomplishments (maximum 600 words), plus a CV in one combined PDF.


For more information about the prizes and how to apply, click here.


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Professional Development
Graduate School Professional Development Programs

The Graduate School's Professional Development workshops will begin again in Fall 2015.  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 offers workshops on university teaching and learning in various fields through the Kaneb Center!  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.