September 22, 2015
In This Issue

Quick Links
ND Postdoc Website
ND Resources
Community Links
Job Search Sites
ND Human Resources
Parking Shuttle Schedule
Faulty-Staff Classifieds
One Button Studio

Important Resources

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 September 21, 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
Social Media

Postdoc Corner
National Postdoc Appreciation Week

National Postdoc Appreciation Week is this September 21-25, 2015. Join the University of Notre Dame and fellow Postdocs in celebration of the valuable work that Postdocs contribute as we celebrate you!

Every event you attend, you will be able to enter your name into a drawing for Notre Dame Football Tickets.  Drawing will be held on Thursday, September 24th at 3:30 pm during the Ice Cream Social. 

Schedule of Events for the remainder of the week:

Blood Drive
Wednesday, 09/23/15
10 AM - 2 PM
Library Circle

The Office for Postdoctoral Scholars and the Medical Foundation are sponsoring a Blood Drive. Each week in September, donors will be entered for a chance to win $500! Two winners each week!

Click here to register. 

Chair Massages
Thursday, 09/24/15
9 AM - 12 PM
Main Building, 502

Need to release some stress? Sign up to get a massage. Register early, there are only 36 spots!

Click here to register!

Ice Cream Social
Thursday, 09/24/2015
2 - 4 PM
In front of Main Building

Come and enjoy some ice cream in front of the Main Building (Rain location: Postdoc Office 5th Floor). We will draw for the ND Football Tickets at 3:30 PM! 

For more information on NPAW 2015, 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

by Adam Seven for The Muse

So, you've just spotted your dream job and you just know you'd be perfect for it. The only catch? Thousands of other applicants feel the exact same way. While you can send in the standard resume and cover letter, you can also get a little crazy to get the hiring manager's attention.

How crazy?

Check out what these five people did to stand out among all the traditional applicants. They're so "crazy" and so darn creative that they didn't just get the company to pay attention, but the internet, too.

Click here to read the full article by Seven. 

by Alison Doyle for Job Search

An informal meeting over a cup of coffee has replaced first-round interviews for some employers, especially those who are recruiting prospects for employment opportunities (rather than interviewing for a specific position).

Recruiters host these sessions at a coffee shop instead of the office for several reasons. For the recruiter, it's a way to meet a potential employee on a more casual basis to determine if there could be a role for the person at the company.

Click here to read the full article by Delulio. 

International Postdocs
Tax Assistance Program - Income Tax Information Meeting

In general, anyone earning money in the United States must pay income taxes on the income earned.
Be sure you know what you can do now, before the end of 2015, to:
  • determine whether a tax treaty applies to your case
  • reduce your tax liability
  • enhance the amount of possible tax refund you will receive
  • learn about income taxes that apply to your situation
  • protect your visa by filing a tax return
We plan a general presentation without an excessive amount of detail.  Before the tax year closes, you should be aware of practical ways to save tax dollars and your time.
Please plan to attend the Tax Advice session to be held on:
  • Tuesday, September 22
  • 4:30 p.m.
  • Room 227, Hesburgh Center

Events and Workshops 
Professional Development Expo

back to top

Graduate Student & Postdoctoral Fellow Lightning Talks | 
ND Day of Digital Humanities | Digital Week 2015
New Technologies, New Knowledge

The Center of Digital Scholarship and the Office of Digital Learning invite lightning talk proposals from graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for ND Day of Digital Humanities 2015. The lightning talk session is intended to provide presenters with an opportunity to showcase their research as well as facilitate networking among presenters and attendees. This fast-paced event is a great opportunity to share your research with the campus community and to develop your communication skills.

  • Date: September 24, 2015
  • Time: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Location: Hesburgh Library Center for Digital Scholarship (1st Floor Northeast)
  • More Info: Click here
  • Questions? cds@nd.edu

Funding Opportunties


 Click here to register.


back to top

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (Indiana CTSI) is a statewide collaboration between Indiana University, Purdue University, and the University of Notre Dame as well as public and private partnerships which facilitate the translation of scientific discoveries in the lab into clinical trials and new patient treatments in Indiana and beyond. In biomedical terminology, translational research refers to what is popularly termed "bench to bedside", the process by which research in the lab "translates" into human patient treatment. Translation involves applying research discoveries (in the lab, through animal studies, etc.) to the development of clinical trials and studies in humans, or carrying out research aimed at enhancing the adoption of best practices.
"CTSI-Designated Core Facilities" are cores that undergo a yearly accreditation process through Indiana CTSI which allows them to participate in pilot funding opportunities administered through the Indiana CTSI for all partner institutions. The Postdoc Challenge aims to introduce the postdoctoral research community to the grant-writing process and the experience of reviewing submitted proposals.

For more information on the CTSI Postdoc Challenge application, and deadline,  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.


back to top

Professional Development
Graduate School Professional Development Programs
EAP Workshop: English Pronunciation Strategies and Techniques
09/23/2015, 06:30 PM - 07:45 PM in 301 DeBartolo Hall

Communication in Professional Settings
09/24/2015, 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
 in Dooley Room, LaFortune
Free breakfast.

Funding Opportunities for International Students 2 of 3
09/24/2015, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM in 131 DeBartolo Hall

Lunch and Learn: Getting the Most Out of Academic Conference
09/25/2015, 01:00 PM - 01:55 PM in Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Library (room 107)

For workshop descriptions and registration instructions,  please visit: gradconnect.nd.edu/portal/prof-dev-events

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 Fall 2015 webinars, click here.


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

GIS Day - September 23, 2015
More Information and Registration: gis.crc.nd.edu/gisday2015
Location: Center for Digital Scholarship (Hesburgh Library - 1st Floor Northeast)

What in the World is GIS?: 9 AM - 10 AM
GIS basics
Registration: http://nd.libcal.com/event/2168824

GIS For Everyone: 10 AM - 11 AM
How to incorporate GIS into the classroom
GIS Gives Hope: 11 AM - 12 PM
Mapping the Relief Effort in Nepal
This talk, presented by Milan Budhathoki, GIS Specialist, will focus on the volunteered and crowdsourced campaign to map post-earthquake relief work in the Himalayan nation. 

Lightning Talks & Lunch: 12 PM - 1 PM
Lunch and Learn: Sit in for the electrifying talks and learn how Notre Dame researchers and South Bend City planners use GIS resources.
Posters & Pastry: 1 PM - 2 PM
GIS-based research posters with cake & coffee
Keynote: GIS Day - September 23, 2015, 2:15 PM
Newsroom Geography
Tim Wallace, Graphics Editor and Cartographer
The New York TImes
Location: Carey Auditorium (Hesburgh Library - 1st Floor Concourse Southeast)
Maps have been an integral part of news reporting at The New York Times for well over a century. Every event that takes place, takes place somewhere, and is in some way influenced by its surrounding landscape. Similarly, the landscape, itself, is affected by events that develop within it, whether those events concern politics; climate; demography; economics; agriculture; poverty; terrorism or war. This talk will shine a light on when and how maps and spatial analysis are employed by The New York Times, and how we determine the best possible way to tell the story of an event and through its geography.

Save the Date: ND Day of Digital Humanities - September 24, 2015
More Information and Registration: http://library.nd.edu/cds/digitalweek/2015/

9:30 AM - 11 AM
Graduate Student/Postdoctoral Fellow Digital Research Lightning Talks
Grad Students/Postdocs - Submit a Proposal through 9/16/15

12 PM - 1:30 PM
Synergy Social (Digital Humanities Research/Project "Speed Dating")

2 PM - 3 PM
Workshops (Introduction to Text Encoding, Teaching & Researching through Artstor)

3 PM - 4 PM
Digital Historical Architectural Research and Materials Analysis Project (DHARMA) Demo

Keynote: Day of Digital Humanities - September 24, 2015
"Back to the Future, Philology in a Digital Age"
Martin Mueller, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus
Northwestern University
Martin Mueller's primary research field has been the uses of ancient epic and tragedy by European writers since the Renaissance. He has also written on Homer and Shakespeare. More recently he has become interested in the uses of information technology for traditional philological inquiries.  Find out more about his current work at his blog Scalable Reading.

Click here for the event flyer.
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 for Postdoctoral Scholars.