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January 12, 2016
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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 January 11, 2016 - 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


I've written before on how I believe pedagogy should focus on the process and not the product of learning. I could write about this in theory forever, but I realized that I succeeded last semester in doing it in practice, so I thought I would share what I've done.

Click here to read the full article by Bali. 


by Jack Leeming for Nature Jobs

You've just made the breakthrough you've been dreaming of. The days-weeks-months-years in the lab or field have all paid off, and everything has dropped into place. It's the sort of moment that we scientists live for - the buzz of discovery. So now it's time to publish.

Tell your peers about your work and hope it leads to new and even greater things for you, your fellow scientists, and society. But is that really enough? 

Click here to read the full article by Leeming. 

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
From Bench Science to Policy Analyst
 
by Viviane Callier for Vitae

Plenty of science Ph.D.swind up in careers outside of academia. By reading about their experiences, graduate students and postdocs may get a better sense of their options and how to make the transition away from bench science. Here, in the latest of a series of interviews, Vitae columnist Viviane Callier talks with Chris Pickett, a science policy analyst at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). 

Click here to read the full article by Callier. 



Microsoft published an interesting study in May documenting research on how our attention spans have changed over the past several years. In 2000 we had a 12-second attention span-which dropped to a mere eight-second attention span by 2013. We now have a one-second-shorter attention span than that of a goldfish. Let that sink in for a minute...What influence does our ever-shrinking attention span ultimately have on our job searches-and our cover letters? What are the repercussions? It means the cover letter as we know it traditionally is dead.

Click here to read the full article by Holbrook Hernandez. 


Events and Workshops 
The Polished Postdoc: Navigating the Job Search with Confidence

Former ND Postdoc, Aaron Sheppard, Ph.D. will be back on campus to share tips on how he transitioned from postdoc to full-time position in the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Sheppard is now a Medical Science Liaison with Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Date: TODAY
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Location: O'Shaughnessy Hall, Room 119 (map)
Click here for Dr. Shepherd's bio. 


Material Characterization Workshop Series - ND Energy
 
You are invited to attend the following Materials Characterization workshops. The workshops are designed to provide fundamental technical principles and practical sample preparation and measurement tips required to acquire high quality data from these instruments. Each workshop will begin with a presentation by Dr. Ian Lightcap, Senior Scientist and Facility Manager, with plenty of time for questions and answers. In the afternoon, instrument time will be available to run user samples in order to practice sample prep skills, as well as data acquisition and analysis. If you are interested in attending any of the workshops described below and would like to bring samples, please RSVP to Dr. Lightcap at least three days before the workshop.

X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy

DSC, TGA, & TGA/ Mass Spectrometer
Electrochemistry
Raman Spectroscopy 
Click here to learn more about the workshop series.



Funding Opportunties

The L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program recognizes and rewards the contributions women make in STEM fields and identifies exceptional women researchers committed to serving as role models for younger generations.  More than 2,250 women scientists in over 110 countries have been recognized since the program began in 1998. 
 
In the US, the For Women In Science fellowship program awards five post-doctoral women scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each. Applicants are selected from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics.
 
Applications will open on November 30, 2015 and are due by February 5, 2016.
 
The application and more information about the L'Oréal USA For Women in Science program can be found here. 

 


ND Energy offers competitive fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral research associates to conduct energy-related research at Notre Dame. These fellowships support new advancements in energy technologies, while broadening the educational experiences for students and postdocs receiving these awards. If you are interested in energy-related research and would like to apply for a postdoc fellowship, please click on the appropriate link below. For Postdocs, the applications will be accepted year round. 

Click here for the ND Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship Program application guidelines.

Information is also available via the Funding Opportunities Webpage with an ND Net ID and Password required. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Barbara Villarosa (574-631-4776).
 


The Postdoc Challenge offers postdoctoral research associates at Indiana University, Purdue University, and the University of Notre Dame valuable proposal writing and reviewing experience in areas related to translational research through the use of one or more of the CTSI-Designated Core Facilities at these universities. This is a competitive opportunity for two 1-year awards of $5000 each per institution in the form of an expense account for use of core facility services. Funding is to be used only for services provided by the core facilities. Indiana CTSI-Designated Core Facilities. If you are interested in participating, you must discuss your proposal with your advisor prior to beginning the application process to ensure your participation will be approved.

Reviewer Application
The CTSI Postdoc Challenge is seeking postdocs to be reviewers for the grant applications.  Interested, you will need to complete a NIH Biosketch and email to Dr. Thomas Sors.  

Please click here for more information about CTSI and applications.
 


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, please 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 Spring 2016 webinars, click here.

 


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

 
Click here for this week's list of workshops.
 
All CDS workshops take place in the CDS Classroom (Room 129), Hesburgh Library 1st Floor Northeast.

CDS Workshop Information and Registration: library.nd.edu/cds/workshops
Library Workshop Calendar: nd.libcal.com/calendar/allworkshops
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

Disclaimer: 
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.