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January 26, 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 25, 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

by Eleanor Ross for The Guardian

It's hard to imagine a world without social media, yet many academics still view Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as distractions rather than tools. But these resources can be harnessed to create more challenging and stimulating learning environments. So what apps could you be using to lighten your load and liven up your teaching?

Click here to read the full article by Ross.


by Elisabeth Pain for Science Magazine

It's hard to imagine a world without social media, yet many academics still view Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as distractions rather than tools. But these resources can be harnessed to create more challenging and stimulating learning environments. So what apps could you be using to lighten your load and liven up your teaching?

Click here to read the full article by Pain.

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 Phil Rosenberg for Ladders

What does a job search have to do with ancient Greece? A successful career-change candidate can study a target company much like an anthropologist studies ancient cultures - by understanding the needs of its people.

Just as the ancient Greeks' actions were driven by their needs for education, culture, politics and protection, a company is driven by its needs to earn profits (or meet its goals for non-profits). This includes solving current problems and optimizing its culture.

Click here to read the full article by Rosenberg. 



by Jeremy Yoder 

Any extended study in my field - evolutionary biology - should leave you deeply skeptical about advice-giving. That's because evolutionary biologists spend a lot of our time thinking about the fundamental randomness of history.
 
Most people, musing over their morning croissant and coffee, might think the history of life on Earth is one long preparation for the eventual emergence of bipedal apes capable of building civilizations, reshaping the planet's biosphere, and completing a crossword puzzle in the Sunday edition of The New York Times. But that is not actually the case. 

Click here to read the full article by Yoder. 


International Postdocs
Immigration Workshop 

This workshop will cover immigration and employment options for international postdocs and graduate students, including H1-B status, travel issues, and options for permanent residence. The speaker is Tom Arkell, an immigration attorney with Dunn Law Firm, LLP. 
  • Date: February 11, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Location: Eck Visitor's Center Auditorium (map)

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 2015.    
                     
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.

For more information on how to make an appointment, forms, etc., click here


Events and Workshops 
World on Tap  
  • Date: February 3, 2016
  • Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Location: Rohr's, inside Morris Inn (map)
ALL postdocs and grad students are invited to The World on Tap, a monthly social at Rohr's. Free appetizers will be provided. The first 50 postdocs and grad students will also receive a free drink ticket valued up to $6. Please bring a valid photo ID.


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.



Click here for more information. 

 


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. 

Wednesday, January 27th
  • Intro to State 
    • 3:00 - 4:00 PM
    • 129 Hesburgh Library Center for Digital Scholarship Classroom
Thursday, January 28th
  • EAP Workshop: How to Work the Conference
    • 06:30 PM - 07:45 PM
    • 302 DeBartolo
  • The Startup of You: How to Approach Your Career Like An Entrepreneur
    • 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
    • 356 Fitzpatrick
  • Distilling Your Scholarly Research in a 3MT Format (3MT)
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Notre Dame Room, La Fortune Student Center
Friday, January 29th
  • Lunch and Learn: Planning Ahead for Fall Grants and Fellowships
    • 01:00 PM - 01:55 PM
    • Carey Auditorium, 107 Hesburgh Library
Saturday, January 30th
  • Improv for Scholars (3MT) -- Utilizing Improvisation Techniques to Connect with an Audience
    • 09:30 AM - 03:00 PM 
    • 226 Westlake Hall (west entrance to campus behind RecSports)
Monday, February 1st
  • One Button Studio (3MT) - Virtual Coaching for 3MT
    • 01:30 PM - 02:00 PM 
    • 222 Hesburgh Library

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.

Tuesday, January 26th 
  • Once upon a time: Storytelling as a tool for teaching and learning
    • 09:30 AM - 10:45 AM
    • ND Room 202, LaFortune Student Center

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.

  


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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.