February 23, 2016
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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 February 22, 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
Should Academics Talk to Katie Couric?

by Naomi Wolf and Sacha Kopp for Chronicle

The question of whether academics should try to reach a popular audience has been, for decades, a nonquestion: Scholars typically assumed there was no way to popularize their work for the general public without abandoning their mission as intellectuals. But that set of assumptions is breaking rapidly apart.

Click here to read the full article by Wolf and Kopp.

The Storm of Creativity: Meditating, Not (Necessarily) Producing

from the Prof Hacker blog for Chronicle

Kyna Leski, a professor of architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design, instead proposes to offer reflections on the nature of creativity and its processes using the extended metaphor of the storm. She also draws on the visual arts and design, as well as a variety of texts and thinkers from Steve Jobs to Charles Darwin. (The latter strategy reminds me of Steven Johnson's Where Good Ideas Come From, and is used to better effect there. Johnson delves more deeply into his cases, reading their work more thoroughly and drawing more interesting conclusions.)

Click here to read the full article from Prof Hacker.

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
Spring clean your CV and cover letter for job success
by Charlotte Seager for The Guardian

Recruiters spend an average of just nine seconds looking at your CV - so your CV needs to signpost the most important aspects of your skills and experience. "Write your CV so that the reviewer can easily scan the information you provide against the role specification they're matching it to," says Jon Gregory, a job search, application and interview specialist. "Your opening profile or summary at the start of your CV should do three things very directly: say what you are in terms of profession and job; say what you're looking for; and show why you match what they want."

Click here to read the full article by Seager. 

International Postdocs
Amish Culture Spring Break Field Trip
Join us for this unique opportunity to get a glimpse into the Amish way of life.  We'll visit an Amish bakery, bulk food store, Amish school and Menno-Hof. You will also have free time to grab lunch and browse the quaint downtown area of Shipshewana, Indiana and explore the shops and eateries at  Davis Mercantile. Visit ISSA to sign up by March 4, 2016. Cost is $15.00 (check or credit card) and includes transportation, private tour guide, and entrance to Menno-Hof. The trip is open to Notre Dame students, scholars, and their spouses. 

Questions? Contact  ISSA@nd.edu 

Click here for more information. 

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: March 2, 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.

On March 2, 2016 attend the viritual career fair for Ph.D and Master's students! Save time and meet recruiters live online. Interact via live chat sessions and meet top-notch employers seeking candidates with advanced degrees

Click here for an employer list.
Click here to register. 


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.

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

Funding Opportunties

The February 29th deadline is fast approaching for the Postdoc Challenge proposal applications! 
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 (RFA attached).  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.  Postdoctoral research associates from the participating institutions are encouraged to submit applications that clearly articulate their translational strategy and how this strategy can be advanced through the use of technologies offered by a core facility.
If you are interested in participating as a proposal reviewer, please plan to attend the "Overview of the NIH Peer-Review Process" workshop on Friday, February 26th.  Tommy Sors will discuss how to critically review a grant, review criteria, how grant review panels work, and expected review timelines. See meeting details below. For those interested in being considered as a reviewer, please submit your CV to Wendy Field at your earliest convenience.  
Overview of the NIH Peer-Review Process Workshop
  • February 26th
  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • DeBartolo Hall 205 (map)

or you may login from your office:

  • Call in: 1-855-282-6330
  • Attendee access code: 28849692
  • Log in here
  • Event password: review

Please click here for more information about CTSI and applications.


Reilly Center Mini-Grants

Click here for more information.

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).

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

 Tuesday, February 23rd 
  • Word 2013: Using Word for Your Research Writing Project
    • 01:00 PM - 04:30 PM 
    • OITC Room B003 
 Thursday, Febrary 25th
  • Course Design III: Writing a Syllabus
    • 11:00 AM - 12:15PM
    • ND Room, LaFortune Student Center
  • EAP Workshop: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing
    • 06:30 - 07:45 PM
    • 302 DeBartolo
  •  Zotero: Manage your citations and research literature
    • 07:00 - 08:15 PM
    • Room 247 Hesburgh Library 
Friday, February 26th
  • Lunch and Learn: Using Moral Psychology to Communicate Your Research Effectively
    • 01:00 - 01:55 PM
    • Carey Auditorium, 107 Hesburgh Library 
Monday, February 29th
  • Ethical Leaders in STEM Information Session
    • 09:00 - 09:20 AM
    • Dooley Room (102), LaFortune Student Center  
  • Word 2013 Using Word for Your Research Writing Projects
    • 01:00 - 4:30 PM
    • OITC Room B001

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, February 23rd
  • Writing Multiple Choice Questions
    • 03:30 PM - 04:45 PM 
    • ND Room, LaFortune Student Center
Monday, February 29th 
  • Course Design IV: Lesson Planning
    • 02:00 - 03:15 PM
    • ND Room, 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

Wednesday, February 24th
  • Digital Humanities Reading Group and Workshop Series
    • 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. 
    • Center for Digital Scholarship, Classroom (Room 129), Hesburgh Library 
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.

Wednesday, February 24th  
  • Intro to Stata
    • 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM 
    • 129 Hesburgh Library Center for Digital Scholarship
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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