April 19, 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 April 18, 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
Research Day 2016

April 4th was the Harper Cancer Research Institute's 5th Annual Research Day and it was a huge  success! Students and Postdocs from diverse background gathered together to present their research.

Congratulations to the Postdoc poster contest winners:
  • 1st place: Prakash Nallathanby, from the Roeder lab- Modular Assembly of Surface Functionalized Core-Shell Nanoparticle Probes for Multimodal Imaging and Therapeutics Delivery
  • 3rd place: Eamonn Kennedy, from the Timp lab- Single Molecule Secretomics of Cancer Cells Using a Nanopore
There Is No Guru

We've all heard repeatedly how important "mentoring" is to our professional success, but if you scratch the surface and ask people what exactly they mean by "mentoring," you will find a wide range of responses. Too many new faculty members I know imagine that they will have a single guru-like "mentor" who will sense their needs, generously dispense wisdom, care deeply about their success, and gently guide them along the path to tenure and promotion. Since that rarely happens, I want to focus this week on Common New Faculty Mistake #14: Looking For A Single Guru-Mentor.

Click here to read the full article by Rockquemore. 
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 12 Commandments of Event Networking

Networking events in a city like London can be a complete jungle. First, you'll need to hunt the person you need to talk to, only to compete against those who want their attention, and then finally, when you finally get that tÍte-a-tÍte moment, break the ice to establish what could become a business relationship. Learn how to find your way through the bushes or risk being swallowed by the wilderness.

Click here to read the full article by Newton. 

Beware of the Canned Answer

When you pop open a can of soda, you expect some fizz, then a little calm, and finally a sweet -- if not laughably unhealthy -- drink to follow. You do not necessarily expect to have a 1983 Bordeaux come pouring out onto your unprepared palate. In the context of an academic job interview, when you conduct an interview with a candidate you expect the opposite: a relatively refined, multidimensional and satisfying question-and-answer experience during which future colleagues may learn something more profound about each candidate than simply that they "like to teach," or that their dissertation "is about a cutting-edge theory."

Click here to read the full article by Newton. 

International Postdocs
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 
ND Postdoc Women's Outing

Do you like to get creative? Do you like to eat? Do you want to get to know some of your fellow ND postdoc women?

If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," join us on April 23rd at 4:30 pm!

We'll be getting creative at The Pigeon and the Hen ceramic studio in downtown South Bend (217 S. Michigan Street, South Bend), followed by dinner out together as a group.

Prices at The Pigeon and the Hen range from $3 to $50 and include everything you need to complete a project. Please wear your green postdoc t-shirt so we can all find each other! 

For questions, contact Tara at thudson1@nd.edu or click here for the Postdoc website. 

ND Postdoc Women's 2-Part Series on Being Successful in the Workplace

Week 1: Women's Challenges in Professional Settings: Women face unique challenges in the workplace 
that men do not have to address. These challenges can lead to a work environment that seems stressful, uninviting, and daunting. We will discuss some of the unique challenges that women going into professional settings face and ways to overcome those challenges, allowing women to take charge of their environment and career. 
  • Date: Wednesday, May 4th
  • Time: 12pm - 1pm
  • Location: DeBartolo Hall, room 213
  • Please feel free to bring your lunch
  • Register here to let us know you are coming
Week 2: Successfully Negotiating as a Woman in a Man's Game: Women are known to be poor negotiators. Yet, unknown to many, women actually have several characteristics that can make them great negotiators. We talk about women's strengths as negotiators and identify strategies that can help women get what they want from a negotiation. We will focus specifically on strategies for job negotiations.
  • Date: Tuesday, May 10th
  • Time: 12pm - 1pm
  • Location: DeBartolo Hall, room 213
  • Please feel free to bring your lunch
  • Register here to let us know you are coming
Speaker: McKenzie Rees, ND Postdoc in the Mendoza College of Business. For more information on McKenzie and her research, click here.

For more information, click here to check the Postdoc website.

Two Body Problem Panel 

What is the Two Body Problem?
"The two-body problem is a dilemma for life partners (for e.g. spouses or any other couple) in academia, relating to the difficulty of both spouses obtaining jobs at the same university or within a reasonable commuting distance from each other. The central dilemma is thus a no-win situation in which if the couple wishes to stay together one of them may be forced to abandon an academic career, or if both wish to pursue academic careers the relationship may falter due to the spouses being constantly separated. The term "two body problem" has been used in the context of working couples since at least the mid-1990s. It alludes to the insoluble three-body problem in classical mechanics (which leads some academics in polyamorous relationships to quip that the two-body problem has a closed form solution, it is the n-body problem that is insoluble). More than 70 percent of academic faculty have a working partner, while more than third of faculty have an academic partner."

Date: April 21st, 2016 (Thursday) 
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 12:30 pm - 12:40 pm: Check in and lunch
  • 12:40 pm - 1:30 pm: Questions based on RSVP responses and questions from the audience.
Location: Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame 
Details: The RSVP forms has a field asking participants to submit questions they would like to ask the panel. These questions along with ones from the audience will be asked to our panel - which will be asked via paper. There will be volunteers who will take your written question and pass it along to our moderator. 

Click here for more information. 

FIRST Conference for Postdocs

FIRST (Focusing on Industrial Recruitment of Scientific Talent) is a Procter & Gamble sponsored conference targeted to PhD and Postdocs in STEM fields to gain a deeper understanding about industrial research careers. P&G in collaboration with its minority scientists and the PhD recruiting office developed the conference 26 years ago (1990).
The Conference will be held September 18-21st, in Cincinnati, Ohio (all expenses paid).
To apply, go to www.pgcareers.com and click Apply / Search Job #RND00003000 or follow the link here.
 Click here to learn more. 

Global Cafe: Springtime Edition

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.

Raman Spectroscopy 
Click here to learn more about the workshop series.

Funding Opportunties

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. 

Wednesday, April 20th
  • Talk Money To Me: Retirement Planning - Master Your Money
    • 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM 
    • McNeill Room, 116 LaFortune
Friday, April 22nd  
  • CEPS Workshop: From Community-Based Research to Community Impact
    • 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM 
    • Geddes Hall, room 233

 For more information or to register, please click

Workshops from the Writing Center 
Use Writing to Teach Critical Thinking

Want to transform your students into active learners, engage them in solving disciplinary problems, and foster their critical thinking? Research shows that one of the best ways to achieve these goals is to integrate writing assignments into your classes. The University Writing Center is pleased to offer consultations with instructors who want help designing and integrating writing assignments. We welcome instructors from every discipline, especially STEM subjects. Email writing@nd.edu with the subject "Teaching Consultation" to set up a meeting!

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.

Wednesday, April 27th
  • Intro to Stata
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 129 Hesburgh Library 1st Floor
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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