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2011 Annual Meeting Agenda Print Email



March 25-27, 2011

Bethesda, MD

On the National Institutes of Health Campus
Natcher Conference Center | 45 Center Drive | Bethesda, MD

Major Sponsors:oitelogo_2color

The NIH Office of Intramural Training&Education (OITE)

Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc.



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Meeting Highlights


Keynote Address: Research and Development Funding in the 2012 Budget and Science and Technology Policy in the Obama Administration

Sunday, March 27, 10:45 a.m.

Kei Koizumi is Assistant Director for Federal Research and Development at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Koizumi joined OSTP in February 2009 after having served on the Obama transition team as part of the Technology, Innovation & Government Reform Policy Working Group.

Before joining OSTP, Koizumi served as the longtime Director of the R&D Budget and Policy Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is known as a leading authority on federal science and technology funding and budget issues and is a frequent speaker to public groups and to the press.

Koizumi received his M.A. from the Center for International Science, Technology, and Public Policy program at George Washington University, and received his B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Boston University. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Friday Plenary: The Future of Postdoctoral Training

Friday, March 25, 3 p.m.

As the NPA approaches its 10-year anniversary in 2012, we are increasingly looking toward the future for new and emerging trends related to postdoctoral fellowships. What can postdocs, mentors and administrators expect 5, 10 or 15 years down the line? How will this change the way we work, live and grow in our careers?




Dr. Lightbourne

Dr. Milgram

Dr. Ulane

Friday's plenary session, "The Future of Postdoctoral Training," will feature a distinguished panel of three speakers who will address these and other issues: James H. Lightbourne, Ph.D., Director, Division of Graduate Education and Director andDivision of Human Resource Development, National Science Foundation; Sharon Milgram, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Intramural Training and Education, National Institutes of Health (NIH); and Rodney Ulane, Ph.D., NIH Research Training Officer and Director, Division of Scientific Programs,Office of Extramural Programs, Office of Extramural Research (OER).

Saturday Plenary: The NPA Core Competencies

Saturday, March 26, 1:15 p.m.

Curious about the NPA Core Competencies? Have you or your institution used them to facilitate professional development?

Two years in the making, the NPA Core Competencies were designed to provide guidance for postdoctoral researchers seeking professional development opportunities and for the institutions providing these opportunities. Nancy Schwartz, Ph.D., Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, University of Chicago, will serve as moderator and be joined for this discussion by Keith Micoli, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Program Manager, NYU School of Medicine, Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, and Jennifer Hobin, Ph.D., Senior Science Policy Analyst, Office of Public Affairs, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, who developed an online toolkit on the competencies for FASEB members.

After a review of the competencies and a short panel discussion, audience members will be invited to talk about ways in which they have made use of the competencies, to ask questions, and to share other comments.

Concurrent Workshops

You shared your comments on the 2010 Annual Meeting, and we've listened. This year's slate of workshops offers sessions for postdocs, postdoc offices, postdoc associations, and "all." The workshops are organized by recommended audience, but attendees should feel free to attend any of the workshops. (This list is subject to change.)

Postdoctoral Scholars

Advocacy: A Tool for Change (also for PDAs)
From Postdoc to Startup: The Skills that Make a Successful Entrepreneur
Leadership Skills for Postdoctoral Scholars (also for PDAs)
Legal Seminar for International Postdocs
Marketing for Scientists (also for PDOs)
Preparing for Industry Careers
Scientific Teaching and Active Learning in Undergraduate Science
Your Inner Confidence: Make it Work for You

Postdoctoral Offices (PDOs)
Alumni Databases, Exit Surveys and Annual Evaluations: Tools for the PDO
Education 2011: A Guide to Pedagogy, Technology and Educational Assessment
Leadership Skills for Postdoctoral Office Directors
NPA ADVANCE-PAID: Facilitating the Advancement of Postdoc Women at Your Institution
Policies Impacting Postdoc Hiring and Diversity
The PDO Perspective of Postdoc Unionization at the University of California (also for PDAs)
Using Social Media to Build Relationships and Market Your Program Effectively (also for PDAs)

Postdoctoral Associations (PDAs)
Sustainability of Postdoctoral Associations
(Some of the workshops for PDOs or postdocs will also apply to PDAs.)

Senior Leaders and Faculty
Session for Senior Leaders and Faculty
(Details TBA.)

All Audiences
Balancing Work/Family Responsibilities
Conflict Management and Group Dynamics

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