An Important Announcement from the NPA
Thursday, January 21, 2016
January 21, 2016
Dear NPA Community –
I have some important news to share. Our Executive Director, Belinda Lee Huang, PhD, has decided to step down from her position, effective March 25, 2016. She is the 3rd Executive Director, preceded by Cathee Johnson Phillips and Alyson Reed. Belinda has helped the NPA expand into important new areas during her tenure, and has been instrumental in putting the NPA on solid financial ground.
Belinda was instrumental in writing and collaborating with our authors to produce the Institutional Policy Report 2014: Supporting and Developing Postdoctoral Scholars, the online Elsevier Advancing Postdoc Women Clearinghouse, and the Advancing Postdoc Women Guidebook. Under her direction, the NPA had two profitable Annual Meetings, with the 2015 NPA Annual Meeting in Baltimore having the highest attendance in NPA history. At the 2015 Annual Meeting, we launched Career Connections, a networking program, which expanded our connections with the biotech/pharmaceutical industry, government and professional societies.
Belinda has been a tireless advocate on behalf of postdocs, speaking at the Council of Graduate Schools, University of Pittsburgh, American Association of Anatomist’s Experimental Biology Meeting, National Science Foundation, The Association for the Study of Higher Education, UC Berkeley Postdoctoral Scholars, Stanford University Postdoctoral Scholars and Advisory Board, and the Association of American Medical Colleges. She has also created a joint membership with the American Association of Anatomists, and developed alliances with F1000, Chronicle Vitae, and Elsevier Campus.
Frequently sought after by the press for comments on postdoctoral issues, Belinda has been interviewed by the Chronicle of Higher Education, Vitae, Chemical Engineering News, Inside Higher Education, Nature, and Science. She has worked with our membership to understand their concerns and shared this with the Board of Directors. She worked with the Meetings committee to develop the Childcare award and secured funding from the Elsevier Foundation. She worked closely with the Board of Directors, committee leaders and officers to expand NPA’s reach and enhance the organization’s financial well being.
We are grateful for her service, appreciative of her devotion to the mission of the NPA, and wish her nothing but success in the future.
Keith Micoli, Ph.D.
Previous Chair of the Board of Directors