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The 13th NPA Annual Meeting was held March 13 - 15, 2015, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland.


More than 375 postdoctoral scholars, postdoctoral administrators, faculty, and company representatives participated in the event. We wish to thank all of this year's attendees, volunteers, and supporters for making the 2015 Annual Meeting a huge success.

Please note: If you intend to use any of the content posted here, please be sure to obtain written permission from the original author first. If a presentation is not posted, it is at the request of the author.

Keynote

From the Lab to the White House and Back: Bridging the Science - Policy Gap

Presenter: Rosina Bierbaum, Ph.D., Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy, University of Michigan


Plenary Sessions


Plenary Session I: Promoting Community, Education and Leadership: How Associations and Societies Develop Postdocs

Presenters: Jean H. Shin, Ph.D., Director, Minority Affairs Program, American Sociological Association (ASA); Cynthia Simpson, M.Ed, C.A.E, Chief Business Officer, Association of Women in Science (AWIS); Joe Z. Sostaric, Ph.D., Manager, Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholars Office, American Chemical Society (ACS)

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Plenary Session II: Mentoring (Diversity) Matters

Presenters: Amri B. Johnson, M.P.H., Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR); Audrey J. Murrell, Ph.D., Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Business Administration, School of Business, University of Pittsburgh


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Workshops

Achieving Meaningful Change at Your Institution

Presenters: Rebecca Bauer, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University; Antoine de Morrée, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University; Catherine Gordon, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University; JT Neal, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University

 

Careers in Technology Commercialization

Presenters: Carole J. Burns, Ph.D., Associate Director, Penn Center for Innovation, University of Pennsylvania; Vladimir M. Popov, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Radiation Oncology, PCI Fellow, Penn Center for Innovation, University of Pennsylvania
Moderator: Mary Anne Timmins, M.Ed., Administrative Director, Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs, University of Pennsylvania

 

Creating a Culture of Inclusion: Laying the Groundwork for Recruitment and Retention

Presenters: Mary Graham-Fisher, Manager of Education and Training Programs, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, University of Maryland; Shaunna Payne Gold, Ed.D., Associate Director for Assessment & Student Development, Office Multi-ethnic Student Education, University of Maryland; Timea Webster, Training, Program and Administration Specialist, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, University of Maryland

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Developing Your Communications Strategy

Presenters: Bob Dolan, M.B.A., Career Advisor for Postdoctoral Scholars, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Cynthia Simpson, M.Ed, C.A.E, Chief Business Officer, Association of Women in Science

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The Enjoyment of Employment

Presenters: Doug Kalish, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley

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Ensuring Future Success: Addressing Challenges Facing Women Postdocs

Presenters: Belinda Lee Huang, Ph.D., Executive Director, NPA; Cynthia Simpson, M.Ed, C.A.E, Chief Business Officer, Association of Women in Science

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Examining Stratification in Academic Career Trajectories for Minority Ph.D. Recipients

Presenters: Jean H. Shin, Ph.D., Director, Minority Affairs Program, ASA; Roberta Spalter-Roth, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, ASA

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Facilitating Teaching-focused Professional Development among Postdocs

Presenters: Lucas Hill, M.A., Graduate Research Assistant, Michigan State University (MSU); Julia N. Savoy, M. S., Assistant Researcher, WCER, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Moderator: Mark R. Connolly, Ph.D., Associate Research Scientist, WCER, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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How to Avoid Self-Sabotage and Win at Salary Negotiations

Presenter: Dara Wilson-Grant, M.S.Ed., L.P.C., Associate Director, Postdoctoral Affairs, UNC Chapel Hill

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  • Human Resources for Postdoctoral Scholars: How to Turn Challenges into Success

    Presenter: Taylor Libby, M.P.A., P.H.R., Human Resources Consultant, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

     

    Identifying Career Pathways for Postdocs: Mining Existing Data and Collecting New Data

    Presenters: Christine D. Des Jarlais, Ed.D., Assistant Dean for Postdocs and Career Development, UC, San Francisco; Melanie V. Sinche, M.A., M.Ed., N.C.C., Senior Research Associate, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School

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    Institutional Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowships: Growing Your Own Faculty Pipeline

    Presenters: Sibby Anderson Thompkins, Ph.D., Director of Postdoctoral Affairs, University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill; Renetta Garrison Tull, Ph.D., Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Caroline M. Kane, Ph.D., Interim Director, University of California (UC) President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, UC Berkeley; Alberto I. Roca, Ph.D., Founding Editor, MinorityPostdoc.org, Advisory Council, NPA

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    International Postdoc and Graduate Student Spouse and Partner Programming at UC Berkeley

    Presenters: Sam Castañeda, B.A., Director, Visiting Scholar & Postdoc Affairs, UC, Berkeley; Susan Musich, M.Ed., President, Passport Career

     

    Learning Analytics for Career Development Programs

    Presenters:Garth Fowler, Ph.D., Associate Executive Director, Education, American Psychological Association

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    Permanent Resident Options and Strategies for Postdoctoral Fellows

    Presenter: Robert D. Aronson, J.D., Managing Attorney, Aronson & Associates, P.A.

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    Postdocs & Entrepreneurship: How to Build a Sustainable Entrepreneurship Program - Berkeley Postdoc Entrepreneurship Program

    Presenters: Sam Castañeda, B.A., Director, Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Affairs Program, UC Berkeley; Naresh Sunkara, Ph.D., Special Advisor to the Vice Chancellor for Research/Postdoctoral Affairs, Founder and former Chair, Berkeley Postdoc Entrepreneurship Program, UC Berkeley

     

    Researcher Connections: A Research Staff Mentoring Scheme at the University of Oxford

    Presenter: Laura Hodsdon, Ph.D., Researcher Development Officer, University of Oxford

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    Schmooze or Lose: Business/Social Events are Not About the Food and Booze

    Presenter: Mary Mitchell, President, The Mitchell Organization

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    Scientists Are Leaders: The Value of the Scientific Method in Preparing Scientists for Professional Careers

    Presenters: Larry Petcovic, Sr., M.S., VP Communications, SciPhD; Randall K. Ribaudo, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, SciPhD

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    Successful Career Coaching Strategies: A Practical Approach for Postdoc Offices

    Presenters: Sarah Cardozo-Duncan, Founder & Owner, Career Strategist; James Gould, Ph.D., Director, Office for Postdoctoral Fellows, Harvard Medical School

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    Yes, All Meetings: How to End Harassment in Professional Settings

    Presenter: Sherry A. Marts, Ph.D., CEO, S*Marts Consulting LLC

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      Innovation in Action


      Advocating for Postdocs: Strategies for Involvement at the Local and National Level

      Moderators: Tracy Costello, Ph.D., Vice Chair, Advocacy Committee, NPA, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Juliet Moncaster, Ph.D., Chair, Advocacy Committee, NPA, Boston University School of Medicine; Christopher L. Pickett, Ph.D., Policy Analyst, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Yvette Seger, Ph.D., Director of Science Policy, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), Vice Chair, Board of Directors, National Postdoctoral Association; Jennifer Zeitzer, B.A., Deputy Director, Office of Public Affairs and Director of Legislative Relations, FASEB

       

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      Conflict Prevention and Resolution Strategies

      Moderators: A-J Aronstein, Associate Director of Graduate Career Development and Employer Relations, University of Chicago; Daina Ringus, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, University of Chicago; Michael Tessel, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Graduate Career Development, University of Chicago; Toby Treem Guerin, J.D., Managing Director Center for Dispute Resolution, Clinical Law Instructor, Francis King Carey School of Law, University of Maryland

       

      Developing Strategies to Implement a STEM Outreach Program in your PDA

      Moderators: Tullia C. Bruno, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Immunology and Microbiology, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Kimberly X. Mulligan, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach


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      Engaging with Professional Societies to Meet the Diverse Needs of Today’s Postdocs

      Moderators: Anne Deschamps, Ph.D., Senior Science Policy Analyst, Office of Public Affairs, FASEB; Rachel Horak, Ph.D., Education Fellow, American Society for Microbiology; Melinda Lowy, M.S., Senior Program Manager, Higher Education Programs, American Physiological Society; Cynthia Simpson, M.Ed, C.A.E, Chief Business Officer, Association of Women in Science


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      Establishing an Institutional Mentoring Program for Postdocs

      Moderators: Kristene “Tina” Henne, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Program Lead, Argonne National Laboratory, Board of Directors, NPA; Giselle Sandi, Ph.D., Director, Research and Teaching Mentoring Programs at Rush University Medical Center, Board of Directors, NPA


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      The Future of Research: How Postdocs Can Lend Their Voice to the Scientific Endeavour

      Moderators: Kearney Gunsalus, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology, Tufts University; Kristin Krukenberg, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Department of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School; Gary McDowell, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar, Tufts University; Jessica Polka, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Department of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School


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      I'm So Much More Than Just a Researcher

      Moderators: Jennifer Aumiller, M.Ed., Director, Career Development and Alumni Relations, School of Medicine, University of Maryland; Joslynn S. Lee, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate, University of Minnesota Medical School – Duluth


      Town Hall


      Examining the Landscape of Postdoctoral Offices & Postdoctoral Scholars: Where Do We Go From Here?

      Moderators: Kevin Finneran, Ph.D., Director, Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, National Academies of Science; Belinda Lee Huang, Ph.D., Executive Director, NPA


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      Download National Postdoctoral Association Institutional Policy Report 2014: Supporting and Developing Postdoctoral Scholars
      Download The Postdoctoral Experience Revisited (2014)

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