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The POSTDOCket is the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) newsletter covering news items and features of interest to the postdoctoral community.


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In This Issue



Volume 15, Issue 4 (April 2017)

Letter from the Executive Director

Julie Fabsik-Swarts


After another successful Annual Meeting, the NPA executive director shares important updates about expanding membership, new postdoc career resources, details for the 2018 Annual Conference, and more.

Thank You, Sustaining Members!


Sustaining Members are a vital part of the NPA. Check out the institutions and associations that have recently joined or renewed their membership in the NPA, and learn how you can benefit.

NYC Postdocs Respond to the Immigration Executive Order: A Survey Conducted by the NYC Postdoc Coalition

Yelena Bernadskaya


A survey of New York City postdocs finds an executive order restricting travel and immigration is causing considerable stress and personal hardship for many researchers.

A Survey on Impact of Immigration Executive Order Conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Biomedical Postdoctoral Council

Amita Bansal and Nehal Solanki


The University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Postdoctoral Council shares the results of their survey exploring views of Philadelphia-area researchers concerning the executive order.

A Candid and Humorous Look at Life on the Tenure Track in Academaze: Finding Your Way through the American Research University

Hanaa Hariri


Looking for an informative and humorous guide to navigating an academic career in STEM? Academaze, written by pseudonymous tenured professor Sydney Phlox, fits the bill.

“Good Enough for Government Work”

Karen Elkins


Even in tough times, the U.S. government agencies hold opportunities for students and postdocs who want to engage high-quality research and other careers in a broad range of disciplines.

NPA Leaders in Action


Check out highlights of NPA Board members’ outreach, mentoring, and professional development activities.


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Melissa Vaught, Ph.D.

Editor in Chief

Vaught received her doctorate degree in chemistry from Vanderbilt University in 2008. She continued biochemistry and cell biology research as a postdoctoral fellow at the Immune Disease Institute/Harvard Medical School (2009-2010), and Massachusetts General Hospital (2010-2014). Vaught is a scientific editor at PubMed Commons, contracted to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) by Medical Science & Computing LLC. In her personal time, she blogs and tweetsabout the culture of science and her experiences in academia and beyond.

Vaught's involvement with The POSTDOCket and the NPA are personal, and do not represent any endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or National Institutes of Health.


Associate editors include: Viviane Callier, Ph.D., Kristy Hentchel, Ph.D., Stephani Page, Ph.D., Andrew Pike, Ph.D., Ian Street, Ph.D., Irina Tiper, Ph.D., and Elaine Wells-Gray, Ph.D.

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