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myPDO Monthly: Supporting the Needs of Postdocs

The data from the NPA’s latest publication, Supporting the Needs of Postdocs, provides a snapshot of where PDOs are today as well as information about postdoc policies at their institutions.

8/21/2018
When: Tuesday, August 21, 2018
3:00 PM
Where: Webinar
United States
Contact: NPA staff
301-984-4800


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The data from the NPA’s latest publication, Supporting the Needs of Postdocs, provides a snapshot of where PDOs are today as well as information about postdoc policies at their institutions. This webinar will provide highlights from the published data as well report on additional analyses investigating the impact of how measurable factors (such as the number of postdocs at an institution) play a role in the depth of postdoc policies, benefits, and training programs that an institution may offer. We hope to have an engaging Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

 

Tracy Costello, Ph.D., draws from an array of professional experiences to fuel her passion for improving the postdoctoral experience. She is the chair of the Board of Directors of the NPA and the director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. She earned her doctorate in biomathematics & biostatistics and human & molecular genetics, funded in part by an R25 predoctoral fellowship in cancer prevention, from The University of Texas MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Houston. During her postdoctoral training at MD Anderson Cancer Center, she additionally served as the chair of her local PDA and on the NPA Board of Directors, and subsequently transitioned to staff positions in academia and industry. She returned to MD Anderson in 2012 to expand the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and was subsequently recruited to Moffitt Cancer Center in 2017 to create a new office. She has provided career development workshops for the American Heart Association, the Texas Medical Center’s Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium, and various universities, as well as serving on fellowship review panels for both NSF and NIH and an NSF committee of visitors.

 

Kryste Ferguson, M.Ed., has enjoyed working with the postdoc population since 2003. Currently she is  manager of membership and special projects for the NPA. Her responsibilities include active engagement with the NPA membership, leader of the NPA institutional policy survey and report, and working with NPA partners on various projects. Previously she worked at the University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs office as their academic coordinator for seven years. While there, she tripled the number of career and professional development programs offered to Penn’s postdoc population. She holds a master’s degree in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in international business from Westminster College.

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