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The 16th NPA Annual Conference was held April 6 - 8, 2018, at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio.


More than 400 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 2018 Annual Conference 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


Intersections of Science, Business, and Diversity

Lydia Villa-Komaroff, Ph.D., consultant, speaker, and founder of Intersections


Plenary Sessions


Catalyzing Change in Biomedical Research Training

Alison Gammie, Ph.D., director, National Institute of General Medical Sciences Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity 

 

Concurrent Sessions


Becoming the Boss of your Career

PRESENTERS: Brittany L. Carpenter, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Van Andel Research Institute; Erica A. Siebrasse, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Affairs Specialist, Van Andel Research Institute

 

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Building Startups: You Too Can be an Entrepreneur

PRESENTERS: Jun Axup, Ph.D., Scientific Director and Partner, IndieBio

 

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Careers, Funding, and Mobility in a Global Research Landscape

PRESENTERS: Viktoria Bodnarova, M.A., Regional Representative, EURAXESS North America; David J. Proctor, Ph.D., Board of Directors, International Consortium of Research Staff Associations (ICORSA); Sina Safayi, D.V.M., Ph.D., Assistant Director of Career Development, MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

 

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Collaboration and Cooperation: A Holistic Approach to Postdoctoral Training

PRESENTER: Sudha Krishnamurthy, Ph.D., Program Director, Office of Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Affairs, Gladstone Institutes

 

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Diversity 101: Why Should we Care, the Role of Implicit Bias and Privilege, and What are Some of the Solutions

PRESENTER: J. Marcela Hernandez, Ph.D., Administrative Director,  Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, The Ohio State University

 

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Essential Business Strategy Skills & Concepts for Postdocs Leaving Academia

PRESENTERS: Jenny Rae Le Roux, Managing Director, Management Consulted; Josh Henkin, Ph.D., Founder, STEM Career Services, Treasurer, Board of Directors, NPA

 

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Engaging Faculty to Advance Postdoctoral Career Success

PRESENTERS: Nisha A. Cavanaugh, Ph.D., Manager, Postdoctoral & Academic Programs, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute; Bruce H. Mandt, Ph.D., Director, Postdoctoral Office, Career Development Office, University of Colorado Denver|Anschutz Medical Campus

 

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Exploring and Planning Your Humanities or Social Sciences Career Path Using ImaginePhD

PRESENTERS: Teresa L. Dillinger, Ph.D., Academic Administrator, Professional Development Programs, Graduate Studies, UC Davis

 

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Marketing Yourself Online in Today's Employment Market & Job Search

PRESENTER: Eric Vaughn, M.Ed., Life Sciences Career Coach, University of Rochester Medical Center

 

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Meeting the Challenge of Being an International Scholar in the U.S.

PRESENTERS: Philip Clifford, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research at the College of Applied Health Sciences, Director of Mentoring for the UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science, University of Illinois at Chicago; Brendan Delaney, J.D., Immigration Attorney, Frank & Delaney Immigration Law, LLC, Advisory Council member, NPA; Sina Safayi, D.V.M., Ph.D., Assistant Director of Career Development, Grad School, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

 

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myPDO session: Career Planning for Us

 

FACILITATORS: Jami Armbrester, M.S., Associate Director Career & Professional Development, Office of Postdoctoral Education, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Jennifer Aumiller, M.Ed., Director, Pre/Postdoctoral Career Development, University of Maryland, Baltimore; Tammy R. Collins, Ph.D., Director, Office of Fellows’ Career Development, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; Lori Conlan, Ph.D., Director, Office of Postdoctoral Services and Career Services Center, Office of Intramural Training and Education, National Institutes of Health; Garth Fowler, Ph.D., Associate Executive Director, American Psychological Association; Diane M. Klotz, Ph.D., Director, Office of Education, Training, & International Services, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute; Lisa Kozlowski, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Student and Postdoctoral Affairs, Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences, Thomas Jefferson University; Molly Starback, M.S.L.S., Director, Office of Postdoctoral Services, Duke University

 

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Postdoc Session: Conversations That Result in People Wanting to Build Professional Relationships With You - A Musical Fairytale of How a Postdoc “Networks” to Achieve the Perfect Job

FACILITATORS: Mary Mitchell, President, The Mitchell Organization; Josh Henkin, Ph.D., Career Counselor/Founder, STEM Career Services, Treasurer, Board of Directors, NPA

 

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Recruitment Strategies for Strengthening and Diversifying Postdoctoral Training: Three Institutional Experiences and Perspectives

PRESENTERS: Sofie R. Kleppner, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, Stanford University; Jeffrey Mason, Program Director, Office of Postdoctoral Research, The Ohio State University; Michele S. Swanson, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Studies, University of Michigan Medical School

 

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Spouse and Partner Support for the Postdoctoral Community

PRESENTERS: Rita Brown, M.A., Instructor, Berkeley Spouse & Partner Program, University of California, Berkeley; Laeticia Wilkins, Ph.D., Co-Chair, Berkeley Spouses, Partners and Parents Association, Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Berkeley

 

MODERATOR: Sam Castaneda, Director, Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs Program,  University of California, Berkeley

 

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Strategies for Increasing Participation in PDA Leadership and Events

PRESENTERS: Francesca Cignarella, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Associate, Washington University in St. Louis; Jessica A. Hutchins, Ph.D., Director of Curriculum and Graduate Programs, Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis

 

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Supporting the Needs of Postdocs: Highlights and Best Practices from 2017 NPA Institutional Policy Report

PRESENTERS: Tracy Costello, Ph.D., Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Moffitt Cancer Center, Chair, Board of Directors, NPA; Kryste Ferguson, M.Ed., Manager of Membership & Special Projects, NPA

 

MODERATOR: Mary Anne Timmins, M.Ed., Administrative Director, Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs, University of Pennsylvania

 

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Why and How to Tell Your Science Story

PRESENTERS: Mallory Fix, M.S.Ed, TESOL, Applied Linguist, Founder, language connectED; Rebecca Toner, M.A.Ed., TESOL, Applied Linguist, Chief Learning Officer, language connectED

 

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