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The Committees of the Membership, along with the International and Diversity Officers, are at the core of the NPA. They work to develop events and resources that support the postdoctoral community, and their work would not be possible without volunteers. Volunteering with an NPA committee is a great way to gain professional experience at the national level, while giving back to the postdoctoral community. Here are some highlights of what committees and officers have been up to and how you can get involved.

 

Resource Development:

 

Image belongs to NPA. Watch for a new myPostdoc Webinar every month

We have been working to produce myPostdoc Webinars – information for your personal and professional development. We would like to share the upcoming webinar schedule. Webinars happen on the first Wednesday of every month at 1pm ET.

 

June 6 – How to Craft a Resume for the NPA Career Center; Jessica Taylor, PhD, Senior Manager Higher Education Programs, American Physiological Society

 

July 11 – We Heard You...Now What?: Next steps from the 2018 NPA Town Hall; NPA Board of Directors

 

Aug 1 – InterSECT Job Simulations; Thi Nguyen, PhD, Associate Dean for Graduate Career and Professional Development at Washington University in St Louis

 

Sept 5 – Diversity 101: Why Should we Care, the Role of Implicit Bias and Privilege, and What are Some of the Solutions; J. Marcela Hernandez, PhD, Administrative Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, The Ohio State University

 

Diversity:

 

Our "Amplifying Voices" campaign has been gaining great traction as a national platform for postdoctoral fellows to share aspects of their postdoctoral training experiences and their professional passions.

 

The NPA Diversity Officers have been sharing quotes from our Amplifying Voices virtual interview and those quotes have been getting reshared by other trainees via social media. We are thrilled that postdocs can utilize our platform to build community and find camaraderie with each other.

 

We are continuing to accept new submissions and we will continue to share quotes in select POSTDOCKet articles and on social media throughout the year, particularly during monthly heritage celebrations.

 

The NPA commends the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) efforts to address harassment, and we are working to develop a comprehensive code of conduct for future NPA Annual Conferences and activities. Furthermore, the NPA solicited an article for the recent POSTDOCket to discuss harassment in academia.

 

The POSTDOCket:

 

Photo courtesy of Alexandra Taraboletti. Taraboletti is a chemist passionate about cures for chronic diseases and cover-illustration quality artwork

Alexandra Taraboletti has been appointed the first ever graphics editor of The POSTDOCket. She will generate original graphics, source images, and work with the editors and authors to create a more visually appealing publication.

 

Alexandra is a freelance illustrator and long-time comic book reader. She has recently moved from doodles to digital illustration and borrows inspiration from some of her favorite comic artists. She also has a penchant for scientific illustration and has been featured on the cover of ACS Biochemistry. Alexandra currently holds the Mentorship and Outreach Committee chair for the Georgetown University PDA, and is a Georgetown University fellow in tumor biology-applying metabolomics to the field of radiation oncology.

 

NPA in the Community:

 

The NPA responded to the NASEM report. The NPA appreciates the efforts of the Committee on the Next Generation Researchers Initiative and thanks the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) for producing “The Next Generation of Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences Researchers: Breaking Through” report. Several aspects of this report build upon the work the NPA has done over the years in creating and providing resources for the postdoctoral community.

 

NPA created a resource for those that have been the victim of sexual harassment. When you feel that you have been the victim of sexual harassment, it is sometimes challenging to find the correct person to go to for advice or assistance. We hope that the information provided in this guide will be helpful to you in understanding your options.

 

The NPA Board of Directors has appointed Megan Sampley Bohn, PhD, and Catherine B. Zander, PhD, as co-chairs of the Advocacy Committee.

 

The NPA April myPostdoc Monthly webinar was entitled “Highlights from the NPA Annual Conference.” Each month since March 29, 2017 the NPA has hosted a webinar series entitled “myPostdoc Monthly.” These webinars are open to NPA affiliate and full postdoc members. Each session involves one or two main presenters, with time for questions and answers.

 

The NPA recognized posters at the 2018 Annual Conference in Cleveland. The NPA selected three poster session winners at its 16th Annual Conference, held April 6 - 8, 2018, at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio.

 

Join us in Orlando for the 17th Annual Conference!

The NPA Annual Conference is the largest national conference and networking event dedicated to the postdoctoral community. Conference attendees - postdoctoral scholars, administrators, faculty, and representatives from disciplinary societies, industry, and corporations - are provided with the opportunity to gather and enhance their professional development and leadership skills.

 

The 17th Annual Conference will be held April 12-14, 2019, at the Rosen Centre Hotel, an award-winning convention property offering a number of amenities, including an Olympic-size tropical outdoor swimming pool, nine restaurants and lounges, and The Spa at Rosen Centre.

 

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