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Julie Fabsik-Swarts


Fall brings a number of exciting happenings at the NPA. As we head to Thanksgiving, we must stop and appreciate how blessed we all are to live and work in this great country. We are so appreciative of those of you who have donated and supported the NPA in past campaigns.


Giving Tuesday is rapidly approaching. As is tradition in the United States, we feast on Turkey Day, purchase discounted gifts in person on Black Friday, shop online on Cyber Monday, and support missions of charity on Giving Tuesday. Sometimes many forget that as a nonprofit, all donations to the National Postdoctoral Association are tax-deductible and go towards the mission of being the voice of postdoctoral programs throughout the country. This year’s theme will be


“I’m a postdoc, what is your super power?”


At this time of such blessing, please consider making a gift, no matter how small, to support the NPA and its mission. We can’t do it without you.


The 2018 Annual Conference is shaping up to be one of the biggest and most exciting ever. We will launch early bird registration in November. Exciting items include great speakers and workshops, low cost hotels and transportation, and a great evening event that is tentatively set to be at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Make sure you register by the end of the year to get the best value.


The NPA has also signed a contract for the 2019 Annual Conference to occur in Orlando, FL. The Rosen Centre, a beautiful hotel, will be the location for the event. The host will be a team of organizations including Moffitt Cancer Center, University of Central Florida, and University of Southern Florida. Centrally located within driving distance of several thousand postdocs, the 2019 Annual Conference is shaping up to be a productive event which will include lots of fun in a great location.


In addition to preparing for the Annual Conference, the Board of Directors and staff have been busy producing two studies. The NPA surveyed postdocs on their experiences with sexual harassment in the workplace. Over 2700 survey responses were submitted in under two weeks. Results were presented to the National Academies meeting by Kate Sleeth, PhD, chair of the Board. A subsequent article will be forthcoming shortly. In addition, the NPA triannual institutional policy survey report is being finalized and will be published in a new partnership with Sigma Xi. In January, the results will be hard copy published in American Scientist magazine, which has more than 55,000 subscribers. The results will be available online for all NPA members.


We’re thrilled to announce a three-year partnership with Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc. Garnett-Powers has been a long-time partner of the NPA, and they have now moved into an organizational partnership status. Included in the agreement is sponsorship of the Annual Conference including the annual mentor award, NPA webinars, and various promotional opportunities. We are very pleased to formalize and increase the involvement of Garnett-Powers in working with the NPA.


The NPA has also been filling a number of volunteer leader opportunities with the various committees. Most of these searches are wrapping up, and I want to welcome the new leaders of committees. A special thanks to Board vice chair, Yvette Seger, PhD, who spent many hours leading these searches to find the perfect fit.


Finally, if you missed it, I wanted to share with the membership my recent article in the publication by the Council of Graduate Schools, GradEdge.


Enjoy the beautiful fall season and make sure to keep checking in with the NPA via e-alerts, social media, and the website. Great things are happening at the NPA and you don’t want to miss out.


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