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2019 NPA Board Election Results Announced

Monday, October 7, 2019   (0 Comments)
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October 7, 2019

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) has elected four individuals to the Board of Directors for the three-year term of service beginning on January 1, 2020: Tullia C. Bruno, Ph.D.; William Mahoney, Jr., Ph.D.; Caleb McKinney, Ph.D.; and Chris Smith, Ph.D.

The directors were elected from a field of five candidates during the 2019 election, which ran from September 9 through September 23. The newly elected directors will join the following members of the Board: Tracy Costello, Ph.D.; Stephanie Eberle, M.Ed.; Josh Henkin, Ph.D.; Natalia Martin, Ph.D.; Barbara J. Natalizio, Ph.D.; Shakira Nelson, Ph.D.; and, Claudia Späni, Ph.D..

Tullia C. Bruno, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Immunology at the University of Pittsburgh, and a faculty member in the Tumor Microenvironment Center and the Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy Program at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. She obtained her doctorate degree in immunology from Johns Hopkins in 2010 and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado in 2015—both with a focus in tumor immunology. Bruno’s research program is focused on tumor infiltrating B cells and how they can be manipulated and targeted in human tumors for more effective therapies. She is thrilled to be continuing her tenure on the NPA Board of Directors, where she will focus on the strategic plan and how to increase productivity on goals aligned with the mission of the NPA.

William Mahoney, Jr., Ph.D., has a long-standing interest in professional development, focusing on graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty at the University of Washington (UW). As associate dean, he provides leadership to both the Office of Graduate Student Affairs and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs to support inclusive learning environments across the UW educational ecosystem. He leads efforts related to graduate student and postdoctoral fellow recruitment and support, holistic mentorship, and career exploration and guidance.

Mahoney is an associate professor of pathology in the School of Medicine. He came to UW as a postdoctoral fellow in 2004 and has followed the academic tract to associate professor in the Department of Pathology. After establishing his independent lab in cardiovascular development & regeneration, he transitioned to focusing on mentoring graduate students by co-directing the interdepartmental Molecular Medicine and Mechanisms of Disease (M3D) doctoral program. This led to a more holistic attention to professional development towards careers in STEM by working with URM pipeline programs and by co-directing the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) in the UW Graduate School.

Caleb C. McKinney, Ph.D., is assistant dean of graduate and postdoctoral training & development for Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE) at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC), and is completing his term as Diversity Officer for the NPA. McKinney is committed to graduate student and postdoctoral scholar advocacy and career formation. He graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in biology and a minor in applied economics and management. He then completed his doctoral degree in microbiology from New York University, and he is currently enrolled in a master’s in professional studies program in design management and communications at Georgetown University. At GUMC, McKinney leads the graduate and postdoctoral training and development portfolio for Biomedical Graduate Education, which includes the Office of Career Strategy and Professional Development, a biomedical graduate career center that provides career advising and professional development programming for master's students, doctoral students, and postdoctoral scholars. Furthermore, his portfolio includes training grant support for institutional external funding mechanisms, and biomedical graduate student recruitment and external partnerships for strategic enrollment. Lastly, he is a steadfast advocate for student and trainee led initiatives. He mentors and provides administrative support to the Georgetown University PDA, and the Women in Science Education and Medical Center Graduate Student Organization student groups.

Chris Smith, Ph.D., received his doctoral degree in neurobiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014, after which he served as a postdoc in the Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University. While at Vanderbilt, he served in various roles within the Vanderbilt postdoctoral association including webmaster, treasurer, and junior co-chair. Since January 2019, he has served as the postdoctoral affairs program manager within the Graduate School at North Carolina State University. There he assists NC State’s 400+ postdoctoral scholars with their current training roles at the university, in addition to helping them discover their unique set of skills and interests that can be translated to a variety of meaningful careers. He has been actively involved with the NPA since 2017, including writing for The POSTDOCket newsletter and serving on the Meetings and Resource Development Committees.

Current members of the Board who will complete their term are: Andrew Bankson, Ph.D., Kristen Scott, Ph.D., and Yvette Seger, Ph.D. We thank them for their service.