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The POSTDOCket is the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) newsletter covering news items and features of interest to the postdoctoral community.


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In This Issue


Volume 16, Issue 10 (October 2018)

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Member Feature: How I Took Charge of My Career. You Can, Too.

Diane A. Safer


Over the years, my interests shifted and developed, but I was able to transition between these seemingly unrelated paths by recognizing the value of my past experiences, continually assessing my skills and knowledge, and understanding the need to fill any experience gaps.

Community and Career Development: LATTICE for Early-career Underrepresented Minority Women in Engineering

Claire Horner-Devine


Launching Academics on the Tenure-Track: an Intentional Community in Engineering (LATTICE) is a national program to increase the retention and advancement of women in academic careers to create greater diversity in engineering and computer science leadership.

Get to know the International Officers of the National Postdoctoral Association

Juliana Vasco-Correa and Sudha Krishnamurthy


The NPA has appointed two new International Officers: Sudha Krishnamurthy, BDS, PhD, and Juliana Vasco-Correa, PhD. They are both excited to start working with the NPA leadership team to improve the experience of international postdoctoral scholars in the United States

NSF and NIH Take Initial Steps to Combat Sexual Harassment in Academia

Megan Bohon and Catherine Zander


Since the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) released their report on sexual harassment in academia on June 12, 2018, the conversation surrounding the issue has been growing. This week both the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have issued statements on their path forward.

STEM Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars Need an Online Portfolio

Jason Cramer


In a difficult job market, opportunities to stand out from competitors should be strongly considered, and for this reason, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in STEM areas should consider developing and applying an underutilized job-search tool: an online portfolio.

Three Steps to Get you Started on Career Exploration

Aline Nachlas


As a scholar in the academic world, the question of what to do next can often be on your mind. Career exploration can be daunting and overwhelming, but you need not to worry as there are three simple steps to help you get started.

NPA Expands, Welcoming Samantha Black as Program Associate

Samantha Black


The NPA is pleased to announce that Samantha Black has joined the staff as a program associate as of September 1, 2018. She will be helping with the website update project and contributing to several grant projects and development work.

The Executive Director Discusses NPA Membership Options

Julie Fabsik-Swarts


Recently, some members gave feedback that they didn’t understand how the NPA membership structure works. This month, I am going to explain how NPA membership works, and the benefits each category offers.

Associate Editors for October


Thanks to our October associate editors, Kristy Hentchel, PhD and Irina Triper, PhD! The POSTDOCket says THANK YOU and best wishes to Kristy Hentchel as she leaves to pursue a civilian position at the Office of Naval Research.

Thank you to new and renewing Sustaining Members of the NPA!


Sustaining Members are a vital part of the NPA. Sustaining Members represent a range of professional societies, postdoc associations, postdoc offices, and other organizations that serve the postdoctoral community. Students, postdocs, faculty, and staff at NPA Sustaining Member institutions are eligible to join the NPA, at no cost, as Affiliate Members. Check to see if your institution is an NPA Sustaining Member.



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Simone Otto, Ph.D.

Editor in Chief

Simone Otto, Ph.D., received her doctoral degree in neuroscience from the University of
Vermont in 2013, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of

Environmental Health Science (NIEHS), focusing on adult neurogenesis. Otto contributed to the award-winning Environmental Factor, an online news publication, and has served on the NIEHS postdoctoral association for several years. Her commitment to a career in science communication led her to serve on the career symposium planning committee, including organizing panel discussions, updating a website and producing a publication for the symposium. In addition, Otto, who is devoted to change, has frequently sought out opportunities to mentor non-traditional students.


Otto's involvement with The POSTDOCket and the NPA are personal, and do not represent any endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or National Institutes of Health.


Ian Street, Ph.D.

Deputy Editor

Ian Street, Ph.D., has a doctoral degree in plant biology from Washington University and was a postdoc in the Schaller lab at Dartmouth College. He is currently a virtual lab manager at HappiLabs. He writes and edits at his science blog, The Quiet Branches, as well as Botany One, and The POSTDOCket. He is also a cohost of The Recovering Academic podcast.


Associate editors include: Viviane Callier, Ph.D., Kristy Hentchel, Ph.D., Stephani Page, Ph.D., Lina Chuey, Ph.D., Irina Tiper, Ph.D., and Joyonna Gamble-George, Ph.D.

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