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Letter from Executive Director: Looking Back and Ahead
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Julie A. Fabsik-Swarts


As 2018 begins, I find myself reflecting upon the accomplishments of the NPA in 2017, including running our largest annual conference to date. The NPA Career Center made its premiere in March and had over 50,000 views from job seekers and employers in its first seven months. Three major surveys and their reports were completed: Parents in the Pipeline: Retaining Postdoctoral Researchers with Families, Examining Sexual Harassment in the Postdoctoral Community, and Supporting the Needs of Postdocs: 2017 NPA Institutional Policy Report.


This month, the NPA premiered its new logo. Furthermore, the organization is working hard to revamp its website. The staff and Meetings Committee have been busy getting ready for the 2018 Annual Conference in Cleveland, OH, which will be held April 6-8, 2018. Cleveland is an exciting city, and we have reserved the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for an informal dinner and private event on Friday night (April 6). Spaces are limited, so don’t forget to sign up before they are gone.


I want to thank everyone who contributed to the Giving Tuesday campaign. It is very moving to see gifts of $5 and $10 from postdocs who I know are struggling but put the NPA as a priority. To those postdocs and to everyone who gave, I extend a heartfelt THANK YOU! If you didn’t get a chance to donate, it is still not too late to participate. To give your tax-deductible donation, visit the Giving Tuesday campaign page. No gift is too small: all donations matter and they make a statement about what is important in a donor’s life.


Last, but certainly not least, I would like to recognize the outgoing chair of the Board of Directors, Kate Sleeth, PhD. Kate has been on the NPA Board for six years, including two years as chair. Most individuals do not realize the many hours she spent: working with numerous committees; approving items, articles, grants, and letters; and writing, editing, and approving statements. She has personally given significant donations, and I greatly appreciate her personal support during my first years of employment with the NPA. She has been a leader, a mentor, and a friend. As Kate leaves the Board, I wanted to offer a round of applause and a THANK YOU to Kate! On behalf of the staff, volunteers and the Board, for all you have given to the NPA: We wish you the best and hope you will continue to be involved.


Julie A. Fabsik-Swarts, MS, CFRE, CAP, is the executive director of the National Postdoctoral Association.          


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