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-OPF Upcoming Events-


Throughout the year, fellows have the opportunity to participate in a curriculum of workshops, panel discussions, and seminars designed to advance skills in lab management, grant writing and identifying funding opportunities, applying for academic and industry positions, interviewing and networking, scientifi c communication, and pedagogy.

May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

 

-MAY EVENTS-

 

HMPA Board Elections - Applications Due on May 31, 2016

The Harvard Medical Postdoc Association (HMPA) would like to invite you to get involved and join one of our committees (described on our website). If you are interested in a leadership role, you can apply for any of the positions listed below by May 31st, and in June the new HMPA Board will be elected by the current Board. All positions are open to HMS post-docs as well as post-docs from affiliated hospitals, except for the Chair, who must be an HMS post-doc.
If you are interested in being part of one of the committees, but don’t want to lead one, please also reach out!

Listed here are the various positions you can apply for:
Committee chair positions 
Chair of Professional Development Committee
Chair of Advocacy Committee
Chair of Outreach Committee
Chair of Social Committee
Chair of Forum Committee
Officer Positions
Chair (HMS postdoc only)
Vice-Chair of Liaisons
Vice Chair of Web Communications
Secretary
Treasurer

Visit the HMPA website for application instructions and complete details.

 

 

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-JUNE EVENTS-

 

 

BPDA Careers: Academic Career Panel and Speed Networking

When: Wednesday, June 1 | 5:30-8:30pm
Where:
TMEC Atrium, 2nd Floor, 260 Longwood Ave. ( MAP )

Description: Please join the Boston PDA for an evening of learning about life on the tenure track.
Meet junior faculty and tenured professors and learn about their path to the tenure track.
Listen to a panel discussion where faculty members discuss their time on the job market, interviewing, negotiating their starting packet, hiring and managing lab members, getting funding and getting tenure.
We'll have representatives from R1, undergraduate and teaching intensive institutions as well as a discussion on diversity in Academia.

Following the panel discussion, we will have a speed networking event where individuals can speak one-on-one to faculty members.

For more information and registration: https://bpdacareers-academia.eventbrite.com

 

 

Postdoc Office Hours

When: Friday, June 3, 2016 | 12:00-3:00pm (30 min. appts.)
Schedule an Appointment

Where: Postdoc Office, Gordon Hall, Room 006 (MAP)

Make an appointment with the Director of the Postdoc Office for a 30 minute session of career coaching, networking & job search advice, interview assistance, or critique of your application materials. Postdoc Office Hours will be held every other Friday. It is helpful to visit myIDP on Science Careers website (http://myidp.sciencecareers.org/). Please email your materials to james_gould@hms.harvard.edu ahead of your scheduled meeting.

Postdoc Office Hours will be held every other Friday. Appointment times are every thirty minutes: 12:00pm; 12:30pm; 1:00pm; 1:30pm; 2:00pm; 2:30pm.

 

 

Professional Correspondence for Scientists

When: Friday, June 3, 2016 | 2:15-3:45 pm *please note change of location and start time
Where: Cannon Room, Building C (MAP)

Featured Speaker: Kathy L Brenner, Writing Consultant, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health & Instructor at Friedman School of Nutrition/Tufts University

Workshop Description: Scientists are not usually trained to efficiently and effectively communicate with colleagues and potential employers. However, research as well as your career can not progress without gaining familiarity with the best practices in professional correspondence for scientists. Join us as Kathy Brenner describes proper email etiquette along with crafting cover letters for manuscript submissions and job applications.

REGISTER HERE:
Eventbrite - Professional Correspondence for Scientists (6.3.16)

 

 

 

Bioinformatics Bootcamp: June 7 - August 30

When: Sessions begin on Tuesday, June 7 and run through Tuesday, August 30
Where:
HMS - Countway Library - Lower Level 2, Room 025, 10 Shattuck Street

The c3 Bioinformatics team, in conjunction with theHMS/HSDM Office for Postdoctoral Fellows, is offering 2016 Summer Bioinformatics Bootcamp.

The hands-on workshops will be held between June 07 and Aug 16, 2016. Each session can be taken individually, certificate will be offered for those who attend at least 70% of the workshops.

Workshops: Introduction to Bioinformatics, Introduction to Amazon Cloud and UNIX basics, Analyzing NGS Data: Standard data processing and workflow analysis on high powered computing environment, Introduction to ChIP-Seq and data analysis using Galaxy, mRNA-seq analysis using JMP Genomics Software, Affymetrix / Illumina Microarray data analysis using R/Bioconductor, Making the Most of the UCSC Genome Browser, Navigating and Using NCBI BLAST & Gene Expression Omnibus, Functional Analysis of Genomic data using Metacore, Introduction to R Programming, Ensembl Genome Browser Workshop, Geneious Pro Genomic Analysis Software Platform, Analysis of MicroRNA Expression and Function by a variety of Techniques and Biobase Proteome/TRANSFAC for genomic data and Human Genome Mutation database analysis.

Bootcamp completion certificate is awarded for those who attend at least 70% of the workshops.

Registration is required and is limited to Quad-based postdocs.

REGISTRATION & DESCRIPTIONS

 

 

Mentoring in Science: Dealing with Challenges & Achievements

When: Tuesday, June 7 | 11:00-1:00pm
Where: TMEC 250, 260 Longwood Ave. ( MAP )

Description: What do you do if an undergraduate wants to switch projects or mentors or seems to have lost motivation?

This science mentoring workshop focuses on handling challenging situations and celebrating achievements. A facilitated discussion of several case studies will explore these topics in more detail. Participants are encouraged to reflect on and share any challenging and/or successful situations they have faced.

This interactive workshop will set you up for success if you are currently mentoring or would like to mentor an undergraduate in the laboratory or pursuing a faculty job at a primarily undergraduate institution.

coffee and beverages will be provided, please feel free to bring a lunch.

Workshop Facilitator: Margaret A. Lynch, PhD, Associate Director of Science Education, Division of Science, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Harvard University

REGISTER HERE:
Eventbrite - Mentoring in Science: Dealing with Challenges & Achievements (6.7.16)

 

 

 

Social Intelligence

When: Thursday, June 9, 2016 | 2:00-4:00pm
Where: New Research Building 1031, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur (10th Fl.) (MAP)

This is part of the Building Relationships for Professional Success series

Featured Speaker: Sabrina Woods, Associate Director Career Services, Northeastern University and Holistic Career Coach & Linkedin Trainer

Workshop Description: In this workshop participants use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to gain self-awareness and better understanding of their unique strengths and potential areas of growth, as well as how personality differences can impact the way we work.

In this highly engaging and eye-opening workshop you will:
--Learn what your Myers-Briggs type is and what that means for you especially related to your work
--Gain heightened awareness of your own work style and preferred ways of working with others
--Increase understanding about how you prefer to receive information and make decisions
--Recognize normal personality differences and develop flexibility during workplace interactions to work more effectively with coworkers and supervisors.
--Understand how personality type impacts communication, collaboration and conflict
--Learn how to get your own work-related needs met by adapting your style to different situations and circumstances

During the session you will confirm your preferences to determine your 4-letter MBTI type and learn more about the tool through exercises and case studies.

Before the session, we ask that you take a version of the Myers Briggs personality assessment found here: https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test

REGISTER HERE:
Eventbrite - Social Intelligence (6.9.16)

 

 

 

 

RCR-Responsible Conduct of Research: Scientist as Responsible Member of Society

When: Wednesday, June 15 | 12:30-2:00pm
Where: TMEC 209, 260 Longwood Ave. (MAP)

Facilitators: Rebeccah Lijek, PhD, Research Fellow in Microbology and Molecular Genetics, HMS, Jessica Polka, PhD, Research Fellow in Systems Biology, HMS, and David Riglar, PhD, Research Fellow in Systems Biology, HMS

Description: The Center for Bioethics’ RCR Course is primarily restricted to post doctoral trainees working within Quad based, HMS Faculty laboratories. Please note, in general, we are not able to accommodate requests from the hospital institutions with respect to training their clinical trainees. Exceptions may be considered on an individual basis and can depend on the the trainee’s primary funding source. Hospital administrators should look to their own institutions for RCR offerings.

The first 80 people registered for each session will receive a detailed email including location and how to access readings at least ONE WEEK prior to each session. (Priority will be given to those who attended sessions last year and need to complete their training this year.)
The course is designed to run as a graduate-style seminar. Each session will be co-facilitated by the course director, research faculty, and administrative deans. This course is meant to provide an opportunity to openly and critically reflect with your peers and others about what responsibility and integrity should mean to the professional scientific community. To that end, you will be expected to have done the readings prior to class and you will be expected to participate in discussion.

Space is still available, to register visit: http://bioethics.hms.harvard.edu/rcr-responsible-conduct-research

 

 

Postdoc Coffee House
(Download Event Flyer)

When: Thursday, June 16, 2016 | 9:30-11:00am
Where: Gordon Hall, Room 006 (MAP)

Stop by the Postdoc Office on the third Thursday of every month to enjoy fresh coffee and donuts and to learn more about the opportunities available for postdocs.

 

 

Postdoc Office Hours

When: Friday, June 17, 2016 | 12:00-3:00pm (30 min. appts.)
Schedule an Appointment

Where: Postdoc Office, Gordon Hall, Room 006 (MAP)

Make an appointment with the Director of the Postdoc Office for a 30 minute session of career coaching, networking & job search advice, interview assistance, or critique of your application materials. Postdoc Office Hours will be held every other Friday. It is helpful to visit myIDP on Science Careers website (http://myidp.sciencecareers.org/). Please email your materials to james_gould@hms.harvard.edu ahead of your scheduled meeting.

Postdoc Office Hours will be held every other Friday. Appointment times are every thirty minutes: 12:00pm; 12:30pm; 1:00pm; 1:30pm; 2:00pm; 2:30pm.

 


Cultural Aspects of Writing

When: Friday, June 24, 2016 | 2:00 - 4:00pm
Where
: TMEC 106, 260 Longwood Ave. ( MAP )

Course Instructor: Kathy L. Brenner, Writing Consultant, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health & Instructor at Friedman School of Nutrition/Tufts University

Workshop Description: Writing is cultural - so come join a workshop that will focus on the contrastive rhetoric that will provide explanations for why you write the way you do when dealing with a new language, a new culture, and new expectations. Targeting a specific discourse community (postdoctoral fellows) and a particular writing genre (journal publication), we will look at common writing problems for non-native speakers of English. Aspects such as strength of claim and lexical nuance will be discussed in more depth. Using a PLOS ONE research article, we will touch upon the writing processes of content, context, and form, looking more closely at how language and structure are used to produce selected components from the introduction, methods, results, and discussion sections.

NOTE: Though this workshop is designed for non-native speakers of English, it is relevant to everyone and all are welcome to attend.

REGISTER HERE:
Eventbrite - Cultural Aspects of Writing (6.24.16)

 

 

 

The Academic Job Search Series: Academic Teaching Careers
When: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | 2:00-4:00pm
Where: Cannon Room, Building C (MAP)

Faculty Panelists:
Katherine Berry, PhD
, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Mount Holyoke College
Rich Gurney, PhD, Professor Department of Chemistry and Physics, Director, Simmons Mentored Assistantship Research Training (SMART) Program, Simmons College
Vanja Klepac-Ceraj, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Wellesley College
Celeste Peterson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology, Suffolk University

Workshop Description:
Come hear from our faculty panelists as they discuss:
- Identifying opportunities to build your teaching credentials.
- What to include in the cover letter, CV, and teaching statement.
- How to manage the job search, application, and interview process.

Registration will open on May 28

 

 

Dynamic Writing Strategies: Synthesizing Resources

When: Thursday, June 30 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
Where:
Countway Library, 403 Computer Lab (MAP)

This interactive workshop is part of the Scientific Writing series, participants should bring a copy of a work in progress to the workshop.

Seating is limited to 30 and registration is REQUIRED.

Featured Speaker: Leslie Ann Roldan, PhD, Lecturer II, MIT

Description: “The fundamental purpose of scientific discourse is not the mere presentation of information and thought, but rather its actual communication. It does not matter how pleased an author might be to have converted all the right data into sentences and paragraphs; it matters only whether a large majority of the reading audience accurately perceives what the author had in mind.” (Gopen and Swan, American Scientist, 1990.)

MIT Lecturer Leslie Ann Roldan will lead a series of highly interactive workshops designed to explore the processes of creating effective and impactful writing for science. Workshop participants should bring a copy of their own work to be guided through various stages of effective writing, from predrafting, visual communication techniques, and best practices for incorporating sources. The Dynamic Writing Strategies programs are interactive, and each can be taken as a stand-alone workshop.

Speaker’s Background: Lecturer in MIT’s Writing Across the Curriculum Program since 2005, primarily teaching in the Biology Department (7.02, 7.18), Biological Engineering (20.109), and Chemistry (5.36). BA in English (Stanford); PhD in Biology (MIT).

Registration will open on: May 30

 

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-JULY EVENTS-

 

 

Postdoc Office Hours

When: Friday, July 1, 2016 | 12:00-3:00pm (30 min. appts.)
Schedule an Appointment

Where: Postdoc Office, Gordon Hall, Room 006 (MAP)

Make an appointment with the Director of the Postdoc Office for a 30 minute session of career coaching, networking & job search advice, interview assistance, or critique of your application materials. Postdoc Office Hours will be held every other Friday. It is helpful to visit myIDP on Science Careers website (http://myidp.sciencecareers.org/). Please email your materials to james_gould@hms.harvard.edu ahead of your scheduled meeting.

Postdoc Office Hours will be held every other Friday. Appointment times are every thirty minutes: 12:00pm; 12:30pm; 1:00pm; 1:30pm; 2:00pm; 2:30pm.

 

 

*SPECIAL* Outdoor Movie Night

When: Wednesday, July 13 | 8:30pm
Where:
HMS Quadrangle

Enjoy a movie under the stars on the HMS Quad. There will be FREE fresh popcorn, but bring your own beverages. And don't forget a blanket or lawn chair to lounge on. Come early to get a good seat; you don't want to miss it!
This event is open to the entire Harvard community, Hospital Affiliates and their families.

Featured Film: ~ "Star Wars- The Force Awakens " ~

Synopsis: In this thrilling continuation of the epic space opera, ex-stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega), scrappy desert dweller Rey (Daisy Ridley), and droid companion BB-8 get caught up in a galactic war when they come across a map containing the whereabouts of the vanished Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). They soon embark on an epic adventure that brings them face-to-face with heroes from the past, as well as new villains such as Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order, a fascist regime that has emerged from the ashes of the old Empire. Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Peter Mayhew, and Anthony Daniels return to reprise their roles as, respectively, Leia Organa, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and C-3PO. Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Gwendoline Christie co-star. J.J. Abrams directed from a script he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt. (Rated PG-13, 136 min, 2015)

Rain date: Tuesday, July 19

 

 

 

Postdoc Office Hours

When: Friday, July 15, 2016 | 12:00-3:00pm (30 min. appts.)
Schedule an Appointment

Where: Postdoc Office, Gordon Hall, Room 006 (MAP)

Make an appointment with the Director of the Postdoc Office for a 30 minute session of career coaching, networking & job search advice, interview assistance, or critique of your application materials. Postdoc Office Hours will be held every other Friday. It is helpful to visit myIDP on Science Careers website (http://myidp.sciencecareers.org/). Please email your materials to james_gould@hms.harvard.edu ahead of your scheduled meeting.

Postdoc Office Hours will be held every other Friday. Appointment times are every thirty minutes: 12:00pm; 12:30pm; 1:00pm; 1:30pm; 2:00pm; 2:30pm.

 

 

Postdoc Coffee House
(Download Event Flyer)

When: Thursday, July 21, 2016 | 9:30-11:00am
Where: Gordon Hall, Room 006 (MAP)

Stop by the Postdoc Office on the third Thursday of every month to enjoy fresh coffee and donuts and to learn more about the opportunities available for postdocs.

 


RCR-Responsible Conduct of Research: Conflict of Interest

When: Wednesday, July 27 | 12:30-2:00pm
Where: TMEC 246 Walter Amphitheater, 260 Longwood Ave. (MAP )

Facilitators: Gretchen Brodnicki, J.D., Dean for Faculty and Research Integrity, HMS

Description: The Center for Bioethics’ RCR Course is primarily restricted to post doctoral trainees working within Quad based, HMS Faculty laboratories. Please note, in general, we are not able to accommodate requests from the hospital institutions with respect to training their clinical trainees. Exceptions may be considered on an individual basis and can depend on the the trainee’s primary funding source. Hospital administrators should look to their own institutions for RCR offerings.

The first 80 people registered for each session will receive a detailed email including location and how to access readings at least ONE WEEK prior to each session. (Priority will be given to those who attended sessions last year and need to complete their training this year.)
The course is designed to run as a graduate-style seminar. Each session will be co-facilitated by the course director, research faculty, and administrative deans. This course is meant to provide an opportunity to openly and critically reflect with your peers and others about what responsibility and integrity should mean to the professional scientific community. To that end, you will be expected to have done the readings prior to class and you will be expected to participate in discussion.

Space is still available, to register visit: http://bioethics.hms.harvard.edu/rcr-responsible-conduct-research

 

 

Postdoc Office Hours

When: Friday, July 29, 2016 | 12:00-3:00pm (30 min. appts.)
Schedule an Appointment

Where: Postdoc Office, Gordon Hall, Room 006 (MAP)

Make an appointment with the Director of the Postdoc Office for a 30 minute session of career coaching, networking & job search advice, interview assistance, or critique of your application materials. Postdoc Office Hours will be held every other Friday. It is helpful to visit myIDP on Science Careers website (http://myidp.sciencecareers.org/). Please email your materials to james_gould@hms.harvard.edu ahead of your scheduled meeting.

Postdoc Office Hours will be held every other Friday. Appointment times are every thirty minutes: 12:00pm; 12:30pm; 1:00pm; 1:30pm; 2:00pm; 2:30pm.

 

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-AUGUST EVENTS-

 

The Individual Development Plan: Maximizing Your Postdoc Training at HMS

When: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 | 1:00-3:00pm
Where: TBA

Featured Speaker: James Gould, PhD, Director, HMS/HSDM Office for Postdoctoral Fellows

Workshop Description:
The postdoc pursuit of independent investigation relies on getting the most out of their training. This seminar lays out tools and strategies for choosing the right research environment to thrive as a postdoc as well as planning, and executing, a successful postdoc tenure. This workshop will cover what you need know, and do, to efficiently advance in your early research career via an effective use of your individual development plan (IDP).

Registration will begin on July 11, 2016

 


 

*SPECIAL* Outdoor Movie Night

When: Thursday, August 11 | 8:00pm
Where:
HMS Quadrangle

Enjoy a movie under the stars on the HMS Quad. There will be FREE fresh popcorn, but bring your own beverages. And don't forget a blanket or lawn chair to lounge on. Come early to get a good seat; you don't want to miss it!
This event is open to the entire Harvard community, Hospital Affiliates and their families.

Featured Film: ~ "Zootopia " ~

Synopsis: In a city inhabited by anthropomorphic animals who have abandoned traditional predator/prey roles in favor of civilized coexistence, uptight rabbit police officer Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) is forced to work with charismatic fox con artist Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) to crack a major case involving the mysterious disappearance of some carnivorous citizens. But when a few of the missing critters reappear, having reverted to pre-enlightenment savagery, it exposes existing anti-carnivore prejudice among the city's herbivores that threatens to damage the fabric of their diverse metropolis. Shakira, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Nate Torrence, Jenny Slate, Tommy Chong, Octavia L. Spencer, Bonnie Hunt, Alan Tudyk, Don Lake, and John DiMaggio also lend their voices. (Rated PG, 108 min., 2016)

Rain date: Thursday, August 18

 


Postdoc Coffee House
(Download Event Flyer)

When: Thursday, August 18, 2016 | 9:30-11:00am
Where: Gordon Hall, Room 006 (MAP)

Stop by the Postdoc Office on the third Thursday of every month to enjoy fresh coffee and donuts and to learn more about the opportunities available for postdocs.

 

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-SEPTEMBER EVENTS-

 

Postdoc Coffee House
(Download Event Flyer)

When: Thursday, September 15, 2016 | 9:30-11:00am
Where: Gordon Hall, Room 006 (MAP)

Stop by the Postdoc Office on the third Thursday of every month to enjoy fresh coffee and donuts and to learn more about the opportunities available for postdocs.

 


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-OCTOBER EVENTS-

 

 

Postdoc Coffee House
(Download Event Flyer)

When: Thursday, October 20, 2016 | 9:30-11:00am
Where: Gordon Hall, Room 006 (MAP)

Stop by the Postdoc Office on the third Thursday of every month to enjoy fresh coffee and donuts and to learn more about the opportunities available for postdocs.


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-NOVEMBER EVENTS-

 

The Individual Development Plan: Maximizing Your Postdoc Training at HMS

When: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 | 1:00-3:00pm
Where: TBA

Featured Speaker: James Gould, PhD, Director, HMS/HSDM Office for Postdoctoral Fellows

Workshop Description:
The postdoc pursuit of independent investigation relies on getting the most out of their training. This seminar lays out tools and strategies for choosing the right research environment to thrive as a postdoc as well as planning, and executing, a successful postdoc tenure. This workshop will cover what you need know, and do, to efficiently advance in your early research career via an effective use of your individual development plan (IDP).

Registration will begin on October 10, 2016

 

 

Postdoc Coffee House
(Download Event Flyer)

When: Thursday, November 17, 2016 | 9:30-11:00am
Where: Gordon Hall, Room 006 (MAP)

Stop by the Postdoc Office on the third Thursday of every month to enjoy fresh coffee and donuts and to learn more about the opportunities available for postdocs.

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-DECEMBER EVENTS-

 

Postdoc Holiday Party

When: Thursday, December 15, 2016 | 4:00-5:30pm
Where:
Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall, 1st Floor, 25 Shattuck Street (MAP)


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