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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.

July | August | September | October | November | December

 

 

-JULY EVENTS-

 

 

Georges Island Day Trip - Sold Out

When: Saturday, July 23, 2016
Must Arrive: 10:30am (Ferry to depart at 11:00am)
Ferry Departure Location: Long Wharf North Boston (for GPS: use 66 Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110)
(You are responsible for transportation to/from Long Wharf North - Directions HERE.)

Details: The cost to attend will include a ferry ride to and from Georges Island and a $5.00 food voucher to use at Rita's Cafe snack stand on the island. The ferry will depart the Long wharf in Boston at 11:00am. Attendees will be expected to provide their own transportation to and from the Long Wharf and MUST arrive no later than 10:30am to ensure their space is reserved on the ferry.
Once we arrive on George's Island you are free to do as you please. The ferry back to Long Wharf will leave at 5:00pm, but you will also be able to go stand-by on an earlier departing ferry.

Georges Island, one of twelve Boston Harbor Islands, is only a 20 minute ferry ride from downtown Boston. Georges Island is home to the historic Fort Warren, a Civil War-era fort known for its graceful granite archways and reputed ghost, the Lady in Black. Visit the new museum, picnic under a shade tree, or enjoy the spectacular views of the harbor.
Berklee School of Music will preform a free concert on the island at 1:00pm

There is something for everyone!

For more information on the Boston Harbor Islands: http://www.bostonislands.org/

This event is part of the 2016 Summer Fun Event Series for Postdocs.

- Please note, this event is sold out, no more tickets are available -

 

 

The Teaching Institute: Theory, Practice, & Navigating STEM Higher Ed

When: Monday - Thursday, July 25-28, 2016 | 9:00am - 5:00pm Daily*  (*subject to final schedule)
Where:
School of Management, 5th Floor, Simmons College | 300 The Fenway (MAP )
Map showing walking directions

Application Deadline: Thursday, June 30

We are offering a 4-day intensive Teaching Institute in conjunction with the Center for Excellence in Teaching at Simmons College.

Eligibility: This program will be limited to 30 participants. You must be a quad-based, HMS/HSDM postdoc, graduate student, or faculty to apply. Please contact the Postdoc Office if you are uncertain of your eligibility.
Women and minorities underrepresented in STEM professions are STRONGLY encouraged to apply.

Workshop Description:
This four-day Institute on college teaching is designed to equip postdoctoral fellows in the STEM professions with the knowledge and skills needed to prepare them to teach and design undergraduate courses in a PUI or teaching-focused institution. The curriculum integrates a discussion of theory and current research related to teaching in higher education with actual practice. Participants will be actively engaged in designing and delivering multiple lessons using best pedagogical practices, including theory and application in their particular discipline. Participants will work collaboratively throughout the Institute to discuss readings, provide peer feedback, reflect on their experiences and course content, and build a teaching toolkit through hands-on experiences.
Each day will conclude with co-facilitators and guest STEM faculty leading a mentored discussion on the evolving life of the academic that introduces participants to the broad landscape of higher education today and its impact on career advancement. The participants will hear from leaders in the field and build a tool kit that will help trainees successfully navigate an academic appointment in STEM Higher Education. This institute will provide the knowledge and skill set needed to succeed and advance in a tenure-track position. Individual participants will gain confidence and leadership that will allow them to transform the culture as they advance through academia.
All course activities and materials are incorporated into a resource book that participants can use throughout their teaching careers.
For complete details visit: http://postdoc.hms.harvard.edu/events/teachinginstitute2016.html

Please note: Application completion does not guarantee your participation in the course. You will receive a notification email by Wednesday, July 6. Upon confirmation of your participation in the course, you will be required to pay the course fee ($30, refundable upon completion of course) before receiving the course materials. We will provide more details in the notification email.

- The Teaching Institute is made possible through a grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund -

Apply HERE by Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 5pm.

 

 

Postdoc Happy Hour - HMPA & School of Public Health

When: Tuesday, July 26 | 4:30-6:00pm
Where: Minot Room, 5th Floor, Countway Library (MAP)

Join postdocs from HMS and the School of Public Health at a joint Happy Hour.

Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and light snacks will be provided!

Co-sponsored by the HMPA and The Harvard Chan School of Public Health 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 Academic Job Search Series: Postdoc to PI Panel

When: Thursday, August 4, 2016 | 2:30-4:30pm
Where: Cannon Room, Building C (MAP)

Confirmed Panelists:
Mohammad Fallahi-Sichani, PhD
, Currently: Postdoc Fellow in Systems Biology, HMS, Soon-to-be: Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan
Bo Liang, PhD, Currently: Postdoc Fellow in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Soon-to-be: Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Emory University School of Miedicine
Kaushik Ragunathan, PhD, Currently: Postdoc Fellow in Cell Biology, HMS, Soon-to-be: Assistant Professor, Biological Chemistry, University of Michigan

Description:
Come hear from a panel of fellow postdocs who have been “on the market” discussing their experiences (both good and bad) on searching, applying, landing, and negotiating a faculty position.
This is an informal event intended to provide you with the opportunity to learn from those who have gone before you! 
Hear what other postdocs think about the process, do’s and don’ts, blunders and successes.

REGISTER HERE:
Eventbrite - Academic Job Search Series: Postdoc to PI Panel (2016)

 

 

 

 

The Individual Development Plan: Maximizing Your Postdoc Training at HMS

When: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 | 1:00-3:00pm
Where: Bibring Room, 212 Gordon Hall, 25 Shattuck Street (MAP)

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).

REGISTER:
Eventbrite - The Individual Development Plan: Maximizing Your Postdoc Training at HMS 8/10/16

 


 

*SPECIAL* Outdoor Movie Night: Zootopia

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

This event is part of the 2016 Summer Fun Event Series for Postdocs.

 


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.

 

 

Careers in Patent Law and IP: Wolf Greenfield Recruitment & Info Session

When: Wednesday, August 24 | 12:00-2:00pm
Where:
Cannon Room, Building C (MAP)

Featured Panelists:
Oona M. Johnstone, PhD, JD, Associate
Heather J. DiPietrantonio, PhD, Patent Agent
Jeanette A. Forgey, Recruitment Coordinator

Workshop Description:
Are you intrigued by the prospect of applying your scientific or engineering expertise to help companies and institutions protect their cutting edge innovations?

We invite you to learn more about the Technology Specialist program at Wolf Greenfield, a Boston-based intellectual property law firm. We currently seek candidates with backgrounds in: biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemical engineering, chemistry, genetics, medical devices, mechanical engineering, neuroscience.

Pizza Lunch will be provided.

REGISTRATION BEGINS ON 7/24/16

 

The Art of Scientific Storytelling: Transform Your Research Manuscript

When: Friday August 26 & September 2, 2016 | 11:30am-1:00pm
Where
: TMEC 328, 260 Longwood Avenue (MAP)

Speaker: Rafael E. Luna, PhD, Program Director, Office for Faculty Affairs, HMS | Instructor, BCMP, HMS | Author of The Art of Scientific Storytelling

PLEASE NOTE: This is a 2-part workshop that will meet on Friday, August 26 & September 2, 2016.

Description: Research manuscripts are written to have an impact on the scientific community and to be cited by others. However, there are thousands of research articles published in our respective fields each year. Is it possible to distinguish one’s research paper by communicating science in a clear and compelling fashion? This 2-part interactive course provides instruction on how to write a scientific manuscript using the structural aspects of storytelling, i.e. dramatic arc. We will explore the logic of narrative craft and adapt it to writing a scientific manuscript. Dr. Luna will introduce his Scientific Storytelling method for writing research manuscripts. During the first session (Friday, August 26), instruction will be provided on the implementation of the Scientific Storytelling method into the basic components of a research manuscript: Title, Abstract, Figures, Results, Introduction, and Discussion. During the second session (Friday, September 2), participants will then apply these concepts towards writing a title and an abstract for their own research, which will be critiqued and revised.

Assignment: After the first session, postdocs should prepare and submit a title and abstract of their current research. The title (115 character limit including spaces) and abstract (200-250 words) should incorporate aspects of the Scientific Storytelling method discussed in the first session. Please send your documents (either Word or pdf files) to the postdoc office (postdoc_office@hms.harvard.edu) by 4pm on Monday, August 29th. These will then be compiled and shared with the class prior to the second session. Please come to the second session prepared to critique your peers’ work. A subset of the titles and abstracts will be discussed in class. At the end of the second session, Dr. Luna will return comments on the titles and abstracts to each participant in the class.

REGISTRATION OPENS ON 7/26/16

 

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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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