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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.

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

 

-JUNE EVENTS-

 

 

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 sixth (and last!) workshop of the series focuses on the use of sources: paraphrasing, notetaking, and synthesis. Please come prepared by bringing 2-3 research articles you are considering citing in your next writing project, as well as anything you use for taking notes (e.g., laptop, paper and pencil)

“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).

REGISTER HERE:
Eventbrite - Dynamic Writing Strategies: Synthesizing Resources (6.30.16)

 

 

 

Postdoc Ice Cream Social

When: Thursday, June 30 | 3:00-4:00pm
Where
: NRB Zen Garden, 2nd Floor, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur

Please join us for the HMPA special social event in June: Ice Cream Social. Postdocs will have the opportunity to learn more about fellow postdocs and network with one another.
We'll have free and yummy ice cream!

Thank you and looking forward to seeing you at the event!
Website: https://hmpa.hms.harvard.edu/event/hmpa-social-event-ice-cream-social/

Sponsored by the HMPA and HMS/HSDM OPF

Please RSVP at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hmpa-social-event-in-june-ice-cream-social-tickets-26246680528

 

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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: Star Wars - The Force Awakens

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

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

 

 

Social Intelligence

When: Monday, July 18 | 2:00-4:00pm
Where: NRB 1031, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur (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 - Rescheduled - Social Intelligence for Scientists (7.18.16)

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Georges Island Day Trip

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.

TO REGISTER: Please stop by the OPF to register your group and to pay the $5 per person fee (cash or checks only).
Please note: currently, this event is only open to Quad-based postdocs.

 

 

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 )

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.

 


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)

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
Rebeccah Lijek, PhD,
Currently: Postdoc Fellow in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Soon-to-be: TBA
Kaushik Ragunathan, PhD
, Currently: Postdoc Fellow in Cell Biology, HMS, Soon-to-be: Assistant Professor, Biological Chemistry, University of Michigan
Naama Geva Zatorsky, PhD, Currently: Postdoc Fellow in Microbiology and Immunobiology, HMS, Soon-to-be: TBA

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.

Registration Opens on 7/1/16

 

 

 

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: 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.

 

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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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