Postdoc Seminars 2014-2015

The Postdoc Seminars are held in the Biological Sciences Learning Center (BSLC, Map), Room 205, on Fridays at 3:30pm or 4pm. The seminars aim to promote effective training and career counseling of postdocs, while encouraging research and social communication among the postdoc community.

Food and drink are provided thanks to the support of the BSD Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs. Contact any member of the Seminar Committee with questions, comments or queries about the seminars.

For past Postdoc Seminars see Seminar Archive. For social events see Social Archive

Fall 2015

Friday, September 25, 3:30pm, BSLC 205

Are you Competent? Implementing the NPA Core Competencies in your Postdoctoral Training
A discussion with Garth A. Fowler, PhD - Assoc. Exec. Director, Office of Graduate and Postgraduate Education at the American Psychological Association on what the National Postdoc Association Core Competencies are and how to use them to enhance your postdoctoral experience and career outcomes.

Friday, October 2, 4pm, BSLC 205

Putting your Science to Work in Communications & Advocacy
Kathy Goss, PhD, Senior Science Writer and Director for Strategic Partnerships at the UChicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center will discuss career opportunities for postdocs in sci comm and advocacy

Friday, October 9, 3:30pm, BSLC 205

Careers in Industry: A Conversation with AbbVie Professionals
Learn about pharma careers from PhD scientists at Abbvie working in Medical Affairs, Drug Development, Product Safety, and Medical Writing. Co-sponsored by the BSD PDA and myCHOICE.

Thursday, October 15, 2pm, Wyler C507

Special Info Session - AAAS Science & Tech Policy Fellowships
Chi-Chi Nnawke, PhD current AAAS Fellow at NSF will talk about the fellowship and discuss the application process. Curious or thinking of applying? Come hear from an expert!

Friday, October 16, 4pm, BSLC 205

Success in Academia - What is Academic Life Really Like?
UChicago Faculty Panel: Yamuna Krishnan, PhD (Chemistry); Allan Drummond, PhD (BMB); and Barbara Stranger, PhD (Genetic Medicine) will answer questions and discuss life as a faculty member.

Friday, October 23, 11am, BSLC 202

Special Info Session - Building an inter-institutional postdoc community: opportunities for UChicago postdocs at the Marine Biological Laboratory
Susie Banks, PhD - President of MBL PDA held a coffee hour to discuss projects aimed to set up collaborations / shared resources and travel opportunities for MBL and UChicago postdocs.

Friday, October 23, 3:30pm, BSLC 205

NIH K Awards - Tips for Success
Pedro Brugarolas, PhD (NIBIB K99), postdoc in Neurology; Robert Hamanaka, PhD (NIAMS K01) Asst Prof in Medicine; Mark Musch, PhD Assoc Prof in Medicine will offer tips on the NIH K Award application and review process. Moderated by Nancy Schwartz, PhD, Prof in Pediatrics, Dean and Director of Postdoc Affairs.

Friday, November 13, 4:00pm, BSLC 205

Science Solved Through Collaborations and Networking
Heather Claxton-Douglas, Owner/Founder of Science Solved L3C and an Agreement Specialist at the Office of Technology Management at UIC. Whether you're planning to stay in academia or to leave and pursue a non-academic career, it's important to connect with others in your field; the larger your scientific network, the more access you have to opportunities. Unfortunately, building a large network can be a slow process, and the best time to build that network is before you need it. In this seminar, we will discuss how to use events and networking tools to find collaborators, job leads, and unique career paths inside and outside of academia. Questions and on-topic anecdotes are welcome.

Friday, November 20, 4:00pm, BSLC 205

At the Intersection of Science, Innovation, and Law
Katherine Kim, MS, JD - Owner and Founder, Spark IP Law discussed what it takes to start your own business and careers in IP law at a boutique patent law firm.


Spring 2015

Friday, April 10, 4pm, BSLC 205

Medical Science Liaison Career Paths
Panel Discussion featuring:
Gary Englemann, AcelRx Pharmaceuticals; Michael Seminerio, Teva Pharmaceuticals; and Byron Burnette, Baxter Pharmaceuticals. These MSLs will discuss what and MSL does and their personal career paths.

Friday, April 17, 3pm, BSLC 205

How to Build Financial Security
Joseph Bernstein, PhD, Financial Representative, Northwestern Mutual will discuss risk management, wealth accumulation, preservation and distribution as well as his career from astrophysics to finance.

Friday, April 24, 4pm, BSLC 205

Live like a Lamb or Die like a Tiger?
Yamuna Krishana, PhD - Professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago

Dr. Yamuna Krishnan, a Professor at the Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago, recently identified as one of the top 40 scientists under 40, by the journal "Cell", who are shaping current and future trends in biology. Yamuna's philosophy is - Live the life you love and you will love the life you live. She will talk about her experiences in setting up her lab in India and events that led to a dramatic career transition to UChicago, dealing with challenging research climates, the ever-shrinking opportunities to do blue-sky research and asking purely curiosity-driven questions. A word of wisdom from her for those looking for a career in biology: The new-age biologists must be prepared to go beyond traditional approaches and integrate physical, chemical, and computational approaches to their fascinating problems.

Friday, May 1, 3:30pm, BSLC 205

A Rewarding Career in a science Non-Profit
Terre Constantine, PhD; Executive Director and CEO of the Brain Research Foundation will discuss her career moving from research scientist to non-profit leader. How can foundation funding help move science forward? and what are the career opportunities in this space for postdocs?

Friday, May 8, 4pm, BSLC 205

Grants Seminar: The Review Process
Drs. Cliff Ragsdale, Mark Musch and Jean Greenberg will discuss the review process for a successful postdoc award - including K awards, F32 fellowships, and postdoc grants from private foundations. Dr. Nancy Schwartz will moderate the discussion panel.

Friday, May 29, 4pm, BSLC 205

How YOU can be an advocate for science: my adventures in scientific communication, administration, and policy
Connie Lee, PhD; Assistant Dean for Basic Science, Biological Sciences Division will discuss her career path leading to her current role.

Friday, June 5, 4pm, BSLC 205

Careers in Medical Writing - joint event with UChicago myCHOICE
Sarah Henry, PhD (Mudskipper) is a recent former postdoc working in a healthcare-focused marketing group. Joanna Rowell (GA Communications) is PhD'13 alumna who works as medical writer and editor in a medical communications firm in a variety of formats and across multiple projects.

Friday, June 12, 4pm, BSLC 205

Career Development for Postdocs: Leveraging UChicago GRAD Resources
Mike Tessel, PhD is the Assistant Director for BSD Career Development and myCHOICE navigator. Mike will discuss how UChicago GRAD can help you on your career path.

Wednesday, July 8, 4pm, BSLC 205

Career Development for Postdocs: Mentoring Roundtable and Networking Event
This unique event featured 7 faculty experts on a range of postdoc career development topics. Postdocs rotated in 3 discussion tables and the event ended with a networking lunch.