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The POSTDOCket is the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) newsletter covering news items and features of interest to the postdoctoral community.


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In This Issue


Volume 16, Issue 4 (April 2018)

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Highlighting the Outstanding Volunteers of the NPA

Jennifer Aumiller and Catherine Brooks Zander


In honor of National Volunteer Week, we would like to highlight two of our volunteers, Thierry Dubroca, PhD and Asmaa Elkenawi, PhD.

Moving the NPA Forward: The Strategic Plan for 2018-2020

Jana Stone


We are pleased to share the National Postdoctoral Association Strategic Plan for 2018-2020 with the postdoctoral community.

New Tool Visualizes Employment Trends in Biomedical Science

Tammy Collins


Scientists looking for jobs after completing their training will soon have a new tool to help them evaluate various career paths.

Building Relationships with State Legislators as an Early Career Scientist

Brian Aguado


Project Bridge Colorado thinks of creative ways for scientists to communicate their research to the public, including state legislators.

Gender Equity in Academia

Bethany Veo


By continuing gender diversity research and promoting equitable policies, we can continue to push to change the culture, hopefully sooner rather than later.

The NPA Celebrates National Volunteer Week

Shakira Nelson


The National Postdoctoral Association recognizes that the work we do for our membership is accomplished because of our stellar volunteers.

Letter from the Executive Director

Julie Fabsik-Swarts


Thank you to all of you who welcomed me into your offices, labs, and conference rooms. Your hospitality is greatly appreciated. I enjoyed sharing stories, resources and ideas. It keeps me moving forward in fulfilling the mission of the NPA.

Thank you to renewing Sustaining Members of the NPA!


Sustaining Members are a vital part of the NPA. Sustaining Members represent a range of professional societies, postdoc associations, postdoc offices, and other organizations that serve the postdoctoral community. Students, postdocs, faculty, and staff at NPA Sustaining Member institutions are eligible to join the NPA, at no cost, as Affiliate Members. Check to see if your institution is an NPA Sustaining Member.



Thank you for your continued support!

Albert Einstein College of Medicine Scripps Research Institute
American Chemical Society Stanford University
Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute Tulane University
Florida International University University of California, Irvine

Massachusetts General Hospital, Office for Research Career Development

University of California, Santa Cruz
Medical College of Wisconsin University of Chicago
National Institutes of Health University of Nebraska Medical Center
New York Medical College University of Nevada Las Vegas
NOGLSTP University of Southern California
Princeton University Washington University in St. Louis
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute



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Simone Otto, Ph.D.

Editor in Chief

Simone Otto, Ph.D., received her doctoral degree in neuroscience from the University of Vermont in 2013. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Ion Channel Physiology Group, part of the Neurobiology Laboratory at the National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS), she has been researching adult neurogenesis. Otto is an ongoing contributor to the Environmental Factor(E-Factor), an online news publication, and has served as a representative of the E-Factor on the NIEHS Trainees Assembly for several years. Her commitment to a career in science communication led her to serve on the NIEHS Annual Career Symposium (2014-2017), including organizing panel discussions, updating a website and producing a publication for the Symposium. In addition, Otto has frequently sought out opportunities to mentor non-traditional students. In her free time, Otto spends time with her three sons, one of whom is currently in medical school, teaching her cairn terrier to do tricks, or working on ideas for a future novel.


Otto's involvement with The POSTDOCket and the NPA are personal, and do not represent any endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or National Institutes of Health.


Ian Street, Ph.D.

Deputy Editor

Ian Street, Ph.D., has a doctoral degree in plant biology from Washington University and was a postdoc in the Schaller lab at Dartmouth College. He is currently a virtual lab manager at HappiLabs. He writes and edits at his science blog, The Quiet Branches, as well as Botany One, and The POSTDOCket. He is also a cohost of The Recovering Academic podcast.


Associate editors include: Viviane Callier, Ph.D., Kristy Hentchel, Ph.D., Stephani Page, Ph.D., Andrew Pike, Ph.D., Irina Tiper, Ph.D., and Elaine Wells-Gray, Ph.D.

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