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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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Volume 15, Issue 2 (February 2017)

Postdoc Advocacy: Learning from Peers

Kate Brown and Antoine de Morrée


New resources for postdoc leaders can help postdocs more effectively govern and advocate for themselves at their institutions.

The National Interest Waiver: A Whole New Ballgame?

Adam Frank and Brendan Delaney


International scientists in academic or non-academic careers seeking to stay in the United States may have a new option, thanks to updated criteria for granting National Interest Waivers (NIW), a mechanism to obtain permanent residence in the United States.

An Introvert Walks into a Conference

Melissa D. Vaught


An important change in perspective helps an introvert reap the personal and professional benefits of networking.

From the Lab to Life: Setting Goals and Plans to Achieve Them

Harini S. Aiyer


Setting goals is just the first step of a process. Aiyer shares lessons learned in PhD training and in life that help her learn from success and failure and to reach new goals.


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Melissa Vaught, Ph.D.

Editor in Chief

Vaught received her doctorate degree in chemistry from Vanderbilt University in 2008. She continued biochemistry and cell biology research as a postdoctoral fellow at the Immune Disease Institute/Harvard Medical School (2009-2010), and Massachusetts General Hospital (2010-2014). Vaught is a scientific editor at PubMed Commons, contracted to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) by Medical Science & Computing LLC. In her personal time, she blogs and tweetsabout the culture of science and her experiences in academia and beyond.

Vaught'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.


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

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