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2014-01-13: Welcome to new Associate Dean for Postdoc Affairs; Committee meetings; movie and Dr. Who screenings; ski trip; and more!

posted Jan 13, 2014, 9:25 AM by JohnsHopkins PostdoctoralAssociation
HIGHLIGHTS: JHPDA welcomes new Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs; multiple JHPDA Committee meetings THIS week; movie and Dr. Who screenings; postdoc ski trip, and more!

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Johns Hopkins PostDoctoral Association



JHPDA Welcomes Martha Zeiger as Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs

As seen in last week’s message from Roy C. Ziegelstein, M.D., M.A.C.P., Vice Dean for Education:

Martha Zeiger, M.D., assumed the role of Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs as of Jan. 1 upon the retirement of Levi Watkins Jr., M.D., from this position. Dr. Zeiger is professor of surgery, oncology, cellular and molecular medicine; head of endocrine surgery; and associate vice chair of research in the Department of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Zeiger received her B.S. in biology from Brown University and her doctorate from the University of Vermont. After completing an internship in medicine at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, Calif., she pursued residency training in general surgery at Maine Medical Center in Portland. She then became an attending surgeon in the U.S. Navy before completing her fellowship training in surgical oncology at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md. Dr. Zeiger joined the faculty in the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins in 1993.

Dr. Zeiger has had extensive experience with postdoctoral education and has mentored many students and postdoctoral fellows during her professional career. She directs a National Institutes of Health-funded laboratory focused on the investigation of molecular markers that can help distinguish benign from malignant thyroid neoplasms and can also provide key prognostic information. In this role, Dr. Zeiger works closely with many postdoctoral fellows and other trainees, also an important part of her role as director of the endocrine surgery fellowship at Johns Hopkins.


- New Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs

- January JHPDA Committee Meeting dates set

- Movie & Dr. Who Screenings

- 2014 Postdoc ski trip

- Science Outreach Opportunities

- Postdoc Business Cards

- Job opportunities

- And more!

JHPDA Announcements

Note: Committee meetings are open to all postdocs, especially those interested in learning more about what the committees do, getting involved, or meeting new people!

Socials Committee Meeting

When: Tuesday, 1/14, 12pm

Where: Turner Concourse, underground between the MRB and Ross buildings

For questions or more information, contact Orion Furmanski

Policy and Advocacy Committee Meeting

1) Are you interested in taking a trip to Washington, D.C. to advocate for medical research funding with Congressional leaders?

2) Would you like to advocate for subsidized health insurance rates for spouse/child/family to levels similar to Hopkins employees?

3) Are you interested in designing and launching a Postdoctoral Alumni page for the JHPDA website?

4) Would you like to participate in bimonthly orientation sessions aimed at welcoming new postdoctoral fellows to campus?

If you answered yes to any of these questions or would like to discuss other questions and/or policy topics, please do not hesitate to join the JHPDA Policy and Advocacy Committee at our next meeting on:

When: Wednesday, 1/15, 9:30-10:30am

Where: Smith Building (Wilmer Research Building on the corner of Broadway and Orleans), 3rd Floor Conference Room 3003

If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to get involved and/or attend future meetings, contact Stephen Gee

Internationals Committee Meeting

When: Wednesday, 1/15, 6:00pm

Where: Cobblestone Cafeteria, Nelson Building

For questions or more information, contact Thibault Mauxion

Professional Development Committee Meeting

When: Thursday, 1/16, 1-2pm

Where: Greenhouse Cafe, 1st floor Preclinical Teaching Building

For questions or more information, contact Shirley Tan

Very Young Girls Movie Screening

When: Thursday, 1/16, 5:30-7:30pm

Where: Preclinical Teaching Building, room 113/114

See description/flyer in center bulletin panel for more details!

Dr. Who Double Feature

When: Thursday, 1/23, 6:00pm

Where: Auditorium in Wood Basic Science Building (725 N. Wolfe St.)

See description/flyer in center bulletin panel for more details!

2014 Postdoc Ski Trip

When: Saturday, 1/25, all day

Where: Liberty Mountain in Carroll Valley, PA

See description/flyer in center bulletin panel for more details!

The JHPDA officers consist of:

Co-president: Blythe Shepard

Co-president: Nick Puts

Treasurer: Cara Altimus

Secretary:  Regan Memmott

For more information, including Officer and committee contact information, click here or contact us at

Have something to contribute to our bulletin?

Know of an upcoming event, or want to write an article for our “In Brief” section?  Email us at

Postdoc Business Cards

JHPDA postdocs from can order business cards from PCA Printing at a discounted cost: 250 cards for $25. There is no shipping charge unless you require express delivery. To order:

1) Visit the PCA Printing Ordering Website & login with your JHED credentials

2) Choose your template and complete the required fields

3) Enter your payment information and submit

A proof of your cards will be generated in real time. If you have any concerns about your card’s font,  typesetting, or layout, include those concerns in the “Special Instructions” field, and a PCA representative will contact you directly.

Delivery notes: Cards will be delivered to Homewood PDA as per the schedule indicated on PCA’s website; cards will then be delivered via campus mail. Because of this, all postdocs must provide an on-campus mailing address (Homewood or JHMI). If you do not want your on-campus address printed on your cards, please provide one in the “Special Instructions” field.

To order, click here and follow the instructions above!

Winter/Spring 2014 ESL Language Courses

“Do you want to take your English skills to a higher level? If you sense that you are just surviving with your current language ability, this course can really help you. The course places a special emphasis on Pronunciation, Grammar, and Listening to fast English”.

Offering 12 week advanced ESL courses. Part I: February 10 – May 5 (Tue and Thu). Classes meet on campus in Phipps. A reasonable fee applies. This opportunity is available to Hopkins staff, students and postdoctoral fellows (adult family members may enroll on a space available basis only with an additional testing fee). Intake and level evaluation (by appointment): January 6 – 27, please contact Jim Sivo. Class space is limited.

For more information on (other) ESL courses, please click here

Bioinformatics Portal

The Welch Medical Library has just created a Bioinformatics Portal with core resources for genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, epigenomics, metabolomics, and pharmaco- genomics.

The portal is available under the “Specialty Portals” tab of the Library’s homepage.  You can also connect directly at

Cactus Communications Searching for Specialist Editors and Translators

Cactus Communications, a pioneer in language services, academic editing, medical communications, and more, is looking for individuals with advanced degrees to work flexible hours in editing in translating within their field of expertise, including:

  • Freelance specialist editors

  • Japanese to English translators

  • Korean to English translators

Technical experience in your field is required. For more information on each of these positions, visit this link.

Interested in similar listings, housing options, restaurant reviews, buying or selling items? Visit BusyGrad!

Bulletin provided by the JHPDA Media and Communications Committee

Hopkins PostDocs Blog

Life after the Doctorate: Experiments and Experiences in Baltimore. Articles written by postdocs, about postdocs, for postdocs. Featuring restaurant reviews, research summaries, JHPDA events, and life in general. Submit a Blog Post today!

This Week’s Featured Entries: Review: Downtown Sushi Spots by Issel

Family Resources

Are you expecting?  New resources and information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, and child care can be found on the JHPDA website under “Pregnancy” and “Families”. For example, if you order a breast pump after July 2013, it’s 100% covered by our insurance!

Join BusyGrad

Want to list/find housing, read restaurant reviews, buy/sell stuff, and even purchase event tickets? Join BusyGrad, the website started by Hopkins students. It’s free and a great way to find out about local events. Note: BusyGrad is not affiliated with Hopkins.

Housing Info Available on the JHPDA Website

Visit our website for reviews of local neighborhoods. Postdoc advertising for housing inquiries is now available on our website. Click here to reach our submission form.

JHPDA Committee Meetings - this week!

Did you know that the JHPDA has five different committees working on your behalf?

Four of these five committees are having meetings this week to make plans for the next couple of months. Committee meetings are open to all postdocs, and are a great way to both get involved and meet new people.

Learn more about the JHPDA Committees here. Individual committee meeting dates, times, and locations can be found in the “JHPDA Announcements” in the left column. If you can’t make a meeting, but are still interested in getting involved, don’t hesitate to email the committee contacts.

This Month’s JHPDA Events

Thursday 1/16: “Very Young Girls”
Movie Screening

Movie screening brought to you by the JHPDA and Safe House of Hope. Very Young Girls is an exposé about the sexual exploitation of young children.

When: Thursday, 1/16, 5:30-7:30pm

Where: Preclinical Teaching Building, room 113/114

For more details, see the below flyer, or click here for a larger version.

Thursday 1/23: Dr. Who DOUBLE Feature

Come enjoy the Dr. Who double feature, including the 50th Anniversary Special and the 2013 Christmas Special! Pizza, soda, and beer provided. Costumes encouraged!

When: Thursday, 1/23, 6:00pm

Where: Auditorium in Wood Basic Science Building (725 N. Wolfe St.)

For more details, see the below flyer, or click here for a larger version.

Saturday 1/25: Postdoc Ski Trip 2014

(Sign-up deadline, 1/17)

Join your fellow postdocs for a ski trip to Liberty Mountain in Carroll Valley, PA! Group rates available, as listed on the below flyer (or click here for a larger version). To sign-up, and also learn more about possible carpooling opportunities, visit the 2014 ski trip website. Remember, sign-up by January 17th!

Upcoming Personal and Professional
Development Opportunities

JHPDA Development Opportunities

Postdoctoral Research Presentation Club.

The newly established Postdoctoral Research Presentation Club is looking for members and speakers! Our monthly events consist of 3 presentations per session.

When: 2nd Wednesday of each month, 12-1pm

Why participate?

  • To practice your research talk, lab meeting talk, or just chat about your science in a friendly environment

  • To receive feedback from the audience (fellow postdoctoral fellows/graduate students) on your presentation skills

Native English speakers and ESL speakers alike are encouraged to attend and present.

For more information, click here. To book your slot and RSVP, click here. The JHPDA Research Presentation Club is organized jointly by Professional Development and Internationals Committees.

PDO events

Making the Most of LinkedIn.  

When: Wednesday, 1/22, 1:00-3:00pm

Where: Mountcastle Auditorium, 1st floor, 725 N. Wolfe Street

Which came first, Facebook or LinkedIn? I'm not looking for a job, so why do I need LinkedIn? What should go in my profile? How do I successfully connect with people? Get the answers to these questions and more in this workshop. Learn how to build an effective profile and how to use LinkedIn for visibility, networking, and finding your next step. Hear about the latest features, and find connections you didn't even know about. Register here.

Presented by Donna Vogel, MD, PhD, PDO Director and LinkedIn member since 2003.

Networking and Visibility.

When: Tuesday, 1/28, 4:00-5:00pm

Where: Classroom 2-108, 1830 E. Monument Street Building

Who you know does matter, and can help to predict career success! You can learn to network effectively, and increase your professional visibility. Register here.

Presented by Sarah Poynton, PhD, Associate Professor, Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology and Art As Applied to Medicine.

Career Assessment: Understanding Your Career Interests and Personality Preferences.

When: Thursday, 1/30, 12:00pm-4:00pm

Where: Classroom 2-108, 1830 E. Monument Street Building

Cost: $29.00 by January 24th - to be paid before registration

There are many career options available for scientists – how do you decide what is best for you? What career will provide satisfaction, a good income, opportunity to contribute to your field and use your intellect and education, with time for personal pursuits and relationships? The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) are well-researched and respected assessments that can provide insight into your unique personality and pattern of interests, providing data to help you make career choices. The SII and MBTI are taken online and the results given and explained in a three-hour workshop. For more details, please click here. After paying the $29 fee, register here.

Other Opportunities

4th Annual Workshop on Leadership in Bioscience at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

When: March 14-17, 2014

Where: Cold Spring Harbor, New York


Application Deadline: January 24, 2014

The workshop is targeted to life scientists making, or recently having made, the transition to leadership or managerial positions. Many of the situations discussed will be from the perspective of an independent investigator running his or her own laboratory. As such, relatively new investigators (e.g., < 3 years) are particularly encouraged to apply, as are senior postdoctoral scholars on the cusp of tenure-track research positions.

Key focus areas:

  • Recognizing and understanding leadership in a science setting

  • Using negotiation as a tool in scientific discussions and problem solving

  • Identifying and resolving conflicts in the lab

  • Dealing with difficult people and situations

  • Communicating your ideas and plans in a way that engages others

  • Leading effective and productive meetings

  • Becoming effective citizen scientists

For more information, including workshop facilitators, financial aid opportunities, student testimonials, and more, visit the conference website.  

Science Outreach Events

Call for Volunteers for 2nd Annual Hopkins Robotics Cup

Now recruiting volunteers for the 2nd Annual Hopkins Robotics Cup. There are many positions to fill in a variety of areas (judges, referees, field personnel, registration, concessions, etc.). No experience is necessary, training will be provided. For more about this year’s game description, click here.

When: Saturday, April 5, 2014

Where: Newton White Athletic Center on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus

Questions? Contact Margaret Strong or (410) 614-1469

Note: If anyone would like to see what goes on at a tournament before deciding to volunteer, there are a number of area tournaments in the next month.  All tournaments are open to the public and are volunteer-run.  You are more than welcome to stop by, watch a few matches, and walk around the "pits" watching teams at work!!  Upcoming local event dates include 1/18, 1/25, and 2/01. For information on local events, click here.

Volunteer for Science Outreach to Refugee Youth in Baltimore.

Join Fellow Scientists Coaching a Team of High School Refugee Youth in the NASA Space Settlement Competition. No special space knowledge needed. All science backgrounds welcome!

Where: Patterson Park high school and/or Catonsville

When: Volunteers primarily needed: Tuesday and Thursdays 3:30 - 5:15 every other week from November through March. You would not have to attend all times, but a consistent participation from November through March is required.

What: Our 5 month program consists of a series of activities to educate teams refugee high school students as they prepare an entry into the NASA Space Settlement Competition (click for details)!

Who: A collaboration between the Baltimore City Community College Refugee Youth Project and a team of AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows

For more information: To learn more or participate,  please contact Carolyn Lauzon (a JHU & JHSOM alum) via email or phone (443-226-6226).

Job Opportunities

Listing of NIH Intramural Research and Other Positions

Positions listed here. Updated 1/12/2014. Includes the following listings (deadlines in parantheses):

  • NIMH, Memory, Cognition, or Behavior (1/21)

  • NIH-wide Early Independent Scientist Program (1/31)

  • NCI, Chief, Laboratory of Translational Genomics (1/31)

  • NIDA, Computational biophysics or computational neuroscience (2/01)

  • NIEHS, Molecular and cell signaling (neuroscience; developmental or reproductive biology) (2/03)

  • NIEHS, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology (2/10)

  • NCATS, Division of Preclinical Innovation (2/19)

Post-doctoral position to investigate the central mechanisms of pain sensation at John Hopkins University (Ross 3rd floor)

A postdoctoral position is available to investigate the central mechanisms of pain sensation. This position is supported by an NIH R01 grant. Experience in neuroscience research is a prerequisite. Strong background and skills in molecular biology and/or electrophysiological recording are desirable. Hands-on experience in optogenetic manipulation is a plus. For more information/application, please contact Dr. Feng Tao. Applications for the position should include a curriculum vitae and names/contact information of three professional references.

Postdoctoral position at the Center for Child and Community Health Research. The Center for Child and Community Health Research is growing its Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Data Management (BEAD) Core. The CCHR BEAD Core is seeking a Post-doctoral Fellow with the qualifications described in the link; click here for more information.

For a list of recently advertised NIH Intramural research positions, click here. Some of the positions listed include: Clinical Tenure-Track Position, Laboratory of Neurosciences, NIA; Staff Clinician at the Vaccine Research Center (NIAID); Staff Scientist at the Translational Gerontology Branch (NIA); and many more.

A number of Assistant Professorships in Biology/Science and Technology available at Florida A&M University.

Click here for more details.


All Job and Fellowship listings are compiled here.

Details on NIH job listings are also compiled here.

Events around Baltimore

Mummies of the World: The Exhibition

Daily (until January 20th) at the Maryland Science Center


Newton’s Circus

January 18th (7-9pm); January 19th (2-4pm)

Experience some of Isaac Newton's remarkable scientific

discoveries demonstrated by amazing circus performers. Crawl into the minds of artists and scientists alike and emerge with a new

understanding of the relationship between their crafts.


Sci-Fi Spectacular!

February 21st, 8:00pm

Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall: Space, the final frontier. Beam yourself up and explore strange, new worlds with your host George Takei. Selections from Star Trek and the best of John Williams: E.T., Somewhere in Time, Star Wars and more. An out-of-this-world musical adventure. Live long and prosper!


Baltimore County Restaurant Week

January 10th-26th

Baltimore County gets in on the Restaurant Week fun. More than 45 Baltimore County restaurants participate, offering special menus at discounted fixed prices. Menus range from $10 to $35 for one, two or three courses.


For other local events, visit