The SOT Postdoctoral Assembly (PDA) Board celebrated the work of its members September 17–21, 2012, in conjunction with National Postdoc Appreciation Week.
SOT PDA published the following blog posts:
Doing What’s Right Even if No One’s Watching by Alicia Timme-Laragy, a postdoctoral fellow at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Exploration of the Government Sector by Gwendolyn Louis, postdoctoral fellow at the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Next Step: Private Industry? by Betina J. Lew, Scientist-Toxicologist at Procter and Gamble, former postdoc in Toxicology at University of Rochester Medical Center (New York) and former PDA Chair (2009–2010).
The PDA also hosted a webinar on a topic of great demand by SOT postdocs: “Finding Funding for Early Career Scientists.” The webinar featured Donna Vogel, MD, PhD. Dr. Vogel has extensive experience inside the National Institutes of Health (NIH), serving various roles including Program Director. Outside NIH, she is currently the Director of the Professional Development Office of Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. In this position, she provides courses, workshops, and guidance on transitioning to independent careers in science. The webinar provided a wealth of information ranging from types of early career awards to the process of applying for this funding. The PDA received valuable feedback from postdoctoral attendees. Access the webinar recording and slide set.