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June Announcements

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the monthly Postdoc Happy Hour, Friday, June 3 at 5:30pm. Details below!

  • Annual Postdoc Info Session - Survivor: Maintaining Purpose, Perspective, and Persistence in Scientific Career Paths, June 16
  • Conducting Research at CHOP - Advancing Science through Bioinformatics: Practical Application and Resources, June 7
  • Research Trainee Orientation Sessions in June and July
  • Faculty Luncheon - Robert Levy, MD, Presents "Novel Therapies for Heart Valve Disease - Surgical and Pharmacologic," June 17
  • RCR June Feature: Data Management
  • Call for 2016 CRISSP Poster Day Judges, August 11
  • Postdoc Editors Association
  • BPP Event: Negotiation Skills Workshop, June 15
  • American Society for Microbiology - Upcoming Programs for Grad Students, Postdocs, and Early Career Scientists
  • Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour – June 3 (Location Change)

  • Annual Postdoc Info Session - Survivor: Maintaining Purpose, Perspective, and Persistence in Scientific Career Paths, June 16

    Annual Postdoc Info Session
    Survivor: Maintaining Purpose, Perspective, and Persistence in Scientific Career Paths

    Date: Thursday, June 16, 2016
    Time: 11:30 AM-1:00 PM (Pizza served at 11:30AM)
    Location: ARC 123C

    Featured Speaker
    Richard Weibl
    Retired, Chief Learning Officer, Association for Women in Science
    Owner, Urban Gardens Company
    Champaign, IL

    Achieving success in science often feels like a game, with survival only going to the best and brightest. Knowing the rules of the game can be as important as how we play and the moves we make. Each phase of your career will present challenges and opportunities that require critical thinking and problem solving skills. Here we discuss three critical phases of your career development – your individual growth as a science professional, your development as a team member and leader, and your development as a member of the larger scientific community. By successfully navigating this process, you can find career success (and happiness) in a variety of professions, from academia to industry and beyond.

    In this workshop, you will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of how to plan for your professional development and career goal attainment
  • Learn to identify and acquire the specialized skills and knowledge required to succeed in any scientific career
  • Identify key growth areas and the resources to support your development as a scientist, team researcher and member of the scientific community
  • Be sure to arrive at 11:30 AM to get lunch. All are welcome to attend. For more information, visit the CHOP Research Trainee Portal. All are welcome to attend.

    Sponsored by the Offices of Responsible Research Training and Postdoctoral Affairs.


    Conducting Research at CHOP - Advancing Science through Bioinformatics: Practical Application and Resources, June 7

    Date: June 7, 2016
    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location: CTRB 1200B

    Speaker:
    Deanne M. Taylor, PhD

    Director of Bioinformatics, Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics (DBHI)
    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

    Description:
    How can bioinformatics technologies advance scientific understanding across a broad spectrum of pediatric disciplines? In addition to the fundamentals, this session will share examples of current projects, discuss future initiatives and explore the latest tools and resources that are available to all members of the CHOP research community.

    The Conducting Research at CHOP Seminar Series, sponsored by the Office of Responsible Research Training, is designed to educate the CHOP workforce on key topics related to the implementation and management of sponsored research. Questions may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Register Here: http://www.research.chop.edu/programs/crac/leveraging_your_discoveries.php. All are welcome to attend.


    Research Trainee Orientation Sessions in June and July

    The Office of Responsible Research Training, in conjunction with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Department of Pediatrics, will be offering two orientation sessions for training grant, postdoctoral, or physician fellows who will be moving into a "research trainee" status and receiving stipends for Fiscal Year 2017, beginning on July 1, 2016.

    Tuesday, June 21, 2016
    Abramson Research Center, 123-C
    1:30 to 3:00 PM.

    Or

    Tuesday, July 12, 2016
    Abramson Research Center, Room 123-C
    1:30 to 3:00 PM.

    The orientation sessions will provide information on the health and benefits package, financial and tax implications, and training requirements and will offer other valuable resources for new trainees.

    For more information, please contact Janet Stuart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 267-426-7496.


    Faculty Luncheon - Robert J. Levy, MD, Presents "Novel Therapies for Heart Valve Disease - Surgical and Pharmacologic," June 17

    Title: Novel Therapies for Heart Valve Disease - Surgical and Pharmacologic
    Date: June 17, 2016
    Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
    Location: CTRB 1200B
    Presenter: Robert J. Levy, MD

    Please join us for the last Faculty Luncheon of the 2015-2016 academic year. Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:45 AM. This event is open to all members of the research community.


    RCR June Feature: Data Management

    High quality research data is necessary for advaning scientific progress, medical knowledge and maintaining public trust. What are the responsibilities of the Principal Investigator and study team for maintaining the integrity of research data? How can researchers maximize the benefits of sharing data while minimizing the risks? Learn the essentials of responsible data management by visiting the RCR Web site at http://rcr.research.chop.edu/

    The RCR Web site provides centralized education, policy and training resources that encourage best practices and promote scientific integrity. For more information about CHOP’s RCR program or Web site, contact Janet Stuart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 267-426-7496.


    Call for 2016 CRISSP Poster Day Judges, August 11

    We are currently recruiting up to 14 postdoctoral fellows and physician fellows to judge scientific posters at the CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) poster session on Thursday, August 11 from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM in the Abramson Lobby. CRISSP is a highly competitive summer internship program for undergraduate students interested in careers in biomedical research. Twenty-five students have been selected to participate this summer from a pool of over 600 applicants.

    As part of their internship experience, all CRISSP students must complete an independent research project presented during the August 11 poster session. Judges will be asked to visit several assigned posters during the judging period and identify the best research project. Judging criteria will be provided to guide the selection process. A judges meeting will be held at 1:00 PM in ARC 123AB to discuss the winners.

    Students will be split into 3 judging tracks: Basic, Translational, and Behavioral/Clinical. We are looking for 4 basic research judges, 4 translational research judges, and 6 behavioral and/or clinical research judges. Judges are also invited to attend the awards ceremony from 4:00 PM-5:30 PM, Thursday, August 11 in Abramson 123ABC.

    If you are interested in serving as a CRISSP poster day judge, please email Colleen Ambron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and provide your name, department, division, and which area of research you are interested in judging.


    Postdoc Editors Association

    Do you wish you had time to fully check your abstracts, manuscripts, or grants for grammar and spelling errors? Is your writing often in need of a final organizational polish from an unbiased eye? Are you interested in improving as a scientific writer?

    The Postdoc Editors Association is here to help!

    We are a group of biomedical postdocs from around the School of Medicine, CHOP, and Wistar Institute, offering FREE and CONFIDENTIAL editing of scientific abstracts, manuscripts, and grant proposals for English grammar and spelling, as well as organzational flow. Our editors come from diverse scientific backgrounds, and may be able to provide feedback on scientific content as well.

    Visit us at http://www.med.upenn.edu/bpc/editors_club.shtml for more information, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get started!

    In addition, we are always looking for new editors, so if you have an interest in scientific writing and would like to gain more experience, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


    BPP Event: Negotiation Skills Workshop, June 15

    Title:Negotiation Skills Workshop
    Presenter: Jessica Pyryt, New Jersey Office of Dispute Settlement
    Date: June 15, 2016
    Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    Location: UPenn, BRB 252

    Details: This daylong course is interactive and teaches the essential tools and skills needed to develop and master the art of negotiation. This course will not only focus on developing the skill of negotiating in the work place, but will also teach how they can be practiced and utilized in everyday life. After attending this workshop postdocs will be able to take the negotiating skills learned and put them to immediate use - Be it negotiating a job offer, with vendors, or buying a car, postdocs will work together to develop the skills needed to negotiate successfully.

    There is a $10.00 fee associated with this class that covers materials, breakfast and lunch. Please bring your registration fee to the Postdoc Office, M102 John Morgan by 5 PM on Friday, June 10, 2016.

    Register Here through KnowledgeLink


    American Society for Microbiology - Upcoming Programs for Grad Students, Postdocs, and Early Career Scientists

    The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has professional development and fellowship opportunities for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career scientists coming up in 2016.

    ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute
    August 12—14, 2016
    Application deadline: June 30, 2016

    ASM Kadner Grant Writing Institute
    August 12—14, 2016
    Application deadline: June 30, 2016

    ASM Turning Your Science into a Company
    October 6 – 8, 2016
    Application deadline: August 20, 2016

    View the printable schedule here

    Information about all the programs can be found at http://www.asmgap.org


    Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour – June 3 (Location Change)

    UPenn Event
    June 3, 2016
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    UPenn BPP Social Committee
    Meet up with fellow CHOP/Penn Postdocs!

    The UPenn Biomedical Postdoctoral Program (BPP) Social Committee hosts a monthly happy hour event at Harvest Bar and Grill (200 South 40th Street) in West Philly. All CHOP and UPenn postdocs are welcome to join. Feel free to bring co-workers, friends and significant others, as long as they are 21+.

    Enjoy drink specials from 5:30 PM-7:30 PM. When you arrive, tell the hostess you are with the postdoc happy hour and get a wristband to get the specials.

    For more information, visit the Biomedical Postdoctoral Council (BPC) site.


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