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February Announcements

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the monthly Postdoc Happy Hour, Friday, February 6 at 5:30 pm and lunch with fellow Postdocs, February 13 at 12:00 pm. Details below!

  • CHOP Research Poster Day 2015 - February 25
  • Notice to CHOP Postdocs Regarding Individual Development Plans
  • Registration is Now Open for the 2015 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Sessions
  • RCR February Feature: Peer Review
  • Junior Investigator Preliminary/Feasibility Grant Program (JIPGP)
  • Penn’s Center for Innovation Fellowship
  • BPP Diversity Committee: Science Now Seminar - February 4
  • Faculty Conversations: Understanding Tenure - February 10
  • Postdoc Journal: Call for abstracts
  • Save the Date: Conducting Reserach at CHOP - March 17
  • Save the date: Postdoc Seminar Series - March 19
  • BPP Postdoc Travel Award Program
  • Postdoc Monthly Luch - February 13
  • Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour - February 6

  • Join us Wednesday, February 25 for CHOP Research Poster Day!

    CHOP Research Poster Day celebrates the groundbreaking research throughout Children's Hospital. This event, taking place Wednesday, February 25, includes poster presentations from more than 170 researchers-in-training who will share their exciting discoveries with the CHOP community.

    Posters will be on display from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Colket Translational Research Building, followed by an awards ceremony and reception at 4 p.m. in the Colket Lobby. Posters will be set up in CTRB conference rooms (1100A, 1100B and 1200A) alphabetically by presenting author.

    The event also includes a day-long expo of the CHOP Research Institute’s Centers of Emphasis, core facilities, and administrative units. Attendees are eligible to collect expo raffle tickets for valuable prizes! The expo runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will also be held on first floor of the Colket Translational Research Building.

    The entire CHOP community is invited to attend.

    Questions may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    Notice to CHOP Postdocs Regarding Individual Development Plans

    CHOP postdoctoral fellows are NOT required to complete Individual Development Plans at this time.

    The UPenn Biomedical Postdoctoral Program (BPP) recently announced that all UPenn postdoctoral fellows are required to complete an Individual Development Plan (IDP) at the point of reappointment. Please note that IDP completion is NOT currently required for CHOP postdocs. The CHOP Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is assessing an institutional requirement for IDPs and will have more information to share in mid-2015.

    Please direct any and all questions to David Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Registration is Now Open for the 2015 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Sessions

    Register today for in-person Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training. Upcoming sessions will be held on:

    RCR 2: Friday, March 27, 2015

    The CHOP RCR program promotes ethical research practices based on regulatory standards and professional guidelines. RCR covers a range of topics including: Conflict of Interest; Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership; Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship; Peer Review; Collaborative Science; Research Involving Human Subjects; Research Involving Animal Subjects; Research Misconduct; Mentor/Trainee Responsibilities; Laboratory Safety, Researcher and Society; and Intellectual Property.

    Review your RCR Training requirements

    Register for in-person RCR training


    RCR January Feature: Authorship and Publication Practices

    If fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism is discovered in a published scientific paper, should all authors be held equally accountable? Tell us what you think by participating in the January Opinion Poll at: http://rcr.research.chop.edu.

    Learn how to navigate the ethical issues involved in responsible authorship – defining criteria, allocating credit, ensuring accountability, and avoiding deceptive publication practices.

    View Authorship and Publication Practices Resources

    The RCR internal 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 internal 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.


    Junior Investigator Preliminary/Feasibility Grant Program (JIPGP)

    The Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) is now accepting research proposals to be considered for the Junior Investigator Preliminary/Feasibility Grant Program (JIPGP).

    The primary goal of the Clinical Translational Research Center (CTRC) Junior Investigator Preliminary/Feasibility Grant Program (JIPGP) is to encourage junior investigators to develop clinical research projects that will ultimately lead to extramural NIH funding. The awards are designed to allow junior faculty members, clinical fellows and M.D., Ph.D. or D.M.D post-doctoral trainees with appropriate mentors to obtain funds for pilot projects that are investigator-initiated, human-based, CTRC studies that will enable an applicant to obtain preliminary data for an NIH K or R grant submission.

    It is anticipated that the award will lead to a competitive extramural grant application and to a career in Clinical Translational Research Center-focused clinical investigation.

    The grants will be available at each institution effective July 1, 2015.

    Award Dates

  • Application Receipt Deadline: February 27, 2015 at 5 pm
  • Notification of Award: April 10, 2015
  • Funding Period: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016
  • Click here for additional information.


    Penn’s Center for Innovation Fellowship

    Penn’s Center for Innovation Announces an Internship in Technology commercialization

    Penn’s Center for Innovation (PCI) is seeking highly-talented, scientifically-trained graduate students and post-doctoral fellows for the PCI Fellows Program, an innovative, experiential program focusing on commercialization of academic research. Typical projects include review of new inventions, prior art search, market research, and marketing.

    Compensation is project-based and work can be completed remotely with a maximum commitment of 10 hours per week. Participants are expected to be involved for a minimum of two semesters.

    Selection is based on:

  • Active Penn or BPP Affiliation
  • Graduate or post-graduate standing in a scientific discipline
  • Commitment and availability for 10 hours per week for 12 months
  • Support from advisor/supervisor to engage in the program
  • U.S. employment eligibility for part-time on-campus work
  • Applications are being accepted from January 15, 2015 through February 15, 2015.

    Click here for additional information.


    BPP Diversity Committee: Science Now Seminar - February 4

    WHAT: Science Now Seminar Series
    WHEN: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at noon
    WHERE: BRB 253
    Location: Abramson Research Center, Room 123-C

    Dear Fellow Postdocs:
    Please, join us for the February Science Now Seminar "Effects of opioid exposure on future generations" presented by Victoria Sanchez, Ph.D. and sponsored by the Diversity Committee.

    LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED.

    The seminar will be followed by our monthly Diversity Committee meeting.


    Faculty Conversations: Understanding Tenure - February 10

    Obtaining an offer for a tenure-track position is a common goal for doctoral students and postdocs on the academic job market, no matter the discipline. But do you know how the actual tenure process works? Should you be thinking about the tenure process when you are applying to different types of institutions? And when you are offered a tenure-track position, what role should the tenure process play in your negotiations? Are you unsure about whether the tenure clock can be stopped, and for what reasons? If you have questions about any aspect of tenure as it relates to your academic job search, bring them to this panel and discussion program.

    Faculty Conversations: Understanding Tenure when Applying and Negotiating for Jobs

    Tuesday, February 10, 2015

    12-1:30pm

    Houston Hall, Ben Franklin 218

    Registerhere.

    Faculty Speakers are:

  • Herman Beavers, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English, and Graduate Chair, Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania
  • Jan Burkhardt, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
  • Suneeta Ramaswami, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Computer Science, Rutgers University at Camden (Dr. Ramaswami is a Penn PhD alumna)
  • This program is a session of the Faculty Conversations on the Academic Job Search and Academic Life, a series for doctoral students and postdocs which is co-sponsored by Career Services and the Vice Provost for Education. You can find a complete list of the programs in this series here. This year is the 20th year of this series in which faculty and administrators share valuable information to help you best understand the academic job search process.

    Take this opportunity to learn about tenure from faculty members who have advice and relevant experiences to share on this topic.


    Postdoc Journal: Call for abstracts

    Call for Abstracts : Postdoc Proceedings - Postdoc Journal

    Postdoc Journal invites contributions to a new feature, Postdoc Proceedings, a non-refereed, presentation of research data similar to conference and symposia presentations.

    All contributions will consist of an abstract and keywords, supplemented with background, materials and methods, the experimental data [positive or otherwise], conclusions and references. We encourage contributors to follow the poster format of data representation in a single PDF file. Authors can also submit video files of invited oral presentations and talks delivered at conferences and symposiums along with the selected abstracts.

    For a nominal archiving fee of $20.00 all proceedings will be assigned a DOI, for a permanent record, that can be used for future references/citations as 'unpublished' data.

    Postdocs in ALL disciplines are invited to submit their contributions on an ongoing basis. No submission deadline as such.

    Submissions can be made online or sent directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with Postdoc Proceedings as the subject line.


    Save the Date: Conducting Reserach at CHOP - March 17

    March 17, 2015
    10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Location: CTRB 1200B

    Speaker:
    Jennifer Goldfarb, BSN, RN, CCRP
    Associate Director, Clinical Research Support Office
    The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute

    Description:
    The Clinical Research Support Office (CRSO) is a new office in the Research Institute whose mission is to efficiently and effectively support investigators in the conduct of clinical research projects. Discover how the CRSO can help with negotiating clinical trial agreements, staffing research projects, assisting with FDA regulatory submissions, creating marketing and recruitment strategies to facilitate participant enrollment, and navigating researchers to get answers and solutions they need.

    The "Conducting Research at CHOP" seminar series is designed to educate the CHOP workforce on key topics related to the implementation and management of sponsored research.

    Please visit the Conducting Research at CHOP intranet site for the complete 2014-2015 series schedule. The Office of Responsible Research Training's Conducting Research at CHOP seminar series 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.. All are welcome to attend!


    Save the date: Postdoc Seminar Series - March 19

    Being a Good Mentor/Mentee

    Name: Dennis Durbin, MD, MSCE

    Date: March 19, 2015
    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Location: ARC 123C

    Pizza will be served at 11:45 am


    BPP Postdoc Travel Award Program

    The University of Pennsylvania Office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs (BPP) announces the establishment of the BPP Postdoc Travel Award Program.

    This award program is funded by contributions from UPenn's Aetna health insurance cost savings and the Office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs. All postdocs currently registered with the BPP are eligible to apply for one travel award per calendar year. The maximum amount of each award will be $500.

    Complete applications should be submitted to the Office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs at least one month prior to the anticipated travel event.

    The eligibility criteria and terms of the BPP Travel Award Program are as follows:

  • Participants must currently hold a postdoctoral appointment in one of the four participating schools or be currently registered with the BPP through an affiliate group/institution
  • Participants must currently hold a postdoctoral appointment at the time of the application for travel funds, during the travel period and upon return from the traveled destination
  • Participant must be a presenting attendee in order to be eligible for this award (poster presenter and/or platform presenter)
  • Applicants are expected to have some level of funding support from their PIs/mentors or Department/Divisions to be eligible
  • Awards will be processed as reimbursements
  • Questions about this program should be directed to Ms. Mary Anne Timmins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    View the BPP Travel Award Program application

    Am I Eligible to Participate in the UPenn BPP?


    Postdoc Monthly Luch - February 13

    UPenn Event Hosted at CHOP
    February 13, 2014
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    UPenn BPP Social Committee
    Have lunch with fellow CHOP/Penn Postdocs!

    The UPenn Biomedical Postdoctoral Program (BPP) Social Committee hosts a monthly happy lunch event at ARC cafeteria. All CHOP and UPenn postdocs are welcome to join.

    Bring your lunch and join other postdocs for a casual lunch networking opportunity.

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


    Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour – February 6

    UPenn Event
    February 6, 2014
    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 City Tap House (3925 Walnut 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 5:30-7:30 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.