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December Announcements

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the monthly Postdoc Happy Hour, Friday, December 12 at 5:30pm. Details below!

  • CHOP Research Poster Day 2015 - Abstract Submissions Now Being Accepted!
  • BPC Panel on Careers in Science Writing, Editing, and Communications, December 5
  • RCR December Feature: Researcher in Society
  • Registration is Now Open for the 2015 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Sessions
  • Register Now: Conducting Research at CHOP, An Overview of the CHOP Violence Prevention Initiative, December 9
  • BPP Event: The Art of Networking Featuring Lisa Marshall, December 9
  • BPP Event: Annual Scientific Writing Workshop Featuring Judith Swan, December 15
  • Regeneron Prize for Postdoctoral Fellows, Deadline December 15
  • iPraxis Science Fair Judges Needed
  • Save the Date: Faculty Luncheon, January 9 - The Quest for an HIV Vaccine
  • Save the Date: Postdoc Seminar Series, January 22 - Postdocs Present their Research
  • BPP Postdoc Travel Award Program
  • Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour – December 12

  • CHOP Research Poster Day 2015 - Abstract Submissions Now Being Accepted!

    Abstract submission for the 25th annual CHOP Research Poster Day is now open! Anyone conducting research at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is welcome to participate. Abstracts are submitted electronically and accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    The deadline for abstract submissions is January 16, 2015. For those participants who register by January 2, 2015, you will be entered into a drawing to win a free iPod Nano. Researchers may submit up to two abstracts, but will only be eligible for one award. Posters that have been displayed in previous CHOP Research Poster Days are ineligible unless there are significant updates to the research. Please note that we will not be able to accommodate presenters who have not pre-registered.

    CHOP Research Poster Day will take place on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM in the lobby and first floor of the Colket Translational Research Building. New this year, participants will have the option to display a poster and be judged or display a poster only. All participants should set-up their posters by 8:45 a.m. and participants who choose to be judged are required to attend their poster from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. during the judging period. All participants with judged posters will be eligible for cash prizes. A reception and awards ceremony will be held in Colket following the viewing and judging period beginning at 4:00 p.m.

    To submit your abstract, please go to http://www.research.chop.edu/posterday.

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


    BPC Panel on Careers in Science Writing, Editing, and Communications, December 5

    Date: December 5, 2014
    Time: 12:30 PM - 12:00 PM
    Location: John Morgan Reunion Auditorium

    Penn's Biomedical Postdoctoral Council (BPC) is sponsoring a panel on careers in science writing and editing. Our panelists represent a range of careers, and come from organizations such as ScienceNews, American Society for Microbiology, Nature Immunology, Ethos, and Complete Healthcare Communications. This is your chance to learn more about these careers and talk with those in the field!

    Please RSVP here.


    RCR December Feature: Researcher in Society

    Research takes place within a social and ethical context. How does the generation and application of new scientific knowledge impact society? Visit the RCR internal Web site: http://rcr.research.chop.edu to learn more about the principles, practices, and policies that guide researchers in recognizing and fulfilling their societal responsibilities.

    View Researcher in Society 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.


    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 1: Friday, January 30, 2015
    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


    Register Now: Conducting Research at CHOP, An Overview of the CHOP Violence Prevention Initiative, December 9

    December 9, 2015
    10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Location: CTRB 1200B

    Register for the session at: http://www.research.chop.edu/programs/crac/

    Speakers:
    Joel A. Fein, MD, MPH
    Co-Director, Violence Prevention Initiative
    The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    Professor of Pediatrics
    Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

    Stephen S. Leff, PhD
    Co-Director, Violence Prevention Initiative
    The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Pediatrics
    Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

    Description:
    The Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) is a CHOP-wide effort to interrupt the cycle of violence that builds on years of hospital and community partnership and research. Through the practice of trauma-informed care, which recognizes that traumatic experiences affect how people respond to outreach and services, this initiative positions CHOP to become a national model for hospital-led youth violence prevention. This session will provide an overview of the VPI and highlight signature research programs that focus on developing interventions to reduce school bullying, domestic violence in the home, and assault in the community.

    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!


    BPP Event: The Art of Networking Featuring Lisa Marshall, December 9

    Date: December 9, 2014
    Time: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    Location: CRB Austrian Auditorium

    Networking is the development and maintenance of mutually valuable relationships. Lisa Marshall presents valuable concepts and practical techniques to help you learn the following: Business card and networking basics; Unusual, uncommon and unexpected networking techniques; Principles to create comfort, engaging others and building rapport with professionals at all levels.

    Please register here.


    BPP Event: Annual Scientific Writing Workshop Featuring Judith Swan, December 15

    Date: December 15, 2014
    Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Location: SCTR 09-146AB

    Dr. Judith Swan from the Princeton writing center will be here on Monday, December 15th, 2014 to give her annual workshop on Scientific Writing. A morning long hands-on workshop to help postdocs communicate more effectively through their writing. Postdocs are encouraged to bring an abstract with them to revise with their new writing skills.

    Please register here.


    Regeneron Prize for Postdoctoral Fellows, Deadline December 15

    The Regeneron Prize recognizes and honors Excellence in Biomedical Science conducted by postdoctoral fellows. The University is permitted to nominate two postdoctoral fellows and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research will conduct the internal competition to identify the candidates.

    Click here for additional information.


    iPraxis Science Fair Judges Needed

    Are you looking for a volunteer option that is only a few hours?

    Northwood Science Fair
    4621 Castor Ave, Phila, PA 19124
    December 9, 8:30 AM - 3 PM (but times can be broken up into blocks)
    Breakfast and luch will be provided for judges

    Cook-Wissahickon Science Fair
    201 E Salaignac St, Phila, PA 19128
    December 12, 9 AM - 3 PM (but times can be broken up into blocks)
    Breakfast and luch will be provided for judges

    Contact Information:
    Meagan Hopkins-Doerr
    iPraxis Program Director
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    215-966-6253 (o)
    267-253-6117 (c)
    http://www.ipraxis.org


    Save the Date: Faculty Luncheon, January 9 - The Quest for an HIV Vaccine

    Title: The Quest for an HIV Vaccine
    Presenter: Philip Johnson, MD
    Date: January 9, 2015
    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Location: Abramson Research Center, Room 123-C

    Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:45 am.

    Click here for additional information.


    Save the Date: Postdoc Seminar Series, January 22 - Postdocs Present their Research

    Title: Postdocs Present their Research
    Date: January 22, 2015
    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:20 PM
    Location: Abramson Research Center, Room 123-C

    Pizza will be served at 11:45 am

    Learn about the exciting research being conducted by research trainees within the CHOP Research Institute. Four researchers will be featured during this session.

    Noon to 12:20 PM
    Joshua B. Slee, Ph.D.
    Division of Cardiology
    The Role of CD47 in Preventing Biomaterial-induced Inflammation

    12:20 PM to 12:40 PM
    Ting Wang, Ph.D.
    Center for Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine
    ERR-Alpha and ERR-Gamma are Essential Coordinators of Cardiac Metabolism and Function

    12:40 PM to 1:00 PM
    Megan Dennis, Ph.D.
    Division of Cell Pathology
    VAMP7 Trafficking in Melanosome Biogenesis: Tubular Transport Into and Out of Melanosomes

    1:00 PM to 1:20 PM
    Saba Pasha, Ph.D.
    Division of Orthopedic Surgery
    3D Measurement of the Pediatric Lower Limb Deformity

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

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


    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?


    Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour – December 12

    UPenn Event
    December 12, 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 5:30-7:30pm. 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.