Led by one of our co-chairs, Dr. Alison Sanders, we were recently awarded a grant by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to kick-start Mount Sinai’s Future Leaders in Science Education and Communication Training Program, which is one of just seven programs across the United States to receive this prestigious award in 2015. This program provides classroom and hands-on teaching training to postdocs, and has already helped several of the 25 postdocs who have completed the program acquire adjunct and assistant professor positions!
Along with our newly-appointed Ombudsperson, Dr. George Huntley, we have established a Mistreatment Resource Panel for graduate students and postdocs. This committee is composed of faculty, postdocs and graduate students, and aims to provide a safe and anonymous place for trainees to voice their concerns and obtain support and solutions. The PEC, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and Deans of the Graduate and Medical School have implemented a 5-year term for all postdocs at Mount Sinai. The goal of this policy is to support the timely and successful transition of postdocs to the next stage of their careers.
The PEC is working hard to plan our 2016 Postdoc Day, which will be held on Friday, September 23 during Postdoc Appreciation Week. Dr. Lana Skirboll, the current VP of Academic and Scientific Affairs at Sanofi and previous Director of Science Policy at the NIH, and Dr. Joanne Kamens, the Executive Director of Addgene, will be the Keynote and Plenary speakers, respectively.
TheJune issueof the Postdoc Periodical is now available. You can expect the following in this month's issue:
The 2016 Postdoc Survey is out! Every year, the Postdoc Executive Committee collects data from ISMMS postdocs on a range of topics, including salary, housing, mentorship, and professional development, in order to advocate for improved programs and way of life for postdocs.
Victor interviews Dr. Shabman, a Sinai postdoc alumni, of the Venter Institute about his unique assistant professor position.
Olivia describes how vacation and timely breaks are good for the brain and help stave off depression.
The co-chair corner describes the newly established Postdoc Mistreatment Resource Panel and how postdocs and faculty are teaming up to improve mentor/mentee relationships at ISMMS.