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Postdoc Life: Keep Up to Date with the Postdoc Executive Committee (PEC) - September 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Julie Briggs
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Here is the latest from the Postdoctoral Executive Committee (PEC):


The Postdoc Executive Committee (PEC) would like to thank the ISMMS postdoc community for participating in the 7th Annual Postdoc Symposium on Friday, September 23. The event was a huge success, with a record 275 attendees, 12 speakers and panelists, and over 30 guests at the networking reception representing over 15 companies and organizations.

This annual event is organized by the PEC and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and we are pleased it was such a huge success! The presentations and panel discussion were recorded and will be available on the ISMMS Postdoc website once they are ready, so if you missed the Postdoc Symposium you can still watch the terrific presentations from the day.

 The theme this year was “Industry: Beyond the Bench” and fantastic presentations were given by the keynote speaker, Dr. Lana Skirboll (former Director of Science Policy at the NIH and current Vice President of Academic and Scientific Affairs at Sanofi) and the plenary speaker, Dr. Joanne Kamens (Executive Director of Addgene). An industry panel discussion was also held and included: Dr. Nina Tandon (CEO and Co-founder of Epibone), Dr. Robert DeVita (Professor at ISMMS and former Director of Medicinal Chemistry at Merck), Dr. Vesna Todorovic (Associate Editor at Nature Communications), and Dr. Erin Girard (Director of Engineering for Robotic Imaging and Therapy at Siemens Healthcare).


The PEC is excited to be partnering with project managers from the Institute of Genetics and Genomics at ISMMS to offer the “Future Leaders in Project Management short course”, with the pilot course starting in October 2016. In 6 hours of interactive learning spread out over 4 weeks, postdocs will learn important project management skills, including relationship management, budgeting, organizational behavior, and project management (how to create a project outline, timeline, and risk assessment). We are accepting applications for this course now and hope it will be a great addition to the professional development training offered by the PEC.


The September issue of the Postdoc Periodical features the following articles:


  • Alaa tells us about the work being done at Sinai and other institutions to understand and combat the Zika virus.
  • Laura explains how eucalyptus trees, while beautiful, are a cause of bushfires in Australia and California each year.
  • Elena describes how zebrafish are an ideal model for human disease and have several benefits over other mammals. 


Find past Postdoc Periodical issues, learn how to get involved, and more on the Postdoc page of the ISMMS website here. 


Download the September Postdoc Periodical here.

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