Postdoc Appreciation Month
Every September we celebrate our Postdoctoral Fellows by holding special events throughout the month and hosting a Postdoc Retreat and Keynote Speaker.
The National Postdoctoral Association designated September 19-23, 2022 as National Postdoc Appreciation Week. This is a time to recognize and appreciate our postdoctoral trainees who are a major driving force of research at our institution. We honor our postdocs for the entire month of September by hosting a large number of activities to acknowledge and honor the postdocs.
2022 Postdoc Appreciation Month Agenda
Tuesday, September 6 - 2 Week Free Trial of BioRender
Wednesday, September 7 - 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. - Designing Figures for Publications or Grants Using BioRender - Zoom
BioRender is software that allows scientists to make figures with ease. They are making their full software available for free to all UMB postdocs for one week starting September 6th (stay tuned for more info about how to access this). Register below to be sent a Zoom link to join one of their staff for a session on how to use the software to design easily comprehensible manuscripts or grant figures.
Thursday, September 8 - 3 p.m. - Talks for a General Audience - HSF III Room 6020
If you were in an elevator with a very rich person, what would you say to convince them to fund your research? Once a month, two speakers will give a 10-minute talk to a general audience on their research.
Come support your fellow postdocs as they give their talks.
There will also be snacks and time to chat with your fellow postdocs.
Friday, September 9 - Seventh Annual Postdoc Retreat
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Virtual Postdoc Exit Strategy Panel
A postdoc is a trainee position. How do you move on to the next phase in your career? Come and hear from people who were UMB postdocs about their postdoc exit strategies.
- Saumil Sethna - Scientist at The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson
- Taryn Aubrecht - Health Program Specialist at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
- M. Kathryn Leonard - Senior Scientific Program Administrator, American Association for Cancer Research
- Kathleen Morrison - Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, West Virginia University
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Career Round Tables - MSTF Atrium
12 p.m. - Lunch - MSTF Atrium
1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Fundamentals of Negotiation - MSTF Leadership Hall
Negotiation is an essential skill not only as you apply for your next position, but also in the lab and with collaborators. Come learn about the fundamentals of negotiating and then hear from speakers with experience in different biomedical career fields to see what advice they have.
1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Negotiation Experience Panel
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Coffee and Snack Break - Outside of MSTF Leadership Hall
3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Keynote Address
Organs on Demand: The Potential for Genetically Engineered Xenotransplantation
featuring Bartley Griffith, MD, Professor of Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Dr. Griffith is The Thomas E. and Alice Marie Hales Distinguished Professor in Transplantation at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Continuously funded as a principal investigator at the NIH since 1990, he has published more than 795 peer-reviewed papers and 84 book chapters. On January 7, 2022, Griffith led the team that placed the first successful pig-to-human cardiac transplant into a 57-year-old morbidly ill patient with heart failure. The operation has been hailed as a breakthrough procedure
Tuesday, September 13 - 2 p.m. - Coffee and Cookies - Second Floor HSFII Lounge
Tuesday, September 13 - 3 p.m. - Responsible Conduct of Research Training
Wednesday, September 14 - 5 p.m. - Board Game Night - Bressler Research Building Room 1-008
Monday, September 19 - 3 p.m. - Apple Cider Day - Bressler Research Building Room 4-002
Drop by to celebrate postdoc appreciation month and the beginning of fall with apple pie, apple cider, caramel apples, and apple cider donuts.
Friday, September 23 - 12 p.m. - Wild About Postdocs Lunch - MSTF Atrium
It's National Postdoc Appreciation Week (we celebrate the whole month), so come be appreciated, have lunch, and have a great deal of fun with animal games.