Archive | April 2016

BPC Newsletter Spring 2016 – Special Issue

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This edition of the Biomedical Postdoctoral Council Newsletter is a special issue, focusing on important current issues for biomedical postdocs both at Penn and across the U.S.

These topics include:

  • Postdoc affairs at the national level. Postdocs from Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) represented us at the recent National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) Annual Meeting. Here, they bring us the inside details on postdoc issues and policy at the national level.
  • Childcare for postdocs with children. We delve into childcare, a challenge that affects many postdocs. There is a web of policy behind this issue that we dissect. And, we present the results of a childcare survey that was distributed to Penn postdocs.
  • Unions in academia. A small number of institutions across the U.S. have postdocs who have unionized. We explore the pros and cons of unionization.
  • The present and future of postdoc training. We spoke with Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine, Dr. Larry Jameson, to hear his thoughts on the current state and the future of postdoc training. He encourages us to use our postdoctoral period as a time to expose ourselves to new concepts and methodologies, and to build a network beyond the walls of our own labs.
  • How can I get involved?  In the last pages of the issue, we present ways in which postdocs can get involved here at Penn, from attending a seminar to joining a BPC committee.

We hope that the ideas and resources that we present are helpful to the postdoctoral community both here at Penn and across the U.S. Please click the link below to access the issue.      – Liisa Hantsoo, Ph.D.  BPC Newsletter Editor in Chief

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