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UPDATE: September 21, 2015
Dear Postdocs,

Some new career development events are coming up in the next month. Note that the workshop on
Preparing for Careers in Science Policy is filling up quickly , so RSVP to reserve your spot today. 

What Can You Be With a PhD? only happens every two years, so sign up now for two information-packed days of career advice for paths inside and out of academia. 

Katy Flint Ehm
Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Events & Classes

  1. Workshop: Preparing for Careers in Science Policy, Sept 29, 12:30pm
  2. Postdoc Spotlight Roundup
  3. Workshop: The Public Intellectual, 4 part series starting Sept 22
  4. Career Conference: What Can You Be with a PhD? Oct 24-25


  1. Postdocs recruited for NASA-funded study of stress in high achievers


  1. New postdoc mailing list: Update your preferences


1. Workshop: Preparing for Careers in Science Policy, Sept 29, 12:30pm

Join  Dr. Yaihara Fortis Santiago , Director of the Science Alliance at the New York Academy of Sciences, for a workshop on an increasingly popular career path for PhD scientists:  Science policy. 
This workshop will cover:
  • Types of jobs in science policy
  • Science policy fellowships (specially AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship)
  • Career opportunities for international students and postdocs
  • Skills needed to succeed in science policy
Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Time: 12:30pm—2:00pm
Location: SAC Room 303
Lunch will be provided. Space is filling up, so sign up soon!
2. Postdoc Spotlight Roundup  

Thank you to everyone to attended and presented at the Postdoc Spotlight and the Postdoc Appreciation Luncheon. The Spotlight speakers did an excellent job, and if you didn't have a chance to see the talks, we'll be posting videos of them in the future. 

Special congratulations to the speakers who gave the winning Spotlight talks!

1st Place: Gabriel Pagnotti, Biomedical Engineering (pictured), for his talk on "Mechanical Signals: Making Strides Against Cancer-Induced Osteoporosis"

2nd Place: Evguenia Alexandrova, Pathology, for her talk on "When Friends Become Enemies: Searching for a New Cancer Therapy"

3rd Place: Martin Sauzade, Biomedical Engineering, for his talk on "Capture Elmo: A Journey to Better Understand Cancer"

Special thanks to all our speakers and panelists for their hard work, to the moderators and judges, the Wang Center staff, and to the Alda Center coaches. 

3. Workshop: The Public Intellectual, 4-part series starting Sept 22  

Dr. Naomi Wolf will be joining us this year as a Visiting Lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Dr Wolf is the author of eight New York Times nonfiction bestsellers, including The Beauty Myth, which The New York Times called 'one of the most important books of the Twentieth century.' Her journalism has appeared in numerous major news outlets, including the Washington Post, The New Republic and the Wall Street Journal. A Rhodes Scholar, she recently received a doctorate from the University of Oxford in English literature.  

This semester, Dr. Wolf will offer a 4 part workshop/seminar entitled "The Public Intellectual."  Building on a similar seminar she offered at Oxford, Dr. Wolf will share her experience of engaging the public in thoughtful discourse and contributing one's expertise in non-academic settings.  As academics, we have deep knowledge connected to many of the issues of today, anything from pharmaceuticals, race relations, global warming, public health, gender, sexual orientation and gay marriage.  As academics at a public university, it is arguably one of our greatest privileges to share this expertise.  Those who have attended workshops at the Alda Center know what a value such workshops have been in the sciences.  The workshop will be in  Humanities 1006 at  4pm .   Refreshments will be served after each seminar.  No registration is required, so please come!
  • Tues 9/22   What is a public intellectual?  explores how to project a global public voice and why it benefits you to do so. Today, any student, researcher or academic can reach a global nonacademic audience, once certain easy-to-learn skills are mastered. Public intellectuals have a long and valued tradition in many countries: hear why you should become a public intellectual and move constituencies to advance your mission, persuade audiences and legislators,  or secure your goals.
  • Tues 10/13   The 'pitch' :  This is the DNA of any media outreach. This seminar will help you identify your core message and communicate it winningly in any context. 
  • Mon 10/26   Seminar Three:  The Op-ed:   Master the art of making your case in a format of 800 words, to run in the pages of major newspapers from  The New York Times to the  Wall Street Journal, or as blogs in such outlets as  The Huffington Post, reaching millions. 
  • Wed 11/18    Live presenting :  In this seminar we have hands-on coaching in how to share your research, mission or vision in a compelling, dynamic way with  live  non academic audiences, and in how to engage with the audience members interactively. 


4. Career Conference: What Can You Be With a PhD? Oct 24-25

What Can You Be with a PhD? is the largest career conference in the nation, held every two years. The conference features speakers on career paths inside and outside of academia and is a key opportunity for grad students and postdocs to increase their knowledge of the range of career possibilities before them.

Location: NYU Medical Center, 540 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Dates: Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25

Times: 10:00am-6:00pm each day


Keynote Speakers:

Saturday: Rush Holt, chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and executive publisher of the Science family of Journals in February 2015.

Sunday: Peter Fiske, Chief Executive Officer of PAX Water Technologies (PAX) and the author of Put Your Science to WORK!, the most widely-read career development book for early-career scientists and engineers.

Register: As an event sponsor, Stony Brook University has a certain number of seats to offer our students and postdocs, and space is limited. Registration is $10 to reserve your spot. 

Since registrations are first come, first served, there are no refunds. 



  1. Postdocs recruited for NASA-funded study of stress in high achievers

We are seeking graduate and post-graduate Science, Engineering, Education, and Training (STEM) trainees for a research study that examines the relationship between personality, brain functioning, and stress. The study involves a 2 hour in-person visit to Stony Brook University campus for a self-report,biological, and behavioral assessment. Then, you will be asked to complete monthly 30-minute web-based follow-ups over the next 5 months. The research is funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and your participation may help NASA improve selection of astronaut candidates for successful long-duration space flight (i.e., travel to Mars). You can earn up to $100 for your participation. 

If you’re interested, please contact Fran Ferayorni at or 631-632-3084.


  1. New postdoc mailing list: Update your preferences  

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is updating its mailing list client allowing for easier management by us and you of your update preferences. You can now switch to your personal email address or unsubscribe yourself directly. Please take a moment to update your profile today.