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UPDATE March 30, 2016 

Dear Postdocs,

Among the opportunities below, you'll find a number of resources to help you get your taxes done by April 15th. Also, note that the NYAS is holding a workshop this weekend on conflict resolution. 


Katy Flint Ehm
Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Events & Classes

  1. CIE's Faculty Career Week, Apr 5-7
  2. 8th Annual Teaching, Learning & Technology Colloquium: Pedagoggles, Apr 15
  3. Upcoming NYAS Saturday Programs: conflict resolution and career fair  
  4. ASBMB Grant-Writing Workshop for Senior Postdocs, July 14-16
  5. SAVE THE DATE: Upcoming events


  1. Tax Day is Around the Corner! Need some help?


  1. Researchers Recruiting Postdocs for Stress Study

Events & Classes

1. CIE's Faculty Career Week, Apr 5-7

You are invited to participate in the Center for Inclusive Education's 3rd annual Faculty Career Week.This year the series will feature lunchtime panels: 

April 5, 1:00-2:30pm

April 6, 11:30am-1:00pm

April 7, 12:30-2:00pm

For more details about the panels and the faculty panelists, visit:

This popular event fills up fast, so reserve your seat now. 


2. 8th Annual Teaching, Learning & Technology Colloquium: Pedagoggles, Apr 15

Pedagoggles: A Fresh Focus on Teaching & Technology

Register now for Stony Brook's annual colloquium on teaching, learning and technology and increase your exposure to effective teaching practices and teaching with technology. Registration is FREE for graduate students, TAs and postdocs. 

Date:  Friday, April 15, 2016
Time:  8:30 AM - 4:00 AM
Location:  Student Activities Center, Ballroom A

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Vivienne Ming

Named one of 10 Women to Watch in Tech in 2013 by Inc. Magazine, Vivienne Ming earned her doctorate at Carnegie Mellon University and is a theoretical neuroscientist, technologist and entrepreneur. She co­founded Socos, where machine learning and cognitive neuroscience combine to maximize students' life outcomes. Vivienne is a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, where she pursues her research in neuroprosthetics. In her free time, Vivienne has developed a predictive model of diabetes to better manage the glucose levels of her diabetic son and systems to predict manic episodes in bipolar suffers.

3 .  Upcoming NYAS Saturday Programs: conflict resolution and career fair

You can still sign up for your discounted NYAS membership for 2016 and take advantage of their programming for early-career scientists. 

Saturday, April 2, 2016 |  10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Managing Difficult Situations in Lab: The Essentials of Conflict Resolution
Featuring: Matthias Birk (Columbia Business School)
Success at work, both in and outside of academia, requires us to collaborate well with other people. Due to the nature of their work, academic researchers often have highly developed intellectual and analytical capabilities while struggling with communication and people skills in the lab.
Saturday, April 9, 2016 |  11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Career Fair for Scientists in Collaboration with INet NYC
Join INet NYC, the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), and the German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI) for the INet NYC Career Fair on  April 9th, 2016.

4 .  ASBMB Grant-Writing Workshop for Senior Postdocs, July 14-16

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) seeks nominations for its 4th annual grant-writing workshop for assistant professors and senior postdoctoral researchers working in biochemistry and molecular biology. The workshop will include:

  • Talks by NSF program officers about funding opportunities and strategies for successful proposal submission
  • Presentations by attendees on ideas and approaches for federal funding, which will be followed by critical feedback from a panel of expert reviewers
  • A mock review panel to provide insight into the grant review process
  • Case-study driven discussions related to beginning a career in academia, ethical standards of conduct, and strategies for long-term success
  • Opportunities for individualized post-workshop mentoring by established scientists
  • Significant opportunities for networking with other attendees and faculty mentors

Deadline: Nomination materials must be submitted to the ASBMB by Friday, May 6, 2016. A limited number of travel awards are available to support the participation of promising postdoctoral scientists.

For More Information and Nomination Instructions:

5 .  SAVE THE DATE: Upcoming Events

Mark your calendar now for some upcoming events at SBU!

  • April 14, 3pm: Next monthly Postdoc Coffee
  • May 6: The Graduate Career Association will host a panel on careers in science policy with the Director of Science Policy at FASEB, Yvette Seger.
  • May 12, 12:30pm: The next Practical Professional Skills workshop will feature Dr. Rick Gatteau, Associate Provost for Academic Success and Faculty Director for SBU's Higher Education Administration program, talking about leadership styles and teamwork.


1 .  Tax Day is Around the Corner! Need some help?

Tax Day approaches on April 15th. If you're still preparing your return, here are some resources from the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) and from SBU's  Graduate Student Organization (GSO). 

The NPA provides an overview of U.S. taxes, such as how tax filing is different for postdocs on fellowships and why international postdocs should be filing even if they have a tax treaty. Check it out HERE. See also tax resources on SBU's Visa and Immigration Services website.

Have questions about doing your own taxes? Drop-in to the GSO tax clinics to have your questions answered by a licensed tax accountant who has worked for many years with SBU's community. Please note that very detailed situations may require a private consultation

Friday, April 1st from 9:30am-11:30am
Friday, April 8th from 9:30am-11:30am
Monday, April 11th from 9:30am-11:30am

Where: GSO office (SAC 227)

The GSO has arranged for a limited number of discounts for international graduate students and postdocs to use the online tax preparation service, After the discount, the cost is $2 for Federal and $20.95 for State. Please note that only a limited number of people may use this discount, first come, first served.

To take advantage of the discount, you first need to  create an account and enter all your information. They should enter SUNYSB2015 for Federal tax and SUNYSB15S5 for State tax in the code box on the ‘Review your order’ page.

You can have your taxes done for only $65 by the GSO Accountant. To take advantage of this deal, you must give him your documents by Friday, April 8th during a tax clinic session.  

If you have any questions on any of these offerings, you may email the GSO President at Vahideh Rasekhi at



1. Researchers Recruiting Postdocs for Stress Study

Researchers in the Psychiatry department 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 631-638-1933..