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UPDATE July 5, 2016 

Dear Postdocs,

Registration for the postdoc spots in SBU's Communicating Science Fall semester courses is now open. Space is limited and registration is first come, first served. You must sign up through the Postdoc Office. See details below.  

Also, the IREP Office, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and the CIE invite you join us for a manuscript writing workshop on July 14. Registration details below. 

Katy Flint Ehm
Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Events & Classes

  1. Postdoc Registration Open: Five-week Communicating Science Fall courses
  2. RSVP: Scientific Manuscript Writing Workshop, July 14, 12-2pm
  3. NYAS Webinar: Ins and Outs of Scientific Publishing with Elsevier, July 14, 3-6pm
  4. Data Carpentry: Intro workshop for researchers in data analysis and visualization, Aug 18-19
  5. NYAS Webinar: Visa Mechanisms for Scientists, Aug 18, 2-4pm
  6. National Postdoc Appreciation Week is coming September 19th!

Jobs & Funding

  1. One Year Visiting Asst Professor in Plant Biology/Ecology at Old Westbury


  1. Have you completed the Postdoc & Research Scientist Info Form?

Events & Classes

1.   Postdoc Registration Open: Five-week Communicating Science Fall Courses
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has partnered with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science to offer a limited number of seats for our postdocs to take their core courses for free. These one-credit, five-week long courses introduce scientists to innovative communication techniques for connecting with any audience.

We have two postdoc spots available in each section of the following courses. Consult the course catalog listing for dates and times. Postdocs may sign up for one class a semester and must register through the Postdoc Office by sending an email request with their course preference to . Registration is first come, first served. 

INTRODUCTORY COURSES (start with these):
JRN 503 Communicating Science: Improvisation for Scientists This innovative course uses improvisational theater techniques to help students communicate more directly and responsively. It’s not about acting; it’s about connecting with an audience.

JRN 501 Communicating Science: Distilling Your Message Students learn to speak clearly and vividly about their work and why it matters, in terms non-scientists can understand.

JRN 502 Communicating Science: Writing to be Understood Students develop their ability to write about science or health for a public audience without “dumbing down” their material.

JRN 508 Communicating Science: Engaging Key Audiences (Pre-requisite: JRN 501 or JRN 503) 

JRN 509 Communicating Science: Presenting Science Unplugged (Pre-requisite: JRN 501 or JRN 503)

JRN 512 Creating a Video Abstract (Pre-requisite: JRN 501 or JRN 503)

TO ENROLL: Email your first choice of class and section to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at Space is limited.

2   RSVP: Scientific Manuscript Writing Workshop, July 14, 12-2pm

Manuscript Writing Workshop
A Writing Workshop for Graduate Students & Postdocs in the Sciences

This workshop offers strategies, tactics and tips for taking writing projects from start to finish. We will use the peer-reviewed manuscript as the model project, but lessons learned here can readily apply to other professional projects like proposals, recommendations letters, opinion pieces, and review articles.

Topics to be covered include:  
  • Finding your story and your message
  • Outlining for linear and nonlinear thinkers
  • Identifying your audience & best-fit journal
  • Tackling writer's block
  • Writing and editing: Two different processes
  • Tips for better writing
Workshop participants will need to bring writing tools -- e-tablets, laptops, or pen/paper. During the workshop we will discuss abstracts and titles from peer-reviewed scientific articles. Abstract examples for deconstruction will be provided, but participants are invited to bring their own samples from their own papers or abstracts of papers published by other authors. 

Lunch will be provided.

WHEN:  July 14th, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

WHERE:  Wang Center Room 201


3   NYAS Webinar: Ins and Outs of Scientific Publishing with Elsevier, July 14, 3-6pm

Join the New York Academy of Science's Science Alliance and Elsevier to learn how to successfully publish your research, including common mistakes to avoid, followed by breakout sessions focused on best practices for specific areas of study.   

Health Sciences
Josh Spieler
George Woodward

Lily Khidr, PhD
Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Angela Welch, PhD

Health and Medical Sciences
 Michael Weston

This summer workshop is FREE for Academy Members. ( Not a member? Sign up at a discount here.) You will also have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions focused on life sciences, biochemistry, and engineering, so you can ask for advice specific to your field of study.

WHEN:  July 14, 2016 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

WHERE:  The New York Academy of Sciences Conference Center in New York, NY
This event will also be broadcast as a Webinar.

HOW TO REGISTER:   Register today .

4   Data Carpentry: Intro workshop for researchers in data analysis and visualization, Aug 18-19

Hosted by Stony Brook's Institute for Advanced Computational Science

Data Carpentry workshops are for any researcher who has data they want to analyze, and no prior computational experience is required. This hands-on workshop teaches basic concepts, skills and tools for working more effectively with data.

WHEN:  August 18-19 

WHERE:  Wang Center, Lecture Hall #2 

HOW TO SIGN UP: Go to the Eventbrite  direct registration link
Note: There are only 40 spots and IACS researchers have priority.

5.  NYAS Webinar: Visa Mechanisms for Scientists, Aug 18, 2-4pm

Obtaining a Green Card (Permanent Resident Card) is a goal for many foreign-born scientists who wish to begin or continue their research in the United States. In this interactive online presentation, an experienced immigration attorney with a scientific background will present on the Green Card application process and options for international researchers and scientists without employer sponsorships. The information will outline clearly the qualifications required for the Green Card application and how applications can improve their chances. The attorney will also discuss extending an H-1B visa beyond six years, travel and restrictions during the Green Card application process, costs associated with the application, and other questions and concerns.

WHEN:  August 18, 2016,  2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

WHERE:   The New York Academy of Sciences will  broadcast this event as a Webinar.

HOW TO SIGN UP: Register at  

6.  National Postdoc Appreciation Week is coming September 19th!

Mark your calendar for the seventh annual National Postdoc Appreciation Week! The week of Sept 19th will be celebrating nationally and internationally as a time to appreciate the contributions that postdocs make to Stony Brook's and the nation's research enterprise. 

Stony Brook will be celebrating with a poster session and dinner on Thursday, September 22, and a Postdoc Picnic on Saturday, September 24 from 2-4pm. Save the date and watch for more details from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. 

If you're interested in getting involved with the planning, email

Jobs & Funding

1. One Year Visiting Asst Professor in Plant Biology/Ecology at Old Westbury

SUNY College at Old Westbury invites candidates for a visiting instructor position starting this September in Plant Biology. The candidate can also apply for a tenure track position in the same specialization with start date on September 2017. 

They seek a highly trained individual who is committed to a liberal arts education and can demonstrate excellence in teaching and research, and working with a culturally diverse student population. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate course including non-science majors courses, introductory biology courses, and advanced courses in Plant Biology, Botany, and Plant Ecology. Candidate must have a PhD in Biology with a specialization in Plant Biology and/or Plant Ecology. 

Closing Date:  July 15, 2016

For More Information:


1.  Have you completed the Postdoc & Research Scientist Info Form?

You can help Stony Brook's Office of Postdoctoral Affairs maintain our database of postdocs and "non-faculty researchers" by completing our  Postdoc and Research Scientist Info Form. Your completion of the form not only helps us with our federal reporting requirements about our postdoctoral population, but also helps us understand whether or not you are a postdoc, enabling us to better serve our community. Keeping our email lists current also will help us to reach you for our postdoc needs assessment survey to be conducted this Fall

If you haven't had a chance to fill it out, you can find it  HERE

Thank you!
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