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UPDATE August 26, 2016 

Dear Postdocs,

Next month, Stony Brook and the nation will celebrate  National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW). We hope you and your colleagues will join us for the events we have planned to honor our postdocs' contributions to research and innovation.

Science, Wine & Cheese, Sept 20, 4-6pm : A poster session and reception for postdocs in honor of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, with free poster presentation training from the Alda Center for Communicating Science.

NPAW Postdoc Picnic, Sept 24, 2-4pm:  A chance to celebrate our postdoctoral community. Bring your friends, partners, families and enjoy the end of summer!  

We will also hold our next New Postdoc Welcome on September 9th, from 4-6pm. We hope all new postdocs will join us for a brief orientation session, and that all our postdocs will join us at the end, from 5-6pm, for a reception welcoming them.

Katy Flint Ehm
Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

National Postdoc Appreciation Week

  1. Science, Wine & Cheese: Postdoc Poster Session & Reception, Sept 20, 4-6pm
  2. NPAW Postdoc Picnic, Sept 24, 2-4pm

Events & Classes

  1. New Postdoc Welcome, Sept 9, 4-6pm
  2. Mt. Sinai Short Course in Biostatistics in January 2017
  3. A few spots left in Communicating Sciences courses


  1. Did you know you can sign up for a free membership with the National Postdoctoral Association?
  2. Stony Brook offers you discounted memberships in New York Academy of Sciences

Jobs & Funding

  1. Short-Term Teaching Opportunities with WISE
  2. Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars (SMIS) Postdoc Fellowship, Deadline: Oct 3


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

National Postdoc Appreciation Week

1.   Science, Wine & Cheese: Postdoc Poster Session & Reception, Sept 20, 4-6pm

SBU Postdocs are invited to a poster session and reception in honor of  National Postdoc Appreciation Week. All selected presenters will receive free, advance training from the  Alda Center for Communicating Science on the poster pitch on September 14th. Then on September 20th, presenters will have the chance to practice their skills on their peers during our poster reception. 
Food will be provided, with a cash bar available. 

September 20, 2016
Wang Center Theatre Lobby

Presenter Sign Up Deadline: September 7, 2016

Mandatory Training Session: September 14, 2016, 1:00-3:00pm 

Want to join us at the reception without presenting?
You can do that, too! Register below.

For more information, visit or email

2.   NPAW Postdoc Picnic, Sept 24, 2-4pm

Close out National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) with a picnic with your fellow postdocs. Spouses, partners, friends, and children are welcome. 

Come out and enjoy the end of summer!

Food and drinks will be provided. 

Date:  Saturday, Sept 24

Time:  2:00pm-4:00pm (rain or shine)

Location:  Holtsville Park Gazebo, 249 Buckley Road, Holtsville 

The gazebo is adjacent to the playground and behind the Holtsville Wildlife & Ecology Center (a little zoo). See map

Carpooling may be possible. Contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at 

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Events & Classes

1.   New Postdoc Welcome, Sept 9, 4-6pm

Join the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs for our  New Postdoc Welcome on September 9th. The Welcome offers an introduction to Stony Brook to help recently arrived postdocs maximize their postdoctoral experience. The first part of the welcome will be particularly useful for any postdocs who have joined Stony Brook since January.

All postdocs are encouraged to join us for the reception. Come out to meet your peers and welcome the newest additions to our postdoctoral community.

4:00pm-5:00pm: NEW POSTDOCS
All postdocs who have arrived within the past six months are invited to:
++Discover the unique aspects of being a postdoc at SBU
++Learn about resources & benefits for SBU postdocs
++Meet the staff and faculty who can help you make the most
of your time at Stony Brook

We invite all our postdocs to a reception following the main orientation.
Drop by to meet your colleagues and welcome our newest postdocs.
Refreshments will be served. 

WHERE:  Wang Center Room 201


2   Mt. Sinai Short Course in Biostatistics in January 2017

The ISMMS Center for Biostatistics at Mt. Sinai will offer the NIH/NIGMS-funded ASIBS Short Course beginning January 2017. The goal of the ASIBS Short Course is to train junior faculty and fellows from academic medical centers across the nation to become proficient in biostatistical methodology and statistical computing. Participants will receive seven weeks of online, basic and intermediate statistical theory instruction as well as five days of in-person, hands-on instruction in statistical computing. The course will run from January 9, 2017 to March 3, 2017.

1) Participants must be junior faculty members or fellows at an academic medical institution in the US
2) Participants must be US citizens or eligible non-citizens.

Tuition & Fees:  Participants are responsible for an affordable tuition of $375 upon acceptance.

In an effort to enhance diversity, scholarships will be made available to underrepresented minorities.

For More Information & To Register: or email:  

3   A few seats left in Communicating Sciences courses

A few seats remain in the communicating sciences courses listed below, which start in October and November. JRN 503 is one of the core courses that prepare for the rest of their curricula. Sign up now to reserve your spot by emailing the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at
JRN 503 (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. A video about the process can be seen at
JRN 503.02- Thursdays,  Nov 3, 10, 17,  Dec 1, 8;  3-5:50pm. Roth Café, Room 122. 
JRN 508:  Engaging Key Audiences
This is a 4-week, 1-credit course for students who have taken either JRN 501 Distilling Your Message, or JRN 503 Improvisation for Scientists, and want to build on the skills introduced in those courses.  Through role-playing and other exercises, students will practice communicating with key audiences, such as potential employers, students, journalists, and public officials.
Tuesdays,  Oct 11, 18, 25,  Nov 15:30-9pm. Frey Hall, Room 316. 



1   Did you know you can sign up for a free membership with the National Postdoctoral Association?

Stony Brook is a sustaining member of the  National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), which entitles all all graduate students, postdocs, faculty and staff to a free,  affiliate membership We encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to help you network with other postdocs across the country and gain access to members only resources that can help further your career.

Signing up is simple. Click on this link and follow the registration process. Once you click Submit the NPA Membership Manager will review your affiliate membership within 5 working days, and you will receive an email when it has been approved.

As an NPA Affiliate Member, you are entitled to these benefits:

  • Subscription  to NPA e-alerts, a periodic news announcement, and  The POSTDOCket, the NPA’s official quarterly newsletter
  • Reduced registration fees  to the NPA Annual Meeting &  eligibility for the NPA travel award program
  • Access to members-only NPA web content , such as career planning resources and policy information
  • Access to   NPA member groups  to connect & network with fellow NPA members
  • Discounts to some services and products.  
  • Opportunities to serve and contribute  your expertise on a variety of NPA committees
  • National representatio n on postdoctoral issues

To Sign Up:

2   Stony Brook Offers Discounted Memberships with New York Academy of Sciences

Stony Brook’s partnership with the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) offers a  discounted annual membership to graduate students and postdocs for $10 to the NYAS Science Alliance, which provides career resources and programming for early-career scientists. To receive the discount, follow the instructions on the enrollment portal.

Among NYAS programs this Fall are: 

From Scientist to CSO: Experiencing the Scientific Method as your Guide to Career Success
October 29 - December 10, 2016 | New York, NY

Grantsmanship for Students and Postdocs: F30, F31, F32
November 2, 2016 | New York, NY

To enroll in your membership:


Jobs & Funding

1. Short-Term Teaching Opportunities with WISE

Stony Brook's Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) program is a prestigious four-year program for talented undergraduate women in science and engineering. WISE students take a series of courses about research and issues in STEM on top of their regular coursework, and these specialized courses present a unique, short-term teaching opportunity for SBU's postdocs. 

WISE is looking for instructors and mentors for several programs, described below. This is a volunteer opportunity and no compensation will be provided. 

WSE 187: Introduction to Research

WSE 187 is the perfect, postdoc-sized teaching opportunity. WSE 187 instructors design and teach a short research activity to introduce WISE students to research. It's a chance to teach a research activity related to your own research with a limited time commitment. 

Read more about the course here >>

WSE 242: Society and Gender in Science and Engineering

WSE 242 focuses on the social context in which modern science operates with an emphasis on women's historic and current participation. Female postdocs can participate in this special topics course by teaching 1-2 lectures. 

Read more about the course here >>

WISE High School Program 

WISE also works with local high school students, providing hands-on research experiences in a short series of sessions each semester. Mentors work with small groups of 4-8 students to introduce students to the laboratory environment and science rsearch with the ultimate aim of having students go on to college and careers in science or engineering. 

Read more about the course here >>

For More Information: Read about the courses here.

For questions and to sign up: Email Kathleen Flint Ehm, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, at

2. Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars (SMIS) Postdoc Fellowship, Deadline: Oct 3

The  Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars (SMIS) Program is currently recruiting postdoctoral fellows.

1. Candidate must have a PhD or MD degree
2. Candidate must be either a US citizen, a non-citizen national, or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Card (1-151 or 1-551) or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident.

Application Deadline: October 3, 2016  

For more information about the SMIS Program,  CLICK HERE.


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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