Past Events

Past Lunch & Learn Summaries




Navigating an Academic Career in STEM Panel

Are you considering an academic career, and have questions on the process? Want to hear from experienced academic professionals in STEM, at different stages of their career?

Join us for the Navigating an Academic Career in STEM Panel, on March 29, 2017 at the USTAR Auditorium (SMBB) from 3:00-5:00 pm. Panelists will represent STEM groups in upper and lower campus. Contact Francine Mahak at for questions.

Here is U Career Services ad for the event. 

Postdoc Winter Social: Ice Skating

The UPDA  hosted a Winter Social at the Gallivan Center Ice Rink!   A fun time was had by all who attended!!

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity Event

The University of Utah recently obtained an institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, which provides a large amount of programs, resources, and services to postdocs, at no cost to you! Come find out more at the event December 6. More info in the flyer. NCFDD event flyer

Postdoc Appreciation Day

Thank you to everyone that attended Postdoc Appreciation Day!  We had a great event from the keynote presentation to the poster and breakout sessions!
At the poster sesson, we had a close competition and hope many of our competitors will return next year. If any competitors would like a copy of the comments that the judges made, please contact Daniel Menoza (
Congratulations to our 2016 Postdoc Poster Competition finalists!
1st Place ($500 Travel Award)
Laura Lupi from Chemistry for “Role of stacking disorder in homogeneous ice nucleation”
2nd Place
Jeremy Duncan from Surgery for “Emx2-Cre Defines Transcriptionally Distinct Populations of Vestibular Hair Cells Organized About the LPR”
Co-3rd Place
Judith Simcox from Biochemistry for “Global analysis of plasma lipids identifies liver derived acylcarnitines as a fuel source for brown adipose thermogenesis”
Natalia Torres from the Cadiovasculary Research & Trainin Institute (CVRTI) for “Activation of Reverse Na+/Ca2+ Exchanger by Skeletal Na+ Channel Isoform Increases Excitation-Contraction Efficiency in Rabbit Cardiomyocytes”

For those of you that could not attend the UPDA Announcments.  Here are a few highlights:

  • UPDA Looking for Board Members: If you would like to become more involved with the Utah Postdoctoral Assocation (UPDA), please let us know.  Our board meetings are open to all postdocs, and we are always looking for new members.  Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 4th from 12:00 – 1:00 pm in HSEB 5100A.  If you have any questions, you can contact us at
  • Postdoc Lunch & Learn Series: We will continuing our informal Lunch & Learn series thought the academic year. Since the aim of this series is to provide opportunities to discuss  topics of interest to the postdoctoral community please let us know what topics you would like to be covered.


We hosted our Annual Summer Barbecue Friday, June 10 at Sunnyside Park . Thanks to all who made our event a big success!

UPDA Winter Social Saturday – January 23

The UPDA hosted a Winter Social at the Gallivan Center Ice Rink

Supervisor Essentials Workshop – Mon. April 4

Description: In this workshop we explored common supervisory responsibilities and identified key concepts, tools, strategies and resources to facilitate effective employee interactions and contributions.
Facilitator: Mary Anne Berzins

Summer Postdoc Series

In June and July, we held the Summer Postdoc Series. This annual workshop series is phenomenal! It teaches you skills you need now as a postdoc and will continue to use throughout your career. This program also fulfills the professional competency component in the professional development plan recommended by the National Postdoctoral Association. This program also fulfills the professional competency component in the professional development plan recommended by the National Postdoctoral Association. Details can be found at these links: and

Getting Clear About Accountability – Fri. June 17

Description: This workshop will examine mindsets about the concepts of personal responsibility and accountability.   We will explore potential obstacles to delivering outcomes and identify strategies for getting clear about accountability at the individual and group levels. Participants will complete an accountability assessment.
Time: 11:30 am – 2:00 pm on 6/17/2016

Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – Fri. June 24

Description: MBTI is a leadership development tool which, very simplistically, provides feedback in 4 main areas: where you primarily direct your energy; how you prefer to process information; how you prefer to make decisions; and how you prefer to organize your life. This workshop will provide insights which influence our interactions and participation in collaborative based environments. Prior to this class participants will complete the MBTI on-line. Participants must attend class to receive MBTI results.

Conflict Styles – Fri. July 1

Description: We will explore the nature of conflict, how the need to be right undermines effective performance, identify ways to address conflict and identify skills to help you detach as a listener and manage the conflict. Participants will complete the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) to gain an understanding of their own and other conflict-handling styles. Participants must attend class to receive TKI results.

Negotiating Essentials – Fri. July 8

Description: In this workshop we will explore a number of concepts integral to effective negotiation. We will explore what makes some experiences more effective than others and examine the how and when of negotiation preparation. In this session, we will also explore the behavioral aspects of negotiation including dealing with emotion. Whether negotiation is part of your everyday work or something you are preparing for in the future, you will take away insights and strategies to build or enhance your effectiveness.

Mentoring and Professional Development – Fri. July 15

Description: We will discuss the nature of mentoring and professional mentoring relationships, the respective mentor and mentee roles and learn how to maximize the mentoring relationship for professional development. This session will also include the mechanics of giving and receiving feedback

If you have any questions regarding these workshops, please contact Mary Anne Berzins at