National Postdoc Appreciation Week 2020

For the 2020 National Postdoc Appreciation Week we had a whole week of fantastic events to celebrate our amazing postdocs at the U ! Thank you for your contributions to the University of Utah !

Monday, September 21

Postdoc Lightning Talks
&
Photo Contest winners announcement 

Congratulations to winners of the Lightening Talks !!

1st Place: Esther Chang from the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine

2nd Place: Aysegul Tumer from the Department of Physics and Astronomy

The winners got a virtual conference award !

All the talks were fascinating and all the contest participants did an amazing job on presenting about their science. We would like to thank them all for making this event so interesting and successful:

–  Angie Serrano, Molecular Medicine Program, Institute of Human Genetics
–  Chelsea Kidwell, Department of Biochemistry
–  Collin Merrill, Molecular Medicine Program, Institute of Human Genetics
–  Dhrupad Beti, Energy and Geoscience Institute
–  Shaheer Ahmad, Department of Pathology
–  Olia Simoska, Department of Chemistry
–  Julie Feusier, Huntsman Cancer Institute

To look up the winners of the 2020 UPDA Summer Photo Contest please click here.

Tuesday, September 22

Keynote Address – Mentoring Up

with Dr. Juan Pablo Ruiz Villalobos, Postdoctoral Researcher, Co-Developer of Mentoring Up Curriculum, University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.

12-1pm, through ZOOM.

Wednesday, September 23

Workshop on Mentoring Up

Facilitated by Dr. Juan Pablo Ruiz Villalobos, Postdoctoral Researcher, Co-Developer of Mentoring Up Curriculum, University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.

9am-12pm, through ZOOM.

Thursday, September 24

Panel Discussion on Effective Mentee-ship

Our distinguished Graduate School Mentor Award recipients shared tips about what makes a mentoring relationship work:
Dr. Pearl Sandick, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the College of Science.
Dr. William Smith, Professor of Ethnic Studies in the School of Cultural and Social Transformation, Chair of the Education, Culture & Society Department in the College of Education.
Dr. Joseph Yost, Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Vice Chairman for Basic Science Research in the Department of Pediatrics.

2-3pm, through ZOOM.

Social Event – DESK YOGA

A short sequence designed to stretch the neck, upper spine, shoulders, and wrists after a day of desk work. Postdoc Liz Fidak, our instructor says it is a beginner-friendly and no Sanskirt is required !!

4-5pm, through ZOOM.

Friday, September 25

Social Event – ORIGAMI

Postdoc Mai Tran introduced us to the ancient art of Origami to create a stylish container to hold those perky paper clips. If time supports we will create more items.
Materials required: Letter size paper (one-sided color or pattern is recommended but not required. One can download & print your favorite color/pattern here), extra letter-size paper and extra enthusiasm !!

5-6pm, through ZOOM.

Organized by Utah Postdoctoral Association (UPDA) and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs