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Develop leadership, communication and organizational skills within the PDA!
Are you interested in joining the Tufts PDA Board and its committees? We’re looking for postdocs to take on a variety of leadership and committee member roles in the PDA with the overall goal of improving the postdoctoral experience across the Tufts campuses.
Available roles include Career Development, Postdoc Advocacy, Communication and Outreach/Social.
Now is the time to nominate yourself for a position in our new Board:
Nominations will close on 6/30/18 and the new board will be determined in consultation with the nominees. The new board will then be announced and have their first meeting in early July!
-The Tufts PDA Board
We wanted to remind everyone of this e-mail that was sent out back in May:
Effective July 1, 2018, services will no longer be covered at the Tufts University Pre-Doctoral Dental Clinic.
Postdocs who choose to receive treatment at the Tufts University Pre-Doctoral Dental Clinic will be responsible to pay full Dental Clinic rates. For more information regarding the Tufts University Pre-Doctoral Dental Clinic and rates please visit http://dental.tufts.edu/patient-care/.
A voluntary dental insurance plan is also offered to postdocs through Delta Dental. You are not enrolled at this time, you will have to wait until November 2018 to sign up during Open Enrollment. More information can be found on the following website, http://viceprovost.tufts.edu/postdoc/handbook/.
Tufts does its best to support its research scholars, following the guidelines provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Since the NIH published new minimum pay rates for postdoctoral researchers, Tufts is working towards updating the minimum pay rates for postdoctoral scholars and research associates from specific funding vehicles.
The NIH updated the minimum for fresh-faced, 0-year of experience postdoctoral scholar from $47,484 to $48,432 (+2.0%) and the annual salary for research associates will be increased from $48,510 to $49,432 (+1.9%).
Questions or concerns can be direction to Simin [dot] Meydani [at] tufts [dot] edu or Deborah [dot] Blackie [at] tufts [dot] edu.
What: Tufts GWiSE End-of-the-year Networking Social
When: Thursday, May 31st, 6-9pm
Where: Aeronaut Brewing Co, 14 Tyler St, Somerville, MA 02143
Tufts Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWiSE) is hosting a night of networking and socializing at Aeronaut Brewery in Somerville! Join us in the Food Hub space and enjoy snacks and local brews, hang out with some awesome women in STEM, and find out what GWiSE has been up to this year. All are welcome!
Regardless of which career trajectory you end up taking, being able to communicate ideas clearly to a broad audience is a crucial skill for success. The Tufts Postdoctoral Association has partnered with TuftsNow, the one-stop site for Tufts news, social media, events, videos, photography and more, to offer a science communication (SciComm) internship to dedicated PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers. The internship lasts 1 year (June – May), and interns will work closely with TuftsNow editors to publish 2-3 science- or research-related stories through TuftsNow per semester. This is a great chance to learn the technical details of writing and publishing and build your resume!
This past year’s SciComm Intern was postdoctoral scholar Dr. Erin Lewis, who is currently working in the Nutritional Immunology Lab at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA). Lewis published four different articles with TuftsNow. Her first two articles were based off press releases on Tufts research and translated for the general public on the TuftsNow website. She then moved on to developing stories from her own research and from recently released primary research articles from Tufts scientists. Two of her articles were published in print in Tufts Nutrition, a twice yearly magazine of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the HNRCA. In addition to receiving feedback on her writing, she was trained in topic identification and interview skills and gained valuable insight into how the editorial process works. When asked to reflect on her time working with TuftsNow, Lewis said, “this was a unique opportunity to learn from experienced editors and gain confidence in translating challenging technical science pieces for the lay public.”
Time commitment varies from 4-8 hours per month. Applications are due Monday, May 28th. Please click here to download an application, or email Lauren Crowe at lauren [dot] crowe [at] tufts [dot] edu for more information.