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Reminder about Postdoc Dental Clinic Benefits/Services 2018

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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/.

Postdoctoral Scholars – Minimum Pay Rate Increase

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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.

 

TuftsNow SciComm Internship – Accepting applications now through May 28th

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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.

Symposium on The State of Women in Biomedical Science

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There’s an upcoming symposium that focuses on women in the biomedical sciences, which everyone who can should attend. It is sponsored through funds from Claire’s Natalie Zucker Chair.  We hope everyone can engage with the speakers on this subject.

The State of Women in Biomedical Sciences: A Call to Action

March 19, 2018 from 2-6 pm

Behrakis Auditorium

150 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA.

 

The goal of the symposium is raise awareness of the challenges facing women biomedical scientists in academia and industry, and to discuss ways to promote equal opportunities for women and men. The format will be four talks followed by a panel where all four speakers will take questions from the audience. A reception will follow the panel to give everyone a chance to meet the speakers and to network.

 

Here are our speakers and their topics:

  • Nancy Hopkins, PhD, Professor, MIT
    • We’ve come a long way – but not far enough
  • Vicki Lundblad, PhD, Professor, Salk Institute
    • Women scientists need to tell their stories
  • Joanne Kamens, PhD, Executive Director, Addgene
    • Implicit Bias – Tactics for Change
  • Judge Nancy Gertner, (Retired), Professor, Harvard Law School
    • In Defense of Women: Stories from a Lifelong Advocate

Thy symposium is open to the public and free of charge.  Be sure to register at women-in-science-boston.eventbrite.com as seating is limited.  Also, please help us get the word out and forward this e-mail to any interested colleagues or post the attached flyer in your building.

We think this symposium will address an issue of broad impact at a time when women are feeling more encouraged to speak up about their concerns, and we hope that it will inspire efforts from both scientists and administrators to insure greater gender equity in biomedical science.

See you there!

 

Claire Moore

 

 

Claire Moore, Ph.D
Natalie V. Zucker Professor
Director, Training in Education and Critical Research Skills (TEACRS) Postdoctoral Program

How to Network Like a Pro at Scientific Meetings

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Dan Jay, Tufts University Faculty and Postdoctoral Officer joined us to teach us how to maximize the opportunity of attending scientific conferences!



How to Network Like a Pro at Scientific Meetings



When you run a lab, you run a small business
  • You have to create your brand
  • Keep focused on your scientific strengths and goals 
How do you work a meeting (pre-work)?
  • Be yourself but develop a professional persona
  • Be (positively) memorable
  • Prepare ahead of time (do your homework)
  • Meet new people
  • Be strategic – who do you want to meet and why?