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WSU Postdoc Appreciation Week launches Oct. 14

Philip Clifford, Ph.D.

Philip Clifford, Ph.D.

The Wayne State University Postdoctoral Association will celebrate WSU’s first Postdoc Appreciation Week Oct. 14-18.

The WSU-PDA has planned activities on campus to honor and appreciate postdocs and recognize the contributions they make to research and development at WSU during the weeklong celebration. The events include a movie night, doughnut and cider socials, a vendor show with lunch, postdoc appreciation gifts and the first of what will become an annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium.

For detailed information on the week’s events, including the symposium, visit PAW-2013 information at http://gradschool.wayne.edu/postdoc/pda/paw.php.

Set for Oct. 18, the symposium will feature professional and career development opportunities for postdocs at WSU, an elite panel of invited guests to discuss career pathways for postdocs in academia, industry, science communication and entrepreneurship, and a keynote address by Philip Clifford, Ph.D., associate dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and professor of anesthesiology and physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Clifford is an outspoken advocate for postdoctoral education at local and national levels and a strong proponent of career planning for doctoral scientists. In addition to inaugurating the Office of Postdoctoral Education at the Medical College of Wisconsin, he helped initiate national reform by participating in the establishment of both the National Postdoctoral Association and the Association of American Medical College’s Graduate Research Education and Training Group Postdoctorate Leaders Section. In 2012, he received the NPA’s Distinguished Service Award. He contributed to the development of key documents used in the postdoctoral community, including the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Individual Development Plan for postdoctoral fellows, the AAMC GREAT Group’s “Compact Between Postdoctoral Appointees and Their Mentors” and the NPA Postdoctoral Core Competencies. He is a coauthor of the recently launched career website http://myidp.sciencecareers.org/.

The symposium also will feature postdoctoral research work at WSU. All postdocs are encouraged to submit abstracts for poster presentation. The top six presenters will receive awards. Additionally, the WSU-PDA announced two new awards to be presented at the symposium: Outstanding Paper by a WSU postdoc, either published or in press within the past two years; and Mentor of the Year, to be awarded to a faculty member who has demonstrated exceptional support for postdoctoral training at WSU.

The call for poster abstracts and request for outstanding paper submissions is now open. A call for nominations for the Mentor of the Year Award will be announced soon.
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