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Husky Postdocs in the Media!

Check out Sean Welleck's (@wellecks) podcast, The Thesis Review (@thesisreview)! In it he chats with researchers about their PhD thesis work, and how it has evolved over time.

Chelsea Faber (twitter: @Chelsea_Faber) is a postdoc in the UW Diabetes Institute and published a study that clarifies the brain regions and transmitters which control diurnal movement and metabolism. Check it out here.

Why are people COVID-noncomplient? Nigini Oliveira (twitter: @nigini) and Rodolfo Cortes Barragan coauthored a wonderful publication which shows that identification with humanity is the best predictor of whether or not a person responds helpfully and cooperatively to public health guidance. This was also picked up by UW news here.

How do wildlife management specialists make their decisions? They read articles by Eleni Petrou (@EleniPetrou10), a postdoc in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences who found genomic regions associated with when pacific herring spawn! These regions were different in spatially distinct fish populations, and the data she published implies that we may need a more fine-tuned approach to avoid overfishing. Their study was covered in greater depth here.

Smadar Ben-Natan (@smadarbn1) is a postdoc in Israel Studies who recently recieved funding from the Guggenheim Foundation to study "Incarceration in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”. The fellowship project is covered in greater depth here!
Have a new paper out we can boost on Twitter? Re-tweets have an impact, and we want to support you!! Just tag or message @UWPostDocs and we'll be happy to share your work!
Opportunities for Education and Skill Development

Hey Huskies! Ears drooping over that unfinished manuscript? Well now we have a group you can WAG your tails about! That's right, the UWPA Writing Accountability Group is back and currently making their schedule for the next quarter! If you want to join or have ideas about when you'd like meetings to be, just email us at!

Interested in exploring careers outside academia? The UWPA is creating a new peer-led career mentoring program this summer! The PhD Career Ladder Program (PCLP) will help participants develop a framework for their job exploration and search. Meetings will focus on soft skills like self assessment, career research, informational interviewing, and resume crafting.

Do you mentor an undergrad or grad student in lab? You may want to check out "The Ins and Outs of Being a Good Research Mentor", April 16, 2021 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Click here for more info!
The UW Teaching & Learning Symposium: On Tuesday, April 20, 2:00-4:30 pm, the UW Center for Teaching & Learning will host their annual symposium with a keynote talk and two poster sessions covering a broad range of topics—from classroom/action research to published SoTL research. Register online by April 19, 2021.
Looking for ways to build career skills virtually? Find some suggestions and resources here. UWPA can help facilitate several of the suggestions, just let us know what you're looking for!
Upcoming UWPA Community Events
Coffee Hour: Wednesday, April 14 @ 9 am - add to calendar (includes zoom link)
We'll subsidize your morning coffee or Tea by giving a $5 gift card to the first five attendees!

Happy Hour: Thursday, April 22 @ 5 pm - add to calendar (includes zoom link)
Have a drink on us! The first five attendees to send us their drink receipts (alcoholic or nonalcoholic!) will be reimbursed for up to $10!

UWPA General Assembly: Tuesday May 4 @ 4 pm - add to calendar (includes zoom link)
Topics to Think On

Predatory Journals - What makes a publisher predatory? Have you ever been invited to submit papers to random journals outside your field that you've never heard of? Science News writer Adam Ruben recently asked on social media whether any scientists had stories to share about their own forays into the world of bogus journals. The responses ... surprised him.


Academic Burnout -”Researchers who are experiencing symptoms of burnout in connection with the pandemic can take some steps to help themselves feel better. Here are suggestions for mitigating distress.”


Leadership - Running experiments and testing ideas is only one part of modern science. Postdocs who stay laser-focused on their own work without worrying about leadership could be setting themselves up for failure in the next step of their career. This Nature Career Feature encourages thinking about leadership at all career stages and provides guidance on how to develop these leadership skills.

Union Update
The Postdoc Childcare Fund Enrollment is now open! The Fund is now accepting responses for the first half of 2021. Our collective bargaining agreement provides for $45,000 in 2021 that is distributed semi-annually, this year in June for caregivers who worked at UW between January to June 2021. If this applies to you, enroll today! If you have any questions or want to get involved, please reach out to the Family Friendly Workgroup
Grant, Fellowship, and Award Opportunities

Looking for a new postdoc fellowship? The Allen Institute is offering the Shanahan Foundation Fellowship, a 3-year program focused on integrating data science and neuroscience. Applications are due April 15th. Click here for more details or to apply.

The Cyclica Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) is offering two awards to support small molecule drug screening and discovery efforts at University of Washington. Successful applicants will receive free access to Cyclica's AI-augmented medicinal chemistry platforms, Ligand Express or Ligand Design. If you'd like to learn more about Cyclica's technology before applying or have any questions, please reach out to them.

Have experiences to write about? How about submitting your story for a Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists? If were awarded a PhD between 1/1/2019 and 12/31/2020, you are invited to submit a 1000-word essay about your graduate student research (in one of four eligible subject tracks) by July 15, 2021. The Grand Prize is $30,000 USD and the three other category winners are awarded $10,000 each. The grand prize-winning essay will be published in Science and essays from the three category winners will be published online. Winners will be invited to Sweden in December 2021 to participate in a unique week filled with events in honor of science. More information and the Entry Form are here.

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