Workshop Slides and Video Archive

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Descriptions of previous workshops and events are below; click on the presentation link to download a .pdf version of the slides, when available.

Fall 2019 PIE TA Orientation/Teaching Conference Wednesday and Thursday, August 21& 22, 2019

The annual Fall PIE TA Orientation/Teaching Conference was held the Wednesday and Thursday the week prior to the first week of classes each fall.  (This will be a mandatory training for postdocs who intend to teach)

This conference includes sessions that provide graduate students & postdoc scholars with policy training requirements as stated in the current University-wide TA Standards along with best practices in grading, communicating with students, appreciating student diversity in the classroom, and technology usage. By the end of this training, participants will be able to explain and have procedures in place to address University policy issues related to the Academic Honor Policy, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Discrimination-Sexual Harassment-Retaliation. Participants will also be equipped with strategies to help navigate the use of Canvas features essential to their role as a TA, communicate effectively with students, and provide student feedback. 

Who should attend?

  • New graduate student & postdoc TAs - graduate student's and postdoc scholars CANNOT hold a TA position UNLESS he or she satisfies the University-wide TA Standards, so be sure to review these standards carefully!
  • New graduate students and postdoc scholars who do not yet hold a TA assignment, but will likely do so in the future.
  • Returning graduate students who have never attended PIE or a departmental equivalent, but who may teach in the future are also encouraged to attend
  • Returning graduate student TAs who wish to improve their teaching
  • Faculty and staff are also welcome

Where: New Classroom Building (HCB 101)

When: Wednesday and Thursday, August 21 & 22, 2019

            -Wednesday 8/21/19, 8am - 3pm

            -Thursday 8/22/19, 8am -12:30pm

* Register to attend


  • Please let us know your experience at the 2019 PIE Teaching Conference by completing an evaluation survey for each day. Your responses are completely anonymous and will be important to improve our future events!
    • Day 1 evaluation: link not yet available
    • Day 2 evaluation: link not yet available
  • You may earn the PIE Teaching Training Recognition. Click here for more information.

New Postdoc Orientation, Friday August 16th, 2019


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On Friday, August 16 the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs & the Florida State University Postdoctoral Association held their annual fall postdoctoral orientation from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm in the Honors, Scholars & Fellows Building (HSF). This orientation is for postdoctoral scholars and their mentors that have been on the FSU campus for one year or less. The orientation will cover postdoctoral policies, resources, funding opportunities, salary/benefits, formulation of your IDP, postdoc network & programs.  All registrants will receive a thumb drive with the FSU handbook, professional development text books (HHMI Making the Right Moves, Mentor Training from the National Academy, Advancing Postdoc Women Guidebook), and all forms/documents needed during your training time at FSU.  Dedicated time in the morning section of the orientation (9:30 to 11 am) will be provided to formulate your Individual Development Plan (IDP) with your advisor.  The IDP is a required plan to be developed by all postdocs at FSU and is also required for non-competitive renewal reports for investigators receiving salary from NIH grants.  

  • If you have additional questions, please contact Debra Ann Fadool at
  • To download, or print a copy of the Orientation Agenda, please click here.

The Balanced PostdocTowards a fulfilling career and life


2019 2020 FSU Postdoc Association (PDA)
Front Row (sitting): Debi Fadool, Director, OPDA, Lorenzo Ruffoni, Liyanage Jayasinghe, Gema Hernan Martinez, Katy Sparrow.
Back Row (standing): Shang-Huan Chiu, Matthew Holding,
Timothy Colston, Marta Sena-Velez

On Friday, May 10th, 2019, the FSU PDA hosted the Postdoctoral Spring Event in HSF Building, (Nancy Marcus Great Hall), from 1-5 pm. It was exciting to have keynote speakers: Dr. Samantha Nix, FSU Academic Center for Excellence, and Kyle Caswell, FSU Employee Assistance Program speak about Stress Management Training, and how to Achieve Balance with time management techniques. Tim Colston, President, FSU Postdoctoral Association (PDA), welcomed new postdoc members, and highlighted benefits of the PDA. For a copy of the event flyer click here.

After the event was finished, there was a networking session with a social hour and reception.

Samantha Nix presentation: Achieving Balance: A Time Management Workshop
Tim Colston's presentation: Welcome


2019 Postdoctoral Spring Symposium group photo

"Welcome" Mini-Orientation Sessions for New Postdoctoral Scholars on Campus

Month Date, 2019, Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Room 3009, noon (12 pm)

If you are a new postdoctoral scholar to the FSU campus, this “Welcome” is a nice brown bag lunch activity that will fit into your busy research schedule. The design will be limited to strictly a 1 hour session, where you will receive the essentials of getting your research started at FSU and have access to Human Resources and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Staff. At this time, you will also be introduced to the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) - your peer network of postdocs on campus. Attending a “welcome” in your first few months of employment at FSU will serve to fulfill your mandatory orientation. For more information, contact Debi Fadool, at

Here is the agenda for the Welcome:

Spring Semester 3-Parts Grants Workshop

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On Friday, March 1, the Spring 2019 3-Parts Grants Mechanisms workshop began.

The OPDA and FSU faculty hosted the grant workshop specifically for postdoctoral scholars - with the intention if you participate in all three parts and then submit an extramural application to a major federal or private foundation, then you can be eligible to receive a $1,000 intramural grant from the OPDA for research related expenses.

March 1, 2019 1 - 3 pm.  Experienced faculty that have served on grant review panels presented the latest criteria and strategies for a number of different agencies in a variety of fields and disciplines.

The workshop agenda of presenters is below:

April 26, 2019 12 - 3 pm. Sign up for a time block to have your prepared Specific Aims page critiqued by a panel of experts in your field. This is the heart of every successful grant proposal. 

June 28, 2019 12 - 3 pm. Sign up for a time block to have your full grant proposal critiqued by a mock study section of experts in your field. Then take your reviews, modify your full proposal and submit to your targeted agency to receive your intramural award from FSU. You do not have to be awarded your proposed grant to received the intramural support, but you must complete all three workshop dates and be responsive to the available experts!

Time Presenter Title
1:00 - 1:25 pm Debra Ann Fadool & Carson Bay Welcome and Overview of Successful Grant Planning and Submission
1:25 - 1:40 pm Rick Hyson National Institutes of Health F31 and F32
1:40 - 2:00 pm Alan Spector National Institutes of Health R03/R21, K99-R00
2:00 - 2:20 pm James Fadool National Institutes of Health DSpan, Minority Supplements, HHMI minority program, and Women in Science L'Oreal
2:20 - 2:30 pm Kay Jones USDA
2:30 - 2:45 pm Emily Moriarty-Lemmon National Science Foundation GFRP
2:45 - 3:00 pm Jian Feng Brain & Behavior Research Foundation: NARSAD Young Investigator Grants
3:00 pm   Meet and Greet with peer mentors

Sixth Annual Postdoctoral Symposium, Poster Competition & Inaugural 5MR Competition 

This year’s Fall Symposium featured a dual keynote address by our own Dr. Judy Devine, Senior Associate Dean, The Graduate School and Leah Sibbitt, Assistant Director, Dunlap Career Center. Dr. Devine rolled out the new Preparing Future Professional Program (PFP) along with the accompanying Preparing Future Faculty (PFP) that was launched last Spring as a program to guide Postdoctoral Scholars during their job search preparations.  Ms. Leah Sibbitt, Assistant Director of the Career Center & Graduate School liaison, provided helpful tips in the job search process which included resources available to postdoctoral scholars and their spouses during the process of the job hunt. Please find PowerPoint Presentations for both featured speakers.

Slide Sets from Keynote Speakers

Dr. Judith Devine, Senior Associate Dean, The Graduate School - "Preparing Future Faculty & Preparing Future Professionals"

Leah Sibbitt, Assistant Director, Dunlap Career Center - "Steps to Employability"


Presenter Name

Presentations (PDF)

Shuying Yang: Magnet Laboratory Degassing Germanium from Martian Volcanoes
Abhisek Basu: EOAS A Peek into Planetary Interior
Timothy Colston: Biological Science Harnessing NGS Technologies to Understand Biological Diversification: From Microbes to Macroevolutionary Patterns
Anna Yelick: The Florida Institute for Child Welfare, College of Social Work Family Characteristics and Decision-Making: Implications for Child Welfare Practice
Troy Lowry: Biological Science/Neuroscience

Development of an Artificial Nose Using Lipid Nanotechnology

Oscar Ospina: Biological Science Persona Non-Grata: Preventing the Re-Emergence of the Citrus Leprosis
Seyram Butame: College of Medicine Implementation and Sustainment of Evidence-Based Practices in Adolescent HIV Clinics

Katy Sparrow: EOAS

Landfill Emission Mission: Using Isotopes to Build a Better Landfill and Future

Ashini Jayasinghe: Chemistry & Biochemistry Exploring Stable Forms for Radioactive Waste Storage
Trina L. Merrick: Geography Tropical Forests: Earth's Lungs

2018 Orientation Presentations

 Fall 2018 Postdoctoral Welcome & Orientation

Presenter Name

Presentations (PDF)

Sally McRorie: Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Provost Welcome
Debra Ann Fadool: Director & Associate Dean, OPDA Greetings from Director, OPDA; Expectations, Policies, Shared Core Facilities & Resources
Will Hill: Director of Lab Animal Resources
Stacey Carey: Office of Research, Human Subjects
Annette Allman: IRB Administration
Vertebrate Animal & Human Subjects
Animal Research at FSU (ACUC) 
Human Subjects Committee- Protecting Human Research Subjects 
Human Subjects at FSU (HSC)
Rachel Goff-Albritton: OPD, Research Development & Training Specialist, Office of Reserch Funding your Research
Debra Ann Fadool: Director & Associate Dean, OPDA

Introduction to Individual Development Plan (IDP)

Formulation of Your IDP

Mark Riley: Dean, The Graduate School Training Success
Debra Ann Fadool: Director & Associate Dean OPDA ; Laurel Fulkerson, Associate Dean, College of Arts & Science; Lisa Liseno: Director & Assistant Dean, Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE) Does your Appointment Include Teaching or Do You Seek This Opportunity?

Kathy Worthman: Human Resources
Michael Horgan: Human Resources

Health Insurance Benefits & Retirement Options

Judy Devine: Associate Dean, The Graduate School Preparing Future Faculty & Preparing Future Professional Programs
Brian Barton: Assistant Dean for Business Operations, The Graduate School Canvas & OMNI; Postdoctoral Travel Award Reimbursements
Renaine Julian: Director of STEM Libraries Data Management and University Services
Thayumanasamy Somasundaram: IMB Senior Research FSU-wise Scientific Equipment
Peter Cheetham: Vice-president, Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Postdoctoral Governance
National Postdoctoral Association
Biannual Events 
Justin Malloy: Captain, Support Services Division Campus Safety 
Kristen Hagen: Associate Director, Center for Global Engagement; Tanya Schaad: J-1 Exchange Visitor Advisor; Luciana X. Hortung: Assistant General Council; Laura Dean: International Program Coordinator International Scholars & the Global Community
Patrick Kennel; Director, Center for Intensive English Studies (CIES) Want to Improve Your Communication Skills?

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Diversifying Research - Is there permanent job placement for me?

On Friday, May 11th, 2018, the FSU PDA hosted the Postdoctoral Spring Event in HSF Building, (Nancy Marcus Great Hall), from 1-5 pm. It was exciting to have keynote speakers: Jessica Lee, (founder of The Pregnant Scholar,an organization supported and sponsored by the National Science Foundation), and Jabbar Bennett (Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine) spoke about the value of diversity, acknowledging bias, recruitment, retention, and best practices in research, postdoc parenting, work/life balance, and challenges faced by international postdoctoral scholars. These gifted and knowledgeable speakers presented how diversity and cultural differences drives research to a new level, presented national surveys performed with NSF support on the advances of culturally diverse groups and women with respect to achieving postdoctoral positions and faculty tenure. How do you obtain a permanent job commensurate with your training and identify a good work environment? 

After the event was finished, all enjoyed dinner hosted by Joy Luck Restaurant and had time to rub elbows, and ask questions with our guest speakers.

To download a copy of the presentations see below.

Jessica Lee's presentation: Surviving and Thriving in the Workplace
Dr. Jabbar Bennett's presentation: Promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Marta Sena (President FSU PDA) presentation: What is the Postdoctoral Association (PDA)?

Biological Science/Neuroscience Postdoctoral Mentoring Workshop & Lunch

On Tuesday January 16, 2018 the Department of Biological Science hosted a Postdoctoral Mentoring Workshop & Lunch. The workshop was held in the King Life Science Building, Room 2057 from 12pm - 1pm. Dr. Hank Bass (Department of Biological Science) topic was titled: "Academic Career Trajectory".

Biological Science/Neuroscience Postdoctoral Mentoring Workshop & Lunch

On Monday December 11, 2017 the Department of Biological Science hosted a Postdoctoral Mentoring Workshop & Lunch. The workshop was held in the King Life Science Building, Room 2057 from 12pm - 1pm. Rebecca Peterson (Assistant Director Faculty Relations, HR) presented on: "Managing Conflicts in the Workplace". 

Postdoctoral Fall Symposium, Poster Competition, and Awards Ceremony

FSU College of Medicine Atrium, September 22, 2017, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

The 5th Annual Postdoctoral Symposium and Poster Competition was held on Friday, September 22nd at the FSU College of Medicine Atrium. This event was in celebration of the national postdoctoral awareness week.  Check us out on #NPAW and the many events ongoing from postdocs across the country.

A special thanks goes out to all those who helped behind the scenes to make the Postdoctoral Fall Symposium and Poster Session a success!  The OPDA thanks the invited speakers, the PDA members, the co-chairs of the event, the judges and postdoc mentors, and also BBB undergraduate honor students that helped make the day go smoothly. 

We had great afternoon of research interactions, a keynote address by Dr. Timothy McClintock of the University of Kentucky - "Creating Opportunities for Others is the Essence of Leadership and Management" - and an interactive LinkedIn workshop led by our very own Dr. Thierry Dubroca   - "Management, Leadership, and Networking - Connecting People!"  Please see the attached flyer

Much kudos to our research winners!!

Poster Competition -

Dr. Katherine Dale = 1st Place for Humanities - (Mentor: A Raney) "You Tube for Good: An Examination of Elicitors of  Self-transcendent Emotions in Media"

Dr. Ashini Shamindra Jayasinghe = 1st Place for Physical Science - (Latturner Laboratory)."Exploring the Unique Water Properties of Uranium Metal-organic Nanotubes" 

Dr. Xiaoyu Wang = 1st Place for Life Sciences - (Y Wang Laboratory) "FMRP in Dendritic Development and Axonal Guidance of Developing Auditory Brainstem"

Dr. Anne Kellerman = People's Choice Award - (Spencer Laboratory) "Fundamental Drivers of Dissolved Organic Matter Composition Across and Artic Effective Precipitation Gradient"

Slide Set from Keynote Speaker

Dr. Timothy McClintock (keynote address) - "Creating Opportunities for Others is the Essence of Leadership and Management"

Alumni Made Good: A Scientific Editor's Tips for Getting Your Paper Published and Finding a Job in Publishing

Cell Magazine.jpgOn Friday, September 1, 2017, the Department of Biological Science hosted an 'Alumni Made Good' talk by inviting back FSU Alumna Shawnna Buttery, PhD (Scientific Editor, Cell Reports). Dr. Buttery addressed her career trajectory, how to get your paper published, how to find a job in publishin, and the daily life of a scientific editor. To view her pdf presentation, click here.

Dr. Shawnna Buttery (@yeastgrrl) joined the Cell Reports team as a Scientific Editor in August 2016. She previously worked for Elsevier's BBA journals. Her training in the laboratory was in cell biology, studying the cytoskeleton in worm sperm as a grad student at FSU and in budding yeast as a postdoc at Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

2017 New Postdoctoral Orientation

In August 2017, there was an annual orientation for all postdoctoral scholars and their mentors who had been on the FSU campus for one year or less.  Older postdocs were welcome to attend but not required.  Please use this website as a resource for the slide presentations provided by the orientation speakers until a full handbook is established later this year on postdoctoral policies.  If you are a PI or new Postdoctoral Scholar who was not able to attend the August 2017 Orientation, please feel free to contact D. Fadool  for any policy or opportunity clarifications after viewing the resource of the slide set below.  We also encourage you to register for one of the "Welcome" sessions held over lunchtime, quarterly, in Oct, Jan, April, or July.

We highly encourage Postdoctoral Scholars and their advisors to formulate an Individual Development Plan (IDP)

  • 'Click here' for the 2017 Orientation Agenda.
  • 'Click here'  for NIH Policy Regarding IDP and Investigator Annual Progress Reports (RPPR) 

    Spring Event 2017 - "Breaking Out of Your Postdoc"

Keynote Address by Dr. Lori Conlan

The spring event  was held on Friday May 19, 2017 at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering AME Building Room 106. The keynote address was given by Dr. Lori Conlan, Director of Postdoctoral Affairs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Conlan provided attendees strategies to find a career and how to build interview opportunities. In addition, Dr. Kenneth Hanson, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, FSU spoke of his journey on the academic job market while serving as a postdoc. Dr. Matthew Curran, Assistant Director of Food Safety for the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services shared who FDACS is; what they do; and his personal journey. There was a panel discussion provided by three industrial scientists/research specialists & three assistant professors.

If you would like to hear any of the lectures and panel discussions, they can be viewed at our facebook site as videos - FSUPostdocs or you may download the PP slide visuals as hyperlinked below.

You can download the event schedule flyer Here.

You can see posted photos of the event on our Flickr Site Here.

Presentation Time

Presenter/Documents (PDF)

1:00 - 1:05 PM Welcome and Introduction: Dr. Janet Kistner, Vice President for Faculty Development & Advancement at the Florida State University
1:05 - 3:00 PM

Keynote Address:  Dr. Lori Conlan, Director of Postdoctoral Affairs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), "Breaking into a Permanent Career"Presentation SLIDES 

3:00 - 3:15 PM

 Dr. Erminia Fardone, Introduction to Postdoctoral Association at FSU, Presentation  SLIDES

3:15 - 3:35 PM

Coffee Break and Photographs

3:35 - 3:50 PM Dr. Kenneth Hanson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Florida State University, "One Postdoc's Journey on the Academic Job Market",  Presentation  SLIDES
3:50 - 4:05 PM Dr. Matthew Curran, Assistant Director at Division of Food Safety, Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, "Interviewing for a Government or State Agency",  Presentation SLIDES
4:10 - 5:10 PM

Panel Discussion:

Dr. Christianne Beekman, Assistant Professor in Physics Department at the Florida State University & CMS experimental physicist at the MagLab; 

Dr. Kenneth Hanson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Florida State University; 

Dr. Matthew Curran, Assistant Director, Division of Food Safety, FDACS;

Dr. Fadi Aldeek, Environmental Specialist III at FDACS & Adjunct  Professor of Chemistry at TCC; 

Dr. Brian K. Washburn, Hybridoma/Molecular Research Specialist at Cell, Molecular & Integrative Biology & Research Associate at Hybridoma Facility.

5:15 - 5:30 PM Break
5:30 PM Potluck Dinner

"Welcome" Mini-Orientation for New Postdoctoral Scholars on Campus and Postdoctoral Director Workshop

The Winter Welcome and Workshop was held on January 30, 2017 in the Honors Scholars and Fellows (HSF) building, room 3009.  We would kindly appreciate your feedback so that we can guide our programming to the needs of postdocs and their departmental coordinators.  If you are a postdoctoral scholar that attended, please give us your feedback here! - 5 minute survey.  If you are a director of postdoctoral scholars and attended the workshop, please give us your feedback here! - 5 minute survey.

Presentation Time

Presenter/Documents (PDF)

12:00 PM Welcome, Debra Ann Fadool, Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPDA)
12:05- 12:15 PM

Tanya Schaad, J1 Exchange Visitor Adviser (VISA, International Scholars) Presentation

12:15 - 12:25 PM

Lisa Liseno, Assistant Dean, Director of Instructional Excellence (Teaching Postdoctoral Scholars)PIE Website

12:25 - 12:40 PM

Debra Fadool, Opportunities, Resources, Annual Events, and Policies (Mini-Orientation) Main Presentation and also Individual Development Plan

12:40 - 12:50 PM Kathy Worthman and Michael Horgan, Human Resources (Health Insurance, OPS and Campus Benefits)
Postdoc Health Benefits and Retirement Plans
12:50 - 1:00 PM Erminia Fardone, Vice-President of the Postdoctoral Association (PDA)

Postdoctoral Fall Symposium, Poster Competition, and Awards Ceremony

FSU College of Medicine Atrium, September 23, 2016, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The 4th Annual Postdoctoral Symposium and Poster Competition was held on Friday, September 23rd at the FSU College of Medicine Atrium.   This event was in celebration of the national postdoctoral awareness week and is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet your fellow postdoctoral colleagues!

We had great afternoon of research interactions, a keynote address, and an interactive panel workshop on the theme "Being Your Own Boss" - Please see the attached flyer.  There were judged awards in 5 different divisions ($100 award checks to the top presenters) including a People's Choice Award. We extend our congratulations to the following award winners! -


Tiglet Besara = 1st Place for Physical Sciences.  "Hardest Known Biocompatible Intermetallic Compounds:  B-Ti3AU"

Katherine Dale = 1st Place for Interdisciplinary Research.  "Mapping the Anatomy of Inspiration:  Identifying and Analyzing Elicitors of Self-transcendent Emotions in Media"

Payal Ghoshi = 1st Place for Life Sciences.  "Potential Effects of Deep Space Radiation on Vascular Function and Impact on Astronant Health"

Veronique Richard = People's Choice Award. "Effects of a Creativity Supportive Environment on Divergent Thinking and Performance in Athletics"

Slide Sets from Keynote Speakers and Panelists

Dr. Michael Blaber (keynote address) - "How to be Your Own Boss:  Establishing a Startup or Research Laboratory"

Dr. Jonathan Adams - FSU College of Communications and Information

Dr. Raghuram Dhumpa - Innovatech Engineering

Dr. Wendy Plant - Jim Moran School of Entrepreheurship

Dr. Ashkan Salamat - Univeristy Las Vegas Department of Physics and Astronomy


Symposium Program Booklet

Program Booklet coming soon. 

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Symposium Flyer

View the flyer coming soon. 

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Feedback Survey

Provide us with feedback on the symposium and how it went. 

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    Special Summer Postdoc Mentoring Workshop and Lunch

    August 17th, 2016 - 12pm in KIN2057

    "Alumni Made Good"

    We were very excited to host postdoc alumna Dr. Thelma Madzima and graduate student alumnus Dr. Stephen Frausto as they discussed their post-FSU career experiences in: 'Careers in Academia and in Law/Patents'

    Thelma F. Madzima, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Washington, Bothell, is a former postdoctoral scholar in the FSU Department of Biological Science. She has been at UWB for one year and has now set up her lab and is continuing her research on the mechanisms of epigenetic regulation of gene expression in plants. She discussed her experiences setting up her lab, beginning her independent research program, and teaching.

    Stephen Frausto, PhD, is a former graduate student in the FSU Department of Biological Science. He is about to begin his third year of law school at New York University. He has spent the past 2 summers working as a biotech patent prosecution summer associate at the law firm Morrison and Foerster. He will be a patent law clerk this year and start as a patent prosecution associate at Morrison & Foerster in Fall 2017. He shared his experiences and the career options for biology PhDs in patent law. He also discussed non-law school paths to patent prosecution, scientific support positions in patents, and examiner positions in the US Patent and Trademark Office.

    Postdoctoral Spring Event - "Managing Data and People"

    May 13, 2016; 1:00 to 5:00 PM

    Room 106, 2003 Levy Avenue, Aero-Propulsion, Mechatronics and Energy Building (AME)
    FAMU-FSU Engineering Campus

    The Postdoctoral Association and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs had an engaging afternoon workshop followed by a potluck dinner for socializing and networking. Dr. Gary Ostrander, VP for Research kicked off the opening of the event. The keynote address and associated interactive activity was provided by Dr. Lucia Barker, who contributed to the textbook "Making the Right Moves" and has directed postdoctoral scholars through HHMI for many years. Ms. Amber Wagner presented on soft skills that are essential to the successful operation of any research program where you are the supervisor. Due to the size of large data sets and formulating data management plans, Mr. Renaine Julian provided very helpful information on resources available at FSU to maintain large data sets coordinated with manuscript publication.

    Presentation Time

    Presenter/Documents (PDF)

    1:00 PM Dr. Lucia Barker, Scientific Program Manager, American Society of Human Genetics
    "Mentoring Must-dos: Solid Mentoring in a Shifting Environment"
    2:00 PM Dr. Lucia Barker, Interactive workshop
    "Mentors and Mentees - Speed Dating Workshop
    2:40 PM Ms. Amber Wagner, HR Administrator, FSU Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance - Slides here
    "Creating Inclusive Workplaces: Diversity, Inclusion, and Complicance"
    3:30 PM

    Discussion and Break, Photographing

    4:00 PM Mr. Renaine Julian, Data Research Librarian, FSU Libraries - Slides here
    "Effective Data Stewardship: from Planning to Implementation"
    5:30 PM Potluck Dinner, Socializing, and Networking
    Bring your family, children, friends, advisor, labmates and your favorite dish to share! The OPDA will be providing the main course. Kitchen and refrigeration available.


    Grant Mechanisms: Ins and Outs (Session One)

    Tuesday, February 16, 2016; 2:00 - 4:00 PM, Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House (4003)

    • See the full flyer (PDF) here.

    Presenter Name

    Areas of Expertise/ Documents(PDF)

    Dr. Debra A. Fadool National Institutes of Health (NIH)- PDF
    Dr. James M. Fadool

    Women in Science (L'Oréal)
    National Institutes of Health Minority Supplements- PDF

    Dr. Rick Hyson National Institutes of Health (NIH)- PDF
    Dr. James Kimbrell

    National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)- N/A

    Dr. Kay Jones United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)- PDF
    Dr. Emily Moriarty-Lemmon National Science Foundation (NSF), Dissertation Improvement Grants- PDF

    Dr. Jose Pinto

    American Heart Association (AHA)- PDF

    Dr. Alan Spector National Institutes of Health (NIH)- PDF
    Dr. Adrienne Stephenson National Science Foundation (NSF), Webinar Workshops- PDF

    Postdoctoral Scholar Oral Presentation Symposium

    The Postdoctoral Scholar Oral Presentation Symposium, hosted by Biological Science and sponsored by VWR, was held on Monday, Feb. 8th, from 10:30 AM - 2 PM in King 2057. Postdocs from Biological Science gave 12-minute presentations on their research. Gustavo Galdo presented a $1000 credit toward VWR equipment for the best overall presentation. Congratulations to Dr. David McNutt who was awarded the best overal presentation award! A thank you to all the faculty that served as judges for the event.

    For questions, contact Dr. Kay Jones, Associate Professor and Biology Postdoctoral Coordinator, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University

    Contact information:

    Presenter Name


    D. Fadool, Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Opening remarks
    Juan Carlos Rivera-Mulia(Gilbert lab)

    Replication timing abnormalities in pediatric leukemia

    Gengqiang Xie (Deng lab) Snr1, distinct from other components of the SWI/SNF complex, acts as a tumor suppressor in Drosophila imaginal tissues
    Jianjun Wu (Zhu lab)

    Inhibition of cGAS DNA sensing by Herpesvirus virion protein

    Lunch (provided) N/A
    Lida Ghazanfari (Lenhert lab) Synthesis of nanohybrid system for treatment of breast tumor in controlled laser hyperthermia

    Matthew Johnson (Stroupe lab)

    One dataset, many maps: 3D electron cryo-microscopy of a structurally heterogenous ribosome assembly intermediate

    Carl Whittington (Rokyta lab) Limited proteolysis in protein biochemistry and experimental viral evolution
    David McNutt (Underwood lab) Variation in plant-mediated intra- and interspecific interactions among insect herbivores: Effects of host plant genotype
    Gustavo Galdo Presentation of award provided by VWR

    Third Annual Postdoctoral Symposium and Poster Competition

    Friday, September 25th, 2015 in the FSU College of Medicine Atrium and Auditorium, 12:30 to 6 pm

    In recognition of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, Florida State University hosted the third annual Postdoctoral Symposium on Friday, September 25th in the FSU College of Medicine Atrium and Auditorium. The topic of the keynote address from Dr. Mark Martindale, newly appointed director for the Whitney Marine Laboratory of the University of Florida, was "You can't get there from here' and other myths of academic leadership." The best poster presentation awards were given in the fields of Life Science, Physical Science, and Humanities/Interdisciplinary.

    Thank you to all of our poster presenters and special congratulations to the 1st place winners for the following three categories.

    Poster Presentation Winners:

    • Humanities/Interdisciplinary: Rebecca Brower, A Policy Implementation Typology of Florida's Developmental Education Reform
    • Physical Science: Paula Giraldo-Gallo, Fermiology of Hold-doped PbTe: Insights to Understand Superconductivity in a Valence Disproportionated System
    • Life Science: Ambalika Sarkar, Antidepressant Effect of Ketamine in Male and Female Rats

    Travel Award Recipients:

    The Office of Postdoctroal Affairs administers a minimum of 10 travel awards each year with applications accepted in July and January. For more information, please visit /Resources/Postdoc-Travel-Awards

    The recipients at the Postdoctoral Symposium are below:

    • Dr. Elizabeth Ellwood, traveling to the Bioinformation Diversity Standards, Nairobi Kenya
    • Dr. Ekaterina Maksimova, traveling to the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco USA
    • Dr. Abalika Sarkar, traveling to the Society for Neuroscience, Chicago USA

    Special Lecture and Visiting Scholar

    September 16, Wednesday, 3:10 pm, in Psychology Building, PDB A211

    Presenter: Dr. Peter Hitchcock, Professor, Associate Dean, and Director of Postdoctoral Affairs from the University of Michigan

    Dr. Hitchcock visited from the University of Michigan and lectured to postdoctoral scholars, faculty mentors, coordinators/directors of postdoctoral trainees, and members of the postdoctoral advisory board during the normal Program in Neuroscience Colloquium time slot at 3:10 pm. The title of his lecture was "Institutional resources and a two directional relationship between sponsor and mentee, leads to competitive independent scientists".

    This special guest lecturer was sponsored by the OPDA and hosted by Dr. Debra Ann Fadool and Dr. Nancy Marcus

    • To download the flyer, click here.
    • To download the slides, click here.


    Life at a Regional Teaching University: Pitfalls to Avoid

    Monday, July 27, 2015 12:00-1:00 pm
    Biological Science (KIN), 2057
    Presenter: FSU Postdoc Alumna Melissa Cavallin Johnson (University of West Georgia)
    Sponsor: Biological Science - Postdoc Workshop
    Description: Dr. Johnson discussed the process for obtaining tenure at a teaching-focused institution, how to conduct research at smaller institutions, problems faced during the tenure process, the importance of mentorship, and balancing career and personal life.

    2015 FSU Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Spring Event

    Friday, May 29, 2015; 1:00 - 5:00 pm
    "Career Paths Beyond Academia"
    FSU MagLab - Room B101

    Description: Postdocs had the opportunity to explore career paths in several domains outside the traditional university setting. The event featured strategies for postdoctoral career success (D. Fadool), broad career resources for postdoctoral fellows (J. Lenz), working environment in a state government laboratory (F. Aldeek and M. Crosswhite), private consultant employment (D. Lipten), and commercialization and entrepreneurship (B. Edington).

    An accompanying free text was available at the workshop:

    "Making the Right Moves - A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty".
    You may click here for the online version or write to Debra Fadool at to arrange to get a copy of the book.

    Managing difficult post doc - mentor relationships

    Thursday, November 14, 2014; 12:00 - 1:00 pm
    Biological Science (Kin.), 2057
    Speaker- Dr. Karen McGinnis from the Department of Biology
    Dr. McGinnis talked about handling diffiult mentor-fellow relationships successfully. She shared her experiences as a former postdoc as well as a current PI.

    Postdocs' Benefits Talk

    October 7, 2014; 12:00 noon
    College of Medicine Room 1302
    Presenter: Human Resources Representatives Kelly McLaughlin and Kathy Gartley
    This talk provided information about the benefits available to postdoctoral scholars who work more than 30 hours per week at FSU. Are you eligible? Didn't sign up last year? Want to learn more about your options?

    Finding and applying to the right postdoctoral fellowship for you

    July 22, 2014; 12:00 noon
    College of Medicine Room 1306
    Presenter: Dr. Keisha John, Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
    At this workshop, participants learned about the resources at FSU to assist them during their search for research funding. Dr. John also discussed some example fellowships for postdoctoral fellows at FSU.

    Immigration Visa Options for Scholars

    Saturday February 15, 2014; 10:00 am
    Center for Global Engagement 2600
    Presenter: Alexander Dgebuadze from Sostrin Immigration in Encino, CA
    This workshop provided information about non-immigrant visas like O-1, and permanent visas like EB-1(A) Extraordinary Ability, National Interest Waiver and EB-2 Exceptional Ability.

    The Basics of Technology Entrepreneurship

    Tuesday October 29, 2013; 4:00 - 5:30 pm
    College of Medicine Room 1306
    Speaker- Dr. Mike Devine, Adjunct Professor
    This workshop for Postdoctoral Associates followed up on the October 2nd workshop "Is Entrepreneurship for you?" It provided an overview of the key steps in the process of analyzing whether an initial idea actually has commercial potential.

    The Academic Interview: What to Expect and How to Prepare

    October 24, 2013, 3:00 - 4:30 PM
    Scholars Commons, 5A, Strozier Library
    Presenter: Dr. Jonathan Grant, Department Chair, History
    Do you plan to attend a conference where you may have several interviews? How do you plan for a telephone interview? What should you expect during an interview at a neutral place, such as an airport? How do you prepare for the interview process on a college/university campus? These and other questions were answered in this informative workshop led by an experienced faculty member.

    Is Entrepreneurship for you?

    October 2, 2013; 4:00 pm
    College of Medicine Room 1306
    Facilitator: Postdoc, Milica Vukmirovic
    Panelists: Jeffrey Whalen, Assistant Scholar, FSU and founder of "Specialized Crystal Processing"; Jason Robotham, Postdoctoral Associate, FSU, and founder of "BioFront Technologies"; Jacob VanLandingham, Assistant Professor, FSU, and founder of "Prevacus"
    Brent Edington, PhD, Director of Commercialization, FSU; John Fraser, Assistant Vice President for Research & Economic Development and Executive Director of Intellectual Property Office, FSU

    During this panel discussion FSU's Faculty, Entrepreneurs and Intellectual Property Officers shared their experiences and methods on how to recognize innovative, profitable and commercial ideas in the classroom, laboratory and during every day experiences.

    Congratulations, you have the job. Now, how are you going to run a lab?

    Monday September 9, at 9:30 am
    King 2057
    Speaker- Dr. David Houle
    Sponsor- Biology Postdoctoral Workshop

    Grants Workshop Series 2013

    Session 4: Interactive Grant Aims Development Workshop

    Thursday June 27, 1:30-3:30 pm
    Dr. Richard Nowakowski
    Student Services Building Room 203
    Contemplating submitting an NIH application? Kick start your application process with this interactive Aims Development Workshop. If you already have your aims this will provide an excellent opportunity to share your ideas and receive feedback from your colleagues.

    Writing Your Résumé

    Tuesday June 25, 3:00-4:30 pm
    Dunlap Success Center, Room 1006
    Presenter: Dr. Janet Lenz
    Do you know the sections and typical length of a résumé? What do prospective employers expect when they read your résumé? At the close of the workshop you will have the tools and links to resources in order to craft your professional résumé. This will be an interdisciplinary, interactive workshop.

    NIH Grants Workshop Series 2013

    Session 3: Working With FSU'S Office Of Sponsored Research Services

    Thursday June 20th, 1:30 pm-3:00 pm
    Student Services Building Room 203
    Speakers: Julie Wammack, Catherine Stresing and Jan James
    Do you have an eRA commons ID? What is the proposal transmittal form? This session provided an overview to FSU's policies regarding NIH grant applications.

    Writing Your Curriculum Vitae (CV)

    Tuesday June 18, 3:00-4:30 pm
    Dunlap Success Center, Room 1006
    Presenter: Dr. Janet Lenz
    Did you know that a curriculum vitae is longer than a résumé, and its format varies by discipline? This interdisciplinary, interactive workshop included sample CVs to evaluate, tips for those seeking academic positions, and resources to explore following the workshop.

    Life at an R1 university: insights from my first four years

    Monday June 10, at 9:30 am
    King 2057
    Speaker- FSU Alumna Dr. Ann Morris (University of Kentucky)
    Sponsor- Biology Postdoctoral Workshop

    NIH Grants Workshop Series- 2013

    Session 1: Introduction to the NIH and Review Process

    Thursday June 6th, 1:30 pm- 3:00 pm
    Student Services Building Room 203
    Speaker: Richard Hyson
    Learn about the NIH grants process from the perspective of a successful applicant and reviewer.

    Navigating the Transition to Liberal Arts Academia

    Wednesday May 15 at 4:00 pm
    COM Room 1302
    Speaker- Dr. Kasandra Riley
    Sponsor- College of Medicine
    Interested in preparing for a teaching position at a college or university?
    The purpose of this event was to provide guidance and address questions postdocs and graduate students have about pursuing a teaching position at a liberal arts college.

    Planning for Tenure

    Monday April 8, at 9:30 am
    King 2057
    Speaker- Dr. Scott Steppan
    Sponsor- Biology Postdoctoral Workshop

    Faculty in a Research Institution: Expectations, Opportunities, Challenges

    February 7, 2013 at 8:30 AM - Noon
    Student Services Building 203
    Presenters: FSU administrators and faculty
    This workshop helped graduate students and postdoctoral scholars prepare for faculty responsibilities in a research work environment. Senior administrators offered their perspectives on faculty life and/or current responsibilities at FSU. Refreshments were provided by the Congress of Graduate Students.

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