UCD Open Access: Innovating Communication in Scholarship Speaker Series @ Social Science & Humanities building, Room 1246
Oct 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

We wanted to let you know about this seminar about Open Access on the UCD campus this week. This will be a great venue to continue the discussion from Open Access Week and our own panel discussion on Open Access from September’s annual membership meeting .

Innovating Communication in Scholarship Speaker Series

Open Publishing for the Big-Data Era
Talk by Scott Edmunds, GigaScience Journal and BGI Hong Kong

Date & Time: October 30, 2014, from noon to 01:30 PM
Location: Room 1246, Social Science & Humanities building, University of
California, Davis

Discussant: MacKenzie Smith

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP at this link if you plan to attend:

Abstract: In a world where zettabytes of electronic information are regularly produced (Mervis 2012), quick and easy access to this information is becoming increasing important in realizing its potential for society and human development. For scientific data in particular, removing silos and opening up access to enable new data-driven approaches increases transparency and self-correction, allows for more collaborative and rapid progress, and can even ask new questions and reveal previously hidden patterns and connections across datasets. However, traditional methods of disseminating research such as gated journal publications can be bottlenecks in the system that is struggling to cope with these increasing data volumes, and there is an increasing reproducibility gap that is leading to ever increasing numbers of retractions. New platforms for disseminating data are, therefore, necessary to maximize knowledge discovery from these precious data resources, and these should to be made freely and conveniently available to the scientific and wider community interested in carrying out curiosity-driven science.

UCD Luncheon: Standardizing Species: Listening to, Representing and Universalizing Bird Sounds in the 20th Century @ Room SS&H 1246 (STS /CSIS Room)
Nov 4 @ 12:10 pm – 1:30 pm

Please join Innovating Communication and Scholarship (ICIS), the Center for Science and Innovation Studies (CSIS), and Science and Technology Studies for a lunchtime event with Alexandra Hui on:

Standardizing Species: Listening to, Representing and Universalizing Bird Sounds in the 20th Century

When: Tuesday November 4th from 12:10 – 1:30 PM
Where: Room SS&H 1246 (STS /CSIS Room)

Discussant: Alexandra Lippman

Lunch provided. Please RSVP @ > if you plan to attend.

Alexandra Hui has a BA in Physics from Pomona College and an MA and PhD in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is an Associate Professor of History at Mississippi State University, head of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine field, and Core Faculty of the Center for the History of Agriculture, Science, and the Environment in the South.

Abstract: In this paper I ask what informs scientific communities’ process of perceptual standardization and what are the consequences for these individuals’ listening, their science, and their understanding of the environment. So, how did individuals’ conception of their environment relate to their aural perception of it? I am especially interested in the subfields of biology that study vocal species – ornithology, marine biology, herpetology, entomology, etc. In this talk I will give a brief overview of my monograph project on how field scientists learn to listen in the twentieth century. I will then offer a close examination of field notebooks, correspondence, academic articles, and field guides, to trace the changing efforts of both avocational birders and ornithologists to represent bird sounds according to new standards and goals.

Davis: Careers Outside of Academia – Panel Discussion @ Physics Building, Room 185
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Interested in a career outside of academia? Curious about how you can best prepare for the transition?

Come join us for a two-hour panel discussion at UC Davis hosted by your postdoc union, UAW Local 5810. Seven successful PhD researchers, in fields ranging from Plant Sciences to Physics, will offer perspectives on transitioning to a career outside of academia. They will share tips from their own experiences and discuss what they found helpful during their career transitions.

The event will open with a brief mixer with snacks and refreshments. Then we will introduce the panelists and they will share their experiences. They will discuss both being hired and hiring PhD level scientists outside of the academic sector. This will be followed by an open floor question/answer session.

Additionally this will be a kid-friendly event. At our last panel discussion, both postdocs and panelists brought their children to the event. Older children sat in the back of the room entertaining themselves and smaller children sat with their parents. If bringing your kids to the event makes it easier for you to participate, we would be happy to have them join us!

When: Monday April 27th, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Physics Building, Room 185
What’s On: Tips on transitioning to a career outside of academia presented by successful PhD researchers, followed by an open question and answer session.

Distinguished panel members:
Jessica Walter PhD, Research and Development Scientist at Amyris Biotechnologies
Nickolas Fotopoulos PhD, Algorithms Manager at Synaptics
Eleni Bachlava PhD, Discovery Lead at Monsanto
Varghese Thomas PhD, Senior Scientist in Microbiology at Bayer CropScience
Jean Kridl PhD, Senior Scientist & Program Manager of Nitrogen Use Efficiency at Arcadia Biosciences
Kuang-Han Huang PhD, Data Scientist at Engage3
Ravi Kumar PhD, Scientist II at Novozymes

Everyone is welcome. Please RSVP here as soon as possible due to limited space.

UCSD Stress Management Seminar @ Price Center East, Cross-Cultural Center Comunidad Room
May 13 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Are you interested in managing stress as a postdoc? Join us for a postdoc-exclusive seminar with Dr. Leigh Caulk. Dr. Caulk will discuss different types of stress, physiological changes brought on by stress, and how to cope with stress.

Dr. Leigh Caulk DC

Dr. Leigh is driven to help her patients improve their health and wellness in order to function and live free of pain. She is focused on full body wellness. This means finding the underlying cause of pain, discomfort, dysfunction, or disease in order to address the real issues. Dr. Leigh specializes in integrated preventative care and wellness. This includes Prenatal Chiropractic, Pediatric Chiropractic, Sports Injury Therapy, and Family Chiropractic.

Where: Price Center East, Cross-Cultural Center Comunidad Room
When: Wednesday, May 13th at 12:00 PM

Space for this event is Limited. Registration will be restricted to postdoc union members until May 11th. After the 11th, we will open the event to non-union postdocs. So please sign up now!

Pizza will be provided!

Please Register here:


Ebrahim Forati, Ph.D., Unit Chair
Thomas Lepetit, Ph.D., Head Steward
Christopher Richard Rivera, M.D., Ph.D., Head Steward
Kevin Rynearson, Ph.D., Head Steward
Bjoern Tackmann, Ph.D., Head Steward

UC Davis Postdoctoral Research Symposium @ Memorial Union
May 14 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

All UC Davis postdoctoral researchers are invited to register for a 10-min talk or a poster. $500 awards will be given for the best talks and posters in each session!

When: May 14th, 2015
Time: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Where: Memorial Union, Howard Way Davis, CA 95616

Deadline for abstract submission: March 27th, 2015.

The entire campus community is welcome to attend for free! Lunch is provided for registered participants.

Please register at:


Jessica Budke, Ph.D., Unit Chair
Lilia Kurmanaeva, Ph.D., Recording Secretary
Felicia Goldsmith, Ph.D., Head Steward
Benjamin Schwessinger, Ph.D., Head Steward

Merced Grant Writing Workshop @ COB 113
Apr 1 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The UC Merced W-STEM group and the UC Postdoc Union are holding a workshop event focused on Grant Writing. The event is open to all faculty, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students.

If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP here. Pies and drinks will be provided!

UCSC STEM Postdoc Symposium @ Seymour Center
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 7:30 pm

The first UCSC STEM Postdoc Symposium will be held on April 28th 2016 at the Seymour Center from 9am to 7:30pm.

This event is an excellent opportunity for postdocs and graduate students to present their research to the UCSC STEM community.

This event is open to postdocs, graduate students, research specialists, and faculty.

Talks and posters are available for postdocs.

Posters are available for graduate students.

Talks are scheduled for the morning and afternoon, followed by a career discussion panel, and an evening poster session.

Our invited speakers are:
-Dr. Juli Feigon, whose broad research interests include the structure and function of non-coding RNAs and Ribonucleoproteins.
-Dr. Andreas Bäumler who studies the molecular mechanisms of Salmonella interaction with the intestinal mucosa.
​-Dr. Jeffrey Lewis, who works with comparative genomics to understand how microbes adapt to environmental stress.

The career discussion panel consists of a scientific patent agent, a scientific journalist, a UCSC professor, a professor from San Jose State University (a primarily undergraduate institution), a Genentech scientist, and a facility manager.

Food and drinks are provided.
Registration and abstract submission deadline is April 15th.
Registration costs $10. Financial aid is available.

Register Here

UC Davis Postdoctoral Research Symposium 2016 @ UC Davis Conference Center
May 18 @ 8:30 am – 7:30 pm

2nd Annual UC Davis Postdoctoral Research Symposium

The UC Davis Postdoctoral research symposium is taking place on the May 18th 2016 at the UC Davis Conference Center.

Abstracts submission is closed, but registration to attend the symposium is still open, is free and includes lunch and refreshments. There will be on-the-day-registration at the registration desk but lunch and refreshments for not pre-registered participants is not guaranteed.

All the talks and posters have been selected and the panelists chosen. Click here to see the Schedule and line-up.

For questions or comments please contact The Chair of the Symposium Nicky Creux (

We hope you can make it!

Davis Postdoc Career Panel @ Everson Hall, Room 176
Nov 7 @ 6:30 pm

Are you looking for a job? Wondering what it takes to make the transition to a permanent position in industry, academia, or science communications? If so join us on November 7th 6:30-8:30 pm for a Postdoc career panel co-hosted by UAW 5810 and the PSA. Panelists (some of whom are former UC postdocs) will share their experience and insights and answer your questions.

Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP and let us know if there are particular speakers or institutions you’d like us to invite (there’s still time!).

Organizing The Future of Research with Academic Researchers United @ Stanley Hall, Room 177
May 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Future of Research promotes grassroots advocacy by researchers and collects data about academia and scientific training. In Gary’s talk, titled “What’s Next, for the Next Generation of Researchers?”, he will present results from the Next Generation Researchers Initiative, a Congressionally-mandated committee convened by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine to examine how to create viable and sustainable career paths for early-career scientists. Postdocs and Academic Researchers from UC Berkeley and LBL will also speak about how they are taking collective action to make improvements.

Don’t miss this great opportunity for a conversation with Postdocs and Academic Researchers on many of the issues we’re facing regarding funding, research, and our careers. The event is open to all, so please help spread the word. There will be more information in weeks to come (including details on live streaming), but for now, save the date!