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11 Dec: How to: Cold Calls

Cold calls. Everybody hates them. Everybody hates receiving them and, maybe even more, making them. But sometimes cold calls are useful. Especially during a pandemic, since we cannot meet people in person. But cold calls aren’t so bad, when done right. Let me give you some pointers on how to cold call without cold sweats. The not actually “cold” cold call….


29 May: COVID-19 Resource Page

Compiled by Kynon Jade Benjamin, PhD Below is a list of COVID-19 resources available to postdocs for dealing with a possible COVID-19 infection, those needing Hopkins updates on COVID-19 and mental health services available during this unprecedented time. 1.    COVID-19 Testing Postdocs are considered employees, so if you have questions about symptoms, exposure, or need a COVID-19 test, please call…

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16 Jun: JHPDA’s Sixth Annual Conference

This year’s Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Conference (JHPDC) was a huge success, with close to 260 attendees, volunteers, speakers and faculty judges. Here’s a blog post to recap the highlights of the day: The Associate Dean Dana Boatman, of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, started off the day by welcoming everyone. Our first plenary speaker, Professor Doug Robinson, recounted his personal journey…

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12 Jun: Executive Board 2019-2020

Congratulations to the new executive board of the JHPDA for the term 2019-2020! Join us in welcoming them to their new positions. Kynon Jade Benjamin – Co-president Naomi Dirckx – Co-president Parnaz Daneshpajouhnejad – Treasurer Aline Gottlieb – Secretary


01 Feb: Employment and Immigration seminar

Any guesses on what could lead you to trouble in the visa transition process? No, it is not your usual visa expiration dates or the ‘waiver’ issue, it is something as simple as updating the USCIS with your current address or checking the I-94 form after an international trip. Welcome to the annual employment and immigration seminar, organized by the JHPDA-International…


20 Dec: Excellence in Diversity 2018

By the numbers, diversity in STEM is a battle for equality. A struggle that all underrepresented minorities (URM) are aware of, which is why events like Excellence in Diversity (EiD), held at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine by the Diversity Postdoctoral Alliance Committee (DPAC) is so important. On Tuesday, December 4th, 2019, Turner Concourse was transformed into a stunning sight of…


15 Oct: NPAW Wrap Up

Postdoctoral fellows work hard and every year, both the National Postdoctoral Association and the JHPDA like to take the time to celebrate the great work postdocs do during National Postdoc Appreciation Week. This year during the week of Sept 17th, postdocs had the chance to get some great discounts around campus and participate in some fabulous events hosted by the JHPDA,…

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13 Sep: Meet the 2018-19 JHPDA Executive Board

We recently sat down with the new JHPDA Executive Board to get to know them a little better as they start their terms. Postdoctoral fellows come from all over the world and from a variety of different backgrounds to study here at Hopkins. One of the purposes of the JHPDA is to help bring together all postdoctoral fellows across the East…