Postdoc Update Newsletter



January 15, 2018


    Fatherhood Today: Stories from the Child Rearing Front Lines

    Join panelists Marko Suvajdzic — Digital Worlds, Will Vash — UF College of Education, and Matt Brink — SharpSpring as they share their experiences navigating fatherhood and the changing dynamics of gender roles in parenting, such as paternity leave and what it’s like being the minority in a mommy and me group.

    We are looking forward to having a great conversation with audience input! Fathers, future fathers, and partners - everyone welcome! Please join us!

    Thursday, January 24, 2019

    5:30 - 7:00 PM

    UF Innovate The Hub

    747 SW 2nd Ave, Ste. 140

    Free and open to all!

    Includes post-panel networking and refreshments.

    Register Now!

    For more information contact Kathy Sohar at

    Submitted by Veronica Talavera, Collaboratory for Women Innovators


    Register now for the 2019 Provost's Symposium: Empowering Students to be Active Learners

    How can active learning teaching strategies work in your classroom? Join us for the 2019 Provost’s Symposium Feb.7-8 at Emerson Alumni Hall for an insightful discussion on evidence-based research and effective learning strategies; creating inclusive and engaging classrooms; and developing faculty learning communities at UF.

    Christine Ortiz, Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will serve as the Friday keynote speaker. Dr. Ortiz has led cross-institutional initiatives in global education, technology-enabled learning, new methods of learning assessment and fostering diversity and inclusion.

    ** Drawing for 6 iPad pros during the lunch hour on Friday**  

    Register now.

    Submitted by Shelby Taylor, The Bob Graham Center for Public Service


    An Evening with Pam & Doug Soltis: Building, Using and Teaching the Tree of Life

    The UF Fulbright Lecture Committee and the International Center are pleased to invite UF faculty to join us in welcoming Pamela and Douglas Soltis, distinguished professors at the Florida Museum of Natural. Drs. Soltis are principal investigators in the UF Laboratory of Molecular Systematics & Evolutionary Genetics (Soltis Lab,) as well as contributing authors of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group. They are major contributors to the development of the Tree of Life, an online phylogenetic taxonomy project including 2.3 million species. The Tree of Life can help researchers cure diseases, develop medicines, improve agricultural crops and predict how plants and animals are going to move in response to climate change.

    Thursday, January 24, 2019 | 6 p.m.

    Harn Museum of Art

    3259 Hull Road

    For more information visit the International Center Website.

    Submitted by Mabel Cardec, International Center


    North Central Florida Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience – 9th Annual Chapter Conference

    Register Now!

    Submitted by Brittany Zabel, Department of Neuroscience


    Teaching More Effectively Workshop Series

    Submitted by Ashley Weser, UFIT


    Career Conversations: Professionalism and Networking Seminar Jan. 17th

    The Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences is hosting a special Career Development Seminar on January 17th. Our first speaker for the spring semester, Ashley Jacobs, is the Assistant for Career & Industry Engagement Director at the UF Career Connections Center. She helps customize career development opportunities and industry connections for all students in the College of Medicine through collaborations with employers, faculty, and staff. She works with students by conducting educational classroom workshops and student organization meetings and also conducts individual career planning appointments.

    Please join us for her talk, Career Conversations:  Professionalism and Networking, on at 4 pm in the McKnight Brain Institute, LG-101. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

    In addition, please join Ms. Jacobs for a lunchtime hands-on workshop session, where she will help students with their CVs, resumes and LinkedIn profiles to stand out to employers. The lunch workshop will take place in ARB R5-265 from 12:30-1: 30 pm. Please RSVP with Ashley ( and/or Kartika (

    Submitted by Kartika Venugopal, Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences


    UF to Host International Mentoring Association Conference March 11-12

    As the new academic home for the International Mentoring Association (IMA), UF will host the association’s annual conference, “Diversity in Mentoring Initiatives: Practice and Research,” March 11 to 12 in Gainesville. Registration for the conference is now open, and the early-bird rate ends on Feb. 11. Anyone who is working with a mentoring program on campus or in the Gainesville community is invited to join the IMA and attend the conference.

    A preconference session on Mentoring in the Health Professions features Kelly Diggs-Andrews of the National Research Mentoring Network. Conference speakers include Audrey Murrell, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh; Lisa Z. Fain, CEO of the Center for Mentoring Excellence, and Mirna Ramos-Diaz, MD, of the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.

    For more information on membership or the upcoming conference, contact or visit

    Submitted by Meghan Meyer, Clinical and Translational Science Institute


    Florida Museum Accepting Junior Volunteer Applications Jan. 14-Feb. 15

    Calling preteens and teens ages 12-17! Work alongside staff members this summer and share programs and exhibits with Museum visitors. This is a great opportunity to learn about the Museum’s behind-the-scenes work and make new friends. Positions include Discovery Cart attendant, “Discovery Zone” assistant, camp teacher’s assistant, Lepidoptera collections assistant and more! Applications are available online at or at the museum front desk beginning Jan. 14 and must be postmarked or received by Feb. 15. Late applications are not accepted. New applicants are interviewed in early March and, if selected, attend a mandatory training in early June. For more information, visit or call 352-273-2055.

    Submitted by Nikhil Srinivasan, Florida Museum of Natural History


    American Cancer Society - funding opportunities due April 1, 2019

    Please note that all projects that have research-related deliverables and associated compliance must be entered into the UFIRST system, so that they may be accurately tracked and monitored by the Division of Sponsored Programs.

    Research Scholar Grants - Deadlines:  April 1 and October 15, 2019
    Research Scholar Grants (RSGs) are awards are for up to 4 years and for up to $165,000 per year for direct costs, plus 20% allowable indirect costs. Independent investigators in the first 6 years of an independent research career or faculty appointment are eligible to apply. Eligibility is extended for 8 years for clinician scientists who remain active in clinical care.

    Clinician Scientist Development Grant - Deadlines:  April 1 and October 15, 2019

    The Clinician Scientist Development Grant (CSDG) fosters the development of clinicians to clinician scientists. Clinician scientists are investigators licensed to provide patient care and trained to conduct research. They pursue research questions across the cancer research continuum of relevance to improving health. The CSDG provides support for protected time to allow junior faculty who see patients to be mentored and participate in research training to aid their development as independent clinician scientists. Who's Eligible: Applicants must be full-time and within the first 6 years of their initial faculty appointment. Grant Term and Budget: Awards range from 3 to 5 years, for a maximum $135,000 Direct costs, plus 8% allowable indirect costs per year. The mentor(s) receive a maximum of $10,000 per year (regardless of the number of mentors). That amount is included in the $135,000.

    Postdoctoral FellowshipsDeadlines:  April 1 and October 15, 2019

    Researchers who have received a doctoral degree may apply for initial funding to start training for an independent career in cancer research (including basic, preclinical, clinical, cancer control, psychosocial, behavioral, epidemiology, health services and health policy research). Grant Term and Budget: Awards may be for 3 years with progressive stipends of $48,000, $50,000, and $52,000 per year, plus a $4,000 per year fellowship allowance.  An additional $1,500 is added to the fellowship allowance in the last year to attend the ACS Postdoctoral Fellows Symposium or a domestic scientific meeting. Depending on availability of special endowment funds, the American Cancer Society annually selects one or more of the top-ranked fellowships to be supplemented above the standard stipend.

    Pilot and Exploratory Projects in Palliative Care of Cancer Patients and Their Families – Deadline: April 1, 2019

    Purpose: The development of the specialty of palliative medicine is a critical step in addressing the unmet needs of patients with serious illness and their families. Pilot data are typically needed before funding agencies (e.g., NIH, VA, or the American Cancer Society) will consider funding a research project. In an effort to support clinician investigators conducting patient-oriented research in palliative care, the American Cancer Society (ACS), in parallel with the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC), is soliciting applications for pilot/exploratory research grants in palliative care for cancer patients and their families. These grants will generate the pilot data necessary to maximize an investigator's chances of successfully competing for larger grants.

    Institutional Research Grant – Deadline: April 1, 2019
    Institutional Research Grants (IRGs) are block grants given to institutions as "seed money" for the initiation of projects by promising junior investigators. They average $120,000 a year for 3 years.

    For a complete listing of grants funded by the American Cancer Society, please visit:

    Submitted by Margaret Friend, UF Health


    Research Computing Trainings

    Next week starts our Spring 2019 training program. Sessions are Thursdays at 10:40, typically in NPB 2205.

    Jan 17th, 10:40-11:30: Introduction to Research Computing and HiPerGator. Please register here.
    Jan 24th, 10:40-11:30: An Introduction to the Linux Command Line. Please register here.
    This session has been moved to NPB 2165
    Jan 31st, 10:40-11:30: HiPerGator: SLURM Submission Scripts. Please register here
    Feb 7th, 10:40-11:30: HiPerGator: SLURM Scripts for MPI Jobs. Please register here.
    Feb 14th, 10:40-11:30: Running Graphical Applications on HiPerGator with Xpra. Please register here.
    Feb 21st, 10:40-11:30: Running MATLAB on HiPerGator. Please register here.
    Feb 28th, 10:40-11:30: Galaxy and NGS Sequence Analysis. Please register here.
    March 7th, 10:40-11:30: Git and Please register here.
    March 14th, 10:40-11:30: Jupyter Lab & Jupyter Notebooks for R, Python and more. Please register here.
    March 21st, 10:40-11:30: Rmpi and parallel R analyses. Please register here.

    Please contact Matt Gitzendanner ( with questions or to request training on specific topics.

    Submitted by Matt Gitzendanner, Research Computing


    Three Professional Development Opportunities for Instructors

    UFIT’s Center for Instructional Technology and Training (CITT) is offering three certificate-earning series this term:

    Principles of Effective Instruction (1/28/19 – 4/7/19)

    The Principles of Effective Instruction series addresses components of instructional concepts including pedagogical theory, course design, student engagement, and the role of assessments in online learning. Participants choose their own educational experience by completing five focused professional development opportunities.

    Teaching with Technology (1/28/19 – 2/24/19)

    The Teaching with Technology series addresses fundamentals, methods, and implementation of technology to improve the overall learning experience. Participants explore ways to increase student engagement and improve instructor presence to create a technology-enhanced learning environment.

    Teaching for Inclusivity and Accessibility (1/22/19 – 5/3/19)

    The Teaching for Inclusivity and Accessibility series covers technical, social, and pedagogical aspects of education; and focuses on relevant and reflective activities so participants may implement changes in their teaching practice.  Participants learn strategies to reach diverse student populations, with attention paid to multiculturalism, gender identity, access and disability, and more.

    Please do not hesitate to contact Interim Manager Shannon Dunn for more information on CITT services.

    Submitted by Mark McCallister, UF Information Technology


    Register Now for the First Year Faculty Teaching Academy (FYFTA)

    Are you new to UF? New to Teaching?  *This opportunity is open to Postdocs!

    Register Now for the First Year Faculty Teaching Academy (FYFTA)

    The Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence is now accepting nominations for the spring 2019 cohort of First Year Faculty Teaching Academy (FYFTA) participants. This workshop series has been created for faculty who are new to teaching at the University of Florida.

    Participants must be able to commit to attending their choice of 4 out of 5 synchronous seminar sessions. These sessions will be held online from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.

    Upon completion of the program, participants receive a copy of What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain, 500 miles towards the Great Teaching for New Faculty Certificate, and the FYFTA badge. 

    Please visit the First Year Faculty Teaching Academy page for details on previous sessions and useful links to resources and information on teaching and Learning at the University of Florida.

    The Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence would like to extend this invitation to first year faculty. Space is limited so register early.  Seminars begin January 22, 2019 with a session on Quality Interaction with Students.

    Please register or nominate faculty from your college by asking them to fill out the registration form.

    Please email Alexandra Bitton-Bailey at with any questions or concerns or if you would like to recommend specific faculty to participate.

    Submitted by Zaina Sheets, Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence


    Save the date: 2019 PHHP Research Day, Thursday, April 4, 2019

    Join us for our 32nd Annual College of Public Health and Health Professions (PHHP) Research Day on April 4, 2019 at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts!

    • Support our PHHP student and postdoctoral researchers by visiting their posters.
    • Celebrate our PHHP Research Day award winners at the awards ceremony.
    • Keynote address at 5:30 PM by Vincent Mor, PhD, Brown University School of Public Health. Dr. Mor is:
      • Member of the National Academy of Medicine
      • Director of the Research Career Training Program Core at the Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR)
      • Director of the Center for Long Term Care Innovation and Quality at Brown University
      • Florence Pirce Grant Professor of Medical Science in the Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice
      • Research Health Scientist at the Providence Veterans Administration Medical Center

    More information on the full agenda of events will be forthcoming!

    Submitted by Nicole M. Marlow, College of Public Health and Health Professions


    Rita Kobb Nursing & Health Informatics National Symposium Feb. 14-15

    The College of Nursing is hosting the Rita Kobb Nursing & Health Informatics National Symposium Feb. 14-15 at the J. Wayne Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. This biyearly lectureship series explores topics in nursing and health informatics. The theme of this year’s symposium is “Looking Back at the Past Decade of Nursing and Health Informatics: Advances and Opportunities” and will feature scholarly experts from across the country. All are welcome to attend and registration is free thanks to generous sponsors. Find more information and register.

    Submitted by Anna Suggs Hoffman, College of Nursing


    ELISPA Spring 2019 Schedule (Tuesdays 5-6pm Bartram 211)

    January 15th -- announcement and explanation of competition
    January 29th -- form groups --  brainstorm on topics
    Feb 12th -- Advice on how to write a memo from expert Bob Palmer and ELISPA members
    Feb 26th -- Feedback on idea and outline from experts
    March 12th -- time to work on memos
    March 26th -- Peer review option
    April 2nd -- Deadline for submission of written memo
    April 9th -- Presentations and judging
    Summer -- visit Florida lawmakers offices

    ELISPA is a grad student run organization that aims to improve the capacity of scientists to engage on policy issues relevant to the scientific community. We are dedicated to improving our non-academic communication skills, getting informed about science policy issues, and building relationships with Florida policy-makers. and  For more information about ELISPA, email us at or check out our Facebook page here!

    Submitted by Angela Walther, University Writing Program


    Professional Training Opportunity for Career in Engineering Academia

    National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project to provide Professional Preparation of Underrepresented Minority PhD's and Post-Docs for a Career in Engineering Academia.  Two trainings have been held, with the first at The University of Akron in 2017 and the second at the University of Houston in 2018. In 2019, the NSF ACADEME Workshop will be held at Mississippi State University.  Participation is not restricted to US citizens;  anyone with a valid/appropriate visa can apply. Stipends are available to also cover transportation.

    Click here for more information about the benefits for participating, the activities, and logistics;

    Key information for 2019:

    • Applications due March 1 2019
    • Summer Workshop will be held June 3-June 13, meals and on-campus housing provided 
    • Stipends and travel grants are available
    • Participants must be PhD student or post-doc in engineering. NSF defines underrepresented groups in engineering as women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities.  

    Please feel free to email me with questions (

    Submitted by Becky Willits, University of Akron


    Join us a the Consortium on Trust Kick-off Symposium

    If you're interested in issues around trust, please join researchers and practitioners across campus to help kickoff UF's Consortium on Trust in Media and Technology, one of UF's "moonshot" initiatives. The Consortium’s mission is to foster a diverse community of scholars and thought leaders who will build an unparalleled ecosystem for the study of how media and technology can become more trustworthy, and develop programs for the application of new knowledge and tools and the creation of new policy and law.

    The event will provide background and insights on trust issues, share the Consortium's vision and discuss opportunities for collaboration across campus. A reception will follow.

    Tue, February 19, 2019

    3:00 PM – 5:30 PM EST

    Emerson Alumni Hall

    1938 W University Ave

    Gainesville, FL 32603

    Register Now!

    Here is more information about the Consortium:

    Submitted by Becky Holt, Office of the Provost


    Postdoc Awards

    Indahlastari receives NYC Neuromodulation & NANS Young Investigator Award

    Dr. Aprinda Indahlastari received 2018 NYC Neuromodulation & NANS Young Investigator Award for her work in neuromodulation. Dr. Indahlastari is in her second year as a post-doctoral fellow in the Woods Neuromodulation Lab. She joined the lab with expertise in MRI-derived finite element computational models for electrical current density from her time in graduate training at Arizona State University with Dr. Rosalind Sadleir. She has expanded her skills to include structural and functional neuroimaging and tDCS clinical trials. Dr. Indahlastari is currently working on ground breaking projects integrating current density computational models with individual participant fMRI data to predict outcomes in tDCS clinical trials.


    Geoffrey D. Keeler receives Career Development Award from the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy

    Geoffrey D. Keeler, Ph.D., a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Pediatrics received the Career Development Award from the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASCGT), in the category of Cell Therapies. Each year, the society bestows one award, per category, to support an independent transformative pilot study. The award is designed to bridge the gap between mentored research and independence. Dr. Keeler is a molecular biologist investigating the use of adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene therapy to treat autoimmune disease. For more information, please visit the Hoffman Lab website.



    Postdoc Editors Association – Accepting New Volunteer Editors

    Now accepting new volunteer editors for the 2018-2019 Academic Year!

    The University of Florida’s Postdoctoral Editors Association (UF-PEA) is an editing service that helps postdocs who seek to improve English grammar and writing style. The UF-PEA is comprised of postdoc volunteers from multiple colleges across the University who offer preliminary review of manuscripts, grant applications, posters, slides and other scholarly presentations. While this service will be most useful to postdocs who speak English as a second language, the service is free and open to all postdocs at UF. Our editors provide feedback on structure and style of writing, but refrain from commenting on scholarship which is best honed by interactions between the postdoc and their mentor. UF-PEA facilitates higher level postdoc-mentor interactions by reducing time spent on basic writing needs.

    Find out more, volunteer to edit, or submit a document for review at our website!

    Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


    Submit Postdoc Awards & Honors Announcements

    The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs wants to promote your achievements. Please send notification of postdoc awards and achievements to Lily Lewis or submit a Postdoctoral Achievements Submission Form. Postdoc Award announcements will be included in the weekly UF Postdoctoral Update Newsletter and Awards and other Achievements (such as publications) will be featured on the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs website.

    Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


    Submit your UF Postdoc Profile

    The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is in the process of updating our website and we want to highlight our current postdocs. We invite you to submit content for your profile and let us help you enhance your online professional presence. The online submission form can be found here and current profiles can be viewed here. Note that a professional style profile picture is required. If you do not have a photo, contact Lily Lewis to schedule your photo shoot prior to submitting your profile. Please feel free to contact Lily Lewis if you have any comments or questions about the submission form or would like assistance crafting your content.

    Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


    Postdoc HR Issues:

    Insurance and Benefits: If you have questions about benefits enrollment or eligibility, please contact UF's Human Resource Services' Benefits Office at or (352) 392-2477.

    Employee Issues: If you are experiencing an issue with your supervisor that is not resolved in your department and need assistance or guidance, please contact Mr. Brook Mercier in Employee Relations in UF's Human Resource Services.  Mr. Mercier can be reached at 392-1072 or

    Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


    University of Florida Postdocs on Facebook and LinkedIn

    Join this Facebook group for University of Florida postdocs as well as the LinkedIn group.

    Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


    FREE Affiliate NPA Membership

    If you would like to receive an invitation to join the National Postdoctoral Association or if your invitation has expired and you need to be sent a refreshed invitation, please contact Lily Lewis to receive an invitation.

    More information.

    Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


    Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
    University of Florida 

    235 Tigert Hall
    P. O. Box 113175‌
    Gainesville, FL 32611