Postdoc Update Newsletter

 

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September 18, 2018

Reminders:


It's National Postdoc Appreciation Week!

Meet fellow UF Postdocs and the Director for the Office of Postdoc Affairs at one of the National Postdoc Appreciation week events.

Wednesday 9/19: Postdoc Game NightLocation: Reitz Union Game Room (Ground Level), UF Main CampusWhen: 5:30 – 7:30pm
Free bowling, billiards, and snacks will be available for UF Postdocs and their families.
*Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at this event; No registration necessary.

 

Friday 9/21: Cypress & Grove Postdoc Social
Location: Cypress and Grove Brewing Company, 1001 NW 4th St, Gainesville, FL 32601
When: Begins at 6:30pm
UF Postdocs receive $1 off drinks, Live music (begins 7pm) provided by the Jazz Bandits.
*No registration necessary.

 

Weeklong: Enter to Win Official UF Business Cards:
The Office of Postdoc Affairs will be giving away official UF business cards to 10 Postdocs for National Postdoc Appreciation week. Entries will be accepted between Monday, Sept. 17th through Friday, Sept. 21st. Winners will be randomly selected and contacted during the week of Sept. 24th. 

Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

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Postdoc Appreciation at Health Science Center Library – Meet & Greet 9/19

Calling all UF STEM postdocs! The Health Science Center Library is hosting a meet & greet to celebrate postdoc appreciation week!

Drop by the Health Science Center Library's new computer lab (also known as BITS) between noon - 1 pm on Wednesday, September 19th for refreshments and caffeine!

Health Science Center Library is located in the communicore building.

Questions? Contact Joe at zhuoxi.wu@ufl.edu or 352-273-8443.

Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

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Relaunch of UF R Meet Up!

We are excited to announce the relaunch of the UF R Meet Up for Fall 2018! If you have not heard of our group before, the UF R Meetup Up is a weekly informal meeting focused on R programming for all disciplines and levels of expertise. The meet up is totally free and anyone is welcome to join (including students, faculty, staff and non-UF affiliations). Check out more information on our website http://www.r-gators.com/.

To our returning R-GatorRs, please review the details below, as some things have changed from previous semesters:

New Location: We will be now be meeting at the UF Informatics Institute (UFII), E251 CSE Building. UFII is located across from the Marston Science Library in the Turlington Plaza, look for the sign on the glass doors/window (https://osm.org/go/ZGYuRs6JQ--).

New Time: We will meet on Tuesdays from 4 to 5:30, unless otherwise announced.

New(ish) Format: We will primarily be running the “code clinic” component of the meet up during this time, so please come with questions about R and/or troublesome code for hand on help. We expect to be doing an Introduction to R Boot camp during the same time at least once this semester with the details forthcoming. Otherwise we (Ben, Shawn, and I) haven’t organized presentations/tutorials like we have in previous semester. Instead we are hoping that as a group we can come up with what topics and concepts we want to explore this semester.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Justin Millar at jjmillar@ufl.edu

Submitted by Flora Marynak, Informatics Institute

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The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)
DATE: 11/14/2018

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) announces the sixth year of an initiative supporting research and teaching in Buddhist studies, funded by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation. In cooperation with the Foundation, ACLS offers a postdoctoral fellowship supporting work that will expand the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society, strengthen international networks of Buddhist studies, and increase the visibility of innovative currents in those studies.

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Buddhist Studies

Annual stipend of $55,000 (In addition, if required, a relocation and health-insurance allowance of $6,000

Submitted by Margaret Cole Atherton, University of Florida Advancement

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Postdoc Seminar Series Organizational Meeting - Invitation

A meeting is being held on 9/25 from 10-11 in room CG72 to discuss putting together a research seminar series for postdocs.

How to find CG72… http://graddev.ufhealth.org/about/brcd/findingcg72/

We envision a monthly seminar series as an opportunity for postdocs across UF’s colleges to present their work in a way that prepares them for job talks and lecturing to students or colleagues from various fields. This would also serve as a mechanism to facilitate professional network building and collaborations here at UF. Please join us for this seminar series planning meeting - we are interested in your input!

Submitted by Christina A. Pacak, Department of Pediatrics

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Florida Museum of Natural History Events

Entries accepted for ButterflyFest Facebook photo challenge until Sept. 24

The Florida Museum of Natural History is hosting the sixth-annual ButterflyFest Facebook Photo Challenge! Submit your best picture incorporating ecosystem services by Sept. 24 for your chance to win prizes. This free challenge is open to all ages. The museum will post the top 10 images from entries received on its Facebook page Oct. 1, and the public will select the overall winner online via the most ‘likes.’ The winning photograph will be recognized during ButterflyFest on Oct. 13. For more information, including entry guidelines, visit www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/event/butterflyfest-photo-deadline.

Florida Museum to open new ‘Permian Monsters’ exhibit Sept. 29

The Florida Museum of Natural History will open its newest featured exhibit, “Permian Monsters: Life before the Dinosaurs” Sept. 29 with free activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. As an early celebration of National Fossil Day, visitors may speak with members of Florida fossil clubs  about what fossils can be found around the state, and meet paleontologists and geologists who work to uncover the secrets of these ancient remains. Visitors can learn about the world’s greatest extinction event with life-size models, real fossils, interactive dig pits and computer games. While the exhibit has an entrance fee, museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 card receive free admission. For more information, visit www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/event/permian-monsters or call 352-846-2000.

Submitted by Nikhil Srinivasan, Florida Museum of Natural History

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Broader Impacts Funding Opportunity for Postdocs and Students

The Thompson Institute for Earth Systems is soliciting proposals for projects that communicate or disseminate research discoveries about the Earth and its natural systems to our primary target audiences, including: Florida K-12 schools, lifelong learners in Florida, and UF non-science majors. This RFP is intended for UF graduate students and postdocs, although undergraduates are encouraged to apply (and will be judged separately). The intent of this program is to encourage the development of small projects that might be “add-ons” to existing, larger research projects, or to act as seed-money that will lead to additional funding. The budget request will not exceed $2,500 and up to four projects will be funded. Deadline of October 15, 2018. 

For more information please visit our website: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/ties/grants-and-funding-opportunities/.

Submitted by Jennifer Bauer, Florida Museum of Natural History

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East Carolina University Faculty Internship & Recruitment – Interest Survey

The University of Florida is developing a partnership with East Carolina University (ECU) to have UF PhD candidates and postdocs from underrepresented minority groups for faculty internships and tenure-track positions at ECU.  Deans and other ECU administrators will be visiting UF next month and are interested in postdocs associated with the following UF colleges:

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • College of the Arts
  • College of Education
  • College of Journalism & Communications
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Health and Human Performance
  • College of Business

If you think you might be interested participating in this program, and are a postdoc from an underrepresented minority group in one of the listed UF colleges, please indicate you interest by taking this short survey.

Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

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Harn Member pARTy September 20 (Join for free!)

Join the Harn Museum of Art for the fall Member pARTy on September 20 from 6:30 – 9 pm. Become a Harn Member for free online (www.harn.ufl.edu/join) or join at the door the night of the event. Be among the first to see the exhibition The World to Come and join us in celebrating our newest exhibitions. Enjoy light bites and refreshments, and celebrate your museum! More information available here: /www.harn.ufl.edu/parties-events

Submitted by Tami Wroath, Harn Museum of Art

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UFIT: Low-Cost Basic Storage Available

UFIT now offers a basic storage tier. This is the lowest-cost durable SMB storage option available. Basic storage will be encrypted at rest by default and have a daily snapshot, which is retained for seven days for data recovery purposes. (The snapshots are intended for retrieving your data within a week’s time, provided the data center and the storage devices are intact and not impacted by any true physical damage or disaster.)  A chart of the included features, along with how to request a basic storage package for a project or a department, is listed here: https://news.it.ufl.edu/infrastructure/low-cost-basic-storage-now-available/.  The basic storage tier is the simplest of offerings for the archiving and storing of large volumes of digital content/data/files. The features of the basic storage tier include:

  • Min/Max Requested Size without approvals – 250GB/10TB
  • RAID Protection
  • Single Site High Availability
  • Access Protocol – File (SMB Only)
  • Encrypted - While at Rest
  • Average IOPS per TB – 5
  • Cost per TB, per month - $3

Visit https://hosting.it.ufl.edu/services/ website to see all backup and offsite storage options offered by UFIT.

Submitted by Erik Deumens, UF Information Technology

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New UFIT Training: Survey Design Basics

UFIT is debuting a new training this semester–Survey Design Basics. This two-hour session explores the six steps of survey design, how to create valid survey questions, and apply best design principles to real-world examples. This class is a great starting point or refresher for faculty, staff, TA’s, and graduate assistants who want to create surveys for academic, research, and feedback needs. Two sessions are scheduled this fall in Hub 221:

  • Tuesday, Sep. 25, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

UFIT also offers Qualtrics @UF training, which focuses strictly on using the Quatlrics tool to build, distribute, and report on surveys. (The Qualtrics survey tool is pre-assessed by UF’s integrated risk management office and available free to all faculty, students, and staff.) Survey Design Basics is a collaboration with the Division of Student Affairs to help the UF community use sound principles and best practices to survey development, regardless of the tool utilized. Register by visiting https://training.it.ufl.edu/training/ and searching on ‘survey.’ Anyone with a question about this training or any other offering in UFIT’s training and education catalog may email ufit-training@ufl.edu.

Submitted by Ashley Weser, UF Information Technology

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UFII and Statistics Dept. Invites You to Dr. Ming Yuan's Talk on Thursday, September 27, 2018

Dr. Ming Yuan
Professor, Statistics Department
Columbia University

We investigate the optimal sample complexity of recovering a general high dimensional sparse function, and means for tradeoff between sample and computational complexities. Exploiting the connection between approximation of a smooth function and exact recovery of a grid function, we identify the optimal sample complexity for recovering a high dimensional sparse function based on point queries. Our result provides a precise characterization of potential loss of information when restricting to point queries as opposed to the more general linear queries, as well as effects of measurement error in recovery.

For more information, visit https://informatics.institute.ufl.edu/event/ming-yuan-on-the-sample-complexity-for-approximating-high-dimensional-functions-of-few-variables/.

Dr. Yuan’s visit is co- sponsored by UF Informatics Institute and Department of Statistics
Thursday, September 27, 2018
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Rm 100 Griffin Floyd Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611
Talk is free and open to the public.
Refreshment is provided in Rm 103 Griffin-Floyd. Please RSVP so we can make sure to have enough for everyone to enjoy. Thank you!

RSVP

Submitted by Flora Marynak, Informatics Institute

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Postdoc Honors & Awards

Dr. Gee Su Yang Awarded National Institute of Health National Research Service Award

For the first time in its history, a University of Florida College of Nursing postdoctoral associate is the recipient of a National Institutes of Health F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award.

Gee Su Yang, Ph.D, R.N., is the recipient of this three-year $180,778 fellowship. The purpose of the fellowship is to enhance the research training of a promising postdoctoral candidate who has the potential to become a productive, independent investigator in scientific health-related research fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers.

The proposed F32 training award aims to advance Yang’s clinical research knowledge and skills in symptoms science, specifically focused on Aromatase Inhibitor-associated Musculoskeletal Symptoms, or AIMSS, in breast cancer survivors. Aromatase inhibitors, or AIs, are a type of endocrine therapy widely used in postmenopausal women with breast cancer that causes joint pain and stiffness as a primary adverse effect in nearly half of all women who receive the therapy. These effects are poorly understood, and, consequently, many patients are unable to alleviate the symptoms.

Yang’s research, titled “Biopsychosocial Correlates of Aromatase Inhibitor-associated Musculoskeletal Symptoms in Breast Cancer,” will help determine potential influences of neurophysiological, psychological and genetic factors on development and severity of AIMSS in breast cancer patients. Results from this study will provide important feasibility data, addressing a significant and understudied health concern in women treated for breast cancer.

Yang received her B.S.N. and M.S.N. degrees from Seoul National University, South Korea, and her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. For the past year, she has served as a postdoctoral associate at the College of Nursing, under her mentor Debra Lyon, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, the executive associate dean and Thomas M. and Irene B. Kirbo Endowed Chair.

Submitted by Anna Suggs Hoffmann, College of Nursing

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Reminders:

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 Joseph McQuail, Postdoc Editors Association Editor-in-Chief

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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

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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

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Postdoc Editors Association

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is pleased to announce the creation of the University of Florida’s Postdoctoral Editors Association (UF-PEA), a service to help 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 will 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 will 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 will facilitate higher level postdoc-mentor interactions by reducing time spent on basic writing needs.

Find out more or submit a document for review at our website!

Submitted by Joseph McQuail, Postdoc Editors Association Editor-in-Chief

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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 benefits@ufl.edu 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 bmercier@ufl.edu.

Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

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University of Florida Postdocs on Facebook and LinkedIn

Join this Facebook group for University of Florida postdocs as well as the LinkedIn group: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Gainesville-Postdocs-4479251?trk=myg_ugrp_ovr%20

Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

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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

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Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
University of Florida 

235 Tigert Hall
P. O. Box 113175‌
Gainesville, FL 32611
postdoc.aa.ufl.edu