Welcome to the Berkeley Postdoctoral Association! 

The Berkeley Postdoctoral Association (BPA) is a volunteer organization of postdocs working for all postdocs.  On our website you can find information on social events, schedule of orientation for new postdoctoral scholars, policy issues of interest to Berkeley postdoctoral scholars, announcements for seminars for professional development, and lists of useful resources.

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Events and Announcements for October 2014






October 1

BPA Happy Hour with beer and pizza, 6:00 pm in front of Pat Brown’s Grill



October 9

All Talks Considered, 6:15-7:30 pm in Barrows Hall, Room 652



October 15

BPA Pub social, 6:30 pm at the Beta Lounge



October 23 (Changed)

BPA Monthly Board Meeting, 6:00 pm in Barrows Hall, Room 652



October 22

Postdoc Pedagogy Lunch Series, 11:45 am – 1:15pm in Stephens Hall, Room 440



October 27

Movie Monday (Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit), 6:00 pm inBarrows Hall, Room 652.



1.       BPA Happy Hour:  Please come join us WednesdayOctober 1 for free pizza, wine, beer, cider and soft drinks, on the Wayne and Gladys Valley Plaza, at6 pm (outside of Pat Brown’s Grill near Koshland Hall and Li Ka Shing).

IMPORTANT:  Postdocs who wish to consume alcoholic beverages will need to show their CAL ID and their guests will need to show a form of ID that indicates they are over 21.  Those who do not bring proof of identification that they are over 21 years old unfortunately will not be permitted to drink alcoholic beverages at the BPA Happy Hour.


Email the BPA at vspa@berkeley.edu if you have any further questions.


2.       All Talks Considered: The Berkeley Postdoctoral Association (BPA) is pleased to invite you to their seminar series, All Talks Considered, designed to bridge communication across the many fields of research found on the Berkeley campus -- featuring lively discussion and two 15-minute talks from Berkeley postdocs.  In this informal setting, it is the BPA's hope to establish new ideas and links. All Talks Considered is Thursday, October 9 in Barrows Hall Room 652 and begins at 6:15 – 7:30 pm.


This month we will bring together speakers from the fields of sociology and materials science. The purpose of this series is to enrich our academic lives and create opportunities for unique perspectives and potential collaboration by featuring speakers from disparate fields who may not have otherwise crossed paths.  This month we'll hear the following talks:


Speaker: Danylo Zherebetsky
Affiliation: Materials Science Division/ Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Title: The Surface Chemistry of Quantum Dots

Speaker: Georg Reischauer
Affiliation: Sociology and Management Studies/ Vienna University of Technology 
Title: Why Organizations Need Boundary Positions to Innovate

SPECIAL NOTE: In addition to our regular talks- this month we will have a 15-minute presentation from a postdoc involved with starting a new journal out of Stanford called Bio-Protocol. This will be a great opportunity to learn about a new journal that may be a good fit for your future articles!


3.       BPA Pub Social @ Beta Lounge: Affordable drinks, priceless conversation. Come and chat with your fellow postdocs over drinks at the Beta Lounge(@Durant and Fulton) from 6:30pm-closing, Wednesday October 15. We have ‘reserved’ signs courtesy of Beta Lounge so look out for them at one of the tables or sofas in the back. Beers are $3.50 and wine is $5/glass. Come by and say hi!


4.       BPA Monthly Board Meeting: The BPA board is always open to new ideas; we encourage everyone to get involved and help out. So if you would like to voice issues that you feel affect postdocs, or programs you’d like to start, then join us on Thursday October 16 at Barrows Hall, 6:00 pm in room 652. Pizza and refreshments are included.


5.       Postdoc Pedagogy Lunch Series: Are you interested in discussing teaching experience and opportunities for postdocs? Come join the Berkeley Postdoctoral Association for the Pedagogy Series Lunch (PSL) designed to provide a forum on pedagogy for postdocs. The talks are informal and will take a ‘soapbox’ style, that is, you get 5-10 minutes to share your idea(s) with time for questions.  The Postdoc Pedagogy Lunch Series will be on Wednesday October 22, 11:45 am – 1:15pm in Stephens Hall, Room 440.


This month will focus on the importance of a strong teaching statement for faculty positions. If you have any suggestions, want feedback, or don’t know where to start, come by with your current teaching statement. If you have examples to share, please bring them with you! Whether you have zero teaching experience or are a seasoned practitioner, we welcome you to join us. Hopefully you will learn something new!


6.       BPA hosts: Movie MondayWallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit6 pm MondayOctober 27, 652 Barrows Hall.

Join us for this month's Movie Monday! As always, children are welcomed. Light refreshments provided. Have ideas for future Movie Mondays? Please fill out our survey and let us know!


7.      The BPA is excited to announce a new committee, Opportunities for Postdocs Equity Networking (OPEN).  OPEN is focused on providing programming that emphasizes equity and inclusion in research and beyond. We are currently seeking members to provide ideas and assist with seminars and workshops. If interested or want more information, please email Rae Taylor at raemorristaylor@gmail.com. We are excited to get things up and running!


8.       The BPA Career Pathway seminar series is looking for help to organize (as of now), and a new lead organizer starting in January 2015.  If you are interested, please contact Michael Schmid at Michael.A.Schmid@berkeley.edu. Come join in! Organizing the seminar is exciting and gets you exposed to very diverse and interesting people in industry, startups, non-profits, and much more.


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Hope to see you this month!


For more information, look us up at http://postdoc.berkeley.edu/ or to sign up for postdocnet; an informal list to exchange info and look for furniture, housing, etc. - go to https://calmail.berkeley.edu/manage/list/listinfo/postdocnet@lists.berkeley.edu


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Community Resources for Science (CRS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting and engaging educators, students, and scientists in a vibrant community working together to excite all children about learning through the scientific exploration. CRS is funded by foundation and corporate grants, including UC Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and private donations. Through the Bay Area Scientists in Schools (BASIS) program, CRS recruits, prepares, and places Cal scientists and science students into local classrooms to deliver hands-on science lessons aligned with state standards, and to serve as enthusiastic and diverse role models.  CRS also facilitates classroom placements for various Cal education outreach groups, provides information and support services to teachers in Berkeley, Oakland, Emeryville and other local schools, and partners with Cal campus programs for pre-service teachers including CalTeach and Environmental Leadership Pathway