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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 January 2015 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR JANUARY 2015:

  

1.

Wednesday

January 14

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

2.

Thursday

January 15

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

3.

Wednesday

January 21

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

4.

Monday

January 26

BPA Movie Monday, 6 pm in Barrows Hall, Room 652

5.

Friday

January 16

BPA Pedagogy Lunch Series (Location TBD)

6.

                          Spring 2015

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Get 7th Graders Excited About Science & Engineering!

 

EVENT DESCRIPTIONS:

1.      BPA Happy Hour:  Please come join us WednesdayJanuary 14 for free pizza, wine, beer, cider and soft drinks, on the Wayne and Gladys Valley Plaza, at 6 pm (outside of Pat Brown’s Grill near Koshland Hall and Li Ka Shing).

IMPORTANT:  Please note that UC Berkeley's Police Department is now requiring us to check IDs.   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.      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 January 15 at Barrows Hall, 6:00 pm in room 652. Pizza and refreshments are included.

 

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 January 21. 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 Movie Monday:  Exciting, emotionally resonant, and beautifully animated, How to Train Your Dragon 2 builds on its predecessor's successes just the way a sequel should. However, you do not need to have seen the first movie to enjoy the second one.  Evidence is in the high ratings How to Train Your Dragon 2 has across review websites - Rotten Tomatoes (92% - 159 votes), IMBd (8/10 - 122,786 votes), and MetaCritic (76% - 39 votes).  We hope to see you on Monday, January 26 at Barrows Hall, 6:00 pm in room 652.  Popcorn 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 date of this month’s lunch is still to be determined, so keep an eye out for the event announcement!

 

6.       Get 7th Graders Excited About Science & Engineering!

 

We invite you to take part in Be A Scientist, an exciting outreach program in which UC Berkeley scientists mentor 7th graders through the process of designing and conducting their own scientific investigations through a 6-week period. 

 

The program was successfully piloted this fall at King Middle School, and we are currently recruiting enthusiastic grad students and post-docs to participate in the spring session (Feb-March) at King!

 

As a volunteer mentor, you will develop useful skills in communicating science, and gain practical experience in education outreach!

 

Volunteer mentors will:

·         Attend a 2-hour training session [Jan 20th, 9-11am OR 5-7pm, on campus]

·         Commit to attending one school lab period per week for the 6-week period (schedule of lab periods listed here).

·         Guide a group of 3-6 students through the process of investigating a scientific question (each student explores their own question).

Spring 2015 Timeline:

 

Week

Date: Monday/Tuesday

Description 

1

 Feb 2/3

Meet students, help them define scientific question of interest.

2

 Feb 9/10

Students further refine their hypotheses and begin designing experiments, including procedures, materials needed, etc.

Feb 16/17 Skipped Due to President's Day

3

Feb 23/24

Students work on experiments and gathering data.

4

March 2/3

Students continue working on experiments, gather and analyze data. 

5

March 9/10

Students analyze data and work on final report.

6

March 16/17

Student reports are due and will present on their findings.

 

For more information:

http://www.crscience.org/volunteers/BeAScientist

 

To sign up:

http://www.crscience.org/volunteers/BeAScientistSignup

 

  

 

 

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

 

If you know someone that doesn’t receive our emails, but would like to, they need to REGISTER their email address.  To register or to change the address your emails are sent to, write to vspa@berkeley.edu


Hope to see you this month!

 

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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

 

If you know someone that doesn’t receive our emails, but would like to, they need to REGISTER their email address.  To register, or to change the address your emails are sent to, write to vspa@berkeley.edu

 

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Interested in Outreach? 

Community Resources for Science

www.crscience.org

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