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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 September 2014


Welcome to the September BPA newsletter!  The campus has finally returned to its usual hustle and bustle with the start of the new fall semester.  Although we postdocs have completed our studies, we still have many opportunities to continue learning.  The BPA Career Pathways seminar is a great, informal series that details exciting and dynamic careers held by PhDs.  Come by this month to check out our September speakers who made the jump from academia and hear how to create your own path towards your successful future career.



1. Wednesday September 3
BPA Happy Hour with beer and pizza, 6:00 pm in front of Pat Brown’s Grill
2. Thursday September 11
Career Pathways, 6:15-7:30 pm in Barrows Hall, Room 652
3. Wednesday September 17
BPA Pub social, 6:30 pm at the Beta Lounge
4. Thursday September 18
BPA Monthly Board Meeting, 6:00 pm in Barrows Hall, Room 652
5. Wednesday September 24
Postdoc Pedagogy Lunch Series, 11:45 am – 1:15pm in Stephens Hall, Room 440
6. Monday September 29
Movie Monday (The Last of the Mohicans, 1992), 7:00 pm in 652 Barrows Hall


1.      BPA Happy Hour:  Please come join us Wednesday, September 3 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).

***Please note there are new procedures for the BPA Happy Hour***

In compliance with the UCPD alcohol permit, attendees must do the following:

1.) Bring and present their UC Berkeley ID to receive alcohol.  You will not be served if you do not show your ID.  Spouses or partners that are not UC Berkeley employees must present a valid ID to receive alcoholic beverages.

2.) After presenting ID, please wear the provided wristbands to distinguish the attendees approved to receive alcoholic beverages.

3.) Please visibly display your ID throughout the duration of the BPA Happy Hour.  The BPA will provide lanyards to hold your IDs.  This is a great way to not only distinguish postdocs, but learn the names of your fellow postdocs.

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

2.    Career Pathways: Career Pathways is designed to expose postdocs to unique career options and to connect them with people who are working in exciting fields outside of academia. Career Pathways is Thursday, September 11 in Barrows Hall Room 652 and begins at 6:15 – 7:30 pm.

Please not that this will be the last session at Barrows Hall. October’s session will be held in the Berkeley Career Center.

    About this session:

    Did you know that as a bioscience researcher, your skills at the bench are also valuable outside of the lab? Not only the hard skills but soft skills such as communication, broad technical know-how, networking and critical observation can be useful for moving into alternate career paths or even starting your own career. Bio-protocol, an open access, peer-reviewed e-journal, was founded by Bay Area postdocs and continues to operate as a postdoc-driven initiative.  The goal of Bio-protocol is to make life science research more efficient and reproducible by curating and hosting high quality bioscience protocols. 

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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 September 17. 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 September 18 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 September 24, 11:45 am – 1:15pm in Stephens Hall, Room 440.

This month our speaker is Dr. Dermot Donnelly.  Dermot will discuss how Twitter is used by researchers/educators to share their knowledge and/or for professional development.  Examples of how educators use Twitter in their classes will also be highlighted.  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 Monday: The Last of the Mohicans (1992), 7 pm Monday, September 29, 652 Barrows Hall.
Come see the ultimate combination of romance and epic adventure with Michael Mann's The Last of the Mohicans. Watch Daniel Day-Lewis as he swash-buckles his way through colonial America, defending loved ones against almost insurmountable odds. Featuring dazzling visuals and an amazing score, the film is a Lewis must-see. Light refreshments provided. Have ideas for future Movie Mondays? Please fill out our survey and let us know!

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Hope to see you this month!


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