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 July 2016

The BPA board is always looking for volunteers to help organize fun and enriching events for our postdoctoral community. In particular, we currently need a new volunteer to coordinate the All Talks Considered series, designed to bridge communication across the many fields of research found on the Berkeley campus; if interested, please respond to this email.  For other ways to get involved, please join us at our next board meeting and share your ideas!

Check out the great events for the month of March on our own UC Berkeley campus below




July 6

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



July 12

PIEP site visit: Exponent, Menlo park, 9:40am to 2:45pm



July 21

BPA Monthly Board Meeting, 6:00 pm in Barrows Hall, Room 650



July 25

Movie Monday: Experimenter, 6:00 pm in Barrows Hall, Room 650



July 30

BPA Napa Valey Trip, 8:00am to 6:00pm






NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences




1. BPA Happy Hour

Please come join us Wednesday, July 6th 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.  

DATE: Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
TIME: 6:00pm
LOCATION: In front of Pat Brown's Grill, UC Berkeley

2. PIEP site visit: 

The PIEP committee is happy to announce their next site visit: Exponent

In order to be eligible for this opportunity, please fill out a short survey and submit your current two page resume here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exponent-site-visit-tickets-26269534886

The application deadline is Tuesday, July 5, at 5:00 pm.  You will be notified by the end of Saturday, July 9, by email, on the outcome of your application.

Exponent is a premier engineering and scientific consulting firm. Their multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, physicians, and regulatory consultants specializing in more than 90 different disciplines comes together to solve complicated problems facing corporations, insurers, government entities, associations, and individuals. Their 700+ consultants, including more than 425 that have earned a doctorate in their chosen field of specialization, work in 25 offices across the United States and abroad. They perform either in-depth scientific research and analysis, or very rapid-response evaluations, to provide clients with the critical information that both day-to-day and strategic decisions can require. They analyze failures and accidents to determine their causes and to understand how to prevent them, and evaluate complex human health and environmental issues to find cost-effective solutions. Join their team to help solve some of today’s most prominent engineering and scientific challenges!

For more information, please visit  http://www.exponent.com/

9:40 am                     Board Bus at UC Berkeley
11:00–11:30 am         Exponent Overview
11:00–12:00 pm         Facilities Tour
12:00–1:30 pm           Networking
2:45 pm                     Arrive at UC Berkeley 

Refreshments will be provided. 

DATE: Tuesday, July 12th, 2016
TIME: 9:40 - 2:45 pm
LOCATION: 149 Commonwealth Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025 

3. BPA Monthly Board Meeting

Would you like to get involved in the Berkeley Postdoc Association?  Do you have ideas about issues that affect postdocs, social events to recommend, or programs you'd like to start?  Come join us!  The BPA is holding regular monthly meetings the third Thursday of every month, and the meeting is open to all UC Berkeley Postdocs.  The BPA is a great way to meet other postdocs, gain leadership experience, and make a difference in the postdoc community.  Come join us at 6:00 pm in Barrows HallRoom 650 , Thursday July 21st.  Pizza and refreshments are included.  

DATE: Thursday, July 21st, 2016
TIME: 6 pm
LOCATION: Barrows Hall, Room 650, UC Berkeley  

4. Movie Monday


Join us for this month's family friendly movie Night!  Light refreshments provided.  

DATE: Monday, July 25th, 2016
TIME: 6 pm
LOCATION: Barrows Hall, Room 650, UC Berkeley  

5. BPA Napa Valley Trip

The Berkeley Postdoctoral Association is going on a bus trip to Napa Valley on Saturday, July 30, 2016.  The trip will include a tour and tasting at one of the most famous wineries in the region, Domaine Carneros followed by a stop in downtown Sonoma for lunch.  More detailed information about the trip can be found below.    


The Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs Program will subsidize the cost of the bus ride and pizza and soft drinks when you return to Berkeley at the end of the day.  Participants will pay for their own wine tour and tasting, which will cost $50 per person (see below for details on the tour and tasting).  In addition, participants will pay for their own lunch during a stop in downtown Sonoma after the winery tour at Domaine Carneros.


    • This trip is for UC Berkeley postdocs and their spouses or partners.  Those who are affiliated with non-UC Berkeley institutions including LBL are not eligible.
    • All participants must be 21 years old and are required to bring a valid ID card.
    • Children are not allowed.


The registration link will be available soon so keep an eye out for the registration link in your email.


7:30-8:00am          Registration and bus boarding

8:00-9:30am           Drive from UC Berkeley to Domaine Carneros winery

9:30-10:00am          Check in at winery

10:00-11:30am        Winery tour + wine tasting

11:30am-12:00pm    Drive from winery to downtown Sonoma for lunch

12:00-3:30pm          Lunch time on your own

3:30-5:00pm            Drive from Sonoma to Berkeley

5:00-6:00pm            Pizza and soft drinks at Sproul Hall 


The Art of Wine Group Tour, Domaine Carneros Winery
On this educational and interesting tour, you will be guided through the process of creating fine sparkling and still wines while sampling a variety of these wines.  The tour begins on the edge of Domaine Carneros' vineyards (weather permitting) with a discussion of basic viticulture and local terroir.  The tour continues inside the Château to include the winery's tank facility, bottling line, and aging facility all the while tasting three sparkling wines at stops along the tour route.  Finally, you will transition to a seated discussion of Domaine Carneros' still wine production and enjoy tastes of two pinot noirs with a cheese component.  Tour guests will be extended a discount on their same-day purchases of wine and merchandise. Total cost: $50.00 per person (includes gratuity and tax).  

Downtown Sonoma and Sonoma Plaza
Downtown Sonoma offers the picture-perfect start (and end) to your adventures.  It's a pedestrian paradise -- old adobe storefronts, meandering alleyways, sunlit courtyards and historic landmarks hum with an eclectic mix of restaurants, hotels, tasting rooms, cafes, artisan boutiques, galleries—even a vintage movie house. As for the nature lover, wildflower hikes and stunning hilltop vistas abound within just a short distance. Anchoring it all is the tranquil Plaza itself, whose vast green stretches of lawn and immense tree canopy create a lush setting for picnics, cultural activities and weekly farmers markets.

6. NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences (Volunteer Opportunity)

Each Thursday, the California Academy of Sciences hosts NightLife, an adults-only (age 21+) event. In addition to the regular museum exhibits, there are also drinks, food, music and special presentations revolving around a changing weekly theme. Following the different weekly themes, we bring in relevant local scientists and companies to present their work and research to NightLife museum visitors. We would like to invite local postdoctoral researchers to join us at upcoming events to present on their work and research. 

Upcoming NightLife Schedule 

Please do not PUBLICLY share NightLife dates more than one month in advance, but please DO pass on this information with anyone (collaborators, colleagues, friends, etc) who may be interested in joining us as a presenter. The descriptions are our some of our initial ideas for each week but please feel free to suggest any additional topics that may tie in and match the night’s theme! 

Dates marked with asterisks (**) are weeks that we currently have the greatest need for presenters. 

**August 4 – NightLife LIVE 

    • Summer Concert series from May – October. We are looking for high visual presentations that can be present at multiple nights throughout the summer. Please inquire for more details. 

**August 11 – Superheroes! 

    • Anything relating to superheroes and/or villains. 
    • This can include any life forms with “superpowers” or super strength/skills, or presentations on animals that have served as heroes or villains in pop culture (bats, ants, penguins, etc.) 
    • Robotics or technology relevant to superheroes stories.  

August 18 – Noise Pop Food 

    • Science behind eating: diet, nutrition, digestion, gut microbes, etc. 

August 25 – National Parks 100th Anniversary 

    • The focus will be on outdoor adventure and survival, but any scientific topics relating to national parks are welcome! Geology, ecosystems, biology, etc.

Presentation Details 

Table presentations are laid out throughout the museum, with visitors walking through and stopping by tables throughout the night. Successful presentations include some interactive components (demos, specimens, games, etc.) along with informational material such as posters, fact sheets, and short verbal presentations. Photos from past events can be found on the NightLife Facebook page, to help you gain a better understanding of the presentation format. Presenters generally have a great deal of freedom and flexibility regarding the content of their presentation, as long as it loosely ties in with the night's theme. While we mostly look for tabling presentations, we are also open to workshops, games and lectures if they are suitable for the night’s events. 

Attendance at these events ranges from 2000-3500 people, with a few hundred visitors typically stopping by tables throughout the night. Attendees generally have a high school/early college level of science education, so it helps to develop a presentation that focuses more on general concepts rather than all the specific details of your particular research area. This is a great opportunity to present your research to an interested but broad public audience. 

Logistical Details 

Set up time is from 5-6pm, and NightLife runs from 6-10pm, though tables typically wind down around 9pm. Presenters receive complimentary pizza and drink tickets, as well as a guest list for free entry for family and friends to come see you! 

Our goal is to have presenters confirmed 4-6 weeks in advance of the event. Anyone potentially interested in presenting should email the NightLife Scientific Programming Volunteer Julie Choe (jchoe@calacademy.org) to start a conversation, or even just if you have any questions


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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Your Berkeley Postdoctoral Association (BPA) http://postdoc.berkeley.edu/ or find us on LinkedIn and Facebook  

 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