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Events and Announcements for May 2015 

Welcome to the May edition of the BPA newsletter!  Check out the great events this month below.





Welcome to the May edition of the BPA newsletter!  Check out the great events this month below. 



May 6

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



May 14

Career Pathways, 6:30-7:45pm, Career Center 2440 Bancroft Ave, Gold Room



May 15

Postdoc Pedagogy Lunch Series, 11:45 am – 1:15pm in Barrows Hall, Room 652



May 20

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



May 21

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



May 25

BPA Movie Monday, 7:00 pm in Barrows HallRoom 652

1. BPA Happy Hour:  Please come join us Wednesday, May 6 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. Career Pathways: Are you interested to hear about inspiring career perspectives?  The Berkeley Postdoctoral Association is pleased to invite you to our Career Pathways seminar series designed to expose you to unique career paths and to connect you with people who are working in exciting fields outside of academia.
Come join us for a lively discussion on careers options in international development and global health.
We have an inspiring talk from Dr. Ruth Levine from the Hewlett Foundation and Dr. Daniel Zoughbie of Microclinic International (MCI), on career perspectives for you.  Light snacks will be served. 
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Career Center, UC Berkeley
2440 Bancroft Ave (opposite Zellerbach Hall), in the Gold Room 
This series is open to all Postdocs, Graduate Students, and Visiting Scholars. To register, please go to: https://bpacareerpathwaysmay14.eventbrite.com 
Dr. Ruth Levine is a development economist and expert in international development, global health, and education, serves as the director of the Hewlett Foundation’s Global Development and Population Program. 
Before joining the Foundation, Ms. Levine was a deputy assistant administrator in the Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning at the U.S. Agency for International Development. In that role, she led the development of the Agency’s evaluation policy.
Previously, Ms. Levine spent nearly a decade at the Center for Global Development, an international policy research institute in Washington, D.C. There, she served as a Senior Fellow and vice president for programs and operations. Ms. Levine is the author of scores of books and professional publications, including a recent pair of influential reports from the Center for Global Development on development and adolescent girls: Girls Count: A Global Investment & Action Agenda and Start with a Girl: A New Agenda for Global Health. She also is co-author of the highly regarded report When Will We Ever Learn? Improving Lives through Impact Evaluation.
Ms. Levine holds a B.S. in biochemistry from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in economic demography from The Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Daniel Zoughbie is the CEO, President, and founder of Microclinic International (MCI), an organization that has pioneered a revolutionary social-network model for the prevention and management of major chronic disease epidemics. Founded in 2005 by DanielZoughbie in honor of his grandmother who died of diabetes in Palestine, Microclinic International (“MCI” which was originally incorporated as “Global Micro-Clinic Project”) is a not-for-profit development organization that seeks to revolutionize how deadly diseases are prevented and managed worldwide.
He also serves as the Principal Investigator for the organization, and in this capacity, directs all research activities. Under his leadership, MCI has impacted the lives of over 1,000,000 people through the establishment of microclinic networks, community initiatives, social media prevention campaigns, and large-scale training operations. He was appointed a Research Fellow at Harvard, a Visiting Scholar at Stanford, a Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University, and taught at the University of California, Berkeley. He was named a TED Fellow, a PopTech Fellow, a Rainer Arnhold Fellow, a Haas Scholar, and a Strauss Scholar. Among many honors, he has been awarded the College of Environmental Design Professional Promise Award at UC Berkeley, and a DoSomething Award. Dr. Zoughbie graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley. He studied social anthropology at Oxford on a Marshall Scholarship and completed his doctorate in international relations, also at Oxford, as a Weidenfeld Scholar. Presently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation, which serves 40,000 students.
3. BPA 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 Friday May 15, 11:45 am–1:15 pm in Barrows Hall, Room 652.   To register, go to: http://bpapedagogy15may2015.eventbrite.com
This month's lunch series will be a review session on teaching statements.  Participants should bring a sample teaching statement to review.  We will follow a 'Critical Friends' style approach where people will be paired and will offer each other constructive insights on their teaching statements.  If participants do not have a teaching statement, we will have sample teaching statements available.  Following a review of teaching statements in pairs, insights will be shared across the whole group.  
If you have ideas of a topic you would like discussed at the Pedagogy Lunch Series, please e-mail Dermot Donnelly at dfdonnelly@berkeley.edu.
4. 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 May 20th. 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!
5. 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 May 21st at Barrows Hall, 6:00 pmin Room 652. Pizza and refreshments are included.
6. BPA hosts Movie Monday: Paddington Rated R: 7 pm Monday, May 25, 652 Barrows Hall.  Join us for this month's Movie Monday!  Light refreshments provided.  Movie Description:  After a deadly earthquake destroys his home in Peruvian rainforest, a young bear (Ben Whishaw) makes his way to England in search of a new home. The bear, dubbed "Paddington" for the london train station, finds shelter with the family of Henry (Hugh Bonneville) and Mary Brown (Sally Hawkins). Although Paddington's amazement at urban living soon endears him to the Browns, someone else has her eye on him: Taxidermist Millicent Clyde (Nicole Kidman) has designs on the rare bear and his hide.
Have ideas for future Movie Mondays?  Please fill out our survey and let us know!



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