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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

Meet the Board 2017-2018

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Events and Announcements for April 2018




  1. Thursday, April 5th: BSPPA Networking Meeting, 11:30 am, Tilden Room MLK Jr Student union
  2. Monday, April 9th: PIEP event, 6:00—8:00 pm, 106 Stanley Hall.
  3. Wednesday, April 18th, ATIS and VSPA workshop, 10:30 pm, Sproul Hall, Room 309.
  1. Thursday, April 19th, BPA Board Meeting, 11:45 am, Career Center Blue Room.
  2. Wednesday, April 25th: Careers Reception, 12:30 pm, Pauley Ballroom in MLK Student Union




1. BSPPA Networking Meeting,
Thursday April 5th, 11:30 to 1pm, Tilden Room, 5th floor of the MLK Jr Student Union

Bay Area Scientists in Schools (BASIS) will be coordinating with BSPPA for a special kids program. BASIS is a campus organization that connects graduate students and postdocs with elementary school students through fun and engaging hands-on STEM activities. We will have three different activity stations that kids (and adults!) can participate in. You'll create chromatography butterflies, take an aluminum boat challenge, and make a cloud in a bottle. You'll also have the opportunity to talk with our current volunteers and find out ways that you can be involved. This meeting will take place during spring break week for Berkeley, Oakland, and West Contra Costa School Districts - kids of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend! As always, lunch will be provided.. Please sign up using the Eventbrite link here.


2. “Next-generation food industry: how it works and how to get involved”
Monday, April 9th, 6:00—8:00 pm, 106 Stanley Hall.

In order to be eligible for this event, please fill out a short survey here:
Postdocs and graduate students are encouraged to participate. This is a great chance to network with these companies for potential job opportunities. All applicants must be UC Berkeley students or affiliates.

Science fiction has become reality in the next-generation food industry. PIEP has invited influential and pioneering companies at the forefront of this exciting field. The emerging trend in the fusion of biotechnology and food production promises to improve both productivity as well as the sustainability of resources all over the planet. Join us to learn more about how these companies operate, what their objectives are and how you can get involved (there will be an hour of networking and they are hiring now or in the near future!). Some of these companies will have samples! Food and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be provided during the networking section.

The companies participating are:

*Sugarlogix *(www.sugarlogix.com <http://www.sugarlogix.com>)
Sugarlogix creates human milk sugars with prebiotic and anti-microbial properties promoting the gut microbiome health for infants and adults. Speaker Chaeyoung, co-founder and CEO, is a UC Berkeley graduate in chemical engineering.**

*Clara Foods *(www.clarafoods.com <http://www.clarafoods.com>)
Clara Foods™ is a Bay area company with a disruptive technology that is enabling the world’s first animal-free egg white. Speaker Harshal Kshirsagar is the Director of Product Innovation & Business Development. Clara Foods is actively hiring!

*Finless Foods *(www.finlessfoods.com <http://www.finlessfoods.com>)
Mike Selden, Founder & CEO, will talk about how Finless Foods is working to make non-vegetarian fish meat using cellular biology. This meat is real, but without mercury, plastic, antibiotics, added growth hormones, fishing, and cruelty.

If you have any questions, please contact PIEP at ucb.piep@gmail.com <mailto:ucb.piep@gmail.com> or visit our website at: http://piep.berkeley.edu/

Check out our LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3890299) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/PIEP-136715733677444/) pages!


3. “Managing Conflict Inside and Outside the Lab workshop”
Wednesday, April 18th, 10:30—12pm, Sproul Hall, Room 309

Speaker: Doug Kalish

Conflicts are an inescapable part of life.  Some conflicts - like disagreements over scientific results - can be productive.  But conflicts over space, money, and authorship can turn ugly quickly.  How you handle conflict depends in part on your personality and techniques you've learned to resolve differences.  This workshop, taught by entrepreneur and educator Doug Kalish, will enable you to self-assess your own attitudes and approaches to resolving conflicts and introduce you to techniques you might not have considered.  Also, we'll analyze some real scenarios involving conflicts with other people and develop strategies for dealing with them.  You'll learn techniques that you can begin using immediately after the workshop and for the rest of your life.

BEFORE coming to the workshop, assess your own conflict resolution styles by going to http://www.dougsguides.com/conflict_style and download either the pdf or the spreadsheet.  (The spreadsheet is way easier to fill out because it self-scores).  Bring the results to the workshop.

Who is our speaker?

Doug Kalish has a PhD in Biology from Harvard and more than 30 years of management experience. He was a Visiting Scholar at UC-Berkeley from from 2014-2017. He's been a founder or early executive in four startups, as well as being Managing Partner of the Price Waterhouse World Technology Centre and Chief Knowledge Officer at Scient. He has advised the IT and biotechnology industries on issues from knowledge and content management to collaboration and conflict resolution. He now devotes his time to delivering workshops helping people make the transition from academia to the business world, and maintains an extensive set of free resources at www.dougsguides.com.

Lunch will be provided after the workshop. Please, register here if you'd like to attend.

This event is brought to you by VSPA and ATIS.

4. BPA Board Meeting,
Thursday, April 19th, 11:45 am, Career Center Blue Room.

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

5. “Careers Reception”
Wednesday, April 25th, 12:30 PM, Pauley Ballroom in MLK Student Union

The Careers Reception is a networking event designed for PhDs and postdocs who are interested in learning more or applying to work outside academia by talking to representatives of companies and organizations directly. All of the participating representatives are interested in hiring PhD holders. Use this opportunity to ask any questions you may have or hand in your resume and follow up by applying for a position!




1.  Berkeley Postdoctoral Association Professional Development Award
The Berkeley Postdoctoral Association (BPA) is happy to announce the next round of the BPA Professional Development Award program! Successful applicants will be given a one-time award of up to $500 to cover costs associated with presenting at a scientific or professional meeting, including airfare, registration, and/or accommodation. Please see detailed application instructions at http://postdoc.berkeley.edu/professional-development-award for further information. In the year since this program was created, it has already enabled dozens of postdocs to attend scientific meetings, and we are grateful for an unprecedented level of funding to support the continued existence of this program.
There is no specific deadline for the application. Instead, applications will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis throughout each quarter of the calendar year, with awards being given to qualified applicants until the funds allocated for that quarter are fully utilized. The current application period extends through December 31, 2017. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as you can provide documentation that your abstract has been accepted at the meeting.
If you have any questions, please email us at vspa@berkeley.edu with the subject line “BPA Professional Development Award Question”.

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




Anyone who doesn’t receive our emails, but would like to, should 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!

With thanks,

Your Berkeley Postdoctoral Association (BPA)

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