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BSPPA (Berkeley Spouses, Partners, and Parents' Association), PIEP (Postdoc Industry Exploration Program), and OPEN (Opportunities for Postdoc Equity Networking) are recruiting new board members!

BSPPA: Please contact VSPA at

PIEP: Please email a short description of yourself, including why you would are a good fit for the PIEP committee and any suggestions for new workshops or site visits to: 

OPEN: Please email with a few words introducing yourself and explaining your interest in OPEN


1. Rethinking Diversity, Reintroducing Disability: Conversations on Disability History, Advocacy, and Rights

Presented by OPEN

UC Berkeley Career Center | 2440 Bancroft Way | Berkeley, CA 94720

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (PST)

Disability is too often left out of the academic and political discourse concerning equity, diversity and inclusion. Yet disability is a core aspect of these values and intersects with all other marginalized groups for which

equity, diversity, and inclusion are critical. Join us for a lively panel discussion with esteemed disability scholars and activists from the Bay Area to discuss disability history, identity, rights, and movements.


James Lebrecht, Filmaker 
Denise Sherer Jacobson, Disability Rights Activist 
Lainey Feingold, Disability Rights Advocate 
Dr. Cathy Kudlick, Faculty member at the Department of History, SF STATE 


Gagan Chhabra, Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley


2. Startup founders and founding teams: How to build early stage start-up teams and leadership structures

Presented by BPEP

Thursday, February 21, 2019: 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Berkeley Skydeck, 2150 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

(followed by networking event with food and drinks)

You have a great idea and want to start a company, but embarking on such an adventure by yourself seems like a daunting task. Who should you pick to be on your team on the road to success? What should you look for and what should you avoid in picking co-founders? What is the best way to attract the right talent and keep them on board?

Join us for the latest installment of the Berkeley Postdoctoral Entrepreneurship Program (BPEP) Lab to Market series, featuring speakers who have already taken this road. Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion and will give the participants a chance to ask their questions

As always, pizza and drinks will be provided. We will be opening the mic up for interested speakers to pitch their startup idea in front of friendly audience! You might even meet your co-founder among the audience. Come, learn, network and you might be inspired to launch or join a startup.


Tara deBoer - Postdoctoral Researcher at UC Berkeley, Founder and CEO of BioAmp Diagnostics
Jonathan Lowenhar - Venture Advisor at SkyDeck, Founder and Managing Partner at ETW Advisors
Balthazar Lecehne - Former Postdoctoral Researcher at UC Berkeley, Co-Founder of InkSpace Imaging, accelerated at SkyDeck
Alexandre Graeml - BPEP Board Member, Co-founder of a couple of companies in Brazil


3. How to Get Published in International Journals: Writing Strategies for Non-native English-speaking Scholars

Tues Feb 26, Thurs Feb 28, Tues Mar 5


This three-part lecture series presents specific approaches to help the writer recognize and work with linguistic and organizational cues not readily apparent to the untrained eye. It explains the importance of absolute clarity and Aristotelian argumentation in English academic writing, and discusses the grammatical and stylistic tricks of the trade necessary to achieve publication goals.

Because academic English is a 100% writer-responsible language, the five strategies involve learning to think differently about writing. These strategies are editing for strength, editing for clarity, arguing according to Anglo-American norms, conducting two types of journal analysis, and conducting a meticulous revision of the manuscript.

Writing in English is different from writing in any other language. This critical difference not only places extra demands on scholars whose first language is not English but also makes it harder for these scholars to compete with native speakers of English for limited space in the top professional journals in their fields. These lectures reveal the unwritten rules of English academic rhetoric and discuss them within the context of the unconscious expectations of both readers and writers within the English linguistic community 

LECTURE 1 - Tues Feb 26 - 6:30-8:30  Stanley Hall RM 106 

For researchers/students in all disciplines—STEM, the Humanities and the Social Sciences.This lecture concentrates on the following: Brief introduction of the linguistic theory of contrastive rhetoric, and How to edit your own writing for strength—and to keep within the journal's word limits. Participants will learn what kinds of words to use, what kinds to eliminate, and what stylistic structures work or do not work in English.

LECTURE 2 - Thurs Feb 28 - 6:30-8:30 Stanley Hall RM 106

(primarily for visiting scholars and postdocs in the social sciences and the humanities): This lecture concentrates on two topics. The first is editing for clarity, with a focus on using specific grammatical structures correctly and on choosing the right voice for the paper. The second is organizing and arguing according to Anglo-American norms. Topics include the essential concept of "framing" everything (from paragraphs to the entire paper) and the writing and placement of the critical purpose statement.

LECTURE 3 - Tues Mar 5 - 6:30-8:30 Stanley Hall RM 106

(primarily for visiting scholars and postdocs in the social sciences and the humanities): This lecture concentrates on the concept and specifics of two forms of journal analysis. The elimination analysis helps scholars choose the best journal not only for content and focus but also for their level of English writing competence. The submission analysis helps scholars maximize their publication chances by learning to organize and write their papers in the style of the chosen journal. This second phase consists of performing both an organizational and a linguistic analysis of the language and structure of articles within that journal. This lecture covers the questions that all academic writers need to ask and the patterns for which they must search during both phases of the analysis. It also covers abstract analysis and the writing of abstracts, as well as offering a checklist for revision. 


This workshop is open to all UC Berkeley Graduate Students, Postdocs, Visiting Scholars and Visiting Student Researchers, as well as their spouses and partners.  Registration is required for each individual participant. 

Lecture #1 Registration

Lecture #2 Registration

Lecture #3 Registration


Natalie Reid, a graduate of UC Berkeley, bases all lectures on her 300-page book, Getting Published in International Journals (NOVA, 2010: Oslo). She has been teaching English writing skills in Europe, Japan, the Pacific, and the U.S. for over 20 years.  Since the early 2000s she has been teaching academic writing to, consulting with, and editing papers for European social scientists and other professionals.  Many of them have had their papers published in the most prestigious journals in their fields. See for details and for reviews.


4. 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 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, 2018. 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 with the subject line “BPA Professional Development Award Question”.



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