The Postdoctoral Assembly (PDA) is a great resource for SOT postdoctoral scholars for scientific growth, networking, and career advancement. All members of SOT who self-identify as a postdoc are included in the Postdoctoral Assembly, which is governed by the PDA Board. These leaders are elected by SOT postdoctoral members, and provide leadership for communications, strategic activities, and events of special interest to postdocs.
Who Is a Postdoc?
Characteristics that define a postdoctoral position…
- is temporary.
- involves substantially full-time research or scholarship.
- be viewed as preparatory for a full-time career.
- not be part of a clinical training program.
- be working under the supervision of a senior scholar or a department in a university or similar institution.
- allow and encourage the appointee to publish the results of his or her research or scholarship.
National Postdoctoral Association definition
About the Postdoctoral Assembly
PDA Election Results are In—Congratulations to the Newly Elected PDA Board Members
In January, the PDA elected Kathryn Page from UC Berkeley to serve as Vice Chair, April Lake, University of North Carolina/US EPA to serve as treasurer and John Clarke, University of Arizona and Caitlin Murphy, University of Texas at Austin to serve as Councilors.
The 2014–2015 PDA Executive Board will be:
Chair: Colleen McLoughlin (2013–2015)
Vice-Chair: Kathryn Page (2014–2016)
Secretary: Karin Streifel (2013–2015)
Treasurer: April Lake (2014–2015)
Councilors: John Clarke and Caitlin Murphy (2014–2015)
PDA Poster Tours for Trainees
Now in its third year, the PDA is once again hosting Poster Tours for Trainees at the 2014 Annual Meeting. It is a great opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral scientists to participate in a one-hour guided poster tour with an expert toxicologist.
The PDA Task Force is currently recruiting Poster Tour Guides from the ranks of SOT Full and Associate Members. Trainee sign-ups will begin in March. We will post a link here, as well once, trainee sign ups are available.
Spring Career Webinar Focus: Board Certifications
On April 16, 2014, at 1:00 pm Eastern Time, the PDA will sponsor a career-focused webinar on the board certification processes for toxicologists. A hosted by Councilors Katie Paul and Rhiannon Hardwick and Treasurer Kellie Fay, the webinar will feature the following speakers:
- Virginia C. Moser, PhD, DABT, Fellow ATS, US Environmental Protection Agency
- Janis Hulla, PhD, DABT, Fellow ATS, ERT, Registered Toxicologist (United Kingdom and European Registries), US Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District
- James C. Lamb, IV, PhD, DABT, Fellow ATS, Principal Scientist and Center Director, Center for Toxicology and Mechanistic Biology, Exponent®
- José Manautou, PhD, Fellow ATS, Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Connecticut
Registration and login information will be posted after the Annual Meeting.
2014 Best Postdoctoral Publication Awardees to be Recognized at the Postdoctoral Lunch, March 25 in Phoenix
Presented by the Postdoctoral Assembly at the PDA Luncheon on March 25, the Best Postdoctoral Publication Award recognizes outstanding work accomplished during formal mentored postdoctoral traineeships by recognizing recently published exceptional papers in the field of toxicology. Applications are reviewed by the Postdoctoral Assembly Board and outside reviewers with appropriate scientific expertise, following NIH conflict of interest, confidentiality, and nondisclosure rules. This year’s awardees were selected from a competitive field of SOT postdoctoral researchers and papers. The 2014 awardees are:
Annie Lumen, PhD, National Center for Toxicological Research/US FDA. Evaluation of Perturbations in Serum Thyroid Hormones during Human Pregnancy Due to Dietary Iodide and Perchlorate Exposure Using a Biologically Based Dose-Response Model. Toxicological Sciences 133(2): 320–341, 2013.
Gul Mehnaz Mustafa, PhD, University of Texas Medical Branch. Biomarker Discovery for Early Detection of Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) in Hepatitis C (HCV) Infected Patients. Molecular & Cellular Proteomics 12(12):3640–3652, 2013.
Phoebe Stapleton, PhD, West Virginia University. Maternal Engineered Nanomaterial Exposure and Fetal Microvascular Function: Does the Barker Hypothesis Apply? American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 209(3):227.e1-11, 2013.