2016 PDA Council Nominations–accepted through Dec. 31

2016 PDA Executive Council nominations will be accepted at this link through December 31.

Below is a note from PDA President Robert Charvat:

As we draw this year to a close, I would like to take a moment to reflect on some memorable moments and achievements. The PDA saw its inception in January, providing postdocs with an association to advocate for them and work toward enhancing the postdoc experience at IUSM. Our Bylaws became effective in March, establishing our Mission and detailing the roles for the Executive Council. The Postdoc Messenger was created by postdocs for postdocs to provide information about a variety of topics including “covering findings from a seminar, contributing insight from a professional development seminar, highlighting a current IUSM postdoc, or sharing the career path of a former IUSM postdoc.” Our contributions were celebrated during National Postdoc Appreciation Week with pizza, ice cream, donuts, and a picnic with a view from the Sky Farm. The Inaugural Postdoc Research Symposium in October was a great success, showcasing the excellent work being done by postdocs across multiple IU campuses! And all throughout the year, there have been amazing professional development events.

I would like to thank everyone that has been involved in making this first year such a triumph. In order to continue to provide these resources for postdocs in the years to follow, we need you to take an active role in the Postdoc Association. Below you will find a link for nomination for next year’s Executive Council positions. Follow the link to learn more about each position and the role each one plays as well as to indicate your interest in the positions. Self nominations will be accepted through December 31 and voting will be conducted via Survey Monkey, with the results revealed at the meeting in January 2016.

I look forward to many great things from the PDA in 2016!

Robert Charvat


Congrats to the winners at the 2015 IUSM Postdoc Symposium

The Inaugural IUSM Postdoc Symposium on October 9th was a success, with a great poster session followed by a series of excellent talks by IUSM Postdocs from Indianapolis, Ft. Wayne and South Bend and from the IUPUI School of Science. Over 60 postdocs, graduate students, and faculty members attended.

The IUSM Postdoctoral Association is pleased to announce the winners of the best poster and best oral presentation competitions at the IUSM Postdoc Symposium.

Best Oral Presentation:

Victoria Jeffers, PhD from the IUSM Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology presented a talk titled “Garcinol Inhibits a GCN5-family Lysine Acetyltransferase and Impedes Replication of Toxoplasma gondii.”

Honorable Mentions–Oral presentations

Andrea Frump, PhD from the IUSM Department of Medicine presented a talk titled “Estrogen Receptor (ER) is Expressed in the Failing Right Ventricle and Mediates Protective Effects of 17β-Estradiol (E2) on Pro-Survival Signaling in Stressed Rat Cardiomyoblasts.”

Sneha Surendran, PhD from the IUPUI School of Science, Department of Biology presented a talk titled “Understanding binding characteristics of Replication Protein A (RPA) acetylation.”

Best Poster Presentations–tie for 1st place:

Bethany Leonhardt, PsyD from the IUSM Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Leonhardt presented a poster titled “Emergence of Psychotic Content in Psychotherapy: A qualitative analysis of Content, Process, and Therapist Variables.”

Minal Mulye, PhD from the IUSM Department of Microbiology & Immunology. Dr. Mulye presented a poster titled “Coxiella burnetii Type IV-secretion dependent accumulation of lipid droplets in alveolar macrophages.”

Congratulations and thank you to all who participated in the symposium!

Writers and Presenters needed!

The IUSM PDA needs volunteer help starting in August—specifically we need writers for our monthly newsletter The Postdoc Messenger and presenters for upcoming Postdoc Journal Club meetings!
We’ve set up signup pages on volunteerspot.com to make it easy to volunteer. You will be asked for your email address and a phone number so that we can contact you, but you don’t need a password or account. Thanks in advance for your participation!
  • To sign up to write a column for an upcoming issue of the Postdoc Messenger, visit http://vols.pt/qRnTbK . For more info about the Postdoc Messenger, click here.
  • To sign up to present at an upcoming Postdoc Journal Club, visit http://vols.pt/sg3biv


Intro to the Preparing Future Faculty and Professionals Program

The Professional Development committee of the IUSM PDA is pleased to present NaShara Mitchell, JD, Assistant Dean and Director of Preparing Future Faculty and Professionals (PFFP). 

The talk will occur from 12-1 pm in Research II (R2) 101. Dean Mitchell will be speaking about the PFFP program and the important skills postdocs and graduate students need for a career in academia and other professional settings.

The PFFP program is designed to introduce advanced graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to the full range of professional responsibilities in research, teaching, and service for those interested in the academy and professional career options for those interested in non-academic careers.

Click here to RSVP.