Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW-2014) Institutionally Marked and Celebrated Across the U.S., Canada, SAARC and Asia-Oceania.

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Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW-2014)
Institutionally Marked and Celebrated
Across the U.S., Canada, SAARC and AsiaOceania.
The Postdoc Appreciation Week was launched in order to increase awareness of postdoctoral scholars, and to recognize the tremendous contributions, they make to the U.S. scientific enterprises of research and discovery. In 2010, National Postdoc Appreciation Week was officially recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives, culminated with the passage of H.RES. 1545.

Washington, DC, September 24, 2014 /PressReleasePing/ -- Academic Correspondent// Featured News/

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) celebrated the fifth annual ‘National Postdoc Appreciation Week’ (NPAW).

The week-long celebrations were marked and celebrated under diverse themes of different disciplines, across the U.S. and other parts of the world.

NPAW evolved out of National Postdoc Appreciation Day, has now become the nation's largest celebration of postdoctoral scholars. The Postdoc Appreciation Week was launched in order to increase awareness of postdoctoral scholars, and to recognize the tremendous contributions, they make to the U.S. scientific enterprises of research and discovery.

A postdoctoral scholar “postdoc” is an individual who has completed his or her doctorate in a specific area of research and becomes engaged for a certain period of time in mentored research and/or scholarly training under the direct supervision of a principal investigator (PI) for the purpose of acquiring the academic proficiency, needed to pursue a scholarly track of his or her choosing.

In 2010, National Postdoc Appreciation Week was officially recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives, culminated with the passage of H.RES. 1545.

During the week-long celebrations, institutions are encouraged to plan activities that increase awareness of postdocs. Celebration activities included the formal institutional events ranging from postdoc orientations, webinars, research symposiums, technical descriptions and scientific expositions, panel discussions and informal social junctures including open house events, networking socials, coffee & ice-cream gather-ups, social walks and other communal podia.

Since 2009 participation for the event has grown. This year, nearly 300 events were hosted at over 117 institutions in 36 states. The NPAW events were held throughout the week across U.S., Canada, the SAARC countries region in an institutional conjunction with Asia and Oceania.

NPAW-2014 was coordinated by the NPA Outreach Committee, which works to promote the mission, values, goals, and business objectives of the NPA. Dr. Majda Haznadar, Ph.D., and Dr. Barbara Natalizio, Ph.D., served as co-chair of the committee.

Amongst the noted events taken place during the NPAW-2014, include:

A postdoc webinar entitled "Increasing Your Visibility and Participation in SOT as an Early Career Toxicologist" was hosted by Kathryn Page. This session included a diverse panel of speakers covering several different areas surrounding the value of SOT membership to professional advancement. Panelists include: Dr. William Slikker Jr., Ph.D., ATS, Director of US FDA-NCTR; Lauren M. Aleksunes, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Rutgers University; Dr. Mary Beth Genter, Ph.D., DABT, ATS, Associate Professor at University of Cincinnati; Dr. Betina J. Lew, Ph.D., Senior Toxicologist at Church & Dwight.

Dr. Patrick Allard, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at UCLA, with “Transitioning into an Academic Position: The Entropy of an Exciting Period of your Career”; Dr. Chris Banks, Ph.D., Associate Toxicologist at California EPA in the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, with ” Transitioning into Government: From Academia to a Stable Government Position“; and Dr. Katie Paul, Ph.D., Scientific Advisor in the Regulatory Toxicology Group at Bayer CropScience with “Transitioning into Industry: Steps to Take to Work in Regulatory...
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