National Postdoc Appreciation Week

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Events to celebration U-M postdocs during Postdoc Appreciation Week, Sept 20-24, 2021




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Rackham (915 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109), Assembly Hall

Enjoy a boxed lunch from U-M Catering, hang out with fellow U-M postdocs, hear from the UMPDA co-presidents, and find out the winners of this year's Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow Award (OPFA)!

Attend to meet other postdocs, enjoy a free lunch, AND for a chance to win UMPDA swag (t-shirt, pens, etc).

Throughout the week, we are also running a book drive. If you have books to donate, we'll have a collection at the Networking lunch! Learn more.

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Mhealthy
Join MHealthy instructor, Colleen, for a 1 hr Zumba class on Zoom. Make some space to move around inside or out and enjoy the music while exercising!
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Ingalls Mall, outside Burton Memorial Tower

RSVP to express your interest in receiving a free professional headshot during this time!

Organizers will follow up to confirm and to schedule a specific 5 minute time slot.


*NOTE* There is limited availability for headshots. Please do not RSVP to both Tues & Wed for headshots.

If you received a headshot through UMPDA in Spring 2021 please allow others an opportunity to receive a headshot.

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Taubman Health Sciences Library, 2nd floor, Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, Rm 2955
Mhealthy

Join Mhealthy instructor, Colleen, for a 1 hr muscular fitness class. Wear comfortable, exercise clothes, and come prepared to move around during your lunch break!

The class is scheduled to be held in an OGPS conference room, so masks will be required. If the weather is nice, the class may shift outdoors!

If you're unfamiliar with the location, please look for a UMPDA volunteer at the entrance of Taubman Health Sciences Library, They will direct you to the correct spot.

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UMPDA Anti-Racism Committee

Join the the inaugural session of the UMPDA Anti-Racism Podcast Club, presented by the UMPDA Anti-Racism Subcommittee! This event will engage postdocs in a conversation about anti-racism in our community and ways to get involved in the 2021-22 academic year.

The session will feature a discussion of NPR’s Throughline podcast episode highlighting Detroit. Before the session, spend ~35 min to listen to (or read the transcript) of this podcast: https://www.npr.org/2019/07/24/744884767/milliken-v-bradley

This episode explores the story behind a 1970s legal case involving the segregation of Detroit Public Schools. The case argued that segregation was the result of official policies, which resulted in the adoption of a wide-scale desegregation plan. The episode follows a series of events building up to this case and explores the fallout. 

No expertise required, just listen to the podcast, and come ready to discuss & learn from one another!

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Garage Bar, 618 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Join UMPDA for a social event to celebrate Postdoc Appreciation Week, hang out with and meet fellow postdocs! 

Enjoy food provided UMPDA.

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Ingalls Mall (outdoor tent/canopy across from Rackham, 915 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109)

Start your Wednesday morning off on the right foot! Stop by for coffee & bagels at the outdoor tent on Ingalls Mall, across from Rackham.

*The first 100 postdocs to stop by will receive a free t-shirt!*


Please RSVP so we have an accurate count for our food order.

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Ingalls Mall, outside Burton Memorial Tower

RSVP to express your interest in receiving a free professional headshot during this time!

Organizers will follow up to confirm and to schedule a specific 5 minute time slot.


*NOTE* There is limited availability for headshots. Please do not RSVP to both Tues & Wed for headshots.

If you received a headshot through UMPDA in Spring 2021 please allow others an opportunity to receive a headshot.

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UMPDA

Join UMPDA for virtual trivia, 5-6 pm and/or hop on at 6 pm for Jackbox games via Zoom!

First prize trivia winner will receive 2 tickets to the Sept 25th Univ of Michigan football game vs Rutgers

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Mhealthy
Join Mhealthy instructor, Wendy, for a Thursday morning yoga session on Zoom. Yoga mat or towel is recommended. No yoga experience necessary!
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School of Dentistry postdocs

Learn from 3 postdoctoral research fellows about their current work! Hosted by Dr. Elisabeta Karl, Director of the OHS-MS Program and Clinical Asst Professor of Dentistry CRSE.

Presentations by:

  • Tian Liang, BDS, PhD
  • Marcell Medeiros, DDS, MSc, PhD
  • Priyan Weerappuli, PhD


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Racheida Lewis, Ph.D.

"Power Structures and Recognizing Biases” is an interactive session where participants will understand various intersectional power structures, identify ways in which individuals hold or don't hold power, and reflect on ways we can combat our own biases in order to support the powerless in spaces we occupy.

Racheida S. Lewis, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia in the Engineering Education Transformations Institute (EETI) and the Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering. She has been recognized as a Gates Millennium Scholar, GEM Associate Fellow, New Horizon Scholar, and a 2019 inductee into the Bouchet Honor Society. She completed her doctoral work at Virginia Tech where she focused on the impact matriculation structures have on self-efficacy development in electrical and computer engineering students. As well, she received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia respectively. Racheida believes in creating a diverse engineering field and strives to do so through connecting with teaching, and mentoring future engineers. She has devoted her life to this mission through her leadership and lifetime membership in the National Society of Black Engineers. Ultimately, Racheida aspires to bridge together research and pedagogy within the academy to improve engineering education within the field and across disciplines.

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Burns Park, 1620 Wells, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Stop by the Postdoc Appreciation Week Picnic - partners, spouses, and kids included!

We'll have food (boxed sandwiches & salads), water, soda, & seltzer available, lawn games, and a raffle for 2 U-M football tickets for Sept 25th vs Rutgers. Join us for an afternoon to celebrate being a postdoc at University of Michigan. You're welcome to wear your favorite Michigan gear!

Throughout the week, we are also running a book drive. If you have books to donate, we'll have a collection at the Picnic! Learn more.

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Dunn Law Firm, LLP

If you are an international postdoc interested in immigration and employment options, please join the U-M Postdoctoral Association (UMPDA), Rackham Graduate School, and Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies for an informational webinar led by Dunn Law Firm, LLP.

Topics will include:

  • Applications for Permanent Residence (‘green cards’)
  • NIW (National Interest Waiver) petitions for researchers and entrepreneurs
  • Extraordinary Ability (EB-1A) petitions
  • Transitioning from F-1 OPT or J-1 to H-1B and issues related to the ‘H-1B cap’
  • Recent changes in immigration, Executive Orders and related issues

Presenter Information: Thomas J. Arkell is partner with Dunn Law Firm, LLP, which was founded in 1915. He has over 20 years of experience in immigration law. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Notre Dame where he was an international student before becoming a permanent resident and then U.S. citizen. Having gone through the process himself, he knows how important the process is. Mr. Arkell and his team have successfully filed green card applications on behalf of thousands of researchers, scientists and professors throughout the United States. Mr. Arkell is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Note: Dunn Law Firm, LLP does not have a partnership with or endorsement from the University of Michigan, Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, or UMPDA. By holding this event, the UMPDA does not endorse any particular law firm and is not responsible for the content presented.

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U-M Credit Union

Hosted by Mark Munzenberger from the U-M Credit Union, join us for an interactive webinar on how to prepare for buying a home!

You might be early in your planning, or perhaps you are house-hunting now; all are welcome.

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Med Sci II 2nd floor: Furstenberg 2733/37

Wind down your work week by tapping in to your creative side! Follow along with our instructor, Sarah, to create a village scene on canvas. All supplies will be provided. No artistic talent needed!

This event is of limited capacity; please RSVP if you plan to attend (or update your registration should your plans change).

For those less familiar with the Medical Science Building II (Med Sci II) & Furstenberg, plan to meet a UMPDA outside the Taubman Health Sciences Library 10 min prior to the event. They will direct/guide you to the correct location.

Throughout the week, we are also running a book drive. If you have books to donate, we'll have a collection at Pizza & Painting! Learn more.

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National Postdoc Appreciation Week
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