Tuesday, August 29, 2006


Ladies--HBA Fall Event is Announced, Tuesday Sept 26!

The RTP Chapter of the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association is a new and fantastic place to connect with established professionals from all over the Triangle. The membership roster is quite varied and includes CEO's, scientists, clinicians, consultants, medical writers, managers --essentially anyone who works in the local biomedical arena. These are primarily networking events with a dinner and speaker. Registration is open to non-members at a slightly increased cost.

The Art of Getting What You Want: A Woman'’s Guide to Negotiating Everything Better

Join us as Lee Miller, Senior Consultant with The Cabot Advisory Group and the Managing Director of NegotiationPlus.com, talks with HBA members and guest on "The Art of Getting What You Want." You don't want to miss the opportunity to learn Lee's groundbreaking tactics, techniques and proven strategies that tap into your innate abilities to convince, collaborate and create. Whether asking for a promotion or negotiating with your clients and vendors, Lee Miller will show you how.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Duke Clinical Research Institute
2424 Erwin Road
Hock Plaza, Auditorium
Duke University Medical Center Campus, Durham

Contact Monica at rtppostdocs@gmail.com if you would like to learn more about the HBA.

Friday, August 25, 2006


Industry Scientist to Speak at Laboratory of Experimental Pathology Seminar

Dr. Christopher Houle of Experimental Pathology Laboratories here in RTP will speak on Tuesday, August 29, 1:00PM, Rall conference room A.

Parallels Between Human and Mouse Lung Cancer

EPL is a local CRO that works with the NTP here at NIEHS. Since we schedule only a few non-academic seminar speakers, this is a good opportunity to meet Dr. Houle and ask about life at a CRO.


1st Annual Duke Systems Biology Symposium

The Duke Systems Biology Group and the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy announce the 1st Annual Duke Systems Biology Symposium, to be held on the campus of Duke University on Thursday and Friday, September 14-15, 2006. Attendance is free and open to all, but registration is required for our planning purposes.

Thursday, August 24, 2006


Six Networking Myths: Fact or Fiction?

MSN CareerBuilder has a nice networking article, which I believe covers some of the most common misconceptions.

Thanks for the link, Becky!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006


Winter Cold Spring Harbor Meetings Announced

November 1 - 5, 2006
Abstract deadline has been extended to September 1, 2006
Topics include: -Metabolic and Insulin Resistance Disorders, NRs in Heart and Muscle Disease, Nuclear Receptors in Cancer, Nuclear Receptors in Inflammation, Nuclear Receptor Architecture & Designer Drug, Estrogen Action & Disease, NRs in the Brain

November 15 - 18, 2006
Abstract Deadline: September 1, 2006
This meeting will focus on the opportunities presented by the growing contribution of emerging genomic information and technologies to interdisciplinary approaches in the study of variable responses of humans to drugs and toxic agents, and how research may benefit the individual. The meeting will provide an in depth focus on diverse areas including the biochemistry and physiology of drug action, uptake and metabolism, and how this is affected by genetics; the opportunities for discovery and design of new therapeutic agents; personalizing medicine; understanding and managing adverse drug reactions; the impact of academic and commercial initiatives; ethical, legal, regulatory and social consequences of genetics applied to medicines.

November 30 - December 3, 2006
Abstract Deadline: September 15, 2006
Proposed Topics: Triplet Repeat Diseases, Tauopathies, Synucleinopathies, Cerebral Amyloidoses, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration, Current Therapies and Prevention, Cell and Gene Transfer
Genetics, Genomics & Patient Selection, Innovative Clinical Study Design

Thanks to Debbie Swope


Science Magazine Seeks Your Opinions on Authorship Issues!

From the 8/22 NPA E-alert:

A reporter for Science Magazine, Yudhijit Bhattacharjee , is seeking personal stories from postdocs regarding the unique challenges associated with obtaining credit as an author for papers developed in collaboration with a supervising Principal Investigator and other colleagues. If you would be interested in sharing your story (confidentiality may be granted), please contact: ybhattac@aaas.org.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006


New NIEHS-Sponsored Chromatin Conference, September 30 2006

Atlantic Coast Chromatin Conference

Saturday, September 30
at the
Friday Center in Chapel Hill

Keynote Speaker, Dave Allis
Mitch Smith, John Lucchesi, Yi Zhang, Trevor Archer
Karen Adelman, Beth Sullivan, Greg Crawford

Registration is FREE. To register, send an email to Kristine White (Kristine.White@abcam.com).

Posters from symposium participants are welcome. If you are interested in presenting a poster, please email the name of the poster presenter, the names of all other contributors, and the title of the poster to Kristine White (Kristine.White@abcam.com)

Wednesday, August 16, 2006


GenomeDance! Coming to Duke 9/14-9/15

If you are skeptical about interpretive dance as a method to bring genome science to the public, well, I'm right there with you. However, based on some of the performance reviews I have read, it could be fun to watch (even if not for the reasons the choreographers intended).

From the Wesleyan Argus, 2/10/2006

"Ted Johnson, in a monastic costume, portrays Gregor Mendel exuberantly.... A large box-like structure covered in a gauzy fabric encloses Johnson for a time on stage. When he leaves it, he engages it in a dance that evokes the feeling of witnessing an internal dialogue in the scientist's mind that gives birth to his discoveries in heredity.... Another "character" used to explain factual information is the flamboyant Miss TATA. Unlike Mendel, Miss TATA is completely fictional; her name is a play on a particular sequence of DNA. As Miss TATA, Elizabeth Johnson mischievously tantalizes the audience as a dominatrix of DNA and cell life. With a flourish of her whip, Miss TATA explains how she turns cells on, provoking the biological processes that determine how our bodies work. She excitedly explains the magic of cell activity, even embracing death."

Duke tickets can be purchased at:


Sunday, August 13, 2006


Tackling the thorny topic of the public understanding of evolution

The science that many of us carry out on a daily basis would not be possible without the process of biological evolution. However, researchers are at odds with certain groups of the lay public who argue against evolution as a tenable theory.

While this may insult many of us to our scientific core, such views and the scientific misunderstandings that create them must be addressed if we are preserve wide-ranging public support for research activities.

AAAS, the publisher of the renown
Science magazine, has released The Evolution Dialogues which stands up evolutionary theory against comments from its detractors. Its goal is to educate both sides to each other's views and find common ground for discussion.

You may find this book a useful study piece to bolster your own conversations. It costs only $11.95 with shipping.

Thursday, August 10, 2006


New Biotech Catalyst Newsletter from NC Biotech Center

Highlights include:

a) Novartis is opening a vaccine plant in Holly Springs, NC to create 350 jobs. Although such facilities often don't do the basic research that creates a relatively large number of PhD jobs, there have got to be a few forthcoming, right? :)

BioSpace will be holding another career fair on November 15th in Durham at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel. I will post to our event calendar once more details are available.

c) The NC legislature voted to revive the
SBIR/STTR small business grant matching program. They also increased funding to the NC Biotech Center, who says they will put the money towards things such as training programs and small business loans.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006


You Now Have NO Excuse-- Become an NPA Member!

The NPA (National Postdoctoral Association) is pleased to offer a free affiliate membership to all individuals affiliated with selected sustaining member institutions. Enrollment as an affiliate membership is based on the use of the e-mail address associated with your institution.

As a postdoc, this is your primary advocacy group. Members have access to resources providing news, toolkits, commentary, and career advice. The NPA in particular focuses on leadership development and is a great way to take that first step towards career-relevant activities away from the bench.


In Bethesda in October? Then check out the job fair

Job Fair for NIH Postdoctoral, Research, and Clinical Fellows.
Date: Thursday, October 19, 2006
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Natcher Conference Center, NIH Bethesda Campus
This year Dr. Elias Zerhouni (Director of NIH) will be giving the opening address! All attendees of the Job Fair need to plan to be at the opening address (10:30-11am).

Saturday, August 05, 2006


Welcome to the RTP Postdocs Blog!

This blog was started to disseminate random news and events of interest to biomedical science postdocs in the Research Triangle Park, NC area, particularly those who work at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Please check back often-- we will be starting up a yahoo or google calendar of events as well.

Best regards,


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