National Postdoc Appreciation Week 2015

Research Seminar

This year, National Postdoc Appreciation Week begins on Monday, September 21 and runs through Friday, September 25. Join us as we celebrate the hard work and dedication of U-M postdocs! 

Choose from these FREE events hosted by the Medical School Office of Research: 

(RSVP required - CLICK HERE)  

Swipe Right If You're Interested in Epigenomics: Exploring New Epigenetic Technology 

Tuesday, September 22
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
BSRB Seminar Rooms
Lunch Session 

Stay on the cutting edge of biomedical research with Claudia Lalancette, Ph.D., Lab Manager of the Epigenomics Core. Learn what each of the Core services can do for your research, including: sample and library preparation, DNA methylation, ChIP-Seq, hydroxymethylation, and more. 

This session is sponsored by the Biomedical Research Core Facilities and features FREE lunch.  


To Infinity and Beyond!
How Postdocs Can Get Involved in Biomedical Commercialization

Wednesday, September 23
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Kahn Auditorium, BSRB
Panel Session & Reception 

From biotech startups to industry licensing to seed funding and more, the commercialization landscape can be a challenge to navigate for even seasoned entrepreneur-researchers. Join the Fast Forward Medical Innovation team and a panel of guest experts for this session where you’ll learn more about how postdocs can get involved in the fast-paced world of the commercialization of biomedical research here on campus, and beyond!

With panel members:

    • Egon Ranghini, Ph.D., miLEAD
    • Stephanie Morley, D.V.M., Zomedica
    • Scott Phillips, M.B.A., CEO, SearchLite
    • Dan Rhodes, Ph.D., Vice President, Thermo Fisher Scientific
    • Chris Fick, Ph.D., M.B.A., U-M Tech Transfer

This session is sponsored by Fast Forward Medical Innovation and features FREE cocktails & hors d'oeuvres following the panel discussion.


What's the Scoop?
Strategies for Communicating About Your Lab with Colleagues and the Public

Thursday, September 24
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Room G063, NCRC Building 10
Lunch Session 

When it comes to publishing in scholarly journals, you know the drill. But what about when you need to publicize breaking news or an event on campus? Or when your faculty director asks “should our lab have a Facebook page?” Join a panel of U-M marketing experts as they discuss communication strategies and the various channels and resources available at the University and for the wider public audience.

With panel members:

    • Ann Curtis, Associate Director of Marketing, UMMS Office of Research
    • Kara GavinResearch & Policy Media Relations Manager,
      UMHS Department of Communications​
    • Molly Kleinman, Publisher and OER Manager,
      Learning Design and Publishing, UMMS Information Services

This session is sponsored by the Medical School Office of Research and features FREE lunch. Please note: Seating for this event is limited to 60 participants. RSVP today to reserve your spot!   


And these events from our colleagues across campus: 

Where to Find Funding Workshop

Tuesday, September 8
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Forum Hall, Palmer Commons
Coffee & Bagels

Registration for this event is required. Click here to register. This event is sponsored by the Life Sciences Institute Postdoc Association, the U-M Postdoc Association, and the Taubman Health Sciences Library

Postdoc Appreciation Picnic 

Thursday, September 24
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Burns Park
Ann Arbor, MI
Dinner & Games 

This is a great event that all postdocs and their families are invited to! Drop in any time; dinner will start around 5:00 PM. Come out and enjoy the food and drinks, as well as fun outdoor games, provided by the Medical School Office of Postdoctoral Studies.   

Researchers in a Room Getting Coffee: Have You Met with MICHR Yet? 

Friday, September 25
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Boardroom 1, Palmer Commons
Coffee & Bagels  

The Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) is here to enable and enhance clinical and translational research by educating, funding, connecting, and supporting U-M research teams. We have a variety of programs and services to help postdoctoral scholars. Stop by and talk to us about grant writing, fellowships, regulatory support, core services, finding collaborators, mentoring, pilot grants, or anything else. We’re here to help. 

Register for these FREE events here. For additional information about events being held across campus and the entire region for National Postdoc Appreciation Week 2015, click here.

Questions? Contact Kierstin Fiscus in the Office of Postdoctoral Studies at or (734) 647-7005.