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Postdoc Association Meeting


07/25/11


Were present:
PDA o
fficers:

Andrew Peterson:
(
President
),
Tara Nash

(President Elect),
Marie
-
Laure
Sauer

(
Secretary
), Roopa Yalamanchili

(
Treasurer/Social Events
).

Other participants: Rhonda Sutton
(
director PDA
), Matt Braby (out
-
going President),
Briana
Vogen (
MSE
),
Melissa Srougi

(
Plant
Biology/Biotech program
-
teaching postdoc)
,
Jennifer Schafer
(
Plant Biology
), Kristen Delaney

(
Microbiology
).

VISION FOR NEXT YEAR:

1
-

Do we want to bring this “Th
e Bench
” to the ot
her postdocs? The
Idea =
outsource equipment
or procedures:
one website where

we

can write short proposal
s

and providers
(other academic
labs it looks like)
look at the proposal and bid on it.

What is appealing is a way to connect different labs within th
e
T
riangle, especially as grant
money is tight, that’s a w
ay to connect with other people and get some of our analysis done at
most interesting price.

It is worth letting the other postdocs know about it and put a lin
k to it on the
(OPA)
postdoc
website.

2
-

D
o we want to use a PDA meeting

to go to Legislative to make our presence known
?

Might h
elp
for negotiating about our benefits.
Rhonda mentioned that there is s
omebody from the
university
whose

job is to Lobby for the university

(
Kevin Howell, Assistant to
the Chancellor for
External Affairs).

Rhonda thinks it would be better if we talked to him first
so that it

is
a
collaborative effort from the university
.

What about doing the same thing more locally: postdocs a
t the F
aculty
S
enate meetings?

3
-

Tuition waver

is on hold for the moment because there are a lot of other things going on in the
university that are happening

regarding budget cuts that need more immediate attention.

4
-

IMPORTANT FOR POSTDOCS TO BE MORE VISIBLE:

a.

Key for us to have a voice now and for the

other postdocs that will come after us.

b.

We are very spread out across campuses and disciplines, being visible as a unit is
important.

c.

Symposium: Rhonda is interested in having a small group of postdocs: talk to NCBC
(North Carolina Biotechnology Center) t
o see if they could help, fund it, support it... Cost
of a symposium: $1200 for a room that can hold ~ 20 posters (numbers
from
last year
when we were thinking about organizing a symposium). Networking opportunity: we
need to make sure that a big number of

postdocs are participating! Make i
t

appealing.
Women in science and engineering might be something to look at for support. Marie


Roopa

-

Jennifer


Kristen said they are interested in helping Rhonda contact NCBC.

5
-

Get postdocs more involved: need to work

on real issues that affect the postdocs for all the
postdocs to feel like they want to be part of the association and that the association can help
them: green cards, teaching issues…


Other discussion
s
:

Retirement:
Postdocs can set up their own retiremen
t: can have some money taken out of our paycheck
every month
, but this is not matched by the university
.
Margot Henion is the contact for more
information and if we want to set up a 403b.
Laws would have to be changed for postdocs in the state to
be put on

the state retirement system.

Important to try to work together with other postdoc associations from other universities when
problems arise that concern us all: furlough and things like that.

What is a postdoc and how do we contribute to the university:

-

Te
aching is very important.

-

As temporary employee, we get “missed” a lot.

-

As a group we make a big % of the research and the teaching that is done at the university.

-

Rhonda has made an effort for the post
docs to be made more acknowledged
.

-

One of our
goals

should be to make sure that people recognize the work we do at the university.

-

Need to increase our exposure in general.

There is a national postdoc w
eek

(in September
?)



maybe we could use this week to do something to
increase the visibility of postdocs

in the university?

Matt Ron
ning, he is
the Associate Vice Chancellor of Research Administration and Director of Sponsored
Programs and Regulatory Compliance Services
. Should we
invite him to

a postdoc association meeting
?

Have a brainstorming session with

him

might be a good idea.

If
postdocs

are teaching, could
they

get an adjunct professor title?

Would that be a good thing or a bad
thing?

Is there any way that postdocs could get sponsored by the
University

for green cards? We need to talk
to the lawyer w
ho take
s

care of the green cards for the university

(Jill Guzman)
, but right now we think
that
permanent position
s are required before the university will consider s
ponsoring

a green card
.
Helping postdocs getting their green card could be a p
oint of negotiation to get foreign postdocs
at
NCSU
.
There are other ways for getting a green card without sponsor for the university, might be a good
thing to have an information session with the lawyer that postdocs could attend.

Postdocs socializing = i
ntra
mural softball team
?

Gym membership is $20 per month. Great idea. Jennifer
will look into this. Running would be a good idea, look into opportunities.
Could we do sports teams for
postdocs to get together, could be a way of getting more visibility.

Rig
ht now the budget of the postdoc association is: $0.