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News and Updates from the Postdoctoral Affairs Office - July 10


As a postdoc, you are managing multiple major projects, including research activities, grant writing and even the job search. Project management is an important skill throughout your career. Two upcoming workshops can help you identify and implement systems for managing these projects and develop project management approaches to support your career goals. I hope you’ll check these out!

Alexis Thompson, Assistant Dean
Graduate Student Success and Postdoctoral Affairs

Your Professional Development

Tuesday, July 17, 3:30 - 5 p.m., Lincoln Hall, room 1002

Whether tackling a group project in class, organizing an event for a student organization, or supervising a team in the workplace, you will likely face complicated projects in your career as a graduate student and beyond. In this workshop, we will talk through project management concepts then apply them in practical examples to help you think strategically about difficult projects. You will leave this workshop with tools to help you navigate your next great challenge more efficiently, while also helping you identify and communicate translatable skills. This workshop does not require any previous project management knowledge or experience to participate.

If you need disability accommodations to access or participate in any of our workshops, please email


Tuesday, July 24, 3:30 - 5 p.m., Lincoln Hall, room 1002

Deadlines, documents, contacts, references, institution research - there’s so much to keep track of when you’re job-hunting, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. In this workshop, we will discuss concrete strategies for managing information and staying organized on the job market. We’ll look at different approaches to staying organized, and you’ll leave with a plan that best suits your needs. This workshop is for students pursuing faculty careers, non-academic careers, or both.

If you need disability accommodations to access or participate in any of our workshops, please email

Your Research and Teaching
Webinar: Share Your Video to Kaltura

Wednesday, July 18, 2 - 3 p.m., Online

Join the webinar

Kaltura ( is a YouTube-like service that allows U of I people to post and share videos, and you can use it to promote your research, for teaching, or outreach. It's perfect for recording micro-lectures on the fly, or having students submit video assignments. You can publish to the whole Web or limit access, to only U of I people or to members of a specific course. You can upload videos you've already made, or record directly online, and edit your videos online, too. In this workshop, the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning will cover what you need to know to get started publishing with Kaltura, and follow up with consultation for your specific projects.


Tuesday, July 31, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., National Center for Supercomputing, room 1030

This workshop is an example-driven tutorial on basic computing skills, hosted by Computational Science and Engineering on behalf of Crops in Silico at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Short tutorials alternate with hands-on practical exercises, and participants are encouraged both to help one another, and to try applying what they have learned to their own research problems during and between sessions. Participants should bring their own laptops to work on.

Everyone is welcome, and this will be especially useful to interns, graduate students, postdocs, and researchers who have not begun to leverage the power of scripting and version control for reproducible research.

Opportunities and Events
Applications Now Accepted for The Berlin Prize

Application Deadline: Friday, October 5

The American Academy in Berlin invites applications for its residential fellowships for the academic year 2019/2020. The Academy seeks to enrich transatlantic dialogue in the arts, humanities, and public policy through the development and communication of projects of the highest scholarly merit. For 2019/2020, the Academy is also interested in considering projects that address the themes of migration and social integration, questions of race in comparative perspective, and the interplay of exile and return. For all projects, the Academy asks that candidates explain the relevance of a stay in Berlin to the development of their work.


Thursday, July 12, 3:30 p.m., Krannert Art Museum, Main Level, Gelvin Noel Gallery

Join Krannert Art Museum to talk about American landscape photography, past and present. Bring your ideas about photography (and your camera) for a creative exploration of Capturing Landscape with opportunities to create and share your own landscape photographs inspired by the exhibition. Capturing Landscapes is an exhibition of 20th-century and 21st-century black and white landscape photography from the Krannert Art Museum collection, including both natural landscapes and cityscapes, curated by Kathryn Koca Polite.


Postdoc Post is distributed on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month to current Postdocs at Illinois. Please see our website for submission information

If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in any of the programs or events listed in Postdoc Post, please email the contact person for the event. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.