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News and Updates from the Postdoctoral Affairs Office - February 12, 2019


Being able to communicate about your work to broader audiences, including the media, can increase the impact and reach of your work. Learn strategies at the upcoming workshop “Amplify the Signal, Reduce the Noise: Best Practices in Talking to the Media”, details below.

Alexis Thompson, Assistant Dean
Graduate Student Success and Postdoctoral Affairs

Your Professional Development

Thursday, February 14, 3:30 - 5 p.m., Engineering Hall, room 106B1

Join the Graduate College for a session designed to help you communicate with the media to enhance your research profile and make a bigger impact. Campus News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates will talk about how to identify your audience, write about research and become a credible media source. See the full listing of Graduate College workshops.


Tuesdays, February 26 - March 12, 3 - 5 p.m.

Registration required

Curious about career paths? Not sure how to decide what careers are right for you? Join the Career Exploration Group! Participants will work with a career advisor through a guided process of discovery to help identify career paths that fit their skills, interests, and values. The group is a unique opportunity to share and learn about exploring careers through open dialogue with peers. Sponsored by the Grad College. 

Your Research and Teaching
2019 Annual Faculty Retreat: Transformative Assignments

Friday, February 22, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Illini Union


The theme is Transformative Assignments: Mobilizing Student to Be Creators. Can your students think critically and imaginatively, participate knowledgeably and responsibly, and transform from consumers to creators? Do your assignments prepare your students? There will be simulations, interactive activities, social media technologies, and video vignettes. Grants available. 

Upcoming Savvy Researcher Workshops

Check out this week's Savvy Researcher Workshops:

  • Create scholarly and promotional digital materials with CANVA: Wednesday, February 13, 11 a.m. - noon, Main Library, room 314
  • Social Media Macroscope: a comprehensive web platform for social media data research and visualization: Wednesday, February 13, 2 - 3 p.m., Main Library, room 314
  • Managing Your Citations with Zotero: Thursday, February 14, 2 - 3 p.m., Main Library, room 314
  • Managing Your Citations with Mendeley: Friday, February 15, noon - 1 p.m., Main Library, room 314
Upcoming Opportunities and Events
Travel Grants for Academic and Research Leadership Symposium at the National Society of Black Engineers Annual Convention

Deadline: February 15

Apply for the NSF ASSIST Travel Grant to attend the Academic and Research Leadership Symposium at the National Society of Black Engineers Annual Convention in Detroit, MI March 29 - 30. The Academic and Research Leadership Symposium (ARLS) is co-located with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Annual Convention. The ARL Symposium has two threads: (1) a faculty development thread, and (2) a research networking thread. Travel grants will cover expenses incurred to attend the Academic and Research Leadership Symposium (ARLS) and NSBE National Convention up to $2,000.  Eligible expenses include airfare, lodging, registration, meals, and other travel costs (e.g., parking). 

TIER-ED 2019 – 2020 Pilot Projects Program

Submission Deadline: March 8, 5 p.m.

TheTechnology Innovations in Educational Research and Design (TIER-ED) Pilot Projects Program is designed to foster inter- or trans-disciplinary intellectual engagement through funding pilot or proof-of-concept projects to better position faculty teams for competitive external funding and have more collaborative research opportunities for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in TIER-ED focused areas. They are accepting proposals for projects and will fund multiple proposals for up to $15,000 per proposal. Please complete the application form and upload the project proposal at TIER-ED Call for Proposals.


February 21 – 22, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall (TBH)


The Resilient Urban Futures symposium examines these issues in detail, bringing together scholars, designers, and experts from diverse fields to analyze present-day conditions and recommend how future urbanisms can emerge and thrive in our communities. Highlights of the symposium include keynote speeches by journalist Ben Austen and urban policy and health scholar Dr. Mindy Fullilove. Four panels led by faculty in the College of Fine and Applied Arts will address themes related to urban policy, landscape, health, housing, research, and design, reframing urbanism in 21st-century Illinois and offering new possibilities for collaborative, interdisciplinary engagement.

Good to Know

Wednesday, February 27, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Illini Union, room 407

The Secretary of State’s mobile unit will be on campus. Employees can renew, replace or correct driver’s licenses and state IDs, and purchase vehicle registration renewal stickers for license plates and University of Illinois passenger vehicle and B-truck license plates.


To leverage emerging technologies, the Illinois Data Bank is moving to the cloud. As part of the transition, from February 16 - 18, the Illinois Data Bank will not be able to accept new datasets or any changes. Full functionality should return by February 19, though very brief service interruptions may be experienced.


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.