NUPA Newsletter November 2018

In This Issue

All for NU Postdocs
Meet the NUPA team 2018/2019

"there wouldn’t be any professional development for postdocs if it wasn’t for the postdocs" (anonymous)

With the 2018 Symposium all wrapped up and a new name to reflect our kinship with postdoctoral associations across the country, NUPA has formed a strong team to enhance the postdoc experience in 2019 through professional development and social opportunities.
Read on to learn about our leadership and their roles in NUPA.
Want to join the team? We welcome you to spark new activities, shape NUPA and enhance your own soft skills year round to become a future leader!

NUPA Chair

Ana Vicente-Sanchez 

Ana steps into the NUPA Chair role from her position as the leader of of the CAP committee. Ana studies the mechanisms by which some E.coli strains produce asymptomatic bacteriuria, and their potential therapeutic use as analgesic probiotics. She believes career planning is essential not only for professional success but also for personal happiness.

Outgoing NUPA Chair

Dean Procter

Leaving his Chair position in good hands, Dean will stay associated with NUPA and advocate for postdocs behind the scenes of NU. Dean studies herpesviruses and their regulation of microtubule dynamics and transport during assembly and egress.

CAP Chair

Sandra Hackelberg

Sandra transitions into CAP Chair from the role of NUPA Communications Director and is excited to lead an enthusiastic team. Sandra studies the physiology of Diabetic Painful Neuropathy to pave the path for new therapies.

CAP Co-Chair

Claire Gerber

Claire spearheaded the 2018 NUPA panel on public policy and public health. Outside the laboratory, Claire mentors underserved populations in the city of Chicago through Northwestern University’s Science Club. 

Social Chair Chicago

Pieter Norden

As a Social Committee Chair on the Chicago campus, Pieter helps to organize events for postdocs to take a mental break from laboratory work and make long-lasting connections with one another.  Pieter is a postdoc in the Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute in the laboratory of Tsutomu Kume.

Social Chair Evanston

Samuel Fayer

Sam joins NUPA to connect postdocs on the Evanston campus. With him he brings experience from Harvard University postdoc engagement, where he also performed Electron Magnetic Moment Measurements. 

Women in STEM Chair

Colleen Zaccard

Colleen leads NUPA's recently launched Chicago Women in STEM initiative which aims to facilitate an accelerated path to gender parity by building an inclusive local STEM community. Currently, we are establishing a mentorship network called STEM Circuits at NU to support the development of tomorrow’s women leaders in STEM.

Women in STEM Vice Chair

Hyebin Roh

Hyebin is a NU graduate student supporting the initiative in their NU and Chicago wide community building.

Sports Coordinator, Chicago 

Kristoffer Myczek

Kris joins NUPA in our newly created sports coordinator position. He is always looking for new sports and fitness activities to add to NUPA, so send him an email if you have any great ideas! Kris works in the Physiology department and has a strange affinity for brains and expensive microscopes.  

Data Science

Sarah Ben Maamar

Surveys in the evaluation of our NUPA symposia showed the great interest of postdocs in data science. Sarah and Thomas Stoeger, together with NUPA alumni Luca Lonini, have been crucial in getting NUPA's data science activities of the ground and to connect NUPA and NU postdocs with the data science community at large. We look forward to more data science events and welcome NU postdocs to join in event organization

Communications Director

Mark Kittisopikul

NUPA is excited to recruit Mark as our new communications director, who will coordinate our announcements and social media presence. Mark studies nuclear lamins in the context of progeria and muscular dystrophy.

Membership Officer

Thomas Stoeger

Thomas is your go to person to join NUPA, or bring postdoctoral engagement to your department! Thomas enjoys the unknown. He is a data scientist who believes that NUPA is a great organization for promoting scientific exchange across disciplines and institutional borders.


Mingming Zhang

Besides Mingming's role as treasurer, he is also sports co-coordinator and member of the CAP team and likes to connect with the postdoc community at NU. Mingming's research is mainly focusing on unraveling new roles and functions of sirtuins, in the context of cancer.

NUPA Upcoming Events
Professional Headshots and Up Your Networking Skills

Coming to you at Chicago and Evanston campuses in late November/ early December
As postdocs pivot into leadership roles, there are two essentials that we need to put our best foot forward in presenting ourselves: professional pictures and the skills to make new and meaningful connections. NUPA is in negotiations with a professional photographer to take headshots of NU postdocs and is teaming up with the OPA  on a same day brown bag lunch seminar to provide insight on what "networking" is all about. Tentative dates are November 28 and 29 for Chicago and Evanston, but stay tuned for updates!
Rock Climbing and Free Yoga

Upcoming opportunities for fitness, fun, and socialization:

Rock climbing trip to First Ascent

Come join us for a rock climbing trip to First Ascent in the loop (108 N State St) on Friday, November 30th at 7pm.  Newbies welcome!  Cost will be $25 for 2 hours of climbing and shoe rental.  We will be bouldering only so no safety equipment is necessary.  We’ll shake the chalk off afterwards and grab a beer nearby for those interested.  We have 15 spots open so email Kris to reserve yours!

Free Yoga! by NU Pose Yoga and NU Medical School

Tuesday’s 5:30-6:30pm Gray Seminar room of Lurie Building.  Run by NU Pose Yoga.  A few extra mats will be available, email Samantha to join their listserv for updates on future schedule changes.

Friday’s 4:00-5:00pm Yoga in the library: Galter Library 2nd Floor West Reading Room, Ward Hall.  Run by the medical school but open to all.  Mat availability is limited so please bring one if you have one.  

Join the Chicago Women in STEM Initiative!

Be a part of this growing grassroots organization, started here at Northwestern, to help retain and build community for women in STEM-related fields.  Join the initiative, open to women and allies at all career levels, by clicking on the link below to learn more about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities:​

Also, save the date for our upcoming International Women’s Day event on March 8th, 2019 here at the Northwestern Chicago campus! We will focus on raising community awareness of implicit bias, a critical obstacle to STEM diversity, and developing counter-strategies though interactive workshops and a keynote address by a leading expert in the field.

Please follow us on social media! (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram)
Holiday Party

Halloween is gone, so now we are getting started with holiday party plans! RVSPs coming soon! 
NU Votes!

Voting results affect all aspects of your life and future, so get out there and vote!
It isn't just about 2020. It’s also about your city council, your county board, your state senators and representatives, your US senators and representatives. They make the policies in your community. They represent your voice on Capitol Hill. They create the change you want to see. 

NU has a series of initiatives around the Midterm elections:


2018 Election Day at NU

Vote! Vote! Vote! Polls in Illinois are open from 6am–7pm.

Voting at your campus address?
North campus votes at Patten Gym (2407 Sheridan Rd)
South campus votes at Parkes Hall (1870 Sheridan Rd)

Voting at an off-campus address? Find your polling place:
In Evanston:
In Chicago:
Out of State:

You can also register to vote or update your registration in Evanston at the same time. Bring two forms of ID, one that establishes your identity and one that shows your current address.

Then join us for an Election Results Watch Party from 7pm–10pm in Harris Hall Room 107.

Graduate Student and Postdoc Election Watch Party

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 6 pm –10 pm
FREE food and drink for first 150 guests

Watch the election results with grad students and post-docs from across the University: FREE appetizers + drink specials in a private space! Students of ALL citizenships welcome. RSVPs appreciated but not required:

The Redline Tap is around the corner from the Heartland Cafe and just off the Morse red line stop. 

Co-sponsored w/ the Northwestern University Postdoctoral Association, Graduate Leadership & Advocacy Council, Graduate Student Association, Black Graduate Student Association and Graduate Women Across Northwestern.

Careers of Alumni: Dr. Sheila Chari, Editor in Chief, Cell Stem Cell.


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