We will have our monthly PDA meeting this Friday at 1pm at 1300 York.


When: Friday, March 8th at 1 pm

Where: 1300 York Ave, Room C405


Join us to hear about current and upcoming postdoc events, issues and to voice your opinion.

PDA Meeting Agenda - February 2024

Date: Friday, February 9th, 2024



1. Career Development 

  • Negotiation tactics event.

    • Searching for a host -- reached out to Aubrey DeCarlo as a potential host or connector

      • Aubrey responded: Hosting the same type of event at this year’s Tri-I Career Symposium in June.

2.     Advocacy committee

  • Communications with Housing regarding RI shuttle.

  • Should send out an email to all postdocs with these updates. 


3. GFC update

Housing issues. Not being addressed. EC will meet with the Dean on Feb 26th. Peter would like to present all the data we have. 


4. Social Committee

  • New chairs: Galina and Giorgia! 

  • Next event: game night next Thursday, February 15th

    • In community room in 465

    • 6:30 pm onwards

    • Pizzas provided by OPA. Les will provide his credit card to pay for the pizza.

    • BYOG (games) and BYOB

    • Miljan mentioned that we should clarify that this event is just for WCM postdocs. 


5. Mental Health Committee

  • Currently analyzing the data from the survey. Not looking good. Postdocs are stressed.


6. Anti-Discrimination Committee 

7. Social Media Committee


8. Outreach/Engagement Committee:

Calling for more volunteers to join the committee (currently only 2 members). Sarah helped us post flyers on Instagram.

Tentative date set as March 20th for next pub talk at Nisi (Roosevelt Island). Will be sending out an email by next week to the postdoc list calling for speakers.

Once we have confirmed speakers, we will get in touch with Les on getting small gifts for the speakers.

PDA meeting attendance for existing members (just Shuvra and Sanjeev) has been difficult due to conflicts with lab meeting times.

9. Diversity council 

  • Panel conversation for first generation postdocs/students/residents

  • Dean Harrington attended the council and said that he’s setup a working group to address what’s happening in the Middle East and how it affects WCM employees

9. General PDA notices

  • Meyer Cancer Center Education Program Manager reached out looking for potential postdoc reps to discuss: 

    • educational/development opportunities

    • needs

    • feedback on education programs

    • PDA website needs to be updated with current chairs. 

Date and time: 
Friday, March 8, 2024 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
1300 York Ave, Room C405

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