Postdoc Pathways Café


The Postdoc Pathways Café is an opportunity for current Notre Dame postdocs to engage with past postdocs pursuing diverse careers via video-conferencing and provided lunches. The series was started in January 2018. Check out below for more information on our past and future presenters.

Upcoming Postdoc Pathways Café Presenters

 

 

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Ian Street, PhD

Virtual Lab Manager

HappiLabs.org

 

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018

Time: 12 PM - 1 PM

Location: 121 Information Technology Center

 

Ian Street earned his PhD in plant biology from Washington University in St. Louis and did a postdoc studying plant development at Dartmouth College. He is currently a Virtual Lab Manager at HappiLabs, an editor of The National Postdoc Association's newsletter, The POSTDOCket, and writes about science on his blog The Quiet Branches.

 

Duckworth

Leesa Duckworth, PhD

 

Specialist, Global Security Tech & Policy
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

 

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018

Time: 12 PM - 1 PM

Location: 121 Information Technology Center

 

Dr. Leesa Duckworth is an Industrial and Organizational Psychologist specializing in process and human performance optimization. She is employed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as a Nonproliferation Specialist in the Global Security, Technology & Policy group within the National Security Directorate. Dr. Duckworth is also a line manager for the Office of International Nuclear Safeguards internship program (SIP) interns and research associates, a team lead for the NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program (NGFP), and a University Relationship Manager and Senior Advisor in support of the NGFP program. As part of her profession, Dr. Duckworth developed and deployed an agile, strategic career development methodology, and utilizes it for the development of her staff and others. She also supports work in international nuclear safeguards, arms control and nonproliferation. In addition to her current position, Dr. Duckworth has over 25 years of experience in the nuclear weapons production and maintenance environments which include work at the Pantex Nuclear Weapons Production Plant, leading both operations and nonproliferation programs. Prior to her employment at Pantex, Dr. Duckworth served 6 years in the United States Navy. Dr. Duckworth holds both an MS and Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and a BSOE in Human Services/Psychology and Industrial Safety.

 

 

Wiersema

Courtney Wiersema , PhD

Assistant Director

Graduate Career Development

University of Chicago

 

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2018

Time: 12 PM - 1 PM

Location: 121 Information Technology Center

 

Dr. Wiersema provides career advising for MA and PhD students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, and she co-directs PATHS, an NEH-funded initiative to diversify career options for humanities PhDs.  Prior to joining UChicagoGRAD in 2016, she served as an Arts and Letters Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at Notre Dame and a Graduate Teaching Fellow in the University Writing Program.  She received her Ph.D. in American History from Notre Dame in 2015.

 

Past Postdoc Pathways Café Presenters

 

 

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Mridul Mandal, PhD

Research & Development Scientist

EAG Laboratories

 

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018

Time: 12 PM - 1 PM

Location: 121 Information Technology Center

 

Mridul is currently a staff scientist in Biotechnology Department at EAG Laboratories (a company of Eurofins Scientific). He graduated from Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Medicine and Engineering with Ph.D. in Physical and Bioanalytical Chemistry at the University of Yamanashi, Japan and worked under Prominent Professor and Scientist Kanzo Hiraoka. After graduation, he joined in his lab as a postdoctoral researcher until February 2014. During his Ph.D. and postdoctoral studies, he developed multidisciplinary expertise in engineering, biomedical science, and bioanalytical chemistry that led him to make many achievements of great impact for the field. Moreover, based on his outstanding ability in research, he was awarded the most prestigious Japanese Govt. Scholarship (Monbukagakusho) and a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) fellowship. In March 2014, he moved to the University of Notre Dame to continue his postdoctoral research with a funding from Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics. During his time at Notre Dame he developed surface electrode assisted surface acoustic wave nebulization mass spectrometry (SWAN-MS) and coupled to QTRAP mass spectrometer for multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) based peptide and drug quantitation. He also accomplished another postdoctoral research at the University of Vermont, where he was focused on the development and application of mass spectrometry methods to study the metabolomics of cancer, brain, and heart diseases. He is also the developer of many ambient mass spectrometry based ionization sources.

 

Bezuidenhout

Louise Bezuidenhout, PhD

Science and Technology Researcher

University of Oxford

 

Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Time: 12 PM - 1 PM

Location: 121 Information Technology Center


In 2017 Louise moved to the Institute for Science, Innovation, and Society (InSIS) at the University of Oxford, UK.  At InSIS Louise is starting up a new centre-wide stream of research entitled “Changing Ecologies of Knowledge and Action”.  In this role Louise has started up projects in the UK, Zimbabwe, Brazil, and Sudan that draw attention to the evolving contexts of knowledge production – both within academia and broader society.Louise Bezuidenhout a researcher from South Africa with PhDs in both the life and social sciences. In her research, she combines her expertise in laboratory research with those in sociology and ethics to conduct embedded research within molecular biology laboratories.  This unusual approach to empirical ethics has enabled her to examine the ethical issues arising from day-to-day research and to theorize on issues of responsibility within scientific practices.  In the course of her research, she has conducted empirical research in South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, UK and the US.  During her time at Notre Dame, Louise worked with a multidisciplinary team based at the Centre for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing on a project looking at virtues in scientific research.  Together with Dr. Dori Beeler, she conducted an extended ethnographic analysis of daily laboratory practices, using the data to establish a virtue ethics account of responsible conduct.

 

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Kate Finley, PhD

Teaching Scholar, Department of Philosophy

University of Notre Dame

 

Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Time: 12 PM - 1 PM

Location: 339 O'Shaughnessy

Dr. Finley completed her PhD in Philosophy here at Notre Dame, and this semester is a Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar through the 5+1 program in the College of Arts and Letters. After finishing her postdoc appointment this Spring, she will begin her tenure-track appointment as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Hope College in Michigan.

 

Curtis Urban

Curtis Urban, PhD

Program Coordinator, Pre-College Programs

University of Notre Dame

 

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Time: 12 PM - 1 PM

Location: 119 O'Shaughnessy

 

Dr. Curtis C. Urban, a 2016-2017 Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar in the History Department at Notre Dame, is a Program Coordinator for the Office of Pre-College Programs in the Enrollment Division at the University of Notre Dame. Curtis received his Ph.D. in American History from Notre Dame, with research that focused on the transnational origins of American identity during the American Revolution. As a postdoc, he taught for a semester at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies in Heidelberg, Germany, offering a seminar on colonial American history. Additionally, Curtis assumed an administrative role in the History Department upon his return to Notre Dame, working with both the Director of Graduate Studies and Director of Undergraduate Studies to recruit prospective students and create graduate student professional development programs. As a Program Coordinator for Pre-College Programs, Curtis develops courses and plans events in collaboration with Notre Dame faculty for prospective high school students interested in ND. In addition to recruiting for summer programs and reviewing applications for Pre-College Programs, Curtis manages Pre-College's online application tools and serves as the chief liaison to Shared Services. Curtis credits his postdoc experiences for helping to obtain his position: "The postdoc was exactly the training I needed to find a career in college administration," Curtis noted. "The flexibility on the part of the postdoc office in terms of my responsibilities allowed me to create a position that provided me with the tools for future success. Teaching my own course in Heidelberg, recruiting students to the History major, and facilitating professional development programs were all essential components of my development. I couldn't have asked for much more from my Notre Dame postdoc."

 

Fisher

Kristie Fisher, PhD

User Experience Researcher

Google

 

Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018

Time: 12 PM - 1 PM

Location: 121 Information Technology Center

 

Kristie is a user experience researcher at Google. Researchers at Google gather data and insights to inform all phases of the product development cycle. Kristie conducts foundational research to understand people's needs and define target groups for a given new product or feature, usability studies to help refine and iterate on ideas in partnership with designers and engineers, and survey and usage data analyses to understand how Google products are being used in the wild. Kristie received her PhD in cognitive psychology from the University of Washington in 2011, with a focus on problem solving and analogical reasoning. Before joining Google she worked as a user experience researcher at Microsoft Studios and as a contracted researcher at Microsoft Research.

 

 

Lukens

Sarah Lukens, PhD

Data Scientist

Meridium (GE Digital)

 

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Time: 12 PM - 1 PM

Location: 258 Fitzpatrick Hall

 

The first PPC will kick off in January with Dr. Sarah Lukens, a former ND postdoc now working as a Data Scientist at Meridium (GE Digital). Sarah Lukens is a Data Scientist at GE Digital. Her role involves analyzing asset maintenance data and creating statistical models that support asset performance management (APM) work processes, which involves components from natural language processing, machine learning, and reliability engineering.  She completed her Ph.D. in mathematics in 2010 from Tulane University with focus on scientific computing and numerical analysis with applications in fluid-structure interaction problems in mathematical biology. Prior to joining Meridium in 2014, she conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Notre Dame building data-driven computational models forecasting infectious disease spread and control.