SOPS business meeting & elections, pizza night

Game night 9-10-16

When: Monday, Sept 10, 7pm
Where: West Sixth Brewing, 501 West Sixth Street, Suite 100

Join us for a night of board games to celebrate National Postdoc Appreciation Week! Bring your own games, join in games that others bring, or just hang out and enjoy the beverages and food from neighboring Smithton Seafood.

Panel discussion: Preparing successful faculty applications. 9-21-16

When: Sept 21, 12:15-1pm
Where: Chem-Phys 114A
Get tips on preparing faculty application packages from a panel of faculty in a wide range of departments who have extensive experience with assessing faculty applications. Panelists include:

Postdoctoral Research Symposium Dinner at Pazzo's!

When: Friday, June 3, 5:30 pm
Where: Pazzo's Pizza Pub (385 S Limestone, Lexington, Kentucky 40508)

After the Second Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium, network and socialize with the presenters and attendees over dinner at Pazzo's!

We'll meet at the UKAA Auditorium at 5:15 pm to walk over, or meet us there. Look for the SOPS sign!


To submit an abstract for a poster or to register to attend, please visit:
Poster abstract submission deadline is Friday, May 27, 2016.
For more information, and if you wish to participate, please contact our organizers at


The Society of Postdoctoral Scholars at the University of Kentucky is hosting a symposium to feature the work of postdoctoral scholars in Kentucky and surrounding areas. The event will feature a keynote presentation by UK’s Dr. Hollie Swanson, oral presentations by Kentucky postdocs, a poster session, and a panel discussion on interviewing techniques.

To submit an abstract for a talk or a poster, or to register to attend, please visit:
Talk abstract submission deadline is Friday, May 13, 2016.
For more information, and if you wish to participate, please contact our organizers at

"Academic Careers at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions - Faculty Perspectives from Sciences and Liberal Arts"

Transylvania University in Lexington, KY

When: Tuesday, April 5, 5:00-6:30 pm
Where: Chemistry-Physics Building, Room 114B, (505 Rose Street) or Building 55 on the UK campus map.
Description: Professors from local liberal arts institutions will speak about their experiences in this panel discussion. Faculty speakers include:

* Prof. Jennifer Muzyka, Professor of Chemistry at Centre College
* Prof. Sarah Bray, Associate Professor of Biology at Transylvania University
* Prof. Saori Hanaki, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science; Pre-Health Committee Advisor at Transylvania University

Moderators: Prof. Susan Odom (UK chemistry) and Dr. Ellen Crocker (UK forestry)

SOPS lunch @ the 90 on Tuesday, March 22, at 11:30 am!

When: Tuesday, March 22, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Where: The 90, Fresh Food Company "all you care to eat" UK dinning hall, across from the WT Young library, or Building 139 on the UK campus map.
Description: Come join your fellow postdocs for lunch at the 90 Fresh Food Company, the new "all you care to eat" dinning hall across from the WT Young Library. Lunch prices are a bit steep ($9) if you don't have a meal plan, but with one they are very reasonable ($6). I know several of us have meal plans (click here for more info) and are happy to trade swipes into the dinning hall if you want to save $3. We've reserved the back room but let's meet in the front atrium of the dinning hall at 11:45 to coordinate. Feel free to bring friends/coworkers/labmates, there's plenty of space!

“Career Evolution: The Last Job You Will Never Have” with Provost Timothy Tracy on Wednesday, March 23, at 5:30 pm

When: Wednesday, March 23, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Where: Chemistry-Physics Building, Room 114B, (505 Rose Street) or Building 55 on the UK campus map.
Description: Provost Tim Tracy will discuss the importance of leadership positions to academic careers and what are some things that postdocs could and should do now to prepare.

Speaker Biography: Dr. Tracy received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University, his PhD in clinical pharmacy from Purdue University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical pharmacology at Indiana University. Prior to entering academia, he practiced in community and hospital settings throughout Ohio. He launched his academic career at West Virginia University, where he rose through the ranks to Full Professor. During his time at West Virginia University, he won six college-wide teaching awards and one university-wide teaching award. Dr. Tracy then joined that University of Minnesota where he served as Head of the Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, Director of the Center for Forecasting Drug Response and Director of Clinical and Translational Research Services. In August 2010, he joined the University of Kentucky as Dean of the College of Pharmacy. In addition, Dr. Tracy served as Associate Director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science with responsibilities for the Clinical Services Core, Regulatory Support function and the Drug Discovery and Development function. From May of 2012 until August of 2013 he also served as the Interim Provost at UK and in February of 2015 was named permanent Provost. His research and teaching interests deal with pharmacogenetics and their effect on drug metabolism, as well as the larger field of clinical pharmacology. Dr. Tracy has published over 100 scientific manuscripts, more than 15 book chapters and edited two books and has served as a principal and co-investigator on numerous NIH-funded grants.

SOPS is looking for a new executive officer!

We are currently looking for a volunteer to become an executive officer for SOPS. The executive officers plan social events and professional development workshops, and meet with our faculty advisors and the deans of the Graduate School. We ask that potential executive officers be available to volunteer through June. If you have ideas and suggestions for the future of SOPS and are interested in becoming an executive officer, please e-mail


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