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News and Updates from the Postdoctoral Affairs Office - February 28

Your Professional Development

Last Chance to Register for Career Exploration Group

Wednesdays, March 7 through April 11, 3 - 5 p.m.


The Career Exploration Group provides a guided discovery process and collaborative environment for graduate students who are uncertain about their career plans. Participants will work with career advisors to identify and explore broader career options that fit their skills, interests and values. They will also learn about resources for job searching and how to begin the process of developing effective application materials. (Please note that this is not a job search group and we will not discuss in detail the process of applying for jobs.) Participants must commit to meeting once a week for 4 weeks, with 1-1.5 hours/week of additional work in between sessions.


Storytelling Your Career

Friday, March 2, 3:30 - 5 p.m., Digital Computer Laboratory (1304 W. Springfield, Urbana), room 1310

In order to get a job and grow in your career, you need to tell your story effectively. In this special, interactive event, you will learn from a storytelling expert how to use the building blocks of story to make connections between you and employers. You will also learn how storytelling strategies can improve your application documents and interview skills. This event is presented by Professor Kate McDowell of the iSchool at Illinois, who has taught storytelling to graduate students for 9 years and whose new research project, Storytelling at Work, seeks to understand how storytelling operates on a daily basis in the workplace. Sponsored by the Graduate College.

Your Research and Teaching

Digital Publishing Workshop: Hands-On Workshop with Multimodal Publishing in Scalar

Friday, March 2, 1 - 3 p.m., Main Library, room 314


In this workshop, participants will learn about working with Scalar, a platform intended to enable creation of scholarly multimodal publications by integrating media with long-form text, and using non-linear navigation of content. The workshop will focus on basic functionalities of the tool, as well as writing and workflow practices appropriate to creating content with Scalar. Attendees will practice creating a Scalar “book” with content provided by the instructors.


Upcoming Savvy Researcher Workshops

Take your research experience into your own hands and learn new skills at the Scholarly Commons. Here are some Savvy Researcher workshops being offered this week:

  • Managing Your Citations with Zotero 
  • Advanced Zotero
  • Do You Know Your Fair Use Rights?
  • Tidy Your Data!
  • Curating Your Online Scholarly Identity to Maximize the Reach and Impact of Your Work
  • Choosing the Right Sources: Identifying Bias and Fallacies
  • Starting the Job Search: Strategies for Success
  • Demystify the Literature Review and Start Your Research
  • The Power of Presentations: Enhancing your Slides for Teaching and Engagement
  • From Dissertation to Book: Navigating the Revision Process

Learn more and register.


Mathematica in Engineering Education Workshop

Thursday, March 8, 3 OR 4:30 p.m.


Join Wolfram for a free workshop covering topics relevant to faculty, researchers, and students in engineering. Specific focus will be given to the free-form input capabilities in Mathematica based on Wolfram|Alpha technology, creating simulations or models that show varying parameters in any type of calculation, creating publication-quality graphics, symbolic and numeric calculations, and new machine learning functionality. The content is suitable for faculty, students, and researchers in any field in engineering.  Each attendee will receive an electronic copy of the examples to use as a guide for projects or course examples. No prior knowledge of Mathematica is required. Registration is free, but seating is limited. For more information, or to register visit WebStore.

Opportunities and Events

Fair Use Week Game Show

Thursday, March 1, noon, College of Law Auditorium

Do you know your Fair Use Rights? Plan on attending the Fair Use Week Gameshow - lunch will be provided. For more information, visit the Facebook event page or email Sara Benson at


The Scholarly Commons Project Forum

Every other Monday starting March 5, 2 - 3 p.m., Main Library, room 220

The Scholarly Commons Project Forum is an hour-long bi-weekly meeting space for scholars who are interested in Digital Humanities questions regarding data and text. These meetings are an opportunity for informal, open-ended conversations about research where we will discuss conceptual, methodological, and workflow issues for projects. Those projects may be at any stage of development, whether still formative or largely complete. The goal is to think together about how to develop robust Digital Humanities research, whether as beginners interested in trying out DH techniques or those with more experience, and to make that research more legible to others. Please RSVP to


The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity Institutional Membership

The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community for faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students. They are dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers. The University of Illinois has an institutional membership to NCFDD. You can access all of their available resources by claiming your membership. Select Univeristy of Illinois on the registration website.

Good to Know

University of Illinois Saves

Save for your dreams, Plan for your reality

University of Illinois Saves, part of the America Saves’ national awareness campaign to support positive financial habits, will run February 26 – April 15 this year. Students & employees across the University of Illinois System can make their dreams a reality just by setting a savings goal. We know from research that people who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them so record your savings goal today to get access to financial resources, tools & tips to help you accomplish your savings goals. Events are scheduled throughout the campaign to help University of Illinois students & employees get their financial questions answered in informal settings.


The Spurlock Museum ‘Winter Tales’ Series

Each year Spurlock Museum brings Winter Tales for the campus and community to learn about Native American and indigenous storytelling. This year's events are co-sponsored by the Native American House.

  • Wednesday, February 28, 4 - 6 p.m.: Faculty and Staff Workshop: Stewardship of American Indian Objects and Histories, Spurlock Museum
  • Thursday, March 1, 4 - 5 p.m.: Contemporary Conversations: Cultural Stereotyping, Spulock Museum
    Thursday, March 1, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Dinner with The Storyteller, Native American House
  • Saturday, March 3, 9 a.m. - noon: Educator Workshop (3 PDH units), Spurlock Museum
  • Sunday, March 4, 1 - 2:15 p.m.: Storytelling Concert, Spurlock Museum *for all ages, please allow travel time and seating 15 minutes before 1 p.m.

Art Remastered Performances at Krannert Art Museum

Friday, March 2, 7 p.m., Krannert Art Museum lobby

This Friday, Krannert Art Museum (KAM) will host six local musicians who have written original songs inspired by works of art. Join KAM to hear them perform in the galleries. Gather in the Krannert Art Museum lobby at 7 p.m. and progress through the museum for each performance. Musicians include N.M. Garcia, Keegan Gulick, Teddy Lerch, Sharon Li, CJ Run, and Olivia Tasch.


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.