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The North Carolina State University Postdoctoral Association (NCSU PDA)

2014-2015 Academic Year

The NC State University Postdoctoral Association (PDA) serves as the voice of postdocs across campus. A Steering Committee in 2008 wrote the bylaws and provided the vision for the PDA. The by laws guides the mission, activities, and structure of the PDA. Following is information regarding the Postdoc Association officers, meetings and minutes for the 2012-2013 academic year:


The NC State University PDA promotes the building of community among postdoctoral scholars at North Carolina State University and serves as the voice for postdocs across campus. The PDA also works with and supports the endeavors of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and both entities strive to create an environment where postdoctoral scholars have an enriching and rewarding experience during their tenure at the university. Postdocs are welcome to join the General Council if space if positions are available (see bylaws). Contact one of the officers to find out more about the PDA, to share concerns, or to get involved.

2014-2015 PDA Officers:


Dr. Amy Savage

Biological Sciences

Dr. Megan Andrews

Soil Science
Dr. Emily Griffiths
Director of Communications
Dr. Pandiyarajan Chinnayan Kannan
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Dr. Jennifer Shields
Diversity Officer

Food, Bioprocessing & Nutrition Sciences

Dr. Alexander Franke
International Officer

Materials Science & Engineering

Dr. Liliana Mellor
International Officer

Biomedical Engineering

2014-2015 College Representatives:

Agriculture & Life Sciences
Dr. Lorenzo Rossi
(Plant & Microbial Biology)
Dr. Ying Liu
(Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering)
Humanities & Social Sciences
Dr. Joel Voss
(Interdisciplinary Studies)
Natural Resources
Dr. Holly Goyert
(Forest & Environmental Resources)

Dr. DeAnna Beasley
(Biological Sciences)

Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Ashley Johnson
(Population Health & Pathobiology)

2014-2015 International & Social Committees:

International Committee Members:
Diversity Committee Members:
Social Committee Members:
Dr. Lorenzo Concia (Biochemistry)
Dr. Margarita Lopez Uribe (Entomology)
Dr. Emily Griffiths (Entomology)
Dr. Alexander Franke (Materials Science & Engineering)
Dr. Warren Sconiers (Entomology)
Dr. Jeremy Heath (Entomology)
Dr. Jinseok Hwang (Nuclear Engineering)
Dr. Jennifer Shields (Food, Bioprocessing & Nutrition Sciences)
Dr. Ashley Johnson (Population Health & Pathbiology)
Dr. Ying Liu (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering)
Dr. Michael Simone Finstrom (Entomology)
Dr. Jyoti Kajla (Crop Science)
Dr. Liliana Mellor (Biomedical Engineering)
Dr. Barry Pemberton (Chemistry)
Dr. Olu Omotowa (Nuclear Engineering)
Dr. Francesco Tiezzi (Animal Science)


PostDoc Observer Newsletter
(a bi-annual newsletter dedicated to featuring the research and teaching achievements, and the success stories of the NC State University postdocs)

Volume 2, Issue 1: Spring 2014
3rd Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium
Dr. Valerie Young speaks on the impostor syndrome
Dr. Clint Penick's research on ants in space
Dr. AJ Faas' journey to attaining a faculty position

Volume 1, Issue 2: Fall 2013
National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week events
Postdocs present at Nature Research Center
2013-2014 Professional Development Award winners
Dr. Johannes Dahl's faculty position at Texas Tech University
Dr. Laura Ott's attends the ISSOTL Conference
Dr. Carlos Goller's workshop for the Campus Writing and Speaking Program

Volume 1, Issue 1: Summer 2013
2nd Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium
CALS Dean Postdoctoral Fellowship
Dr. Ayako Wada-Latsumata's research on taste tests with insects
Dr. Matthew Miller's research on tornadoes

2014 Summer Meetings:
Tuesday, June 24, 2014: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Room 230, Research Building III (Centennial Campus)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Room 3285, Talley Student Union (Main Campus)
Wednesday, August 13, 2014: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Room 2328 College of Textiles Bldg (Centennial Campus)

2014 Fall Semester Meetings:
Wednesday, September 10, 2014: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Room 101, CVM Research Bldg (College of Veterinary Medicine Campus)
Friday, October 24, 2014: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Room 139, David Clark Labs (Main Campus)
Tuesday, November 11, 2014: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.; TBD (Centennial Campus)
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 (holiday party): 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Room 4280, Talley Student Union (Main Campus)

2015 Spring Semester Meetings:
Thursday, January 22, 2015: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.; TBD (Centennial Campus)
Friday, February 20, 2015: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Room 139, David Clark Labs (Main Campus)
Monday, March 23, 2015: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.; TBD (Centennial Campus)
Thursday, April 21, 2015: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Room 139, David Clark Labs (Main Campus)
Wednesday, May 28, 2015: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.; TBD (Centennial Campus)

Minutes from the 2014 Summer Meetings:
June 24, 2014
July 29, 2014
August 13, 2014

Minutes from the 2014 Fall Meetings:
September 10, 2014

Postdoctoral Association Archives

2013-2014 PDA page

2008 PDA page