Monthly Archives: May 2012

please help us find people who have pursued a career outside academia!

Dear all,

The APS postdoctoral society is organising a seminar on alternative career paths outside academia and would like to present results from a survey of people who have previously worked or studied in APS (including Masters and PhD students, postdocs, technicians, lecturers etc), or another biological sciences department, and are now pursuing a career outside academia (i.e. outside a university environment) or in a different field to their initial studies or career.

We would be very grateful if you could please forward the survey (please see below) on to anyone you have worked with in the past, (or email me any information you may have about them and I will try to track them down!).

Thank you so much for your help!
Anna Santure
APS postdoc society training and development officer

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We are writing on behalf of the University of Sheffield Animal and Plant Sciences (APS) Postdoctoral Society to ask if you can please help us complete a short questionnaire about your career path. There are ten questions which should only take a few moments of your time.

The survey link is:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NQ8J3KN

We are hoping to organise a seminar for postdoctoral researchers in APS, as part of our training and development program, to highlight possible alternative career paths outside academia. A member of the department has very kindly passed on your details as someone who has studied or worked here in APS or in another biological sciences department, and is now pursuing a career outside academia (i.e. outside a university environment), or in a different field to their initial studies or career. During the seminar we plan to have a few speakers outlining their career path since leaving academia, but would very much like to compile results from this questionnaire to give a broader summary of other career options that may be available, the reasons people have left academia or chosen a different field, and any advice you can give about career decisions.

Please note that all information given will be treated as confidential, you will not be identified and the information you give will not be used for any other purpose.

If you have any problems with the SurveyMonkey form, or have further comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you very much for your time, we very much value your contribution!

Anna Santure, Training and Development Officer, APS Postdoctoral Society
a.santure@sheffield.ac.uk, 0114 222 0112

parcel with my name on?

…has anyone sent a parcel with my name on and has not received it yet? cheers, Andy.

Terry’s Group Meeting today is postponed to Tuesday 29/5 4-5pm.

Your good deed of the day

Emily Brown, an ex-TABLAB member, has entered the IUCN Thomas Reuters Media Award, which aims to raise global awareness of environmental and sustainable development issues by encouraging high standards in environmental reporting worldwide. The winner will receive an all expenses paid trip to South Korea to attend the IUCN’s 2012 World Conservation Congress. Her article is entitled “2012: A new beginning?” and the voting is done on Facebook. You can vote once a day until the 15th June, and the winning article currently has over 400 votes, so she needs all the help she can get!
So if you have a Facebook account and you would like to do a kind deed for the day, please please go to this link: http://s-hq.it/JuEmZq
And vote for Emily! Even if you think the article is rubbish ;-) Thanks!

Terry’s Group Meeting – this Friday 25/5 12noon, B52

Welcome to newcomers!

Yorkshire Universities Evolution Group – 10 September

The biennial YUEG meeting is a one day symposium brining together like-minded people from Sheffield, Leeds, York and Hull (and we let in some foreigners from Manchester for historical reasons). It will be held in York this year. Put the date in your diary and think about giving a talk or poster. More details soon.

Roger

Article on peregrine falcons nesting on University grounds

AFTER a nesting platform was created for them more than two years ago, a pair of peregrine falcons at Sheffield University have become Yorkshire’s first urban breeding pair.

Read more.

Published in the Yorkshire post on Friday 18 May 2012

Also an article in the Star paper:

http://www.thestar.co.uk/community/peregrine-falcons-breed-at-former-sheffield-church-1-4560443

And also from Helen Hipperson: the SBSG website says they will be watching them there with telescopes on a couple of evenings this week, meet at main entrance to St George’s Church 1830 – 2000 May 22, or 1730 – 1900 May 24th.

please help us find people who have pursued a non-academic career!

Dear all,

I am writing to please ask if you can help us find people who have previously worked in the department (including postdocs, PhD students, faculty, fellows, research staff etc) and are now pursuing a non-academic career.

We are hoping to organise a seminar for postdocs, as part of our training and development program, to highlight possible alternative career paths outside academia.

We plan to have 2 or 3 speakers briefly outlining their career path, but would also like to send a short questionnaire to as many people as possible (including those that may have moved away from Sheffield or the UK), so that we can present a short summary of other career options that may be available, the reasons people have left academia, and any advice they can give about career decisions.

We very much appreciate any help you can give!

Best wishes,

Anna Santure (a.santure@sheffield.ac.uk)

APS Postdoc Society Training Officer

RNAstable (Transport/long term storage)

I have purchased 25 Tubes of RNAstable (http://www.biomatrica.com/) products 93221-001 and dessicant pouches 14001-007. You can dry your RNA and send it across the world at room temp. Rachel has carried this out successfully by sending to Russia for one particular application and Anja was keen to try also. Can also be used for long term storage of RNA (without need of risky -80′s).  It’s about £6 per sample- cheaper than sending on dry ice.

Of course check that it is OK for your own application (contact the service provider) and discuss with your supervisor before diving in. Cheers, Andy.

Speciation Journal Club next Tue – May 22

Dear all,

next week there will be the Speciation Journal Club again! Tue at 1.30pm in the Common Room.

This time Ludovic has chosen a paper. It is short, has colour figures and is about furry mammals (polar bears) - sounds like the perfect paper:

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/336/6079/344.full.pdf

Looking forward to seeing you there

Anja