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Journal of Postdoctoral Affairs (JPA) - Vol. 3, No. 1, August 2013
 
Flourishing, Languishing, and Depressed Postdoctoral Fellows: Differences in Stress, Anxiety, and Depressive Symptoms
Christian T. Gloria and Mary A. Steinhardt
The Leadership and Management Development Programme for Researchers: a case history
Flaminia Malvezzi Campeggi
The use of feasibility study funding to develop an independent research strategy
Michael J. Knowles
Away from the bench: non-academic careers for a postdoc
Lia Paola Zambetti
A Recipe for a Successful Postdoctoral Research Symposium
Mariette Barbier, and F. Heath Damron
The Policy Agenda of Postdocs in the US: Converging Streams?
Jennifer M. Miller
Scientific misconduct: A mirror of retracting ethos
Ravi Ramesh Pathak
The State of Postdoctoral Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine 2011
 Hannah Cheung
Baylor College of Medicine President Sees Great Value in PhD Career Development
Hannah C. Cheung, Jennifer McGehee, TimothyR. Mahoney, Christopher S. Bland, and Rajesh Ramakrishnan
PP protein found in skeletal muscle of several specimens: A graduate school story.
Raffaele Pilla
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Christian T. Gloria and Mary A. Steinhardt

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Department of Health Sciences, Hawaii Pacific University : Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, The University of Texas at Austin
Abstract: Based on the broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions, researchers discovered tipping points predicting whether individuals were flourishing, languishing, or depressed in life. These tipping points were based on a positivity ratio, calculated as the proportion of one’s experienced positive and negative emotions. Individuals who were flourishing reported positivity ratios greater than 2.9, while languishing individuals reported scores at or below 2.9. Those who reported a ratio below 1.0 had clinically significant levels of depressive symptoms, and thus were classified as depressed. Studies have examined the utility of the positivity ratio, and findings supported these tipping points as related to a number of health indicators such as job performance, marital satisfaction, coping, and depression. The present study surveyed.....

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Flaminia Malvezzi Campeggi

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Istituto Superiore Don Bosco, Verona, Italy
Abstract: From September 2010 until October 2011 I worked at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) as Research Support Officer, having a background experience of five years as post-doctoral researcher. One of my responsibilities was the planning and organisation of the Leadership and Management Development Programme (LMDP) for Researchers. The aim of the programme is to alert researchers to the importance of the leadership and managerial aspects of their career and to give them practical information that will help them to succeed as planners and managers of research programs. When advancing in the academic career, postdocs suddenly find themselves as leaders of a group, an institutional role that you hardly will be prepared for, as highlighted by Kolb et al. 2012. In the present manuscript......

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Michael J. Knowles

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Department of Computing, Engineering and Technology, University of Sunderland, UK
Abstract: Developing an independent research strategy is a key objective for many postdoctoral research staff. However since many such individuals are reliant on external funding which is often difficult to secure at that particular grade, this is frequently a difficult transition to achieve. In this paper the case for using feasibility study funding to achieve this will be presented based on the author’s personal experience of such a study.

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Lia Paola Zambetti

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Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore
Abstract: The dream and ultimate aim for most postdocs in every scientific discipline is to work in academia, yet very few of them will manage to get a permanent university position. The article describes the story of a physics researcher who became professor at the young age of 32 and will then offer an overview on alternative (ie, non-academic) career options for postdocs. In particular, a patent attorney and a science writer will share their experiences and describe the importance of their jobs.

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Mariette Barbier, and F. Heath Damron

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Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology, UVA, Charlottesville 22908, USA.
Abstract: Within a research institution or university there is often minimal networking of the postdoctoral researchers. Postdoc associations are excellent resources, but the first step is to assemble the postdocs. In order to better organize the postdocs at the University of Virginia, we set out to put on a university-wide postdoc research day with the help of several different offices and a group of postdoc volunteers. In this paper, we describe our experiences and the outcomes, providing a blueprint that postdocs at other institutions can use to establish their own postdoc research symposiums.
 
     
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