Pub Night on Friday, February 16

Join us this FRIDAY at Black Twig Cider House! Come mingle and put your first drink on DUPA’s tab. (We will be using a drink ticket system, so you will have to come find us!)


When: Friday, February 16th @ 6.30pm
Where: Black Twig Cider House (2812 Erwin Road, Ste. 104, Durham NC; Back side of the building)
Why: Valentine’s!


This is a new pub night space for us, and it’s right next to campus! This is also a fantastic event for new postdocs or postdocs looking to meet the rest of the community. We hope to see you there!


Interested in more social events this month? Check out the upcoming Skating and Boardgames events!

Twelfth Annual Duke Postdoctoberfest

The Office of Postdoctoral Services and the Duke University Postdoctoral Association (DUPA) held the 12th Annual Postdoctoberfest Celebration on Friday, October 6, 2017, to honor the university’s hard-working postdocs and their mentors. Postdocs, their families, faculty, and staff enjoyed hot and veggie dogs with all the fixings, local Foothills Brewery beers, and the music of the Huzzah Band. The giant bouncy race car was a hit with all the kids in attendance, as were the four flavors of Maple View Farms ice cream. Postdocs received an official Duke Postdoc t-shirt and enjoyed the warm fall weather. We gave ourselves a big round of applause in honor of our twelfth anniversary!

Each year, the highlight of Postdoctoberfest is the presentation of awards to the Outstanding Postdoc and Outstanding Postdoc Mentor at Duke.

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Fall Career Development Panel: Moving beyond #Distractinglysexy

During the summer, comments by Nobel laureate Tim Hunt sparked outrage among scientists all around the world. His comments, speaking about the impact of women in the workplace, were instantly met with a Twitter hashtag, #distractinglysexy, which cataloged pictures of female scientists working in their element.

Our panel event will honestly discuss gender issues within the workplace and strives to provide productive advice for constructive dialogue and action. (Increasing Dialogue article)

Tuesday, October 20th from 6 to 7pm: Duke, Hudson Hall Room 125. Pizza provided.

Please register here. There is also an opportunity to insert a question to our panel via the registration page. Parking Directions here.

Panelists include:

Dr. Donna Bickford: Associate Director of the Office of Undergrad Research at UNC

Dr. Katherine Bruce: Assistant Professor at Salem College

Dr. Martha Reiskind: Research Assistant Professor at NC State

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September Happy Hour and Cook Out

What: September Happy Hour and Cook Out

Where: 147 Jones, Research Drive

When: Friday September 18th, immediately following Elevator Pitch Competition

Why: Come support your fellow postdocs at the elevator pitch competition and then mark the start of Postdoc Appreciation Week (and the RWC – we will try to have Fiji vs Eng streaming nearby) with a cold drink and some hot food.

DUPA January Pub Night: Friday Jan 24th 2014 – @ Fullsteam

Join us for a few pints and fun this Friday, January 24th at Fullsteam (726 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham, NC 27701) from 6:30 PM as DUPA will host its first pub night of 2014. We’ll set up at one of the tables and set out our DUPA banner. A limited number of pitchers will be provided and food is available from food trucks outside. Feel free to bring partners and family so make plans to join us Friday for a little TGIF!

Duke Diversity Alliance Social this Friday

WHAT: Duke Diversity Postdoc Alliance Social, Duke University, Fri Jan 17
WHEN: 4:00-5:30 pm
WHERE: Atrium of Snyderman Genome Science Research Building I (GSRB I), 905 S LaSalle St (
REGISTER: by Weds Jan 15 (so that we have we have enough snacks and beer)

Are you interested in broadening your postdoc experience at Duke by networking with individuals from diverse backgrounds –  i.e., from underrepresented groups, international, and/or from different fields of research? If so, come out and meet your fellow postdocs and graduate students at the Duke Diversity Postdoc Alliance Social.  Snacks and beer will be provided.

This social is sponsored by the Duke University Postdoctoral Association (DUPA), Office of Biomedical Graduate Diversity, Duke Diversity Postdoc Alliance, and Duke Postdoctoral Services.

DUPA November pub night November 22nd

The Duke University Postdoc Association (DUPA) pub night for June will be at Bull City Burger and Brewery (107 East Parrish Street, Durham) Friday November 22nd from 6pm. We have a table reserved out the back on the patio with a couple of “towers of power” set up and I’ll try to make a sign out of a Duke Postdocs t-shirt.

Please feel free to bring your partners and family! For those coming from campus who don’t want to drive, the bar is easily accessible from the Magnum Street stop of the Bull City Connector or walking distance from the Durham Bus Station.

If you’ve never been to Bull City Burger and Brewery, you can check them out online here:

RSVP on Facebook so I know how many towers to get: