DUPA Night at the Ballpark

On Thursday, August 2nd, over 60 postdocs got together to attend the third annual DUPA night at the Durham Bulls. We enjoyed the glorious weather and we treated to a quick, crisp ballgame that the Bulls … lost. But we won as we all enjoyed $1 hot dogs, popcorn and fries and the company of their fellow postdocs. We even got to be famous on the big screen!

Duke Lemur Center Trip

Duke postdocs bravely challenged the 105F heat for a trip to the Duke Lemur Center. Following a brief video, our knowledgeable tour guide then showed us many different lemur species the center accommodates and detailed the research the center does. Visiting the nocturnal lemurs may have been the highlight, both for the animals and the respite from the heat. Due to the popularity of the event, we have plans to visit the Lemur Center again. If you are interested in joining us, please email DUPA social chair Jeff Blackinton. The trip was organized by Jeff and sponsored by DUPA.

Postdoctorberfest 2011

Duke is proud of its postdocs! Join us for the sixth annual Postdoctoberfest, an appreciation event for Duke postdocs, their families, and the faculty and staff who support them. We will serve free hotdogs and veggie dogs with all the sides, beer from Durham favorite FullSteam Brewery, and delicious, local Maple View Farms ice cream. Live music will be provided by rising star Brett Harris, who recently performed with Michael Stipe of REM. For the kids, the popular Bouncy Tiger will be back on the lawn!


The Outstanding Postdoc Mentor Award recognizes that a good mentor serves not only as a teacher, but as an advisor, advocate, and role model to postdocs throughout their professional training. The Outstanding Postdoc Mentor serves as a model for the entire University and helps to promote a culture of mentoring at Duke. The Outstanding Postdoc Award recognizes that postdocs are crucial to the research mission of Duke. This award honors those postdocs who are not only skilled researchers, but who serve as advisors, advocates and role models for other postdocs and students.


At 5:00 pm on Friday October 21, Dr. Jim Siedow, Vice Provost for Research, and Dr JD Dunn, President of the Duke University Postdoctoral Association, will present awards to the Outstanding Postdoc Mentor and Outstanding Postdoc at Duke. The Outstanding Postdoc will receive $1000 as addition to their salary or stipend. The Outstanding Postdoc Mentor will receive $1000 for their lab. Both awardees will also receive a plaque and the famous Outstanding Beer Stein, guaranteed to impress loved ones and lab-mates alike! Every postdoc and mentor who is nominated for the award will receive a congratulatory letter from the Office of Postdoctoral Services and the Duke University Postdoctoral Association. Read here about last year’s award winners. Questions? Contact Molly Starback, Director of Postdoctoral Services, at molly.starback@duke.edu



WHEN: Friday October 21, 4-6 pm

WHERE: Front lawn of Blue Express, LSRC. Rain location: LSRC Atrium