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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Stakeholder Speakers." National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. 2014. The Postdoctoral Experience Revisited. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18982.
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APPENDIX C:
STAKEHOLDER SPEAKERS

The committee organized three public stakeholder sessions, including a panel at the 2012 National Postdoctoral Association’s Annual Meeting. Testimonies were provided by the following individuals:

SATYAVEDA BHARATH, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Maryland

LYNDA CARLSON, Director, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, National Science Foundation

LORI CONLAN, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Services, Office of Intramural Training & Education, National Institutes of Health

GEOFF DAVIS, Staff Researcher, Google; formerly Visiting Scholar, Sigma Xi

CHRISTINE DES JARLAIS, Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs and Diversity, University of California, San Francisco

DEBAPRIYA DUTTA, Counselor, Science and Technology, Embassy of India

ENO EBONG, Postdoctoral Fellow, City College of New York and Albert Einstein College of Medicine

ZOE FONSECA-KELLY, Senior Research Fellow, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

GARTH FOWLER, Assistant Chair in Neurobiology Department, Northwestern University

ROBERT FRIEDMAN, Deputy Director, J. Craig Venter Institute, California

STACY GELHAUS, Former Chair, National Postdoctoral Association

MARCEL HAAS, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Space Telescope Science Institute

JUSTIN HALL, Senior Scientist, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

MICHAEL HAYES, UAW Local 5810 Unit Chair and Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Irvine

SHULAMIT KAHN, Associate Professor of Finance and Economics, School of Management, Boston University

EBEN KIRKSEY, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, City University of New York

JAMES LIGHTBOURNE, Senior Advisor, National Science Foundation

SHARON METZGER, Senior Fellowship and Postdoctoral Scholar Program Analyst, University of California, Irvine

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Stakeholder Speakers." National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. 2014. The Postdoctoral Experience Revisited. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18982.
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AURÉLIE NÉVÉOL, Research Fellow, National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information

ANNE PODUSKA, Senior Program Associate, American Association for the Advancement of Science

ALBERTO ROCA, Diversity Consultant, Recruiter, and Editor at MinorityPostdoc.org

SALLY ROCKEY, Deputy Director for Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health

MICHAEL TEITELBAUM, Senior Advisor, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

RODNEY ULANE, Training Officer and Director, Division of Scientific Programs, NIH Office of Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health

MAX VÖGLER, Director, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft North America Office

MARY ANNE WITH, Postdoc Program Office Leader, Los Alamos National Lab

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Stakeholder Speakers." National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. 2014. The Postdoctoral Experience Revisited. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18982.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Stakeholder Speakers." National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. 2014. The Postdoctoral Experience Revisited. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18982.
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The Postdoctoral Experience Revisited builds on the 2000 report Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers. That ground-breaking report assessed the postdoctoral experience and provided principles, action points, and recommendations to enhance that experience. Since the publication of the 2000 report, the postdoctoral landscape has changed considerably. The percentage of PhDs who pursue postdoctoral training is growing steadily and spreading from the biomedical and physical sciences to engineering and the social sciences. The average length of time spent in postdoctoral positions seems to be increasing. The Postdoctoral Experience Revisited reexamines postdoctoral programs in the United States, focusing on how postdocs are being guided and managed, how institutional practices have changed, and what happens to postdocs after they complete their programs. This book explores important changes that have occurred in postdoctoral practices and the research ecosystem and assesses how well current practices meet the needs of these fledgling scientists and engineers and of the research enterprise.

The Postdoctoral Experience Revisited takes a fresh look at current postdoctoral fellows - how many there are, where they are working, in what fields, and for how many years. This book makes recommendations to improve aspects of programs - postdoctoral period of service, title and role, career development, compensation and benefits, and mentoring. Current data on demographics, career aspirations, and career outcomes for postdocs are limited. This report makes the case for better data collection by research institution and data sharing.

A larger goal of this study is not only to propose ways to make the postdoctoral system better for the postdoctoral researchers themselves but also to better understand the role that postdoctoral training plays in the research enterprise. It is also to ask whether there are alternative ways to satisfy some of the research and career development needs of postdoctoral researchers that are now being met with several years of advanced training. Postdoctoral researchers are the future of the research enterprise. The discussion and recommendations of The Postdoctoral Experience Revisited will stimulate action toward clarifying the role of postdoctoral researchers and improving their status and experience.

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