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USC PDA – Postdoctoral Forum on Monday, May 19

The Postdoctoral Association is holding a Postdoctoral Forum (PDF) on:

DATE:                   Monday, May 19

TIME:                   12:00 PM (noon) – 1:00 PM

LOCATION:         THH 108

One of our fellow postdocs, Dr. Reout Arbel, will be presenting the following work:

Does present-day marital discord alter the association between family-of-origin aggression and parents’ cortisol reaction to a family conflict?
by Dr. Reout Arbel


The present study’s overarching goal was to explore the combined effect of family-of-origin aggression and present-day marital discord on mid-life couples’ cortisol reaction to a family conflict. 91 triads of two parents and their adolescent youth participated in a laboratory- based conflict task. Family members’ negative behaviors during the conflict-task were coded by trained experiments. Cortisol samples were taking before and after the conflict-task to assess couples’ overall reaction. We found that wives’ and husbands’ self- reports of family-of-origin aggression were positively associate their cortisol activity during the conflict-task. Level of partners’ negative behavior during the conflict-task was found to moderate this link, albeit in different direction for wives vs. husbands.


Dr. Reout Arbel is a postdoctoral scholar in the psychology department at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA, United States), and a Ph.D graduate from Haifa University (Haifa, Israel). Her current research takes a bio-psychosocial perspective on understanding the relationship between stress in the context of close relationships, and health across the life-span. Her main interest is in the role biological stress-reaction-systems and the subjective experience as mediating this path.

Please join us to learn more about this interesting topic as well as support and socialize with fellow postdocs. Snacks and light drinks will be served, courtesy of the PDA.

Best regards,

USC Postdoctoral Association

USC Postdoctoral Association Social

HSC Coffee Social 04-24-14

USC PDA Newsletter – March 2014


Postdoc Social at HSC this Thursday!

Hi everyone!


Is that time again: Time to socialize with fellow postdocs after a hard day’s work over some free delicious pizza, refreshing drinks, and now that the weather is warmer… some ice cream!


When:  This Thursday, 3/20 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: Harlyne J. Norris Tower 3rd floor lounge

             NRT 3520

Health Science Campus


See you soon!




USC Postdoctoral Association


2014 Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar Research Grant; Training & Travel Awards

2014 Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar Research Grant | Training and Travel Awards

The USC Postdoctoral Office is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2014 Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar Research Grant program which is one of the Provost’s signature postdoctoral scholar initiatives.  Now in its second year, the Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar Research Grant program aims to facilitate independence by providing six grants of up to $25,000 to assist postdocs with developing independent research projects that serve as a stepping stone to external funding such as the NIH K99/R00 and F32 grant programs.

The application is available at:

The deadline is Monday, April 7th, 2014.

Additionally, the application for the Postdoctoral Scholar Travel and Training Awards is also open.  These awards, of up to $3,000, will enable postdocs to attend workshops, conferences, learn new techniques, or perform research at off-site locations or in other labs. The application can be accessed here:

The deadline is Wednesday, April 30, 2014.




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Seminar: Developing NIH Grant Applications

Please check out the upcoming seminar sponsored by USC Center of Excellence in Research:

Developing NIH Grant Applications

Steve Molding, Executive Director, Washington DC Office of Research Advancement

Wednesday, 3/12/2014, 12-2 p.m.

HSC NML East Conference Room

The objective is to educate investigators in the complete process of conceptualizing a NIH grant proposal and getting the application funded.

Target Audience: All levels of faculty and post-docs

RSVP required:


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SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry Program

Please check out the following opportunity!





February 24, 2014


An exclusive opportunity for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers from around the world!



*E-alert sponsored by Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a division of the American Chemical Society (ACS)*


Join a select group of Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers from around the world this August 5-14 to help shape the future of chemical information! During this all-expense-paid trip, you’ll get to exchange ideas with CAS scientists and learn about the latest research advances at the 248th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco, CA.


Learn how to apply and submit your application today for the 2014 SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry program.

Applications are due by Sunday, March 30, 2014! Please share this message with anyone you know who might be interested.

Beyond the PhD Conference 3/13/14

Join us for the 3rd Annual USC Beyond the PhD: PhD and Postdoctoral Career Conference on Thursday, March 13, 2014. This event is open to USC PhD students and postdocs. If you are interested in attending and are faculty or staff, please contact The conference will be held at the University Park Campus, in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.


Reserve your seat today. This event will fill to capacity and is on a first come first serve basis.

For more information about the conference:


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Ready for tax season? A tax seminar for postdocs by USC PDA

Dear Postdocs,


Tax season is upon us! You are all invited to a seminar on this topic. 

Speakers from the H&R Block company will explain about filing your taxes, and answer questions from the audience.


When: Wednesday, February 26th

Where: UPC at 12pm, HSC at 3pm


For more details, please see the attached flyer.


Feel free to post the flyer and spread the word. This seminar is one of our most popular, and is especially recommended for to those filing taxes for the first time in the United States (or in California, if you moved here from another state).



Gilly Koritzky, Ph.D.

USC Postdoctoral Association


Upcoming professional development events hosted by OBR

The LA chapter of OBR is hosting two upcoming professional development events that you may be interested in.

1. Science writing workshop, Tues Feb 18, USC
2. Gene therapy business, Thurs. Mar 13, City of Hope

Please see attached flyers for more details.

Also, if you are interested in presenting at a future PDF, please contact Nasir Bhanpuri (


Slide1 writing workshop flyer


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