Postdoctoral Scientists Scoop Up Appreciation

Postdoctoral scientists Veronica Placencio, PhD (left) and Manisha Tripathi, PhD, dish it up at the National Postdoc Appreciation Week ice cream social.

Cedars-Sinai sweetened National Postdoc Appreciation Week this year with a new event — an ice cream social on the Mark Taper Rooftop. The Sept. 24 get-together was the cherry on the top of the annual celebration of achievements by postdoctoral scientists.

"So much of the research around here would not happen without the efforts of postdocs," said Cathryn Kolka, PhD, the Postdoctoral Scientist Program's associate director. "We are grateful for the support we receive from the research community."

The week's events, sponsored by the Cedars-Sinai Postdoc Society, Postdoctoral Scientist Program and Academic Human Resources, also included an open house that showcased postdocs' contributions, a potluck picnic and a talk on "Crafting Your Elevator Pitch" by Deborah Clegg, PhD, professor of Biomedical Sciences and research scientist at the Cedars-Sinai Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute. Also new this year: a visit by representatives of Biotech Connection Los Angeles, which facilitates connections between academics and the biotech industry.

Cedars-Sinai has 135 postdoctoral scientists, a number that has gradually increased over the years, according to Kolka, assistant professor and research scientist at the diabetes institute. It is a diverse group, with about 60 percent from the international community, she added. Each year, Cedars-Sinai's postdocs are awarded research grants and fellowships and contribute to numerous studies.