JHPDA elections 2016-2017

We've profiled the candidates standing for executive positions on the JHPDA for the 2014-2015 term below. The positions open are Co-President (2 positions), Treasurer (1 position) and Secretary (1 position).
All SOM, SPH and SON Postdocs are eligible to vote in the 2016 JHPDA Election. Each Postdoc may vote once. 

Below, you'll have the opportunity to select two candidates for Co-President, one candidate for Treasurer, and one candidate for Secretary. Be sure to select "submit" at the bottom of the form. 

 JHPDA Executive Board Electoral Process:

We invited nominations for all four positions from Hopkins postdoc community in June 2016. After the closing date, we contacted all the nominated candidates to send in their election pitch for running for the JHPDA executive board. The following candidates accepted their nominations. As there is only one candidate standing for each position this year, these candidates will automatically be elected unless they receive greater than 50% vote "No".  

We have an uncontested election and believe all nominees will be excellent for their position, but it is your chance to show your support. If you disagree, please provide your reasoning in the voting form.

Voting will end at 11:59 pm on Friday, July 29, 2016. Votes submitted after that time will not be counted. Newly elected officers will be announced at the monthly meeting on August 3rd and in the weekly bulletin

Contact us at postdoc@jhmi.edu if you have any questions or concerns regarding the 2016 election process.


 Justin La Favor for JHPDA Co-president 2016-2017

My name is Justin La Favor and I am beginning my fourth year as a postdoc in the urology department. I have served the JHPDA for two years as chair of the socials committee, and have been serving as interim Co-President since April. Through these roles, I have gained a sound understanding of how the JHPDA functions and it’s role within the university. Over the past years, I have had the opportunity to interact with many postdocs. As such, I recognize that the Hopkins postdoc community is composed of individuals with a wide variety of personalities, cultural backgrounds, training backgrounds, and career goals. I am excited to continue working with the seven JHPDA committees, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, the Professional Development and Career Office, and the JHU administration to provide a diverse range of opportunities for postdocs and to continue to foster a sense of community amongst the postdoc population.
 Nicolas Wyhs for JHPDA Co-president 2016-2017

My name is Nick Wyhs and I am a post doc in the oncology department studying novel therapeutics and targets for solid tumors in the Ludwig Center. It is an honor to be nominated for the co-president position of the Johns Hopkins Post-Doctoral Association (JHPDA)! I have a long history of participating in leadership roles of student groups both as an undergraduate and graduate student: serving as treasurer for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and more recently as treasurer of the JHPDA during the past academic year. If elected I would bring experience managing budgets as treasurer of the JHPDA and SHPE. I also bring experience as a leader with my previous role as chief of a small ambulance service and current duties as chief research fellow of the Oncology department here at JHMI. My priorities for this upcoming year would include continuing to develop a financial plan to provide sustainability to our yearly Post-Doctoral retreat held each spring. I would also like to expand the role of the JHPDA in providing our community with opportunities to engage the public with our research. I am very excited by the opportunity to become involved with the JHPDA as your next co-president. Thank you in advance for your support!

Adele Goman for JHPDA Secretary 2016-2017

Since beginning my post-doctoral position at Johns Hopkins last year I have planned, coordinated, and set-up numerous JHPDA events, working as part of, or in conjunction with, the International, Social, and Professional Development Committees. Serving the post-doctoral community is important to ensure that our needs as post-docs are met, and I have served as Vice-Chair and post-doctoral representative of an “Early Career Researchers Forum” at my previous institution. As part of my research activities I regularly organize meetings with researchers from across the Schools of Medicine and Public Health, communicate via email and telephone with multiple clinical research sites across the USA, prepare meeting agendas and minutes, and manage emails. These types of task are especially relevant for the secretary position. I am a prepared, organized, and reliable person keen to fulfil the role of secretary of your JHPDA.

 Georg Oeltzschner for JHPDA Treasurer 2016-2017

My name is Georg Oeltzschner, and I’m in my first postdoc year in the Department of Radiology and Radiological Science. My research is mainly dedicated to methods to noninvasively probe the biochemistry of the living human brain with magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
Having arrived from Germany just a few months ago, I quickly appreciated the overwhelming multitude of training opportunities, social activities, information and support that JHPDA provides. While I had been routinely involved in the budgeting and organization of smaller social activities during my undergrad and PhD studies, the range of possibilities – both professional and social – was nowhere near as broad as it is here at Hopkins. What’s more, JHPDA is playing a vital role as the strong advocate for specific interests of scientists in their postdoc stage. If elected as a treasurer, I’ll dedicate my efforts to trustworthy manage the annual budget and support JHPDA’s multiple activities and resources. Ultimately, I wish to contribute to an engaged, informative, diverse, professional, inclusive, visible, and community-spirited postdoc association.