Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mailing list for parents

The"studentparents" mailing list is a great resource for expecting parents and current parent. It gives access to a community of parents at the University. You receive emails about things like babysitting, daycares, schools, nannies, pediatricians receive info on garage sales for gently used items. You can also post your own questions about child-related issues.

Sign up at:

or within lists.uchicago.edu subscribe to "studentparents" group

Lactation stations at the University

Here is a list of lactation stations at the University put together by graduate affairs: http://grad-affairs.uchicago.edu/about/lactation.shtml

There is also a room in the hospital which has pumps. Hospital ID is required for access. It is Room TC275 and it is right behind the ABP.

We have also just added a room in Cummings. It is a temporary solution, very small room, only one chair and table and no pumps. You need to get a key to access the room. Please contact kolla@uchicago.edu for more info.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

NPA resources on maternity leave

NPA ADVANCE is a project to assist women postdocs in making the transition to the professoriate. Supported by the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program for "advancing" the representation of women in academic careers, NPA ADVANCE will focus on adapting and disseminating promising institutional practices that can help women postdocs successfully transition to faculty careers.

A postdocs guide to pregnancy and maternity leave:

2011 Survey results

This past spring the PDA annual postdoctoral survey had 116 respondents! The results help us target the areas of most concern to postdocs, so we thank all who participated. This year’s survey provided valuable insight. For example, 71% of respondents reported that they wished to receive a yearly performance evaluation from their mentors while only 16% reported actually receiving a performance evolution. The PDA recently developed an Individual Development Plan (IDP), a tool for postdocs to use for career-planning purposes and for yearly performance evaluations.
A template of the IDP is available on the website: http://www.bsdpostdoc.uchicago.edu/

This is just one example of how results the PDA tries to improve the postdoctoral experience. For a copy of the complete survey results and an executive summary, visit the Publication section of this website or email Terrie Vasilopoulos (terriev@uchicago.edu) with questions.Also, please share your experience with the IDP and any suggestions for improvement.