Scientific Knowledge Base and Creativity

  • Postdocs are advised to work under the guidance of their advisors and mentors to fully develop their scientific and technical skills.

  • NYU offers dozens of seminar series, inviting leaders in their discipline to share their knowledge and insight into the most pressing problems in today’s research.

  • NYU’s Health Sciences Library offers courses and assistance in gaining the knowledge you need to be an effective researcher.

    1. Key Library Information and Resources for Sackler Postdoctoral Researchers

    2. Introduction to Data Management - There has been an increasing push toward the sharing of research data in recent years, from the Open Government Initiative to evolving NIH and NSF mandates around data to sharing requirements from journals, such as Science and Nature. Good data management practices are essential to fulfilling these requirements and the lack of these practices can negatively affect researchers’ productivity, ability to secure grants and ultimately, their credibility. To help educate the NYULMC research community on best practices, an Introduction to Data Management class was offered by the NYU Health Sciences Library as part of the Sackler Postdoctoral Program’s Lab Management Series on Monday, June 4, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Smilow Seminar Room. Karen Hanson, MLIS, Knowledge Systems Librarian and Alisa Surkis, PhD, MLS, Translational Science Librarian. Topics covered included, current regulations, resources for writing data management plans, metadata, and archiving. Click here for the link to the slides from this class.

    3. A useful resource for Data Management can be found here:
  • Scientific Entrepreneurs Society:The Scientific Entrepreneurs Society is a group of Phd's and Post Docs from schools across NYU interested in learning more about entrepreneurship and the pathway to commercialization. The SES holds monthly meet-ups that rotate between three areas of the campus (Poly, Washington Square and the School of Medicine). Meet-ups will vary from guest speakers, mixers, workshops and every event incorporates time for networking. No prior startup experience is necessary to join. The next meet-up will take place on Tuesday, February 4th featuring NYU faculty member and entrepreneur, Andre Fenton.  Learn more about SES here and register for the 2/4 event here. If you would like to receive notifications on future programs and events, please email Risa Cohn at and request to be added to the SES List Serv.

  • Startup Bootcamps for NYU Scientists and Engineers:Startup Bootcamps are half-day events to introduce faculty, graduate students, and researchers to the basic activities of commercializing research via a startup venture. They are open to all faculty and researchers across NYU - no prior experience with commercialization or startups is necessary. The next bootcamp will be held on Tuesday, Februaru 18th - 12-5pm, Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine - 3rd Fl Conference Room  (540 1st Avenue). Learn more about the bootcamps here. RSVP for the February bootcamp here.