Andrew Papale Candidacy Manifesto 2017

Andrew E. Papale, PhD

Communications Chair Manifesto

I am a first year Postdoctoral Associate researching cellular mechanisms of motor learning in the laboratory of Mac Hooks.  I received my PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota in 2015 studying neural mechanisms of decision-making.  I am writing to nominate myself for the position of Communications Chair for the 2016-2017 UPPDA Executive Board.

Besides doing research, I feel that community involvement and outreach are important parts of a scientist's job.  During my undergraduate studies at Juniata College, I managed the website for the college's chapter of the Society of Physics Students.  I was active in many outreach opportunities there, including a popular yearly show demonstrating physics experiments onstage.  During my graduate studies, I reached out to train incoming students and to help them feel part of the team.  I also volunteered to teach basic neuroscience concepts at public schools during Brain Awareness Week.

Arriving at Pitt in May 2016, I was grateful to find in the UPPDA a group dedicated to the support and professional development of postdocs.  I have attended many UPPDA events since then and have connected with some of the board's current members.  As Communications Chair for the UPPDA, I would keep the digital channels of communication such as the website and Facebook page user-friendly and up to date.  I would also get the word out, reaching out to fellow postdocs to join in for UPPDA events.  It would be my privilege to serve on the UPPDA board as your Communications Chair.