2017-2020’s Postdoctoral Designations in the U.S., Canada, Asia and Oceania

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) and the Asia-Oceania Post-Doctoral Academia (AOPDA) have designated eminent academic personages to their ‘Boards of Directors’, ‘Thematic Moderators’ and ‘International Post-Doc Panelists’ for 2 to 3-years term of service beginning on January 1, 2018. The newly designated academicians have been nominated to serve as ‘apex postdoc patricians’ in their respective regions and relevant disciplines.

Postdoctoral Designations for the U.S. and Canada:

The NPA has elected five individuals to the Board of Directors: Dr. Josh Henkin, Ph.D.; Dr. Barbara Natalizio, Ph.D.; Dr. Shakira Nelson, Ph.D.; Stephanie Eberle, M.Ed.; and Kristen Scott, Ph.D. This will be the second term of service for both Henkin and Natalizio. Scott would begin serving her term on November 1, 2017 to complete the term of Dr. Chantelle Ferland-Beckham, Ph.D.

The NPA directors were elected from a field of seven candidates during the 2017 election, which ran from September 8, 2017 through September 25, 2017.

Postdoctoral Designations for Asian and Oceanic Regions:

For a two-year term of service, the AOPDA, the SAARC-ASEAN Postdoc Academia and SAIRI Postdoctoral Multiversity for the United Nations’ SDGs Studies have conjointly designated six individuals to the Board of Directors: Dr. Martin J Haigh, Ph.D.; Dr. E. M. Nawaratne, Ph.D.; Dr. Zafar Saied Saify, Ph.D.; M. S. Salawal Salah, M.D.; Dr. E. M. Dass and Dr. Abu Said F. M.   

The Asian and Oceanic directors are designated from a field of ten nominees during the 2017 Asia-Oceania ‘Abstract Post-doctoral Medley-Assortment Assemblage Process’, which ran from September 21, 2017 through October 17, 2017.

Executive Postdoc Edifices:

The NPA and AOPDA’s Board of Directors have appointed executive postdoc officers for 2017.

They are: chair, Kate Sleeth, Ph.D.; vice chair, Yvette Seger, Ph.D.; treasurer, Josh Henkin, Ph.D.; and oversight officer, Tracy Costello, Ph.D. As treasurer, Henkin would serve as chair of the Finance Committee, and as oversight officer, Costello would serve as chair of the Oversight Committee. These four positions, along with the NPA’s executive director, comprise the Executive Committee.

Governance Committee chairs were also appointed: Barbara Natalizio, Ph.D., would serve as the Development Committee chair, and Marina Ramon, Ph.D., will serve as the Strategic Planning chair.

The Chancellor Emeritus of SAARC-ASEAN Postdoc Academia Justice (R) Dr. S.S. Paru, L.L.D., D Litt. continues to serve as the Principal Patron of AOPDA, whereas SAIRI’s P.I. Dr. Qadhi Aurangzeb Al Hafi, D.Sc., D Litt. Et Phil. and Dr. Syed Hussain Shah Jilani have been designated as the ‘Principal Investigatory Head’ (P.I.H.) and ‘Principal Academic Head’ (P.A.H.) respectively, for the Asian and Oceanic regions’ postdoctoral research enterprises. Dr. E.M. Nawaratne remains the Principal Strategic Officer (P.S.O.) whereas Dr. Abu-Said Ahmad Fraz and Lt. Col. (R) Azhar Saleem remain the Oversight Governance Chair and Chief Coordinator respectively, at AOPDA and SAARC-ASEAN Postdoc Academia.

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Thematic Moderators for the Term 2017-2018:

Prof. Dr. Martin J Haigh, Ph.D.; Dr. Muang Zarni Ph.D.; Dr. Zafar Saied Saify, Ph.D.; Prof. Dr. Muhammad Akram Chaudhry Ph.D.; Prof. Dr. Uzma Qureshi, Ph.D.; Dr. Habib Siddique Ph.D.; Prof. Lakshman Madurasinghe Ph.D.; Dr. Khalida M. Khan, Ph.D.; Nora Rowley ; and Dr. Deshapriya S. Wijetunge, have been nominated for the Asian region’s  ‘Postdoc Thematic Moderators’ in their areas of relevance for the years 2017-2018.

The newly nominated eminent postdoc personages will join the following ‘Board Members’, ‘Honorary Patrons’ ‘Thematic Moderators’ and ‘International Post-Doc Panelists’ from the U.S., Canada, Asia and Oceania: Dr. Andrew Bankson, Ph.D.; Dr. Tullia Bruno, Ph.D.; Tun Dr.  Mahathir Mohamad Ph.D.; Dr. Tracy Costello, Ph.D.; Dr. Juliet Moncaster, Ph.D.; Dr. Yvette Seger, Ph.D.; Dr. Jana Stone, Ph.D., Dr. Belinda Lee Huang Ph.D.; Dr. Josh Henkin, Ph.D.; Dr. Kistene Henne, Ph.D.; Dr. Marina Romon, Ph.D.; Dr. Yvette Seger, Ph.D.; Dr.  Sleeth, Ph.D.; Dr. Khizar Yasin, Dr. Khalida M. Khan, Dr. Safwan Akram Ch., Dr. Ali Raza Tahir, Dr. Umar Farooq Ph.D.; Dr. Habib Siddique; Dr. F.M. Bhatti; Dr. Muang Zarni Ph.D.; Dr. Meher Master Moos Ph.D.; Dr. Bareera N.B., Ph.D.; Dr. Nora Rowley, and Dr. Nasheeqa U.

Featured Institutional Personas 2016-2017:

Featured postdoc discourse moderators, NPAW keynote speakers, postdoc panelists, non-postdoc research contributors, work-shops trainers and postdoc institutional coordinators during 2016-17 years include: Amy Wilson (NPA), Linda A. Dykstra Hylander, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Psychology (Affiliated with Neuroscience Program University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) ; Joe Thomas, Dr. Frances Colon, Dr. Molly Hatcher, Dr. Faisar N. M. (SAARC-ASEAN),  Dr. Rafael Luna, Ph.D., Dr. Khizar Yasin (Iqbal Academy), Dr. Dass U, Ph.D., M. S. S. Salawal Salah (SAARC-ASEAN), Dr. Erin Dolan, Executive Director (Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science), Dr. Ali Raza Tahir (PU), Dr. Azam Sheikh (Science International), Dr. Umar Farooq (SAIRI Hydro-toxicology Assessor DUHS), Dr. Khalida M. Khan (SAIRI-AOPDA), Dr. C. M. Ashraf (Cambridge Chem. Rep.), Dr. Bareera N. B. (SAIRI), Dr. Terry Potter, Ms Rabia Faridi (NIH), Dr. Linda Harris, Ph.D, Dr. Tammy R. L. Collins, Ph.D., (SAIRI), Dr. Denise Saunders, Ph.D., Dr. Deepa Singh, Dr. Jacqueline Powell, Ph.D., Dr. Umair Mahmood Siddique (UOK), Dr. Narmeen Gohar(SAIRI), Jillian Orans, Ph.D.,  and Dr. Winston-Salem.

Covenants, Pledges, Resolutions & Acclamations During the Annual NPAW Observance 2017:

A resolution has been unanimously passed, which acclaims 2018 as the Postdoc Year.

While marking the UN ‘Peace and Non-Violence’ convergent observances days in the backdrop-milieu of annual postdoctoral appreciations (NPAW), the 2017’s historic observances candidly and unequivocally ‘marked a historic landmark’ in the wide-spectrum realms of ‘peace and non-violence’, by adopting a unanimous resolution, which acclaims ‘Rohingya University for the UN Peace Studies along with a Rohingya Holocaust Digital Repository to be established in Dubai and Singapore simultaneously.

Notably, the unanimous adoption of the resolutions to establish the Rohingya University and the Holocaust Repository came just hours before the UN Human Rights Councils Session concluded in Geneva.

During the NPAW 2017, Asia & Oceania Post-Doctoral Academia (AOPDA) extended region-wide institutional indorsements for the significant resolutions, which were drafted and steered by Abu- Mishkath Professor Qadhi Aurangzeb Al-Hafi, the P.I.H. at AOPDA and SAIRI Postdoc Multiversity. Both of the resolutions have been widely and diversely agreed upon by academicians of Asian and Oceanic regions, as well as the US, Canada and UK.

As the 2017 NPAW proceedings coincided with the UN designated Peace Observance Day (Sep. 21st ), AOPDA dedicated all of the core thematic-focuses to the peace related issues throughout (but not limited to) the NPAW observance.

Pledge-based Title-Ovations & Institutional Endorsements:

In order to mark the UN Peace day in the backdrop of postdoc appreciations, AOPDA issued a special peace prize and scholarship for Postdoctoral Research in Peace-Conflict Studies. The worthy scholarship medals has been agreed upon to be issued in the names of three merited adornees of AOPDA Peace Award, who selflessly strived to raise the voice for Rohingya genocide prevention. The two UN officials; 1- Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein (The UN High Commissioner of Human Rights) 2- Professor Yanghee Lee (UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar). and 3- Dr. Muang Zarni (Academic Researcher and Expert on Ethnic Cleansing).

By the unanimity of postdoc academics from throughout Asia, SAIRI’ s P.I. Prof. Qadhi Aurangzeb Al Hafi has been titled as the ‘Arch-Polymath of the 21st Century’ for his distinguished cross-boundary and cross-disciplinary research services in a vast array of subjects and diverse institutional foci.

The UN Objectives and the NPAW-AOPDA’s Thematic Abstracts:

The abstract contemplations brought forth during the Postdoc Appreciations mainly focused upon: the United Nations’ SDGs, the UN enterprises’ role in peace establishment, particularly in the poor populaces of the least developed vicinities around the globe, as well as the peace & conflict situations in the ASEAN and SAARC regions and their escalating effects on the whole continental zones of Asia, Oceania and the entire Middle East.


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