Created by on 04/10/2012

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) congratulates Philip S. Clifford, PhD, on his receipt of the National Postdoctoral Association’s (NPA) 2012 Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Clifford, Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professor of Anesthesiology and Physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, is a long standing member of the FASEB Science Policy Committee’s Training and Career Opportunities Subcommittee, and has been a tireless advocate for improved training and career development for postdoctoral scholars. Clifford co-authored FASEB’s Individual Development Plan for Postdoctoral Fellows, which provides a framework for helping postdocs identify their short- and long-term career objectives, set career goals, and communicate about their career plans with their research mentors. He regularly conducts workshops to help graduate student and postdocs create an individual development plan (IDP).
In addition to his service to FASEB and promotion of IDPs, Dr. Clifford was recognized by the NPA for his contributions to developing the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Compact Between Postdoctoral Appointees and Their Mentors, coauthoring the NPA’s NPA Core Competencies, sitting on the NPA Finance Committee, and serving as a founding and current member of the NPA Advisory Council. Not only has Dr. Clifford been a force for improving postdoctoral training on the national stage, but the NPA noted that he has created a model environment for training at his own institution. The Medical College of Wisconsin was named by The Scientist as one of the “Best Places to Work for Postdocs” for the past three years.
Dr. Clifford represents “the highest standards of teaching and professional service, and [his] persistent efforts for the betterment of the training system are deserving of our highest respect,” stated Howard Garrison, FASEB’s Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Director, Office of Public Affairs. To read more about Dr. Clifford’s service to the postdoctoral community, click here.