Upcoming Talks

VCU postdoctoral researchers share hands-on knowledge and insights in the How-to Talks by Postdocs series. All in the VCU community and VA Biotechnology Research Park are welcome to attend. Talks are free and take place from noon – 1 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) in the second-floor lecture room, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences (MCV Campus).

Oct. 1, 2018
Let’s Do Some (gnu)Plotting!
Balaji Nagarajan, Ph.D.

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Learn how to use gnuplot, a free command-line plotting tool, to create scientific graphs that can be easily edited. Attendees are required to bring a laptop. If you will need to borrow a loaner laptop, please contact swahl@vcu.edu. This is a 90-minute session.
Oct. 8, 2018
Introduction to Cryo-electron Microscopy
Kavita Iyer, Ph.D.

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With rapid advancements in instrumentation and software for image processing, cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) has become an increasingly valuable tool in the field of structural biology. This talk will cover the basics of cryo-EM including sample preparation, data collection, image processing and 3D reconstruction.
Oct. 15, 2018
Connecting the Dots: Using Backwards Design to Create Cohesive Health Sciences Instruction
Sean Koebley, Ph.D., Jonathan Lindsay, Ph.D., and Stephen Wechman, Ph.D.

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This talk will discuss the five components of backwards design and show you how to use this planning strategy to create effective assessments that reflect your learning goals.
Oct. 22, 2018
An Introduction to Echo Liquid Handler and Fluorescence Polarization as a Tool for Drug Screening
Pradip K. Singh, Ph.D.

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The Echo Liquid Handler is an extremely precise, fully automated, non-contact tool for dispensing fluids. This talk will cover how to use it to automate fluorescence polarization and maximize drug screening capabilities.
Oct. 29, 2018
Techniques for Scientific Presentations: How to Captivate an Audience with your Data
Sarah M. Thomas, Ph.D.

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Learn how to communicate your data effectively in presentations, and obtain feedback for improvement.
Nov. 5, 2018
How to Conduct Survival Analysis Using National Complex Survey and Vital Statistics Data
Tamala Gondwe, Ph.D.

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This talk will describe statistical techniques that can be used on large datasets to assess relationships between health factors and mortality. Specific datasets discussed will include the US National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and the National Death Index (NDI).
Nov. 12, 2018
Understanding and Performing Chromatin Immunoprecipitation (ChIP) for Analysis by qPCR
Sarah M. Thomas, Ph.D.

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Attendees will be taken step-by-step through the process of ChIP-qPCR to investigate protein-DNA interactions. Troubleshooting tips will be discussed.

This series is brought to you by the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences (VCU Libraries), C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research, and the VCU Postdoctoral Association.