2nd Annual UW-Madison Postdoc Symposium

Postdoctoral researchers are celebrated at UW-Madison. This year’s symposium featured a diverse cast of postdocs discussing their science in a 5 minute “blitz-talk” format, a keynote lecture, and plenty of networking.


A panel of judges selected Yichao Rui in Soil Science for the best blitz-talk, “Can Environmentally Smart Nitrogen (ESN) Increase Corn Yield on Irrigated Sandy Soils?” Dr. Rui received a monetary award to be used for travel to an upcoming conference. Audience members also weighed in on their favorite talk by voting in real-time with an app. Dr. Libby Pier in the Center for Women’s Health & Research got the nod for people’s choice award with her talk “Collaborative Discussion in Grant Peer Review Meetings Increases Intra-Panel Agreement but Decreases Inter-Panel Agreement.”

The half-day symposium started with a keynote from Jo Handelsman from the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery discussing her first-person impressions working in the Obama Administration “From Academia to the White House and Back – Experiences in Science Policy.” At least 70 attendees came out for this free event, and ICYMI the talks were all recorded and are accessible through the Biotechnology Center.

Many thanks to the organizers, Nisha Iyer for photos, the Office for Postdoctoral Studies, and your UW-Postdoctoral Association!