2016 Symposium Talk

See research presented by UW-Madison postdocs from a wide variety of campus departments.

2016 Symposium Panel

Get inspired by meeting accomplished mentors and postdocs.

2016 Symposium Reception

Meet and network with fellow UW-Madison Postdocs.

2017 UW-Madison Postdoctoral Research Symposium

The 2nd Annual UW-Madison Postdoctoral Research Symposium is a venue for postdocs to share their work with others and foster new collaborations. This is a free event that is open to the public and we welcome everyone to attend. We also encourage postdocs to check out the other UWPA hosted events in the tab below that will also be taking place during National Postdoc Appreciation Week.

New to this year’s symposium is the 5-minute blitz talk competition during which you will hear exciting talks from postdocs representing 16 different University departments. These talks were selected from nearly 50 abstracts and the winner will receive a travel grant to attend a future conference of their choosing. After reading so many wonderful abstracts, we have added a second award, the People’s Choice Award, which you the audience will select the winner of! The symposium will also feature a keynote address by Dr. Jo Handelsman as well as a vendor fair and reception. Please see below for further details and to register.

Questions? Contact Kayla Pate (kpate@wisc.edu)

12:00-5:30 pm Vendor Fair: Come check out the latest life science products and speak with knowledgeable representatives eager to help you with all your research needs.

**Lunch will be provided from 12:00-1:00pm

1:00-1:10 pm Welcome
1:10-1:45 pm Keynote Address: From Academia to the White House and Back – Experiences in Science Policy
1:45-2:00 pm Break
2:00-3:10 pm Session I of Blitz Talk Competition:

  • Kahlilia Blanco, Neurological Surgery
    Role of the 5hmC Epigenetic Modification in Neuroprotection Following Stroke
  • Hannah Gaines Day, Entomology
    Do Managed Bees Have Negative Effects on Wild Bees?
  • Kefeng  Huang, Chemical & Biological Engineering
    Improving Economics of Lignocellulosic Biofuels: An Integrated Strategy for Coproducing 1,5-Pentanediol and Ethanol
  • Joseph Imbus, Surgery
    Characterizing Surgeon Prescribing Practices and Patient Opioid Use after Outpatient General Surgery
  • Devanshi Khokhani, Plant Pathology
    A window into life in and outside the plant
  • Thomas Kropp, Chemical & Biological Engineering
    Size Matters! The Benefits of Single Atom Catalysis
  • Mark Nolte, Genetics
    Gene activity in giant mice sheds light on a biological rule
  • Kim O’Keefe, Botany
    When Earthworms Invade! Effects of invasive Asian jumping earthworms on sugar maple functioning at the UW Arboretum
  • Jesse Pfammatter, Neuroscience
    Computers vs. humans: A look into the automated detection and characterization of absence seizures.
3:10-3:25 pm Break
3:25-4:30 pm Session II of Blitz Talk Competition:

  • Libby Pier, Center for Women’s Health & Research
    Collaborative Discussion in Grant Peer Review Meetings Increases Intra-Panel Agreement but Decreases Inter-Panel Agreement
  • Daniel Roston, Chemistry
    Simulation of Enzyme Reactions Using Multiscale Models
  • Joshua Roth, Mechanical Engineering
    Improving Knee Function in Patients Undergoing Total Knee Replacement Using Biomechanical Knee Models
  • Yichao Rui, Soil Science
    Can Environmentally Smart Nitrogen (ESN) Increase Corn Yield on Irrigated Sandy Soils?
  • Jellie Sierksma, Waisman Center
    Negative stereotypes can motivate children to help out-group peers more
  • He Yin, Forest & Wildlife Ecology
    Chechen Wars triggered rapid land use change in the North Caucasus
  • Qing Yu, Psychiatry
    Maintenance of location information for the unattended memory item during visual working memory
  • Jien Zhang, Integrative Biology
    Using a time-series-based method to quantify trends and abrupt change in US corn, soybean, and wheat yields
4:30-5:30 pm Reception and Award Ceremony

Date: Friday, Sept. 22, 2017

Time: 12:00-5:30pm

Location:   Genetics-Biotech Center Auditorium (see map below)

Dr. Jo Handelsman
Director, The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

Dr. Jo Handelsman is the Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a Vilas Research Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor.  In her previous role, she was appointed by former President Barack Obama as the Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) where she served for three years until January 2017. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Molecular Biology and has since authored over 100 papers, 30 editorials, and 3 books. She is responsible for groundbreaking studies in microbial communication and work in the field of metagenomics. Notably, she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from President Obama in 2011, and in 2012, Nature named her one of “ten people who mattered this year” for her research on gender bias in science.

In addition to the Postdoc Research Symposium, the UWPA is also hosting two other events in celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation week:

  • GLBTQ Panel and Luncheon.
    Time:   Wednesday, Sept. 20. 12:00-2:00pm
    Location:   6201 Microbial Sciences
  • Happy Hour at Great Dane.
    Time:   Thursday, Sept. 21.  5:30pm
    Location:   Hilldale Mall Area (357 Price Pl)