Pub Night on Friday, February 16

Join us this FRIDAY at Black Twig Cider House! Come mingle and put your first drink on DUPA’s tab. (We will be using a drink ticket system, so you will have to come find us!)

 

When: Friday, February 16th @ 6.30pm
Where: Black Twig Cider House (2812 Erwin Road, Ste. 104, Durham NC; Back side of the building)
Why: Valentine’s!

 

This is a new pub night space for us, and it’s right next to campus! This is also a fantastic event for new postdocs or postdocs looking to meet the rest of the community. We hope to see you there!

 

Interested in more social events this month? Check out the upcoming Skating and Boardgames events!

Volunteer at Science Olympiad!

Interested in helping with Science Olympiad but couldn’t commit to being a coach?  You can sign up to help set up, clean up, or run an event the day of the competition!

Science Olympiad is a STEM-based competition among middle and high school teams. It’s a great outreach opportunity with a small time commitment, and extremely fun!

Durham Events:

March 3rd

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d49aca823aaf58-durham

April 14th

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054aadad2aa2fb6-durham

Your DUPA Service Co-chairs (Lauren Slosky and Megan Cooke) will be there both days so feel free to email either of us if you have any questions!

Postdoc Practice Job Talk

WHAT: Postdoc Practice Job Talk: Xiaoli Dong, Ph.D., Nicholas School of the Environment

WHEN: Tues Jan 16, 9:30-10:30 am

WHERE: Bryan Research Auditorium, Rm 103 (location: ground-level floor of http://maps.duke.edu/map/?id=21&mrkIid=2773)

The Duke University Postdoc Association (DUPA) and the Office of Postdoctoral Services provide postdocs the opportunity to practice their job talks and get valuable feedback from a diverse and intelligent audience – this means YOU!  If you are interested in giving a practice job talk, please e-mail Ashley and Will (see below).

On Jan 16 at 9:30 am, Xiaoli Dong from the Nicholas School of the Environment will present her talk on “Ecosystem Spatial Heterogeneity: Formation, Consequences, and Ecohydrological Feedbacks” (abstract below). We encourage postdocs to attend and support Xiaoli by providing feedback! You don’t have to be in the same field of study; presenters receive valuable info from audience members about clarity, communication style, and other ‘big picture’ issues.

Title and Abstract: Ecosystem Spatial Heterogeneity: Formation, Consequences, and Ecohydrological Feedbacks

A landscape is a mosaic of biotic and abiotic patches. My research explored the formation, consequences, and ecohydrological feedbacks associated with ecosystem spatial heterogeneity. Specifically, I investigated the relative importance of stochasticity, self-organization, and physical template in forming spatial patterns, and how their relative contribution changed in time (ecosystem successional time, intra- and inter-annual variability). The spatial patterns I examined include nutrients in stream surface water, macrophytes along stream channels, and metacommunity biodiversity in a river network. I demonstrated that self-organization, physical template, and stochasticity operate simultaneously and interactively to create various ecological patterns. These drivers can also operate independently. Using a case study of Big Cypress National Preserve, I investigated the mechanisms of self-organization as a sole driver generating strikingly evenly spaced cypress domes on an otherwise homogeneous flat landscape in South Florida over the past 10,000 years via ecohydrological feedbacks at three spatial scales.

Questions? Email Ashley and Will, DUPA Professional Development Co-Chairs, atashley.s.williams@duke.edu and william.huhn@duke.edu

Twelfth Annual Duke Postdoctoberfest

The Office of Postdoctoral Services and the Duke University Postdoctoral Association (DUPA) held the 12th Annual Postdoctoberfest Celebration on Friday, October 6, 2017, to honor the university’s hard-working postdocs and their mentors. Postdocs, their families, faculty, and staff enjoyed hot and veggie dogs with all the fixings, local Foothills Brewery beers, and the music of the Huzzah Band. The giant bouncy race car was a hit with all the kids in attendance, as were the four flavors of Maple View Farms ice cream. Postdocs received an official Duke Postdoc t-shirt and enjoyed the warm fall weather. We gave ourselves a big round of applause in honor of our twelfth anniversary!

Each year, the highlight of Postdoctoberfest is the presentation of awards to the Outstanding Postdoc and Outstanding Postdoc Mentor at Duke.

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Departmental Seminars

Department of Biology 

Department of Biochemistry

Department of Chemistry

Department of Economy

Department of Evolutionary Anthropology

Department of Physics 

Duke Global Heath Institute

Duke Initiative for Science & Society — Periodic Tables

Duke Initiative for Science & Society — S&S Dialogues

Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Duke Molecular Physiology Institute

Information Initiative at Duke (iiD)

Neurobiology 01

Neurobiology 02

Neurobiology 03

Nicholas School of the Environment 

Postdoc Practice Job Talk

Please see the information below regarding an upcoming practice job talk. Attendance and feedback at the talk would be greatly appreciated. We hope to see you there.

WHAT: Postdoc Practice Job Talk: Tatyana Sysoeva, in the group of Lingchong You, Department of Biomedical Engineering

WHEN: Tues Jan 31, 9-10 am (Tomorrow)
WHERE: Rm 103 Bryan Research Bldg

The Duke University Postdoc Association (DUPA) and the Office of Postdoctoral Services provide postdocs the opportunity to practice their job talks and get valuable feedback from a diverse and intelligent audience – this means YOU!

On Jan 31 at 9 am in room 103 Bryan Research Bldg, Tatyana Sysoevafrom the group of Lingchong You, Department of Biomedical Engineering, will present her talk on “Bacterial trade: export and import of macromolecular goods” (abstract below). We encourage postdocs to attend and support Tatyana by providing feedback! You don’t have to be in the same field of study; presenters receive valuable info from audience members about clarity, communication style, and other ‘big picture’ issues.

Abstract: Bacterial trade: export and import of macromolecular goods

 

Bacteria developed numerous ways to adapt to changes in their environment. Transport of macromolecules across bacterial cell envelop is one of the ways bacteria survive and thrive by gaining access to nutrients, releasing by-products, exchanging genes, or secreting toxins. I will present two studies focused on analyses of the mechanism of protein export and DNA import in a model bacterium Bacillus subtilis. Using a combination of functional, biochemical, and structural methods, I established molecular details of the novel secretory pathway of ESX protein secretion and zinc-involvement in the development of natural competence state in this model microorganism. These new details, revealed by working with B. subtilis, shed light on the mechanism of virulence factor secretion in human pathogens Staphylococcus aureus and Mycobacterium tuberculosis as well as open a new avenue in studies of spreading of antibiotic resistance genes.

Questions? Email Xiaojun Li (Grace), DUPA Professional Development Chair, at  xiaojun.li@duke.edu

Fall Career Development Panel: Moving beyond #Distractinglysexy

During the summer, comments by Nobel laureate Tim Hunt sparked outrage among scientists all around the world. His comments, speaking about the impact of women in the workplace, were instantly met with a Twitter hashtag, #distractinglysexy, which cataloged pictures of female scientists working in their element.

Our panel event will honestly discuss gender issues within the workplace and strives to provide productive advice for constructive dialogue and action. (Increasing Dialogue article)

Tuesday, October 20th from 6 to 7pm: Duke, Hudson Hall Room 125. Pizza provided.

Please register here. There is also an opportunity to insert a question to our panel via the registration page. Parking Directions here.

Panelists include:

Dr. Donna Bickford: Associate Director of the Office of Undergrad Research at UNC

Dr. Katherine Bruce: Assistant Professor at Salem College

Dr. Martha Reiskind: Research Assistant Professor at NC State

(original site: http://www.rhotaugwis.org/moving-beyond-distractinglysexy/)