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SBU Postdoc Spotlight 2014

Postdoc poster session

SBU Postdoc Spotlight is a celebration of the research performed by Stony Brook's postdoctoral scholars. The 2014 Spotlight was held during National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week on September 18, 2014. Postdocs had the opportunity to spotlight their innovations in a short, accessible talk for a broad audience and provide a snapshot of the world-class research underway at the University. Postdoc speakers received specialized coaching in providing a broad and engaging talk from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. The Spotlight presentations were followed by a Postdoc Appreciation Luncheon with special guest, Graham Chedd, Emmy-award-winning producer of NOVA and Scientific American Frontiers, who will speak about the rewards and challenges of communicating science from his three decades of writing, directing and producing scientific programming for public audiences.

Location:  Wang Center Theater

Date:  Thursday, September 18, 2014

Time:  Spotlight Talks: 9:00am-12:30pm and Postdoc Appreciation Luncheon: 12:30pm-2:00pm


Spotlight 2014 Agenda:
See presentation slides linked with the talks. 

Download the full program here.

8:30am-9:00am Breakfast & Registration Wang Lobby
9:00am-9:15am Welcome Wang Theater
  Charles Taber, Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education
9:15am-10:45am Spotlight Presentations I Wang Theater
  William Allen, Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Blocking HIV Entry into Cells
  Minyi Hu, Biomedical Engineering
Development of a New Method for Potential Osteoporosis Treatment
  Huafeng Dong, Geosciences
Harder than Diamond?
  Ido Keren, Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Chromatin Remodeling in Plants
  Daniel Charlebois, Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology
From Mathematical Models to the Laboratory: Shedding New Insights on Drug Resistance
  Tejas Bouklas, Medicine
Cryptococcus Neoformans and its Ability to Age
10:45am-11:00am Coffee Break Wang Lobby
11:00am-12:30pm Spotlight Presentations II Wang Theater
  Richard Row, Biochemistry and Cell Biology
A, B or C: Similar Cells Choose Different Fates to Build a Growing Embryo
  Taylor Schoberle, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Behind Enemy Lines: How Plague Silences Our Immune System
  Arijit Maitra, Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology
Bacteria are Clever Machines
  Polina Burmistrova, Chemistry
Solar-to-Hydrogen Energy Conversion
  Ashutosh Singh, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Achilles' Heel of a Killer
  Nils Feege, Physics and Astronomy
Development and Test of a Magnetic Field Cloaking Device
12:30pm-2:00pm Postdoc Appreciation Luncheon Wang Chapel
  Graham Chedd, Producer, Writer, Director, and
Visiting Professor, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science 

Shooting Science – What's the Big Idea?
2:00pm Closing Remarks Wang Chapel



Visit our Postdocs at SBU Facebook page to see pictures from the 2014 event. Thanks again to our speakers and to everyone who attended.


QUESTIONS: Contact Kathleen Flint Ehm, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and SBU Postdoc Spotlight Coordinator, at or 631-632-7531.