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July 26th-27th, 2018

6th Annual North Carolina BioSciences Collaborative Symposium

Duke University's Trent Semans Center


**REGISTER by July 19th, 2018**


The 2018 BioCoRE Symposium theme will be “Refining Our Approach to Research Training to Ensure a Diverse STEM Workforce” and will bring together faculty, students and administrators from institutions across the Mid-Atlantic region.  Highlights will include:

Diversity/Graduate Education Research and Workshops:

·         Lydia Villa-Komaroff, PhD  Board member and former CEO and CSO of Cytonome/ST, LLC; Founding member and Senior Advisor Committee Member for the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)  to speak on  ways to overcome unconscious bias in academic  spaces

·         Alan Leshner, PhD National Academies Member, Committee Chair for the recent Committee on Revitalizing Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century, and Chief Executive Officer Emeritus, AAAS to review the recent National Academies report on Revitalizing Graduate Education

·         Roger Chalkley, D Phil Senior Associate Dean for Education in Biomedical Sciences and Professor at Vanderbilt University to share research on the use of the GRE in graduate admissions

·         Jessica Faupel-Badger, PhD, MPH Director of Training and Education at NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) to speak on ways that NIH is working to expand training experiences for biomedical trainees

·         Josh Hall, PhD Director of Admissions, Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program & Director of Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) at UNC-Chapel Hill to speak on increasing inclusivity in graduate admissions practices

·         Linda Sealy, PhD Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Associate Professor at Vanderbilt University to speak on interventions to diversify faculty  

·         Ashalla Freeman, PhD Diversity Consultant and Director, Diversity Affairs & Initiative for Maximizing Student Development at UNC-Chapel Hill to speak on the impact  of implicit bias in  graduate training

·         Paige Cooper, PhD Program Director, NIH Initiative to Maximize Student Development/Bioscience Collaborative for Research Engagement (BioCoRE) Program at Duke University to speak on strategies for maximizing research training experiences

·         Kate Stoll, PhD Senior Policy Advisor, MIT Washington Office


Research Keynotes:

·         Joseph Freeman, PhD Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers University. Research: developing new implantable scaffolds for the regeneration of musculoskeletal tissues

·         Stacy Horner, PhD Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and Co-Director for the Center for RNA Biology at Duke University. Research: defining the virus-host interactions that control the outcome of infection to hepatitis C virus and other Flaviviridae, including dengue virus and Zika virus

·         Kevin Williams, PhD Professor, PI at Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise at NC Central University. Research: identifying novel modulators of the hedgehog pathway 

·         Lydia Villa-Komaroff, PhD Founding member and Senior Advisor Committee Member for the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and Consultant & current board member of Cytonome/ST, LLC to speak on the neuroscience involved in unconscious bias

Check out the tentative agenda and flyer for the 2018 Symposium below:

2018 Flyer

2018 Agenda

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About the Symposium:

The annual North Carolina BioSciences Collaborative Symposium is designed and hosted annually by the Duke BioSciences Collaborative for Research Engagement Program (BioCoRE). The event serves and an annual opportunity for trainees, mentors and administrators to gather and learn about the latest research and advances in diversity, higher education, and scientific findings from diverse leaders.

The Symposium joins faculty, administrators, and students from many institutions in North Carolina and surrounding states. A core goal of the event is to increase research and programmatic collaborations between all participating institutions. Sessions are designed for both students and faculty to provide information that will improve education, research and mentoring all participating institutions. National experts will also provide strategies and tools towards increasing the number of underrepresented students who persist towards a PhD in the biosciences. Finally, the Symposium celebrates and highlights the research of undergraduate, graduate and faculty. It is our hope that the symposium will serve as a shared platform for innovation that enhances practice and programming across the statewide and national biosciences community.

Check out information from the 2017 Symposium details below:

2017 Faculty Agenda 

2017 Student Agenda

View Pictures from past Symposiums* below:

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