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Postdoc Appreciation Week 2017

September 18-22, 2017


Please join us to recognize the contributions of the postdoctoral scholars at the University of Utah!


Monday, September 18, 2017: KICK-OFF EVENT

2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  HSEB (Atrium and Room 2680)


2:30 – 3:30 Poster Competition*

1st Place: Natalia Torres, CVRTI , “Excitation-Contraction Coupling in the Absence of Insulin Receptors in the Mouse Heart”

2nd Place: Salah Sommakia, CVRTI: “Mitochondrial Cardiomyopathies Feature Enhanced Mitochondrial Calcium Signaling”

Tie for the 3rd Place : Adam Hanley, College of Social Work”Does Mindfulness Meditation Change the Self?”

and Malini Rajan, Human Genetics “Nuclear Hormone Receptor-14 Integrates Iron Uptake and Innate Immunity in Caenorhabditis Elegans through PQM-1 Signaling”

*Note: 1st place was awarded a $500 Travel Award.  All other places earn bragging rights and a great accolade to put on their C.V.!


3:30 – 3:40 Break

3:40 – 4:00 Postdoc Pitches Competition**

Listen to 3-minute research pitches from your colleagues & hear what it takes to simplify your research for a lay audience.

Tushar Athawale, PhD: “To B or not to B”

Gaëlle O. Batot, PhD: “Working towards a cure for HIV”

Anna M. Eiring, PhD: “Imagine a cure for leukemia”

Jennifer A. Nichols, PhD: “Optimizing Surgery through Predictive Computer Models”


1st Place: Gaelle Batot, Biochemistry, “Working Toward a Cure for HIV”


**Note: All competitors participated in a 4-week workshop on presenting to lay audiences.  The winner was awarded a $50 Amazon Gift Card.


4:00 – 5:00 Keynote Speaker

Impostor Phenomenon: “I’ve got my Doctorate, Why do I feel like a Fraud?

Suzann Lawry, PhD, Georgia State University, Department of Psychology


5:00 – 5:30 UPDA Announcements (including poster awards and prize giveaway)


Tuesday, September 19, 2017: HIKING AFTER WORK


 Given the weather forecast and how muddy the trail may be, the hike was canceled.

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Near Red Butte Gardens

Bring your family and join our fellow postdocs for a light hike after work!

More details on the hike HERE.


Thursday, September 21, 2017: COFFEE & PROFESSIONAL PICTURE

10-11 a.m. – 1st floor atrium EIHG building (entrance 295  Chipeta Way)

Join us for the cup of coffee and let a professional photographer take a photo of you!

Note: location is subject to change depending on the weather forecast. The website will be updated consequently.


Friday, September 22, 2017: ICE CREAM SOCIAL

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 2nd floor lobby of the Park Building

 We invite all postdocs with their families to socialize over ice cream!



Follow this link to register for the different events of the Postdoc Appreciation Week.

Organized by Utah Postdoctoral Association (UPDA) and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.