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Spring forum schedule

Spring 2020 tentative Forum Schedule. Forums will be held every other Thursday, starting Jan. 30th: 12:00 - 1:30 PM in Litton Reaves Room 1810 (lunch will be provided):


Presenter(s)  (Invited)/ Title (classes begin Jan 21)

Forum Chair*/Host (proposed)/Notes

January 21-25


MLK events,   (VT Classes begin Jan 21)

Jan 24

BIOL MLK Speaker, 12:00 PM @ Biocomplexity Institute Auditorium

Biological Sciences 

Jan 30

IMSD Behav/Psych Predocs Dissertation Research Update: Trevin Glasgow (Geller) & Derek Burns (Foti)

Drs. Zac Mackey

Feb 06

IMSD Biomed Predocs Dissertation Research Update: Brittany Boribong (Jones), Kandace Donaldson (De Vita) & Ashley Peralta (Santos)


Feb 20

IMSD 12th “PreDoc Palooza" : TED-Talk-like research/lab rotation presentations by IMSD Grad students in their First Year” (6-8 min res talks: 12th Cohort): Jose Sintas, Mariah Rojas & Guadalupe Reynoso

Dr. Zachary Mackey

March 5

“Carver ScholarsPalooza”: Aaron Oxendine (Maurer), Fatima Kebe (Scherer) & Mika Pagani (Kuhar)

Dr. Randy Grayson
March 12

Spring break (March 7-15)


March 19

Dr. Dina Tsybulsky, Assistant Professor and Head of the Biology Education Track, Israel Institute of Technology


March 26

VT PREP17: “2019 PREP Palooza”: TED-Talk like research presentations by PREP scholars in our 17th Cohort” (6 min res talks): Jose, Guadalupe, Kerani, Marcos


April 2

VT PREP17: “2019 PREP Palooza”: TED-Talk like research presentations by PREP scholars in our 17th Cohort” (6-7-min res talks): Raven, Stefany, Claudia, Kevin


April 9

Ms. Alysha Simmons, IMSD alum, Brown University


April 23

William Michael Trochim, Professor, Cornell University: Program Assessments in the Age of Big Data (tentative, title)

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May 6th (reading day)

Holiday Celebration: PREP alumni Drs. Jennifer King, Assistant professor and Maria Diehl Faryna, Assistant professor, Kansas State University: Updates on Early Careers in the Academy 

Dr. Ed Smith

May 22-23

MAPRS @ Medical University of South Carolina presentations practice: IMSD undergrads, IMSD 12th, PREP 17 scholars

Only opportunity for some PREP scholars to present VT research at a conference during tenure

*As Chair, you will introduce the speaker (include a fun fact) and monitor Q & A after the talk