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The Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Graduate Training Program in Life Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine holds regular events, conferences and seminars. Find out more below.

May

21

Fulbright ETA Information Session

Evanston - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Have you considered teaching English abroad on a Fulbright?


Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) strengthen English-language instruction in over seventy countries world-wide!

Attend this info session to hear about the program basics, including eligibility and application elements - 9:00 AM in the Office of Fellowships, 1940 Sheridan Road.

Northwestern University s Campus Deadline: Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 12:00 noon.

Northwestern ETA Campus Contact: Amy Kehoe.

Sign-up through Inspire (formerly AdviseStream) or contact Amy via email -- for an in-person or phone appointment to learn more about the program and application process.

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May

22

Fostering Critical Thinking in an Inclusive Classroom

Evanston - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Description:

A common goal among instructors is that all students are able to learn and succeed in their courses. Yet, in any given classroom, there are a number of differences among students - gender, family background, personality, etc. One way to work towards this goal of an inclusive classroom is by promoting the practice of critical thinking in the classroom. In this workshop, participants will reflect on the importance of critical thinking for inclusivity and develop concrete strategies for fostering it in their own classes. We will discuss elements of assignment design, barriers to critical thinking, and the use of active learning strategies to cultivate a healthy learning environment.


Facilitators:

Kaitlyn Perez is a 4th year PhD candidate in the Department of Chemistry and a Graduate Teaching Fellow. Her research focuses on the use of light to catalyze chemical transformations. She has been a teaching assistant for general chemistry lecture and laboratory courses at Northwestern.


Noran Mohamed is a 4th year PhD candidate in the department of French and Italian, pursuing a degree in French and Francophone studies. Her work focuses on the relationship between narrative and death in various francophone novels. She has taught 1st and 2nd year French and served as a teaching assistant for literature classes at Northwestern.

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May

22

Appreciation of Post Partum Changes of the Rectus Muscles and Mesh Abdominoplasty

Chicago - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Lindsay Janes, MD

Northwestern Resident

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May

23

John Hart Lecture in Cancer Research-Myc Oncogene is a Global Regular of the Immune Response

Chicago - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Dean W. Felsher, MD, PhD

Professor, Department of Medicine-Oncology

Director of Oncology Research

Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford, CA

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May

23

Microbiology-Immunology Department: Patricia A. Spear Research Colloquium in Virology

Chicago - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Seminar Title: From Cold Sores to Encephalitis: Herpesvirus Invasion of the Nervous System

Speaker: Gregory A. Smith, PhD , Northwestern University

Host: Richard Longnecker, PhD

Topic:

Alpha-herpesviruses robustly invade the peripheral nervous system following contact with an infected host. I will present our recent efforts to identify the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying this remarkable property, including new insights into why encephalitic infections are a rare occurrence.

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May

24

Discovering Germline Mutations in Precision Medicine: Implications for the Patient and the Family

Chicago - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Jeffrey Weitzel, MD

Chief, Division of Clinical Cancer Genomics

City of Hope Cancer Center

Duarte, CA

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May

24

Fulbright Application Workshop

Evanston - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

At this workshop you will learn about Fulbright application components and develop successful application strategies.

During the workshop we will walk through the application form identifying areas where applicants typically go wrong.

You do not need a draft proposal, but will benefit most if you have a clear vision of your project.

No RSVP.

Campus Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 3rd, 2019 @ 12:00 noon

For more information contact Stephen Hill.

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May

24

TEAM/SDRC Seminar: Redirecting Treg to Impact Autoimmune and Anti-Tumor Responses

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University's TEAM Program and Northwestern's Skin Disease Research Center present:

Redirecting Treg to Impact Autoimmune and Anti-Tumor Responses

Caroline Le Poole, PhD
Professor of Dermatology and Microbiology-Immunology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Refreshments will be provided.

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May

24

Virology Journal Club: Sreedhar Pujari (Laimins Lab)

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presenter: Sreedhar Pujari, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Laimins Lab

This event was postponed from March 1st to May 24th.

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May

30

Fulbright Application Workshop

Evanston - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

At this workshop you will learn about Fulbright application components and develop successful application strategies.

During the workshop we will walk through the application form identifying areas where applicants typically go wrong.

You do not need a draft proposal, but will benefit most if you have a clear vision of your project.

No RSVP.

Campus Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 3rd, 2019 @ 12:00 noon

For more information contact Stephen Hill.

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May

30

p120 Catenin, Epithelial Plasticity and Pancreatic Cancer Metastatic Organotropism

Chicago - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Anil Rustgi, MD

Director,

Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center

Columbia University Irving Medical Center

New York, NY

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May

30

Microbiology-Immunology Department: Helen Blackwell, PhD

Chicago - 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Seminar Title: Chemical Tools to Intercept and Interrogate Bacterial Communication Pathways

Speaker: Helen Blackwell, PhD / University of Wisconsin

Host: Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis Training Program (IMPTP) / Coordinator, Megan Nas, IMPTP Trainee

Topic:

Many bacteria communicate using small organic molecules and peptides to monitor their population densities in a process called quorum sensing. At high cell densities, bacteria use this signaling network to switch from an isolated, nomadic existence to that of a multicellular community. This lifestyle switch is significant; only in groups will pathogenic bacteria turn on virulence pathways and grow into drug-impervious communities called biofilms that are the basis of myriad chronic infections. In turn, certain symbiotic bacteria will only colonize their hosts and initiate beneficial behaviors at high population densities. Our research is broadly focused on the design, synthesis, and characterization of non-native ligands that can intercept quorum sensing and provide new insights into its role in host/microbe interactions. These molecules provide a novel approach to study quorum sensing with both spatial and temporal control in a range of settings. We have developed a series of efficient synthetic methods that provide us with straightforward access to these ligands. In addition, we have applied our quorum sensing antagonists and agonists in vitro and in vivo to investigate quorum sensing as an anti-infective target.

In this talk, I will introduce quorum sensing and motivate why I believe chemists are poised to make unique contributions to this research field. Thereafter, I will go on to introduce my lab s research approach, highlight our recent results, and outline our future goals.

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May

31

Fulbright Application Workshop

Evanston - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

At this workshop you will learn about Fulbright application components and develop successful application strategies.

During the workshop we will walk through the application form identifying areas where applicants typically go wrong.

You do not need a draft proposal, but will benefit most if you have a clear vision of your project.

No RSVP.

Campus Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 3rd, 2019 @ 12:00 noon

For more information contact Stephen Hill.

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May

31

Fulbright Application Workshop

Evanston - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

At this workshop you will learn about Fulbright application components and develop successful application strategies.

During the workshop we will walk through the application form identifying areas where applicants typically go wrong.

You do not need a draft proposal, but will benefit most if you have a clear vision of your project.

No RSVP.

Campus Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 3rd, 2019 @ 12:00 noon

For more information contact Stephen Hill.

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May

31

"Molecular and Circuit mechanisms of Maladaptive Motivation"

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The department of Physiology welcomes Mary Kay Lobo, Ph.D.

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May

31

Virology Journal Club: Yanique Thomas (Hope Lab)

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presenter: Yanique Thomas, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Hope Lab

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May

31

CANCELLED - CAPS Minisymposium - Cancer: Imaging and Therapy

Chicago - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Interventional Image-Guided Cancer Medicine Using Multifunctional Carriers for the Treatment of Hepatocellular Carcinoma
Dong-Hyun Kim, PhD
Assistant Professor of Radiology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

MRI Tracking DC Vaccines Migration in Pancreatic Cancer Mouse Model
Zhuoli Zhang, MD, PhD
Professor of Radiology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Alpha Radionuclide Therapy Using Polymeric Nanocarriers: Solution to the Recoil Problem?
Robin de Kruijff, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher
Argonne National Laboratory

Light refreshments provided.

Image source: National Cancer Institute

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Jun

02

26th Annual Cancer Survivors' Celebration Walk & 5K

Off-Campus - 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

For 26 years, our Cancer Survivors Celebration Walk & 5K has been a source of hope and inspiration for people who have faced, or are facing cancer.

Hosted by the Lurie Cancer Center, this unique community event will bring cancer survivors and supporters, health professionals and scientists together on National Cancer Survivors Day determined to make a difference.

Join us for a memorable morning filled with family-friendly activities!

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Jun

03

Fulbright Application Workshop

Evanston - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

At this workshop you will learn about Fulbright application components and develop successful application strategies.

During the workshop we will walk through the application form identifying areas where applicants typically go wrong.

You do not need a draft proposal, but will benefit most if you have a clear vision of your project.

No RSVP.

Campus Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 3rd, 2019 @ 12:00 noon

For more information contact Stephen Hill.

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Jun

04

Microbiology-Immunolgy Department: Stephen Waggoner, PhD

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Title: From One-Hit Wonder to Rock Icon: Three New Non-Canonical Roles for Natural Killer Cells in Health and Disease

Stephen Waggoner, PhD, University of Cincinnati

Host: Pablo Penaloza-MacMaster

Topic:

Our lab focuses on non-canonical functions of natural killer cells in immunization, infection and disease. Recent revelations to be discussed include: 1) a role for NK cells in maintenance of the marginal zone during chronic virus infection to prevent fatal secondary bacterial infections, 2) NK cell suppression of HIV vaccine efficacy, 3) molecular mechanisms of NK-cell immunoregulatory function, and 4) therapeutic harnessing of NK cells to ameliorate autoimmune disease.

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Jun

04

Lectures in Life Sciences (LLS) Ira Mellman

Chicago - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Ira Mellman, PhD

Genentech

Cellular mechanisms of the immune response in cancer immunology and immunotherapy

Pathology Department Mayberry Lecture

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Jun

04

Fulbright Application Workshop

Evanston - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

At this workshop you will learn about Fulbright application components and develop successful application strategies.

During the workshop we will walk through the application form identifying areas where applicants typically go wrong.

You do not need a draft proposal, but will benefit most if you have a clear vision of your project.

No RSVP.

Campus Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 3rd, 2019 @ 12:00 noon

For more information contact Stephen Hill.

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Jun

05

Fulbright Application Workshop

Evanston - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

At this workshop you will learn about Fulbright application components and develop successful application strategies.

During the workshop we will walk through the application form identifying areas where applicants typically go wrong.

You do not need a draft proposal, but will benefit most if you have a clear vision of your project.

No RSVP.

Campus Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 3rd, 2019 @ 12:00 noon

For more information contact Stephen Hill.

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Jun

05

FCVRRI Molecular Cardiology Seminar Series

Chicago - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Presented By:

Douglas L. Mann, MD
Lewin Chair & Chief, Cardiovascular Division
Professor, Medicine, Cell Biology, and Physiology
Washington University School of Medicine

Feingberg Cardiovascular and Renal Research Institute

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Jun

06

Virology Club: Dr. Isabelle Clerc

Chicago - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

"TBA"

Dr. Isabelle Clerc. D'Aquila Lab. Northwestern University.

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Jun

07

Mantle Cell Lymphoma: Moving from Big Guns to Magic Bullets

Chicago - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Timothy Fenske, MD, MS

Associate Professor

Department of Medical Oncology and Hematology

Froedtert Medical College of Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI

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Jun

07

"Experience-dependent Synapse Reorganization in the Living Brain"

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The department of Physiology welcomes Yi Zuo, Ph.D.

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Jun

07

Fulbright Application Workshop

Evanston - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

At this workshop you will learn about Fulbright application components and develop successful application strategies.

During the workshop we will walk through the application form identifying areas where applicants typically go wrong.

You do not need a draft proposal, but will benefit most if you have a clear vision of your project.

No RSVP.

Campus Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 3rd, 2019 @ 12:00 noon

For more information contact Stephen Hill.

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Jun

11

Microbiology-Immunology Department: Dean Rowe-Magnus, PHD

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Title: TBA

Speaker : Dean Rowe-Magnus, Indiana University-Bloomington

Host: Karla Satchell, PhD

Topic:

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Jun

12

Learning and Teaching Spring Symposium

Evanston - 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

4:00-5:00PM: Keynote Talk: Alice Pawley, Associate Professor of Engineering Education, Purdue University - "Finding productive rabbit holes: from ChemEng undergrad to NSF-funded engineering education researcher" (Abbott Auditorium)

Alice Pawley will share her career journey from a ChemEng undergrad to an NSF-funded engineering education researcher. She will also share insights from current research projects, including her PECASE project titled Learning from Small Numbers where she uses qualitative analysis of interviews from minoritized engineering students to think about how gender and race are built in to the structure of engineering education. Prof. Pawley's goal through her work at Purdue is to help people, including the engineering education profession, develop a vision of engineering education as more inclusive, engaged, and socially just. She runs the Feminist Research in Engineering Education Group, whose diverse projects and group members are described at pawleyresearch.org. She was aNational Academy of Engineering CASEE Fellow in 2007, received a CAREER award in 2010 and a PECASE award in 2012 for her project researching the stories of undergraduate engineering women and men of color and white women, and received the Denice Denton Emerging Leader award from the Anita Borg Institute in 2013.

5:00-6:00PM: Reception and Posters (Pancoe Cafe, 2nd floor)

Join us for wine, cheese, and conversation and find out how graduate students and postdocs are improving learning and teaching at Northwestern. Graduate Teaching Fellows, Searle Teaching-as-Research (STAR) participants, and Teaching Certificate Program participants will present posters sharing innovative learning and teaching projects they have developed and implemented this academic year.

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Jun

14

Hereditary Predisposition to Hematologic Malignancies: At the Tip of the Iceberg

Chicago - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Kim E. Nichols, MD

Director Cancer Predisposition Division

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Nashville, TN

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Jun

14

Department of Physiology Seminar Series - Andrew Singleton, Ph.D.

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The department of Physiology welcomes Andrew Singleton, Ph.D.

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Jun

20

14th Annual Pain and Palliative Care Conference

Chicago - 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

The 14th Annual Pain and Palliative Care Conference will address evolution and expansion of palliative care in health care. Other topics will include helping families addressing serious illness, methadone for pain control, special issues for adolescents and young adults, care of the patient in final hours, spiritual and cultural issues, self-care for caregivers and the use of cannabis in palliative care.

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Jun

28

TEAM/SDRC Seminar: Effects of Stretch on the Bladder Umbrella Cell Apical Junctional Ring

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University's TEAM Program and Northwestern's Skin Disease Research Center present:

Effects of Stretch on the Bladder Umbrella Cell Apical Junctional Ring

Amity Eaton
PhD Candidate (Gerald Apodaca Lab)
Renal-Electrolyte Division
University of Pittsburgh

Refreshments will be provided.

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