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How-to Talks by Postdocs

Banner Graphic for the 2016 How-to Talks



Tompkins-McCaw Library, Second Floor Lecture Room
509 North 12th Street, Richmond, Va. 23298


How-to Talks by Postdocs is a series of instructional brown-bag lunch talks for the general VCU health-sciences community taught by postdocs. These are not seminar talks, but an opportunity for postdocs to share how to do something related to the health sciences. Talks are held on Mondays from noon–1 p.m. at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences (MCV Campus), first-floor conference room. All in the VCU community are welcome to attend and are encouraged to bring their own lunches. Registration is requested.

Schedule of Talks

Oct. 10 Intro to R-package, Part 1
Anna S. Nagle, Ph.D.
Download R and learn how to conduct common statistical tasks such as power analysis, normality testing, and comparing means and variances when your data is not normally distributed. Attendees are highly encouraged to bring a laptop to this talk.
Oct. 17 Intro to R-package, Part 2
Anna S. Nagle, Ph.D.
This session is a continuation of the previous week’s talk. Attendees are not required to attend Part 1, although it is strongly encouraged. Please bring a laptop.
Oct. 24 How to Study Protein-Ligand Interaction Through Molecular Docking
Nehru V Sankaranarayanan, Ph.D.
Attendees will be introduced to molecular docking technology and will have an opportunity to work on a case study. Open source computational tools that can be used to study the interactions of protein-ligand complexes will be highlighted. Participants are required to bring a laptop to this talk. Loaner laptops are available in a limited quantity and may be requested by emailing prior to the event.
Oct. 31 How to Obtain a Postdoc and Thrive In It
Sade E. Johns, Ph.D.
This talk will cover the steps needed to obtain a postdoc and how to prepare once you’re in a postdoc position. There will also be a discussion on how you can thrive as a postdoc in a scholarly environment.
Nov. 7th The Active Learning Teaching Revolution: Teaching STEM so that Your Students Actually Learn
Rebecca Martin, Ph.D.
The importance of an evidence-based active learning approach will be considered, followed by a survey of active learning techniques. Freely available technologies that can be used to assist with those techniques will be reviewed as well. Each technique will be utilized in class so that attendees can get a feel for how and when they can be used. New material will be covered in the updated version of this talk, if you attended last year’s presentation. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop or an iPad. Register here.


This series is sponsored by the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, the Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research, and the VCU Postdoctoral Association.


VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
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Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
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