Biology Scientific Retreat


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Top left: Dean Goldbart enjoying conversation with faculty between the talks. Bottom left: Matthew Torres and Shuyi Nie. Middle: Members of the School of Biology pose after a competitive soccer game. Top right: John Gaby, postdoc in Joel Kostka's lab, presents his poster during the poster session. Bottom right: the Golden Pipette, prize for the best talk and presentations during the poster session.

(R)evolutionary Biology: 2014 School of Biology Scientific Retreat

FALL 2014

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Every other year, the School of Biology invites all faculty, research scientists, postdocs and graduate students to participate in a scientific retreat to showcase their talent. This year’s retreat started Saturday morning, September 6th at Unicoi State Park in the Georgia Mountains and extended through Sunday noon. It was run like a scientific meeting, with a series of five, 20 minute talks by faculty in the morning, followed by lunch and outdoor activities like hiking, soccer, and swimming. In the evening, there were about 40 poster presentations where faculty and students mingled and exchanged ideas. On Sunday morning, Dr. Joshua Weitz gave the keynote address entitled, “The Viruses They Are a Changin': Theory-based Insights on the Interplay Between Ecological and Evolutionary Dynamics”. He was followed by nine talks from postdocs and graduate students. The award for the best talk went to 5th year Ph.D. student Pavithra Chandramowlishwaran from Yury Chernoff’s lab and best poster went to Ramanan Sekar, a 4th year Ph.D. student from Thomas DiChristina’s lab. These retreats are important parts of Georgia Tech Biology graduate education and build enthusiasm for the program.