Meeting Agenda


Scheduled Agenda for 2017 fall

  1. Scheduled Meeting Date: Oct 6th, Nov 3rd, Dec 1st, 2017
  2. Scheduled Meeting Place: 365 Phillips Hall
  3. Scheduled Meeting time: 11:00am–1:00pm

September 1, 2017, 365 Phillips Hall, 11:00am-1:00pm

  1. Welcome
  2. Introduction of the new funded trainees and their mentors
  3. Overview of BD2K certificate
  4. Overview of BD2K modules
  5. Introduction to Amy Maddox and her research
  6. Listserv management

May 5, 2017, 365 Phillips Hall, 11:00am-1:00pm

  1. Seminar presentation: Joe Guinness, PhD, Assistant Professor of Statistics, North Carolina State University
  2. Discussion of summer and fall plans

Seminar abstract:  Hierarchical Models for Spatial Data

One common goal when analyzing spatial data is to provide interpolations of the response to locations where it was not observed. In order to do this in a statistical framework and provide interpolation uncertainties, we need models for random functions that could be evaluated at arbitrary locations. I will review the concept of random function, also known as a stochastic process or a random field, and explore the commonly used Gaussian process model, including a discussion of the computational costs of using it. Gaussian processes form the building block for more complex non-Gaussian hierarchical models, which are important for modeling count responses, responses that contain a large proportion of zeros, and categorical responses. I will outline some of these models and applications for them, and conclude with a short discussion of Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods for conducting Bayesian statistical analyses.

April 7, 2017, 365 Phillips Hall, 11:00am-1:00pm

  1. Research updates and summer plans from funded trainees
  2. Certificate program update and invitation (especially for those graduating soon)
  3. Joe Guinness from NCSU speaking about hierarchical Bayesian modeling for our May meeting
  4. Announcement of application process for next year’s funded trainees, to start around May

Friday, March 3, 2017 11:00am-1:00pm, 365 Phillips Hall, 11:00am-1:00pm

  1. Presentation by Professor Chuck Perou about his cancer genomics research.  Dr. Perou’s “Cancer Genomics and Class Discovery” module is running for the 2nd time with a strong enrollment.
  2. Research updates from funded 2017 trainees, as well as updates from other trainees who have something to share.
  3. Informal feedback from trainees on the 2017 modules.
  4. Announcement of a “Special Seminar on Bayesian Methods”.

Friday, February 3, 2017—11:00AM-1:00PM (365 Phillips Hall)

  1. Welcome back
  2. Updates: certificate and modules
  3. Research updates from everyone (1-3 minutes)
  4. Any research or related questions for the group?

Friday, December 9, 2016—11:00AM-1:00PM (365 Phillips Hall)

  1. We will have all modules for Spring 2017 ironed out by the beginning of next semester.
  2. Yuan Li has been helping to get the module information posted on the BD2K website.  The Networks module is posted.
  3. Update from the All Hands meeting, news of Graduate School approval of the BD2K Certificate.
  4. Research updates.
  5. Research challenges for the group to brainstorm about.

Friday, November 4, 2016—11:00AM-1:00PM (365 Phillips Hall)

  1. Brief research updates from trainees not funded by the program this year.
  2. Open forum for faculty, postdocs, graduate students to suggest research problems /challenges for the group to brainstorm about, potentially spin off a working group or a study group.
  3. Updates on the Certificate approval process from the Graduate School.
  4.  Updates on modules to be offered Spring 2017

Friday, October 7, 2016—11:00AM-1:00PM (365 Phillips Hall)

  1. Research updates from funded trainees (5 minutes each)
  2. Overview of Biology Associate Professor Amy Gladfelter’s lab
  3. Update on certificate program
  4. Report of all BD2K graduate training programs, conference call October 6, 2016
  5. Plans for next seminar meeting

Friday, September 2, 2016—11:00AM-1:00PM (365 Phillips Hall)

  1. Welcoming remarks from Michael and Greg.  Program overview and purpose of the monthly meetings.
  2. Salute to all Year 1 participating trainees (academic year and summer; please come and take a nod) and all participating mentors.  We’ll ask for folks to identify themselves, where they are from, their research focus.
  3. Introduction of Year 2 funded trainees and their mentors.
  4. Self-introduction of any new graduate students and faculty.
  5. Update on the BD2K in Biomedicine Certificate, to be granted by the Graduate School and our program.
  6. Update on Modules — last year’s (refer to ) and this coming year’s.
  7. Sharing of activity ideas for the year, such as timely short courses, alliances with other activities on campus such as RENCI, the Odum Institute, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, collaborative competitions, etc. We welcome any input from all attendees.
  8. Upfit plans for Phillips Hall 365 — thoughts thus far, solicitation of suggestions.

Friday, April 1, 2016—11:00AM-1:00PM (365 Phillips Hall)

First:  RSVP to Betsy Seagroves so we have enough pizza ordered.  BYO water!

  1. Brief research update from trainees
  2. Update on modules
  3. Summer supplement update
  4. Update on certificate
  5. Summer plans

Have a great summer and see you next year!

Friday, March 4, 2016—11:00AM-1:00PM (365 Phillips Hall)

First:  RSVP to Betsy Seagroves so we have enough pizza ordered.  BYO water!

  1. Report on BD2K meeting in February
  2. Brief research update from funded trainees
  3. Update on modules
  4. Summer supplement
  5. Suggestions for activities that compel PH 365 as a permanent, and oft-used, space for the BD2K training program.   Separate work spaces for team projects, or a place where we could have our own community gathering spot, or module classes, mini workshops, etc.

Friday, February 5, 2016—11:00AM-1:00PM (365 Phillips Hall)

First:  RSVP to Betsy Seagroves so we have enough pizza ordered.  BYO water!

This is our first meeting of the semester so a slightly different format.

  1. Updates for training grant report needed from students by next Friday.
  2. Update on how the 2 live modules are going, from the instructors and the students.  Since 3 more modules will start later in the semester, we anticipate a lively discussion from both students and faculty instructors.   We will also discuss student expectations to successfully pass the modules — an organic discussion you will not want to miss 🙂
  3. Any news from funded and non-funded trainees, e.g., cool progress, published papers, awards other than being a BD2K trainee — remember we only have funds for 6 trainees with dozens more trainees so we want everyone to be involved in the program.   Your ideas and suggestions for training and research of any and all kinds are welcome.
  4. Natalie Stanley, Josh Lawrimore, and Robert Corty are going to the NIH BD2K trainee meeting on Feb 17 in San Diego, representing us.  I’ll be there too.   Stay tuned for a report as part of the March monthly meeting.
  5. Phillips 365 — where we meet the 1st Friday of every month.   Greg Forest will lead a brainstorming session about this space becoming the permanent “home” of the BD2K training program AND all associated activities including graduate training, workshops, social activities, flexibility to have small working groups, use for the modules going forward, lounge, etc., and as a place for research activities aligned with and related to BD2K in Biomedicine and Biology.

Friday, December 4, 2015 – 11:00AM-1:00PM (365 Philliips Hall)

  1. BD2K T32 website update
  2. 10-minute research update: Robert Corty
  3. 5-minute research updates: funded trainees
  4. Discussion of modules for spring 2016
  5. Pizza lunch, bring your own beverage

Friday, November 6, 2015 – 11:00AM-1:00PM (365 Philliips Hall)

  1. Research overview by Josh Welch
  2. Discussion of modules for spring 2015
  3. Discussion of certificate requirements
  4. Pizza consumption to start before noon, bring your own liquids

Friday, October 2, 2015 – 11:00AM-1:00PM (365 Philliips Hall)

  1. Introduction of new trainees that have joined the program
  2. Updates from the students about self-generated collaborative activities (if any), ideas for program activities
  3. 10 minute overview presentation by Josh Lawrimore about his research in the Bloom lab
  4. Pizza consumption to start before noon, bring your own liquids
  5. Update on training module development for Spring 2016
  6. A little after noon: Paul Dayton, BME and BRIC, will present a project for trainees and mentors to potentially collaborate on
  7. Julie Kimbell will present an overview of her work on surgical modeling for pediatric nasal passages and airways.

Friday, September 4, 2015 – 11:00AM-1:00PM (365 Philliips Hall)

  1. Welcome and Introductions.
  2. Five minute research presentations from funded trainees.
  3. Special presentations: Natalie Stanley, Josh Welch
  4. Formation of collaborative teams: Dream Challenge project for funded trainees; group projects for all trainees: groups of 5-6 with at least one faculty mentor for guidance; other group permutations
  5. Future meetings and topics of discussion

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