2020 WID Symposium

August 27, 2020

The Third Annual WID Symposium — and first virtual WID Symposium — features lightning talks, a poster session, and community building for WIDites. This event is integral to being a WIDite, so please make your attendance a top priority and encourage your colleagues to do the same.

Note that you will not be able to access symposium sessions if you have not RSVP’d for the event. Log in with your UW Google Suite credentials in order to complete this form. If you are logged into another Google account, you will be unable to access the form.

Virtual Tools – This year’s symposium will use a variety of virtual meeting tools; you may wish to make yourself familiar with these tools ahead of the symposium:

  • Zoom – Plenary sessions and lightning talks will take place within Zoom’s virtual meeting software.
  • Congregate – Break room discussions, the closing activity, and the poster session will take place in Congregate’s online meeting space.
  • Slack – The #widsymposium channel on WID’s Slack will be available throughout the symposium. Click here to join.
  • Google Docs – Some activities will use Google Docs to facilitate discussion and collect ideas.
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SYMposium Schedule:

WIDites are expected to attend the program in its entirety.

10:00 am CDT Welcome & WID Updates
WID Director Jo Handelsman
Zoom: WID Symposium
10:45 Lightning Talks: Session I
Zoom: WID SymposiumEach speaker will have three minutes to talk about their group’s work or a particular project in the most compelling and informative way possible. After three minutes, the moderator will pose one question from the chat for the speaker to answer. Then the next talk will begin. Save the rest of your questions for the break room, chat, or email follow-up.

Melissa Schoenlein
Graduate Student, Schloss Visual Reasoning Lab
Visual communication in science and society

Michael Ferris
Professor, Computer Sciences
Optimization methods and data modeling for large scale problems in science, engineering and economics

Katie Mueller
Graduate Student, Saha Human Stem Cell Engineering Lab
Rapid Nonviral Generation of Chimeric Antigen Receptor T Cells Using CRISPR-Cas9 Editing

Rui Chen
Graduate Student, Luedtke Group
Stochastic Programming

Silvia Di Gregorio
Graduate Student, Del Pia Research Group
Integer optimization

Xuehua Zhong
Associate Professor, Genetics
Epigenetic regulation of plant traits and environmental adaptation

11:15 Poster Session
Congregate: WID Symposium Poster Session
12:30 pm Break (Lunch)
Congregate: WID Symposium Break Room (optional discussion space)
1:15 Lightning Talks: Session II
Zoom: WID Symposium

Zhen Peng
Postdoctoral Associate, Baum Lab
Theoretical research on the emergence of life-like systems from chemical reaction networks

Blake Mason
Graduate Student, Nowak Research Group
Machine learning techniques, such as metric learning, to analyze human generated data

Claudia Solís-Lemus
Assistant Professor, Plant Pathology
Development of statistical models to answer biological questions

Gavin Knight
Postdoctoral Associate, Ashton Group
Engineering organotypic 2D CNS tissues from human pluripotent stem cells

Ross Tredinnick
Systems Programmer, Ponto Lab and Virtual Environments Group
Immersive visualization, 3D environment scanning, virtual reality research and development

Coral Wille
Postdoctoral Associate, Sridharan Lab
Epigenetic barriers of reprogramming somatic cells to induced pluripotent stem cells

1:45 Break
Congregate: WID Symposium Break Room
2:00 Lightning Talks: Session III
Zoom: WID Symposium

Jon Eckhardt
Associate Professor, Business
Entrepreneurship, including firm formation, venture finance, and university driven entrepreneurship

Daniel Pimentel-Alarcón
Assistant Professor, Biostatistics and Medical Informatics

Yiming Qin
Graduate Student, Denu Lab
Mitochondrial protein acetylation

Stefanie Glas
Graduate Student, Turng Lab
Mechanical Engineering with focus on Medical and Polymer Engineering

Amanda Hurley
Postdoctoral Associate, Handelsman Lab
Genetic determinants of bacterial community stability and invasion

2:30 Break
Congregate: WID Symposium Break Room
3:00 Lightning Talks: Session IV
Zoom: WID Symposium

Kirin Hong
Graduate Student, Tang Lab
Gut microbiome variation modulates the effects of dietary fiber on host metabolism

Brittany Baur
Postdoctoral Associate, Roy Lab
Gene regulatory networks in development, disease and evolution

John Yin
Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Viruses that make us sick

Yuyuan Wang
Postdoctoral Associate, Gong Lab
Nano-Sized Carriers for Gene and Gene Editing Tool Delivery

Jeff Linderoth
Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Discrete optimization

Stephen Wright
Professor, Computer Sciences
Optimization algorithms with applications to data analysis and other areas

3:30 Closing & WID Trivia
Congregate: WID Trivia
4:00 End of program