2016 Science Day registration now open; poster winners announced

By: Elizabeth Turner

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's 2016 Science Day will showcase more than 110 posters submitted by undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research faculty, and research staff conducting research in labs or research programs of VKC members and investigators. Science Day will take place Monday, Sept. 19, beginning at 12:00 p.m. at Vanderbilt University's Student Life Center.

In addition to the traditional poster sessions, Science Day will also include a VKC Data Blitz, featuring 5-minute presentations by graduate and postdoctoral winners of the VKC Science Day Poster Abstract Competition. The members of the 2016 VKC Science Day Committee pored over lots of submissions from presenters who elected to compete in this year’s abstract competition and chose the best abstracts in each theme and level. In addition to the Data Blitz participation, each of the winners has earned a $250 cash prize. Congratulations to the winners (Data Blitz presenters indicated by asterisks):

  • Undergraduate (Overall):
    • Taylor Boothby, “The Stuttering Stereotype: Negative Automatic Associations and Diminished Credibility”
  • Cellular/Molecular Neuroscience:
    • Graduate Level: Nicole Fisher*, “Metabotropic glutamate receptor 7 as a therapeutic target in MECP2-related disorders”
    • Postdoc Level: Max Joffe*, “Mechanisms of mGlu3-mediated synaptic plasticity in the prefrontal cortex”
  • Clinical/Behavioral/Intervention Research:
    • Graduate Level: Hannah Krimm*, “Derivational Morphology Knowledge of Children with Specific Language Impairment”
  • Systems Neuroscience:
    • Graduate Level: David Simon*, “Neural Correlates of Sensory Hyporesponsiveness in Toddlers at High Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder”
    • Postdoc Level: Branden Stansley*, “Metabotropic Glutamate Receptor 5 (mGlu5) mediates learning-induced metaplasticity in the hippocampus”

Science Day agenda

Committee members are currently establising the day's agenda. Presenters will be allowed to hang their posters in the Commodore Ballroom as early as 11:00 a.m., with the program beginning at noon in the Board of Trust Room. Science Day festivities will include two poster sessions, a keynote, and the Data Blitz. Presenting the Science Day keynote address will be Laurie Cutting, Ph.D., Patricia & Rodes Hart Professor of Special Education and professor of Psychology, Radiology, and Pediatrics. Cutting will speak on "The Future of Developmental Disabilities Research: The Timeliness of Translational Research." Lunch will be provided, as well as a wine and cheese reception to close out the day's festivities. More information will be posted on the 2016 Science Day event page as details are solidified.

Register to attend

In order to provide adequate catering and print material orders, coordinators ask that everyone who plans on attending Science Day -- both poster presenters and general attendees -- please register to attend by visiting the Science Day Events page.

A Tradition With Innovation

The goals of the annual VKC Science Day are to promote “centeredness” by providing a scientific forum; to provide an opportunity to present significant research findings; and to encourage research collaboration.

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center supports basic/molecular, applied, and clinical research and training. The VKC has more than 300 faculty researchers, staff, and affiliate members working together across disciplines to create basic and clinical scientific discoveries, to translate research into best practices, and to train the next generation of researchers and practitioners. The ultimate goal is to make positive differences in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

Call (615) 322-8240 or email Science Day coordinator Elizabeth Turner at elizabeth.turner@vanderbilt.edu with all questions.

Last Updated: 8/11/2016 9:21:39 AM

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