For those who are interested in attending yoga sessions in person! The PDA is organizing yoga sessions every Monday at 5 pm on the UBC campus. All Postdocs are welcome!
Sign up here!
The sessions are on the UBC Vancouver campus, 2207 Main Mall (In front of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science department (https://goo.gl/maps/A7pDfA2LCGy1STFk8). There is a big tent located on the south part of Earth, Ocean department right next to the Main Mall in front of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.
If you can’t find us, Please email and Mina will guide you to the location.
The yoga session are on Mondays at 5 pm.
The yoga session is funded by participant’s donations in cash minimum of 5 CAD (Optional). 10% of the donations go to the “BEYOND The Conversation”, which is a Canadian registered grassroots for-impact society established in 2016 with the goal of ending social isolation in local neighbourhoods and beyond.
- If you don’t have a yoga mat, just bring a towel or blanket, not a problem at all!
- Never done yoga before- that’s OK, open to all levels!
- Questions/concerns keeping you from joining? please send us a message.
- Please fill out the form to sign up here to add you to the Yoga event mailing list or email.
- For those who are also interested in attending yoga sessions online, there are online yoga sessions organized by “Beyond the Conversation” (https://beyondtheconversation.ca/) every Sunday at 11am. https://meet.google.com/qxz-zufb-xec?authuser=0
By popular request, the PDA is starting a Postdoc Seminar Series! Do you want to practice your presentation skills? Are you looking for a chance to share your latest results? Are you interested in communicating your research to a non-expert audience of postdocs across all UBC disciplines?
Sign up as a speaker for the new Postdoc Seminar Series! If selected, we will contact you to set up a date and time for your seminar. All you need to do is prepare a 30-40 minute presentation about your research geared toward a general audience, and we will take care of the rest!
Postdoc Seminar by Dr. Kevin Kung on July 14th at 12:00 pm
Join us on Wednesday, July 14th at 12:00pm for a presentation by Dr. Kevin Kung.
Trash to cash: Turning crop and forest residues into higher-value products
Abstract: Biomass (crop and forest residues) is often not regarded as “sexy” as other forms of renewable production such as solar and wind, given the inherent complexities of feedstock handling and logistics. Even a thorough techno-economic analysis that looks attractive on paper can quickly derail when implemented in the field. I will begin this talk by describing two anecdotes of biomass installations gone awry. Then I will summarize how that has informed my own research as well as the future vision.
Meet the Speaker: Kevin received his Ph.D. in the field of Biofuels and Renewable Energy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2017). Currently, in addition to being a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UBC, Kevin serves as the Chief Technology Officer of Takachar, a start-up company spun out of his MIT research. Takachar’s mission is to dramatically increase the amount of crop and forest residues economically converted into useful biofuels and bioproducts in rural underserved communities, whether in India or California. Prior to founding Takachar, Kevin co-founded a biochar company (Safi Organics) in Kenya and scaled it to 15 full-time employees, 5,000 customers, and financial profitability.
As an attendee, you will have a chance to win a $10 coffee shop gift card! (randomly drawn at the end of the seminar)
Join us for his seminar and learn more about Kevin and his research!!
Wednesday, July 14th at 12:00pm online. Register to attend and receive the Zoom link.
Given the success of our Coffee Socials last Fall, we are starting a new series this summer. Come join us for a relaxing hour and connect with fellow Postdocs.
Postdoc Seminar by Dr. Marcus Johns on June 18th at 12:00 pm
Join us on Friday June 18th at 12:00pm for a presentation by Dr. Marcus Johns
Applying cluster-triggered fluorescent emission to bio-based nanomaterials analysis
Abstract: Cellulose nanomaterials are ideally suited for the development of advanced functional materials due to their biodegradability, biocompatibility, and excellent tensile properties. However, their nanoscale dimensions make them challenging to track, especially in dynamic situations. Fluorescent dyes can overcome this but surface modification may inherently change the particle interaction with its environment. My research looks at how a recently discovered phenomenon – cluster triggered fluorescent emission – can be used to not only track these nanoparticles but also probe their physicochemical interactions. This opens new opportunities in bio-based materials analysis.
Meet the Speaker: Marcus received his PhD, which focused on the production of cellulose-based scaffolds for tissue engineering, from the University of Bath, UK. His first postdoc at the University of Bristol, UK, was spent researching cellulosic nanomaterials (CNMs), where he started to develop his research into fluorescence. He is now a Mitacs Accelerate Research Fellow in the Department of Wood Science investigating the interaction of small molecules with CNMs in collaboration with BC Research. All of his usual hobbies (acting, climbing) have been curtailed by the pandemic so he has been spending more time Geocaching and cycling.
Join us for her seminar and learn more about Marcus and his research!!
Come join us for a fun night of Trivia co-hosted by UBC PDA, GrasPods and SFU PDA!
When: 6pm on Thursday, June 10
Where: Join from the comfort of your own home
There will be prizes!
Kids/pets/partners/friends are all welcome!
Postdoc Seminar by Dr. Karolin Heinze on May 26th at 12:00 pm
Join us on Wednesday, May 26th at 12:00pm for a presentation by Dr. Karolin Heinze
Understanding the regulatory landscape across different ovarian cancers
Abstract: Despite modern medical efforts ovarian cancer is still the most lethal malignancy of the female reproductive system. To improve the situation, I want to identify the regulatory landscape in different types of ovarian cancer, determine gene expression in different tumor areas (the tumor itself and adjacent “normal” reactive tissues) and the interactions within the surrounding microenvironment. For new therapy strategies to be effective and life prolonging with minimal side effects, we have to understand what and how these cells were broken before we can try to fix them.
Meet the Speaker: Karolin received her doctoral degree in molecular biomedicine from Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. After spending years in ‘mainstream’ ovarian cancer research, she wanted to focus on rarer, less studied ovarian cancers, where she felt her efforts would be more helpful. Karolin holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Master of Science in Molecular Medicine. Her current research focuses on the transcriptional and epigenomic profiles and immune microenvironment of ovarian cancers.
Join us for her seminar and learn more about Karolin and her research!!
Postdoc Seminar by Dr. Angela Rout on May 6th at 12:00pm
Register here to attend and receive the Zoom link.
Join us on Thursday, May 6th at 12:00pm for a presentation by Dr. Angela Rout:
Smartphones and sensors: designing better cities for people and trees
Abstract: Smartphone and sensor data can support urban design by providing decision makers with information about how people use public spaces. In my doctoral research I explored three ways that researchers can use spatio-temporal data from smartphones to inform design decisions (public engagement, data modeling and visualizations). In my current postdoctoral work I am combining mobile data and data from sensors to help cities design urban communities that benefit from urban forests.
Meet the Speaker: Angela completed her interdisciplinary doctoral research at the University of Calgary in a program that combines computer science with urban design. Her Master’s degree is in Architecture and she enjoyed working as an architectural designer as well as a public engagement consultant before returning to academia. Angela’s bachelor’s degree is in Fine Arts from UBC. She currently lives in Calgary with her family and is looking forward to living in Vancouver before summer!
Join us for her seminar and learn more about Angela and her research!!