08/21/15 – Sheng Yang shared several stories with us he heard at the three conferences he attended over the past several weeks.
08/14/15 – Sheng Yang was not able to join us last week due to some car troubles. Instead, we had some of our new rotation students introduce themselves and share their research interests.
08/07/15 – After our 5-minute science update we had a brief recap of our organizational discussion from the week before. We then shared some of our experimental woes from the week and discussed how we handle the constant frustrations we face doing scientific research. This led to some of the senior PhD students and post docs sharing strategies and tips with the newer PhD students regarding how to successfully navigate the PhD process.
07/31/15 – After our 5-minute science update (check out The Whiteboard for news you may have missed!) we had an organizational meeting for this Fall’s Pub Club meetings. We came up with four potential guest speakers and several back-up speaker options.
07/24/15 – During his visit with us at The Pub Club, Carl Rhodes’ advice to us was to prioritize communication with other scientists and writing–two familiar topics for The Pub Club! With that in mind, Maren Friesen led another group discussion on writing. For more information, check out Maren’s post on writing tips. You can also find more information on The Resources page.
07/17/15 – Last week we had a special guest, Dr. Carl Rhodes, come to visit us at The Pub Club. We also heard about iGRAD from Brad Day and Maren Friesen.
07/10/15 – We had a farewell party for Brian Kvitko as he heads off to Georgia to begin his new adventure as an Assistant Professor. Brian also shared his experience at the 2015 Phytobiomes Initiative. You can read more about this here. Although they were not able to make it for the party on Friday, we also want to say farewell to Marcelo Campos and Mieder Palm-Forster who will also be leaving us in the next couple of weeks. Good luck and have fun. We will miss you all!
06/26/15 – Brad Day talked to us about “How to be a good reviewer.” For those of you who missed the conversation, check out the post “Resources for manuscript peer review”.
06/19/05 – Last week we had Adam Steinbrenner from the Staskawicz lab visit us at The Pub Club. After our science update–which included science funding improvements and cat videos–Brian Kvitko and Andre led a science discussion on a new finding involving gene-for-gene resistance in tobacco. Also, thanks to James for the great snacks!
06/12/05 – Last week we started with an informal 5-minute science update where various members contributed with science news they had read over the last week. This worked so well we decided to stick with this format each week. We then discussed writing difficulties and different strategies for overcoming them. This discussion made it evident that this is an area that would be beneficial to revisit, possibly with a guest writing expert.
06/05/15 – Over the last week the He Lab and The Pub Club have been honored to host Emanuele, the third member of Weigel World, to visit the 4th floor this year. Emanuele describes his research as follows: “An emerging topic in the Weigel lab is the study of the effect of pathogens and autoimmune responses on plant development, an understudied field that can address important problems with wide-reaching implications in plant productivity. In this context, I am focusing on the interplay between the immune response and development using the Arabidopsis thaliana leaf as a model system. My current research is concentrating on the genetic and molecular basis of this process and on the generation of a theoretical model to define a new area in plants that I call patho-morphogenesis.”
5/29/15 – Newest members of The Pub Club, the Friesen Lab, introduce themselves and their areas of research. As the different members of Maren’s Lab made their presentations a lively discussion was enjoyed. Thanks guys and Welcome!
5/22/15 – Last week Pub Club’r James Kremer (He Lab) took advantage of the opportunity The Pub Club presents to hone his presentation & discussion skills. The topic for the Pub Club was plant microbiome research led. Many people have strong opinions about plant microbiome research… some believe it is just a fad, some believe it is oversold, and others believe it is emerging as one of the most important areas of plant research. Industry has invested millions, and many labs have refocused efforts to understand how microbial communities and plants interact. The group learned from James and we know he learned a little in return, “Win-Win.” Who will follow James lead?