Academic and Scholarly Events

  • Datablitz and Academic Job Search Panel/Luncheon

    National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) 2nd Annual Postdoc Datablitz Competition at UConn
    The Graduate School at UConn and the UConn Postdoc Association proudly sponsors the 2nd Annual Postdoc Datablitz Competition and luncheon. The datablitz competition is an opportunity for postdocs across campus to share their research in "elevator pitch" style, giving five minute research talks. Featured in this year's event is a special seminar delivered by the Dean of the Graduate School and an academic job search faculty panel during lunch. Please see below for agenda! Come support UConn postdocs! Be engaged! Get involved! Build a community!

    Date: 9/23/16
    Location: Alumni Center (2384 Alumni Dr, Storrs, CT 06269)
    Audience: All are invited to attend

    9:30-10:00am- Registration and Refreshments

    10:00am-General Welcoming Remarks and Introduction of speaker

    10:05-10:25-“Getting more than 20 strangers to care about your research” Kent E. Holsinger, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School

     10:25-10:30-Q&A with the Dean 

     10:30-11:45- Datablitz presentations (7 presentations at 5 minutes each with 2 minutes for questions after each presenter)


    Zwitterionic Propargyl Linked Antifolates for Gram Negative Pathogens

    Narendran G-Dayanandan*, Michael N. Lombardo*, Christine C. Orozco†, Mark Niosi†,Steven Kowalewski†, Sarah Lazzaro†, Loretta M.Cox†, Mark A. Moen†, R. Scott Obach†, Amy C. Anderson*, Dennis L. Wright*.

    * Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut 06269, USA.

    † Department of Pharmacokinetics, Dynamics and Metabolism, Pfizer Global Research & Development, Groton, Connecticut 06340, USA



    Heterogeneity of astrocyte and NG2 cell insertion at the node of Ranvier

    Peter Jukkola*, David R. Serwanski*, and Akiko Nishiyama*,

    *Department of Physiology and Neurobiology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, 06269



    EphA4 controls neuroblast and astrocyte organization in the subventricular zone and rostral migratory stream

    Todd K.L.(1), Baker K.L.(1), Eastman M.B.(1), Kolling F.W.(2), Nelson C.E.(2), Conover J.C.(1)

    (1)Department of Physiology and Neurobiology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269(2)Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269



    Health Related Quality of Life in Ethnic Minorities with Diabetes

    Kelley Newlin Lew, DNSc, APRN, CDE (School of Nursing, InCHIP); Julie Wagner, PhD (inCHIP), Associate Professor, Behavioral Sciences and Community Health, School of Dental Medicine And Psychiatry, School of Medicine; Omar Braizat, MD (InCHIP)



    A Comparative Analysis of Weight Stigma in SES Matched Men and Women

    Mary S Himmelstein (Post-Doctoral Fellow, UConn Rudd Center,

    Rebecca M. Puhl (Deputy Director, UConn Rudd Center & Professor in the UConn department of Human Development and Family Studies)



    Food Swamps? The Effect of Imbalanced Food Environments on Obesity

    Kristen Cooksey Stowers, PhD

    InChip Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity



    U.S. Partisan Media Coverage of Climate Change, 2011-2014: Understanding Frames and Cultural Appeals Todd P. Newman, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

    11:45am-Transitition to lunch

    Noon-12:45- Academic Job Search Faculty Panel


     Jessica Rouge, Assistant Professor/ Department of Chemistry

    Melanie Newport-Assistant Professor/ Department of History

    Daniel Shwartz-Assistant Professor/ Director of the Biotechnology Bioservices Center

    Jie He-Assistant Professor/ Department of Chemistry

    12:45-1:00pm-Closing Remarks/ Announcement of Winners  (Victoria Blodgett, Assistant Dean of Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Affairs)


    Feel free to attend the some or all of the program.


    For more information, contact: Rowena Grainger at

If you have any questions, please contact Grad School at 860-486-3617.