2015 SOPS Symposium Archive

UK's Vice President of Research, Professor Lisa Cassis, speaks to postdoctoral scholars at the First Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium.

Photo by Dr. Matthew Casselman

  The First Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium program containing the talk and poster titles and a complete description of the day's events can be found here.

The Society of Postdoctoral Scholars at the University of Kentucky is hosting a symposium to feature the work of postdoctoral scholars in Kentucky. The event will feature a keynote presentation by UK’s Interim Vice President of Research Dr. Lisa Cassis, oral presentations by UK and Western Kentucky postdocs, and a poster session. The symposium will allow for the exchange of ideas across a broad range of fields, and abstract submissions are welcome from any discipline. Postdocs from Kentucky are especially encouraged to submit abstracts. Graduate students are also welcome to participate. Prizes will be awarded to the top two postdoc and graduate student posters. First place receives $150, second place receives $50. For more information, and if you wish to participate, please contact our organizers at uk.sops@gmail.com To submit an abstract for a talk or a poster, or to register to attend, please visit: tinyurl.com/SoPS2015 Talk submission deadline has been extended to May 20, 2015. Poster submission deadline is Friday, June 5, 2015. There is no charge to present at or attend the symposium. Food at lunch and coffee breaks will be provided. Expenses for the symposium are funded by tne National Science Foundation under the ESPCoR award “Powering the Kentucky Bioeconomy for a Sustanable Future,” award number 1355438. Poster prizes are sponsored by the UK Graduate School.

2015 Symposium Schedule


Talks will be held in the William T. Young Library/UKAA auditorium (Room 1-62, South Wing). The poster presentation will be held in the Alumni Gallery (Room 1-65, South Wing). Map of William T. Young Library UK Campus Visitor Parking Information UK Campus Summer Parking Map

Keynote Speaker: UK's Interim Vice President of Research Professor Lisa Cassis Lisa Cassis, professor and chair of the Department of Molecular and Biomedical Pharmacology, serves as the University of Kentucky's interim Vice President for Research. She began her term June 2, 2014. "Dr. Cassis is an exceptional scholar and is a noted leader in her field with an extensive research portfolio, focusing primarily on metabolic, vascular and obesity-associated diseases," said UK President Eli Capilouto. Cassis is also a faculty member of the UK Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences, the Saha Cardiovascular Research Center, the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center, and the College of Pharmacy. She is currently principal investigator on several, multi-million-dollar federal grants including serving as program director of an $11.3 million National Institutes of Health grant that supports the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) focusing on obesity and cardiovascular diseases. Cassis earned B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in pharmacology from West Virginia University and held postdoctoral positions at the University of Wurzburg in Wurzburg, Germany, and the University of Virginia. As interim VP for Research, she leads the university’s research enterprise and oversees research proposal development, grants & contracts administration, federal relations, human subjects protection, 10 non-degree granting and multidisciplinary research centers, and an array of shared-use facilities that serve UK researchers. --from University of Kentucky Research Networking 101 PanelWhen: Friday, June 12, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm A panel discussion regarding the value and importance of networking, how it can help you in your job search efforts, and tips on making professional connections. Featured panelists include:

  • Lee Skallerup Bessette, Ph.D. Faculty/Instructional Consultant at the University of Kentucky Center for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT)
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  • Caroline Francis, Ed.S., M.S. and B.B.A Career Counselor, Alumni Career Services at the University of Kentucky James W. Stuckert Career Center
  • Nathan Vanderford, Ph.D., MBA University of Kentucky Assistant Professor, Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology Assistant Director for Research, Markey Cancer Center Assistant Dean for Academic Development, College of Medicine