Postdoc Science Cafe

In collaboration with Webster's Cafe downtown, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has created a science cafe, where postdocs and assistant research professors from all disciplines get an opportunity to present their research to general audience. The cafe is at 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays, once a month, with two presenters, with a short 15 minute talk each, followed by Q&A with the audience. Cafe is on hiatus until further notice. We hope to revive it in Spring 2022.


Science Cafes in 2019

- Allison Gicking, postdoctoral scholar in Biomedical Engineering, presenting "Walk this Way: The Motion of Molecular Motors"
- Charlie Mason, postdoctoral scholar in Entomology, presenting "When Hungry Caterpillars get Tummy Aches - Plant Defenses, Microbiomes, and Leaky Gut Syndrome"

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- Juan Margalef, postdoctoral scholar in Physics, presenting "The Geometry of Pizzas"
- Zhongyang He, postdoctoral scholar in Energy and Mineral Engineering, presenting "Sleeping Beauties in Science"

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- Holly Harris, postdoctoral scholar in the Center for Childhood Obesity Research, presenting "Eating your feelings: why do we use comfort food to regulate our emotions?"
- Samuel Martins, postdoctoral scholar in Psychology, presenting "Adverse Life Experiences and its Effects on Compassion"

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- Ajay Dangi, postdoctoral scholar in Biomedical Engineering, presenting "Photoacoustic Imaging: Seeing Colors Through Sound"
- Samuel Martins, postdoctoral scholar in Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology, presenting "Looking for a Microbial Needle in a Mushroom Haystack"

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- Sebastiaan Van Nuffel, postdoctoral scholar in the Materials Research Institute, presenting "Label-Free Chemical Imaging of Tissues and Single Cells using Imaging Mass Spectrometry"
- Margarita Orlova, postdoctoral scholar in Entomology, presenting "The Warrior Queen? Aggression and Signaling in Social Insects"

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- Joshua Garber, postdoctoral scholar in Earth and Mineral Sciences (Geosciences), presenting "Earth In Context: What Makes Our Planet Unique?"
- Ehsan Mahdinia, postdoctoral scholar in Food Science, presenting "A Prototype to Investigate Milk Proteins and Salt Interactions"

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- Yolanda Murphy, postdoctoral scholar in Health Development and Family Studies, presenting "Child Anxiety: What we know and moving forward"
- Michael Gorka, postdoctoral scholar in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, presenting "Hijacking Photosynthesis: Using Nature's Machinery to Generate Biofuels"

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- Weston Eaton, postdoctoral scholar in Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education, presenting "Water for Agriculture: Creating an Engaged Approach to Water For & From Agriculture"
- Kristen Brochu, postdoctoral scholar in Entomology, presenting "Fair-weather Frenemies: the complex relationship between bees and plants"

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- Michelle Tomczyk, postdoctoral scholar in Physics, presenting "The Future is Quantum: How today's quantum science might become tomorrow's quantum technology"
- Anna Madra, postdoctoral scholar in Civil and Environmental Engineering, presenting "A 3D view into the world of high-performance materials"

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- Jessica Gaby, postdoctoral scholar in Food Sciences, presenting "Invisible Influence: how body odor affects social interactions"
- Xiao-Guang Yang, Assistant Research Professor in Mechanical and Nucelar Engineering, presenting "The Development of All Climate Vehicles"

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