A Week-Long Celebration of Research at Duke

Join us virtually for this week-long celebration of research including an exciting array of faculty lectures and panel discussions; graduate student, trainee, and postdoctoral fellow flash talks; and special guest speakers presenting the Robert J. Lefkowitz, MD, Distinguished Lecture and Daubechies Lecture 2022.

Distinguished Lectures

Schedule of Events

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January 31 – February 4

Monday, January 31

Advancing Neuroscience – Brain Science

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

R. Alison Adcock, MD, PhD

Moderator

Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD

Greg Field, PhD

Cameron C. McIntyre, PhD

Heather Elizabeth Whitson, MD

Robert J. Lefkowitz, MD, Distinguished Lecture: Genetic and Neurophysiological Approaches to Tackle Rett Syndrome & MECP2 Disorders

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Huda Yahya Zoghbi, MD

Keynote Speaker

Mary E. Klotman, MD

Moderator

Robert J. Lefkowitz, MD

Research Town Hall: Academic Research and Social Responsibility

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Geeta Krishna Swamy, MD

Moderator

Donna Biederman, DrPH, MN, RN, CPH, FAAN

William A. Darity Jr., PhD

Christina M. Gibson-Davis, PhD

Thavolia Glymph, PhD

Sabrena Mervin-Blake

Grant Murray, PhD

Susanna Naggie, MD

Tuesday, February 1

Different Roads to Translation

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Robin L. Rasor, MS

Moderator

Matthew L. Becker, PhD

Arif H. Kamal, MD

Howard Levinson, MD

Stefan Roberts, PhD

Social Policy Implications of COVID-19

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has not only changed national and international policy approaches to overcoming public health emergencies, but also the landscape of social policy research and engagement efforts at academic institutions. This has included a wide array of Duke faculty, researchers, and students who have been directly involved in both policy development and implementation at the local, national, and international levels, as well as new research opportunities that have arisen because of the virus. In this fireside chat and panel discussion, Duke faculty will share their research and engagement experiences during COVID-19 and their outlook for social policy research and priorities in a post-COVID-19 era.


Mark McClellan, MD, PhD

Moderator

Anna Gassman-Pines, PhD

Jennifer Lansford, PhD

Krishna Udayakumar, MD

Charlene Wong, MD

Climate Change Science

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

The Research Week Climate Panels will highlight the convergence of disciplines necessary to mitigate the effects of and adapt to climate change as we consider consequences across our global community. Researchers working in Energy Transformation, Climate Resilience, Data and Climate, and Climate Justice will highlight ongoing climate change challenges, and provide insight into our path forward towards socially just climate solutions.

Toddi Steelman, PhD

Moderator

Elizabeth Albright, PhD

Emily Bernhardt, PhD

James Clark, PhD

Marc Jeuland, PhD

Brian McAdoo, PhD

Climate Change Solutions

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

The Research Week Climate Panels will highlight the convergence of disciplines necessary to mitigate the effects of and adapt to climate change as we consider consequences across our global community. Researchers working in Energy Transformation, Climate Resilience, Data and Climate, and Climate Justice will highlight ongoing climate change challenges, and provide insight into our path forward towards socially just climate solutions.

Mohamed Noor, PhD

Moderator

Mark Borsuk, PhD

Kay Jowers, PhD

Dalia Patino-Echeverri, PhD

Brian Silliman, PhD

Jonathan Wiener, PhD

Wednesday, February 2

Computation Across the Disciplines

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Jun Yang, PhD

Moderator

Christopher R. Monroe, PhD

Michael Kendrick Reiter, PhD

Charlotte S. Sussman, PhD

Daubechies Lecture 2022: Quorum Sensing Across Domains: From Viruses To Bacteria To Eukaryotes

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Bonnie L. Bassler, PhD

Keynote Speaker

Valerie S. Ashby, PhD

Moderator

Sally Kornbluth, PhD

Women’s Reproductive Health Panel

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Susan Kay Murphy, PhD

Moderator

Tomi Akinyemiju, PhD

Carolyn Coyne, PhD

Brenna L. Hughes, MD, MSc

Jonathan Posner, MD

Nimmi Ramanujam, PhD

Community Engagement/Health Disparities

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

L. Ebony Boulware, MD

Moderator

Nadine J. Barrett, PhD

Tyson Brown, PhD

Michael Cohen-Wolkowiez, MD

Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc

Schenita Davis Randolph, PhD

Dane R. Whicker, PhD

Thursday, February 3

Race, Gender, Power: New Perspectives from the Humanities

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Jocelyn Olcott, PhD

Moderator

James Chappel, PhD

Annette Joseph-Gabriel, PhD

Esther Kim Lee, PhD

Jennifer C. Nash, PhD

Immunology/Vaccine Development

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Colin S. Duckett, PhD

Moderator

David Montefiori, PhD

Kevin Saunders, PhD

Georgia Tomaras, PhD

Wilton Williams, PhD

Materials for a Changing World

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

L. Catherine Brinson, PhD

Moderator

David N. Beratan, PhD

Michael Rubinstein, PhD

Tatiana Segura, PhD

Feature Clinical Fellow and Resident Flash Talks with Live Chat

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Rasheed Gbadegesin, MD, MBBS

Moderator

Friday, February 4

Enhancing the Research Enterprise at Duke

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Sally Kornbluth, PhD

Moderator

Chantell Evans, PhD

Sharon Gerecht, PhD

Josh Huang, PhD

Eric Laber, PhD

AiiCE: A Large-Scale Effort to Cultivate Inclusive Excellence in Computing

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

As society continues to charge through a computational revolution, it is imperative that a diverse range of disciplines and groups shape and influence the future of computing and its applications. To date, however, much of computing design, development, and implementation has been dominated by technocentric fields which lack diversity with respect to identity. The effects of this lack of diversity in thought and approach have far-reaching social and cultural implications that are evident in academic/workplace cultures and biased/harmful technologies that negatively impact society at large and, most significantly, the most vulnerable. Changing this trajectory cannot rely on marginalized groups. Instead, institutions (which include people, policies, and practices) must be transformed so that a broad spectrum of identities not only participate in the development of technology, but also drive its future. In this talk, the team will discuss the current state of diversity, equity, and inclusion in computing, challenges associated with centering interventions on marginalized groups, and how they are working through the Alliance for identity-Inclusive Computing Education towards a more inclusive future of computing.

George Truskey, PhD

Moderator

Shaundra Daily, PhD

Cecilé Sadler

Nicki Washington, PhD

Narrative, Object, Nature, Empire: The Humanities Interpret the Grand Challenges of Society

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

This panel highlights how humanities questions not only help clarify but are central to analyzing major issues in human society. Taking the term “grand challenges” from the sciences, we argue that humanities are equally important to explaining fundamental human problems (and solutions). Looking at diverse sources such as narratives and oral testimonies, cultural objects, archival sources, and evidence from the natural world, the scholars will present how they use these sources to examine critically human societies past and present.


Louise Meintjes, PhD

Moderator

Felipe De Brigard, PhD

Sophia Enriquez, PhD

Christine Folch, PhD

Paul B. Jaskot, PhD

Featured Postdoc/PhD Student Flash Talks with Live Chat

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Beth Sullivan, PhD

Moderator

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