Duke Research Week 2021
January 25 – 29, 2021

Featured Panel Discussion
and Faculty Lectures

Novel research presentations representing disciplines across Duke

1st Annual Daubechies Lecture 2021

Featuring MIT Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of Mathematics Gigliola Staffilani

Student Research

Poster and research talk competitions

Joining virtually in celebration of Duke faculty and
students’ novel research accomplishments

Welcome to the 2021 Duke Research Week virtual celebration! We invite you to explore the virtual space, visit participating booth exhibitions, join feature presentations, pop in to the student poster showcase, and view recorded content. Be sure to join us in the auditorium for the Daubechies Lecture featuring keynote speaker Gigliola Staffilani.

Program and Speakers

Monday, January 25

Day 1

Presented via Zoom

 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Innovative Methods for SARS-CoV-2 Testing and Modeling

Introduction: Vice Dean Colin S. Duckett
  • Chief Operating Officer and Professor Thomas N. Denny
  • Professor Steven B. Haase
  • Professor John Harer
 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Young Voters in the 2020 Presidential Election and Beyond

Introduction: Vice President Lawrence Carin
Speaker: Professor D. Sunshine Hillygus
Tuesday, January 26

Day 2

Presented on vFairs

 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

myRESEARCHsuite: Your Connection to All Things Research at Duke

Introduction: Associate Vice President and Vice Dean Geeta Swamy, MD
  • Derek Jones, Office of Research Informatics
  • Jamie Wylie, Duke Office of Research Initiatives
 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Daubechies Lecture 2021: Waves: Building Blocks in Nature and in Mathematics

Welcome: Provost Sally Kornbluth
Introduction: Dean Valerie S. Ashby
Speaker: Professor Gigliola Staffilani, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Graduate Student Sloan Scholars and Postdoc Talks

Learn about the path-breaking research conducted by graduate students and postdocs at Duke in these 6-minute TEDx-style talks.
Keynote: Professor Calvin R. Howell
Wednesday, January 27

Day 3

Presented on vFairs

 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Announcing the Winners of the 2021 Impact Challenge FlyRDU

  • Vice President Lawrence Carin
  • Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer William “Bill” Sandifer, A.A.E., Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority
 9:30 AM –10:30 AM

Undergraduate Student Research Poster Competition

A virtual poster showcase for undergraduate students to present your research findings through an oral presentation and visual poster display. Prizes will be given to the first, second, and third place winners.
Keynote: Associate Vice President and Dean John Blackshear
 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Research Town Hall: Fundamentals of the Scientific Process: From Formulating the Research Question To Study Design and Data Collection

Panel I Discussion: Creating Content for Researchers and Trainees: Challenges and Good Practices

Moderator: Tina Davenport, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
  • Jessica Cranfill, Duke Office of Clinical Research
  • Gina-Maria Pomann, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) Methods Core
  • Anika Lucas Sylvester, MD, MTS, Duke University Health System

Panel II Discussion: Fundamentals of the Scientific Process and Minimizing Risk for Errors: Common Mistakes When Working With Data

Moderator: Professor Steven C. Grambow
  • David Corcoran, Genomic Analysis and Bioinformatics Shared Resource
  • Professor Rasheed Adebayo Gbadegesin, MD, MBBS
  • Professor Matthew Hirschey
  • Postdoctoral Fellow Dana Pasquale
 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Annual Invented at Duke Celebration

Co-hosted by Duke OLV & Duke I&E, Invented at Duke celebrates and promotes the diverse accomplishments of Duke innovators and entrepreneurs.
Keynote: Professor Jungsang Kim
Thursday, January 28

Day 4

Presented via Zoom

 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

The Duke Quantum Center

Introduction: Dean Ravi Venkat Bellamkonda

Quantum Computers for Research

Speaker: Professor Christopher R. Monroe

Building Next Generation Quantum Computers

Speaker: Professor Jungsang Kim
 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Decoding and Programming the Human Genome with CRISPR Technologies

Introduction: Professor Gregory E. Crawford
Speaker: Professor Charles A. Gersbach
Friday, January 29

Day 5

Presented via Zoom

 11:45 AM – 1:30 PM

AI Health

Introduction: Vice Dean Michael Pencina

ML Without Unnecessary Harm: Blind Pareto Fairness and Subgroup Robustness

Speaker: Professor Guillermo Sapiro

Inter-Intra Subject Brain to Brain Signal Transfer from Robust Deep Networks

Speaker: Professor Vahid Tarokh

Microsoft Fellows Program and Research Initiatives

Speaker: Research Industry Executive Rick Friedman, Microsoft Academic Research