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Reminder! Genetics Winter Party!

The Social Activities Committee would like to remind you all that the second Genetics Winter Party is THIS FRIDAY, December 11 from 7-10p.m. at the North Ridge Pavilion in Coralville (2250 Holiday Rd.). This will be a BYOB (beer and wine only) and potluck-style event, so we request but do not require that people bring an appetizer or dessert option to share. Additionally, this will be an ugly sweater party, so we would love to see everyone’s most garish, gaudy, and hideous holiday wear. Prizes will be awarded for the ugliest sweaters!

The entrance to the North Ridge Pavilion can be difficult to see in the dark.  If you are driving in from the East, you will see a blue street sign on the right side of the road for the pavilion and the turn will be on your left.  There is a sign for the pavilion next to a row of pine trees.  If you are driving in from the West, you will see a blue street sign on the right side of the road for the pavilion and it will be the next right turn.

Please feel free to contact anyone on the Social Activities Committee with any questions.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Social Activities Committee
Sophia Gaynor
Autumn Marsden
Stephanie Haase
Tyson Fuller
Nikale Pettie
Tanner Reeb

 

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Congratulations Bu!

The Genetics Social Activities Committee would like to congratulate Dr. Fengxiao Bu on the successful defense of his thesis and completion of his Doctorate!

Bu is from the Smith lab in the Otolaryngology department.  His thesis seminar, entitled “Exploring the Genetics of a Complex Disease – Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome”, was on Friday, December 4th, 2015.  Bu has accepted a postdoctoral appointment here at the University of Iowa to continue his research, and we expect that he will continue to excel.

We asked Bu a few questions about his experience in the Genetics program here at Iowa:

Q: What is your favorite thing that you have experienced here at Iowa?

A: The best thing is that I had a great advisors and met so many awesome people here.

 

Q: What was your favorite class to take?

A: GABS.

 

Q: What was your favorite class to TA?

A: Bioinformatics techniques.

 

Q: Do you have any advice about preparing for defense?

A: Better to start early. I would say 6 months is a good number for prepare everything.

 

Again, congratulations Bu and good luck on your future research!

Congratulations Emily!

The Genetics Social Activities Committee would like to congratulate Dr. Emily Petruccelli on the successful defense of her thesis and completion of her Doctorate!

Emily is from the Kitamoto lab in the Anesthesia department.  Her thesis seminar, entitled “A Tale of Two Genes Controlling Behavior in Drosophila: Role of DopEcR in Alcohol-Induced Behavior and Effects of Epilepsy Mutations on Sleep”, was on Thursday, October 15th, 2015.  Emily has accepted a postdoctoral appointment at Brown University, where we expect she will continue to excel.

We asked Emily a few questions about her experience in the Genetics program here at Iowa:

Q: What is the most valuable thing that you have learned here at Iowa?

A: If I can make it through grad school, I can make it through anything.

 

Q: What was your favorite class to take?

A: GABS, great way to learn about the breadth of research and be introduced to a variety of faculty.

 

Q: What was your favorite class to TA?

A: Biology of the Brain, a non-major undergrad course.

 

Q: Do you have any advice about preparing for defense?

A: Think of everything you could possibly be asked and prepare rational answers.

 

Again, congratulations Emily and good luck at Brown!

Welcome Picnic 2015!

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Thank you to all of the students, faculty, and family members who made it out in the rain to join us for the 2015 Genetics Welcome Picnic!

Program Director Dan Eberl kicked off the festivities with his annual address,

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followed by the second annual Newly-Grad game!

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Our contenders this year were the First year mentees and their mentors: Karen and Kellie, James and Patrick, Tanner and Nikale (standing in for Wes), Zach and Hannah, Adam and Tyson, Alyssa and Sophie, and finally, Kimberly and Lisa.  The competition was intense with our MC Tanner asking the tough questions like Where is your mentee’s hometown? and What is your mentee’s favorite food?  In the end, Karen and Kellie were able to blow the competition away with their in sync answers.

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After the delicious catering by A Guy and a Grill, we completed the raffle with the grand prize, the board game Pandemic, going to James Mrkvicka!

DSC_0034The Genetics Social Activity Committee welcomes the first years to our program and wishes everyone good luck in the upcoming school year!

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Congratulations Ralph!

The Genetics Social Activities Committee would like to congratulate Dr. Ralph Hazelwood on the successful defense of his thesis and completion of his Doctorate!

Ralph is from the Fingert lab in the Visual Sciences department.  His thesis seminar, entitled “Molecular genetics of optic nerve disease using patients with cavitary optic disc anomaly”, was on Monday, March 9th, 2015.  Ralph has accepted a postdoctoral appointment at Vanderbilt, where we expect he will continue to excel.

We asked Ralph a few questions about his experience in the Genetics program here at Iowa:

Q. What is the most valuable/favorite thing that you have learned/experienced here at Iowa?

A. Building networks outside of my department and field was invaluable because it exposed me to different areas of research and allowed me to make great contacts and actually build     friendships with well-known and senior investigators at great institutions and markets.

 

Q. What was your favorite class to TA?

A. Human Molecular Genetics

 

Q. Do you have any advice about preparing for defense?

A. Tons of advice but the most important ones are: don’t wait until the last minute to write your thesis even if your committee hasn’t given the ok. It will help you gather your thoughts and help you to start making a story which will help in the long run. The Grad college template for submission is no easy task so the earlier your start the better sanity you will have.  Also, the defense is literally just that, you have to defend the work you did so be prepared to talk about why you did the particular experiment(s) and why you came to that particular conclusion(s) and the caveats based on the data. But most importantly, you pretty much know more about your project than anyone else and so your thesis committee wouldn’t allow you to schedule a defense if they didn’t feel you were ready. Finally, think about big picture impacts and/or similar genetics mechanisms or disease processes to your project which should show you have a grasp of the field and genetics in general

 

Again, congratulations Ralph and good luck at Vanderbilt!

Genetics Winter Party!

The Genetics Social Activities Committee would like to thank everyone for making the Genetics Winter Party a blast!

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Congratulations to our Ugly Sweater Contest winners!

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1st place – Autumn

2nd place – Nikale and Brian

And a special thank you to those who helped with set up and take down!

 

Congratulations Alex Wagner!

The Genetics Social Activities Committee would like to congratulate Dr. Alex Wagner on the successful defense of his thesis and completion of his Doctorate!

Alex is from the Braun and Stone labs in the Biomedical Engineering and Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences departments.  His thesis seminar, entitled “Computational methods for identification of disease-associated variations in exome sequencing”, was on Wednesday, November 26th.  Alex has accepted a postdoctoral appointment at The Genome Institute at Washington University in St. Louis, where we expect he will continue to excel.

We asked Alex a few questions about his experience in the Genetics program here at Iowa:

Q. What is the most valuable/favorite thing that you have learned/experienced here at Iowa?

A. The Old Capitol building is definitely worth checking out.

 

Q. What was your favorite class to take?

A. Knowledge Discovery with Prof. Nick Street.

 

Q. What was your favorite class to TA?

A. Bioinformatics Tools and Techniques with Terry Braun

 

Q. Do you have any advice about preparing for defense?

A. Don’t sweat it. If you’ve made it this far, you’ve already succeeded.

 

Again, congratulations Alex and good luck at The Genome Institute!

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