This Week in The Catalyst Newsletter
  1. Statistics Webinar on Neural Networks - November 5th
  2. Spring 2021 Virtual Event Survey
  3. NCRC Graduate Student Group
  4. NC Biotech Jobs Network Event - LinkedIn
  5. 2020-2021 Science Policy Training Series
  6. A Ray of Happiness- Submit Your Own!
  7. Register to Vote, and Details on How to Vote in November
  8. Virtual Game Night - Every Thursday!
  9. Rowan County 4H Plant Sale
Statistics Webinar on Neural Networks
What: This webinar will provide a basic understanding of neural networks. There are no prerequisites!

  • Who: Josh Starmer is the founder and CEO of StatQuest! StatQuest started out as an attempt to explain statistics to his former co-workers – who were all genetics researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill. He makes statistics easy to understand by stripping away the terminology and communicating the concepts using pictures and song. Check out his video list here.
  • When: Thursday, November 5th, 3-4pm
  • Where: On your computer!
  • What to do: RSVP here to receive the Zoom link
Spring 2021 Virtual Events Survey
What: The catalyst planning committee is brimming with ideas for the spring! We need your help choosing the most interesting events.

What to do: Fill out this survey to indicate the events in which you are most interested

NCRC Graduate Student Group
What: A networking group for graduate students who do research at the North Carolina Research Campus 
  • WhoAny graduate student doing research at the North Carolina Research Campus
  • When: Meetings occur once a month. The next meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 27th, 4-4:30pm
  • Where: Zoom Meeting
  • What to doContact Monique Carvalho Templeton (mcarval@ncsu.edu) to receive the Zoom link. Join the LinkedIn group (NCRC Graduate Students 2020-2021) as well! 
NC Biotech Jobs Network - Get Noticed with LinkedIn
What: Having a LinkedIn profile is important for any professional. This is especially so when you are searching for a job. This month's guest speaker Bruce Gingerich will share step-by-step instructions for setting up a complete, professional profile that will get you noticed.
  • WhoBruce Gingerich has been a sourcing and product management professional for 10+ years. He has also become adept at fostering long term networking relationships utilizing LinkedIn tools.
  • When: Monday, October 26th,1-3pm
  • Where: This is a virtual event!
  • What to do: Register here to recieve the meeting link.
2020-2021 Science Policy Training Series

Learn about the field of science policy through the new 2020-2021 Science Policy Training Series. This series is hosted by the North Carolina Students for Science Policy Coalition (SSPC) (made up of UNC-CH Science Policy Advocacy GroupNC State Science Policy Pack, and UNCG Spartans for Science and Policy)

  • Who: Any student or postdoc of a North Carolina college or university
  • What: Learn about what science policy is, why it is important, and how you can get involved! To earn the certificate of training, participants must attend 5 seminars and 3 workshops by July 2021 and submit a brief summary of each event attended. On average, 2 events will be offered per month.
  • WhenAn updating calendar of series events, along with other science and policy opportunities, can be found here.
  • How to register: Please sign up at this link
A Ray of Happiness
Our lives are stressful in these ever-changing times. Catalyst wants to bring some extra happiness to your lives with our newsletter! In each newsletter, we will share a picture and short description submitted by a Catalyst member who has done something fun or exciting! If you would like to submit a photo and description, please use this form.
"This fall I celebrated 10 years of being vegetarian by making one of my favorite vegetarian dishes: ratatouille. It can be made in much simpler forms, but cutting the eggplant, zucchini, squash, and tomatoes thinly allows you to make the dish into a work of art." 
- Victoria Yell
Register to Vote, and How to Vote in November
One of the best ways for you to have a say in what happens in our county, state, and country is to make your voice heard by voting in the elections! Catalyst encourages our members to vote, and we hope that the information below will help you to vote in November.
How to vote in:

Cabarrus County
Register to vote- Deadline to register is Oct. 9th, 2020
Vote by mail- Request your ballot now. Must be received by Oct. 27th, 2020
One-stop early voting- Find your polling station and vote Oct. 15-31st 2020
Vote in November- Find your polling station and vote Nov. 3rd 2020

Rowan County
Register to vote- Deadline to register is Oct. 9th, 2020
Vote by mail- Request your ballot now. Must be received by 5pm on Nov. 3rd, 2020
One-stop early voting- Find your polling station and vote Oct. 15-31st 2020
Vote in November- Find your polling station & vote Nov. 3rd 2020

Mecklenburg County
Register to vote- Deadline to register is Oct. 9th, 2020
Vote by mail- Request your ballot now. Must be received by 5pm on Nov. 3rd, 2020
One-stop early voting- Find your polling station and vote Oct. 15-31st 2020
Vote in November- Find your polling station & vote Nov. 3rd 2020

If your county isn't listed here, you can view general election guidelines for North Carolina here.

Note: Most absentee ballots can also be returned to specific drop-off locations instead of mailed. You can view details on the mail-in ballot webpage for your county.
Virtual Game Night - Every Thursday!
What: If you're looking for something social to do in these anti-social times, join us for some laughs (and hopefully a good time)!

When: Every Thursday 5-7pm

Where: On your computer!

What to do: See the zoom link here to join

2020 4-H Fall Plant Sale
Rowan County 4-H is having a fruit tree and plant sale. You must pre-order.
  • The deadline to order is Thurs, Oct. 29, 2020. 
  • Plant pick up is Thurs, Nov. 5, 2020, 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Agricultural Building, 2727 Old Concord Rd., Salisbury, NC
What to do: For more information, a list of the available plants, and to order, please see this form.

Check out the Catalyst Calendar to stay updated about upcoming campus events!

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