This Week in The Catalyst Newsletter
  1. Statistics Webinar on Neural Networks - November 5th - TODAY!
  2. Spring 2021 Virtual Event Survey
  3. NCRC Graduate Student Group
  4. NRI Seminar Series - Dr. French - TODAY!
  5. PHHI Seminar Series - Dr. Mario Ferruzzi
  6. 2020-2021 Science Policy Training Series
  7. A Ray of Happiness- Submit Your Own!
  8. Virtual Game Night - Every Thursday!
Statistics Webinar on Neural Networks - TODAY
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 - TODAY!
  • Where: On your computer!
  • What to do: Email for 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 
  • Who: Any graduate student doing research at the North Carolina Research Campus
  • When: Meetings occur once a month.
  • Where: Zoom Meeting
  • What to do: Contact Monique Carvalho Templeton ( to receive the Zoom link. Join the LinkedIn group (NCRC Graduate Students 2020-2021) as well! 
NRI Seminar Series - Dr. French - TODAY!
What: "Forward and Reverse Genetic Analysis of Metabolic Syndrome in a Mouse to Human Model" by Dr. John E. "Jef" French
When: Thursday, November 5th 12:00 - 1:00pm
Where: Virtual Event!
What to do: Follow the Zoom link here.
PHHI Seminar Series - Dr. Mario Ferruzzi
What: "Phenolic interactions in food matrices: Implications for starch functionality, digestion and glycemic properties" by Dr. Mario Ferruzzi
When: Tuesday, November 10th 10:30 - 11:30 am
Where: This is a virtual event!
What to do: Follow the Zoom link here, and check out the flier attached.
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.
  • When: An 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.
"I just got a new puppy named Olive, and she loves to nap all cuddled up with her giraffe toy! She sleeps with her giraffe at night, and it is her favorite toy to squeak and play with during the day."
- Kaylee Helfrich
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

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

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