This Week in The Catalyst Newsletter
  1. 2020 Catalyst Spring Symposium- Registration Open!
  2. Exploring Correlation Techniques with Gene Expression Data
  3. Learn to Analyze Your Data in R - Working With Vectors
  4. Statistics Seminars Survey
  5. TransPop Blood Drive
  6. Chem 101
  7. Appetite for Life " The Food and Nutrition Myths that Never Fade Away: Time to Debunk Them"
  8. Participant Recruitment - Blueberry Absorption Metabolism Study
Catalyst Spring Symposium- Looking at the big picture: the application of “-omics” techniques in health and disease
What: Hear new research, network with colleagues, enjoy lunch, and support the research of students and post-doctoral fellows. Featuring two scientific sessions with 6 speakers, free lunch, snacks and coffee, and poster presentations.

When: Friday, March 20th from 10:00am-4:40pm
Where: Kannapolis City Hall ( 401 Laureate Way, Kannapolis NC 28081)
Why: View the latest research in talks, panels, and posters; gain experience by presenting your research; participate in a poster competition; network with researchers from universities and companies from across the Carolinas.

Cost: Registration is free! Submitting and presenting a poster is also free, and the first 120 registrants receive a free lunch. Parking is free and abundant.
What to do:

  • Register to attend here.
  • Register to present a poster here.


For more information and the schedule for the day, visit us at our website!
Exploring Correlation Techniques with Gene Expression Data
What: A seminar/workshop that will teach you about different techniques for correlating gene expression data using sample datasets. 
When: Wednesday, February 5th from 3:30-5:00pm
Where: NRI room 1331
What to do: Register to attend here. Bring your computer to the workshop, and we will have charging stations available.

We will be discussing the statistics behind correlation analysis, how to manipulate big data in R, as well as tips and tricks for simplifying your R code. If you are new to these topics or want a review, come by and ask your questions.

Snacks, coffee, and tea provided! Please e-mail us at for more details.
Learn to Analyze Your Data in R - Vectors
Who: Everyone on campus! 
: Learn how to use R in your data analysis! The webinar this month will focus on using vectors in R, as well as exploring options for getting help while using R.

When: Wednesday, February 26th, 3:30-5:00pm
: NRI room 1331
What to do: Register here. Registration closes on February 24th. Please bring your own laptop. We will have charging stations.

If you can not attend the workshop, please contact Catalyst for alternative arrangements.
Statistics Seminars Survey- Share Your Thoughts!
Who: Everyone on campus!
What: Catalyst is planning to present a series of statistics topics, and we need your help so we can give you the information you want!
What to do: Please fill out the survey here to help us decide which topics you want to learn about.

TransPop Blood Drive

What: TransPop Blood Drive, hosted by Duke CTSI and the American Red Cross

When: Thursday, Jan. 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: 201 Dale Earnhardt Blvd, Suite 300

Who: You! The public is invited.

How: Appointments are preferred.
To make an appointment to give blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit and enter: DukeClinical

Chem 101
  • 3pm- presentation by Dr. Colin Kay- "Characterize the contribution of phytochemicals to the human metabolome"
  • 4pm- working reception
When: 3-5pm on Thursday, February 6th
Where: David H. Murdock Core Lab Event Room
What to do: RSVP here

Seeking poster presenters! To sign up to present a poster, email Shelley Hancock at
February Appetite For Life
Who: Cecilia Kwan, PhD, postdoctoral research associate
What: " The Food and Nutrition Myths that Never Fade Away: Time to Debunk Them"

Where: RCCC Biotechnology Training Center (399 Biotechnology Lane, Kannapolis)
When: Wednesday,
February 19th at 6pm

What to do: Register here!

Participant Recruitment - Blueberry Absorption Metabolism Study
Who: The Kay lab at the Plants for Human Health Institute
What: A research study investigating the nutritional equivalence of fresh and processed berries
Where: North Carolina Research Campus 

When: Recruitment is now open!
What to do: Learn more about becoming a participant here . If interested in participating call 704-250-5451 or email
Ongoing Campus Activities and Events
Campus running group:
  • A group of people from the NCRC who run together
  • Interested? Contact Julie Stegall at 704-706-5613 or
Volleyball group:
  • Informal volleyball games at the Kannapolis YMCA
  • Interested? Contact Hamed Bostan at 704-340-8773 or

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

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