“These presentations showcase the breadth of our research portfolio here at USD and offer people the chance to learn something new,” said Gina O’Connor, grant specialist in the office of research & sponsored programs. “For faculty attending, it is an opportunity to discover new collaborative partners, and students attending are encouraged to think about how they can integrate a research experience into their time at USD by networking with current faculty researchers.”

The audience is invited to bring their own lunch to eat during the presentations. All of the presentations take place from 12:15-12:45 p.m. in Muenster University Center (MUC) room 216/216A, except for the Oct. 25 presentation, which takes place in MUC 212.

The schedule of presentations is as follows.

Aug. 30 – Ryan Johnson

Johnson, director of research computing in information & technology services, will discuss research cyberinfrastructure at USD. He will provide an overview of the research computing and data resources and services available to researchers at USD, including high performance computing and large-scale data storage.

Sept. 13 – Melissa Dittberner, Ph.D.

Dittberner, a lecturer in addiction counseling and prevention, will discuss client care in addiction counseling. She will discuss a web-based app that provides the necessary training, administrative and compliant tools required for peer specialists to support their clients remotely

Oct. 11 – Pere Miro, Ph.D.

Miro, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, will discuss molecular structure-function relationships. His session will dive into why understanding structure-function relationships in large chemical spaces using modern computational tools is key to our ability to control complex speciation towards obtaining the desired product.

Oct. 25 – Christopher V. Anderson, Ph.D.

Anderson, assistant professor in the Department of Biology and chair of IUCN/SSC Chameleon Specialist Group, will discuss environmental and mechanistic determinants for whole-organism performance variation. This session will unpack why the capacity for an organism to perform is shaped by both its environment and the anatomical and physiological mechanisms underlying activity and how changes in these conditions can impact behavioral decision making.

Nov. 8 – Khosrow Rezvani, M.D., Ph.D.

Rezvani, associate professor in cancer biology, will discuss targeting mTORC2 in obesity-associated colorectal cancer. He will discuss obesity and how it increases the risk of colorectal cancer.
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