The topics for 2018 workshops will be announced in September.


INBRE 2017 Workshops:
Saturday October 28, 10:30-11:45

Workshop 1 – Preparing for Graduate School

(Chemistry Building, Room 132)

Denise Greathouse, PhD, UA-Fayetteville

This workshop is targeted toward undergraduate students who are considering graduate school as a career.  Topics to be discussed will include graduate school expectations and how to prepare for and select the right graduate school and program for you.  A panel of faculty and graduate students will be available to share their tips, strategies, insights, and practical advice.  We conclude with a Question and Answer session, with the possibility of breaking out into smaller groups based on specific interests.


Workshop 2 – Molecular Modeling

(Chemistry Building, Room 308)

Peter Pulay, PhD, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UA-Fayetteville

Limited to 12 participants or groups.  If feasible, bring a computer, although this is optional.

Methods of molecular modeling on a personal computer will be addressed, with software available for distribution to up to 12 individuals or cluster teams.


Workshop 3 – Intro to Linux for Scientists

Gearhart Hall (formerly Ozark Hall) Room 101 computer lab

Philip Hudson Williams, PhD, Bioinformatics Tech Director, UA-Little Rock

Limited to 30 participants

Some computer applications for engineering and bioinformatics are only available for the Linux operating system.  Linux is an open source operating system (OS) that can be downloaded and installed at no cost.  Linux has a large community of developers and support infrastructure.  Most high-performance computers (HPC) use the Linux OS, including systems at UA Little Rock, UA Fayetteville and other institutions.  In this hands-on workshop, directory structure, path concepts and file permissions will be demonstrated.


Workshop 4 – Introduction to Synchrotron X-ray Science and Characterization

(Chemistry Building, room 144)

Robert Coridan, PhD, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UA-Fayetteville

X-rays can be used to characterize a multitude of physical, chemical, biological, and materials systems.  Synchrotrons are large-scale facilities that provide brilliant x-ray sources for developing the state-of-the-art for these characterization methods.  In this workshop, we will discuss how synchrotrons work and explore the types of measurements they enable.


Workshop 5 – Physics “Brain science workshop”

(Physics Building, Room 133)

Woodrow Shew, PhD, Associate Professor of Physics, UA-Fayetteville

Limited to 30 participants

We will begin with a brief introduction to how large networks of neurons are responsible for our thoughts, perceptions and actions.  Then we will have a fun brain trivia match and a “mind control” contest using the electrical signals of your own brain against your opponent’s brain.  Don’t worry, it all will be quite safe.


Workshop 6 – Physics “Super-Resolution Fluorescence Microscopy”

(Physics Building, Room 134 and Room 115A)

Yong Wang, PhD, Assistant Professor of Physics, UA-Fayetteville

Limited to 15 participants

This workshop will briefly introduce the basics of super-resolution fluorescence microscopy based on single-molecule localization, which improves the spatial resolution of light microscopy from ~300 nanometers to ~20 nanometers (see 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for more details). Attendees will have a chance to image an important universal regulatory protein – HNS – in E. coli bacteria, to localize individual HNS molecules, and to produce super-resolved images of HNS proteins in E. coli with a resolution of ~20 nanometers.


Workshop 7 – Physics: “A 2D How-to”

(Nano Building, Room 105)

Hugh Churchill, PhD, Assistant Professor of Physics, UA-Fayetteville

Limited to 15 participants.

After a brief introduction to the field of 2D material research, I will demonstrate the now-famous “Scotch tape technique” that is used to peel apart atomically thin layers of graphene and many other 2D materials from 3D crystals. Workshop attendees will then have the opportunity to try this themselves using tape, tweezers, and silicon chips, followed by “flake hunting” with a microscope.


Workshop 8- “Physics Graduate Application”

(Physics Building, Room 132)

Reeta Vyas, PhD, Professor of Physics, UAF

Limited to 20 participants

Participants will learn about career options for physics graduates, dos and don’ts of the application process for Physics Graduate Programs in the US – importance of and preparation for GRE, course work, recommendation letters, assistantships, etc.


Workshop 9– Cellular Mechanisms of Salt and Water Transport in Fish

(Ferritor Building, Room 317)
Christian Tipsmark, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, UA-Fayetteville

The goal of physiological research is to understand the function of living systems from the level of the whole organism and its organs to that of the single cells and bio-molecules. This workshop highlights mechanisms and regulation of salt and water transport in fish and demonstrates some of the methods used in physiology. It will cover experimentations with whole animals and isolated tissues. Techniques demonstrated will include enzyme assays, specific mRNA and protein quantification and cellular localization of specific proteins with immunofluorescence.


Workshop 10 – STEAM-H: Collaborate, Innovate, and Inspire Your Community

(Nano Building, Atrium)
Shilpa Iyer, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology, UA-Fayetteville

Limited to 30 participants

This workshop will engage participants in the power of integrative STEAM-H (Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture/Arts, Mathematics, Health) approaches to communicate significant public health concerns related to mitochondrial and obesity-related disorders.