Deanna Csomo McCool | January 15, 2019
More than 80 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers gave either podium or poster presentations during the 2018 Colleges of Science and Engineering Joint Annual Meeting (COSE-JAM), held in early December in the Jordan Hall of Science galleria.
The cross-college event drew a 50 percent increase in participation over the inaugural year in December 2017, according to Matthew J. Ravosa, professor in the Department of Biology. Ravosa also holds concurrent professorships in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering within the College of Engineering, and the Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Letters.
The event highlights the achievements of graduate students and postdoctoral trainees, and fosters interdisciplinary research. The increase from last year underscores the importance of the new event, Ravosa said. Topics included diverse science and engineering studies into drug resistance, physics-based deep learning, drought in Costa Rica, gut microbiome communities in macaques, and many other types of research.
“Many were providing updates on work presented the previous year,” Ravosa said of the presenters. “Talking with them confirmed the strong desire many felt about developing their presentation skills and obtaining first-hand knowledge of cutting-edge advances in other academic units.”
Susan Lad, a postdoctoral researcher in the Ravosa lab, gave a talk about the relationships between the microscopic structure of bone and mechanical forces applied to bones, as she sought to assess whether bone microstructure can help paleontologists infer behavior from the skeletons of extinct animals.
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