UC Berkeley
Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs Program

2017 Conference

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
9AM to 1PM

UC Berkeley, 106 Stanley Hall

Past Years


A conference for people who do science: graduate students, SRAs, technicians, post-docs and Principal Investigators.

Past Years - 2017:

Marla Feller - My journey from physics to neurobiology as an imposter
Michael Mayhew - The Benefit of Hindsight: Personal and Professional Lessons Learned from Grad School and Beyond
Traci Grzymala - The long and winding road: from beetles to science outreach
Eugene Cordero - How burritos changed my approach towards climate solutions
Steve Whitelam - Defensive scientific writing
Lior Pachter - Wald's advise

2017 Conference Videos

Past Years - 2016:

Mikel Delgado - Lessons from squirrels: What my research subjects have taught me about doing science
Jeanette McCarthy - I left academia to become an educator
Hernan Garcia - A random walk through physical biology
Xavier Darzacq - Single mRNAs to single Proteins: opening windows on gene expression regulation
Alison Hatt - Alternative uses for a PhD: Notes from a career in science administration and communication

Ulrike Heberlein - The awesome adventure of genetics

2016 Full Conference Video

Past Years - 2015:

Shannon Behrman - Beyond Publications & Textbooks: Science Communication in the Digital Age
Onn Brandmany - Attitudes for Science
Aaron Cohen - EMPOWER: A Strengths-Based Approach to Wellness
Tesla Monson - Amplifying Graduate Student Voices: The Power of Science Outreach and Radio
Lynn Rothschild - Darwin from Earth to Space
Ariel Waldman - The Hacker's Guide to the Galaxy

2015 Full Conference Video

Past Years - 2014:

Nipam Patel - Turning Hobbies into Science
KC Huang - Part of the Equation: Physics and Math in Biology
David Nguyen - Finding Fulfilment in Science [Video] [Slides]
Dan Rokhsar - An Entropic Evolution from Physics to Biology
Jessica Kirkpatrick - Maintaining a Healthy Work/Life Balance
Rebecca Heald - There's No Need to Fear - Underdog is Here!
Randy Schekman - From Pond Scum to UC Berkeley

Nipam Patel — Turning Hobbies into Science:

KC Huang — Part of the Equation: Physics and Math in Biology:

Dan Rokhsar — An Entropic Evolution from Physics to Biology:

Jessica Kirkpatrick — Maintaining a Healthy Work/Life Balance:

Past Years - 2013: (Download Schedule)

Speakers for 2013:

9:00 a.m. Ron Vale, UCSF - Science as Adventure Travel
9:30 a.m. Ingmar Riedel-Kruse, Stanford - Playing with Biotic Computers
9:50 a.m. Terry Johnson, BioE - Curriculum Delictorum
10:10 a.m. Diana Bautista, MCB - Mentorship in Academia
10:30 a.m. Coffee Break!
10:45 a.m. Dan Fletcher BioE - Science at the White House
11:10:00 a.m. Manu Prakash, Stanford - Frugal Science
11:30:00 a.m. Michel Maharbiz, BioE - Dreaming of Electric Sheep
11:50:00 a.m. Henry Bourne, UCSF - Can the Institution Make Your Science Better?
12:15 — 1:00 p.m. Lunch

Terry Johnson — Curriculum Delictorum:

Dan Fletcher — Science at the White House:

Manu Prakash — Frugal Science:

Michel Maharbiz — Dreaming of Electric Sheep:

Henry Bourne — How did we get from Blake’s Paradise to Dante’s Inferno?:

Past Years - 2009

The first LHAATDS conference will take place October 8 — 10 at UC San Francisco, Mission Bay campus. Scientists from various fields and at all stages of career development will meet and discuss ways to help make science as fun, supportive and nurturing as possible. To get a better feel for the format of the Saturday sessions, take a look at this review.

Thursday October 8
9 a.m. Intro and coffee
Morning Session — Chair: Geeta Narlikar
9:30 a.m. Ira Mellman, Genentech “The science of giving/the giving of science”
10:30 Alicia Grubb, University of Toronto “Through the Looking Glass: Perceptions of Scientists”
11:00 Andrew Horwitz and Raquel Gomes, UCSF “Taking a San Francisco high school class to the international iGEM competition at MIT”
12:00 — 1:30 Lunch
12:15 Chancellor’s Concert Series: The Del Sol Quartet performs at Mission Bay! “Gabriela Ortiz: Cuarteto No. 1 (1990),” “Pawel Szymanski: Five Pieces (1992),” and “Paul Yeon Lee: Ari, Ari, Ari (2009)” are scheduled to be performed.
Afternoon Session — Chair: Tejal Desai
1:30 p.m. Pat O’Farrell, UCSF “The nature of truth”
2:15 p.m. Daniel Gerlich, ETH Zurich “Working together”
3 p.m. William Shih, Harvard Medical School “Self-assembly of DNA into nanoscale three-dimensional shapes” — This is the annual CMP Postdoctoral Fellows Invitation Lecture!
4 p.m. Ron Vale, UCSF “Why I love my Job”

Friday October 9
9 a.m. Intro and coffee
Morning Session — Chair: Wallace Marshall
9:30 a.m. Satyajit Rath, NII India, “Science in the backwaters: competition and community”
10:15 a.m. Peter Binfield, PLoS ONE “The future of publication”
11:00 Kishore Hari, Kirsten Sanford, Science Cafe and The Bird’s Brain “Science communication”
11:30 Uri Alon, Weitzmann Institute “Peace Love Science Happiness”
12:15 Delia Santiago, NASA “Your Moon: Connect with Lunar Science”
12:45 — 1:45 Lunch

Afternoon Session — Chair: Eric Griffis
1:45 p.m. Cynthia Fuhrmann, Program Director, Office of Career & Professional Development: “Survey Reveals Diverse Career Preferences for UCSF Graduate Students”
2:15 p.m. Jan Skotheim, Stanford — “Making Science More Awesome”
3:15 Brian Malow, Science comedian “Comic relief”
4 p.m. Henry Bourne, UCSF “Ambition and Delight“
7 p.m. Octoberfest at Langton Labs
9 p.m. Let’s Have an Awesome After Party at Langton Labs! From 7-9 p.m. UCSF Brewing Club will have beers for sample for Octoberfest, with live music from Zinc Finger and the Major Groove... from 9 p.m. onwards we will shift to DJs into the evening...

Saturday October 10 (Breakout sessions)

Conference participants will self-organize into small groups based on topics they themselves will have suggested and voted upon in the first two days of the conference. This isn’t your grandfather’s conference: here the agenda is set by you! To get a better feel for the format of this session, take a look at this review of SciBarCamp Toronto.

10 — 10:45 Session 1
How do naturally curious people become untaught to be curious?
11-11:45 Session 2
Frustration and Catharsis
Every model is incorrect and that’s OK
12 break for lunch
1-1:45 Session 3
What do you love outside of science?
Sharing science with the public
Is authorship broken?
2-2:45 Session 4
Identifying cultural bias in scientific thought
3-3:45 Session 5
If you had a vision of science the way you want it, what would it look like?

Satyajit Rath: Science in the backwaters, competition and community:

Uri Alon — Peace, Love, Science, Happiness: