This Week in The Catalyst Newsletter
  1. 2020 Catalyst Spring Symposium- Poster registration closes in 2 days! Attendee registration closes in 1 week!
  2. Learn to Analyze Your Data in R - Working With Vectors
  3. Linear and Multiple Regression - Steps Towards Machine Learning
  4. Chem 101 - Thursday
  5. NRI Seminar - " Using metabolomics to define the exposome in children within the European Human Exposome Network"
  6. Duke Transpop Celebration
Catalyst Spring Symposium- Looking at the big picture: the application of “-omics” techniques in health and disease

Poster registration closes in 2 days! Feel free to present posters that you have presented at conferences in the past year, or to practice for a conference you are presenting at this year.

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. Attendee registration closes March 6th, so register today!
  • Register to present a poster here. Poster registration closes on February 28th, so register today.


For more information and the schedule for the day, visit us at our website!
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: Registration is closed, but you can just show up and participate without registration! Please bring your own laptop. We will have charging stations.

If you can not attend the workshop but still want the information, then please contact Catalyst for alternative arrangements.
Linear and Multiple Regression - Steps Towards Machine Learning
What: A seminar/workshop that will cover statistics fundamentals, data applications, and coding examples for linear and multiple regression in R
When: Wednesday, March 4th from 3:30-5:00pm
Where: NRI room 1331
What to do: Register to attend here. Please bring your computer to the workshop. Charging stations will be available.

This first half of this seminar will present linear and multiple regression in R. We will discuss between-group exposures, batch effects, and collinearity. The second half of the seminar will feature Dr. Wei Sha (from UNCC) who will put these techniques into the perspective of machine learning. If you want to practice coding in R or to explore the tools of machine learning, come by and ask your questions!

Snacks, coffee, and tea provided! Email us at for more details.
Chem 101- This Thursday
  • 3pm- presentation by Dr. Colin Kay- "Characterize the contribution of phytochemicals to the human metabolome"
  • 4pm- working reception
When: 3-5pm on Thursday, February 27
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
NRI Seminar
 Who: Hector Keun, PhD,
Faculty of Medicine,
Department of Surgery & Cancer,
Professor of Biochemistry Imperial College London
What: " Using metabolomics to define the exposome in children within the European Human Exposome Network"

Where: NRI Room 1331
When: Monday, March 2, 2020
From 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
What to do: Show up or tune in with zoom here.
Duke CTSI celebrates expansion at NC Research Campus

Thank you to the campus partners who attended our grand opening and ribbon cutting on Feb. 19! Duke CTSI expanded in the NCRC Medical Plaza to 10,100 square feet, all home to Translational Population Health Research.


“As we enter the second decade of our foundational MURDOCK Study, we have doubled our TransPop office space to accommodate even larger and more complex studies,” said Dr. Kristin Newby, director of TransPop and principal investigator for the MURDOCK Study. “We are looking forward to new collaborations that leverage the MURDOCK Study asset, as well as other projects based here in Kannapolis that are seeking to improve health.”


To discuss opportunities for collaboration, please email or contact Julie Eckstrand (336) 260-9802 or Karen Johnson (919) 668-8447.
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!

As always, tell your friends about Catalyst, and have them e-mail us if they are interested in being on our mailing list.

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