BPSD Seminars

Autumn Quarter

October 6, 2021
  • 12:30 pm in HSB T-739

    Course Intro
    Chris Woods (Klevit Lab)

October 20, 2021
  • 12:30 pm in HSB T-739

    Marcus Woodworth (Vaughan Lab)
    Ryan Kibler (Baker Lab)

October 27, 2021
  • 12:30 pm in HSB T-739

    Annie Dosey (King Lab)
    Gabriella Reggiano (DiMaio Lab)

November 3, 2021
  • 12:30 pm in HSB T-739

    Guangyang (Andy) Cai (Kollman Lab)
    Chloe Adams (King Lab)

November 17, 2021
  • 12:30 pm in HSB T-739

    Ty Bottorff (Subramaniam Lab)
    Kevin Cutler (Mougous Lab)

December 1, 2021
  • 12:30 pm in HSB T-739

    Jung Ho Chun (Baker and King Labs)

Winter Quarter

January 5, 2022
  • 12:30 pm in Foege Auditorium (S-060)

January 12, 2022
  • 12:30 pm in Foege Auditorium (S-060)

January 26, 2022
  • 12:30 pm in Foege Auditorium (S-060)

February 2, 2022
  • 12:30 pm in Foege Auditorium (S-060)

February 16, 2022
  • 12:30 pm in Foege Auditorium (S-060)

February 23, 2022
  • 12:30 pm in Foege Auditorium (S-060)

March 9, 2022
  • 12:30 pm in Foege Auditorium (S-060)

Spring Quarter

March 30, 2022
  • 12:30 pm ~ TBD

April 6, 2022
  • 12:30 pm ~ TBD

April 20, 2022
  • 12:30 pm ~ TBD

April 27, 2022
  • 12:30 pm ~ TBD

May 11, 2022
  • 12:30 pm ~ TBD

May 18, 2022
  • 12:30 pm ~ TBD

Course Information


Instructor: Ning Zheng Credits: 1 (max 30) UW General Catalog Course Description: Group conferences on graduate student research. Prerequisite: BPSD graduate student, or permission of instructor. Offered: AWSp. Recommended Background: Involved in graduate research Textbooks: None BPSD 520 is a 1 credit class for credit/no credit. All students enrolled in the BPSD graduate program and all current trainees of the Molecular Biophysics Training Program including Hurd Fellows are required to register for BPSD 520 in Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters. The course meets up to once a week for 50 minutes, although fewer meetings might be required in some quarters. In each meeting, two students present their original research project for 20 minutes and take questions for 5 minutes. All other students in the class provide written critiques for each speaker, to improve presentation skills.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to:
  • Discuss a wide range of biophysics research with peers
  • Give a good quality presentation of their research

Topics Covered

  • Molecular Biophysics
  • Biological Physics
  • Biological Structure
  • Biological Design

Assignments and Grading

Critiques of Research Presentations: (100%). Critique forms will be available in the classroom at each class meeting. During autumn quarter 2021, for those unable to attend a given class meeting in person, an online version can be found here: https://forms.gle/Jie2bbwr7mK9KJsD6. Students are graded pass/fail on written critiques providing feedback to each speaker in the seminar series. In addition, based on their program requirements, some students will be required to give one of the research seminars. In this case, the presentation replaces the two critiques for that day. Presenting students should be prepared to speak for 20 minutes, allowing five minutes for questions, and an equal amount of time for the day’s other presenter to speak and answer questions.

“Tips for Talks”

From Bertil Hille From Eddy DeRobertis
In order to receive credit for a critique, students must complete and submit either a hard copy or online critique form.  It is required for the individual writing the critique to include their name on the hard copy form, and this information is collected automatically on the online form, in order to assign credit. However, in order to keep student feedback anonymous, we will not include any names when we share the critiques with the presenter. Students must pass 100% of the critiques to pass the class. A student must notify and obtain permission from the course instructor in advance if the student cannot attend a session, either in person or via Zoom, due to health or family emergencies or work-related travels. Students who miss a class without instructor permission can make up each missed class by doing one of the following:
  • Watch the class recording within a week and submit critiques for the talks
  • Attend the BPSD or Biochemistry rotation talks during the finals week and submit critiques for four talks
  • OR attend an outside research seminar and prepare a one page report, which describes the presentation, the question(s) asked by the student, and the answer(s) given by the presenter.

Access and Accommodations

Your experience in this class is important to us, and if you have concerns about the accessibility of any component of the class, we encourage you to contact mbtguw@uw.edu. You may also wish to contact the Disability Resources for Students (DRS) Office, as described below. It is the policy and practice of the University of Washington to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law. If you experience barriers based on a disability or temporary health condition, please seek a meeting with DRS to discuss and address them. If you have already established accommodations with DRS, please communicate your approved accommodations to your instructor at your earliest convenience so we can discuss your needs in this course. Disability Resources for Students (DRS) offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and/or temporary health conditions. Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process between you, your instructor(s) and DRS. If you have not yet established services through DRS, but have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires accommodations (this can include but not limited to; mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical or health impacts), you are welcome to contact DRS at 206-543-8924 or uwdrs@uw.edu or disability.uw.edu

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