This Week in The Catalyst Newsletter
  1. 2020 Catalyst Spring Symposium- Attendee registration closes this Friday!
  2. Volunteer at the Catalyst Spring Symposium
  3. Linear and Multiple Regression - Steps Towards Machine Learning - TOMORROW
  4. Learn to Analyze Your Data in R - Working With Loops and Map Functions
  5. Game Night - THIS FRIDAY
Catalyst Spring Symposium- Looking at the big picture: the application of “-omics” techniques in health and disease

Attendee Registration closes in 2 days!

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!
  • Poster registration has closed.


For more information and the schedule for the day, visit us at our website!
We need YOU to volunteer for the Symposium!

Volunteers are essential for the symposium to run smoothly! We need volunteers for the following time slots:

  • Set-up (9:00am-10:00am)
  • Check-in (10:00am-11:15am)
  • Clean-up (4:45pm-5:30pm)
Why you should volunteer: Volunteering is a great thing to add to your resume! It is also an amazing way to give back to the campus. Time slots are constructed so that you will not miss a minute of this excellent symposium, and you can still participate in every aspect of the symposium!

What to do: Please fill out this form if you can volunteer during the symposium. Thank you in advance!
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.
Learn to Analyze Your Data in R
- Loops and Map Functions
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 March 25th, 3:30-5:00pm
: NRI room 1331
What to do: Register to attend here! 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.
Game Night - This Friday

What: Board and card games, social camaraderie, fun and (free with RSVP) pizza!

When: Friday, February 7th, 515 P.M. - 10:00 P.M. (you are welcome to drop in late or leave early)

Where: NRI Cafe

Who: All employees of the NCRC and their guests!

RSVPing is highly encouraged (it helps me plan what games to bring). You may email me at or stop by my office with your intention to attend.


Bringing your own games is also encouraged as long as you are willing to teach us how to play them!

Featured Game: Carcassonne is a tile-placement game in which players draw and place tiles with different pieces of landscape on them. Tiles might feature cities, roads, grasslands or abbeys and must be placed adjacent to tiles already placed such that the different terrain types are next to each other. He then can attempt to claim part of the landscape which will earn points BUT ONLY if the feature is completed (that is the feature is fully enclosed). Since players place only one tile and claim one type of landscape on a turn, play proceeds quickly even though it is a game full of options and possibilities.

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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