Week Ten: What is going on?

Experimental Design and Hypothesis Testing


Let’s Experiment – Experimental design and hypothesis testing

What is the scientific method? How do you ask a “good” scientific questions? What characteristics go into creating a logically sound hypothesis? A well-designed and constructed experiment will be robust under questioning and will focus criticism on conclusions, rather than potential experimental errors. Sound experimental design should follow the established scientific protocols and generate useful statistical comparisons. Using a customized version of iBiology’s “Let’s experiment,” scientists from a variety of backgrounds will give concrete steps and advice to help you build a framework for how to design experiments in biological research. We will use case studies to make the abstract more tangible. In science, there is often no simple right answer. However, with this course, students can develop a general approach to experimental design and hypothesis testing. After completing this course, students will be able to analyze the logic structure hypothesis, define the various components of an experiment, and generate an independent hypothesis.

NOTE: The Experimental Design and Hypothesis Testing working session has been moved to Aug 3rd from 1:00-3:00 PM CT

Blog Post 4

Talk about your experience this summer in terms of how your critical thinking abilities have developed through your summer research project. 

We have rapidly approached the end of our summer experience. During the last ten weeks, you have been working within a team to distill the primary literature and communicate messaging to other public on cardiovascular-related issues that affect your community. What have you learned from this experience? How have your critical thinking skills evolved during this time? Where do you think these skills could come into play in the future? Please reflect on your summer experience. 

Poster drafts due Friday morning!

July 27th

9:45 AM – Pre-meeting chats

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Program virtual “huddle”


OPTIONAL: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM SU – Using biology and bioinformatics to find a treatment for pulmonary arterial hypertension

Dr. Marlene Rabinovitch – https://profiles.stanford.edu/intranet/marlene-rabinovitch

Register in advance for this webinar:
Password: CVI@Lokey

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM GraphPad 


July 28th

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Free Yoga Session

OPTIONAL: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM – SU – Narrative/Abstract Workshop

Password:  310484

Tuesday July 28th12:30 pm EST – Narrative/Abstract Workshop (Password – 310484) – Amanda Chase, PhD. – This is your chance to get peer feedback on your personal statement, statement of purpose, research abstract, or any other piece of written material you’re working on. Please come prepared to share the document you would like feedback on. Also, note this will be a multi-site event, so you’ll get a change to interact with the students in similar programs at the other institutions whose events you’ve been attending.

July 29th

10:00AM -11:00 AM: Data check-in


OPTIONAL: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM – SU – Stem cell biology and genetic therapy

Dr. Patricia Nguyen – https://profiles.stanford.edu/patricia-nguyen

Password: CVI@Lokey

2:30-3:30 PM: Conversation with Andre Churchwell

Topic: Conversation with Andre Churchwell Time: Jul 29, 2020 02:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://vanderbilt.zoom.us/j/95498575071?pwd=N2x1U1JBMGVMVzM1NTVlaWlOYTZydz09 Meeting ID: 954 9857 5071 Password: 477042 One tap mobile +16465588656,,95498575071# US (New York) +13462487799,,95498575071# US (Houston)

July 30th

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: BU PD: Managing Up

Description:Facilitator: Jessica L Fetterman PhD (BUSM)

Hi there,

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Jul 30, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM : Experimental Design Working Session

This session has been rescheduled for Monday Aug 3rd from 1:00-3:00 PM CT

If you would like to meet about your posters, please drop into the Zoom meeting on the Slack channel

RECORDING: https://vanderbilt.zoom.us/rec/share/9cFUMvbQzUBLHY2Ux33NfPJ7IMfYT6a81XIeqfAOyBypW6p29a-PoxiUcsAduj13

July 31st

10:00 AM -11:00 AM: Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Session with Ivor Benjamin

Facilitator : Ivor Benjamin MD FAHA

Hi there,

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Jul 31, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting

1:00-3:00PM – Practice Session: Poster and 3-min presentation


Published by Kendra Oliver

I am an experienced scientist passionate about science communication, multi-disciplinary projects, and online learning and engagement approaches. It is critical that we find new strategies to communicate scientific finding and engage the public. Using online learning and visualization methods, I am exploring visual science communication to support online education and science marketing approaches. Although classically trained as a research scientist in pharmacology, I consider myself a science communication designer with skills ranging from project management, pedagogical approaches to online learning, video production, instructional design, and web design. With a foundation as a cross-disciplinary team member, I am interested in developing and utilizing these skills to produce science marketing, communication, and engagement strategies, particularly those at the intersection of art and science.

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