Dear CNBC Faculty, Post-docs, and Students:

We would like to invite you to join us for the 20th CNBC Retreat to be held on Friday, May 4 and Saturday May 5, 2018 in Pittsburgh. The goal of our retreat is to foster scientific and social interactions among faculty, post-docs, and students affiliated with the CNBC. The program will include a full agenda of scientific presentations and discussions, as well as other informational and social events.

Retreat attendance for students is a required part of the CNBC program, and the CNBC Education Committee has adopted a policy that students must participate in the retreat each year to remain in good standing. However, we realize that on occasion a scheduling conflict makes attendance difficult, and therefore, each student will receive one “opt-out”. That is, a CNBC student may pick one year when they do not attend the retreat. We encourage you to save this for when you really need it, as additional opt-outs will not be available. Students who are not in good standing will not be eligible for funding.

Student / Post-Doc-organized Data Blitz
There will be a student / post-doc organized data blitz on Friday, May 4th in Mellon Institute beginning at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner and socialization. This session is open to all faculty, post-docs, and graduate students.

The first scientific session begins promptly at 9:00 am on Saturday. The program ends at 9:00 pm that evening. A preliminary schedule of events can be found at Talks will be held in 120B Lawrence Hall, University of Pittsburgh and will feature local Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh faculty, post-docs and students, including winners of the McClelland (student) and Strick (post-doc) awards. Leslie Griffith, Professor of Biology at Brandeis University, will deliver the keynote address at 4:30 pm. The title of her talk is Sleep and memory in Drosophila melanogaster.

Poster Session
There will be a poster session held before and after dinner on Saturday evening in the William Pitt Union. It will feature the recent work of students and post-docs. Faculty should urge their students and postdocs to present a poster. The poster can be simple and include only a title, abstract, and a few figures, or can be a recycled or preview of prepared conference posters. Students and post-docs are encouraged to sign up for the poster session during the registration process. Travel Awards for the best posters will be announced that evening.

The CNBC will cover the cost of registration and meals. Registration will close on Friday, April 20, 2018.

Registration Form

For questions, please contact Barbara Dorney, Melissa Stupka, or or a member of the retreat planning committee.

Faculty Reps
Avniel Ghuman, Pitt Neurological Surgery,
Sandra Kuhlman, CMU Biological Sciences,

Post-Doc Reps
Sarah Haigh,
Lindsay Hanford,
Lizzie Manning,
Patricia B. de la Tremblaye,

Student Reps
Bo Powers,
Sandrine Girard,