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Nobel laureate to give talk at UC Riverside

Randy Schekman will give the keynote address at the Riverside Postdoctoral Association Symposium 2014

University of California - Riverside

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Randy Schekman, one of the winners of the 2013 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, will give a presentation at the University of California, Riverside on Wednesday, Sept. 24 - the keynote address at the inaugural "Riverside Postdoctoral Association Symposium 2014."

Schekman's talk is titled "The origin of the autophagosome membrane and its role in unconventional secretion." The autophagosome is a unique double-membrane organelle in the cell. How the membranes are formed is not fully understood. The talk will begin at 4 p.m. in the auditorium in the Genomics Building.

Schekman is a professor of molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley and an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is also the founder and editor-in-chief of eLife, an open access journal. His research is focused on the process of membrane assembly, vesicular transport and membrane fusion among organelles of the secretory pathway.

Sponsored by the Graduate Division at UC Riverside, the Riverside Postdoctoral Association Symposium 2014 begins at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, and ends at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24. It will take place in the Genomics Building auditorium and showcase research done by UC Riverside postdoctoral researchers from a number of fields.

"I am especially proud that our postdoctoral association at UCR has taken the initiative to organize this symposium, and very pleased that the Graduate Division has been able to be a part of it," said Joseph Childers, the dean of the Graduate Division. "The postdoctoral experience is a crucial component in the education of our very best scientists and researchers, the last step before becoming faculty members at colleges and universities around the world. Here at UCR, postdocs fulfill a vital role in the research mission and contribute to the training of graduate and undergraduate students alike. A symposium of this nature provides our postdocs with an opportunity to share the results of their work, to underscore the importance of their contributions as researchers, and to establish themselves as professionals in their respective fields."

The Riverside Postdoctoral Association Symposium 2014 is free of charge and open to the public. Parking on campus typically costs $6. Short-term parking is available in some parking lots at $2 per hour for a maximum of two hours; more information can be obtained from the attendant at this kiosk.

A short video can be accessed here.

Postdoctoral researchers are especially encouraged to attend the symposium. Registration information can be obtained here.

"This is a unique event, where postdocs from every department can present their research," said Poonamjot Deol, the president of the Riverside Postdoctoral Association. "This is cutting-edge research that is being done by future faculty, industry leaders and research scientists. At this one event, the attendees are able to get a feel for the scope of the research occurring across UCR."

Faculty members, graduate students and undergraduate students at UCR are invited to attend the symposium. A reception will take place on the evening of Sept. 23 along with a poster session. Postdoctoral reseachers will give talks throughout the day on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Awards, sponsored by the Office of Research and Economic Development, will be given out on Sept. 24.

"This symposium will allow postdoctoral scholars to present their work to the UCR community and give them a chance to talk with a broader audience," said Lisa Pang, the vice president of the Riverside Postdoctoral Association. "We hope to achieve an exciting avenue for postdocs to network and discover research outside their fields at the symposium, potentially creating interdisciplinary dialogue. We would like to encourage the postdoc community to join the Riverside Postdoctoral Association for all our events throughout the year."

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Established in 2014, the Riverside Postdoctoral Association aims to bring together the postdoctoral community from across the UC Riverside campus, providing them with support and representing their needs and interests within the wider academic community.

The University of California, Riverside is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion. A broadcast studio with fiber cable to the AT&T Hollywood hub is available for live or taped interviews. UCR also has ISDN for radio interviews. To learn more, call (951) UCR-NEWS.

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