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Jun 29 2021

A personal account on infectious diseases: Avian influenza, COVID-19, and chronic Hepatitis B

The impact of infectious diseases on human societies has never been better shown in the current COVID-19 pandemic. As a virologist previously working in a flagship hospital dedicated to managing infectious diseases in Shanghai, I directly participated in the fight against several outbreaks.  We identified the rapid emergence of Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) resistance in the 2013 H7N9 Avian Influenza genome.  My recent work in the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic also unraveled viral and host factors related to the disease outcome and suggested the earliest transmission paths in the initial Wuhan outbreak.   Finally, I will talk about my long-term research focus, Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) which plagues around 250 million people worldwide. I will briefly introduce my spatially-resolve analysis of HBV infection. In addition, we identified a novel form of incomplete viral particle which may play a key role in the pathogenesis of this disease. Associate Professor Xiaonan ZhangXiaonan Zhang is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Science and Technology at UC. Before joining UC in March 2021, Dr. Zhang was the principal investigator in Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center (SHAPHC) at Fudan University. He is also the committee member of the Chinese Medical Association, Medical Virology branch. Dr. Zhang mainly focuses on clinic-oriented molecular biology and translational medicine of Hepatitis B Virus. He developed novel in situ assays for detection of HBV nucleic acids including cccDNA and uncovered unexpected molecular entities that encapsidate HBV RNA in blood circulation. Besides, he is also involved in the molecular virology and antiviral development against emerging infectious diseases such as H7N9 influenza, enteroviruses and SARS-CoV-2. He led his group in deciphering the viral and host factors related to the clinical outcome of COVID-19 in 2020. He has co-authored over fifty peer-reviewed research articles and published a series of high impact papers as first or corresponding author in journals such as Nature, Lancet, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Journal of Virology etc.

15:00 - 16:00
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Jul 7 2021

Data Visualization and Storytelling with Bill Shander

Learn the art and science, the theory and practical hands-on tactics of creating compelling communications experiences based on surveys, scientific research, public or proprietary data sources. Join Bill Shander, LinkedIn Learning’s data visualization expert, and top-rated workshop presenter, as he walks through a curriculum specially designed for different members of your team. In individual and team exercises, you will work your way up from basic visual thinking exercises to creating full outlines and plans for static infographics, PowerPoint decks, and/or interactive data experiences.You will practice converting abstract ideas and data into visuals, allowing you to conceptualize and produce a complete idea that is ready for execution. You will gain tangible real-world insights to make every data presentation you create better, as well as long-term best practices and big picture thinking that will forever change your approach to this work.Learn:Strategies for creating memorable and effective data visualizations, data stories and infographics for your organizationHow to think about data and the visual communication of dataPicking the right chart for your dataStorytelling with dataAbout information hierarchy and data visualization best practicesThe neuroscience and psychology behind how your audience will receive your data visualizationsAbout research into best practices for data design and communications----------------------------------------------Bill Shander is an information designer, helping clients turn their data into compelling visual and often interactive experiences. Bill teaches data storytelling, information design and data visualization on LinkedIn Learning, for a Big Four accounting and consulting firm, and in workshops around the world. Clients include the World Bank, United Nations, Starbucks, MIT, multiple U.S. Government agencies, and many more. Bill is also on the board of directors of the Data Visualization Society, a global member-driven community of over 17,000 data visualization professionals.----------------------------------------------Strict limit of 40 participants

10:00 - 13:00
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Aug 20 2021

LinkedIn for Researchers and Research Managers

Learn how to get the most from the LinkedIn platform. Meet your presenter: Nick McNaughtonNick McNaughton is a highly experienced CEO who has been a successful entrepreneur, mentor, investor and fund manager. Nick started his career in the software industry where he specialised in bringing US vendors into the Asia / Pacific region. He spent extensive time living and working in Asia. He has been a successful angel investor for over two decades. Successes include Soulmates Technology, Zookoda, Vocus (ASX:VOC) & Windlab (ASX:WND).He is a veteran of the University IP commercialization field. He is the part-time CEO of ANU Connect Ventures a $37M seed investment fund (owned by the Australian National University and MTAA Super). He has reviewed and assessed a wide array of ideas, inventions and discoveries. The fund invested in several successful companies including Lithicon (Trade sale FEI), InterfereX (Trade sale – NYSE: Dolby), Instaclustr, Liquid Instruments and EpiAxis Therapeutics.He led the initiative by the Group of Eight & the University of Auckland to partner with the IP Group to open their Asia / Pacific office in A/NZ. He has also had extensive interactions with the applied technology Universities (UTS, Wollongong, Deakin and Macquarie). He is the Chairman of the Discovery Translation Fund evaluation committee (ANU, University of Canberra, CSU) and spent 18 months on the UTS Commercialisation Advisory Panel.

12:00 - 13:00
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