Dear CNBC Faculty, Post-docs, and Students:
We would like to invite you to join us for the 17th Annual CNBC Retreat, to be held on October 11-12, 2013, at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. 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.
Training Program Overview / Student-organized Data Blitz
Co-directors Peter Strick and Mike Tarr, and CNBC Education Committee Co-chairs, Carol Colby & Dave Touretzky will present a CNBC Training Program Overview on Friday in Seasons 1-3. Following the overview there will be a student-organized data blitz. These sessions are open to all graduate students, post-docs, and faculty interested in attending. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided beginning at 7:00 pm. The graduate student retreat representatives and social committee will be in touch with the students to provide more detailed information on the data blitz and social activities.
The first scientific session begins promptly at 9:00 am on Saturday, with a continental breakfast available beforehand. The program ends at 9:30 pm on Saturday. A preliminary schedule of events can be found at http://www.cnbc.cmu.edu/retreatsched.
Talks will feature local University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon faculty. Our invited keynote speaker, Prof. David Sheinberg, Department of Neuroscience, Division of Biology & Medicine, Brown University will speak on Saturday afternoon before dinner.
There will be a poster session held during dinner on Saturday evening. It will feature the recent work of students and post-docs. Faculty should urge their students to make a poster presentation. 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. Prizes for the best posters will be awarded.
REGISTRATION / MEALS / LODGING / DIRECTIONS
Faculty & Post-docs
The CNBC will cover the cost of Saturday night lodging (based on double occupancy), registration, and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday). Please note that faculty and post-docs arriving on Friday will be responsible for their own lodging expenses.
The CNBC will cover the cost of registration, meals (pizza on Friday, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday), and lodging on Friday and Saturday. Students are expected to arrive on Friday and depart on Sunday.
If you register to bring a guest or request single lodging accommodations, a CNBC staff member will be in touch with you to provide information on personal costs.
Seven Springs is located approximately one hour's drive southeast of Pittsburgh. It is easily accessible off exit 91 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Turn left off the exit ramp (Routes 711 and 31); approximately two miles, turn right on Route 711; follow 711 for about two miles; at the Star Market in Champion, turn left; follow the signs to Seven Springs (approximately eight miles) on the right.
Online registration will close on Monday, August 26th.
2013 Retreat Registration Form
For questions, please contact Barbara Dorney (
), Melissa Stupka (
), or members of the retreat planning committee.
We look forward to seeing you in the mountains of Pennsylvania!
2013 Retreat Planning Committee
Steve Chase, CMU Biomedical Engineering / CNBC
Matt Smith, PITT Ophthalmology
Erin Crowder, PITT CNUP
Chelsea Reynolds, PITT CNUP
Rachel Vistein, CMU Biological Sciences