After months of careful planning and strategizing, the Center for Statistical Genetics and Genomics (StatGen) establishes a new home on the third floor of Medical Sciences Research Building I. The space, designed to foster collaboration, promotes opportunities to explore partnerships of overlapping disciplines in the quantitative sciences. An essential function of the space is to offer a physical location for the intersection of statistics and genetics at Duke. The space includes a central area for chalk talks, ad hoc discussions and group meetings that encourage dynamic interdisciplinary interactions. An additional conference room in the suite lends itself to in-depth engagements for smaller groups. Both spaces offer state of the art technology and expansive writing boards to facilitate discovery and innovation. As part of faculty recruitment efforts, StatGen hosted an inaugural Chalk Talk in early February with two additional talks scheduled this month.
Suite 301 not only serves as a location for the StatGen working groups and associated research projects, but also houses offices for the Director, Andrew Allen, affiliated faculty, PhD students and staff. When designing the space, a key consideration was to maximize versatility and functionality. This is achieved with technology, seating and work surfaces that easily transition from room to room, providing an effective use of resources as StatGen works to unite researchers across Duke’s campus.
StatGen welcomes the Duke community to join in celebrating at an Open House on Wednesday, February 22nd at 3:30 in MSRB I, Suite 301.