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Program Highlights

View the complete Preliminary Program here.

Conference Theme: "Developing Scientific Leaders through Research Training and Academic Excellence"

 

Opening Speaker
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | 7:45 pm – 8:15 pm

Pitts Derrick
Derrick Pitts, B.S., The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA
The Importance of Science Communication

Derrick Pitts is Chief Astronomer and Planetarium Director for The Franklin Institute. Named as one of the 50 Most Important African-Americans in Research Science by Science Spectrum magazine, Mr. Pitts has written and produced more than two-dozen planetarium programs, appears regularly on major television networks as a science content expert, and co-hosts the weekly radio discussion program Skytalk.





Plenary Scientific Speaker
Thursday, November 13, 2014 | 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

Mayo Steve Credit-LanceHayashida
Stephen Mayo, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA  
Computational Approaches to Protein Engineering with Applications in the Life Sciences 

Stephen Mayo, the William Bowes Jr. Foundation Chair in the Division of Biology at the California Institute of Technology, is a pioneer and leading figure in the field of protein design. Dr. Mayo’s many honors include being named as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, inducted into the National Academies of Science, and appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Science Board.



Plenary Scientific Speaker
Friday, November 14, 2014 | 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

Shah Sonia Credit-JoyceRavid
Sonia Shah, B.A.  
The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years 

Sonia Shah is an investigative journalist and author of critically acclaimed and prize-winning books on science, human rights, and international politics. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, and her TED talk on malaria has received more than 900,000 views around the world. She is currently working on a new book about the origins of pandemics. 







Closing Speaker
Saturday, November 15, 2014 | 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

Rodriguez Richard
Richard Rodriguez, M.A.  
Exploring the Browning of America: Cultural, Racial, and Ethnic Identities 

As a famed public intellectual, essayist, and television journalist, Richard Rodriguez is unafraid to take on controversial issues of race, religion, and education in America. An award-winning author, his books include Brown: the Last Discovery of AmericaHunger of Memory: the Education of Richard Rodriguez, and Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father. His new book, Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography, examines the monotheistic desert religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the aftermath of 9/11.

 

 

 

 

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