ACTIVITIES

Career Symposium for Postdocs and
Graduate StudentsExploring Your Passions and Recognizing Your Potential

4:00–6:00 p.m., Wednesday, 18 October
SPECIAL LOCATION:
University Club, 123 University Ave., Ballroom B

Keynote Speaker: Nathan Urban, PhD
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Strategic Initiatives
Professor and Vice Chair of Neurobiology
Codirector of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
Associate Director of the University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute

This interactive workshop, presented by the Office of Academic Career Development–Health Sciences and the University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association, is designed to bolster the professional development of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students by providing practical input for discovering emerging employment opportunities in today’s job market.

Dr. Urban will discuss how doctoral students and postdoctoral trainees can leverage their advanced scientific and analytic reasoning skills to solve challenging problems working in a wide variety of scientific professions. Following his presentation, participants will have the opportunity to meet and interact with a variety of local professionals from science-related fields who will lead roundtable discussions about career prospects in a range of employment settings such as academia, industry, government, and nonprofit organizations.

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Michael G. Wells Entrepreneurial Scholars Lecture
4:00–4:45 p.m., Wednesday, 18 October
Alumni Hall, Science Lecture Hall, 3rd Floor

This year’s Wells Lecture will be presented by Kurt M. Rote, MBA, CEO of Western Oncolytics. Originally a Pitt spinoff, Western Oncolytics develops immunotherapy cancer treatments. The lecture will share advice on creating a viable business born out of University research and will address the challenges faced by scientists and entrepreneurs driven to see their work affect the world.  

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Michael G. Wells Student Health Care Competition and Kuzneski Innovation Cup Winner Announcement
4:45–5:00 p.m., Wednesday, 18 October
Alumni Hall, Science Lecture Hall, 3rd Floor

The Michael G. Wells Student Health Care Competition brings together competing University of Pittsburgh students who are developing health care innovations. The competition is sponsored by the Michael G. Wells Entrepreneurial Scholars Fund.

The Kuzneski Innovation Cup, sponsored by local entrepreneurs Andrew and Laurie Kuzneski, involves Pitt students who are developing innovations in fields outside of health care that can positively affect people’s lives.

Earlier in the day, the finalists for both competitions will pitch their innovations to judges from the local business community. The winners will be announced before the start of the Innovation Showcase, where all competition participants can share and discuss their innovations.

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Opening Reception and Innovation Showcase
5:00 p.m., Wednesday, 18 October
Alumni Hall, J.W. Connolly Ballroom, 1st Floor

Join the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute for a first look at the latest Pitt-generated innovations in health care, materials, internet of things, information technology, analytics, energy and more. Many of these technologies are available for licensing, and others already form the basis of local, early-stage Pitt spinoff companies. You will have the unique opportunity to network with these inventors and founders, as well as with local entrepreneurs, investors, and community leaders. Don’t miss this opportunity to view novel Pitt discoveries that have already received development funding and mentorship from a host of sources on campus. All Science 2017 registrants are invited to this eagerly anticipated opening reception.

The Opening Reception and Innovation Showcase are organized and sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute.

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Science as art
Alumni Hall, J.W. Connolly Ballroom, 1st Floor

Virtual reality enables immersive entertainment through the creation and exploration of fantastical realms—but it also presents tantalizing opportunities for scientists. This year, Science as Art explores the power of virtual reality in scientific investigation, providing participants with the unique opportunity to don headsets and engage with science on a state-of-the-art VR platform. With Pitt’s Center for Biologic Imaging providing anatomical landscapes and syGlass providing the VR technology, participants can wander the brain at a cellular level, meander through blood vessels, track a virus as it invades the brain, and observe the structural complexities of a pig’s eye. Not only can it give your scientific datasets that “wow factor,” VR technology provides a striking visual perspective that can lead to new observations and new questions.

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