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

3:00–5:00 p.m., Tuesday, 15 October
O'Hara Student Center, Ballroom, 2nd Floor

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.

Click here for a downloadable copy of the Career Symposium Program.


Special Symposium: William (Chet)
de Groat, PhD—51 Years as a Pitt Faculty Icon

2:00–5:00 p.m., Wednesday, 16 October
Alumni Hall, Room 121, 1st Floor

This symposium at Science 2019 recognizes the unparalleled basic/clinical research advances, teaching, and mentoring that have been provided to the University community by Chet de Groat, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology. Dr. de Groat officially “retired” in May 2019 but is still publishing important new advances and providing mentorship to his many colleagues—all of whom revere him. Please join us for this celebration of academic excellence and, in particular, the many contributions of this supremely kind and generous person.

2 p.m. - Introduction: Bruce Freeman, PhD

Faculty Speakers:

2:10 p.m. - Lori Birder, PhD - Changes in the Bladder Sensory Web with Aging and Disease

2:35 p.m. - Naoki Yoshimura, MD, PhD - Neurological Mechanisms of Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction--Collaborative Research Endeavors with Chet de Groat for 25 Years

3 p.m. - Jonathan Beckel, PhD - Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors in the Urothelium: A Beginning

Graduate Student Speakers:

3:25 p.m. - Joe Galley - Forkhead Box Class O Transcription Factors Regulate Soluble Guanylyl Cyclase Expression in Vascular Smooth Muscle

3:45 p.m. - Matt Keeney - Assay Development for Uncovering the Pathogenic Mechanisms in Parkinson’s Disease

4:05 p.m. - Keynote Lecture: Anthony Ford, PhD

Plumbing, Wiring, Hollow Organs, and New Therapeutics


Michael G. Wells Entrepreneurial Scholars Lecture
4:00–4:45 p.m., Wednesday, 16 October
Alumni Hall, Auditorium, 7th Floor

This year’s Wells Lecture features a panel of Wells Student Healthcare Competition alumni who went on to form startup companies. They will share their experiences behind launching companies developed at the University and the opportunities and challenges of growing their companies as part of the region’s innovation ecosystem.

Lorenzo Soletti, MBA, PhD
Cofounder and CEO, Renerva LLC

Eunice Yang, PhD
Founder, OK2StandUp

Joseph Pugar
Cofounder and CEO, Aruga Technologies

Panel Moderator:
Rich Lunak, MBA
President and CEO, Innovation Works


Michael G. Wells Student Health Care Competition and Kuzneski Innovation Cup WinnerS Announcement
4:45–5:00 p.m., Wednesday, 16 October
Alumni Hall, Auditorium, 7th Floor

Presenters: Michael G. Wells; Andrew and Laurie Kuzneski

The Michael G. Wells Student Health Care Competition brings together 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.

Early in the day, student 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.


Opening Reception and Innovation Showcase
5:00 p.m., Wednesday, 16 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, assistive technologies, Internet of things, information technology, human performance and more. Many of these technologies are available for licensing, and others already form the basis of local, early-stage 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 2019 registrants are invited to this eagerly anticipated opening reception.


ScienCE as arT
Thursday-Friday, Oct. 17-18
Alumni Hall, J.W. Connolly Ballroom, 1st Floor

From the lab to the lecture hall, creativity abounds on campus. As part of Pitt’s Year of Creativity, this year’s Science as Art celebrates creativity hidden in plain sight. Under the microscope, everyday items become fascinating, artistic images. But, for each image, it’s up to you to guess what, exactly, is being shown. Is it a microscopic view of an animal, vegetable, or mineral? Or none of these? The longstanding Science as Art exhibit, curated by Donna Stolz, PhD, and Jonathan Franks, MS, annually showcases works that blend the not-so-disparate fields of art and science. For the first time, the exhibit takes the form of an interactive competition via an online quiz open to all Science participants. So take your best guess—there’s even a prize in store if you have the most correct answers.