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Wednesday, May 03 - Thursday, May 04, 2017 02:00 PM
4th annual BEST Symposium

Save the dates:

Our 4th annual BEST Symposium is on:

May 3 & 4, 2017 in G10 Biotechnology Building

Invited speakers:

May 3:

8:30am sign-in and light breakfast, seated by 8:55 please

9am: Opening Remarks by Cornell's 14th President Martha E. Pollack 

9:10am Welcome and BEST annual report by Avery August

9:30am Industry, Entrepreneurship and Management Career Panel, moderated by Susi Varvayanis

Kirk Samaroo, Co-founder & CSO of Dynamic Boundaries, Inc.
Luis Schang, Professor Chemical Virology, Director of the Baker Institute for Animal Health

Q&A with the panel

10:40am Mentor Trainee Discussions moderated by Avery August

Holger Sondermann, Associate Professor, Cornell Department of Molecular Medicine
Larry Bonassar, Professor, Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

11:45am Lunch: Meet the Resources and Networking lunch

Experts in Entrepreneurship, Communication, Graduate Education, Lean Six Sigma, International Programs, Rev Ithaca

1:30pm Science Policy Career Panel, moderated by Chris Schaffer

Helen Petach, Senior MCH Science Advisor, Bureau of Global Health, U.S. Agency for International Development (NIAID)
James Alaro, Program Director, Center for Global Health, National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Scott Steele, Director, Regulatory Science Programs and Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences, University of Rochester

Q&A with the panel

May 4:

8:30am sign-in and light breakfast, seating by 8:55 please

9am: Keynote plenary by Kenneth Gibbs, Jr., Program Director, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) (by videoconference due to curtailed federal agency travel)

Q&A-write your question on the cards provided on site to have them read to the speaker
We invite you to read about Revitalizing the Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century

10:15am Governance, Risk and Compliance Career Panel, moderated by John Parker

Jeff Ballyns, FDA regulator
Anne Schneiderman, Partner, Harris Beach PLLC
Karen Tountas, Scientific Program Manager, Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH)

Q&A with the panel

11:30am: Mentor Trainee Discussions moderated by Avery August

Jan Lammerding, Weill Institute for Cell & Molecular Biology Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Alexis Brubaker, Biological Safety Officer, Cornell University Environmental Health & Safety Research Safety Section

12:30pm Lunch: Meet the Resources and Networking lunch

Experts in Business, Communication, Entrepreneurship, Career Services, CU-CIRTL, Consulting, Intellectual Property, Public Health

1:30pm  Science Communication Career Panel, moderated by Robert Weiss

Joe Palca, Science Correspondent, NPR
Kathleen Hefferon, Cornell Food Sciences
Prathik Roy, Product Manager - Nanoscience, Springer Nature

Q&A with the panel

2:45pm Wrap up  and awards

Download the event flyer here.

G10 Biotechnology Building
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