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Tuesday, May 17, 2016 08:00 AM - 02:30 PM
3rd Annual BEST Symposium

Save the date -May 17- for our signature Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training Symposium, now in its third year. We are very happy to announce the keynote speaker: Rush Holt.

Physicist and eight term Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rush Holt is now the CEO of AAAS, the world's largest general scientific organization, succeeding Alan Leshner who spoke at last year's Cornell BEST Symposium. Holt also serves as the executive publisher of the Science family of journals since February 2015. He has run the large Department of Energy national particle physics lab at Princeton, was a AAAS American Physical Society Science & Technology Policy Fellow, and served as an arms control expert at the U.S. State Department. In Congress, Holt served as a senior member of the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Education and the Workforce. On Capitol Hill, Holt established a long track record of advocacy for federal investment in research and development, science education, and innovation. Learn more Don't miss this opportunity to learn from the 'Champion of Science'!

At 8:00 AM we begin with an overview and highlights from the BEST Program Principal Investigator, Avery August.

To round out the Symposium we will also have Panel Discussions in each of the four tracks. The speakers will share their personal career trajectories and decision-making process, advice for current PhDs and postdocs, and the resources available to help you achieve the career of your future. See the full program booklet which includes speaker bios. Note that careers, like people, defy categorization, so you might find speakers with backgrounds from other tracks.

8:15 AM Governance, Risk and Compliance moderated by John Parker, co-PI BEST, Professor of Virology

Jack Rudnick, New York State Science & Technology Law Center

alumna Kim Holloway, Associate Director of Proposal Advancement, Cornell University Office of Sponsored Programs

Jeff Fearn, Senior Licensing Officer at CTL (Cornell Technology Licensing)

9:15 AM Science Communication moderated by Bruce Lewenstein, Chair, Science & Technology Studies

Jonathan Miller, writer and content strategist at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University, formerly at Homeland Productions

Merry Buckley, Communications Manager, Baker Institute for Animal Health

alumna Anne Poduska, Cornell Graduate & International Student Career Advisor

Cornell Career Services

10:15 AM Science Policy moderated by Chris Schaffer, co-PI BEST, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Nancy E. and Peter C. Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering

Gary Stewart, Director, Community Relations at Cornell 

Chelsea Gregg, PhD candidate, Cardiovascular Developmental Bioengineering Laboratory, Biomedical Engineering

11:15 AM Industry, Entrepreneurship and Management moderated by Susi Varvayanis, Senior Director, BEST

alumnus Sunish Mohanan, Principal Research Scientist – Pathologist, Toxicology and Investigative Pathology at Eli Lilly and Company

Felix LitvinskyBlackstone LaunchPad

Rebecca Williams, Director Cornell BRC Imaging Facility

Theresa Curtis, Associate Professor, Dept. Biological Sciences, SUNY Cortland, formerly worked at Agave BioSystems

12:15 PM Networking Lunch

1:15 PM PLENARY TALK BY RUSH HOLT, CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science

2:15 PM Closing Remarks


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Ithaca, NY
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