University of Pittsburgh

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

3:00–5:00 p.m., Wednesday, 19 October
Alumni Hall, Auditorium and Cathedral Views Gallery, 7th Floor
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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.

Dennis Yablonsky will discuss the recent Allegheny Conference report “Inflection Point—Supply, Demand, and the Future of Work in the Pittsburgh Region.” Yablonsky, who was ranked among Pittsburgh Magazine’s 2015 “50 Most Powerful People in Pittsburgh,” will provide insight into the coming transformation of work across the Pittsburgh region and its implications for employers and workforce talent. Following the 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, 19 October
Alumni Hall, Science Lecture Hall, 3rd Floor

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This year, the Wells Lecture will feature a “Health Care Entrepreneurship Investment Panel” composed of entrepreneurs and investors who will share advice and experience for getting new health care innovations funded and commercialized. Don’t miss the valuable first-hand perspective of these experts!

Moderator:

Jeanne Cunicelli, MBA

Panelists:

Jane Holmes Hollingsworth, JD
Nick B. Pliam, MD, PhD
Mike Powell, PhD
Michael G. Wells, MS, MBA

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Michael G. Wells Student Health Care Competition and Kuzneski Innovation Cup Winner Announcement
4:45–5:00 p.m., Wednesday, 19 October
Alumni Hall, Science Lecture Hall, 3rd Floor
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Presenters: Michael G. Wells; Andrew and Laurie Kuzneski

The sixth annual Michael G. Wells Student Health Care Competition comprises competing University of Pittsburgh students who are developing health care innovations. It is sponsored by the Michael G. Wells Entrepreneurial Scholars Fund.

New this year, the Kuzneski Innovation Cup competition, sponsored by Andrew and Laurie Kuzneski—local entrepreneurs—involves Pitt students who are developing innovations in non-health care fields that can make positive impacts on 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, 19 October
Alumni Hall, J.W. Connolly Ballroom, 1st Floor
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Join the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute for a first look at the latest Pitt-generated innovations in health care, materials, 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 2016 registrants are invited to this eagerly anticipated opening reception.

The Wells Lecture, Wells Competition, Kuzneski Cup, Opening Reception, and Innovation Showcase are organized and sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute.

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Senior Vice Chancellor's Research Seminar
1:00 p.m., Friday, 21 October
Alumni Hall, Science Lecture Hall, 3rd Floor

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Xinyu Liu, PhD
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Discovery of New Chemistry and Biology from the Microbial World


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Undergraduate Research Poster Reception
Alumni Hall, J.W. Connolly Ballroom, 1st Floor

At a special reception open to all Science 2016 registrants, undergraduates from across the University will exhibit faculty-mentored posters in basic science, medicine, and engineering.

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

This year’s Science as Art exhibit highlights the field of microscopy and the Nobel Prize-winning contributions it has made to science. Since before the early days of phase contrast microscopy and the advent of electron microscopy, scientists have peered into microscopes, discovering new possibilities in science—and in art. Today’s super-resolution microscopy and fluorescence microscopy feature superior imaging capabilities and yield impressively artistic results. Come see and learn how these technologies have enabled both great science and great art. Science as Art is an annual collaborative initiative coordinated by Donna Beer Stolz, PhD, associate professor of cell biology. It portrays the artistic side of science to create a visually spectacular and thought-provoking display for all Science 2016 participants.  

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Closing Happy Hour
5:00 p.m., Friday, 21 October
Alumni Hall, Cathedral Views Gallery, 7th Floor