ACTIVITIES

SPECIAL PREVIEW EVENT

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

3:00–5:00 p.m., Tuesday, 16 October
University Club, 123 University Ave., Ballroom B

Keynote speaker:
N. John Cooper, PhD, ScD

Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research
Distinguished Service Professor of Chemistry
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
University of Pittsburgh

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.

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Michael G. Wells Entrepreneurial Scholars Lecture
4:00–4:45 p.m., Wednesday, 17 October
Alumni Hall, Science Lecture Hall, 3rd Floor

This year’s Wells Lecture will be presented by Mir Imran, chair and CEO of Rani Therapeutics and chair of InCube Ventures. Imran is a prolific health care innovator and entrepreneur who has developed and commercialized numerous medical innovations and founded many diverse life sciences companies. His lecture will address the challenges faced by entrepreneurs while sharing strategies behind the pathway to success.

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Michael G. Wells Student Health Care Competition and Kuzneski Innovation Cup Winner Announcement
4:45–5:00 p.m., Wednesday, 17 October
Alumni Hall, Science Lecture Hall, 3rd 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 improve people’s lives.

Early in the day, student finalists in each competition 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, 17 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 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 2018 registrants are invited to this eagerly anticipated opening reception.

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Scientists as artists
Thursday-Friday, Oct. 18-19
Alumni Hall, J.W. Connolly Ballroom, 1st Floor

Scientists are a creative bunch, though they don’t always get credit for it. For some, devising experiments and visualizing data provide satisfying opportunity for creative expression. Others are moved to go further; they’ll pick up a paintbrush or dabble in sculpture and find that the studio is as good a place for experimentation as the lab.

Pitt scientists better known for their peer-reviewed research will share their artistic works at this year’s annual art exhibit at Science 2018. At Scientists as Artists, you might view works by a biologist who fashions macroscopic landscapes when not peering through a microscope, a surgeon who is moved to explore media other than tissue and bone, or a grad student who just barely chose science over art school.

The suggestion to feature scientists’ artwork — often unrelated to their research — came from Pitt structural biology postdoctoral researcher Esra Bozkurt, PhD, who participated in a similar exhibition while at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland. Her idea received enthusiastic support from Donna Stolz, PhD, and Jonathan Franks, MS, who have annually curated Science as Art for many years. Thanks to their collaboration, Science 2018 will enable several scientists to showcase their artistic achievements as well as their research accomplishments.

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