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Tuesday, April 07, 2015 08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
2nd Annual BEST Symposium

APRIL 7 in 226 Weill Hall from 8am-1pm 

The Second Annual BEST Program Symposium will offer insight into career options in all four tracks and end with an interactive lunch. Plenty of time will be allotted to audience questions. Alan Leshner from AAAS is the keynote speaker. Register by March 30 to be included in the lunch discussion. FULL PROGRAM with SPEAKER BIOS is now available.

See the one-page flyer here.

8:00 AM Opening Welcome and BEST Program Highlights

Avery August, Professor & Chair of Immunology at Cornell University and Principal Investigator of the BEST Program

8:15 AM Science Communication

Bruce Lewenstein, Professor & Chair of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University (moderator)
Alan Leshner, CEO Emeritus, AAAS & Executive Publisher of Science
Steve Mirsky, Writer at Scientific American
Charles Trautmann, Director of the Sciencenter, Ithaca, NY
Claudia Wheatley, Senior Public Affairs Officer at Cornell University

9:00 AM Governance, Risk & Compliance

John Parker, Associate Professor of Virology at The Baker Institute at Cornell University (moderator)
Omotunde Babalola, Associate Director of Compliance for External Manufacturing Americas, Bristol Myers Squibb
Shilpa Prem, Epstein Becker Green, Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice
Jason Mercer, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals


9:45 AM Industry, Entrepreneurship & Management

Susi Varvayanis, Senior Director, Cornell BEST Program (moderator)
Cherie Butts, Associate Director of Immunology Research at Biogen
Greg Galvin, CEO and Chairman of Rheonix and Member of the Board of Directors for Mezmeriz
Yue Geng, U.S. Western Business Development Manager at InSphero
Gabriel Rodriguez-Calero, Postdoctoral Associate in Chemistry & Chemical Biology at Cornell University

10:30 AM Science Policy

Chris SchafferAssociate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University (moderator)
Dharam Ablashi, Scientific Director of the HHV-6 Foundation
Bill Foster, Physicist and Congressman from Illinois, by SKYPE
Catherine Spirito, PhD Candidate in Biological & Environmental Engineering at Cornell University

11:15 AM Plenary speaker:

Alan Leshner, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

12:00 noon Networking Lunch

photo credit: Michael Carroll and Susi Varvayanis

226 Weill Hall
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