Conferences

Featured Speakers in Houston

The following five speakers will present plenary, tutorial, or special keynote lectures in Houston. They appear below in alphabetical order (by last name).


Patricia M. Beauchamp  |  Mars 2020

Chief Technologist, Engineering and Science Directorate
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Opening Plenary Lecture: Sunday, May 31, 6:45-7:45 pm

Learn more about Dr. Beauchamp and her work: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/

The Mars 2020 rover, launching in late July, will be taking the first planetary samples at Jezero Crater after landing on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021.
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Stephen Brusatte  |  New Dinosaur Discoveries

University of Edinburgh
Twitter: @SteveBrusatte

Closing Plenary Lecture: Thursday, June 4, 5:45-6:30 pm

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Learn more about Dr. Brusatte's work on his University of Edinburgh pages as well as his personal website. In April 2018 he published his first pop science book, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs, a New History of a Lost World.

This final lecture is the perfect tie-in to the conference closing event at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Learn More.

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Heather Desaire  |  Glycoprotein Analysis for Understanding Human Disease

Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Kansas

Tutorial Lecture: Sunday, May 31, 5:45-6:30 pm

I discovered my strong affinity for chemistry at Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA, where I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997.  I attended graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, and developed an admiration for the utility and versatility of mass spectrometry.  I completed my Ph.D. in 2001, spent a few months in an industrial internship, and began my faculty appointment at the University of Kansas in 2002.  I became an Associate Professor in 2008, a Professor in 2011, and in 2013, I was named the Dean’s Professor of Chemistry. 

My research focuses on the intersection of glycobiology and mass spectrometry.  Glycoproteins are interesting because they are complex; they are highly impacted in human disease, and analyzing them offers the opportunity to improve the diagnosis and treatment of many ailments.  The study of glycoproteins also opens doors into allied research domains like immunology, machine learning, and precision medicine.  My tutorial lecture will provide an overview of research affiliated with glycoprotein analysis in human disease and present a vision for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

 
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Corinne Moss-Racusin  |  Is There Still Gender Bias in Academic Science (and Does It Matter)? What the Scientific Studies Say.

Associate Professor, Psychology Department, Skidmore College

Special Keynote Lecture: Sunday, May 31, 5:00-5:45 pm

Dr. Moss-Racusin studies the ways in which stereotypes contribute to inequality within different kinds of institutions. She is particularly interested in understanding and ameliorating gender bias throughout STEM fields in order to boost diversity and scientific excellence. After completing her undergraduate work at New York University, Dr. Moss-Racusin received her M.S. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University and served as a postdoctoral associate at Yale University (in both the Psychology and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Departments) before beginning a faculty position at Skidmore College in the summer of 2013. Dr. Moss-Racusin’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Psychological Association (APA), the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Moss-Racusin’s work has been published in prominent outlets such as Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Additionally, she was gratified to be invited to present her work at the White House. Her work is also regularly covered by the media (e.g, The New York Times, Washington Post, National Public Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, ABC World News, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, etc.).
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Peter Nemes  |  Single-Cell Mass Spectrometry

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Maryland, College Park

Tutorial Lecture: Sunday, May 31, 5:45-6:30 pm

Learn more about Peter's research and current projects: http://blog.umd.edu/nemes/
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