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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mathias Vuille
The Science of Climate Change - 

Impacts, Uncertainties and Challenges Ahead
Saturday, 5:00 PM

Fellows Speaker: Dava Sobel
Lessons From The Glass Universe

Sunday, 5:00 PM

Mathias Vuille is a Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at UAlbany.

Dr. Mathias Vuille, Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at University of Albany, will focus on the scientific aspects of climate change and discuss how observed and projected future impacts of climate change, both globally and locally, will affect aspects of our daily lives over the coming decades.  The talk will discuss some of the major challenges our society is facing, when moving forward with this transformation, but also the opportunities and co-benefits we can take advantage of when developing and implementing new and innovative adaptation and mitigation strategies. (...Read More)

Dava Sobel, an award-winning former science reporter for The New York Times, is the author of several best-selling books, including Longitude, Galileo’s Daughter, and The Planets.

Dava Sobel, an award-winning former science reporter for The New York Times and the author of several best-selling books, including Longitude, Galileo’s Daughter, The Planets and the latest The Glass Universe. Her presentation will be about the historical employment of as many as twenty ladies by the Harvard College Observatory to make astronomical observations via its growing collection of stellar photographs on glass plates. The women owed their participation in this work to preparation by excellent science teachers, such as Maria Mitchell, the first lady of American astronomy.  (...Read More)

Invited Speaker: Dr. Ronald Limberger
Zika Virus - 

A First Hand Account from Inside a Public Health Lab
Saturday 1:45-2:45 PM

Invited Speaker: Dr. Jason Nordhaus
Gravitational Waves - 
A New Era in Astrophysics
Monday, 9:30 - 10:30 AM

Ronald Limberger is currently at New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center as Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases

Dr. Ronald Limberger from the NYS Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center, Director of the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Laboratory, will address the sudden appearance of the Zika virus from South America.  How did a virus become a threat to the health of New Yorkers, who was at risk, what were the best laboratory tests to use, how long did the virus persist in humans, what mosquitos could transmit the disease, is the virus contagious, could the virus become endemic, does Zika cause microcephaly in newborns, and is Zika transmitted sexually. These questions will be addressed and the many practical changes instituted along the way to respond to changing knowledge about Zika. (...Read More)

Jason Nordhaus is an Assistant Professor at RIT (National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, and in Astrophysics PhD program)

Dr. Jason Nordhaus ,a theoretical astrophysicist and an Assistant Professor at RIT (National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, and in Astrophysics PhD program), will present about the direct detection of gravitational waves from the merger of two black holes and  some of the most exotic and mysterious phenomena in the universe.   He will explain how ripples in the fabric of the universe were detected, discuss RIT's contribution to the historic discovery, and comment on the astrophysical sources that have been detected, and are expected to be detected in the future. (...Read More)


Invited Speaker: Dr. Lauren Oldfield
Manipulating Large DNA Viruses With Synthetic Genomics Tools -Assembly and Genome-wide Engineering of an Infectious Clone of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1
Sunday 11:00-12:00

Lauren Oldfield completed her B.S. in biology at the University of Akron and her Ph.D. at the Univ. of Pittsburgh 

Dr. Lauren Oldfield, scientist at J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, Maryland, studies  viruses with large DNA genomes, such as herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1).  Large DNA viruses are also being utilized as vectors for therapeutics and vaccines, with an oncolytic herpesvirus approved for the treatment of melanoma. Her research interests include projects that identify virus species of interest through comparative genomics and utilize synthetic genomics tools to improve our understanding of these virus genome variants.  (...Read More)

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