“Science 2015— Unleashed!” Set for Oct. 7-9

Issue Date: 
September 14, 2015

The University of Pittsburgh’s annual celebration of science and technology, “Science 2015—Unleashed!,” will feature presentations by some of Pittsburgh’s top researchers as well as keynote lectures by renowned guest scientists from across the country. 

The opening reception and technology showcase will begin at 5 p.m. Oct. 7, presenting a first look at innovations that have received development funding and mentorship from various Pitt sources. The event, sponsored by Pitt’s Innovation Institute, offers networking opportunities with local entrepreneurs, investors, community leaders, and inventors.

All events take place in Alumni Hall. Science 2015 is free and open to the public. Online registration and a schedule are available at www.science2015.pitt.edu 

Among other planned activities are an Oct. 7 career development symposium for postdoctoral and graduate students and an Oct. 8 undergraduate poster reception displaying student research in basic science, medicine, and engineering.

The following four plenary sessions will also be featured:

Dickson Prize in Medicine Lecture, 11 a.m. Oct. 8

“Optical and Chemical Tools for High-Resolution Investigation of Intact Biological Systems,” Karl Deisseroth, the D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine

Provost Lecture, 4 p.m. Oct. 8

“Life Redesigned: The Emergence of Synthetic Biology,” James J. Collins, Henri Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering and Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Mellon Lecture, 11 a.m. Oct. 9

“A Molecular Arms Race: The Immune System versus HIV,” Pamela J. Björkman, Max Delbrück Professor of Biology, California Institute of Technology, and investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Klaus Hofmann Lecture, 2 p.m. Oct. 9

“Epigenetics at the Intersection of Genes and the Environment in Common Human Disease,” Andrew P. Feinberg, King Fahd Professor of Molecular Medicine and director, Center for Epigenetics, John Hopkins University School of Medicine