Friday, May 15, 2015

BU hosts 24th Annual Health Sciences Symposium


The 24th Annual Health Sciences Symposium focused on the theme "Dying and Death: End of Life Issues." The keynote address was delivered on April 23 by Dr. F. Daniel Davis, Director of Bioethics, Geisinger Health System. He spoke on "Dying and Death: They Ain't What they Used to Be.  Controversies Surrounding the Definition, Experience, and Medicalization of Dying and Death." Dr. Davis also led  a workshop entitled "Bioethics: An Open Forum"  on April 24. The Symposium included a Wellness Fair with over 40 booths featuring health screenings and wellness information. Among the many concurrent sessions was a presentation entitled "From Bloomsburg to Biotech: A Primer and Guide to a Career in the Pharmaceutical Industry" by BU alumni Henry J. Riordan, Ph.D., Executive Vice President Medical and Scientific Affairs Global Clinical Lead for Neuroscience Worldwide Clinical Trials and Gene G. Kinney, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Head of Research & Development Prothena Biosciences, Inc. Students in Anatomy and Physiology II presented posters on health-related topics. Pictured at right are Health Science majors Brittany Underkoffler  and Olivia Burley with their poster on melanoma and the somatic cell cycle. Serving as undergraduate poster judges were BAHS majors Katlin Aunkst and Katie Hawkins.The symposium was sponsored by Berwick Health and Wellness Foundation, the Provost's Lecture Series, and the Science and Health Science Living and Learning Community. Dr Jennifer Venditti was the symposium co-chair and Drs. Kipe-Nolt and Surmacz served on the symposium committee.