Monday, April 25, 2016

Happy 25th Anniversary to the Health Sciences Symposium!



The Health Sciences Symposium celebrated its 25th anniversary this year! For the past 25 years faculty, students, staff, and the greater community have gathered each April to consider trending topics in healthcare. The symposium is a collaborative effort of departments in the College of Science and Technology and the Health Science Living and Learning Community. The symposium is supported by the Provost's office and the Berwick Health and Wellness Fund. Serving on the 2016 Health Sciences Symposium Committee were Dr. Jennifer Venditti, Committee Chair, Biological and Allied Health Sciences;Dr. Robert Aronstam, Dean, College of Science and Technology; Dr. Michael Borland, Chemistry and Biochemistry; Ms. Debbie Chamberlain, Living and Learning Communities;Dr. Kelly Dauber, Exercise Science; Ms. Jennifer Hunsinger, Living and Learning Communities; Dr. Judith Kipe-Nolt, Biological and Allied Health Sciences; Dr. Joan Miller, Nursing Faculty Emeritus; Ms. Kristy Sands, Nursing; Dr. Cynthia Surmacz, Biological and Allied Health Sciences; Dr. Qing Yue, Audiology and Speech Pathology

For a walk down memory lane take a look at speakers and themes from the past 25 years. Have an idea for next year's symposium theme?  Contact Dr. Venditti, symposium chairperson.


Health Sciences Symposium History

#
Year
Speaker
Topic
1
1992
Dr. Carol Frattali
Director, Health Services Division,
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Health Care Issues/Health Insurance
2
1993
Dr. Barbara Ainsworth
Department of Physical Education, Exercise, & Sport Science
University of North Carolina
Epidemiology and Cardiovascular Disease
3
1994
Dr. Bernadine Lacey
Nursing Advisor to President Clinton’s Task Force on Health Care Reform and the Clinton/Gore Transition Team Task Group on Health Care Delivery
Howard University
National Health Care Reform
4
1995
Ms. Norma Swenson
Co-director of the Women’s Health Book Collective
Co-author:  “Our Bodies, Our Selves” & “The New Ourselves Growing Older”
Women’s Health Issues
5
1996
Dr. Henry W. Foster
Nominee for U.S. Surgeon General
Scholar in Residence,Association of Academic Health Centers
-Established the “I Have a Future Program” to help reduce teen pregnancy
Sex Education
6
1997
Dr. Peter R. Gould
Evan Pugh Professor of Geography, Penn State University
Author:  AIDS, the slow plague
HIV/AIDS
7
1998
Dr. Steven N. Blair
Director of Research, Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research
President, American College of Sports Medicine
Senior editor of the Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity
Physical Activity
8
1999
Dr. M. Jocelyn Elders
Former U.S. Surgeon General
-Advocate for public health care reform
Public Health Issues
9
2000
Dr. George Lundberg
Editor-in-chief, Journal of the American Medical Association
Keynote: The Evolving US Health Care System
Medical Safety in the Healthcare System
10
2001
Dr. Jeffrey S. Wigand
-exposed the tobacco industry
- was chronicled in the 1999 movie “The Insider”;
Smoking
11
2002
Dr. Bob Arnot
NBC Chief Medical Correspondent
Keynote: “Emerging Diseases and the Threat of Bio-terrorism
Emerging Diseases and Bioterrorism
12
2003
Dr. Steve Allen
family physician and son of comedian Steve Allen.
Keynote: “Juggling Life’s Stress: Creative Silliness”.
Stress Reduction
13
2004
Dr. Dean Hamer
Chief, Section on Gene Structure and Regulation, Laboratory of Biochemistry, National Cancer Institute, NIH
Living with our Genes
14
2005
Dr. Gregory McDonald
Assistant Medical Examiner for the City of Philadelphia. 
Medical Director of Forensic Medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
CSI/Forensics
15
2006
Dr. Lynn McCormick Matrisian (BU Alumna)
Ingram Distinguished Professor of Cancer Research
 Chair, Department of Cancer Biology,
 Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, TN.
President, American Association for Cancer Research. 
Cancer Research
16
2007
Dr. F. Daniel Davis
Executive Director, President’s Council on Bioethics. 
Ph.D,, Georgetown University
Biotechnology, Bioresearch and Bioethics
17
2008
Dr. David Snowdon,
Professor of Neurology
College of Medicine,Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
University of Kentucky
-Keynote: Aging with Grace:  Findings from the Nun Study.
Aging/Alzheimer’s Disease
18
2009
Ms. Terry Wise
author of “Waking Up:  Climbing Through the Darkness.”
Theme: Improving Health through Mental Well Being.”
Suicide Prevention
19
2010
Dr. Christopher Still
Director, Obesity Institute, Geisinger Medical Center
- Keynote:  “New Approaches to Obesity:  Making Choices for a Healthier tomorrow.”
Obesity
20
2011
                              Dr. David Strayer
Professor of Psychology, University of Utah
Theme: Analog minds in a digital world
Digital Technology and Multi-tasking:  Effects on Brain Function
21
2012
Dr. Martha Farah
Director, Neuroscience Institute, University of Pennsylvania. Keynote:  “Brain Enhancement Drugs:  Personal and Societal Implications.
Brain Enhancement Drugs
22
2013
Ms. Kathy Mattea
Grammy award winning country singer
- Keynote: “The Healing Power of the Arts.”
Healing Power of the Arts
23
2014
Dr. Stephen Ilardi
Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Kansas
Keynote: We Were Never Designed for This:  The Psychological Toxicity of Modern Life (And What We Can Do About It)”
Lifestyle and Treatment Approaches for Depression

24
2015
Dr. F. Daniel Davis
Director of Bioethics, Geisinger Health System.
-Keynote: “Dying and Death: Contemporary Challenges Surrounding the Definition, Experience, and Medicalization of Dying”
End of Life Issues
25
2016
Dr. David Feinberg
CEO Geisinger Health System
Keynote: Caring. It is such and old idea that it almost seems brand new.
The Future of Medicine