POSTPONED: MedTech Meet Up: Syracuse University

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Thursday, March 26, 2020
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Location: Syracuse University Center of Excellence | 727 East Washington Street Syracuse, NY 13244

STEM at Syracuse University:  Inspiring New Insights through Innovation and Inclusion

Join us at Syracuse University's Center of Excellence for our first MedTech Meet Up of 2020!

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1:00 pm – 1:30 pm:  Registration

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm:  Welcome, Win Thurlow, Executive Director, MedTech

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm:  Overview of Research at Syracuse, Ramesh Raina, Interim VP for Research

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm: BioInspired Institute, Dacheng Ren, PhD, Associate Director, BioInspired Institute

The BioInspired Institute takes advantage of Syracuse University’s unique perspective on how materials and living systems interact to design new types of materials that can solve health problems, design functional or smart materials that take inspiration from living systems and address problems in new ways to improve health and materials design. The Institute is focused in three key areas:  developing new types of materials that are responsive to their environment; drug discovery, tackling the problem of antibiotic resistance in bacteria by engineering materials to keep them from attaching and developing biofilms; and third, the mechanics of development and disease, an attempt to take a completely new approach to developmental abnormalities and disease by examining how these processes change the way living tissue behaves.  Underlining the groundbreaking work of the Institute, is the College of Arts and Sciences’ focus on student-centered research and the remarkable educational experiences and outcomes for students that an active role in research as undergraduates provides.

2:30 – 3:00 pm: SUSTAIN program, Dr. John Tillotson, PhD, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Science Teaching and Director, SUSTAIN program

A signature program at the College of Arts & Sciences at Syracuse University, SUSTAIN, the Strategic Undergraduate STEM Talent Acceleration Initiative, provides scholarship and academic support along with professional and social experiences centered around underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). The first cohort of 30 SUSTAIN scholars is now preparing to graduate in May. Research shows students often don't feel a connection to the STEM community which can be a major contributor to students leaving those fields before graduation.  SUSTAIN is changing that trajectory, with 75% of its students continuing as STEM majors. As the first class of SUSTAIN scholars approaches graduation, they’ve had access to a range of tools along the way, including faculty mentoring and “early-immersion” lab research, which matches students with experienced STEM faculty; informal community-building activities to foster a sense of connectedness and support; career development; and peer mentoring.

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Chemistry at Syracuse, Mathew M. Maye, PhD, Professor and Department Chair, Chemistry 

The Chemistry Department at Syracuse University allows students to immerse themselves in the composition, structure, properties and reactions of matter, especially of atomic, elemental and molecular systems. Students experience a challenging but nurturing environment and take courses in analytical, biological, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. Undergraduate and graduate students perform original research in a number of different areas of chemistry, from theoretical and experimental physical chemistry to organic synthesis, nanomaterials and biochemistry. Since 2008, Dr. Maye’s lab has hosted over 22 Ph.D. students and postdocs and 35 undergraduates as they conduct research on projects supported by the AFOSR, the NSF and ACS. The Maye Lab uses materials synthesis, nanochemistry, diffusion at nano interfaces, and biological programming to design and synthesize nanomaterials that have new function for energy, sensing, and biomimetic/bioinspired applications.

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Student Presentations

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Tour of the CoE

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Networking Reception

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