Like an umbrella on a rainy day, you should never leave home without a well-designed elevator pitch! But developing a concise message about what you do and why you do it can be a challenge. In this brief talk, I will discuss the origin and purpose of an elevator pitch, content and delivery strategies for engaging your audience, and elements to include for optimal pitch effectiveness.

Presenter: Marcy Milhomme  |  Communication Arts & Sciences

While pain is a nearly universal human experience, its burden is not. I will describe how my lab is using the tools of cognitive neuroscience, psychology and anthropology to uncover the neurobiological and sociocultural mechanisms underlying ethnic, racial and gender disparities in pain. Our ultimate goal is to use our findings to inform and test interventions aimed at reducing pain disparities.

Presenter: Elizabeth Losin  |  Biobehavioral Health

Over the last decade, I've collaborated with researchers to produce nearly 200 documentaries – ranging from short films to broadcast series – for TV, web, and science classrooms. Here I'll share my perspective on effective science storytelling, show how scientists can work with my team for Broader Impacts and outreach, and reveal a sneak preview of the latest Day’s Edge project: an all-new primetime science series premiering on PBS in July.

Presenter: Neil Losin  |  Biology  |  Day’s Edge Productions

We will discuss strategies and opportunities for building sustainable, durable bridges and interdisciplinary collaborations with Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in various research areas, with the goal of promoting diversity and inclusion in all our research practices. In particular, we will address ways to seed authentic collaborations between Penn State researchers and their MSI collaborators in mutually beneficial ways, including in the sharing of resources, expertise, and best practices to support underrepresented groups in building research capacity. Finally, we will share brief information on federally funded programs in this space.

Camelia Kantor  |  Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences
Zoubeida Ounaies  |  Materials Research Institute

A prelude in its broadest musical sense is an “opener” or introduction. Preludes can be the first movement of a suite, the first piece of a larger thematic concert, a fanfare, a standalone performance-the list goes on. Since the brass quintet literature has so many great arrangements, our program consists of all openers! We’ve selected pieces that span musical genres and time periods including baroque, romantic, American traditional, folk song, and swing. 

EMS Graduate Student Brass Quintet

Tens of thousands of organisms, from insects to nematodes to fungi, are capable of coercing plants into producing novel structures called "galls". Galls serve as a source of nourishment for the inducer, while also protecting it from environmental and biotic threats. This talk will showcase the almost unbelievable complexity and diversity of these galls, while also presenting myriad unanswered questions about their structure and function.

Presenter: Andy Deans  |  Entomology