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

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

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.

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

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

 

With the advent of large-scale biobanks, there are multiple “layers” of big data available (e.g., genomics, imaging, electronic health records). What are the most effective ways of integrating these layers to understand patterns among human diseases, especially when not all layers are measured on the same set of samples? Can we use the information gleaned to better predict risk of disease?

Presenter: Sudha Veturi  |  Biobehavioral Health and Statistics

 

With the advent of large-scale biobanks, there are multiple “layers” of big data available (e.g., genomics, imaging, electronic health records). What are the most effective ways of integrating these layers to understand patterns among human diseases, especially when not all layers are measured on the same set of samples? Can we use the information gleaned to better predict risk of disease?

Presenter: Sudha Veturi  |  Biobehavioral Health and Statistics