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Life Sciences Week

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Missouri Life Sciences Week is a university-wide event that brings together research across scientific disciplines at Mizzou. We see it as a forum for ideas that highlights life sciences research performed by undergraduate, graduate, professional students, faculty and staff to celebrate excellence in science and foster collaboration.

We’ve worked hard to plan a week full of possibility for all. Whether you come view and interact with the more than 300 scientific research presenters, listen to talks from four renowned scientists, get a jump on your career at Frame Your Future workshops or browse the Core Facilities and Vendor Shows, we believe there’s something for everyone. Check out our lineup of speakers below and the full schedule for this exciting week. As always, if you have questions email lsw@misssouri.edu.

Watch MU students share their research on our Youtube Channel and check out Life Sciences Week photos on Flickr.

Recap @ Missouri Life Sciences Week 2017

Day 1

It’s hard to not feel inspired when looking at more than 140 research projects displayed in McQuinn Atrium on the opening morning of Missouri Life Sciences Week 2017. As curious minds stream past presenter posters, you can see how one idea or question starts a conversation with endless possibilities.

And those possibilities matter in a world that needs science to address pressing concerns. Frances Colón made that connection more tangible for a full audience in Monsanto Auditorium as she spoke on her career that combines her scientific training with government and policy. 

These conversations are what Missouri Life Sciences Week is all about. Check out highlights from today’s events below. We hope it inspires you to participate in our full week of events. 

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Biochemistry senior Matthew Lichte from the Donald Burke lab explains his research on visualizing RNA to a group of students. | photo by Roger Meissen, Bond LSC

 

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Third year grad student Nkemakonam Okoye explains his poster, “203Pb-labeled BB2 Receptor Antagonist as an Imaging Probe for Prostate Cancer Detection” at the Day 1 Research Poster Session during Missouri Life Sciences Week 2017. | photo by Roger Meissen, Bond LSC

 

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Frances Colón tackled the intersection of science and policy in her talk Monday afternoon in Bond LSC’s Monsanto Auditorium. A former state department science advisor, she reiterated the impact that science should have on decisions in our government. | photo by Roger Meissen, Bond LSC

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Day 2

Science takes a lot of perspiration, preparation and support to foster success. We started Tuesday with recognition of those who nurture students toward a successful science experience and career. Bond LSC’s Jack Schultz and Provost Garnett Stokes gave remarks at the Mentor Recognition Breakfast meant to honor their efforts.

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Jack Schultz gives opening remarks at the Mentor Recognition Breakfast Tuesday @ Missouri Life Sciences Week 2017 | photo by Roger Meissen, Bond LSC

 

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Provost Garnett Stokes thanks the attendees for their work to nurture the next generation at the Mentor Recognition Breakfast Tuesday @ Missouri Life Sciences Week 2017 | photo by Roger Meissen, Bond LSC

 

It turned into an opportunity for some to share what works and what doesn’t for them in regards to being a faculty mentor.

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Assistant Professor of Nutrition & Exercise Physiology Vicki Vieira-Potter talks about what works with the students she mentors at the Mentor Recognition Breakfast Tuesday @ Missouri Life Sciences Week 2017 | photo by Roger Meissen, Bond LSC

 

Tom Schneider of the National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute wrapped up Tuesday by showing us how mathematics apply to real-world science. He explained how information theory can predict how efficient genes are, how sensitive molecules in your eyes can be and even be applied to cancer rates.

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Tom Schneider at National Cancer Institute speaks about math and its relation with fundamental biology Tuesday afternoon in Bond LSC’s Monsanto Auditorium. | photo by Jinghong Chen, Bond LSC

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Day 3

Wednesday continued the focus on preparing students with the Framing Your Future career conference. Experts from around Mizzou and industry talked about internships, how to interview for jobs and how to resolve conflicts in the lab and with employers. 

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Yves Chiswili Chabu, an Assistant Professor in the Division of Biological Sciences talks about the process of interviewing for academic jobs at the Framing Your Future Career Conference @ Missouri Life Sciences Week 2017 | Photo by Roger Meissen, Bond LSC
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Tim McIntosh, a former headhunter and current higher education leader in recruitment, explained how to build leverage during job negotiation at Framing Your Future Career Conference @ Missouri Life Sciences Week 2017 | Photo by Roger Meissen, Bond LSC