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Biomedical Sciences Club Undergraduate Conference 2015

Posted: April 17, 2015

Biomedical Sciences Club successfully holds its sixth annual Undergraduate Conference.

On March 21st, the Biomedical Sciences Club held its sixth annual Undergraduate Conference on the third floor bridge of the Life Sciences Building. Speakers at this year's conference included Dr. Stephen Hughes, Dr. Alan Dove and Dr. Paul Duprex. Dr. Hughes' talk was the first of the day and focused on the ability of HIV to maintain itself within a cell lineage. Dr. Dove's talk focused on the changing job market for academics as a decrease in academic research jobs has led to a balloon of people stuck in post-doctoral research positions. Being a science journalist, Dr. Dove was able to provide insight into non-traditional career opportunities for Ph.D. students in the biomedical sciences. The final talk of the day was given by Dr. Duprex, who focused his talk on the importance of BSL-4 research and public understanding of this research. Dr. Duprex works for Boston University at the National Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratory (NEIDL) in Boston which has faced public outcry against the opening of the BSL-4 laboratories within the facility. Dr. Duprex has since played a major role in communicating with the public regarding the safety of the NEIDL as well as the importance of the work that can only be conducted within the BSL-4 laboratories.

The conference was made possible through funding by the University Park Allocation Committee as well as the College of Ag. Be sure to keep an eye out for the 2016 Conference next Spring!

Submitted by David Peterson (drp5222@psu.edu)