Basic Science Symposia
The Basic Science Symposia have been an integral part of STARS since its inception. In fact, it was the overwhelming success of the very first symposium, “DNA in Biology and Medicine,” that ultimately led to the development of the STARS Program itself.
The symposia are presented by UT Southwestern Medical Center faculty and cover a variety of current topics in biomedical research. In order to help teachers infuse this up-to-date information into the classroom, specific learning activities are developed by STARS staff to accompany each symposium.
Due to increasing demand, this program has recently been expanded to include two 6-hour symposia and four 2-hour “mini-symposia” each school year. Many teachers use these sessions to help fulfill state certification and school district requirements for professional development.
2014-15 Symposia Schedule
- September 8, 2014
"Bioinformatics: Making Sense of It All"
Nick Grishin, Ph.D., Professor, Biophysics & Biochemistry
Kimberly Reynolds, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Molecular Biophysics & Molecular Microbiology
- October 11, 2014
"DRUGS: The Good, and Breaking Bad"
Basic Science Symposium
Elliott Ross, Ph.D., Professor, Pharmacology; Green Center for Systems Biology
- November 3, 2014
"Sugars: Beyond Nutrition"
Mark Lehrman, Ph.D., Professor, Pharmacology
Jennifer Kohler, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biochemistry
- January 5, 2015
"Better Health Through Epidemiology"
James De Lemos, M.D., Professor, Internal Medicine
Robert Haley, M.D., Professor, Internal Medicine
- March 2, 2015
"How the Stomach Controls the Brain"
Jeff Zigman, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Internal Medicine; Psychiatry
Laurent Gautron, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine
- April 18, 2015
“Opportunities in Biomedicine”
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