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.

2013-14 Symposia Schedule

2013 Symposia

  • September 9, 2013
    "Cell Architecture"
    Mini-Symposium
    Mike Rosen, Ph.D., Professor and Chairman, Biophysics
    Luke Rice, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biophysics
  • October 12, 2013
    "Frontiers of Biomedical Imaging"
    Basic Science Symposium
    Gaudenz Danuser, Ph.D., Professor, Cell Biology
    Marcel Mettlen, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Cell Biology
    Dean Sherry, Ph.D., Professor, Advanced Imaging Research Center
  • November 4, 2013
    "Neurogenetics"
    Mini-Symposium
    Robin Hiesinger, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Physiology
    Genevieve Konopka, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Neuroscience

2014 Symposia

  • January 6, 2014
    "Microbes, Friends and Foe"
    Mini-Symposium
    Lora Hooper, Ph.D., Professor, Immunology
    Michael Shiloh, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine and Microbiology
  • March 1, 2014
    "Women in Science and Medicine"
    Special Symposium
  • April 7, 2014
    "Heart Remodeling"
    Mini-Symposium
    Joseph Hill, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Internal Medicine – Cardiology
    Hesham Sadek, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine – Cardiology

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