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 STARS.

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, the Basic Science Symposia has recently been expanded to include two six-hour symposia and four two-hour “mini-symposia” each school year. Many teachers use these sessions to help fulfill state certification and school district requirements for professional development.

2018–19 Symposia Schedule

2018 Symposia

  • September 10, 2018
    “Inferring Protein Function from DNA”
    Vincent Tagliabracci, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Molecular Biology 
    Neal Alto, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Microbiology
  • October 13, 2018
    “Autism Spectrum Disorders”
    Basic Science Symposium
  • November 5, 2018
    Yang-Xin Fu, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Pathology, Immunology, Radiation Oncology
    David Gerber, M.D., Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, Department of Clinical Science

2019 Symposia

  • January 7, 2019
    “How Neurons Find Their Way”
    Jonathan Terman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Neuroscience, Pharmacology
    Xuewu Zhang, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Pharmacology, Biophysics
  • March 2, 2019
    “Women in Science & Medicine Symposium” – Careers for Women in Biomedicine
  • April 8, 2019
    “Energy Homeostasis”
    David Mangelsdorf, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Pharmacology, Biochemistry
    Philipp Scherer, Ph.D., Professor, Internal Medicine, Cell Biology

2018–19 Teacher In-services

Saturday, December 8, 2018

“Visualizing the Molecules that Drive Biology - A Workshop on Incorporating Structural Biology into the Classroom”

Michael Reese, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Pharmacology, Biochemistry

Saturday, February 2, 2019

“Biotechnology 101”

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