PoIntS 2016 Keynotes and Panelists


Announcing the keynote for PoIntS 2016, Dr. Paula Stephan.

Paula Stephan is professor of economics, Georgia State University and a research associate, National Bureau of Economic Research.  She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors, Science.  Science Careers named Stephan their first “Person of the Year” in December of 2012 “honoring an individual who, during the past 12 months, has made an especially significant and sustained contribution to the welfare of early-career scientists.”  Stephan has published numerous articles in such journals as The American Economic Review, The Journal of Economic Literature, Management Science, Nature, Organization Science, and Science.  Her book How Economics Shapes Science was published by Harvard University Press, 2012.  Her research has been supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.  Stephan recently served on the National Research Council’s Board on Higher Education and Workforce and the Committee to Review the State of the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers.  She served on the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council, National Institutes of Health 2005-2009 and served on the Advisory Committee of the Social, Behavioral, and Economics Program, National Science Foundation, 2001-2008.  She has held visiting positions at Kathaolieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, Harvard University, International Center for Economic Research, Turin, Italy, and the Wizzenschaftszentrum für Social Forschung, Berlin, Germany.







Jessica Polka, Ph.D


Jessica Polka is director of ASAPbio, a researcher-driven initiative to promote the productive use of preprints in the life sciences. She is also president of the BoD of Future of Research, a non-profit that encourages junior scientists to advocate for systemic changes to the biomedical research enterprise. She is a member of the steering committee of Rescuing Biomedical Research and was a founding co-chair of ASCB's COMPASS committee for students and postdocs. Prior to this, she received a PhD in biochemistry from UCSF and performed postdoctoral research in synthetic biology at Harvard Medical School.








Special Seminar with Kai Erlenbusch

Having spent 8 years in nonprofit fundraising across legislative advocacy, human/legal services, and informal science education/technology sectors, Kai Erlenbusch is currently the development coordinator for the World Science Festival & World Science U.

Previously, Kai served with the Legal Aid Society performing prospect research, tracking a portfolio of 200 annual and major donor prospects, as well as coordinating events for the organization’s Annual Awards Dinner. He also dedicated his early career to the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness collaborating in the organization’s foundation and corporate funding efforts, as well as managing the Coalition’s “People’s Guide,” an English/Spanish booklet for comprehensive information regarding job, training, rehabilitation facilities, child/foster care, CalFresh, tax rebates, and legal assistance throughout Los Angeles County.






Denny Luan is a co-founder of Experiment, a crowdfunding platform for scientific research. During undergrad Denny engineered circuits out of DNA and was on the University of Washington iGEM team where they won the World Championship in 2011. Inspired by his background in microfinance Denny started Experiment, a Y Combinator backed startup. Experiment is creating a world where anyone can be a scientist and their mission has been profiled leading publications including Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Science Friday. Denny was named on the 2015 Forbes' 30 under 30 list. Bill Gates recognized Experiment as a “solution to close the gap for potentially promising but unfunded projects.

Denny Luan, Panelist, Experiment.com

Denny Luan is a co-founder of Experiment, a crowdfunding platform for scientific research. During undergrad Denny engineered circuits out of DNA and was on the University of Washington iGEM team where they won the World Championship in 2011. Inspired by his background in microfinance Denny started Experiment, a Y Combinator backed startup. Experiment is creating a world where anyone can be a scientist and their mission has been profiled leading publications including Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Science Friday. Denny was named on the 2015 Forbes' 30 under 30 list. Bill Gates recognized Experiment as a “solution to close the gap for potentially promising but unfunded projects.





NYU Postdocs is proud to bring you our annual Postdoctoral Interdisciplinary Symposium (PoIntS) organized by the postdocs for the postdocs. Our goal is to highlight the postdoctoral research at NYU as a new standard of excellence and build collaboration and communication across all NYU departments. 
 
This years PoIntS will include:
 
Postdoctoral Talks
Panel discussion pertaining to the role of Postdocs within NYU
Panel discussion on outside funding
Awards for Best Talk and Best Poster with prizes provided by Oystir
 
Please check this page regularly for our updated schedule.  


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