Invited Keynote Speakers

Graduate Student Summit 2015
Dr. Robert Augustine, Senior Vice President for the Council of Graduate School, will be joining the 2015 Graduate Student Summit as keynote speaker on October 29. He will also present a networking workshop that afternoon. Further details to come as they are finalized.

2014 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Daniel Sessler
Chair of the Outcomes Research Department at Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Sessler attended medical school at Columbia University, and subsequently completed pediatric and anesthesia residencies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Having served as a Professor at the University of California in San Francisco and as Vice-dean for Research at the University of Louisville, he is now the Michael Cudahy Professor and Chair of the Department of Outcomes Research at the Cleveland Clinic. He is also Director of the Outcomes Research Consortium: the Consortium is the world’s largest clinical anesthesia research group and publishes a full paper every 5 days. He is an editor for Anesthesiology and serves as a reviewer for more than 50 journals. Dr. Sessler has published a book on therapeutic hypothermia and more than 550 full research papers including more than a dozen in the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, and the JAMA. His papers have been cited more than 20,000 times, and more than 40 were accompanied by editorials. He  has been a principal or co-investigator on grants totalling $30 million, more than half from peer-reviewed sources. Dr. Sessler has given invited lectures at more than 300 institutions. Among his awards is a Fulbright Fellowship and the American Society of Anesthesiology Excellence in Research prize.

His keynote address will cover general strategies for performing quality research.

Dr. Joe Palca

Guest host of NPR Science Friday
Joe Palca is a science correspondent for NPR. Since joining NPR in 1992, Palca has covered a range of science topics — everything from biomedical research to astronomy. He is currently focused on the eponymous series, "Joe's Big Idea."  Stories in the series explore the minds and motivations of scientists and inventors. 

Palca began his journalism career in television in 1982, working as a health producer for the CBS affiliate in Washington, DC. In 1986, he left television for a seven-year stint as a print journalist, first as the Washington news editor for Nature, and then as a senior correspondent for Science Magazine

In October 2009, Palca took a six-month leave from NPR to become a science writer in residence at the Huntington Library and the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Palca has won numerous awards, including the national Academies Communications Award, the Science-inSociety Award of the National association of Science Writers, the American Chemicl Society James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public, the American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Prize, and the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Writing. 

With Flora Lichtman, Palca is the co-author of Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us (Wiley, 2011).  He comes to journalism from a science background, having received a Ph.D. in psychology from the the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he worked in human sleep physiology.

His keynote address will discuss the importance of communication, especially when discussing your research to a broader audience.