2014 Keynote Speakers
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.
Dr. Joe Palca
Guest host of NPR Science Friday
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.
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.
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.
keynote address will discuss the importance of communication,
especially when discussing your research to a broader audience. http://www.npr.org/people/2101004/joe-palca