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Scientific Connections Conference

Join ASF for the first virtual Scientific Connections Conference held March 11-12, 2021
with presentations spanning across the applied STEM disciplines.


Overview

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) is excited to announce the Scientific Connections Conference with presentation tracks spanning across the applied STEM disciplines: biotech/product development, space/engineering, artificial intelligence/computer science, and environmental science. This conference, presented by ASF and Ann & Gordon Brown, will feature a diverse group of speakers to include Astronaut Scholar Alumni to current Astronaut Scholars, representing the 35+ years the scholarship has been in existence, paired with additional industry speakers, including CEOs. Confirmed international speakers represent prestigious companies such as Applied Research Associates, Baylor College of Medicine, NASA, Precision Bioscience, Princeton University, Sandia National Labs, and The Space Telescope Science Institute, in addition to a FDA-CBER speaker.

Registration closes on Sunday, March 7th.

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Dates, Schedule & Location
  • Date
    March 11-12, 2021

  • Schedule

    DAY 1: March 11th, 10 AM - 6 PM ET
    TRACK #1: Space/Engineering

    Begin End        Speaker/Presenter      Presentation Title
    10:00 10:15 Event Introduction    
    10:20 10:45 Spotlight Speaker Presentation James "Jim" Mault, MD
    CEO and Chairman,
    BioIntelliSense, Inc.
     
    10:45 11:00 Spotlight Speaker Q&A James "Jim" Mault, MD
    CEO and Chairman,
    BioIntelliSense, Inc.
     
    11:00 12:15 Session 1 Presentations    
        11:00-11:25 Brian Mathason, Ph.D.
    Senior Program Manager,
    Fibertek, Inc.
    Space Based Optical Communications Systems
        11:25-11:50 Larry Bradley, Ph.D.
    Branch Deputy,
    Space Telescope Science Institute
    Cosmic Dawn: Galaxies in the Early Universe
        11:50-12:15 Derek Lang, Ph.D.
    Founder/President,
    Engineering Space
    Breaking the Mold: Doing Things Differently in Space
    12:15 12:45 Session 1 Q&A    
    1:00 2:15 Session 2 Presentations    
        1:00-1:25 Trent Kingery, Ph.D.
    Research Pilot,
    NASA JSC
    Aircraft Operations Optimization Using System Dynamics Modeling
        1:25-1:50 Alexander Carney, Ph.D.
    Visiting Assistant Professor,
    University of Rochester
    Reaching new heights: measuring complexity in geometry and dynamics
        1:50-2:15 Daniel Araya, Ph.D.
    Senior Aerospace Engineer,
    Johns Hopkins Applied
    Physics Laboratory
    Overview of the hypersonic boundary-layer transition (BOLT) flight experiment
    2:15 2:45 Session 2 Q&A    
    3:00 4:15 Session 3 Presentations    
        3:00-3:25 Brien Flewelling, Ph.D.
    Chief SSA Architect,
    ExoAnalytic Solutions Inc.
    Advanced Commercial Services for SDA in Deep Space
        3:25-3:50 Emily Kloska
    Program Manager,
    Northrop Grumman
    How Rideshares Enable More Space Missions
        3:50-4:15 David Alexander, Ph.D., OBE
    Director,
    Rice Space Institute
    Creating the Technology Bridge between Earth and Space
    4:15 4:45 Session 3 Q&A    
    5:00   Close-Out    



    DAY 1: March 11th, 10 AM - 6 PM ET
    TRACK #2: Environmental Science

    Begin End        Speaker/Presenter      Presentation Title
    10:00 10:15 Event Introduction    
    10:20 10:45 Spotlight Speaker Presentation James "Jim" Mault, MD
    CEO and Chairman,
    BioIntelliSense, Inc.
     
    10:45 11:00 Spotlight Speaker Q&A James "Jim" Mault, MD
    CEO and Chairman,
    BioIntelliSense, Inc.
     
    11:00 12:15 Session 1 Presentations    
        11:00-11:25 Austin Nash
    Student,
    Univ. of Colorado Boulder
    Leveraging multiple datasets to understand past range dynamics and predict future range shifts of the Wyoming ground squirrel, Urocitellus elegans
        11:25-11:50 Craig Schwartz
    Research Meteorologist,
    National Center for
    Atmospheric Research
    Improving weather forecasts with high-resolution computer models
        11:50-12:15 Eric Nussbaumer, Ph.D.
    Data Scientist
    AES Corporation
    Modeling Forced Population Migration using the Heat Equation
    12:15 12:45 Session 1 Q&A    
    TRACK #2: SPACE/ENGINEERING
    1:00 2:15 Session 2 Presentations    
        1:00-1:25 Andrew Santos, Ph.D.
    Postdoctoral Appointee,
    Sandia National Lab.
    Reasons to resist rolling and twisting in granular materials
        1:25-1:50 Belinda Shreckengost
    Sr. Thermal Sys. Eng.,
    Jet Propulsion Lab.
    Thermal Engineering Applications in Spacecraft Design
        1:50-2:15 Namrah Habib
    Ph.D. Student,
    University of Oxford
    Exploring Terrestrial Planets through Atmospheric Convection Modelling
    2:15 2:45 Session 2 Q&A    
    2:45       Please join us for the remainder of Track #1!


    DAY 2: March 12th, 10 AM - 6 PM ET
    TRACK #1: Biotech/Product Development

    Begin End        Speaker/Presenter      Presentation Title
    10:00 10:10 Event Introduction    
    10:10 10:35 Spotlight Speaker Presentation Sir Gregory Winter
    MRC Laboratory of
    Molecular Biology
    Pharmaceuticals: from chemicals to biologicals and back again
    10:35 10:50 Spotlight Speaker Q&A Sir Gregory Winter
    MRC Laboratory of
    Molecular Biology
    Pharmaceuticals: from chemicals to biologicals and back again
    11:00 12:15 Session 1 Presentations    
        11:00-11:25 Paul Garofolo
    President & CEO,
    Locus Biosciences
    Precision Antimicrobials Using CRISPR-Phage Technology
        11:25-11:50 Scot Shepard
    VP of CMC,
    Icosavax
    Two-component Virus-like Particle Vaccine Candidates for Respiratory Infections
        11:50-12:15 Ashley Hayden
    Graduate Student,
    Baylor College of Med.
    Presynaptic RNA binding protein regulation of learning and memory in C. elegans
    12:15 12:45 Session 1 Q&A    
    1:00 2:15 Session 2 Presentations    
        1:00-1:25 Christine Morrison, Ph.D.
    Asst. Prof. of Chemistry,
    Colorado School of Mines
    Putting biology’s ancient cofactors to work: Making new antibacterials to treat infections and making new catalysts to reduce atmospheric CO2
        1:25-1:50 Banu Cole, Ph.D.
    Scientific Director,
    HemoShear Therapeutics
    Leveraging the HemoShear Techology for New Collaborations, New Discoveries, & New Thinking
        1:50-2:15 Santhosh Balasubramanian
    Director of Product
    Notable Laboratories
    Opportunities for functional precision medicine to improve the quality of cancer care
    2:15 2:45 Session 2 Q&A    
    3:00 3:25 Spotlight Speaker Presentation Pankaj Mandal, Ph.D.
    Senior Staff Fellow,
    FDA/CBER
    Gene Therapy and Genome Editing-based novel therapeutics
    3:25 3:40 Spotlight Speaker Q&A Pankaj Mandal, Ph.D.
    Senior Staff Fellow,
    FDA/CBER
    Gene Therapy and Genome Editing-based novel therapeutics
    3:45 5:00 Session 3 Presentations    
        3:45-4:10 Matt Kane
    CEO,
    Precision Biosciences
    Delivering on the promise of genome editing
        4:10-4:35 Jessica Blomberg, Ph.D.
    Owner,
    Quality CMC Consulting
    How to Conduct Phase Appropriate Drug Development Based on Business Model and Product Type
        4:35-5:00 Karen White
    Sr. Commercialization Mgr.,
    Indiana University,
    Innovation and Commercialization Office
    Discovery and Delivery - Commercialization of University Research and Innovation
    5:00 5:30 Session 3 Q&A    
    5:30   Close-Out    


    DAY 2: March 12th, 10 AM - 6 PM ET
    TRACK #2: AI/Computer Science

    Begin End        Speaker/Presenter      Presentation Title
    10:00 10:10 Intro to Event    
    10:10 10:35 Spotlight Speaker Presentation Sir Gregory Winter
    MRC Laboratory of
    Molecular Biology
    Pharmaceuticals: from chemicals to biologicals and back again?
    10:35 10:50 Spotlight Speaker Q&A Sir Gregory Winter
    MRC Laboratory of
    Molecular Biology
    Pharmaceuticals: from chemicals to biologicals and back again?
    11:00 12:15 Session 1 Presentations    
        11:00-11:25 Patrick Biltgen, Ph.D.
    Principal,
    Booz Allen Hamilton
    Challenges and Solutions for AI Adoption at Scale
        11:25-11:50 Joseph Han, Ph.D. Novel Neural Architecture Search for AI
        11:50-12:15 Josh Blomberg
    Ent. Sys. Group Lead,
    Applied Research Assoc.
    An Overview of the Team Awareness Kit (TAK) Platform
    12:15 12:45 Session 1 Q&A    
    1:00 2:15 Session 2 Presentations    
        1:00-1:25 Christina Kreisch
    Ph.D. Candidate,
    Princeton University
    Unraveling the Universe's Mysteries with Artificial Intelligence
        1:25-1:50 Christine Greve
    Ph.D. Student,
    Texas A&M University
    State Estimation of a Global Plasma Chemistry Model Using an Extended Kalman Filter
        1:50-2:15 Marcos Zachary
    Founder,
    HEBA Medical, LLC
    Passive Monitoring and Computationally Augmented Assessment of Motor and Cognitive Symptoms in Neurodegenerative Disease
    2:15 2:45 Session 2 Q&A    
    3:00 3:25 Spotlight Speaker Presentation Pankaj Mandal, Ph.D.
    Senior Staff Fellow,
    FDA/CBER
    Gene Therapy and Genome Editing-based novel therapeutics
    3:25 3:40 Spotlight Speaker Q&A Pankaj Mandal, Ph.D.
    Senior Staff Fellow,
    FDA/CBER
    Gene Therapy and Genome Editing-based novel therapeutics
    TRACK #2: BIOTECH/PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
    3:45 5:00 Session 3 Presentations    
        3:45-4:10 Albert Manero, Ph.D.
    President,
    Limbitless Solutions
    Advancing pediatric electromyographic bionic limbs
        4:10-4:35 Jennifer Galvin, Ph.D. Learnings from my journey from ASF Scholar through a career in application and product development
        4:35-5:00 Andrew Jones, Ph.D.
    CEO,
    Activated Research Co.
    Innovations in Chemical Analysis
    5:00 5:30 Session 3 Q&A    
    5:30   Close-Out    
  • Location
    Virtual

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