GSEC Career Development Seminars

The  Graduate Student Education Committee hosts yearly career development seminars to provide students with information about non-traditional career choices  in academia, industry, and entrepreneurial ventures.

ness_1Roberta Ness, M.D., MPH
Vice President for Innovation
James W. Rockwell Professorship in Public Health
Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
UTHealth School of Public Health
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
MSB B.500
“So you think you can innovate?”
Dr. Ness has often been called one of America’s foremost experts in innovative thinking. She is author of Innovation Generation, a systematic method for how anyone can become more innovative and the accompanying workbook, Creativity in the Sciences. More recent books include: Genius Unmasked, the story of how genius scientists think, and The Creativity Crisis, about how our system of science could better support revolutionary creativity.

Dr. Ness has given over 60 talks and workshops on innovative thinking at America’s top universities, professional societies, and R&D intensive corporations.

Past Speakers

November 7, 2016

  • Nancy Gough, Ph.D., Editor, Science Signaling

November 13, 2015

  • Joan Slonczewski, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Kenyon College, science fiction author

February 27, 2014

  • Jack Gill, Ph.D., co-founder, Vanguard Ventures, Research Scientist, Lecturer and Faculty at Rice University, Harvard Medical School and MIT

March 20, 2013

  • Neal Lane, Ph.D. , Senior Fellow, Science and Technology Policy,  James A. Baker III, Institute for Public Policy, Rice University

March 28, 2012

  • Kalyani Narasimhan, Ph.D. Chief Editor, Nature Neuroscience
  • Bruce Butler, Ph.D. Vice President, Research and Technology, UTHealth

January 14, 2011

  • Katrina Kellner, Ph.D. Editor, Translational Medicine, Science
  • Peter Seferian, Ph.D. Patent Manager, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston

March 17, 2010

  • Amy Cheng Vollmer, Ph.D. Professor, Swarthmore College

October 15, 2009

  • Aurora Seminara, Ph.D. Sr. Scientific Director, FCB Healthcare
  • Karen Uray, M.D. Assistant Professor, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston

April 7, 2009

  • Alex Hoffmaster, Ph.D. Chief, Zoonoses and Select Agent Laboratory, Bacterial Zoonose Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Meredith Moore, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston

March 3, 2008

  • Alicia Dombroski, Ph.D. Deputy Director, Division of Extramural Activities, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
  • Jun Liu, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston

November 29, 2007

  • Joye Purser, Ph.D. Senior Legislative Assistant to Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Representative 30th Congressional District, Texas
  • Kirsten Matthews, Ph.D. Program Manager, Science and Technology, The Baker Institute, Rice University

April 17, 2007

  • Julie Harless, Ph.D. Professor of Biology, Montgomery College
  • Jason Moore, MS, MBA Director, Industry Programs, BioHouston Organization

March 22, 2006

  • C. Thomas Caskey, M.D. Scientific Director, Institute for Molecular Medicine, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

If you have topic suggestions for career development activities, please email us or call GSEC at 713.500.5605.