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Turner 25th Anniversary

"Once a Turner, Always a Turner"

Turner Strength in Self, the Community, and in the Academy

Friday, October 5, 2012 at Stony Brook University

Symposium Agenda at-a glance

9:00 AM Conference Registration and Breakfast
9:30 AM Welcome Address & History of the Turner Program
  • Charles Taber, Ph.D., Interim Dean of The Graduate School
  • Nina Maung-Gaona, Director, Turner Fellowship program
  • Toni Sperzel, Program Coordinator, Turner Fellowship Program
  • Sasha Rodriguez, Ph.D. Student in Sociology, Turner Fellow
10:00 AM Alumni Reflection Panel
  • All Parts of the Equation: Strategies for completing your degree and making career decisions
    • Moderator: Dr. Olufemi Vaughan, Turner Director 2001-2006
    • Loretha Moore, PhD 2005 (Molecular and Cellular Biology)
    • Diana Lores, PhD 1993 (Social Welfare)
    • Wesley Francillon, PhD 2009 (Materials Science Engineering)
    • Jean-Christian Brutus, MS 2010 (Mechanical Engineering)
    • Duncan Quarless, Ph.D. 1997 (Chemistry)
11:15 AM Research Presentations

Moderators: Alfreda James, PhD, Career Services; Dr. Glenn Lopez, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences; Dr. Robert Liebermann, Geosciences
  • Margarita Espada, "Theater as a Tool for Social Change: building civic dialogue communities"
  • Matthew Banks, "Establishing Conservation Priorities for a Threatened Primate Community in Northern Madagascar"
  • Marcus Brock "Image Mavens: Creating Agency through Performance"
12:30 PM Networking Lunch and Stony Brook Diversity Exhibit
2:00 PM Current Turner Fellows Panel
Critical Resources for Graduate Students: The road to, through and after graduate school
  • Moderator: Myrna Adams, JD Turner Director (1987 to 1990)
  • Jasmine Valentin, PhD Candidate, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Ruben Gonzalez-Jimenez, PhD Student, Hispanic Languages and Literature
  • Cindy Leiton, PhD Candidate, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
  • Rocio Ng, PhD Candidate, Ecology and Evolution
  • Doreen Pierce, Ph.D Student, Sociology
3:15 PM Research Presentations

Moderators: Dr. J. Peter Gergen, Biochemistry and Cell Biology; Dr. David Talmage, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
  • Cindy Charles Thomas , "The feoB ferrous iron uptake pathway contributes to the intracellular survival of F. tularensis LVS"
  • Ramon Fernandez, "Formal Ontology: An applied view"
4:00 PM Provost's Lecture Series, Wang Center Theater
  • Reinventing Diplomacy Through Science and Technology Dr. Frances Colon, Deputy Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State
5:00 PM Break
6:00 PM Gala and Annual Welcome Dinner, Student Activities Center, Ballroom A