Lunch with a Scientist

Lunch with a Scientist

Join a small group for lunch and lively conversation with a scientist, organized by our Penn State hosts. During registration, select from this menu:

  • Heather McCune Bruhn, the connection between geosciences and art history
  • Jeffery Catchmark, biomaterials
  • Gregory Friberg, M.D., therapeutic area head hematology/oncology and bone
  • Vasant Honavar, artificial intelligence
  • Tracy Langkilde, understanding evolutionary responses to stressors in animals
  • Tak-Sing Wong, engineering inspired by nature
  • José Pinto Duarte, 3D printing on Mars
  • Steven Schiff, predictive personalized modeling of infectious disease 
  • Erica Smithwick, visualizing forest futures
  • Live Symbiotic podcast: a trans-disciplinary Q&A
    • Join a panel of ground-breaking Penn State researchers sharing their trials, tribulations and hard-won best practices for trans-disciplinary life sciences research. This Penn State Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences-sponsored lunch will be recorded live for a Symbiotic podcast, and will include an open Q&A session with the faculty. The Penn State Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences were established in 1996 to enhance and facilitate interdisciplinary research and training in the life sciences across Penn State. The Huck’s research is focused in several areas including infectious disease, genome sciences, plant sciences, and the neurosciences. Check out an episode here
  • The Dragonfly team, Dragonfly
    • Penn State faculty are a key partner in the Dragonfly mission to send a drone-style quadcopter to explore the geology of Saturn’s moon Titan and answer questions about the origins of life. Our faculty are solving engineering problems such as designing helicopter blades that can fly in extreme cold and capable of movement after the long 8-year journey to Titan after launch. The Dragonfly project is led by researchers at Johns Hopkins University but called upon Penn State due to our helicopter expertise in the form of the Penn State Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence – one of three Vertical Lift Research Centers of Excellence in the United States. Our faculty are leading the following elements of the mission:  
      • rotor design and analysis, 
      • rotorcraft flight-control-law development, 
      • scaled rotorcraft testbed development, and 
      • ground testing support and flight performance assessment  
Sunday, October 27th, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
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Heather Mccune Bruhn
  Penn State
Jeffery Catchmark
  Penn State
Gregory Friberg
Vasant Honavar
  Penn State
Tracy Langkilde
  Penn State
José Pinto Duarte
  Penn State
Steven Schiff
  Penn State
Erica Smithwick
  Penn State
Tak-Sing Wong
  Penn State