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Speakers to discuss biomedical research, STEM-related careers at RISE symposia

This year?s New Mexico State University RISE Startup Symposia will focus on biomedical research topics and careers in STEM-related fields. The two-day event begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, and continues from 9-11:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, at NMSU?s Music Recital Hall.

Symposium I begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, at NMSU?s Music Recital Hall.

Symposium II begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, at NMSU?s Music Recital Hall.

Featured speakers will include Lydia Villa-Komaroff, cellular biologist at Cytonome, Yarimar Carrasquillo of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Peter Winter of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, Adina Roskies of Dartmouth College?s Department of Philosophy and Richard Cuellar of CymoGen, DX.

Tuesday?s symposium, ?How biomedical research is improving human health,? is intended for a general audience with an interest in the subject, and is open to the public. Several mentors of the NMSU RISE program will present brief overviews of their biomedical research.

?We hope that participants gain an appreciation for the diversity of biomedical research, both in the questions that it addresses and in the people who conduct the research,? said Kathryn Hanley, associate professor of biology in NMSU?s College of Arts and Sciences. ?We have brought in speakers from government, industry and academia to offer lively seminars and Q-and-A periods on ranging topics. Speaker Dr. Villa-Komaroff will talk about her leadership role as the third Mexican-American woman to receive a doctorate in the U.S. in the fields of science and technology (in 1975).?

?Manifold career paths in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines? on Wednesday is targeted to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral fellows.

?Our featured speakers will discuss the paths they each took to their current position and offer advice to students hoping to follow a similar path,? Hanley said. ?We hope students will come away with a clearer sense of their own career goals and a better road map for how to reach them.?

The event is sponsored by NMSU?s Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) program, which was recently renewed for $4 million for the next five years.

To learn more about the symposia, visit http://rise.nmsu.edu/activity3/startup-symposia/. Campus visitors may download a free daylong parking permit at http://park.nmsu.edu/visitor/ or contact the NMSU Parking Department at 575-646-1839.