2016 Event Schedule


Scedule is not yet final and subject to change.
Format: Each panel will speak and take questions for 45 minutes followed by 15 minutes for networking before the next presentations begin. You are welcome to attend the whole conference or select the sessions that are of most interest to you.

Conference Schedule:

April 23, 2016 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF)



MERF Atrium

Check In & Registration



MERF Room#
  • David Sarno, MFA, Creative Writing, Founder & President, Lighthaus Inc.

Panel Session 1 (choose one)

Science Communication

  • Michael Dahlstrom, Ph.D. Journalism and Mass Communications and Environmental Resources, Researcher, Iowa State
  • Elizabeth Lyddon, Ph.D. Pharmacology, Vigilance Specialist, Medtronic

Strategic Marketing

MERF Room#
  • Eliza Sanders, Ph.D. English, Writer, Field Museum
  • Jennifer Masada, Ph.D. Music Composition and Theory, Strategic Communication Manager, University of Iowa Libraries

Industry Research

MERF Room#
  • Chrissy Freisinger, Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of Iowa, Promega Corporation
  • Matt McNeil, Ph.D. Neuroscience, Bioinformatics Scientist, Integrated DNA Technologies
  • Steven Davis, M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, President, Bio::Neos

Educational & Social Research

MERF Room#
  • Sam Van Horne, Ph.D. Language, Literacy, and Culture, Dual appointment, University of Iowa’s Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology and the Office of Assessment
  • Kelly K. Richardson, Ph.D. Sociology, Research Scientist, Veteran’s Affairs

Panel Session 2 (choose one)

Science Entrepreneurship

MERF Room#
  • Diana Gallegos, Ph.D., Neuroscience, Yoga Instructor, Private Practice
  • Louis Licht, Ph.D. Civil/Environmental Engineering, President, Ecolotree

Healthcare Management

MERF Room#
  • Mike Demand, Ph.D. Medical Sociology, Vice President, Wellmark
  • Kirk T. Phillips, Ph.D. Health Informatics and Epidemiology, Senior Research Scientist, Iowa Health System
  • Catherine Radzewich, Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, Senior Project Manager, The University of Iowa Health Care

University Student Services

MERF Room#
  • Deirdre Egan, Ph.D. Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies, Assistant Director, The Writing Center
  • Lisa Kelly, MFA, Theatre Pedagogy, Associate Director, The Teaching and Learning Center
  • Elizabeth Lundberg, Ph.D. English, University of Iowa, Academic Advisor, University of Iowa

Lunch (provided free of cost)

Communicating Your Research

Panel Session 3 (choose one)

Government Research

MERF Room#
  • Senthilkumar Perumal Kuppusamy, Ph.D. in Human Toxicology, Toxicologist, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Jaimee Eckers, Ph.D. Free Radical and Radiation Biology, Forensic DNA Analyst, Wisconsin Crime Laboratory

Humanists in the Public Sphere

MERF Room#
  • Amy Chen, Ph.D. English, Special Collections Instruction Librarian, University of Iowa Libraries
  • Craig Eley, Ph.D., American Studies, ACLS Public Fellow with “To The best of Our Knowledge”, Wisconsin Public Radio

Content Development

MERF Room#
  • Caitlin Runne-Janczy, Ph.D. Pharmacology, Subject Matter Expert, eScience Labs
  • Matthew Drabek, Ph.D. Philosophy, Content Specialist, ACT

Panel Session 4 (choose one)

Independent Research Consulting

MERF Room#
  • Andrew Epstein, Ph.D. International and Comparative Education and Cultural Anthropology, Senior Education and Evaluation Technical Specialist, Social Impact, Inc.


MERF Room#
  • Catherine Cocks, Ph.D. History, Acquisitions Editor, University of Iowa Press
  • Tom Keegan, Ph.D. English Literature, Director, Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio University of Iowa Libraries

Genetic & Medical Advising

MERF Room#
  • Tara Maga, Ph.D. Genetics, Genetic Counselor,University of Illinois – Health Hereditary Cancer Clinic
  • Katherine Vrieze, Ph.D. Molecular and Cellular Biology, Director, Medical Science Liaison, Incyte

Panel Session 5 (choose one)

K-12 Education

MERF Room#
  • Danielle Jannusch , Ph.D. Geology, Paleontology, High School Science Teacher, Kennedy High School, Cedar Rapids

Research, Development, & Patents

MERF Room#
  • Paul Dymerski, Ph.D. Chemistry, Director, New Ventures
  • Brian Mader, Ph.D. Environmental Engineering Science, Laboratory Manager, 3M


MERF Room#
  • Dana Van Abbema, Ph.D. Developmental Psychology, University of Minnesota, University of Iowa Foundation