Science and Engineering for Social Good
Building on more than 20 years of transformative reform initiatives in STEM learning that have impacted educators at more than 500 institutions, the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE), is joining Stony Brook University to host the SUNY-Industry Conference and Showcase June 3 through June 5 at the Charles B. Wang Center.
The Conference is part of a broader effort to build partnerships advancing collaborative research, education, and professional development projects that will solidify SUNY’s leadership role in advancing science and engineering that supports social good at the local, statewide, national, and global level. Conference themes include, but are not limited to, the following areas of critical civic and social importance: energy and environment, health, broadening participation in STEM (human resource development), education and the technological workforce), integrating STEM and the arts and humanities, infrastructure development, technology and security, social media, and data science. Special attention will be given to efforts that achieve synergy across sectors (academia, industry, government and NGO’s) and across lines of inquiry (research, education, policy, and project development).
The SUNY-Industry Conference and Showcase will aim for outcomes beyond the usual conference by integrating two goals. The first is broad capacity-building for the NCSCE focused on the coordination and diffusion of civically beneficial SUNY-industry collaborations and the creation of an advocacy network. The second aim of the conference is to showcase existing research and innovation and catalyze cross-sector partnerships.
Presenters will include national and global experts from within and outside of SUNY and New York industries. Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, will give the welcoming remarks at the opening session on June 3. Peter Small, Founding Director of the Global Health Institute at Stony Brook University, will give a plenary address that discusses what it takes for technology to be able to benefit the global poor, and will use his work with tuberculosis as an example of how technology is helping save lives in rural areas. A Q&A session will follow his talk.
- Peter Small, Founding Director of the Global Health Institute at Stony Brook University
- Lydia Franco-Hodges, Curriculum Designer at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science
- Ed Coyle, Director of Vertically Integrated Projects Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology
- Heather Hage, Vice President, Industry and External Affairs at the Research Foundation for SUNY
- Jay Labov, Senior Advisor for Education and Communication, National Academies
There will also be a plenary panel on “Funding Opportunities at the NSF and NIH” to include:
- Myles Boylan (NSF) of the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)
- Martha James (NSF) of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
- Andre W. Marshall (NSF) of Industry University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC)
- Ethel Rubin (NIH) of the Office of Extramural Research
For more information about the Conference, visit the website.