Dr. Peter Fritsch 2017

Title: A New Age of Species Discovery

About The Speaker

Dr. Peter Fritsch holds two titles at BRIT - Vice President of Research and Director of the Herbarium. As Vice President of Research, Dr. Fritsch is charged with the oversight, represention, and development of BRIT’s various research programs in botanical science. As the Director of Herbarium, he is responsible for the care and development of BRIT’s over one million herbarium specimens. In addition, Dr. Fritsch conducts his research program on plant diversity, comparative morphology, and biogeography, with a focus on the heath family (Ericaceae) and its relatives. He also continues his passion for biodiversity, conservation, and capacity-building work both nationally and internationally. Current projects include work in China, the Philippines, and Borneo, in addition to Texas.

Dr. Connie Guttersen 2016

Title: The Promise of a Visionary Scientific Approach

Today there is an unprecedented opportunity for our scientists to aspire to something magnificent. Transforming the study of science to captivate the interest of our modern day population. It is cutting edge research that pushes the field in an entirely new direction, one full of novel insight and valuable applications. From searching for the cure for cancer and understanding how genes and nutrients interact on the molecular level to the latest advances for a more sustainable environment. Strategic leadership with this valuable knowledge creates a brighter future for visionary students.

About The Speaker

Dr. Connie Guttersen, R.D., Ph.D. is a nationally and internationally renowned registered dietitian and culinary professional, New York Times bestselling author of The Sonoma Diet and a sought-after instructor. She is a registered dietitian and nutrition instructor at the world famous Culinary Institute of America.

3MT Competition Finalists 2015

Title: Three Minute Thesis Competition

3MT: The College of Science & Engineering (CSE) will initiate a “Three Minute Thesis” competition modeled after the competition developed at the University of Queensland (http://threeminutethesis.org/). Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by which challenges research higher degree students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. This competition format is spreading across the world – see http://threeminutethesis.org/international.

About The Speaker

The finalists are undergraduate and graduate students from College of Science & Engineering.

Anousheh Ansari 2014

Title: Dare to Dream: How perseverance allowed me to acco

Dare to Dream: How perseverance allowed me to accomplish my lifelong goal of space flight.

About The Speaker

"First Female Private Space Explorer & First Space Ambassador”

On September 18, 2006, Anousheh Ansari captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer. Anousheh earned a place in history as the fourth private explorer to visit space and the first astronaut of Iranian descent.

Anousheh is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder and chairman of Prodea Systems, a company that will unleash the power of the Internet to all consumers and dramatically alter and simplify consumer’s digital living experience. Prior to founding Prodea Systems, Anousheh served as co-founder, CEO and chairman of Telecom Technologies, Inc. The company successfully merged with Sonus Networks, Inc., in 2000.

Dr. Neal Burnette 2013

Title: A Horned Frog’s Peripatetic Journey in Biological

Dr. Neal Burnette studied in biology and chemistry (and theater and ballet) at TCU led to a doctorate from Vanderbilt; to postdoctoral and staff positions at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the Salk Institute; to a small biotech company that became Amgen; and to a simultaneous career in the US Army. Along the way, retroviruses were dissected; hepatitis B vaccine was made in recombinant yeast; site-specific mutagenesis yielded genetic "toxoids" for whooping cough and cholera; for the first time, an algorithm quantified the impact of infectious diseases on US military operations and ordered research priorities; and, in Swiftian fashion, the need to assess newly-discovered monoclonal antibodies resulted in the invention of one of the most widely-used biological research and clinical diagnostic techniques - Western blotting.

About The Speaker

Born in 1944 in New York state, Burnette traveled with his family all over the U.S. and Japan while his father served in the U.S. Air Force. Burnette wanted to be a military pilot like his father, who was a bomber pilot during World War II and a fighter pilot during the Korean war, but his bad eyesight put an end to that dream. He was very much interested in science, but, in his junior year of high school, his mother encouraged him to take speech and drama classes after he got injured during football spring training. Burnette says he became “a starry-eyed kid who wanted to be an actor.”

Dr. Rhiannon Mayne 2012

Title: From Outer Space to Antarctica: The Antarctic

From Outer Space to Antarctica: The Antarctic Search for Meteorites Program

About The Speaker

Dr. Rhiannon Mayne is the Curator of the Oscar E. Monnig Meteorite Collection and Gallery of TCU. The Monnig Meteorite Collection is one of the world’s largest university-based meteorite collections and, as its curator, she is responsible for the growth and preservation of the collection, as well as numerous outreach projects in the local community. She is also one of the advisors for the BS in Geology.


Participation in the Symposium will offer students practical experience in giving presentations in a professional but relaxed setting. It will also be a fun social event where students can learn about research happening in other departments. There will also be live entertainment, free food, and awards.



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