“Imagine, Inspire, Challenge” STEM symposium (II+C)

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Friday, February 24, 2017 | Thursday 7:30 PM Keynote | Friday 8:30- Noon Add to Calendar

A February symposium at Mississippi University for Women will bring together nationally and internationally known research scientists to focus on heart disease in underserved communities. The inaugural “Imagine, Inspire, Challenge” STEM symposium, to be held Feb. 23-24, 2017, is designed to highlight current research in heart disease, as well as provide information for aspiring student researchers about career paths. It is being convened by Dr. Doris Taylor, head of the Regenerative Medicine Research Department at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Texas, and is facilitated by The W’s College of Arts and Sciences. The theme, “Imagine, Inspire, Challenge,” is drawn from remarks made by Dr. Doris Taylor in her May 2015 commencement speech at Mississippi University for Women. In it, she encouraged graduates to “trust your crazy ideas.” The II+C Symposium is bringing to The W a nationally recognized scholar, researcher, or practitioner in science, medicine, or a related STEM field, as well as distinguished panelists who will highlight the challenges and rewards of pursuing scientific study and careers. Practicing professionals from around the region, as well as university and high school students are encouraged to attend and interact with those at the top of their STEM fields. In addition to Dr. Taylor, those participating in the symposium include: Dr. Robert C. Robbins, president and CEO of the Texas Medical Center (TMC), Dr. Jane F. Reckelhoff, director of the Women’s Health Research Center, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Dr. Janet Rich-Edwards, Director of Developmental Epidemiology at the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Dr. Nanette K. Wenger, professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine, and Dr. Jianyi “Jay” Zhang, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Learn More about the Program or Register Here All Symposium events will be held on The W campus and are free and open to the public.


Mississippi University for Women | Nissan Auditorium, Parkinson Hall

1100 College Street, Columbus, MS


Maridith Walker Geuder

(662) 329-1976