Science career seminar, Invent-A-Thon presentations are today

Innovation Week, News


OMAHA, Neb. (Oct. 26, 2018)—Innovation Week concludes today with two events, a seminar about alternates careers in science and final presentation for a 3D printing competition.

First, Prabhavathi Fernandes, Ph.D., will present a seminar entitled “Moving into the pharmaceutical industry—Can the dark side be bright for you?” A 35-year veteran of the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Fernandes is expected to discuss alternate careers science in a one-hour presentation in the Durham Research Center I auditorium, beginning at 2 p.m.

Finally, Innovation Week concludes later that evening with the Invent-A-Thon at 5 p.m. in room 1005 in the Michael F. Sorrell Center. The Invent-A-Thon is a judged competition among teams of local high school students who will be tasked in a week-long event to solve an actual healthcare problem using 3D printing and design. Teams will pitch their ideas and 3D-printed prototypes in final presentations, followed by a short reception.

Innovation Week is a series of events hosted by UNeMed to celebrate and honor the innovations and discoveries at UNMC and UNO each year.

Previous events this week included a Kick-Off event on Monday, and the 12th annual Research Innovation Awards Banquet yesterday.

At the Awards ceremony, UNeMed recognized UNO’s entire Biomechanics department as the 2018 Innovator of the Year, and presented co-inventors Catherine Gebhart, Ph.D., and Varun Kesherwani, Ph.D., with the Most Promising New Invention of 2018 award. Also, UNeTech, the University’s accelerator and incubator program recognized Centese, Inc. as its first-ever Startup of the Year.

Learn more about all Innovation Week events, including the award winners, at

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