Women in STEM luncheon is today


OMAHA, Neb. (October 16, 2019)—Innovation Week continues today at a luncheon and panel discussion that celebrates Nebraska women in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM for short.

Sponsored and hosted by Bio Nebraska, the luncheon will be held at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Empire Room at Midtown Crossing in Omaha. Registrations are now closed.

The planned speakers are Nancy Williams—co-founding President and CEO of No More Empty Pots—and Shonna Dorsey, senior IT consultant for Mutual of Omaha.

Innovation Week is an annual celebration that promotes and recognizes innovation and research at UNMC and UNO, and is sponsored by UNeMed.

Remaining events include a seminar about breakthrough HIV treatments from a world-renowned academic researcher, and the annual awards ceremony.

On Thursday, Oct. 17, at noon, world-renowned researcher and chemist, Dennis Liotta, Ph.D., will lead a one hour seminar. He is the Executive Director for the Emory Institute for Drug Development, and helped transform HIV/AIDS from a death sentence into a chronic but manageable infection. It is estimated that about 90 percent of all HIV-infected patients in the United States have taken one of the two drugs he invented. The title of his seminar, which is free and open to all: “Novel Therapeutics for Treating Viral Diseases, Cancers and Inflammatory Disorders.”

Dr. Liotta

The seminar will be held in the DRC auditorium, beginning at noon. Pizza will be provided first-come, first-served.

The week culminates Thursday evening with an awards program that specifically recognizes innovators and their work, conferring awards to those who have disclosed a new invention, were issued a United States patent, or had their technology licensed for further commercial development.

The awards program is invitation only.

Innovation Week began Monday with a Kick-Off event, and then on Tuesday UNeTech, the University’s startup incubator, hosted an open house.

Learn more about Innovation Week and UNeMed at https://unemed.com/innovation-week.

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