Science Festival

First, choose your class period

Then take a look at our presentations below

Note, however, that enrollment ended on Nov 07, 2017.

Adult Cardiology and medical device implantation

I will discuss general adult cardiology, medical device implantation, and bring a factory representative from St Jude Medical to discuss the business side of medical device sales.


SpeakerScott Stephenson, MD

Adult cardiologist specializing in pacemakers and implantable cardiac defibrillaters.

MD Texas Cardiac

Biomedical Sciences - The science discoveries that drive the future of medicine.

A philosophical look at the modern approach to scientific thought and research discovery in biomedical sciences and career options in the life sciences.


SpeakerStuart Ravnik, Ph. D.

  • BS in Biology, and PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Washington in Seattle
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship in Genetics from Columbia University in New York
  • Faculty member in Cell Biology and Biochemistry at Texas Tech University in Lubbock
  • Moved to Dallas in 2002 to become Assistant Dean in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UT Southwestern. Became Associate Dean in 2014.
  • Was Associate Director of the STARS (Science Teacher Access to Resources at Southwestern) Program from 2006 to 2016.
  • Expert in genetics, reproductive biochemistry, research ethics and bioethics, and college and graduate admissions

Associate Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences UT Southwestern Medical Center

The Career of a Physician-Scientist

Medicine is undergoing a sea of change at many levels: changes in healthcare delivery, economics, biology and technology. Whereas these myriad changes we face can be daunting at first, there has never been a more exciting time to make the world a better place through science and medicine!


SpeakerJoseph Hill, MD, PhD

  • Cardiologist-scientist whose research focuses on molecular mechanisms of remodeling in the stressed myocardium.
  • Graduated with an MD, PhD from Duke University
  • Pursued postdoctoral scientific training at the Institut Pasteur in Paris
  • Clinical training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
  • Faculty of the University of Iowa for 5 years
  • Chief of Cardiology and Director of the Harry S. Moss Heart Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center since 2002
  • Research focuses on deciphering mechanisms of structural, functional, and electrical remodeling in heart disease with an eye toward therapeutic intervention.
  • Editor-in-Chief of the #1 cardiovascular journal Circulation
  • Active clinical practice focusing on general cardiology, hypertension, and heart failure.

Professor of Medicine and Molecular Biology, Chief of Cardiology UT Southwestern Medical Center

Full Presentations

Careers in Computer Science

Learn about the amazing and diverse career opportunities in Computer Science.


SpeakerScott Bedford

  • BS in Industrial Engineering - Texas A&M; MBA - SMU
  • Co-founder of Source Media in 1988, a NASDAQ traded company
  • Co-founder of MultiView in 2000, a portfolio company of Warburg Pincus
  • MultiView is a digital marketing company specializing in the B2B space

Chairman and CEO MultiView, Inc.

Discovery of a neuroprotective chemical

Dr. McKnight will describe efforts over the last 6-7 years towards the discovery of a chemical that is capable of protecting neurons from dying in animal models of a variety of neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease and amyotrophicic lateral sclerosis. These efforts have involved chemists, biologists and biochemists working within the Department of Biochemistry at UT Southwestern Medical Center.


SpeakerSteven McKnight, PhD

  • Received his bachelors degree in biology from UT Austin and his PhD in molecular biology from the University of Virginia
  • For many years he worked at the Carnegie Institution's Department of Embryology on the Homewood Campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore
  • He co-founded a biotechnology company in San Francisco with Drs. Robert Tjian and Dave Goeddel where he worked until 1995 when he returned to Texas to become Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry at UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science.

Professor & Chairman, Department of Biochemistry UT Southwestern Medical Center

New Advances in Surgery using the da Vinci Robotic System

New advances in robotic technology have allowed surgeons to perform, and patients to undergo difficult procedures in a minimally invasive way. Students will have an opportunity for a hands on experience with the da Vinci Surgical Robot.


SpeakerRichard Salter, MD

  • Attended Abilene Christian University, graduated 1983
  • Attended Texas Tech University Medical School, graduated 1988
  • Internship and Residency at University of Kentucky, completed 1992
  • Specialized practice in Ob-Gyn in Dallas for 18 years, started Advanced Ob-Gyn Associaites in 2008
  • Main interest is in minimally invasive and advanced gynecologic surgery, utilizing the da Vinci surgical robotic system.

MD, Ob-Gyn Advanced Ob-Gyn Associates

Rise Early, Work Hard, Strike Oil

Interested in the Oil and Gas Industry? Come learn what it is all about and what it takes to get there!


SpeakerAudrey Burks

  • Graduated from Highland Park High School in 2008
  • Graduated from Texas A&M University with a Petroleum Engineering Degree in May 2012
  • Started full time with Pioneer Natural Resources in July 2012 -Operations Engineer in the Barnett Shale -Reservoir Engineer in the Eagle Ford Shale -Completions Engineer in Permian Basin -Business Analyst for COO and President -Reservoir Engineer in Permian Basin

Petroleum Engineer Pioneer Natural Resources