Science Festival

First, choose your class period

Then take a look at our presentations below

Note, however, that enrollment ended on Jan 27, 2020.

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 25years, 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

The ER, Poisons and Crime Scenes--Stories from the "Front Line" of Medicine

This presentation will include stories and pictures from the ER at Parkland--our nation's busiest emergency department and medicine's "front line." Then learn how my journey in emergency medicine led me to study medical toxicology at the North Texas Poison Center and how I then developed a forensic toxicology practice testifying in Federal drug crime cases involving the opioid epidemic and in murder mysteries.


SpeakerStacey Hail, MD

Stacey L. Hail, MD, FACMT is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She currently serves as attending physician in the Parkland Hospital Emergency Department and the North Texas Poison Center. Dr. Hail received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Southern Methodist University in 1995. After receiving her Medical Degree at the Medical College of Georgia in 1999, she completed both her emergency medicine residency and medical toxicology fellowship at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Hail has a prolific forensic toxicology practice serving as an expert witness for attorneys throughout the United States. She has testified multiple times as a witness for the Department of Justice involving federal drug crimes due to the national opioid epidemic. Dr. Hail also has provided toxicology commentary for local and national news venues and for documentaries on the National Geographic channel, the BBC, and the Oxygen channel.

Parkland ER Doctor & Medical Toxicologist North Texas Poison Center

What Is Volumetric Video And How Did We Get Here?

I will be speaking on SamsungXR's volumetric video, a new type of AR/VR media that is more immersive than traditional video.


SpeakerAndrew Dickerson

*Andrew was the first software engineer on GearVR, and created SamsungVR Videos ( a.k.a. MilkVR ) Samsung's 360 degree video service. His team prototyped Samsung's Gear360 camera, and have run some of the largest, in VR, 360 video professional live streams to date with Samsung's 360 Round camera.
*Having helped create the current 3 degree of freedom generation of mobile VR, and the next generation of 6 degree of freedom AR/VR...Andrew's team has been building SamsungXR Capture Studios ( Samsung's volumetric video rigs ).
*Andrew believes volumetric video is an important media type for our AR/VR/XR future. His teams also run the retail servers that power most demos you see on Samsung phones, tablets, and TVs in stores. *Andrew has a decade of experience at Samsung and two decades at Fortune 500 companies writing graphical user interfaces for some of the most visibile applications on mobile devices.
*His team has written the Samsung Touchwiz Launcher, Samsung Kids, Samsung SmartSwitch, and Samsung MediaHub that have run on hundreds of millions of devices.

Head of Software Engineering Samsung Electronics America- Content & Services Team