SLA Biomedical and Life Sciences Division

DBIO Programs

SLA 2017 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO June 16-20, 2017
Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Ruth Gustafson
Ruth Gustafson, Chair of the 2017 DBIO Programming Committee

2017 SLA Annual Conference DBIO Program

SATURDAY, JUNE 17

7:00 PM- 10:00 PM
Biomedical & Life Sciences Division Officers and Committee Chairs' Meeting/Dinner

The DBIO board and committee members will meet to review 2016 activities and projects undertaken by the division and discuss the plans for the current conference.

Convener: Nalini Mahajan, DBIO Chair
Presented by: Biomedical & Life Sciences Division
Sponsored by: TBA
Location: Sheraton Grand Phoenix


SUNDAY, JUNE 18

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
The Science of Food Deserts

The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that about 23.5 million Americans currently live in "food deserts": communities with limited access to affordable and nutritious food—areas that are predominantly lower income neighborhoods. This session will explore the complex nature of food deserts, the data sources and indicators that are commonly considered in identifying them, the geo-spatial information tools used in mapping them, and the implications for policy-makers and nutritional interventions via the research of Dr. Daoqin Tong, Associate Professor, School of Geography & Development, University of Arizona

Moderator: TBA
Speaker: Dr. Daoqin Tong, Associate Professor, School of Geography & Development, University of Arizona
Co-Presented by: Biomedical & Life Sciences Division;
Sponsored by:
TBA
Location: Phoenix Convention Center

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Biomedical & Life Sciences Division Contributed Papers and Roundtable

Moderator: Gail Hendler
Speaker: TBA
Presented by: Biomedical & Life Sciences Division
Sponsored by: Elsevier
Location: Phoenix Convention Center

MONDAY, JUNE 19

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Biomedical & Life Sciences Division Vendor Relations Breakfast and Business Meeting

Combining Division vendor roundtable, breakfast and business meeting: This DBIO session will start with four vendor fifteen-minute presentations with brief question-and- answer follow up. A brief annual business meeting will conicnclude this event. Complimentary breakfast will be provided to all attendees.

Moderators: Donna Gibson and Nalini Mahajan
Speakers: TBA
Presented by: Biomedical & Life Sciences Division
Location: Phoenix Convention Center
Participating Sponsors and Products:

Third Iron
Product: Browzine

Clarivate Analytics
Product: Incites

cSubs
Product: TBA

Wiley
Product: Wiley Spectra Lab


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Native American Health Research (Medical Section Program)

This Medical Section program will discuss aboriginal/native/First Nations medicine and intellectual property including whether Native American health research protects cultural heritage or exploits it.

Moderator: Danielle Walker, Medical Section Chair
Speaker: TBA
Presented by: DBIO Medical Section
Sponsored by: Zai
Location: Phoenix Convention Center

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
The Frankenstein Bicentennial Project: Science Fiction as a Lens for Examining Science and Society Issues

Few works of literature have done more to shape the way we imagine science and its moral consequences than Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, Mary Shelley’s enduring tale of creation and responsibility. Frankenstein is a familiar narrative that helps to make sense of the often complex interplay between science, technology, and society. The story is a powerful lens through which we reckon with emerging technologies, conceptualize the research process, imagine the motivations and ethical struggles of scientists and engineers, and weigh the benefits of innovation with its unforeseen pitfalls. In collaboration with museums, science centers, libraries, research institutions, and other partners on its Frankenstein Bicentennial Project, Arizona State University conducts research, hosts public events, builds exhibitions, publishes books and articles, manages writing competitions, and launches innovative digital projects that use Frankenstein as a lens and/or exploring the novel’s colossal impact. In this session, we will discuss and seek feedback on two ongoing collaborative projects that bring experts together across disciplines and engage students and the public in playful deliberation around critical science and society issues.

Moderator: TBA
Speakers:
Ed Finn, Director, Center for Science and the Imagination;
Ruth Wylie, Assistant Director, Center for Science and the Imagination;
Peter Nagy, Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Science and the Imagination; and others, Arizona State University
Sponsored by: IEEE
Location: Phoenix Convention Center

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Food and Medicine from the Desert

Prickly pear? Cholla buds? Mesquite meal? Arizona desert plants have been traditional sources of food and medicine for indigenous people. Today they are being rediscovered for their nutritional properties and therapeutic potential. Explore the science and socio-cultural aspects of native desert plants with ethnobotanist Martha Ames Burgess; see and taste a sampling of these ancient superfoods!

Moderator: TBA
Speaker: Martha Ames Burgess, Ethnobotanist
Co-Presented by: Biomedical & Life Sciences Division;
Sponsored by:
TBA
Location: Phoenix Convention Center

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
The Brave New World of Gene Drives

A major National Academy Press report released in June 2016, “Gene Drives on the Horizon: Advancing Science, Navigating Uncertainty, and Aligning Research with Public Values,” highlights the promises and perils of the newest gene drive technologies such as CRISPR-Cas9. Speakers at this conference session will discuss the basic science and technology of gene drives, the governance issues for such technologies where they may be applied, and the ethics of these brave new innovations.

Moderator: Neyda Gilman
Speaker: Susan Koskinen, DBIO member from UC Berkeley
Co-Presented by: DBIO, PHT
Sponsored by: NEJM
Location: Phoenix Convention Center

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
All Sciences and Engineering Poster Session and Awards Reception

The SciTech Division is heading up the All Sciences and Engineering Poster Session and Award Reception this year and they are eagerly soliciting poster sessions! Please see details below. The SciTech Division is looking forward to a wonderful turnout to see what’s new in STEM research and to network with new and old friends in fabulous Phoenix!

Moderator: Beth Thomsett-Scott
Co-Sponsored by: DBIO; SciTech
Location: Sheraton Grand Phoenix

TUESDAY, JUNE 20

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Biodiversity in the 21st century

An October 2016 report notes that the number of vertebrate species has dropped prematurely, yet again, in what is now termed the anthropocene era. Biodiversity and museum informatics have become essential to producing reports like this and to assessing the tipping point for a species becoming reproductively non-viable. Phrases and terms such as the 6th mass extinction, defaunation, and extirpation are becoming commonplace in biological and ecological literature. Dr. Bryan Heidorn, Director of the University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS), will explain the state of biodiversity informatics. A biodiversity non-profit researcher will discuss how trends in the collection, publication, or open access sharing of biodiversity information and data influence the current work of non-profit biodiversity organizations.

Convener: Ruth Gustafson, Natural History Caucus
Speaker: Dr. Bryan Heidorn, Director of the University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS)
Presented by: Natural History Caucus
Sponsored by: TBA
Location: Phoenix Convention Center

?:?? PM - ??:?? PM
Nighttime tour of the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden

Evening tour of the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden. From the DBG website: "Centrally located in beautiful Papago Park, the Garden is a wondrous and captivating way to experience the beauty of the desert without leaving Phoenix. The Garden’s collection includes over 20,000 catalogued plants representing one of the most important documented collections of desert plants in the world."

Convener: Ruth Gustafson, Natural History Caucus
Presented by: Natural History Caucus
Sponsored by: Zai
Location: Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden


Rev. March 2017