2019 GREAT Symposium & Keynote Speakers


GREAT Symposium Workshop: Academic Integrity

April 1, 2019, Noon -1:00 pm, Bird Library Auditorium (LIB 299)

Speaker:  TBD

This is a co-sponsored event between the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Graduate Student Association (GSA) at the OUHSC.


GREAT Symposium Workshop: Cultural Awareness

April 2, 2019, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm, Bird Library Auditorium (LIB 299)


Speaker: Corey Davidson

Corey Davidson is the Program Assistant for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE). His work at the conference includes functioning onsite as the Audio Visual Coordinator, and the Staff Liaison to the NCORE Student Scholars, the NCORE National Advisory Council and the SWCHRS Executive Committee. Throughout the year he also works with the NCORE Program Manager to program the conference, creating the Digital Program Guidebook and being the NCORE Liaison for the Program Guide. From summer 2015 through summer, through the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies, Corey had been working as a trained Intergroup Dialogue Facilitator, assisting with the University of Oklahoma's Freshmen Diversity and Inclusion Experience as their Small Group Facilitator Coordinator.

Mr. Davidson earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma with a double major of African and African-American Studies, and Film and Video Studies. He is currently working on his Master's Degree in the Human Relations at the University of Oklahoma, with a focus on Social Justice.Before joining the NCORE Team, he spent time working as a Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Specialist working primarily with third and fourth graders in Oklahoma City and also worked as a Freelance Videographer and Editor.


He enjoys spending quality time with his cat, Atticus, long-boarding, and both critically analyzing and leisurely reading comic books.


GREAT Symposium: Career Round Table Discussion

April 3, 2019, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm, Bird Library Auditorium (LIB 299)

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Amanda Shoemate, MPH, CPH - Epidemiologist in the Acute Disease Service at the Oklahoma State Department of Health


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  • Zachary Dalebroux, PhD - Assistant Professor in Microbiology and Immunology at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center



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  • Alison Farrand, PhD - Analytical Development Scientist at Cytovance Biologics


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  • Jessica Hale, MS - Data Scientist, Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center. Oklahoma City, OK


GREAT Symposium Keynote Speaker

April 4, 2018, 1:30pm - 2:15pm, Samis Center Auditorium

Keynote Speaker: 


Allison Paradise

CEO and Founder of My Green Lab

Allison Paradise is the CEO and founder of My Green Lab.  Under her leadership My Green Lab has established itself as a pioneer in laboratory sustainability.  The organization developed the first nationally recognized standard for laboratory operations, established the first ENERGY STAR category for laboratory equipment, and recently released the first eco-label for laboratory products.  Allison regularly speaks at industry meetings and scientific conferences on laboratory sustainability. She holds degrees in neuroscience from Brown and Harvard.

My Green Lab is fundamentally and permanently improving the sustainability of scientific research.  A California non-profit, we were formed to unify and lead scientists, vendors, designers, energy providers, and others in a common drive toward a world in which all research reflects the highest standards of social and environmental responsibility.  Run “for scientists, by scientists,” we leverage our credibility and track record to develop standards, oversee their implementation, and inspire the many behavioral changes that are needed throughout the scientific community.  Though My Green Lab focuses solely on laboratory environments, we believe our activities will excite similar changes across other industries, and in the private lives of the millions of people who spend their time in labs.

Laboratories are one of the next major frontiers in sustainability.  The opportunity for energy reduction is enormous and untapped, as laboratories consume as much as five times more energy per square foot than typical offices.  This outsized consumption results from energy-intensive equipment, round-the-clock operations, and unique ventilation requirements.  Similarly, research facilities also offer disproportionate opportunities for water conservation, waste reduction, and more sustainable selection of reagents and process equipment.  A 2015 article in the journal Nature estimated that lab plastics accounted for 5.5 million tons of waste in 2014, equating lab plastic waste with 83% of the total plastic recycled worldwide in 2012.  While recent years have seen increasing focus on “green” laboratory programs, these efforts are often isolated and institution-specific. Broadly defined to include everything from hospitals and universities to pharmaceutical corporations and regulatory agencies, the research “industry” has lacked a well-managed organization whose sole purpose is to develop and coordinate sustainability efforts and educate stakeholders as to the great potential of these programs.

Since our inception in 2013, My Green Lab has rolled out several nationwide initiatives.  Indeed, our members and supporters range from small laboratories to some of the scientific community’s largest corporations and academic institutions.  In addition to motivating behavioral changes in and around the lab, for which we emphasize ease and enjoyment of implementation and measurability of results, we are leading data-driven research into resource consumption.  Through these latter efforts, in which we partner with equipment manufacturers, engineering firms, and utilities, we are developing the quantitative and qualitative standards against which future sustainability efforts will be measured.