2019 GREAT Symposium & Keynote Speakers


GREAT Symposium Workshop: Academic Integrity

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

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Daniel L. O’Donoghue, PA-C, PhD, DFAAPA

Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Cell Biology

Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Daniel O’Donoghue is a native of Chicago, IL, and received a PhD for a concentration in Neuroanatomy from the Department of Anatomy at Loyola University, 1984. He did postdoctoral training at The Ohio State University and Emory University.  Then he joined the University of Oklahoma (OU) College of Medicine (COM) in 1990 where he has served as Vice Chair since 2016.  He completed Physician Assistant training at OU in 1997 and rejoined the COM faculty with appointments in both Family Medicine and in Cell Biology.  He teaches and administers basic sciences including Gross Anatomy, Embryology, Histology and Neuroanatomy, as well as pathophysiology and clinical medicine.  Clinically, he serves the Department of Otorhinolaryngology as a Professor and first assist in surgery for reconstructions after cancer resections.  Dr. O’Donoghue has been active nationally in the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and currently serves as a Commissioner and Secretary of the Accreditation Review Commission for PA Programs (ARC-PA).  Awards include Stanton L. Young Master Teacher, Life Member of the Oklahoma Academy of Physician Assistants, Distinguished Fellow of the AAPA and a lifetime appointment as a David Ross Boyd Professor at the University of Oklahoma.


Nancy Halliday, Ph.D.

David Ross Boyd Professor, OUHSC

Professor, Department of Cell Biology
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Nancy Halliday received her PhD in Cell Biology/Anatomical Sciences from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1994. She did post-doctoral training at OMRF in the Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology prior to joining the Biology faculty at Southern Nazarene University. She joined the COM faculty in 2010 and teaches primarily gross anatomy, histology, and embryology to first year medical, dental, allied health, and PA students. She also mentors graduate students in medical education research with a focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning, curricular alignment, and learner outcomes assessment. Dr. Halliday is recognized nationally as first author of the Board Review Series book on Gross Anatomy. She has also served nationally as an Associate Editor for the MedEdPortal Journal and as a member of a task force charged with identifying core competencies in gross anatomy for US medical students. Awards include Regent’s Award for Superior Teaching, Aesculapian Award(s) for Teaching the Basic Sciences to Medical Students, Robert Magarian Faculty Award, and a lifetime appointment as a David Ross Boyd Professor at the University of Oklahoma.

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)

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Program Assistant for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education

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


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


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  •  Shaughnessy Naughton, BS - President 314 Action, Washington DC


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.