2020 GREAT Symposium & Keynote Speakers


 (2021 GREAT Symposium scheduled for March 22-25, 2021)


GREAT Symposium Workshop: Interdisciplinary Research

March 23, 2020, 12:30-1:30 pm, Bird Library Auditorium (LIB 299)

Topic: Interdisciplinary Research Workshop



 Speaker: Doris Benbrook, PhD

Master Mentor in the OK Clinical & Translational Science Institute

Gynecologic Cancer Program Co-Leader at Stephenson Cancer Center

 This is a co-sponsored event between Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and the Graduate Student Association (GSA) at the OUHSC.


GREAT Symposium Workshop: Cultural Awareness

March 24, 2020, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm, Bird Library Auditorium (LIB 299)

Topic: Unconscious Bias Training

Speaker: Carrie McClain

Assistant Vice President (HSC)

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center


GREAT Symposium: Career Round Table Discussion

March 25, 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm, Bird Library Auditorium (LIB 299)

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Dr. Matthew Cabeen, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics; Oklahoma State University
  • Mr. Michael Carolina, MS, Executive Director; Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology
  • Dr. Jennifer Chain, Director of Research & Design; Oklahoma Blood Institute
  • Dr. Philip Kemp, Manager of the Bioareonatuical Sciences Research Branch; Federal Aviation Administration
  • Dr. Deepika Neelakantan, Former Postdoc at OUHSC; Program Coordinator at Stephenson Cancer Center



GREAT Symposium Keynote Speaker

March 26, 2020, 1:30pm - 2:15pm, Samis Center Auditorium

Keynote Speaker: 

Kim Knowlton, DrPH

Senior Scientist and Science Center Deputy Director, Natural Resources Defence Council, NYC

Assistant Clinical Professor, Environmental Health Sciences

Mailman School of Public Health

Columbia University

Dr. Knowlton is senior scientist and Science Center Deputy Director with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in New York City, and assistant professor at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Her work focuses on issues related to the health impacts of climate change, including advocating for public health strategies to prepare for and prevent these impacts, and partnering with city and state governments to make health preparedness a more central feature of climate adaptation plans, in the U.S. and internationally. She has researched heat- and ozone-related mortality and illnesses, connections between climate, pollen, allergies and asthma, and links between climate change and infectious diseases such as dengue fever. She was co-convening lead author on the Human Health chapter of the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment report. Dr. Knowlton's project group at NRDC launched an innovative website (www.nrdc.org/climatemaps) that allows people to zoom in on health effects of climate change in their own community using mapping technology to show local risks of flooding, drought, heat, pollen, ozone smog, and mosquito-borne dengue fever. The site aims to inform the public on strategies to protect their families and reduce climate change.