The Ohio State Center for Clinical and Translational Science will host a full day of science lectures, presentations and networking from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m on Dec. 4 in the Ohio Union.
Faith Kline, administrative director of Ohio Center for Clinical and Translational Science, said this year’s theme is concentrated on Ohio health priorities.
There will be speakers from the state government, experts on addiction and keynote speaker Richard Harris, an NPR journalist and author of “Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope and Wastes Billions,” Kline said.
Kline said the CCTS invited Harris to speak on “vigor and reproducibility” because of its increasing importance in science.
“One of the drives in science now is this idea of what’s called rigor and reproducibility, so designing a scientific project that is statistically sound, meaning you get the significant results at the end and ultimately all of that can be reproduced by another lab somewhere else,” Kline said.
There will also be facilitated table talks with specific themes surrounding health priority initiatives for individuals interested in becoming a part of the conversation.
Posters from graduate students, research staff, clinical fellows, postdoctoral fellows and faculty will be displayed to showcase Ohio State research. At the end of the day, students will have an opportunity to connect with others to discuss their scientific research and interests, Kline said.
“We have a lot of great research going on here and that research is not only with faculty, but it includes the students who could be participants in research studies that are going on across campus,” Kline said. “We want people to realize the breadth and depth of all the research going on right now at Ohio State and how we’re working to address the issues that are pertinent to the citizens of Ohio.”
Kline said the CCTS encourages students and community members to attend the meeting to learn about research opportunities and science that impact everyday life.