Month: April 2016

Dr. Cato T. Laurencin to receive 2016 Connecticut Medal of Technology

Cato_Laurencin-Prime-pic-2011AChief Executive Officer of CICATS, Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Connecticut Medal of Technology. Dr. Laurencin will accept the award at the 41st Annual Meeting & Dinner of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at the University of New Haven. The Connecticut Medal of Technology is the State of Connecticut’s highest honor for technological achievement in a field crucial to Connecticut’s economic competitiveness, and is modeled after the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

Dr. Laurencin, a CASE member since 2009, is a pioneer who has developed technologies that are revolutionary and that are in use in important applications in the marketplace. He has exhibited leadership and courage in the development of new initiatives for science and entrepreneurship. A University Professor at UConn, Dr. Laurencin is the 8th University Professor in the school’s history. This rare title is awarded to individuals for extraordinary a
cademic excellence, and sustained, high-level achievements in administration at the school and is UConn’s highest faculty distinction. Dr. Laurencin currently is Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, where he leads the university’s translational science research infrastructure. He is the Founding Director of the Institute for Regenerative Engineering and the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for Biomedical, Biological, Physical, and Engineering Sciences at UConn Health.

CICATS congratulates Dr. Laurencin for this prestigious honor. The CASE press release is available for download with more information about the 2016 Connecticut Medal of Technology.

Dr. Linda Barry discusses YIIP on Fox 61 Connecticut

ss 5Chief Operating Officer of CICATS and Program Director of the Young Innovative Investigator Program (YIIP), Dr. Linda K. Barry, recently appeared on Fox 61 Connecticut’s “The Stan Simpson Show.” Dr. Barry discussed YIIP and how its inaugural class of scholars will be graduating from the University of Connecticut next month with their Master of Science degrees. She also talked about the genesis of the program and how its goal is to increase diversity within the biological and biomedical pipeline.

Watch the interview: Dr. Linda Barry on Fox 61 Connecticut’s “The Stan Simpson Show”

If you are interested in learning more about YIIP, please visit the YIIP webpage.

Save the Date: 3rd Annual Women in Surgery Lectureship, April 22

Bass-1The 3rd Women in Surgery Lectureship sponsored by UConn Health Department of Surgery will be taking place Friday, April 22 at 8:30 a.m. at UConn Health Keller Auditorium. The guest lecturer is Dr. Barbara Bass, Chair of Surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital and founding Executive Director of MITIE, the Methodist Institute of Technology, Innovation and Education. MITIE has hosted hands-on courses for over 25,000 surgeons and health care providers since she established it in 2007. She is also one of the founders of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, the largest risk-adjusted surgical outcomes program in the world.

Barbara Lee Bass MD, FACS joined the Houston Methodist Hospital in 2005 to serve as the inaugural chair of the academic department of Surgery. She holds the John F. and Carolyn Bookout Presidential Endowed Chair and is Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. Under
her leadership, the department has grown to include 61 full time academic surgical and PhD faculty. She serves as the founding Executive Director of MITIE, the Methodist Institute of Technology, Innovation and Education.

An international thought leader in surgical education, during her tenure at Houston Methodist Dr. Bass has created innovative surgical training pathways in a newly founded residency in general
surgery to develop surgeons to lead diverse roles in our evolving health care systems; as skilled providers of state of the art surgical care, as surgeon-scientists in basic and translational research,
and as skilled administrative leaders to develop systems to improve delivery of quality surgical care.

CICATS to participate in S.T.E.A.M Career Expo

STEAM EXPO 2016On Saturday, April 23, 2016, the Urban League of Greater Hartford Young Professionals in partnership with professionals from the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, Wesleyan University, Southern New England Association of Technical Professionals, and Capital Community College will host the 1st Annual  S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematical) Career Expo.  CICATS will be representing “Science” with several UConn faculty participating.

     2016 S.T.E.A.M. flier

The event will provide hands-on activities and interactions for Hartford students (middle school and high school) with professionals in the S.T.E.A.M fields. It is
also designed to encourage students to enter the pipeline and eventually pursue careers in these fields, creating a diverse workforce and future leaders
in S.T.E.A.M.

1st Annual S.T.E.A.M Career Expo

Date:               Saturday, April 23, 2016
Time:              11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location:        Parker Memorial Community Center, 2621 Main Street, Hartford, Conn.

This event is also tied to a nationwide effort by the National Urban League Young Professionals to promote S.T.E.A.M within urban communities during their annual National Day of Service.

The Urban League of Greater Hartford Young Professionals is an auxiliary of the Urban League of Greater Hartford, a 501(c)(3) organization.