2017 Presentations
All events are from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Tissue Engineered Tumor Models for Drug Discovery and Development

Dr. Michael Fenn
Center for Aeronautics and Innovation
May 25, 2017

Biology is dynamic and three-dimensional, therefore, why are we still using static, two-dimensional models? Moving away from 2D tissue culture towards more physiologically relevant 3D tumor models is required to bridge the gap between in-vitro and in-vivo studies. Such models should provide physiologically predictive results, direct more efficient and effective in-vivo studies and improve translation for clinical trial safety and effectiveness. Significant efforts have focused on a cell-centric understanding of cancer, yet much less effort has been placed on fully characterizing the relationships and interdependence among invasive metastatic behavior and the physicochemical properties of the extracellular matrix (ECM).


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Lifelong Member Social

Foosaner Art Gallery
June 8, 2017

A social gathering for all our Lifelong Scholar Society members.

Featuring the “Pan American Modernism” exhibit (facilitated by Carla Funk).

Showcases more than 70 works of art, including paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography and mixed media.

Wine and cheese will be served!

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Serial Killers: Our Deepest Fears or Darkest Desires?

Center for Aeronautics and Innovation
June 22, 2017

Do we enjoy narratives about violent crimes because we wish to see the criminal captured and brought to justice or is there an impulse within ourselves to experience the darker side of life? This talk will examine how well such theories describe the appeal of narratives featuring several popular serial killers, including Norman Bates of the Psycho franchise, Dexter Morgan of Jeff Lindsay's Dexter novels and the successful Showtime series based on them, and Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the cannibalistic killer from Thomas Harris's novels and their screen adaptations.


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Criminal Minds – The TV Show Isn’t Real, But What I Do Sure Is!

Dr. Julie Costopoulos
Center for Aeronautics and Innovation
July 27, 2017


Americans are fascinated by criminals; there are approximately 106 TV shows about crime currently airing. However, most of them give outlandish descriptions of super-hero like profilers who can tell you about the childhood of the culprit using nothing more than a gum wrapper. This talk will cover the real utility of criminal motivation in the justice system, including some cases with unusual motivations from the speaker’s work in forensic psychology, describe some challenges and successes managing mentally ill offenders and how FIT’s forensic psychology program is contributing to this social need.


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