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Careers in Science Week


Keynote Presentation: Colorectal Cancer Classification Using the Gut Virome
Monday, October 23
4:30-6 p.m. – Keynote, Life Sciences Building, Rm 142
6-7 p.m. – Reception, Life Sciences Building, Rm 142

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States and is a primary cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the world. The severity of colorectal cancer has been linked to the bacteria which live within the colon. Learn about how research done by Dr. Geoffrey Hannigan, now a Bioinformatics Scientist at Merck, and colleagues at the University of Michigan provided foundational evidence that bacteriophages (or viruses that infect bacteria) within the colon can impact cancer progression.

Sponsored by the Bioinformatics Program – College of Arts & Sciences


Translational Medicine Panel Discussion
Tuesday, October 24
4:30-5:30 p.m. – Information Commons, 4th Floor

Collaborative, multidisciplinary research has led to several advances in the biomedical sciences, consequently improving human health. Join us for a presentation and discussion with Dr. Elizabeth Mueller MD and Dr. Alan Wolfe PhD, both from the Stritch School of Medicine and co-Directors of the Loyola Urinary Education & Research Collaborative. They will present their different paths to biomedical research as well as their collaborative work studying the urinary microbiome and its implications for patient health. There will be time for questions from the audience and a brief opportunity to speak with the panelists after the session is finished. Snacks will be provided.

Sponsored by the Bioinformatics Program – College of Arts & Sciences


Hidden Career Discussion - Reliability Engineering
Tuesday, October 24
6-7 p.m., Cudahy Science Hall, Rm 207

Reliability engineering is the discipline that concerns itself with the dependability of a product throughout its intended lifecycle, or more simply, product quality over time.  Failures in the field can come from many sources: a touchscreen might crack or a software bug may cause intermittent shutdowns.  Reliability engineers ensure that the product will meet the needs of the consumer through developing careful testing and applying statistical analysis.  Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the failure, reliability engineers are drawn from many fields of engineering and science.  Chris Spiek, currently a Reliability Engineer at Shure, with over 15 years of experience in automotive and consumer electronics, will speak to us about this hidden career opportunity.

Sponsored by the Physics Department


Careers in Science Fair
Wednesday, October 25
3-5 p.m., Damen Student Center, Multi-Purpose Room

The Careers in Science Fair provides information regarding the extensive career fields and opportunities that exist in the various science and technology disciplines as well as related graduate school programs. It offers a chance to help you learn about options you might not have previously considered in an informal setting, while bringing attention to various organizations. For a list of registered employers, visit LUC.edu/career.

Sponsored by the Career Development Center


Careers in Environmental Science Job Panel
Thursday, October 26
4-6 p.m., Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Rm 123 & 124

Playing to Win: How Environmental Policy is Making Progress in Illinois. Join professionals in the field to learn about coordinating environmental advocacy groups, environmental legal advocacy, and faith-based grassroots activism, as well as the myriad career opportunities available within these areas. The panel presentation will be followed by an open Q&A and reception. 

Sponsored by the Institute of Environmental Sustainability


CS Seminar: The new ethical challenges presented by advances in AI and machine learning
Thursday, October 26
4:15 - 5:30 p.m., Cuneo Building, Rm 324

The CS seminar's science week event will convene a panel representing experts to address the problems brought by the recent resurgence of AI tools and techniques. Three Loyola faculty experts in machine learning, neuroethics, and diversity policy will shed light on a variety of troubling scenarios brought on by advanced technology - and their potential solutions. For example, in some countries, credit decisions can use analytics from your handwriting style, timing in filling online forms, or your friendships on facebook; recent computer vision work demonstrated an ability to automatically estimate your sexuality in photos of your face; potential medical conditions are routinely inferred based on shopping habits; and a variety of systems that learn from collective behavior end up automating and perpetuating the same biases in the individuals. The panel will provide their perspective on prepared questions addressing these issues, then we will open the floor for further questions from the audience.

Sponsored by the Department of Computer Science