Past Conference Sessions

Recordings from the 2020 INTERSECT@CMU Virtual Conference Series, COVID-19: Learning Into Action are available below for viewing at your convenience.

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COVID-19 + Health

A Conversation on the Data Revolution and the Future of Health Care
Thursday, September 10 at 5 p.m. ET

Speakers
Glen de Vries (S 1994), co-CEO of Medidata and author of The Patient Equation: The Precision Medicine Revolution in the Age of COVID-19 and Beyond
Rebecca Doerge, Glen de Vries Dean, Mellon College of Science

Glen de Vries, CMU alumnus and co-founder and co-CEO of Medidata, joins Rebecca Doerge, Glen de Vries Dean of the Mellon College of Science, to discuss his recent book, The Patient Equation: The Precision Medicine Revolution in the Age of COVID-19 and Beyond. His book, set to release on Amazon later this month, focuses on how the data revolution is transforming biotech and health care in the wake of today’s global pandemic.

COVID-19 + Health Keynote Lecture
Friday, September 11 at 1 p.m. ET

Keynote Speaker
Evelynn M. Hammonds, Ph.D., Chair, Department of the History of Science, Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science, Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University 

COVID-19 raises questions about health care at every level. At the individual level, how might the pandemic affect the balance between personal privacy and public health? At the community level, how have the virus’s disparate effects on different communities exposed deeper societal issues related to health care, health status and inequity? And at the provider level, how has the pandemic changed the practice of medicine?

Conversation among practitioners, academics and community leaders will assess how our health care system is coping with the pandemic and how we can prepare for future public health emergencies.

COVID-19 + Health Panel Discussion
Friday, September 11 at 2 p.m. ET

Panelists 
Amesh Adalja,  M.D., FIDSA (TPR 1995), Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security
Diego Chaves-Gnecco M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician; Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine; Director and Founder, SALUD PARA NIÑOS
Nicolette Louissaint (S 2006, E 2006), Executive Director, Healthcare Ready
Po-Shen Loh, Professor of Mathematics, Mellon College of Science, Carnegie Mellon University
Candace Skibba, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Modern Languages, Carnegie Mellon University; Affiliated Faculty in Medical Humanities, Center for Bioethics and Health Law, University of Pittsburgh

COVID-19 + Sustainability

COVID-19 + Sustainability Panel Discussion
Friday, September 18 at 12:30 p.m. ET

Panelists
Neil Donahue, Thomas Lord Professor, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Engineering and Public Policy; Director, Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research, Carnegie Mellon University
Terry Irwin, Professor, School of Design and Director, Transition Design Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Sabine Marx (DC 1996, 2002), Risk Communications Expert, Communications Strategist, Brevity & Wit
Sarah E. Mendelson, Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University and Head of Heinz College in Washington, DC
C. Arden Pope, III, Professor, Mary Lou Fulton Professor of Economics, Brigham Young University

COVID-19 + Sustainability Keynote Lecture
Friday, September 18 at 1:30 p.m. ET

Keynote Speaker 
Marcia McNutt, President, National Academy of Sciences

As COVID-19 reshapes our economy, it presents opportunities for us to rethink how we view sustainability. For instance, as businesses shifted toward remote work, air quality has notably improved. But will these be temporary effects, or will we take advantage of this forced reset to reengineer our society? And, if we hope to make improvements, how can they be integrated across communities? Can we devise local solutions to improve sustainability and equity globally? 

Scientists, academics and community leaders will consider how we can integrate sustainability into our society and how that could affect our resistance to future pandemics and environmental risks.

COVID-19 + Education

COVID-19 + Education Keynote Lecture
Friday, October 2 at 1 p.m. ET

Keynote Speaker
Craig Roberts, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The keynote for the October 2 Education session of INTERSECT will be delivered by Craig Roberts, senior program officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Roberts will discuss national efforts, supported by the Gates Foundation, to research how higher education has adapted to the challenges presented by the pandemic. As a former faculty member and director of learning innovation at Duke University, he will also share his personal insights on effective remote learning. His talk will be followed by a panel discussing the lessons learned from COVID-19 and what this means for education and children.

COVID-19 + Education Panel Discussion
Friday, October 2 at 1 p.m. ET

Panelists
Vandana (Ana) Mangal, Ph.D. (HNZ 1991, 1994)Faculty Lecturer, University of California, Los Angeles and Higher Ed Innovation Consultant
Amy OganThomas and Lydia Moran Assistant Professor of Learning Science, Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
LaTrenda Leonard SherrillCommunity Innovator and Consultant
Michael D. SmithJ. Erik Jonsson Professor of Information Technology and Marketing, Heinz College and Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
William E. Strickland, Jr. (H 2001)Founder and Executive Chairman, Manchester Bidwell Corporation

In a society that has been remade during the pandemic, education stands out as profoundly disrupted. We can see the role education plays, not just in supporting the learning of our youth, but also in supporting the ability of parents and caregivers to work. We have been forced to rethink education — to adapt lessons and other experiences to remote learning. We have had to confront the crucial role technology now plays, and how lack of access leaves some students severely disadvantaged. We have seen that some experiences — lab work, sports, art and music — are nearly impossible to replicate online. And finally, the reliance of our institutes of higher education on international students — which in typical years benefits all parties — has proven to be a significant weakness once the borders closed.

COVID-19 + The Economy

COVID-19 + The Economy Keynote Lecture
Thursday, October 29 at 1 p.m. ET

Keynote Speaker:
William S. Demchak, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, The PNC Financial Services Group

Coping with the pandemic is often presented as a zero-sum game — as a choice between public health and the economy. We can shut the economy down to slow the spread, but what does this mean for workers who lose their jobs and businesses that go bankrupt? Is this a false trade-off? Will we quickly rebound from the economy’s contraction, or will the effects go on for years? How will the pandemic change business, commerce and consumption in the medium and long term?  What does this experience mean for international trade and globalism?

We will bring together business leaders, academics and community leaders to envision how to rebuild a more robust and equitable economy that is more resilient to future shocks.

COVID-19 + The Economy Panel Discussion
Thursday, October 29 at 2 p.m. ET

Panelists:
Esther L. Bush, President and CEO, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
Rayid Ghani, Distinguished Career Professor, Machine Learning Department and Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
Harry D. Moseley, Global Chief Information Officer, Zoom Video Communications, Inc.
Tamara K. Nopper, Sociologist and Fellow at Data for Progress and Affiliate of The Center for Critical Race & Digital Studies, New York University
Shubham Singhal (TPR 1999), Healthcare Global Leader and Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company
Chris Sleet, H.J. Heinz Professor of Economics, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University

STUDENTSECT@CMU

Back to Better: Community, Equity and Health
Thursday, September 10 at 7 p.m. ET

Speakers
Stephen Ritz, Educator, Author, Urban Farmer
Alyssa Lyon (HNZ 2017), Sustainable Communities Director, Green Building Alliance
Jenna Cramer, Executive Director, Green Building Alliance.

Stephen Ritz believes that the unrest caused by COVID-19 is symptomatic of three larger viruses: racism, greed and corruption. It has given us an x-ray view into society, where we have seen what our priorities are, and what they are not. In this session, together with Jenna Cramer and Alyssa Lyon of Pittsburgh's Green Building Alliance, we will explore the thread between crises, community, equity and health.

Reimagining Capitalism in the Wake of COVID-19
Friday, September 11 at 10 a.m. ET

Speakers
Sir Ronald Cohen, Pioneering Philanthropist, Venture Capitalist, Private Equity Investor and Social Innovator
Laurence Ales, Associate Professor of Economics, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University

This event explores the unsettled relationship between COVID-19 and Capitalism as we know it. Together with Sir Ronald Cohen – known as the "father of social impact investing" – we will dive into what Capitalism might look like in a more equitable world. How has COVID-19 exacerbated existing economic inequalities? What are immediate steps we can take to create a new world economy? How can we use the pandemic as an opportunity to reimagine Capitalism?

ARTivism: Mobilizing for Change
Friday, September 11 at 11:30 a.m. ET

Speakers
Emmai Alaquiva, Emmy Award-winning Director, Pennsylvania Council for the Arts
Tanisha Long, Activist, Founder of Black Lives Matter Pittsburgh and Southwest PA

COVID-19 has pulled back the curtain on the deep racial fissures that exist throughout the United States today. Together with Pittsburgh BLM leader Tanisha Long and Emmy Award-winning Director Emmai Alaquiva, we will explore the intersection between Art, Black Lives Matter, and the many faces of activism that inspire change.