Past Chao Symposia

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2021

Innovations in Sustainable Chemistry

Opening Remarks

  • Albert Y. Chao (Westlake Chemical)

Moderator

  • David A. Cole (Science History Institute)

Panelists

  • Daryl Boudreaux (Rice University, (retired)
  • James D. Batteas (Texas A&M University)
  • Naomi Halas Professor (Rice University and Syzygy Plasmonics)
  • Trevor Best (Syzygy Plasmonics)
  • Eric Schelter Director (University of Pennsylvania)

2020

Aligning Policy and Practice

Moderator

Reginald DesRoches (Rice University)

Panelists

Dan Berglund (State Science and Technology Institute)
William Fulton (Rice University)
John Hardin (North Carolina Department of Commerce)
Julia Woertink (Dow Inc.)


2019

Making Space for Innovation in the 21st Century

Moderators

John P. Smolen (Nossaman LLP)
Arthur Daemmrich (Smithsonian Institution)

Panelists

Tom Schenk, Jr. (KPMG)
Alexander Pazuchaniacs (City of Pittsburgh)
William Provine (Delaware Innovation Space)
Alicia Llewellyn (NASA)
Richard Gruber (Merit SI, LLC)


2018

Financing Innovation in Houston Today for Tomorrow

Speakers

John “Jack” M. Gill (Rice University and Gill Foundation of Texas)
Erik Halvorsen (Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute)
Balakrishna Haridas (Texas A&M University)
Mehdi Razavi (Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Heart Institute)

Moderators

John “Jack” M. Gill (Rice University and Gill Foundation of Texas)
John “JR” S. Reale Jr. (Station Houston)

Panelists

Guillermo Borda (HX Venture Fund and Mercury Fund)
Katherine Chambers (The Right Place, Inc.)
Juliana Garaizar (Houston Angel Network)
Scott Parazynski (Fluidity Technologies, Inc.)
Zaffer Syed (Saranas)
Jay Zeidman (Resolute Venture Partners)


2017

Instruments and Informatics: Seeing Bodies in Their Environments

Speakers

William Buras (Tietronix Software)
Dorit Donoviel (Baylor College of Medicine)
Ioannis Kakadiaris (University of Houston)
Baraquiel Reyna (NASA Johnson Space Center)
Petra Wilder-Smith (University of California, Irvine)


2014

Can We Meet the Challenge of HIV/AIDS?

Speakers

Jose Esparza (University of Maryland School of Medicine)
Robert C. Gallo (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine)
Daria J. Hazuda (Merck Research Labs)
Mark H. Kaplan (University of Michigan Health System)
Mark W. Kline (Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital)
Andrew Rice (Baylor College of Medicine)


2013

Feeding the World

Speakers

Per Pinstrup-Andersen (Cornell University)
Roger Beachy (University of Saskatchewan)
Julie Borlaug (Texas A&M University)
Gregory Jaffe (Center for Science in the Public Interest)
Andrew Revkin (New York Times)
Jay Vroom (CropLife America)


2012

From Base Pairs to Bedside: What Happens When Genomics-Based Therapies Enter Our Clinics?

Speakers

James D. Watson (Cold Springs Harbor Laboratories and Watson School of Biological Sciences)
John Mendelsohn (M. D. Anderson’s Khalifa Institute for Personalized Cancer Therapy)
Leroy Hood (Institute for Systems Biology)
Nancy Chang (Tanox, Inc.)
Bradley Ozenberger (National Human Genome Research Institute and National Institutes of Health)
Hans Sauer (Biotechnology Innovation Organization)
Barbara Evans (University of Houston Law Center)


2011

Energy Alternatives

Speakers

Emil Jacobs (ExxonMobil)
Yuan Lee (International Council for Science)
Nathan Lewis (California Institute of Technology)
Andrew Revkin (New York Times)
Thomas Tritton (Science History Institute)
J. Craig Venter (J. Craig Venter Institute)

Media

Student -- Laureate Forum

History Live with Emily Jacobs and J. Craig Venter

A Conversation with Yuan Lee


2010

Nobel Symposium: The Discovery of Buckminsterfullerene

Speakers

Phaedon Avouris (IBM)
Robert F. Curl (Rice University)
Mildred Dresselhaus (MIT)
James Heath (California Institute of Technology)
Andreas Hirsch (Friedrich-Alexander Universität, Germany)
Donald Huffman (University of Arizona)
Harold W. Kroto (Florida State University, University of Sussex)
Sean O’Brien, Thomas R. Tritton (the Institute)


2009

On the Molecular Frontier

Speakers

John W. Belmont (Baylor College of Medicine)
S. Malcolm Gillis (Rice University)
Amy Myers Jaffe (Rice University)
Mae C. Jemison (NASA)
Neal Lane (Rice University)
Kirstin R. W. Matthews (Rice University)
Amy L. McGuire (Baylor College of Medicine)
Terry A. Michalske (Sandia National Laboratory)
Joseph A. Pratt (University of Houston)
David M. Robinson (Endicott Biofuels)
Arthur T. Sands (Lexicon Pharmaceuticals)
Ralf D. van der Ven (EnerGreenCo)
James R. Von Her II (Zyvex Corporation)