Conference 2014

Conference Agenda

Conference Speaker Biographies

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Conference Biography

Purdue Student Pugwash proudly presents the ninth annual Midwest Regional Conference held on April 4-5, 2014. This year’s conference is titled Epidemic Success, Injecting our Future. The conference will focus on the social and ethical dimensions relating to current issues that ultimately allude to Medical Diseases. Conference topics will include Environmental Public Health, Bio-Defense, Public Policy on Smoking and Tobacco, Global Health, STD Prevention, Toxicology, Rare Diseases, Nutritional Epidemiology, and more.  These topics will be presented by experts in their respective fields. We will also be hosting keynote address speaker Nancy Lilly, 2013 Purdue Distinguished Alumni, 2012 Old Master and Vice President for Marketing in the Emerging Markets Business Unit at Eli Lilly, presenting on global impacts of emerging markets for pharmaceutical advancements. Opening remarks will be made by Dean Craig Svensson from the College of Pharmacy. More information is provided below.  These speakers include but are not limited to: Ronald Bartek, Co-founder and President of the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance, Dr. Andrew Hyland, Chair Department of Health Behavior Division of Cancer Prevention & Population Sciences at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Director of New York State Smokers' Quitline, Dr. Patrick Kachur, Chief of Center for Disease and Control’s Malaria Branch, Dr. Jeffrey Fisher, Director of Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention Board of Trustees and Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Connecticut, and Dr. Ka He, Chair and Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Indiana University.

We are working to bring these important issues of emerging and re-emerging diseases not only to the students, professors, and faculty of Purdue, but also to the surrounding community. Due to the varying backgrounds of our attendees, we strive to have the conference presented in a manner that is not overly technical; rather, we endeavor to have the subjects presented in a somewhat similar fashion to PBS's NOVA.

Our conferences have a history of bringing in a wide variety of distinguished speakers in their fields, in part represented by our featured speaker in 2011: Mr. Douglas Gardner, Deputy Director of the United Nations Bureau of Development. In previous years, our keynote speakers were Howard Bloom, author of several award winning books such as The Lucifer Principle and Global Brain, the honorable Dr. Peter Lyons, Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner, Dr. Arden Bement, Director of the National Science Foundation, and Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” host of the critically acclaimed children’s television program. Bill Nye’s keynote address boasted over 1000 attendees from throughout the Midwest.

Our parent organization, the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs was founded in 1957 on the principles outlined in the 1955 Russell-Einstein Manifesto, which called for scientists to “remember their humanity” as they pushed forward with new scientific discoveries and technological developments.  Purdue Student Pugwash, a branch of Student Pugwash USA (student affiliate of Pugwash), is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, interdisciplinary organization dedicated to the socially responsible application of science and technology.  We work to make this philosophy a guiding focus in the lives of aspiring engineers and scientists.  Our chapter was founded in 1991 and we have hosted a conference each year since 2005.  We would be greatly honored if you would join us for this year’s conference to “remember your humanity, and forget the rest.”


Keynote Address Nancy Lilly

Nancy Lilly is the Vice President for Marketing in the Emerging Markets Business Unit for Eli Lilly & Company.  Because Purdue Student Pugwash focuses on the societal impacts of advancements in the sciences, Nancy Lilly will be discussing emerging trends in pharmaceuticals and its influences on society. Some of Nancy Lilly’s past achievements include leading marketing efforts across growing and undeserved global markets like Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia.  Her full biography can be found at:


Opening Remarks will be presented by Dr. Craig Svensson, Dean of the College of Pharmacy at 1:00PM and Nancy Lilly’s presentation will last until 2:30PM in Fowler Hall with a Meet & Greet Refreshment Session following after in the Stewart Center West Foyer.