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The Carey Institute for Global Good


I’m excited to announce I’ll be doing a keynote address along with Nobel Laureate Ivar Giaever at the Modeling Life In The Lab Symposium at The Carey Institute for Global Good. My talk is titled: Innovation through Design – My Creative Journey to Solve Problems and Master Ideation. I will talk about the things I’ve learned through my Left Field Project interview series, my creative process, critical thinking, innovation, problem solving, organizational behavior, culture, team building and more.

Modeling Life In The Lab Symposium

In 1984 The Nobel prize-winning physicist Ivar Giaever and his colleague Charles Keese published a paper in PNAS describing the ability to monitor cells growing in culture by small electrical signals. This technique named ECIS for Electric Cell Impedance Sensing, has become a very useful tool in vascular biology research. More importantly it represents the type of innovation that can result when problems are pursued from different perspectives.

ML2S is a meeting designed to carry-on the tradition of approaching problems from different perspectives. This meeting looks at the total problem of modeling life in a lab. The meeting will be divided into five lecture series;

Unmet Problems in Human Health and Disease – Six lectures designed to highlight areas where current in vitro models are either lacking completely or simply not adequate.
Emerging Cell Models for Research – Six lectures that will look at current cell engineering efforts to provide disease relevant cell models.
Scaffolds for Cell Growth – Six lectures detailing advances in creating more in vivo like environments in which to grow cells.
Instruments and Automation – Six lectures looking into new cell-based assays for research into new therapies and drug discovery.
Analytical Tools for Handling Complexity – Six lectures that focus on new software and analytical tools for handling cell-based data.
Each lecture series will be followed by a panel discussion with the presenters to insure ample time for discussing the questions that these presentations are sure to generate. As the goal of the meeting is to bring together a mixture of researchers from many disciplines these discussions will also serve to provide background explanations to the non-specialists in the audience.

Meetings at the Institute are characterized by their intimacy with comfortable spaces that allow for break out groups and the long conversations that lead to lasting collaborations. Evenings will start with wine and cheese hosted poster sessions, followed by dinner with a keynote address. Afterwards participants can gather in the many sitting rooms, libraries, and game rooms of the estate for evening conversations. If you are trying to model life in a lab and you are looking to gain a different perspective, then we encourage you to attend ML2S at the Carey Institute for Global Good. Please visit www.ML2S.org for more information or send an email to any of the organizers below.

The Carey Institute for Global Good

The Carey Institute for Global Good is dedicated to making a better world by contributing to a strong, educated and just society.

The Carey Institute is located in the historic hamlet of Rensselaerville, New York – a community of farmers, writers, artists and civic advocates. A stunning two-and-a-half hour drive from New York City through the Hudson Valley, our staff will be happy to arrange transportation. Nestled on a 100-acre campus in the heart of a pristine nature reserve, we offer an inspiring place to convene and advance the work of journalists, policy makers, artists, agricultural innovators, entrepreneurs and other change makers – who seek sustainable solutions to local and global challenges.

We see a world that is irrevocably interconnected. Local communities feel the impacts of what happens across the globe. Building on our communities’ intellectual and social capital, the Carey Institute works with local and international partners to achieve our mission through residency programs and initiatives in journalism, agriculture, and art and music.


The Carey Institute for Global Good invites you to An Evening with Duane Fernandez, Tuesday September 15, 2015.
As part of the Modeling Life in the Lab Symposium, Director Duane Fernandez’s Keynote Address is open to the public. Duane Fernandez has worked with actors, filmmakers, studios, startups and brands to achieve a variety of goals. Everything from launching new products or film, to winning Academy Awards. One such endeavor is the “Left Field Project”.

How does someone become a world-renowned architect, a Grammy-winning producer or an Oscar-winning cinematographer? With a series of interviews, Left Field Project captures what drives the world’s most progressive designers, artists and creators. Left Field Project began as an inside look into the mechanics of inspiration, searching for what drives an individual to create. The end result was something far more fascinating.

Duane will offer insights from Left Field based upon hundreds of interviews with people as diverse as Dr. Danah Boyd, a principal researcher at Microsoft Research and the founder of the Data and Society Research Institute, and Craftsman Nicholas Hollows, founder of Hollows Leather goods.

To attend call 518-880-6860 or email Christian Renken renken@biophysics.com.
Dinner at 6:00 pm. Talk begins at 7:00 pm. Reception immediately afterwards.

$55.00 per person includes Dinner.

A limited number of rooms are available for $100 which includes Breakfast.

Christian Renken
Applied BioPhysics

Mohamed Trebak
SUNY Polytechinic

Peter Vincent
Albany Medical College

Gareth Crawford
Carey Institute for Global Good