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2021 CCTS Spring Research Conference

Greetings, Everyone!

     The members of The Cooperative for the Humanities and Social Sciences are excited to partner with the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science in hosting the upcoming annual 2021 CCTS Spring Research Conference!

     The Spring Research Conference, held virtually this year, is an interdisciplinary conference “focused on celebrating research efforts, sharing research findings, disseminating best practices, enhancing collaborations, and mentoring the upcoming generation of clinical and translational researchers.” It will offer a wide array of events and activities over two days, April 7th and 8th, that will bring together scholars and community leaders from varied backgrounds and fields to advance the progress of clinical research.

      A Keynote Panel, with renowned author John M. Barry whose widely recognized works offer insightful views on national responses to natural disasters and crises, will begin the Conference. His books and articles reflect his own extensive experiences in both the private and public sectors, working with state, federal, United Nations, and World Health Organization officials to address pandemics, water-related catastrophes, and risk communication.

      Barry will enter conversation with two of our own faculty co-moderators, Dr. Karen Petrone and Dr. Claire Clark, as they discuss the current COVID-19 pandemic through the lens of Barry’s 2004 book, The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History. Dr. Petrone, historian and Director of CHSS, writes that the goal of the panel is to “reflect on the lessons that were not learned and consider what long-term impact the pandemic might have on our public health infrastructure.” Likewise, Dr. Clark, behavioral scientist and historian of medicine, says that the panel “will illuminate how history can help us translate previous pandemic experiences into present-day public health actions.”

            Other events at the conference include oral presentations, awards, and the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship "60-second Elevator Pitch" Competition. The Von Allmen Poster Pitch is an opportunity for a small number of poster presenters to receive training and prizes from the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship. The first twenty (20) presenters who sign-up will be invited to attend a 1-hour coaching session on how to organize and deliver a 60-second pitch for a poster designed to generate ideas for new forms of therapy. Learn more about the competition here:

     We would love for everyone to join us for an engaging conference of scientists, scholars, and community leaders. You can register for the event in the link below.

               Register at:


 The Cooperative for the Humanities and Social Sciences


Read more about our distinguished guests!

John M. Barry -

Dr. Karen Petrone -

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