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Upcoming Lightning Talks to Feature Social Work Faculty on Hard-Hitting Topics

September 23, 2021

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Health Sciences and Research Initiatives (HSRI) Lightning Talks to feature social work faculty during Foundation Weekend at the Illini Union

Join us Friday, October 1st at the Illini Union for the third installment of the Health Sciences and Research Initiatives Lightning Talks! Short, hard hitting, 8 minute presentations designed to capture your interest and share just a taste of the amazing research and real-world impact coming out of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Free and open to the public. 

Health Sciences and Research Initiatives Lightning Talks, Part 1

10:30–12:30 PM  |  Illini Union, Illini Room C


  • Breast Cancer and Nutrition, Cancer Center at Illinois/Carle Illinois College of Medicine
  • Aging in Place with Wearable Technology, College of Applied Health Sciences
  • The Gift of Independence: Beckwith Residential Support Services, College of Applied Health Sciences
  • Designing Robots for Health and Wellness, College of Applied Health Sciences
  • Systemic Racism in the Child Welfare System, Children and Family Research Center, School of Social Work – presented by Director Tami Fuller
  • Social Determinants of Health in Vulnerable Communities, Carle Illinois College of Medicine
  • ErSO — Eradicating Breast Cancer, Cancer Center at Illinois
  • Climate Change and Carbon Capture, Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment
  • How Poo Is Saving the Day (And Countless Lives!), College or Applied Health Sciences
  • What Do the Police Have to Do with Social Workers, University of Illinois Police Department
  • Vaccines Won’t Kill Us, Facebook Might, Center for Social & Behavioral Science

Health Sciences and Research Initiatives Lightning Talks, Part 2

2:00–3:30 PM  |  Illini Union, Illini Room C


  • Why We Play, College of Applied Health Sciences
  • The Heart-Head Connection — How Heart Health Impacts Dementia and Depression, Carle Illinois College of Medicine
  • Memory, Its Disorders and Its Enhancement, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute
  • Use of Imaging in Cancer Early Detection, Cancer Center at Illinois
  • Racial Healing in Our Schools, School of Social Work – presented by Professor Kevin Tan
  • Pets to People: How Pets Help Cure Human Cancer, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • The Age of Misinformation and What We Can Do about It, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
  • Sleep vs Menopause, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • How Will We Sustainably Feed a Growing Population in a Hotter Climate? Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
  • Observing the Birth of the Universe, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
  • The History and Relevance of Medical Racism, Humanities Research Institute

Registration is not required for this event.

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