Eric Schulze – Thursday’s Keynote Speaker
VP of Production and Regulation at Memphis Meat
Former Federal Regulator at U.S. Food and Drug Administration
PhD in Genetic, Molecular and Cellular Biology
I Contain Multitudes: Why Expert Generalism and You Will Save This Cosmos
Scientists are one of the most trusted arbiters of reality. We are trained to experience the cosmos as dispassionate observers, predictors, and disprovers. We are trained to see Science as *the* tool. But Science is so much more. In reality, scientific training is but one of many tools you will need in your professional development. And when you step back from the bench for a moment and reflect upon your role in the greater picture, as a scientist, you are in the service of this universe. You owe it to our expanding existence to explore your abilities to their fullest. Let’s explore together the many ways that possessing both diverse training and deep expertise are synonymous –  and – can and will improve you, those around you, and those yet to be.


Dr. Eric Schulze is an award-winning science communicator, educator, speechwriter, and science policy strategist. A professional genetic, molecular, and cellular biologist trained in broadcast communication and advanced genetic and molecular architecture, Eric is the current Vice President of Product and Regulation at Memphis Meats, where he leads the scientific design and development of edible bioprocess animal cell and tissues as well as Federal regulatory affairs. At Memphis Meats, Eric also interacts with the public in lay and technical settings, serves as communications and scientific advisor to the Chief Executive and Scientific Officers, and is charged with defining technical theory for clean meat production.

Eric most recently served as Senior Scientist for Memphis Meats, launching their cell line design and development program as well as developing messaging around the concept of ‘clean meat.’ Prior, Ericserved the U.S. public for six years as a Federal regulator within the US Food and Drug Administration set with the task of how to appropriately regulate the products of biotechnology, including both food and biomedical applications. During his tenure, Dr. Schulze helped worked alongside numerous Federal regulatory agencies to coordinate and execute regulatory decisions on a multitude of complex, innovative biotechnology applications, including genetically engineered animals and foods.

Eric also has served within the National Science Foundation in coordination with the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Obama White House as a coordinator of Federal STEM Education policy. Seeing no distinction between the arts and sciences, Eric has devoted much of professional career actively promoting a rational approach to creativity and expert generalism in all professional domains. Dr. Schulze was a part of a team that helped coordinate fourteen Federal agencies’ approach to how best to disburse and apply the 3.3 billion dollar annual Federal STEM Education budget to produce a million more STEM graduates and 100,000 new STEM educators within the next ten years. Eric currently hosts the Webby-nominated (Best Science/Education Series) show, “Ask Smithsonian,” for The Smithsonian Institution. His show has been hosted in over 30,000 schools nation-wide and seen by over 100,000 students and educators monthly. Dr. Schulze also writes and consults for popular science shows online and on-air, such as award-winning ‘Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman.’ He has most recently spoken at The Washington Post ‘Transformers’ series about the future of communication in space and numerous other popular science programs. He has two cats. They are both adorable.

Susan Basalla May – Friday’s Keynote Speaker
Partner at Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
PhD in English
Secrets of a PhD Headhunter: 5 Key Tips for Landing a Job Outside of Academia

Find out how to get a job outside academia, even if you aren’t yet sure whether you really want one. Sue will share tips and strategies from her experience as an executive recruiter for higher education. You’ll learn what employers really think about your resume, how to stand out in the crowd, and the critical first step that most graduate students overlook when hunting for non-academic jobs.

Susan Basalla is co-author of “So What Are You Going to Do With That? Finding Careers Outside Academia.”  She earned her Ph.D. in English at Princeton University and for more than fifteen years has been a regular columnist for the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Beyond the Ivory Tower” column as well as a frequent speaker at universities across the nation on alternative careers for graduate students. She is a partner with Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, an executive search firm specializing in higher education.