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Theme: Think Outside the Box

This event occurred on
May 18, 2013
9:00am - 2:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Horseheads, NY
United States

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Hilton Garden Inn
35 Arnot Road
Horseheads, NY, 14845
United States
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Alex Wang

Alex Wang is a graduate student in the field of Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology at Cornell University. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Florida in 2010. His research focuses on genetic and genomic approaches for studying mouse skin and hair follicle stem cells, which are used as models for understanding the basic mechanisms that regulate stem cell fate choice.

Kaamya Varagur

Kaamya is a junior at John P. Stevens High School in Edison, NJ. As a young person, she does not have nearly as many professional qualifications as the other speakers on this page, but she likes to think that she keeps herself pretty occupied as a member of her school's choir, tennis team, and various other extracurricular activities and science clubs on top of her academic schedule. In the future, she hopes to study Neurobiology and perhaps become a neurosurgeon. For now however, she is focused on the many years of education she has ahead of her, and her immediate goal is to start looking through the large stack of college application information sitting on her desk.

Dr. Mike Pambianchi

Mike Pambianchi is the Director or Glass Research at Corning Incorporated, where he oversees a group that develops glass compositions. He has worked at Corning for 13 years in new business development, product line management, and research. His area of focus is on creating value from technology. He got his BA from Cornell University, PhD from University of Maryland, College Park, and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He lives with his wife and 4 children in Corning, NY.

Dr. Fred Farley

Dr. Fred Farley is the president of Arnot Ogden Medical Center and Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira, NY. His educational background includes Ph.D. Binghamton University; MSN Case Western Reserve University; BSN Case Western Reserve University; BA Thiel College. He is an Adjunct Faculty, Binghamton University, Mansfield University, Elmira College, Arnot Ogden Medical Center and Bolton School of Nursing. Dr. Farley has been a guest lecture in the Czech Republic where presentation topics have included strategic planning, impact of public policy on healthcare outcomes and role of the healthcare manager in directing cost effective and high quality healthcare.

Dr. Ben Finio

Dr. Ben Finio received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University in 2007. He then pursued his Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences with a focus on microrobotics at Harvard University, graduating in 2012 after completing a dissertation on the "RoboBee" project. After graduation, he completed a brief summer postdoctoral position at the Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach, teaching a LEGO robotics class to middle school students with autism. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Creative Machines Lab at Cornell University working on middle school engineering education, and is also a part-time writer and content developer for the science education nonprofit Science Buddies, where he develops robotics and engineering projects for K-12 students.

Rebecca Davis

As the founder of RDDC, Rebecca Davis implements a model that helps street children and underserved youth develop their learning capacity in an effort to enter the formal education system and transform their lives. RDDC works in post-conflict and developing countries with its current programs focused in Rwanda, Guinea and Bosnia-Herzegovina. &

Larry Goyden

Larry Goyden is a clinical specialist in the Cardiac Rhythm Disease Division at Medtronic. He has an Associate Degree in Applied Science. He has worked in the Medical Field for over 25 years. He started out in Radiology in 1987 transitioning into many areas in the hospital and ending up in the Cardiac Center at United Health Services, in the Binghamton NY area. In 2003 he joined Medtronic Inc. in the Cardiac Rhythm Disease Division as a Clinical Specialist where he currently works in the Upstate NY area.

Vickie Mike

Vickie Mike is a visual artist and public speaker. Born and raised in the Southern Tier Finger Lakes Region of New York, Vickie has a Master's Degree in Foreign Language Education from the State University of Buffalo and a Doctorate in Education from Binghamton University. Vickie was a Spanish Teacher for over 30 years and was named the New York State Teacher of the Year in 2009. In 2010, Vickie retired from the classroom and began her second career as a visual artist and public speaker.

Organizing team




Horseheads, NY, United States
  • Emma Eisner
    Personal Relations
  • Joelle Yu
    Stage Direction
  • Morgan Harris & Nitya Deshmukh
  • Riley Entry & Abhishek Akula
    Audio Visuals