Chicago Science Fest – Thursday, May 28th

Science & Technology Research in Chicago – Challenges, Economic Impact and Future Prospects

Join us for what will certainly be a fascinating and free-wheeling discussion on the current state of science & technology research, funding, its economic impact on Chicago and future prospects.
  • – Congressman Bill Foster, PhD, Physics
  • – Terry Howerton, CEO TechNexus
  • – Catherine Woolley, PhD, Neurobiology, Northwestern University
  • – Moderator – Rex Huppke, Chicago Tribune

Thursday, May 28, 2015, Chase Auditorium, 10 S. Dearborn St., Chicago
6:30-8pm (discussion), 8–9:00pm (reception)

Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door and include discussion and reception following. Reserve seats here.

Congressman Bill Foster
Congressman Bill Foster, PhD

Congressman Bill Foster is a scientist and businessman representing the 11th Congressional District of Illinois. Foster is the only physicist in Congress.
Foster serves on the House Committee on Financial Services, a position he also held in the 110th and 111th Congress, and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Bill’s scientific career was as a high-energy physicist and particle accelerator designer at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab). Bill was a member of the team that discovered the top quark, the heaviest known form of matter. He also led the teams that designed and built several scientific facilities and detectors still in use today, including the Recycler Ring, the latest of Fermilab’s giant particle accelerators. When Bill first ran for Congress, 31 Nobel Prize Winners endorsed his campaign.

Terry Howerton
Terry Howerton

Terry Howerton is a lifelong entrepreneur, founding his first company at age 15. He’s spent a career starting and leading ventures, mentoring other entrepreneurs and building organizations. Howerton is the founder and executive chairman of TechNexus, a venture development firm building a new, collaborative model for leading corporations to engage and extract value from the global entrepreneurial ecosystem. TechNexus also operates a start-up incubator from its headquarters in Chicago.

Howerton founded the Illinois Technology Association, helping to define the nascent technology community in the region, which over the past decade has grown to more than 3,000 interconnected tech companies. He is a board director of the National Business Incubator Association and serves as a director or advisor to several private companies.

Catherine Woolley, PhD
Catherine Woolley, PhD

Dr. Woolley is a professor of neurobiology at Northwestern University where her research focus is on neural plasticity and neuroendocrinology. Her lab explores the roles of steroid hormones like estrogen and progesterone in neural plasticity – or the capacity for change in the structure and function of brain circuitry. Most of her lab’s work is on the hippocampus, a brain region important in learning and memory, epilepsy, and in affective behaviors like anxiety and depression. The research uses a range of approaches in studies including molecular biology, biochemistry, light and electron microscopy, in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology, microdialysis, and behavioral assays.

Dr. Woolley was instrumental in developing the new undergraduate neuroscience major at Northwestern. She received a B.S. Zoology, with honors, from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D., Neuroscience, from Rockefeller University, New York.

Rex Huppke is journalist at the Chicago Tribune. He writes a workplace column in the business section. He also writes a syndicated humor column, often cited for his “Obituary of Facts” that went viral in 2012.  Huppke holds a degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University and a Master’s in Journalism from University of Missouri.


Thank you to our sponsors:

Argonne National Laboratory


Northwestern University

JP Morgan Chase

The University of Chicago


BlueSky Tribune

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