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Ferguson Lecture to Feature Former NASA Astronaut

Scott Parazynski, MD

Scott Parazynski’s career has taken him from the emergency room, to the summit of Mount Everest, and even to outer space. In January, he will share the lessons he’s learned with Annual Meeting attendees as the 2016 Thomas B. Ferguson lecturer. His talk is titled The Requisite Innovator’s Mindset: Open-Mindedness and the Relentless Hunt for Problems in Need of Fixing.

Dr. Parazynski was 22 months into an emergency medicine residency in Denver when he was selected for the NASA astronaut corps. He flew a total of five space shuttle missions and conducted seven spacewalks, logging more than 1,381 hours (over 8 weeks) in space. He’s also summited Mount Everest and invented a number of medical devices and other technologies for life in extreme environments.

“Scott is a Professor of Practice and University Explorer at Arizona State University, and I think you’ll find his outlook on life and his idea of leadership and creativity very interesting,” said STS President Mark S. Allen, MD. “He has quite a vision for how space will be developed over the next several years, which should make for a fascinating talk.”

The Ferguson Lecture will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Acclaimed Science Journalist to Give Lillehei Lecture

Gary Taubes

The 2016 C. Walton Lillehei lecturer will be Gary Taubes, an award-winning science journalist who has shaken up the status quo and challenged conventional wisdom regarding diet, weight gain, and heart disease with his New York Times-bestselling books Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat.

Taubes’ hypothesis is that the “low fat equals good health” dogma is not supported by scientific research and that high-carbohydrate diets contribute to cardiovascular disease and obesity.

“He has excellent ideas about how we should study this, and it will definitely open up your mind about what you’re eating, as well as help us communicate that to our patients,” Dr. Allen said.

Don’t miss the C. Walton Lillehei Lecture, Why We Get Fat, at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at the Phoenix Convention Center.

For more information on this speaker, please visit the Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau.