We thought you would be interested to know that last week we held the 10th (!) annual Fink Symposium on Healthcare and Bioscience sponsored by the class. There was high interest again. Biddy attended, and our program featured two recent graduates who are already well along in careers in cardiology and science, a panel on the outlook for health care services composed of Hughes, Lawrence and Lee Francis '83 who runs a very large community health service in Chicago. Gerry gave an interesting talk on how careers often take unexpected turns and the wisdom of embracing unplanned opportunities, and Gary Ruvkun, a distinguished geneticist from Harvard was our dinner speaker. We always have a ringer, but Gary has the merit of being married to an Amherst faculty member, and their daughter is a current undergraduate..
Tenth Annual Fink Symposium Participants (January 2018)
The picture attached above is of the event participants, and you will still recognize, one hopes, four familiar faces. It is a good thing we had Niyi Odewade and Emily Watson to brighten up the photo with some appearance of youth. Although this gathering of ancients did provide the opportunity to offer the observation "Old Guys Rule," a thought probably not in the forefront of undergraduate consciousness. We'll keep it up. Pohl has already come up with a great topic for next year, and even has proposed including a couple of relative youngsters (they're 50ish).
The panel which Ed, Dave and Lee Francis put on is a true classic, which we had the foresight to videotape. It is important commentary for anyone interested in the outlook for care provision in the future, at least for our children and grandchildren, which is most of us. While not brief we commend it to anyone who has the time at the link below. One can pass the 30 minute Q&A without missing the quality of the observations. Or not, it’s good too and reflects the level of student engagement.
Link to Fink Symposium Session
Warm regards to everyone, George