The Karan L. Watson TAMU Initiative for the Study of Women, Science, and Technology (WWST) Inaugural Distinguished Lecture

Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering
Texas A&M, College Station, Texas
November 10, 2016

The Karan L. Watson Inaugural Lecture is in honor of Provost Karan L. Watson and her many contributions to the Study of Women, Science, and Technology. This Distinguished Lecture Series is organized by the Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering (IQSE). In view of her many outstanding contributions to the University, the WWST Initiative and Lecture has been appropriately named in her honor.

Provost Karan L. Watson

Dr. Rebecca R. Richards-Kortum


Nearly 90% of the world’s children live in developing countries; half live on less than $2/day. The health challenges these children face are enormous, yet the vast majority of healthcare R&D is directed toward solving health challenges of the developed world. This talk will describe efforts to engineer appropriate high-performance, low-cost science & technology platforms and to develop models for sustainable dissemination of these technologies. For example, we are working to develop Nursery of the Future for district hospitals in the developing world, which includes a comprehensive set of low-cost, highly effective technologies to help newborns survive and thrive. We estimate that a neonatal nursery of the future for a district hospital serving 300,000 people in developing countries could be outfitted for less than $5,000. This is less than the cost of one western style ventilator.


Guided by the belief that all of the world’s people deserve access to health innovation, Professor Rebecca Richards-Kortum’s research and teaching focus on developing low-cost, high-performance technology for low-resource settings. She is known for providing vulnerable populations in the developing world access to life-saving health technology, focusing on diseases and conditions that cause high morbidity and mortality, such as cervical and oral cancer, premature birth, and malaria. Professor Richards-Kortum’s work in appropriate point-of-care screening technologies has earned her induction into the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Inventors, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Rebecca is the Malcolm Gillis University Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University.


OSA Student Chapter mini-talk and discussion

When: 12:00 PM, Thursday, November 10, 2016
Where: IQSE Seminar Room (578 MPHY)

Distinguished Lecture

When: 4:00 PM, Thursday, November 10, 2016
Where: Hawking Auditorium, Mitchell Physics Building
Who: Dr. Rebecca R. Richards-Kortum, Rice University
What: Presenting WWST inagural Distinguished Lecture entitled "BIO-PHOTONICS: Improving Healthcare in Low-Resource Settings" Announcement (with abstract): click to view
Announcement (without abstract):click to view


Reception to be held in Ballroom I at the Hilton College Station & Conference center (801 University Dr E, College Station, TX 77840) beginnign at 5:15 p.m. Please RSVP by 12:00 Noon, Wednesday, November 9, 2016 if you plan to attend to ensure enough goodies are available.

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Updated September 9, 2016