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07.03.2017  

VTIS event in Boston on March 25

Association of Slovenes Educated Abroad – VTIS (Društvo v tujini izobraženih Slovencev) is organizing an event called "VTIS Boston: Slovene Expertise Around the World".

The event will feature short presentations of the work of Slovenes who are active at universities and research institutes in and around Boston, MA. The goals of the event are to showcase the talent and promote the work of Slovene experts in different fields, to facilitate cooperation and networking among Slovene students, researchers, academics, businesspeople and other members of the Slovene community in Boston, as well as to encourage the strengthening of the links between Slovenia and USA.

The event will take place on Saturday, 25th March 2017, at 3pm at the Littauer Center (Room M-16), Department of Economics, Harvard University, 1805 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

4 Slovene researchers will be presenting their work in 15-minute long "lightning talks" and answer questions from the audience. They are:

- Dr. Jernej Murn, Postdoctoral Researcher in the field of RNA biology, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School,
- Sebastijan Mrak, PhD Student in the area of electrical engineering, Boston University
- Prof. Nina Pavčnik, Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College,
- Dr. Tone Svetelj, Researcher in the field of philosophy, Boston College.

The speakers will present their work in English, as we are expecting non-Slovene participants. The presentations will be followed by a reception.

To RSVP, please visit the following page: https://goo.gl/7cXz1p (in Slovene) or https://goo.gl/uZ7H7I (in English). To get more information about the event or the Association in general, please visit our website at http://www.drustvovtis.si/ (in Slovene) or contact us on info(at)drustvovtis.si.

We are looking forward to seeing you at this exciting event!

Speaker bios:

Jernej Murn
Jernej Murn is a postdoctoral researcher working on RNA biology at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Jernej moved to the USA after defending his PhD thesis work, which he carried out at the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Ljubljana and the CEA Laboratory for Functional Genomics in France. His research focuses on RNA-binding proteins, their mechanism of action and their impact on cellular homeostasis, intercellular communication, and disease development, in particular cancer and neurological disorders. Jernej is currently finishing up his postdoctoral studies and is gearing up for a position as an independent investigator in the USA.

Sebastijan Mrak
Sebastijan Mrak is a PhD candidate at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Center for Space Physics at Boston University. His prime research area is radio remote sensing of the Earth's atmosphere. He uses radio instrumentation to study radio signal propagation through Earth's atmosphere and physical sources of high altitude plasma disturbances. He has developed a series of satellite receivers to study trans-tropospheric signal propagation during his service at the Institute Jožef Stefan in Slovenia. His current research area covers new radio remote sensing techniques in sensing small scale ionospheric turbulences, such as Aurora Borealis and traveling ionospheric disturbances.

Nina Pavčnik
Nina Pavčnik is a Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College, where she holds the Niehaus Family Professorship of International Studies.  A native of Slovenia, she received a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University.  With research interests at the intersection of international trade, development, and industrial organization, her research examines how households, workers, and firms respond to globalization. Pavčnik is a research associate at the NBER, a research affiliate at the CEPR, a senior fellow at the BREAD, and a research fellow at the IZA.  She currently serves as the Editor of the World Bank Economic Review and a Co-Editor of the Journal of International Economics. She has consulted for the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations, and the US Department of Labor.

Tone Svetelj
Tone Svetelj’s background includes 15 years of international experience in philosophical and theological studies at different universities in Italy, Germany, and the United States. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from Boston College, M.A. degree in Philosophy from Gregorian University and a B.A. in Theology from Sankt Georgen in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He worked for Vatican Radio for three years while studying in Rome. He taught religious studies and served as the first headmaster of the residence hall at the school Zavod sv. Stanislava in Ljubljana. Since 2011, Tone has taught Philosophy at different colleges in the Boston area. His research and publications explore questions related to modernity, modern humanism, inter-cultural and inter-faith dialogue, and creation of modern identity.