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2020 STARS Virtual Summer Seminar Series


June 10, 2020, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Via Zoom
“Establishing Cardiac Rhythm: What Makes the Ticker Keep Ticking?"
Nikhil Munshi, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Internal Medicine
June 17, 2020, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Via Zoom
“The Power of Model Systems: Lessons Learned from Swamp Creatures and an Eradicated Virus.”
Julie Pfeiffer, Ph.D., Professor, Microbiology
June 24, 2020, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Via Zoom
“Mutagenisis in the Mouse.”
Bruce Beutler, M.D., Director, Center for the Genetics of Host Defense, Professor and Director, Immunology
July 1, 2020, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Via Zoom
“It’s No Fluke: Using Planarian to Guide Our Understanding of Parasitic Schistosomes.”
James Collins, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Pharmacology
July 8, 2020, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Via Zoom
“Histone Demethylases: Roles in Transcriptional Adaptation and Therapeutic Resistance.”
Elisabeth Martinez, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Pharmacology
July 15, 2020, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Via Zoom
“Vocal Learning, Brain Plasticity and the Remarkable Songbird.”
Todd Roberts, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Neuroscience

STARS (Science Teacher Access to Resources at Southwestern) was developed in 1991 to improve the quality of science education in North Central Texas by making UT Southwestern Medical Center’s vast educational resources available to middle and high school science teachers.

Since its inception, STARS has grown to serve more than 14,000 teachers and an estimated 65,000 students in 3,500 schools in the Dallas/Fort Worth and surrounding areas. The scope of STARS has steadily expanded to include more than 20 programs and projects, which are available free to teachers and students in Texas.


  • Broaden the knowledge base of science teachers
  • Increase science awareness
  • Provide instructional aids
  • Provide ongoing support for science teachers and students
  • Stimulate an appreciation of health-related careers

Core funding for STARS is provided by the state of Texas.

Send Us a Message

STARS Program
5323 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75390-9137
Phone: 214-648-9505 or 1-800-81-STARS
Fax: 214-648-9508

Event Registration

Register for an upcoming event using this online form.