Opening Doors to DU: Graduate Webinar Series

Join us on November 5th at 9:00am ET to hear from faculty why Duquesne enjoys a rich tradition of academic excellence and strong career outcomes for our students!

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  • 9:00-9:30am: Welcome and Check in with Graduate Admissions
  • 9:30-10:00am: Graduate Computer Science and Health Care Ethics
  • 10:00-10:30am: Graduate Business and Health Sciences
  • 10:30-11:00am: Graduate Education and Natural & Environmental Sciences
  • 11:00-11:30am: Graduate Music and Pharmacy
  • 11:30am-12pm: General Q&A

Exclusive Learning Session with Graduate Admissions, Dave Fortna at 9:00am

Mr. Dave Fortna is the Director of Graduate Enrollment Services at Duquesne University.

Over 140 years, Duquesne University has grown to nine schools offering 90 graduate and professional programs. Nearly 3,500 graduate students from across the country and around the world are advancing their education at Duquesne.

Learn more about the great value that a degree from Duquesne provides. Explore the special financial opportunities, including 25% tuition award, available in many of our graduate programs.

Exclusive Learning Session with School of Liberal Arts Computer Science, Dr. Jeffrey Jackson at 9:30am

Dr. Jeffrey Jackson earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon, his M.S. Computer Science at California State University Fullerton, and his B.S. in Math and Computer Science at Oral Roberts University. His research has primarily been in computational learning theory, which includes elements of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence, although recently he's been working on some related philosophical issues. He has also worked as a software engineer and had some management experience in the aerospace/defense industry for the first eight years of his career. Dr. Jackson chaired the Computer Science and Computational Math and Statistics department at Duquesne University for six years.

Exclusive Learning Session with School of Liberal Arts Healthcare Ethics, Dr. Joris Gielen at 9:30am

Dr. Joris Gielen studied history, religious studies and theology at University of Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven) in Belgium. He obtained his MA in History in 2001, MA in Religious Studies in 2002, and MA in Theology in 2003. In that year, he left for India to study Indian Philosophy and Religion at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, with a postgraduate scholarship of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). He obtained this MA in 2005. After his return to Belgium he began working on a doctoral dissertation on palliative care physicians' and nurses' ethical attitudes and religious beliefs at the end of life in Flanders (Belgium) and New Delhi (India). He defended this dissertation in 2010. From 2010 until he worked at the University of Leuven as a postdoctoral scholar with a postdoctoral fellowship of the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO). In 2014, he became assistant professor at the Center for Healthcare Ethics at Duquesne University.

Exclusive Learning Session with School of Business, Casey Foote at 10:00am

Ms. Casey Foote is the Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the School of Business. She is a proud Duquesne alum who graduated with a B.A. in Music and an M.S. in Corporate Communications.

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Exclusive Learning Session with School of Health Sciences Biomedical Engineering, Dr. John Viator at 10:00am

Dr. John A. Viator is Professor and Chair of the Department of Engineering at Duquesne University. He conducts research in biomedical optics, the area of science and engineering that covers the use of lasers and light to improve human health. Dr. Viator has a BS in physics from the University of Washington in Seattle, an MS in mathematics from the University of Oregon in Eugene, an MS in applied physics from the Oregon Graduate Institute, and a PhD in electrical engineering from Oregon Health & Science University. He retired as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve in 2007, having been commissioned from the Naval R.O.T.C. unit at the University of Washington. Dr. Viator has over one hundred technical publications in the areas of optics, acoustics, and human health. He is Chief Scientific Officer and Founder of Acousys Biodevices, Inc.

Exclusive Learning Session with School of Education, Cliff Oliech at 10:30am

Mr. Cliff Oliech, from Kisumu, Kenya, graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Special Education from Maseno University and a Master's of Science in Education (Cognitive, Behavior, Physical, and Health disabilities) from Duquesne University. Mr. Oliech is a third-year Ph.D. student in Special Education and an instructor at the Department of Special Education. His course is about identifying academic needs and developing and implementing appropriate accommodations or modifications for students with diverse learning needs across academic areas in inclusive environments. Mr. Oliech's research interests are in the post-secondary transition of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and managing behavior in school and transition environments.

Exclusive Learning Session with School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Dr. Don Very at 10:30am

Dr. Very is currently serving as the Interim Director of the M.S. in Biotechnology program for Duquesne University. Additionally, he is President, CEO, and Founder of Naviter Bioanalytics, LLC, a global science and technology development firm specializing in technological due diligence, bioanalytical method development, performance qualification, and regulatory approval of diagnostics and medical devices. Dr. Very has extensive experience in all phases of diagnostic assay research and device development, performance validation, clinical trial design and implementation, and regulatory approval. Dr. Very is a frequently invited speaker at national and international scientific symposia discussing topics ranging from advances in personalized medicine in oncology to the future of the in vitro diagnostic industry.

Exclusive Learning Session with School of Pharmacy, Dr. Carl Anderson at 11:00am

Dr. Carl A. Anderson joined the Duquesne University faculty in 2002 as an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Science. He is a founding member of the Duquesne University Center for Pharmaceutical Technology (DCPT). His current focus is on building and leading a research group to explore new and existing analytical technologies and demonstrate their relevance to process analytical technology (PAT) applications. He has spent seven years working for the three different incarnations of the pharmaceutical company that became known as Aventis Pharmaceuticals. While there, he led the team that developed, validated, and implemented Aventis' first PAT based methods. He served on the executive committee of the NIR Validation Working Group (NIRVWoG) that authored the revisions to USP, and currently serves on the ASTM E55 committee as a member at large on the board of directors.

Exclusive Learning Session with School of Music, Thomas Carsecka at 11:00am

As a Duquesne University alumnus, Mr. Thomas Carsecka has extensive knowledge and first-hand experience with the exceptional faculty and state-of-the- art educational facilities at the Mary Pappert School of Music. He has taught music technology classes at Duquesne University and has held lectures and master classes that focused on a variety of topics including the creative processes behind composing music, organizational techniques in music production, and designing & structuring online classes. Mr. Carsecka currently maintains his affiliation with Dudt's award-winning studio, Audible Images, where he has worked with hundreds of artists ranging from local talent to chart-toppers including Dave Matthews. Mr. Carsecka has a wide range of expertise that includes music performance, production, and pedagogy.