Event Schedule

29th Annual Susan M. Arseven '75 Conference for Women in Science and Engineering

Check-In

2:45 PM

Welcome

3:15 PM

Session I

3:30 PM

Jillian Morris, Founder and President, Sharks4Kids Education Outreach

THE SHARK LIFE: CREATING YOUR OWN PATH

Passionate about shark science, conservation and media, Jillian found a way to combine her areas of expertise and knowledge to create her own path. Learn about her journey to create Sharks4Kids, when no other set career seemed to be the right fit.

YOU ARE PREPARED: HOW ACADEMIA OPENS MORE DOORS THAN YOU MAY THINK

Dr. Kasia Kornecki, Associate Program Officer, Board on Energy and Environmental Systems (BEES), National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Finishing a PhD is an incredible accomplishment, but this milestone is just the beginning of many possibilities. It can be easy to convince yourself that a PhD means you've locked yourself into a niche career, but in reality, you have the freedom to make life after academia fit your values and interests. This talk will describe a path from academia to energy policy, and the lessons learned along the way.

Break

4:30 PM

Session II

4:45 PM

Dr. Mark Moore '84, Senior Patent Agent, Haynes and Boone, LLP

CAREERS IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: AT THE INTERSECTION OF STEM AND LAW

Graduates in STEM curricula often find themselves considering careers beyond traditional academic or corporate R&D. Transitioning from a non-research career can be challenging, not only for graduate students and post-doctorates seeking a change, but also for the mentors and advisors responsible for influencing their career options. Join me for a discussion of 'alternative' careers for science and engineering graduates in the field of intellectual property. Hear first-hand my insight on both the rewards (and the challenges) of various career paths in science and technology law. Hang up the lab coat, take off the safety goggles, and take part in a discussion of fulfilling career opportunities for STEM majors outside of the traditional research lab environment.

MANAGING A SMALL BIOTECH COMPANY

Dr. Thera Mulvania, COO, Expression Systems, LLC

Expression System is a small, family-owned biotech company started by my husband while I was a post doc at the University of Washington. I studied immunology and virology and a common theme during my years in academia was cell culture. After years of dinner table consultations, we decided to join forces professionally. Expression Systems is primarily a manufacturer of cell culture media with a focus on insect cell culture. Initially my focus was on supporting the cell culture media product line, but my role quickly magnified. As Chief Operations Officer I have a diverse set of responsibilities: overseeing manufacturing, customer support, driving new product development and supporting regulatory compliance. The support of our customer base has led us to expand into the manufacture of disposable bioreactors as well as providing contract services utilizing the Baculovirus and Insect Cell Expression System.

Lunch Break

5:45 PM

Keynote

6:30 PM

Dr. Ginger Carney, Professor and Dean, College of Science, University of Idaho

I BECAME A WOMAN WHEN I BECAME A FACULTY MEMBER

More information coming soon.

Make-a-Difference Award

7:30 PM

Break

8:00 PM

Session III

8:15 PM

Fedra Pavlou, Senior VP and Editorial Director, Texere Publishing, Inc.

MAKING THE MOST OF CAREER CROSSROADS

I'll discuss my (at times, serendipitous) professional journey that began with a pharmacology degree from a North of England University and eventually led to me setting up and heading the US office of a scientific publishing firm in New York.

HOW TO BE "WISE" IN SELF CARE?

Dr. Mary Ann Covey '92, Director, and Yunling (Lina) Chang, Psychology Intern, Counselling and Psychological Services, Texas A&M University

Language of mental health discussed as it related to stress management. Ways to cope with stress and how do the members of WISE have unique stressors. Also discuss the impact of COVID-19 on stress levels as well as the evidence of xenophobia and racism.

Speaker Panel

9:15 PM

Closing Remarks

10:00 PM