Meet the Speakers

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

DR. GINGER CARNEY

DR. GINGER CARNEY

KEYNOTE

Professor and Dean, College of Science, University of Idaho

Ginger E. Carney, Ph.D. was named Dean of the College of Science and Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Idaho in 2017. Prior to arriving at the U of I she was on the faculty at Texas A&M University for 13 years where she served in a variety of leadership and administrative roles, including Associate Dean in the College of Science. She ran an NSF-funded research program focused on understanding how animal behaviors are controlled by the interplay between genetics, neurobiology and physiology. At Texas A&M, Dr. Carney received numerous recognitions, including the Women’s Faculty Network Outstanding Service and Leadership Award, the College of Science and Association of Former Students Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Center for Teaching Excellence 25th Anniversary W Course Teaching Award. She was a fellow of the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program (SEC-ALDP) from 2015-2016 and in the Western Academic Leadership Academy from 2018-2019. Dr. Carney has B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in genetics from the University of Georgia. She is now a proud University of Idaho Vandal and has wholeheartedly embraced the Vandal family as her own. She enjoys visiting with her college’s students, faculty and alumni and hearing their stories about how they are shaped by their U of I experiences.

YUNLING (LINA) CHANG

YUNLING (LINA) CHANG

Psychology Intern, Counselling and Psychological Services,
Texas A&M University

Yunling (Lina) Chang, M.S., M.Ed. is a Psychology Intern with Texas A&M's Counseling and Psychological Services. She is currently completing her dissertation research on female Chinese international students population at TAMU. Her professional interests include working with culturally diverse populations, self-esteem concerns, trauma, international students, and high-achieving graduate students.

DR. MARY ANN COVEY

DR. MARY ANN COVEY

Director, Counselling and Psychological Services, Texas A&M University

Mary Ann Covey is the Director of the Student Counseling Service at Texas A&M University. She has worked at the Student Counseling Service for approximately 30 years. She is the Past President of the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies and the American Board of Counseling Psychology. She is a past recipient of the American Psychology Association’s Distinguished John D. Black Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Practice of Counseling Psychology and the Helen Roehlke Award for Outstanding Service in the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies. Lastly, she has received the highest honor for a Psychologist in the American Psychology Association as a fellow. Her clinical areas of special interest have included issues related to administration, training, eating disorders, diversity, sexuality, sexual assault/abuse, and student-athletes. During her time at Texas A&M, she was one of the founders of the ALLY’s Program and created the role of Coordinator of Counseling and Programming with Student Athletes. She has given numerous presentations regarding mental health issues of college students as well as published on the same topic locally and nationally.

DR. KASIA KORNECKI

DR. KASIA KORNECKI

Associate Program Officer, Board on Energy and Environmental Systems (BEES), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Kasia Kornecki is an Associate Program Officer for the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems (BEES) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She has broad interests in sustainability, clean energy, and science-informed policy. She is currently directing a study on the future of advanced nuclear reactors and contributing to other projects related to electric grid modernization and advanced vehicle technologies. Prior to her work at the Academies, Kasia served the research community as Director of Sales at Vigor Tech, LLC, an international lab equipment company, where she built relationships with a variety of stakeholders across many disciplines. Kasia has also worked as a curriculum consultant for the College of Science at Texas A&M University, and in public affairs at the American Geophysical Union. Kasia holds a PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a BA from Smith College; she has also conducted post-doctoral research in chemical engineering at the University of California – Berkeley.

DR. MARK MOORE '84

DR. MARK MOORE '84

Senior Patent Agent, Haynes and Boone, LLP

For the past 25 years, Dr. Mark Moore ’84 has practiced intellectual property (IP) law in the biochemical, medical, pharmaceutical, and molecular genetic arts. In that role, Dr. Moore guides corporate, academic, and health care institutional clients in various aspects of patent procurement and patent portfolio development, including implementation of effective patent prosecution strategies for technologies in the chemical, pharmaceutical and life sciences. As a Senior Consultant in the Houston office of the international law firm of Haynes and Boone, Mark also has significant experience as a technical consultant in various aspects of IP, including due diligence, opinion, expert witness preparation, discovery, and litigation work. Prior to his career in intellectual property, Dr. Moore was an academic researcher in the field of molecular genetics. His doctoral dissertation focused on molecular aspects of membrane biogenesis in photosynthetic bacteria, and characterization of the phylogenetic relatedness of more than two dozen species of photosynthetic prokaryotes. Dr. Moore is a co-inventor of U.S. and foreign patents involving a variety of technologies, including methods for bioremediation of environmental heavy-metal contaminants; generation of hydrogen fuel by photosynthetic bacteria; and methods for treating human vascular disease and hypertension.

JILLIAN MORRIS

JILLIAN MORRIS

Founder and President, Sharks4Kids Education Outreach

Born and raised in Maine, Jillian’s love for the ocean started at an early age and has continued to play an integral role in her adult life. She has spent thousands of hours in the field working and diving with sharks across the globe. She is a marine biologist, shark conservationist, scuba instructor, explorer and educator. She has filmed for numerous television shows and networks, has appeared on Shark Week, is a PADI Ambassadiver, was named Scuba Diving Magazine's July 2016 Sea Hero and was awarded the inaugural Shark Con Shark Hero Award in 2017. She is the author of Norman the Nurse Shark and Shark Super Powers and a member of the prestigious Ocean Artists Society.

DR. THERA MULVANIA

DR. THERA MULVANIA

COO, Expression Systems, LLC

Dr. Thera Mulvania earned her doctorate in Microbiology at UC Davis, with an emphasis in Immunology. At the University of Washington, she focused on Virology during her postdoctoral studies. Cell culture was a common theme throughout from initiating primary cell cultures, making hybridoma cells, transforming B cells and using viral vectors to induce antigen and recombinant protein expression. Upon joining Expression Systems, Dr. Mulvania applied her knowledge of cell culture and flow cytometry to develop a Baculovirus titering assay. This assay allowed for the quantitation of infectious virus particles within 24 hours, a vast improvement over the gold standard plaque assay which required 7-10 days to perform. Assay development also required developing expertise in the culture of insect cells. Dr. Mulvania has presented many talks at industry meetings, sharing insights gained about the culture of insect cells. Through these meetings she has advanced the field toward a better understanding of Baculovirus vector production resulting in increased productivity up to 2 logs. These studies also contributed to better production strategies, utilizing the power of exponential cell growth to drive cell densities allowing for higher protein yields per liter. In conjunction with Dr. Brooks Hayes, she also helped develop a more efficient method for purifying clonal isolates of Baculovirus, leading to better characterization and control of master viral stocks. Dr. Mulvania has freely shared the knowledge gained regarding better application of the tools of the Baculovirus Expression Vector System through meeting presentations and protocols provided through documents and the company website.

FEDRA PAVLOU

FEDRA PAVLOU

Senior Vice President and Editorial Director, Texere Publishing, Inc.

Graduating from Leeds University in the UK with a degree in Pharmacology, I now have more than 20 years of experience in science publishing and communications. My career has seen me heading up editorial and writing teams at Datamonitor Healthcare (Informa), Advanstar Communications (UBM) and CircleScience medical communications (Ashfield Healthcare). Through those experiences, I learned something important – that you have to enjoy working with, and have respect for, your colleagues. It’s this that drew me to Texere Publishing, where I now work with old colleagues and new for a niche, science, healthcare and medical communications and publishing firm. After launching the business in the UK in 2012, we expanded our empire across the Atlantic, where I now have the enviable task of heading up, Texere Publishing, Inc. in New York.