All Upcoming Programs

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S100 BST
Rita Sostrin, Esq.
Genevieve D. Cook, PDSO, RO

United States immigration laws can be a complex series of paths to navigate.  This program will discuss the possible US immigration options after completing academic training.

"Making a Case for the Extraordinary Scientist” - R. Sostrin (2011)


Friday, January 30, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
1105 ABC Scaife Hall
Megan E. Bowers, PhD
Patent Agent, Pepper Hamilton LLP
Patrick J. Kelly, PhD, JD
Partner, Riverside Law LLP

Megan E. Bowers, PhD is a patent agent in the Intellectual Property Department of Pepper Hamilton LLP. She earned her PhD in biomedical engineering at Brown University in 2010, where her research was primarily in the area of orthopaedics, with an emphasis in quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (qMRI) and 3D modeling of articular cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. Megan then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2012. There, her work focused on clinical and large animal studies of noninvasive quantitative and semiquantitative articular cartilage imaging. Additionally, she has worked on a freelance basis as a medical writer and editor, providing grant and manuscript writing expertise to clinicians and research scientists in a variety of disciplines. In 2013, Megan joined Pepper as a technical specialist, and was admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 2014 after passing its registration exam. At Pepper, her responsibilities include drafting and prosecuting domestic and international patent applications covering a wide range of disciplines, including biotechnology, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals. Additionally, she aids in the development and protection of clients’ intellectual property, and conducts IP due diligence investigations.

Patrick J. Kelly, PhD, JD has been registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office since 1991 and has twenty-four years of experience in patent law. He earned a bachelor's degree in Biology from Georgetown University in 1984 and his master’s degree in applied molecular biology from the University of Maryland in 1986. Pat received his Ph.D. in molecular biology in 1991 from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his law degree, cum laude, from Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law in 1997. He began his career in patent law in 1991 when he joined an intellectual property boutique, working as a patent agent by day while attending law school in the evening. Following law school graduation, Pat developed a practice advising pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and scientific instrumentation companies in all facets of patent law. His prosecution and transactional experience includes conducting validity, due diligence, and freedom-to-operate studies; formulating and maintaining biotech IP estates; and preparing and prosecuting patent applications related to the Life Sciences industry. Pat’s litigation experience includes interference practice, patent infringement litigation and ANDA litigation.

Pat's legal experience also includes working on-site as patent counsel to client companies including serving as acting director of intellectual property for Aventis Behring, where he was responsible for a wide variety of patent matters, including review of invention disclosures, due diligence studies, freedom-to-operate studies, review of licensing agreements, and related patent matters. He also held the role of on-site patent counsel for the life sciences and chemical analysis division of Agilent Technology. Pat teaches regularly and is a former faculty member of the continuing legal education program on biotechnology for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University. Pat serves as an advisor for the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business, where he teaches patent related matters for the MBA programs and inventor boot camp and is a member of the biomedical invention commercialization committee for Penn State.



Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
O'Hara Student Union - Ballroom
Steven K. Wendell, PhD, PC
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 8:30am - 10:30am
S100A Starzl BST
Mark D. Nichols, PhD
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
O'Hara Student Union - Dining Room
Todd W. Reeser, PhD
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 8:30am - 10:30am
S120 Starzl BST
Darlene F. Zellers, PhD
Steven K. Wendell, PhD, PC

Highly productive and satisfying postdoctoral relationships are best fostered by strategic hiring practices and structured mentoring activities. This session will provide faculty members an overview of best practices for recruiting, screening, interviewing, selecting, and mentoring postdoctoral trainees who are best able to contribute to their research program. Faculty participants will explore how successful postdoctoral relationships are shaped by clarity of expectations during the recruitment stage, realistic goal setting, accountability, and positive interactions during training.


Friday, March 20, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
William Pitt Union 548
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S100A Starzl BST
Steven K. Wendell, PhD, PC
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S100A Starzl BST
Natasha Tokowicz, PhD

In this workshop, we will discuss ways to overcome the difficulties associated with being productive in writing, focusing on the issues that are identified by the audience as most problematic. We will also discuss the critical step of editing one’s writing.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 (All day) - Friday, April 24, 2015 (All day)
UPMC Conference Center, 11th Floor of Scaife Hall

The goals of this annual event are to celebrate and highlight the presence and accomplishments of women in medicine and science at the university; to provide a venue for women to share strengths, talents and experience; and to foster an academic culture which supports the professional and personal development of women students, postdoctoral and clinical fellows, and faculty members in medicine and science.

SAVE THE DATE: April 23 - 24, 2015, 11th Floor Scaife Conference Center

More information to follow.