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Thursday, February 11, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
BEST Careers in Governance, Risk and Compliance

Part of our BEST Program signature series panel discussions, today's will focus on Careers in Governance, Risk and Compliance.

Join us to hear from and discuss with the wonderful speakers we have lined up: (see the flyer)

About the speakers:

Amy Godert

Amy Godert is an alumna of Cornell University, where she earned her Ph.D. and M.S. in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. She holds undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Computer Science from Canisius College. Prior to coming to Cornell, she was an Assistant Professor at Wells College. At Wells she worked to bring innovative teaching concepts and approaches into the classroom, and emphasized the connections between course material and experiences outside the classroom. She was engaged in planning and assessment at all levels, from the institutional to the course level. Amy has also worked at Roswell Park Cancer Research Institute and the Erie County Forensics Laboratory.

Dr. Godert is the Center for Teaching Excellence liaison to the College of Architecture, Art and Planning, the College of Engineering and the School of Hotel Administration.

Colleen McLinn

Colleen McLinn directs Cornell University's Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CU-CIRTL), a Graduate School initiative involving close collaboration with the Center for Teaching Excellence. As CU-CIRTL Program Director, she prepares graduate students and postdocs for successful academic careers in natural and social science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. She coordinates Cornell's participation in the CIRTL Network, a group of 22 research universities collaboratively offering seminars and coursework on career preparation topics and three important themes for advancement of STEM teaching: teaching as research, learning communities, and learning through diversity. Her interests include helping graduate students and postdocs develop effective mentoring strategies and build their skills in innovative and evidence-based teaching methods.

Dr. McLinn received a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from University of Minnesota and previously was an instructional designer at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, where she developed online and print curriculum materials and played a leadership role in grant-funded science education efforts. In her spare time, she serves on the Advisory Board for the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom Project.

Eldora L. Ellison

Eldora Ellison is a Director in the Biotech/Chemical and Litigation Practice Groups at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein, Fox. Over the course of her 21-year career, Dr. Ellison has gained extensive experience in inter partes patent matters, building on a strong foundation in patent prosecution. Her practice also includes evaluating patent portfolios, e.g., for due diligence analyses, invalidity, non-infringement, or freedom-to-operate; preparing and prosecuting patent applications; counseling clients on intellectual property strategy, including Hatch-Waxman issues; and resolving inventorship disputes. She represents a variety of types of clients, including large multinational corporations, start-up companies, and not-for-profit organizations.

Dr. Ellison has been recognized as a leading practitioner in the life sciences, and she has served as an expert witness on patent matters. The National Law Journal recognized her as one of its top 50 Litigation Trailblazers. Law360named her an MVP in Life Sciences in 2015. Managing Intellectual Property nominated her for its PTAB Litigator of the Year award, and it has named her an "IP Star" for 2013-2015. LMG Life Sciences nominated her for its Patent Prosecutor of the Year award, and it has named her a "Life Sciences Star" three times. Also, IAM Patent 1000 includes her as one of the world's leading patent professionals. Dr. Ellison has often been quoted in publications such as IPLaw360 and The Washington Post for her analyses of developments in patent law.

Dr. Ellison's intellectual property experience has been principally in technical areas such as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, molecular biology, therapeutic methods, diagnostic assays, analytical instruments, immunology, virology, bacteriology and vaccines. But she is also called upon to represent clients in other technical areas, given her specialized legal expertise.

A member of the firm's Executive Committee, Dr. Ellison previously chaired the firm's Professional Development Committee and the Diversity Committee. She also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors for Turning Point Academy Public Charter School in Maryland. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown University, her Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology from Cornell University (Volker Vogt lab) and her B.S. in Biology from Haverford College.

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