Welcome and Introduction bios

10:00-10:30 AM:  Welcome and Introduction

Valerie Hotchkiss (1990 PhD, Medieval Studies) is director of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a professor of medieval studies, religious studies and library science. As a rare book librarian, she has worked most notably on fund-raising, acquisitions, and public programs, bringing the three together by organizing lecture series, conferences, publications and over 40 major exhibitions.

Thomas Pollard is Dean of the Graduate School and Sterling Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University.

Anthony Sabatelli (1984 PhD, Chemistry) is currently Vice President and Authorized House Counsel for Rib-X Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Yale-spawned biotech company focused on developing novel antibiotics. Dr. Sabatelli originally began his career as a research and development scientist at Procter & Gamble. After obtaining his law degree, he moved into the field of intellectual property law and served as patent counsel at both Procter & Gamble and then at Merck. He continues to maintain an interest in education, currently serving as an adjunct chemistry professor at the University of New Haven.