Biotechnology Consultant, Leader in Work-Site Child Care, Noted Conductor, State Education Chief To Speak at Yale

The following talks at Yale University the week of Jan. 26-Feb. 1 are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Consultant to discuss trends in biotechnology financing

Mark Edwards, managing director at Recombinant Capital Inc. (ReCap), a San Francisco-based consulting firm specializing in biotechnology business alliances, will speak on RTrends in Biotechnology FinancingS on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Rm. B-79 of Watson Center, 60 Sachem St. A panel discussion will follow his presentation, and refreshments will be served in the foyer 4-4:30 p.m.

The talk is the third in the Yale-New Haven Biotechnology Enterprise Forum series. This lecture series is sponsored by The Biotech Committee of Greater New Haven and the Office of Cooperative Research at Yale. It focuses on commercial development of biotechnology and is geared toward entrepreneurs and university scientists. Edwards has more than 14 years of experience in business development and licensing of biotechnology products. His firm is retained by 15 pharmaceutical companies and more than 100 biotech and service companies to advise on biotech alliances and valuations. Prior to founding ReCap in 1988, Edwards managed the Office of Business Development at Chiron Corp.

Participants in the panel discussion are David M. Cromwell, an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at the School of Management; Roger Longman, managing partner, Windhover Information Inc. in Norwalk, Connecticut; Michael I. Sherman, president and chief executive officer of Prostagen Inc.; and Elizabeth Silverman, a senior research analyst focusing on genomics and new technologies related to drug discovery at BancAmerica Robertson Stephens.

Natural resources engineer talks about wetland restoration

William Mitsch, professor of natural resources and environmental science at Ohio State University, will be the next speaker in the semester-long series “The Restoration Agenda: Water!” at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES). His talk titled “Mother Nature, Father Time: Chief Contractors in Wetland Design” will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Bowers Auditorium at Sage Hall, 205 Prospect St.

There is a fee of $100 per person for community participants for the entire series. A limited number of fellowships are available for qualified registrants. For registration information, contact Aimlee D. Laderman at 432-3335 or e-mail aimlee.laderman@yale.edu.

Mitsch is founder and director of the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, a 23-acre wetland research facility at Ohio State University. He is a certified wetland scientist with the Society of Wetland Scientists and the society’s past president. He is founder and editor of “Ecological Engineering - The Journal of Ecotechnology,” and has provided testimony to the U.S. Congress on wetland matters. Mitsch served on the National Academy of Sciences’ Panel on Wetland Characterization 1993-95. He was elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1997 and was the recipient of the Environmental Law Institute/US EPA National Wetland Award for Research in 1996. He is the author (with James Gosselink) of the textbook “Wetlands,” the standard text used in colleges and universities for courses in wetland ecology.

Noted conductor to be guest at master’s tea

Noted Brazilian conductor Emilio Cesar de Carvalho, who is the artistic director of the Brasilia Camerata and of two music groups at the Brasilia School of Music – the Opera Choir and Brasilia’s Madrigal – will be the guest at a tea on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 4:30 p.m. in the Calhoun College master’s house, 189 Elm St.

De Carvalho also teaches at the Brasilia School of Music and serves on the faculty of the Brazilian Foundation of Arts. He is the conductor of the Coral Brasilia, an independent choir in Brazil, and also helps oversee FUNDEC, an educational and cultural foundation founded by his relative, the late world-renowned conductor Eleazar de Carvalho.

Emilio de Carvalho began his career in music after studying at Brasilia University and in Berlin, where he was an assistant to noted conductor Herbert von Karajan. In addition to appearing throughout South America and beyond with the groups he conducts, de Carvalho also regularly o Paulo State Symphony Orchestra and has been a guest conductor of orchestras in Paraguay, Costa Rica, Portugal and the United States (where he has conducted the Annapolis Choral and the choir and orchestra of Wyoming University). He is the former artistic director of Brasilia National Theater Symphony Orchestra and of the Minas Gerals Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of Brazil’s Letters and Music Academy.

Biographer of Whittaker Chambers will discuss Cold War ‘icon’

Sam Tanenhaus U78 M.A., author of the first comprehensive biography of Whittaker Chambers and an editor at the New York Times, will give a talk titled “The Case for Whittaker Chambers: Revisiting a Cold War Icon” on Thursday, Jan. 29. His talk will begin at 4 p.m. in Rm. 119 of the Hall of Graduate Studies, 320 York St.

Tanenhaus’ book “Whittaker Chambers: A Biography,” published by Random House, was a finalist for the 1997 National Book Award and was listed by Time Magazine as one of the 10 best books of the year. The New York Times cited it as one of its “Notable Books” for the year. In his campus talk, Tanenhaus will discuss Chambers’ evolution from Soviet spy to anti-communist informer (in 1948, Chambers gave testimony that sent Alger Hiss to prison and inaugurated the McCarthy era). Tanenhaus will discuss the case within the broad framework of the East-West conflict and will review the newest evidence to emerge from intelligence archives in the U.S. and abroad.

President of largest provider of work-site child care to lecture

Linda A. Mason, president and cofounder of Bright Horizons, the nation’s largest work-site provider of child care, will be the featured speaker in a talk on Friday, Jan. 30, sponsored by the external relations department at the School of Management. Titled “Perspectives on Management: Redefining an Industry: An Opportunity for Entrepreneurship,” her talk will begin at 10 a.m. in Rm. 114 of Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall, corner of Grove and Prospect streets.

Bright Horizons operates 144 centers in 25 states, serving 12,000 children and employing 4,500 people. Clients include Allstate Insurance, Motorola, IBM, the United Nations, Pfizer Pharmaceutical, Universal Studios and Paramount Pictures. Mason, a 1980 graduate of the School of Management, also cofounded the Horizons Initiative, a Boston-based organization which serves the needs of homeless children. Prior to working for Bright Horizons, Mason was codirector of Save the Children’s emergency program in Sudan, serving 400,000 famine and war victims, and directed a feeding program for children in Cambodian refugee camps along the Thai border. She is coauthor of the book “Rice, Rivalry, and Politics,” which analyzes the relief operation in Cambodia. Her honors include the Boston Jaycees’ Ten Outstanding Young Leaders Award in 1987 and the Ernst & Young/USA Today “Entrepreneur of the Year” distinction in the service category. In 1997 Cornell University named her Entrepreneur of the Year, and in the same year Business Week cited her as one of the “Best Entrepreneurs.”

State education chief to speak at the Bush Center

Theodore S. Sergi, Connecticut’s commissioner of education, will give a talk titled “Public Policy for Children Birth to Five” on Friday, Jan. 30, at noon in the weekly lecture series sponsored by the Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy. The event will be held in the Sterling Library lecture hall, 128 Wall St.

Sergi has served as commissioner of education since October 1995. During the past year, he chaired the state’s Educational Improvement Panel, which developed recommendations to address the issues raised by the state Supreme Court’s decision in the Sheff v. O’Neill desegregation case, and also developed an action plan and special legislation to reform the Hartford Public Schools. His priorities as commissioner have been to raise expectations for student achievement and to encourage educators and citizens to work cooperatively to improve Connecticut’s schools.

Tropical biologist to present keynote address at conference

Noted tropical and conservation biologist Thomas Lovejoy, who is counselor to the Secretary for Biodiversity and Environmental Affairs for the Smithsonian Institution, will deliver the keynote address at the School of Forestry’s 14th Annual Doctoral Research Conference on Friday, Jan. 30. His talk, titled “Science, Environment and Tomorrow,” will begin at 5 p.m. in Bowers Auditorium of Sage Hall, 205 Prospect St.

Lovejoy has worked in the Amazon of Brazil since 1965. He introduced the technique of banding to Brazil and identified patterns of community structure in the first major long-term study of birds in the Amazon. He directed the program of World Wildlife Fund-U.S. 1973-87 and served as the fund’s executive vice president 1985-87, when he was appointed assistant secretary for environmental and external affairs for the Smithsonian Institution. He is the author or editor of four books, including “Global Warming and Biological Diversity” (with R.L. Peters). He was decorated by the Brazilian government in 1988, becoming the first environmentalist to receive the Order of Rio Branco.

The 14th Annual Doctoral Research Conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. with 15-minute presentations by doctoral students on their dissertation research.

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