College to Host Week of Science Career Events
Johnson & Johnson Global Head of Infectious Diseases to Present Keynote
Release Date: Monday, October 19 through Friday, October 23, 2009
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Chestnut Hill College will host a week-long series of
science career events beginning Monday, October 19, through Friday, October
23, on the College campus. Funding for Science Career Week was provided
through a grant from the Delaware Valley Innovation Network.
Science Career Week, a
week of creative and inspirational science guest speakers and panels, will
culminate with the keynote speech by Roger J. Pomerantz, M.D., F.A.C.P., global
head of infectious diseases at Johnson & Johnson on Thursday, October 22, at
2 p.m., in the East Parlor, St. Joseph Hall. The topic of his lecture, “Curing
HIV,” will provide an overview of strategies that could lead to a complete
eradication of HIV in people currently infected with the AIDS virus.
Dr. Roger J. Pomerantz has
published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles in scientific literature and
presented more than 200 invited lectures, nationally and internationally,
concentrating on the clinical research, molecular pathogenesis and latency of
human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other pathogenic human viruses. Dr.
Pomerantz has been the recipient of countless National Institutes of Health
(N.I.H.) grants and was continuously funded by the N.I.H. over several decades.
Dr. Pomerantz has served as an
invited full-time member and as the Chairman of the Antiviral Advisory Panel for
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) and on numerous invited N.I.H.
advisory commissions, panels and committees. His awards and honors have included
election as a Fellow to the American Association of Physicians (F.A.A.P.), the
American Society of Clinical Investigation (F.A.S.C.I.), the American College of
Physicians (F.A.C.P.), and the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Dr. Pomerantz joined Johnson
& Johnson, Inc. in 2005 as the president of Tibotec Pharmaceuticals, Inc,
the virology and infectious diseases research and development company within
Johnson & Johnson. In 2009, he was promoted to Global Head of Infectious
Diseases for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals, with the responsiblity for
all anti-infective agents world-wide (including virology, tuberculosis,
anti-bacterial agents, and diagnostics).
Science Career Week Events
Monday, October 19, 2009
- The art exposition, “The Craft of Science and
Scientist” will be on display in the Dwight V. Dowley Gallery, 5th Floor, St.
Joseph Hall from 4-5 p.m. The exhibition will feature posters of famous
scientists with a short biography of their life and discoveries as well as
discipline-specific posters that overview disease topics such as cancer, AIDS
and influenza, and some artistic works using lab materials to represent a
- Lecture: Robert
Ramos, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics at Drexel University, will
present “Really Cool Science: Artificial Atoms
Cooled to Near Absolute Zero Temperatures” at 5:30 p.m. in the physics
lab located on the ground floor of St. Joseph Hall. In his talk, Dr. Ramos will
describe how to build and manipulate artificial atoms similar to hydrogen atoms
when cooled to near absolute zero temperatures. In this lecture, he will
describe how we can probe the energy levels of this "atom" with the same
radiofrequency waves emitted from cell phones and microwave ovens. His lecture
will also describe how this type of atom can be used to form the building block
of computers that can solve some problems exponentially faster than commercial
processors. The lecture will include a demonstration.
Wednesday, October 21,
- Lecture: Lakshmi Atchison, Ph.D.,
professor of biology at Chestnut Hill College will present “Stand Up to Cancer: Fight, Conquer and Live
Healthy” at 4:30 p.m. in the East Parlor, St. Joseph Hall. Dr.
Atchison’s presentation will focus on three major strategies for cancer
prevention, and how one should be proactive in combating the disease. Her
lecture will deliver strong take home message about cancer awareness, early
detection and prevention, and how this can make a difference in everyone’s life.
At the College, Dr. Atchison teaches undergraduate students about the importance
of understanding cancer, a ravaging disease that affects the global population.
She is also the coauthor of the text, “Cell Biology with Cancer Applications,”
published by McGraw-Hill in 2009.
- Lecture: Robert
Meyer, Ph.D., professor of biology, will present the lecture “Troubled Waters” at 5 p.m. in the East
Parlor, St. Joseph Hall. In his lecture, Dr. Meyer will discuss the problems,
which include flooding issues, associated with the current configuration of the
Wissahickon watershed adjacent to the Chestnut Hill College campus. His talk
will review physical plans and strategies that are aimed at solving the
persistent problems of bed erosion and flooding of this section of the
Thursday, October 22, 2009
- Keynote “Curing
HIV” by Dr. Roger Pomerantz, M.D., F.A.C.P., global head of infectious
diseases, Johnson & Johnson, Inc., at 2 p.m. in the East Parlor, St. Joseph
Discussion - “Professions in the
Sciences” at 4:30 p.m. in the East Parlor, St. Joseph Hall.
Professionals from six various career paths will briefly speak about each of
their areas of expertise, the dynamic of their career and how a science major
might enter that specific career. Panel members will discuss careers in the
armed services, medicine, genetic counseling, veterinary science, basic and
clinical research, auxiliary health profession sciences and careers involving
chemical and diagnostic analysis. Panel Members include personnel from the
University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University, The United States Army,
Abington Hospital, Temple University, and the United States Drug Enforcement
Friday, October 23, 2009
Discussion: “Getting Started With a
Science Degree” at 11 a.m. in the East Parlor, St. Joseph Hall. A panel
of recent Chestnut Hill College graduates and students discuss their employment
opportunities after graduating with a degree in the sciences as well as the
admissions process in order to earn an advanced degree in a science or health
profession. A light lunch will be provided.
All Science Career Week
events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact
Joseph Kulkosky, Ph.D., associate professor of biology at 215.248.7157 or firstname.lastname@example.org.