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- 4/18/13  Attending the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (CSMC) CCI Phase 2 site review, Portland, OR

4/24-25/13  Serving on a National Science Foundation Committee of Vistors, Arlington, VA

- 5/31/13  Facilitating a Lens of the Market workshop at the University of Wisconsin's Materials Research and Science Engineering Center, Madison, WI

- 6/12-13/13  Facilitating the conclusion of the "InnovationLab" workshop at the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (CSMC) at Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

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Appearances & Publications

Chemical Angel Network Funds Chemistry Start-Ups

October 2012

Judy is quoted in the October 22, 2012, Chemical & Engineering News article "Chemical Angel Network Funds Chemistry Start-Ups" by Marc Reisch.

Mark discusses the recently founded Chemical Angel Network (CAN), which specializes in providing seed capital for chemistry-related start-up companies.  Judy is a CAN advisor and member.  In the article Judy points out that while chemistry is essential for many biotechnology, pharmaceutical and energy-related start-ups, "chemistry is not a buzzword today that people love.”  But the time is right for chemistry-related start-ups, and investing in these will help spur the US economy as well as develop the technology we need for a better future.

"Intrapreneurs – How to Build Successful Ventures within Large Companies" - 2012 ACS Chemical Entrepreneurship Series Webinar

October 2012

Judy moderated an ACS Chemical Entrepreneurship Series Webinar on October 4, 2012 titled "Intrapreneurs – How to Build Successful Ventures within Large Companies".  Dr. Shashi Jasty of Sigma Aldrich, and Dr. Alicyn Rhoades of Penn State University, were the webinar panelists.  Watch the recorded webinar for more on:

  • What are the essential keys for success as an intrapreneur in today's fast paced global companies
  • The importance of knowing both your company and yourself – interpersonal skills and styles count!
  • Gaining insights on how intrapreneurship is being defined or re-defined in today's companies


CSMC Innovation Series Webinar: Government Grants for Translating Research to Innovations


Securing government funding is often an instrumental part of translating laboratory and academic research into large scale innovations and independent business ventures.  A staggering amount of money is made available for precisely this purpose and programs addressing a wide variety of research initiatives are launched every year.  Of course, the process begins with identifying the appropriate grant opportunities and tailoring your proposal for maximum effectiveness by highlighting your potential for innovation. 

How should a scientist with an exciting idea begin his or her search for government funding opportunities?  What advice can experts offer on drafting an impactful proposal?  What is the expectation of the role of innovation in large government programs? 

Please join our panel in exploring these topics and more in the fourth of our ongoing series of Innovation Webinars presented by the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (CSMC).

The panelists took live audience questions, and discussed:

  • Learning how to target your search for government funding opportunities for translating research to innovations;
  • Tips for writing your proposal to highlight your project’s potential for innovation;
  • Understanding ARPA-E’s mandate for transformative energy innovations; and,
  • Finding out about SBIR and STTR – what are these programs and how can they help you!

The distinguished panelists for this webinar are:

Dr. Ilan Gur, Program Director and Senior Advisor for Commercialization, Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E)

Dr. Ilan Gur is a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). His technical focus areas include: electrical and thermal energy storage, advanced battery management, solar energy, and new materials for energy conversion and storage.  Dr. Gur also serves as a senior advisor helping lead ARPA-E's Technology-to-Market effort, which focuses on preparing breakthrough energy technologies for the transition from lab to market.
Dr. Gur has spent his career developing and commercializing clean energy technologies based on advances in materials science.  Prior to ARPA-E, Dr. Gur served as a co-founder and director of Seeo, Inc., a venture-backed lithium battery start-up. Previously, Dr. Gur developed a new class of low-cost photovoltaics based on printed semiconductors. The key IP resulting from this work served as the basis for Solexant, a comp. commercializing the technology for grid-parity solar power.

Dr. Ben Schrag, Program Director, National Science Foundation (NSF)

Dr. Ben Schrag is currently the cluster lead for Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, and Manufacturing in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program at the NSF.  He joined the NSF as an SBIR Program Director in 2009.  Prior to this, he worked for six years as Director of Research and Development at a start-up company, Micro Magnetics, where he led a development effort to commercialize a new family of high-performance magnetic microsensor products as well as a magnetic diagnostic system for failure analysis and fault isolation in semiconductor devices. 
Ben has served as a visiting scientist at Brown University and as the Principal Investigator on a number of federal grants and contracts, including NSF Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research projects and an Advanced Technology Program award from NIST.  He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Brown University in 2003.

Dr. Judith Giordan, Partner in ecosVC and Senior Advisor to the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), moderates the panel.
In a career that has spanned 30 years, Dr. Giordan, the recipient of the 2010 Francis Garvin-John Olin medal of the American Chemical Society, has served in executive and leadership positions in R&D and operations at some of the world's top brands, including International Flavors and Fragrances, Inc., the Pepsi-Cola Company, and the Henkel Corporation.

Click here for more information on the CSMC Innovation Webinar Series and to view videos of past webinars.

The Introverts (and Shy Guys and Gals) Guide to Success in Science and Leadership

Judy was highlighted in an ACS Live Webinar during the ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia earlier this August.  Her talk, "The Introverts (and Shy Guys and Gals) Guide to Success in Science and Leadership," inspired many to accept that they are introverts and that they too can be extremely successful in any career they choose!  If you're an introvert you can't miss this talk!


Financial Planning, Your Career and YOU: Building Financial Security in an Insecure World

Judy had the pleasure of moderating a great panel at the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA titled "Financial Planning, Your Career and YOU: Building Financial Security in an Insecure World."  Sandra Goodstein, CFP, MSFS, CSFA, Managing Principal of Goodstein & Associates, LLC and Karen McIntyre, CFP, Wealth Counselor for United Capital Private Wealth Counseling were the distinguished panelists.  This panel was part of the programming offered by the ACS Women Chemists Committee (WCC) and co-sponsored by the Association for Women in Science (AWIS).

The slides from the panel are available for download!