Wenk lecture on tech and public policy slated for May 2

The annual Carolyn and Edward Wenk Jr. Lecture in Technology and Public Policy will be held Thursday, May 2, 3:30 in the Mason Hall Auditorium on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus.

Christopher Welch

Christopher Welch

This year’s theme is “How Technological Innovation Enables the Development of Sustainable Solutions to 21st Century Healthcare Problems.” The guest speaker is Christopher J. Welch Merck Research Laboratories, Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ. Welch is Science Lead for Analytical Chemistry within the Process and Analytical Chemistry area at Merck Research Laboratories in Rahway, NJ. He also co-chairs the New Technologies Review and Licensing Committee, the organization that oversees identification, acquisition and evaluation of new technologies of potential value to Merck Research Laboratories.

Welch will address the daunting challenge facing scientists and engineers today of providing sustainable healthcare solutions to the world’s population in the 21st century. Several examples of the application of new technologies to the development of today’s medicines will be highlighted, with an explanation of how multiple layers of complex technologies are often involved in the discovery, development and manufacturing of a seemingly simple pill or tablet. In keeping with the spirit of the Wenk lecture, the important role of conscientious scientific citizenship in engaging the scientific community, steering the direction of scientific innovation, and contributing to the creation, maintenance and repair of a global scientific infrastructure will also be discussed.

This year’s Wenk lecture is co-sponsored by Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology and the Whiting School of Engineering Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.


FLC event focuses on Maryland technology

Screen Shot 2013-02-04 at 10.59.42 AMMaryland Technology Past, Present and Future is the topic of a day-long symposium, February 28 at the National Electronics Museum hosted by the Federal Laboratory Consortium Mid-Atlantic Region.

The FLC is a national organization chartered by Congress to foster technology transfer from federal research laboratories and field centers, to other federal agencies; state and local government; academia and the private sector. One of the regional consortium’s efforts has been to conduct a series of one-day forums that highlight specific areas of technology and encourage collaboration and partnership development with federal labs.

Registration is $25 and includes refreshments and lunch. Registration deadline is February 15 and can be made online at this link.

The National Electronics Museum is located at 1745 West Nursery Road in Linthicum, Md. The symposium begins with registration at 8:15 a.m. and adjourns at 3:45 p.m.

In addition to the presentations, the day will offer the opportunity to meet scientists from the regions National Labs such as NASA, NIST, NIH and Goddard as well as representatives of local industry. In addition to the FLC Mid-Atlantic Region, participating organizations for this symposium include Johns Hopkins University and TEDCO.

For further information or if you have difficulty accessing the registration site, please contact John Emond at 301-384-2809 or johnlamaremond@aol.com. You may also contact INBT’s director of corporate partnerships, Tom Fekete at 410-516-8891 or tmfeke@jhu.edu.

A flyer and agenda for the event are below:

Maryland Technology Day Agenda

Maryland Technology Day Flyer