GSAA Panel I bios

10:30-11:45 AM: Transdisciplinary Panel I

Elizabeth Sullivan ’74 BA, ’76 MA (Soviet and Eastern European Studies) is editorial page editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio's largest newspaper. When she applied for her first journalism job in the spring of 1976, there were 300 other applicants, all hoping to break into reporting in the wake of Watergate. And the advertised job was for a file clerk in a monthly foreign affairs publication. Sullivan got the job, thanks largely to her Yale degrees, was promoted to reporter within a few months and has worked in journalism ever since, including being able to use the Slavic languages she learned at Yale in covering the breakups of the former USSR and ex-Yugoslavia.

Jane Jervis ’78 PhD (History of Science and Medicine) was president of The Evergreen State  College, a progressive public liberal arts college in Olympia, Washington, from 1992 – 2000.  She spent her entire career in academic administration, first serving as dean of Davenport College at Yale, and then taking deanships at Hamilton College and Bowdoin College before being named to the presidency of Evergreen.  She is now a consultant based in New Haven.

Larry Kauvar ’78 PhD (Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry), a serial entrepreneur and inventor, is cofounder and senior vice president/chief scientific officer of Trellis Bioscience in South San Francisco, California. He is also a cofounder of Promedior (private), a clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering the development of targeted therapeutics to treat diseases involving fibrosis, and of Telik (public), a small molecule drug company focused on oncology. He holds 40 U.S. patents for methods, tools and drug compounds and is one of the inventors of CellSpot™, Trellis' core technology.

James Schulman ’87 BA, ‘93 PhD (Renaissance Studies) currently serves as president of ARTstor - a nonprofit that provides 1.5 million images, software, and services to more than 1,450 colleges, universities, museums, and schools around the world.  Prior to the launch of ARTstor in 2001, he worked at the Mellon Foundation, writing about educational policy issues and the missions of not-for-profit institutions, and working in a range of research, administrative, and investment capacities. His dissertation, which examined how heroes made decisions in the complex world of renaissance epic poetry, received the John Addison Porter Prize and forms the basis of The Pale Cast of Thought: Hesitation and Decision in the Renaissance Epic (University of Delaware Press, 1998).

Colleen Shogan ’02 PhD (Political Science) is deputy director of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) in the Library of Congress.  Since coming to CRS in 2008, Colleen has also served as the manager of the Congress and Judiciary research section and as the chief of the Government and Finance Division.  Prior to CRS, she was an assistant professor of government at George Mason University, an American Political Science Association Congressional fellow, and a policy staffer in the Senate.  Her Yale dissertation was published as a book, The Moral Rhetoric of American Presidents, by Texas A & M University Press in 2006.  In her “spare” time, she is working on a mystery novel set in Washington, D.C.