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Iona Month of Excellence in Scholarly & Creative Activities: April 2019

Iona College will celebrate Iona Month of Excellence in Scholarly & Creative Activities in April 2019 with a variety of activities designed to showcase Faculty-Student accomplishments in academic research, performing arts, and creative work. Featuring over thirty events including performances, lectures, presentations, alumni talks, and much more, the Iona Month of Excellence in Scholarly & Creative Activities is an exhibition of Faculty-Student achievements across a variety of disciplines. Please view the event calendar for important save-the-dates.

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Iona Scholar's Month: Featured Alumni Speakers

April 4: "Driving Health Innovation through Novel Public Private Partnerships"

Tyler Merkeley

Tyler Merkeley '05, '06MBA, MS, PMP, is the interim Director of the Division of Research, Innovation, and Ventures (DRIVe) responsible for Transforming Health Security at the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority’s (BARDA) within U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Tyler joined BARDA in 2009 as a Health Scientist to accelerate the advanced research and development, procurement, stockpile and sustainment of medical countermeasures (MCM) against biological, chemical, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) agents under Project BioShield. Tyler’s expertise is in building and then leading novel public private partnerships in national security. During his tenure at BARDA he has led the smallpox antiviral procurement, co-founded HHS’s Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (CARB) Accelerator [CARB-X] initiative, managed BARDA’s 1st agreement using Other Transaction Authority (OTA), served as the Acting Chief of Staff for BARDA and most recently supported the designed and launched BARDA’s newest Division DRIVe.

Tyler received his Masters of Science in Biohazard Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases from Georgetown University and his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance and International Business from Iona College in New York.

April 16: "The Afterlife of Research: Applying Your Skills in Service, Graduate School, and Professional Development"

Charlotte Ference

Charlotte Ference '15 is an Iona College Honors Program Alumna who conducted undergraduate research for her Honors Thesis, receiving distinction for her analysis of Chaucerian influence. Graduating with a Bachelors Degree in English and Philosophy, Charlotte taught English as a second language in rural South Africa with the Peace Corps from 2015-2017. While there, she facilitated multiple girls camps, HIV/AIDS awareness clubs, and was a leader in data monitoring and evaluation. After returning to New York, Charlotte began her Masters Degree at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Charlotte interned as a care coordinator as her clinical field requirement for her first year of graduate school, and is currently interning at CancerCare, providing emotional support counseling to individuals affected by cancer nationwide. Charlotte hopes to continue working in the field of oncology social work, and has begun graduate research on the prognostic value of depression in people affected by cancer.

April 23: "Let Me Google That for You: How Iona Prepared Me for a Job at One of the World's Most Valuable Companies"

Sean Campbell

Sean Campbell graduated valedictorian from the Iona College Honors Program in 2016 with a major in Computer Science and minors in Economics and Math. After college, Sean started in the Software Engineering Residency program at Google. He briefly worked on the Zagat restaurant review website before converting to a full-time position as a Site Reliability Engineer.

May 2: "What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do? Try a Bit of Everything”

Noon - 1 p.m., LaPenta McGrath Room A&B

Kristin Allain

Originally from Florida, Kristin Allain began as a student at Iona in 2004 and spent four years as a member of Iona's Honors Program and a member of the women's volleyball team. Kristin graduated from Iona College with a B.S. in Chemistry in 2008 and an MBA in 2009. While at Iona, Kristin was actively involved in research with Dr. Sunghee Lee, and coauthored on a peer-reviewed article in Langmuir, a publication of American Chemical Society. Kristin then moved to St. Petersburg, Florida to attend Stetson University College of Law. She graduated with her J.D. in 2012 and began work shortly thereafter as an attorney for Florida's Department of Children and Families, where she handled child abuse, abandonment, and neglect cases on behalf of the State of Florida. After almost 5 years as a practicing attorney, Kristin decided to make a career change and was hired as a Special Agent at the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2017. Following training, Kristin was assigned to the FBI's New York Office where she currently works securities fraud and other complex financial fraud cases.