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Featured Speakers

Highlighting the MLA'17 theme: Dream, Dare, Do are our featured speakers:


Sunday, May 28th, 10:30 - 11:55 am

John P McGovern Award Lecturer:

Julie Angus

Julie Angus rowed from Lisbon to Costa Rica with the man that she later married, Colin. They faced the 100 miles-per-hour winds and 40-foot-high waves of Hurricane Vince. They spelled each other rowing—hour after hour after hour after hour, day after day after day, finally completing the 10,000 kilometer journey in 5 months. Angus was the first woman to row across the Atlantic from mainland to mainland and was named Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic in 2006 (an honor she shared with Colin). But she didn’t set out to be an adventurer, Julie holds an undergraduate degree from McMaster University, with honors in biology and psychology. She completed her master of science degree at the University of Victoria, specializing in molecular biology and spent nearly a decade working as a scientist.


Monday, May 29th, 9 -10 am

Janet Doe Lecturer:

Julia F Sollenberger, AHIP, FMLA

Julia F. Sollenberger, AHIP, FMLA, is associate vice president and director, Medical Center Libraries and Technologies, and associate professor, Public Health Sciences, at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY.  Sollenberger has a notable record of publications, having authored numerous articles, book chapters, presentations, and posters. She has held leadership positions in a variety of professional associations, at local, regional, and national levels, including president of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries and member of the MLA Board of Directors. Sollenberger has received several awards, including the MLA Estelle Brodman Award for the Academic Medical Librarian of the Year and the National Institutes of Health Award of Merit. In 2005, she became an MLA Fellow.


Wednesday, May 31, 9 - 10 am

Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecturer:

Patricia Flatley Brennan

Patricia Flatley Brennan, director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), is the first nurse and first female to serve as permanent head of the library in its 180-year history. Brennan came to NLM from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she was the Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor, School of Nursing and College of Engineering, and led the Living Environments Laboratory ( at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery ( Her pioneering research in the use of information technology to support patients and care givers has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among others.


Wednesday, May 31, 10:30 - Noon

Closing Keynote Speaker:

Hope Jahren

As a child and a young woman, Hope played and then worked in her father’s lab and dreamed of herself as a scientist. As a student and a young woman, she dared to explore her chosen research areas and to trust her laboratory partner. As she learned to do her science, she overcame the obstacles that all young scientists face (particularly young women) and developed her reputation as an excellent scientist. She has taken that work a step further and created a bestselling book, Lab Girl, which describes her journey from that childhood to her current areas of interest and expertise.


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