Speaker Profile: Dr. Barry Aprison

Barry Aprison, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Director of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Initiatives in the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University.  Dr. Aprison is currently working with K-12 teachers, principals, superintendents, curriculum specialists, engineers, scientists, evaluators, and designers on STEM education projects for Maryland schools.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Aprison was Director of Science and Technology at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Chicago for nineteen years (1988-2007). He led project teams to design and produce highly successful, multi-million dollar, interactive exhibitions.  He also directed outreach education programs for millions of visitors, parents, teachers, and students.  The National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and other organizations supported these projects. In 2007, before leaving MSI, he was leading a $24-million project, ScienceStorms, to produce 20,000-sq. ft. of new hands-on exhibits about physics, chemistry, materials science, and nanotechnology.  Two of Dr. Aprison’s permanent exhibitions– Imaging: The Tools of Science and AIDS: The War Within–won national award-recognitions from the Curators’ Committee of the American Association of Museums, and he is listed in Richard Saul Wurman’s “1000” book, a compendium of the most creative people in the United States.

Dr. Aprison joined the Museum of Science and Industry in 1988 after serving as an NIH post-doctoral fellow in Indiana University’s Department of Biology.  There he researched the molecular genetics of sex-specific regulation of gene expression in Drosophila melanogaster.  He also taught undergraduate genetics and developmental biology.

At Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, Dr. Aprison studied the regulation of yolk protein gene expression and DNA synthesis in Xenopus laevis. He taught undergraduate biology and received his Ph.D. in biology in 1984.



Speaker Profile: Security Expert Ray Semko, “THE D*I*C*E MAN”

Ray Semko


Ray Semko is an expert security briefer and motivator who is widely known for the popular D*I*C*E Program he created in 1989. D*I*C*E stands for “Defensive Information to Counter Espionage.” He uses Dice as a memory aid–every time you see dice, he wants you to think about the important message he conveyed in his briefing about security and OPSEC.


After serving 21 years in the US Army, Semko started doing security awareness briefings while a counterintelligence agent in the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) as a way to inform employees of the threats to our nation’s security as the result of espionage. His D*I*C*E briefings became very popular and soon were in demand at other agencies.  Semko has presented his unique, entertaining, unclassified D*I*C*E briefings around the world to thousands of US government, military, public safety and industry personnel since 1989.


Along the way, he has also worked as a counterintelligence officer at the Department of Energy, the National Security Agency and most recently, the Defense Security Service where he retired from over 35 years of US Government service.


Semko joined the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre) in August 2006 to continue to provide his signature D*I*C*E briefings, but now to an expanded audience of federal, state and local government, police, public safety, military, corporations and other organizations who wish to increase their employee’s security awareness of threats from espionage (including cyber and industrial espionage) and terrorism as well as enhance employee awareness of OPSEC (operations security) and information security.

Speaker Profile: Mr. Robert Hardy


Robert B. Hardy is Director, Contracts and Intellectual Property and provides staff support to the CIP Committee. Prior to coming to COGR in April 2001, Bob was with the National Science Foundation (NSF) for over 30 years, serving in a variety of capacities.

Most recently he was Director of the Division of Contracts, Policy and Oversight at NSF. He holds a B.A. degree from Gettysburg College and J.D. from Catholic University. He served as the NSF representative on the National Science and Technology Council Task Force working group charged with developing the response to and overseeing the implementation of the Presidential Review Directive on the Government-University Research Partnership. He also served as Co-Chair of the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) Membership Committee for Phase III of the FDP and Co-Chair of the FDP Task Force on Cost Sharing and Effort Reporting. He was a founding member of the National Assistance Management Association (now NGMA) and has a number of publications on issues related to research and grants administration.


Speaker Profile: Gene David


Gene David, a Johns Hopkins APL Systems Engineer and Principal Professional Staff member, has served in the APL Director’s Office since 1996. He holds a B.S. degree in General Engineering from the University of Illinois and M.S. degrees in Numerical Science and Management Science from The Johns Hopkins University. He holds several positions relating to Laboratory-level operations.

As the Principal Compliance Officer, Mr. David is responsible for maintaining the Laboratory’s Standard of Ethics and Conduct, including heading investigations, coordinating the efforts of four other Compliance Officers, and providing policy management for APL’s Timekeeping System. He chairs APL’s Pension Committee, of which he has been a member since 1999. As an expert on Laboratory policies, he provides Director’s Office review and approval of all changes to the Practices and Procedures documents. He has been a member of APL’s Benefits Committee for more than 16 years, and currently serves as Chairman..

Mr. David served in a number of other leadership roles, including the Business Continuity Planning Team; Incident Management Team; Emergency Response Coordinator/Lead for APL Emergency Response Team from 2000-2005, and membership on the University Committee on Crisis Management. He also served on the APL Federal Credit Union Board of Directors, including terms as Chair and Vice Chair.

From 1987 to 1996, Mr. David was a senior engineer and of the Fleet Systems (now Air & Missile Defense) Department’s Anti-Air Warfare Systems Engineering Group, including Group Supervisor of approximately 45 technical professional staff specializing in the application of systems engineering.

Speaker Profile: Dr. Susan Sedwick


Dr. Susan Wyatt Sedwick is associate vice president for research and director of the Office of Sponsored Projects at The University of Texas at Austin, where she is responsible for both pre- and post-award financial administration units with oversight of about $500 million in annual sponsored projects awards and serves as the institution’s empowered official for export controls. She is also a clinical professor in the Department of Educational Administration for the Higher Education Administration Program. She received her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M University and is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA). She is a frequent speaker on the topic of export controls as they apply to universities. She authored the chapter on export controls included in the NCURA/AIS publication, Sponsored Research Administration: A Guide to Effective Strategies and Recommended Practices.

Dr. Sedwick is active in the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR), having served on the nominating committee and is chair of the export controls working group and an at-large member of the Research Compliance and Administration (RCA) Committee. She is an at-large representative to the Board of Directors of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) and served as the chair of the Professional Development Committee in 2006 and has presented and served as a workshop faculty member and presenter at both regional and national meetings. She was a member of the faculty for the NCURA Export Controls, Embargoes and Sanctions Seminar and took an active role in developing that curriculum. She has served as Region V representative to the national NCURA membership and professional development committees and as the Workshop Chair and faculty for the Region V meeting. She is the university’s administrative representative to the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) serving on the Strategic Planning Committee and the Contract Task Force and is co-chair of the Membership Committee. Dr. Sedwick is the president of the Texas chapter of the Society of Research Administrators International (SRA). She is a graduate of Leadership Texas and a trustee for the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation.

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Program Planning Committee Members

Ann Holmes


Ms. Ann Holmes is the Director of Finance and Administration and the Chief Financial Officer at CASL. Ms. Holmes manages a multi-million dollar budget and oversees the day-to-day operations of the center and the administration of subcontracts with both universities and corporations. Ms. Holmes was the former Assistant Comptroller, Contract and Grant Accounting at the University of Maryland (UM) and was responsible for the post-award administration of over $300 million in research awards. She worked with the pre-award office at UM to create a nationally recognized research administration training series for departmental business managers. During her tenure as Assistant Comptroller, Ms. Holmes designed a software program that automated the billing, letter of credit, and receivable functions for sponsored awards. The system was recognized by the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers (SACUBO) as a finalist in their best business practice competition. She has been an active member of the National Council of University Administrators (NCURA) since 1996. She is a frequent speaker on federal compliance issues and university best practices at both NCURA national and regional meetings. She has served as Treasurer of Region II, been a member of program committees for the annual and regional meetings and the Financial Research Administration Conference. Ms. Holmes was honored with the NCURA Region II Distinguished Service Award in 2006. She has also provided training for the National Conference on College Cost Accounting, the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers and is an invited lecturer at numerous universities. Ms. Holmes received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Baltimore and her Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Dale Vander Wall


Mr. Dale Vander Wall is the Director of Operations at CASL. He is responsible for the daily internal and external operations of CASL, including the oversight of CASL’s facilities, human resources, information management, and communications offices. Mr. Vander Wall received his B.A. from Calvin College and his Master’s degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. He worked at the University of New Mexico before coming to the University of Maryland in 1991. Since coming to the campus he has worked in the Department of Resident Life, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Dean’s Office of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.