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Institute for the Study of Disability and Bioethics

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Directors

Mark P. Mostert, Ph.D.

Mark MostertMark Mostert, from Johannesburg, South Africa, completed his undergraduate degree (with distinction) from the Johannesburg College of Education, majoring in special education and biblical studies. After post baccalaureate work in cerebral palsied education at the University of South Africa, he was awarded a Master's degree from the University of South Alabama, where he was designated the Outstanding Graduate in special education. His Ph.D. in special education was awarded by the University of Virginia in 1992 for the dissertation Metaphor in Special Educators' Language of Practice, subsequently published by the University of Illinois.

In 1996, after a national search, Mostert was the inaugural winner of the Millman Promising Scholar Award from Cornell University. In 1997, Mostert was appointed Dille Distinguished Faculty Lecturer at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, and in 1998 he was a visiting professor of special education at the University of Cologne, Germany. Mostert previously served as coordinator of programs in Learning Disabilities at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, where he was full professor; and as Associate Professor of Special Education at Old Dominion University.

Dr. Mostert has taught at both the elementary and secondary level, in both public and private schools, and on two continents. Dr. Mostert's current research interests include research syntheses related to effective educational interventions, issues related to face validity in meta-analysis, and the utility of the history of special education to inform current educational and social practices.

Dr. Mostert is the author or co-author of five books on a variety of special education topics. Mostert has published numerous refereed journal articles, reprints, and refereed conference presentations. He is also the author of a major entry in The Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics.

Dr. Mostert has served as reviewer and consulting editor for a number of refereed journals in special education, general education, and teacher education.

Dr. Mostert is content director for Useless Eaters, a website based on his research chronicling the use of euthanasia by the Nazis to kill people with disabilities in the years prior to and during World War II. Useless Eaters has garnered several national web design awards, including the American Association of Webmasters Gold Award, the Mackey Advanced Web Design Gold Award, an AG&H Education Site Award, an ArtsyAward Gold Award, a Horizon Interactive, Silver Award, and a Webby Worthy Award. Useless Eaters was also designated a “Hot Site” by USA Today.

Mostert directs and chairs the awards committee for the Regent Medal for Excellence in Special Education Research, a prestigious academic honor bestowed biennially by the university on a leading special education scholar. View Dr. Mostert's faculty page

Kelly Hollowell, J.D., Ph.D.

Dr. HollowellDr. Kelly Hollowell is with the law firm of Williams Mullen Law in their Technology, Intellectual Property & Entertainment Section. Her practice, based on 20 years of education, training, and experience, focuses on biotechnology, patent prosecution, licensing and litigation support. Dr. Hollowell earned her Ph.D. in molecular and cellular pharmacology from the University of Miami School of Medicine but also has broad spectrum experience in the areas of chemistry, polymer technology, marine science and forensics.

In 1987, Dr. Hollowell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and mathematics from the University of South Florida, New College in Sarasota. She earned her Doctorate degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine in molecular and cellular pharmacology in 1996 and a Juris Doctor degree from Regent University School of Law in 1999.

Before joining the firm, Dr. Hollowell managed her own biotechnology consulting company through which she regularly provided scientific, legislative and public policy advice to clients, including individual inventors, industry entrepreneurs, state and local government officials and academic groups. Dr. Hollowell has served as an adjunct professor in biotechnology and bioethics for two Virginia law schools and currently sits by appointment for a third year on the Joint Subcommittee Studying Stem Cell Research and Medical Ethics for the Virginia General Assembly.

Dr. Hollowell has written and reviewed both state and federal legislation and is the author of more than 100 published articles and editorials on subject matter related to biotechnology and medicine. Her work has been published in professional periodicals such as the Journal of Neurobiology and Regent University Law Review. In addition, Dr. Hollowell maintained a weekly international news column for nearly two years. As a nationally recognized authority and speaker on issues of biotechnology, Dr. Hollowell has also provided numerous lectures, presentations, and interviews to both technical and non-technical audiences of all sizes.

Dr. Hollowell is licensed to practice in the state of Virginia and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Virginia Bar Association, the Virginia Beach Bar Association, and the Virginia Cord Blood Banking Initiative Consortium.