Science and was honored at the Academy’s first annual Women in Science and Engineering program. She is a former member of the Board on Physics and Astronomy and has served on many other NRC bodies. She earned her Ph.D. from Georgetown University.
ROBIN SPITAL is a teacher of Honors and Advanced Placement Physics at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida. His career began at Illinois State University in Normal, where he was assistant professor of physics. He subsequently worked in the private sector as principal development engineer for the AAI Corporation in Hunt Valley, Maryland, and as principal scientist for Pfizer Medical Systems. Dr. Spital received his Ph.D. in theoretical high-energy physics from Cornell University.
CONRAD L. STANITSKI is professor of chemistry and chair of the Chemistry Department at the University of Central Arkansas. His principal focus is inorganic chemistry and general chemistry for science and nonscience majors. He is currently Chair of the ACS Division of Chemical Education, was a member of the ACS Committee on Education, has directed numerous ACS teacher-training workshops, is an NSF proposal reviewer, and has been an invited speaker and workshop leader in seven foreign countries. Dr. Stanitski has authored or coauthored several highly regarded textbooks in the field, including Chemistry in Context: Applying Chemistry to Society; The Chemical World: Concepts and Applications; Chemical Principles; Chemistry in the Community; and Chemistry for Health-Related Sciences: Concepts and Applications. He received his B.S. in science education from Bloomsburg State College, his M.A. in chemistry education from the University of Northern Iowa, and his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Connecticut.
WILLIAM B. WOOD is professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he formerly served as department Chair. He is a member of the NAS, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a recipient of the NAS Molecular Biology Award. His current research focuses on the mechanisms by which cell fates and patterns are determined during embryonic development of the nematode C. elegans, using techniques of genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology. Dr. Wood was lead author of the widely used textbook Biochemistry: A Problems Approach, which helped introduce problem-based learning to biochemistry; he subsequently spearheaded the development of a graduate core course in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology that served as a model for many departments around the country. He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Stanford University.