of the American Academy of Microbiology and also as President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Washington Academy of Sciences, the American Society for Microbiology, the Sigma Xi National Science Honorary Society, and the International Union of Microbiological Societies. Dr. Colwell is a 2006 National Medal of Science laureate and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. She has also been awarded 40 honorary degrees from institutions of higher education, including her Alma Mater, Purdue University. Dr. Colwell holds a B.S. in Bacteriology and an M.S. in Genetics from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Washington.
DAVID S. CHAPMAN is professor of Geology & Geophysics and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Utah. At Utah, Dr. Chapman has been a faculty member, department chair, Associate Dean of the Graduate School and now dean of the Graduate School and Associate Vice President for graduate studies. As graduate dean, Chapman implemented a tuition benefit for 2,000 graduate students, created a health insurance benefit for teaching and research assistants, and expanded training for international teaching assistants. In 2006, he was honored with the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence, the University of Utah’s most prestigious award. He has authored more than 120 publications, leads a research group studying thermal aspects of geological processes, and is immediate past chairman of the International Heat Flow Committee. In 2001, Chapman was elected to the Board of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), and in 2002, he was elected president of the Western Association of Graduate Schools. He has previously served on the U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics. Dr. Chapman received his B.S. in physics and mathematics in 1964 and his master’s in physics in 1966 from the University of British Columbia. He received his Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Michigan.
JUNG CHOI is Associate Chair for the School of Biology, Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics, and Faculty Coordinator of the Bioinformatics Masters Degree Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research focuses on plant molecular genetics and plant protein kinases. Dr. Choi has received numerous research grants as well as the honor of being a Lilly Endowment Teaching Fellow (1990-1991). He is a member of the AAAS and the Professional Science Masters Advisory Board for the CGS among other groups. Dr. Choi has his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California San Diego (1983).