modeling of atmospheric chemistry, and modeling the global air-sea exchange of energy, momentum, trace gases, and particles.
Teresa L. Head-Gordon is an associate professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California at Berkeley. Her research program encompasses the development of general computational and experimental methodologies applied to chemistry and biology in areas such as protein aggregation disease, biomaterials assembly, and glassy dynamics of nanomaterials. She is the recipient of an IBM SUR award (2001) and was Schlumberger Visiting Professor at Cambridge University in 2005-2006. Dr. Head-Gordon serves as editorial advisory board member for the Journal of Computational Chemistry and editorial board member for the SIAM book series on computational science and engineering (2004-present).
Lars E. Hernquist is professor and chair of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. His research interests include theoretical studies of dynamical processes in cosmology and galaxy formation and galaxy evolution, numerical simulations of stellar dynamical and hydrodynamical systems, and investigations of the physics of compact objects, particularly neutron stars and the interplay between thermal and magnetic processes in strongly magnetized neutron stars. Prof. Hernquist is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
George E. Keller II is retired senior corporate research fellow at the Union Carbide Corporation and now vice chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research and Innovation Center (MATRIC), an independent, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation headquartered in West Virginia. He is noted for invention and insightful analysis of novel separation processes. His expertise is in chemical and petroleum separation technologies, including distillation, membranes, adsorption, and extraction, and he is coauthor of the book Separation Process Technology. Dr. Keller is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Nipam H. Patel is Howard Hughes Investigator and professor of genetics and development and of integrative biology in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology of the University of California at Berkeley. His research program centers on the study of the evolution of development mechanisms with a focus on the genes that regulate segmentation and regionalization of the body plan. He is particularly interested in understanding how certain steps in patterns formation that require protein diffusion in Drosophila are accomplished in those insects and crustaceans in which cellularization of the growing embryos would seem to preclude formation of gradients by diffusion. His group also investigates the role of homeotic genes in generating body plan diversification in crustaceans. He is also investigating the function of the Drosophila segmentation genes during neuronal development and how they may have contributed to the evolution of neural complexity.
Mary E. Rezac is professor and head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Kansas State University. Her fields of research include mass transport, polymer science, membrane separation processes, hybrid system (reactor-separator) designs, and applications to biological systems, environmental control, and novel materials.
Ronald B. Smith is professor of geology and geophysics and of mechanical engineering at Yale University and director of the Yale Center for Earth Observation. He leads Yale’s program in mesoscale meteorology and regional climate, which includes atmospheric dynamics, observations of the atmosphere