Medal (1994). He has published more than 130 scientific papers and numerous review articles and has appeared on television and been heard on radio, commenting on glaciological impacts of the climate on the world’s ice sheets and glaciers. He currently is the immediate past president of the International Glaciological Society, chairs the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Initiative, sits on both the U.S. and international planning groups for the International Polar Year, and is an editor for the Journal of Glaciology.


Rita Colwell

University of Maryland


Rita R. Colwell (NAS) received her Ph.D. in oceanography at the University of Washington. Dr. Colwell is senior advisor and chairman emeritus to Canon U.S. Life Sciences, Inc., president and chairman of CosmosID, Inc., and distinguished university professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, and at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Colwell was the first woman to be named director of the National Science Foundation NSF), where she served with distinction from 1998 to 2004. In her capacity as the NSF director, she served as co-chair of the Committee on Science of the National Science and Technology Council. Dr. Colwell has held many advisory positions in the U.S. government, nonprofit science policy organizations, and private foundations, as well as in the international scientific research community, and she is a member of the Royal Academy of Science, Stockholm, American Philosophical Society, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Colwell has authored or co-authored over 750 refereed publications and 16 books and has been elected to honorary membership of microbiological societies of several countries. She is a recipient of the National Medal of Science and the Stockholm Water Prize. Dr. Colwell received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, from the Emperor of Japan.


Jeff Dozier

University of California, Santa Barbara


Jeff Dozier is a professor in the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he has taught since 1974 after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He founded the Bren School and served as its first dean for 6 years. His research interests are in the fields of snow hydrology, Earth system science, remote sensing, and information systems. He has led interdisciplinary studies in two areas: one addresses hydrologic science, environmental engineering, and social science in the water environment; the other addresses the integration of environmental science and remote sensing with computer science and technology. From 1990 to 1992, he was the senior project scientist for NASA’s Earth Observing System when the configuration for the system was established. Professor Dozier has chaired or served on numerous NRC committees concerned with data for science, and he is currently a member of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources. He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honorary professor of the Academia Sinica, a recipient of both the NASA/Department of Interior William T. Pecora Award and the NASA Public Service



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