Rodney J. Brown is dean of agriculture and a professor in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences at Utah State University. He spent two years at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel before beginning his academic career in 1979 as an assistant professor at Utah State University, where he has served as head of the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences; director of the Western Dairy Center; and acting vice president for research. Dr. Brown has been active in the Institute of Food Technologists, American Dairy Science Association, Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, International Dairy Commission, Sigma Xi, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, and Phi Kappa Phi. He is chair of the Board on Agriculture of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. He has received the American Dairy Science Association Pfizer, Inc. Award for Cheese and Cultured Products Research, the Utah State University Leone Leadership Award, the Honored Alumnus Award from the College of Biology and Agriculture at Brigham Young University, and was the G. Malcolm Trout Visiting Scholar in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University. Dr. Brown received his Ph.D. in food science from North Carolina State University, with emphases on chemistry and biochemistry.
James P. Collins is the associate director for biological sciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF), where he oversees the NSF’s nearly $580 million annual investment in fundamental biological research and serves on the foundation’s senior management team. As an investigator, Dr. Collins has focused on how subgroups within a species physically change in response to ecological and evolutionary pressures, and the role of pathogens in the global decline of amphibians. He chairs the task force on declining amphibian populations of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. In addition, he has concentrated on the intellectual history of ecology and has taken an active role in Arizona State University’s successful curriculum-enhancement and mentoring programs for undergraduates. Dr. Collins has substantial prior experience with the NSF in his roles as program director, research awardee, and chairman of the external Directorate for the Biological Sciences Advisory Committee (BIO AC). He also represented BIO AC on NSF’s Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education. Dr. Collins received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.