She has received a number of awards for her contributions to cancer research, cancer patients, professional and advocacy organizations and the ongoing national effort to prevent and cure cancer. Her research interests include small molecule experimental therapeutics, tumor immunology, and free-radical biochemistry in cancer etiology and treatment. Dr. Barker completed her M.A. and Ph.D. at the Ohio State University, where she trained in chemistry, immunology, and microbiology.


William B. Bonvillian, since January 2006, has been director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Washington, DC Office. At MIT, he works to support MIT’s strong and historic relations with federal R&D agencies and its role on national science policy. Prior to that position, he served for 17 years as a senior policy advisor in the U.S. Senate. His legislative efforts included science and technology policies and innovation issues. He worked extensively on legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security, on Intelligence Reform, on defense and life science R&D, and on national competitiveness and innovation legislation. He has lectured and given speeches before numerous organizations on science, technology and innovation questions, is on the adjunct faculty at Georgetown, and has taught in this area at Georgetown, MIT and George Washington. He serves on the Board on Science Education of the National Academies, and has served on the Academies’ Committees on “Learning Science: Computer Games, Simulations and Education,” on “Modernizing the Infrastructure of the NSF’s Federal Funds (R&D) Survey,” and on “Exploring the Intersection of Science Education and the Development off 21st Century Skills.” He was the recipient of the IEEE Distinguished Public Service Award in 2007.

His book, with Distinguished Prof. Charles Weiss of Georgetown, entitled Structuring an Energy Technology Revolution, was published by MIT Press in April 2009, and is summarized on the MIT Press Web site. His chapter, “The Connected Science Model for Innovation,” appeared in the National Research Council book, 21st Century Innovation Systems for the United States and Japan: Lessons from a Decade of Change (May 2009). His recent articles include “Stimulating a Revolution in Sustainable Energy Technology” (with C. Weiss) in Environment (July/August 2009); “The Innovation State” (July/August 2009), and “Power Play—The DARPA Model and U.S. Energy Policy” (November/December 2006) both in American Interest with the latter reprinted in the book Blindside (Brookings Press, Francis Fukuyama, ed.,

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