audiences. This effort has grown into emerging science communication programs on the University of Missouri’s campus.
Erika Shugart is director of communications and strategic marketing at the American Society for Microbiology. Between 2003 and 2013, she oversaw the development of new digital media exhibitions, online experiences, and programs as deputy director of the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences. Prior to joining the museum staff, she directed the National Academy of Sciences’ Office on Public Understanding of Science, managing several projects, including the article series Beyond Discovery. She began her career at the National Research Council as an intern with the Board on Biology. She also worked at the Office of Policy Analysis at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health. She received her Ph.D. in biology from the University of Virginia. She has been recognized as a leader in the field of informal science education. In 2010, she was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for distinguished contributions and leadership in public understanding and engagement in science. She was a Noyce Leadership Fellow from 2012 to 2013.
Alan Slobodin is chief investigative counsel for oversight and investigations at the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, and has continuously worked on oversight and investigations since joining the committee staff in 1995. As an oversight counsel, he has worked investigations involving public health, with a particular focus on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health.
Brooke Smith is the executive director of COMPASS, a nonprofit helping scientists find their voice and their science find its audience. Originally founded in 1999 to support ocean scientists, COMPASS now supports a broader scope of scientists working at the interface of the human and natural environment. Her career focuses on being a practitioner of science communications, a sustainability leader, and a nonprofit executive. Her experiences are in ocean and environmental science, state and federal environmental policy, environmental consulting, connecting science to policy and management, and nonprofit management. Brooke leads COMPASS in vision, strategy, fundraising, and administration. She received her M.S. from Oregon State University’s College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences and her bachelor’s degree from Duke University. She holds a courtesy faculty appointment at Oregon State University, serves on the National Board of Directors of the Surfrider Foundation and the Board of Directors of Portland’s locally based Forest Park Conservancy, and was recently a Donella Meadows Leadership Fellow.
Amanda Stanley is the Conservation Science Program Officer at the Wilburforce Foundation. She directs the Foundation’s efforts to increase the science capacity of regional programs and grantees while keeping an eye to important opportunities that cut across all Wilburforce funding regions. Amanda received her Ph.D. in biology from the University of Washington and her B.S. in wildlife biology from the University of Montana. Amanda is also chair of the Board of Directors of the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation in New Haven, Connecticut.