Biographical Sketches of the Members of the Science, Technology, and Law Panel
Cochair, Donald Kennedy (NAS, IOM), A.B. (Biology), Harvard University; Ph.D. (Biology), Harvard University, is President Emeritus and Bing Professor of Environmental Science, Stanford University. He also serves as editor-in-chief of Science. He served as Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and was a member of the National Academies planning committee that initiated the 1997 Academy Symposium on Science, Technology, and Law.
Cochair, Richard A. Merrill (IOM), A.B., Columbia University; B.A., Oxford University; M.A., Oxford University; LL.B., Columbia University School of Law, is Daniel Caplin Professor of Law, University of Virginia Law School. From 1975 to 1977 he served as Chief Counsel to the Food and Drug Administration. He was Dean of the Law School from 1980 to 1988. Since 1991 he has been special counsel to Covington & Burling and was a member of the National Academies planning committee that initiated the 1997 Academy Symposium on Science, Technology, and Law.
Shirley S. Abrahamson, B.A., New York University; J.D., Indiana University Law School; LL.B. (American Legal History), University of Wisconsin Law School, has since 1996 served as Chief Justice, Wisconsin Supreme Court. In that capacity, she serves as the administrative leader of the Wisconsin court system. She was previously in private practice for 14 years and taught at the University of Wisconsin Law School and Marquette University Law School.
Frederick R. Anderson, Jr., B.A. (History of Science), University of North Carolina; J.D., Harvard Law School, Oxford University, is a partner of the law firm of McKenna, Long, & Aldridge, LLP in Washington, D.C. He is former Dean of the Washington College of Law at American University. He was a member of the National Academies’ planning committee that initiated the 1997 Academy Symposium on Science, Technology, and Law.
Margaret A. Berger, A.B., Radcliffe College; J.D., Columbia University School of Law, is the Suzanne J. and Norman Miles Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School in Brooklyn, New York. She has written exclusively on science and law, and in particular on three key Supreme Court cases (Daubert, Joiner, Kumho) dealing with evidence. She is the co-author of Weinstein’s Evidence.
Arthur I. Bienenstock, B.S. (Physics), Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn; M.S. (Physics), Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn; Ph.D. (Applied Physics), Harvard University, is Vice Provost and Dean of Research and Graduate Policy, Stanford University. He is immediate past Director of Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials, Stanford University. Previously he was Associate Director for Science, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President (1997-2000); Director of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, Stanford University (1978-1997); Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Stanford University (1972-1977); member of the Stanford University faculty since 1967.
Paul D. Carrington, B.A., University of Texas; LL.B., Harvard University, is Professor of Law, Duke University Law School. He is the former Dean of Duke University Law School and has taught and published extensively on civil procedures. He was Reporter to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States. He also established the Private Adjudication Center, which developed a Registry of Independent Scientific and Technical Advisors to provide disinterested advice to lawyers and judges on scientific issues that are the subject of legal disputes.
Joe S. Cecil, Ph.D. (Psychology), Northwestern University; J.D., Northwestern University, is a Project Director in the Division of Research at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C. Currently he is directing the Center’s Program on Scientific and Technical Evidence. As part of this program he is responsible for judicial education and training in the area of scientific and technical evidence and serves as principal editor of the Center’s Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, the primary source book on evidence for federal judges.
Joel E. Cohen (NAS), Dr.P.H. (Population Sciences and Public Health), Harvard University; Ph.D. (Applied Mathematics), Harvard University, is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of Populations at the Rockefeller University. At Columbia University, he is Professor of Populations in the School of International and Public Affairs, the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology. He heads the Laboratory of Populations at both Rockefeller and Columbia. From 1991 to 1995 he served as a U.S. Federal Court-appointed neutral expert on projections of asbestos-related claims associated with the Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust. In addition, he has served as a Special Master in silicone gel breast implant products liability.
Kenneth W. Dam, B.S., University of Kansas; J.D., University of Chicago; LL.D. (honorary), New School for Social Research, is Max Pam Professor of American and Foreign Law, University of Chicago Law School, and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has devoted his career to public policy issues, both as a practitioner and as a professor. In the former capacity he served as Deputy Secretary, Department of the Treasury (2001-2003) and in the Department of State (1982-1985). In 1973 he was Executive Director of the Council on Economic Policy, a White House office responsible for coordinating domestic and international economic policy. Most of his academic work has centered on law and economics, particularly with respect to international issues.
Rebecca S. Eisenberg, J.D., is Robert and Barbara Luciano Professor of Law at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She regularly teaches courses in intellectual property, patent law, trademark law, and torts and has taught courses on legal regulation of science and on legal issues associated with the Human Genome Project.
David J. Galas, A.B. (Physics), University of California-Berkeley; M.S. (Physics), University of California, Davis-Livermore; Ph.D. (Physics), University of California, Davis-Livermore, is Chancellor, Chief Scientific Officer, and Norris Professor of Applied Life Sciences, Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, Claremont, California. He has a unique mix of experience in business, government, and the academic world and has most recently served as President and Chief Scientific Officer of Seattle-based Chiroscience R & D Inc., a company with an integrated approach to drug discovery. Chiroscience R & D Inc., was formed through the acquisition of Darwin Molecular Corporation, which Galas helped start.
David L. Goodstein, Ph.D. (Physics), University of Washington, is Vice
Provost and Professor of Physics and Applied Physics of the California Institute of Technology, where he has been on the faculty for more than 35 years. His book, States of Matter, helped launch a new discipline, condensed matter physics. He has turned his attention to societal issues that affect science as a profession. In articles, speeches, and colloquia he has addressed conduct and misconduct in science, the end of exponential growth of the scientific enterprise, and issues related to fossil fuel and the climate of Planet Earth.
Sheila S. Jasanoff, Ph.D., Harvard University; J.D., Harvard University, is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Her longstanding research interests center on the interactions of law, science, and politics in democratic societies. She has written extensively on the place of science and technology in U.S., European, and Indian politics, including Controlling Chemicals: The Politics of Regulation in Europe and the U.S.; Risk Management and Political Culture; The Fifth Branch: Science Advisers as Policymakers; and Science at the Bar: Law, Science, and Technology in America.
Daniel J. Kevles, B.A. (Physics), Princeton University; (European History) Oxford University; Ph.D. (History), Princeton University, is Stanley Woodward Professor of History, Yale University, and J.O. and Juliette Koepfli Professor of the Humanities Emeritus at the California Institute of Technology. His research interests and extensive writing include the interplay of science and society past and present; history of science in America; history of modern physics; history of modern biology; scientific fraud and misconduct; and the history of intellectual property in living organisms.
David Korn (IOM), B.A., summa cum laude, M.D., cum laude, Harvard University, is Senior Vice President for Biomedical and Health Sciences Research at the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, D.C. Previously, he served as Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Professor and Dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine. In recent years he has written and spoken about issues of health and science policy, topics in which he has been heavily engaged on the national scene.
Robert A. Lonergan, A.B. (English Literature), Fordham College; J.D., Fordham University School of Law (1975); Finance for Senior Executives, Harvard Business School (1997), is Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Rohm and Haas. He is responsible for all of the company’s legal affairs, directing the efforts of 45 Rohm and Haas in-house attorneys, and scores of outside law firms. He is responsible for
ensuring that the company continues to meet compliance, regulatory, safety, environmental, and employment law obligations in the more than 100 countries in which Rohm and Haas conducts business.
Patrick A. Malone, J.D., Yale Law School, is a partner in the law firm of Stein, Mitchell & Mezines in Washington, D.C. Malone, a former medical journalist, represents plaintiffs in medical malpractice and product liability lawsuits. He is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers, Trial Lawyers of America, and Trial Lawyers for Public Justice.
Richard A. Meserve (NAE), J.D., Harvard Law School; Ph.D. (Applied Physics), Stanford University, is President, Carnegie Institution of Washington. Before assuming the Carnegie presidency in April 2003, he was Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, having served since October 1999. He was a member of the National Academies planning committee that initiated the 1997 Academy Symposium on Science, Technology, and Law, and he wrote the amicus briefs on behalf of the National Academy of Engineering in the Kumho case and on behalf of the National Academy of Sciences in the Daubert case. These landmark cases established the basis for admitting expert testimony into court.
Alan B. Morrison, LL.B., Harvard Law School, is with Public Citizen Litigation Group in Washington, D.C., a nonprofit citizen research, lobbying, and litigation organization. Prior to his work at Public Citizen, he was an associate in a law firm and an Assistant U.S. Attorney in New York City.
Thomas D. Pollard (NAS, IOM), M.D., Harvard Medical School, is the Eugene Higgins Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Yale University. He was the first to elucidate the diversity of myosin motor proteins and is an expert in the biochemistry and cell biology of proteins that control the dynamics of the actin cytoskeleton.
Channing R. Robertson, B.S. (Chemical Engineering), University of California, Berkeley; M.S. (Chemical Engineering), Stanford University; Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering—emphasis on fluid mechanics and transport phenomena), Stanford University, is the Ruth G. and William K. Bowes Professor and also Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs, School of Engineering and Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University. He is Director of the Stanford University-National Institutes of Health Graduate Training Program in Biotechnology. Because of his interest in biotechnology, he has consulted widely in the design of biomedical diagnostic devices.
Jonathan M. Samet (IOM), A.B. (Chemistry and Physics), Harvard College; M.S. (Epidemiology), Harvard School of Public Health; M.D. (Medicine), University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, is Professor and Chairman, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health since 1994 and is Co-director, Risk Sciences and Public Policy Institute. An epidemiologist and pulmonary physician, he has focused on the effects of inhaled pollutants, respiratory diseases, cancer, and risk assessment. He has worked extensively on risks posed by indoor and outdoor air pollution.
Fern M. Smith, B.A. (with distinction), Stanford University; J.D., Stanford Law School, is U.S. District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Judge Smith is the author of two chapters in the third edition of Moore’s Federal Practice and has written and spoken extensively on evidentiary matters, trial practice, and other topics.
James Gustave Speth, B.A., Yale University; M. Litt., Oxford University; J.D., Yale University, is Dean and Professor in the Practice of Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development. He served most recently as Administrator of the United Nations Development Program and Chair of the United Nations Development Group. Throughout his career, he has provided leadership and entrepreneurial initiatives to many task forces and committees whose roles have been to combat environmental degradation, including the President’s Task Force on Global Resources and Environment; the Western Hemisphere Dialogue on Environment and Development; and the National Commission on the Environment.
David S. Tatel, B.A., University of Michigan; J.D., University of Chicago Law School, is Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He was nominated by President Clinton and commissioned in 1994. Prior to his appointment he was a partner in the Washington Law firm of Hogan & Hartson, where he managed the firm’s Education Group. As head of this group he provided legal counsel to school districts, colleges, universities, and education associations throughout the country.
Sheila E. Widnall (NAE), B.S. (Aeronautics and Astronautics); M.S. (Aeronautics and Astronautics); and D.Sc., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is Institute Professor, MIT. She previously served as Secretary of the Air Force from 1993 to l997 and had served on the U.S. Air Force Academy Board of Visitors. A professor of aeronautics and astronautics, she is internationally known for her work in fluid dynamics.
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