Maria Balinska is the editor of The Conversation US and founder of Latitude News. Balinska is an award-winning American journalist with more than 10 years of experience in senior management at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London. As the editor of World Current Affairs Radio, she led the team producing specialist international content designed to complement the daily news agenda and attract new audiences to international affairs. During her tenure as editor, Balinska launched and executive produced nine new programs for the BBC, including Crossing Continents, “one of the BBC’s most reliable current affairs programs” (The Guardian) and, most recently, BBC Radio’s weekly magazine show about the United States, Americana.
A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, and a 2010 Nieman Fellow at Harvard, Balinska is also the author of The Bagel: The Surprising History of a Modest Bread, a book described by Slate as “lively and well researched” and by The New York Times as “scrumptious.”
Pam Belluck is an American journalist and an author, a health and science writer for The New York Times, and the author of the acclaimed nonfiction book Island Practice. In 2015, she was a member of The New York Times reporting team that received a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Ebola epidemic. Her honors include a Fulbright Scholarship and a Knight Journalism Fellowship. Her work has been chosen for The Best American Science Writing.
Belluck was selected to be the Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton in 2014 and has taught and spoken about science journalism in various venues, including the Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop, the Simons Foundation, the American Association for the Advancement of Science convention, and on The New York Times Journeys voyage to the Galapagos Islands. She has appeared on numerous radio and television news shows, is a member of the TEDMED editorial advisory board, and served on a journalism advisory committee for the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Island Practice, a true tale about a colorful, contrarian doctor on Nantucket, has been optioned for a television series.
Greg Boustead joined the Simons Foundation in 2012 as community manager for Spectrum. In 2015, he moved to the foundation’s Education & Outreach division, where he helped launch Science Sandbox, a new initiative dedicated to inspiring a deeper interest in science, especially among those who do not think of themselves as science enthusiasts. Before joining the foundation, he was editorial producer for the World Science Festival, researching and producing its public science programs. Previously, Boustead was senior editor of the science and culture magazine Seed, and he has contributed as a freelancer to Vice, Motherboard, and Scientific American. He has a B.S. in psychology and a B.A. in English from the University of Florida.
Dominique Brossard is a professor in and the chair of the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Dr. Brossard is also an affiliate of the university’s Robert F. & Jean E. Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies and Institute for Regional and International Studies, as well as the Morgridge Institute for Research. Dr. Brossard is known for her research in the field of science communication, specializing in the impact of new media environments and public opinion dynamics about contested issues in science.
A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a former board member of the International Network of Public Communication of Science and Technology, Dr. Brossard is an internationally known expert in public opinion dynamics related to controversial scientific issues. She has served on various committees producing reports for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, including the most recent comprehensive report on genetically engineered crops, Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects. Dr. Brossard earned her M.S. in plant biotechnology from the École Nationale d’Agronomique de Toulouse and her M.P.S. and Ph.D. in communication from Cornell University.
Wändi Bruine de Bruin is the university leadership chair in behavioral decision making at the Leeds University Business School, where she also serves as co-director of the Centre for Decision Research. She holds affiliations with Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Southern California, and the RAND Corporation. Her research focuses on behavioral decision making, individual differences in decision-making competence across the life span, and risk perception and communication. Dr. Bruine de Bruin is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Risk Research, the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, Medical Decision Making, and Psychology and Aging. She is a member of the Scientific & Technical Committee of the International Risk Governance Council, which provides evidence-based advice to international policy makers. She has contributed her expertise to numerous expert panels and committees, including the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on the Science of Science Communication: A Research Agenda. Dr. Bruine de Bruin received a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in psychology and cognitive psychology, respectively, from Free University Amsterdam and an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in behavioral decision theory and psychology from Carnegie Mellon University.
John Burris became the president of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund in July 2008. Dr. Burris is the former president of Beloit College. He has served as the president of the American Institute of Biological Sciences and is or has been a member of a number of distinguished scientific boards and advisory committees, including the Grass Foundation; the Stazione Zoologica “Anton Dohrn” in Naples, Italy; the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and the Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Hiroshima, Japan. He has also served as a consultant to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Science and Human Values. From 1984 to 1992, Dr. Burris served as the executive director of the National Research Council’s Commission on Life Sciences. Prior to his appointment at Beloit in 2000, Dr. Burris served for 8 years as the director and chief executive officer of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Dr. Burris received an A.B. in biology from Harvard University in 1971, attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison in an M.D.–Ph.D. program, and received a Ph.D. in marine biology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, in 1976.
Elizabeth Christopherson is the president and chief executive officer of the Rita Allen Foundation, an organization that invests in transformative ideas in their earliest stages. Christopherson joined the foundation as a trustee in 2009, and she is now guiding it through a period of rapid
expansion into new funding areas, including engagement, civic literacy, community building, and leadership in science and social innovation. She has served on many regional and national boards, including as president of the New Jersey Women’s Forum. Christopherson is a recipient of five honorary degrees and numerous awards for public service, including the International Women’s Forum Women Who Make a Difference Award. An advocate for the arts, Christopherson is the former chair of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, where she led the creation of two arts plans for the state. She was the first female executive director of New Jersey’s public broadcasting network. Christopherson is a graduate of Wellesley College, where she studied Chinese language, history, and society.
Emily Cloyd is the project director for public engagement at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), where she leads day-to-day operations of the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology. Cloyd is an expert in science communication and public engagement and has a particular interest in the use of environmental science to support decision making. Prior to joining AAAS, she led engagement and outreach efforts at the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Cloyd holds a Master of Professional Studies from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a B.S. in plant biology from the University of Michigan.
James Cohen is the director of communications and public outreach for The Kavli Foundation, which is based in Los Angeles, California, and is dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of humanity, promoting public understanding of scientific research, and supporting scientists and their work. As director, Cohen is on a team that provides strategic direction and oversight for the foundation’s communications initiatives and programs, from the support of science journalism to helping scientists become better communicators, along with targeted direct public outreach activities. Prior to joining the foundation, Cohen was the director of media relations as well as associate director of communications at the University of California, Irvine, where he served during the tenures of chancellors Ralph Cicerone and Michael Drake. A native of New York City, he is a member of The Authors Guild and the Writers Guild of America, West, and a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Fay Lomax Cook is the assistant director for the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Cook is a professor at Northwestern University, where she is a faculty fellow of the Institute for Policy Research and a professor of human development and social policy. She is a leading social science researcher. Her
research focuses on the interrelations between public opinion and social policy, the politics of public policy, public deliberation, energy policy, and support for programs for older Americans, particularly Social Security.
Dr. Cook has written and published numerous scholarly articles and books. She has held many noteworthy national and international positions, including the president of the Gerontological Society of America, a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. Dr. Cook received her M.A. and Ph.D. in social policy from The University of Chicago.
Karen Cook is the Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor of Sociology, the director of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, and the vice-provost for faculty development and diversity at Stanford University. Dr. Cook conducts research on social exchange networks, power and influence dynamics, intergroup relations, negotiation strategies, social justice, and trust in social relations. Her research underscores the importance of trust in facilitating exchange relationships and of networks in creating social capital—for example, in physician–patient interactions and their effect on health outcomes. Dr. Cook has edited and co-edited a number of books in the Russell Sage Foundation Trust Series, is co-author of Cooperation Without Trust?, and co-edited Sociological Perspectives on Social Psychology. In 1996, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and in 2007 to the National Academy of Sciences. In 2004, she received the Cooley Mead Award of the American Sociological Association’s Social Psychology Section for career contributions to social psychology. Dr. Cook received her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford University.
Gerald (Jerry) Davis is an American sociologist and the Gilbert and Ruth Whitaker Professor of Business Administration at the Ross School of Business and a professor of sociology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Davis is known for his research on corporate networks, social movements, and organization theory. His research is broadly concerned with the effects of finance on society. His most recent research examines how ideas about corporate social responsibility have evolved to meet changes in the structures and geographic footprint of multinational corporations, whether “shareholder capitalism” is still a viable model for economic development, and how income inequality in an economy is related to corporate size and structure.
Dr. Davis’s books include Social Movements and Organization Theory and Changing Your Company from the Inside Out: A Guide for Social Intrapreneurs. He has published widely in management, sociology, and finance. He
is currently the editor of the Administrative Science Quarterly and director of the Interdisciplinary Committee on Organization Studies at the University of Michigan. Dr. Davis received his Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
Cornelia Dean is a science writer and the former science editor of The New York Times and the Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Environmental Studies at Brown University. As the science editor, Dean was responsible for the coverage of science, engineering, health, and medicine news in both the daily paper and in the weekly science section. She is the author of Making Sense of Science: Separating Substance from Spin and Am I Making Myself Clear?: A Scientist’s Guide to Talking to the Public, both published by Harvard University Press. Before her appointment by Brown, Dean taught undergraduate and graduate seminars on the public’s understanding of science, environmental policy, and other issues at Harvard, where she was twice honored for distinction in teaching. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dean received her M.S. in journalism from Brown University.
Neil Donahue is the Lord Professor of Chemistry in the Departments of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Engineering and Public Policy and director of the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research at Carnegie Mellon University. His research group focuses on the behavior of organic compounds in Earth’s atmosphere. They are world-renowned experts in studying what happens to compounds from both natural sources and human activity when they are emitted into the atmosphere. He is a research team member of the CLOUD experiment at CERN exploring atmospheric new-particle formation. This research has led to three publications in Nature, two in Science, and three in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) over the past 5 years. He also is an author of four other publications in PNAS in the past 5 years. He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and has won the Pittsburgh and Esselen Awards from the American Chemical Society, as well as the Carnegie Science Award for the Environment. Recently his research has focused on the origin and transformations of very small organic particles, which play a critical role in climate change and human health. Dr. Donahue received an A.B. in physics from Brown University in 1985, a Ph.D. in meteorology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991, and spent 9 years as a research scientist at Harvard University before returning to Pittsburgh in 2000.
Suzanne Ffolkes is the vice president of communications at Research!America, the nation’s largest nonprofit advocacy alliance work-
ing to make research to improve health a higher national priority. As the director of media advocacy at the American Heart Association (AHA), Ffolkes oversaw strategic media advocacy campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels. She significantly expanded the scope of the organization’s media advocacy campaigns to raise awareness and build support for the association’s policy agenda. Prior to joining the AHA, Ffolkes held key communications and media positions with the American Federation of Labor, Congress of Industrial Organizations, and United Negro College Fund. Preceding her work with organizations in the nonprofit sector, she spent nearly 12 years as a broadcast news editor, radio anchor, and reporter in Houston, Texas; Wilmington, Delaware; and at the Associated Press Broadcast News Center in Washington, DC. Ffolkes received an M.A. in public communications and a B.A. in broadcast journalism and communications from American University.
Christine Finley has experience in public heath, clinical practice, and education. She has held various leadership roles in the Vermont Department of Health, and has been the immunization manager for the past 7 years. She has conducted immunization research with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Vermont Department of Health staff. She currently serves as a liaison to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for the Association of Immunization Managers. She has worked as a nurse practitioner in Vermont and abroad.
Kevin Finneran has been the editor-in-chief of Issues in Science and Technology since 1991. Prior to that, he was the Washington editor of High Technology magazine, a correspondent for the London Financial Times energy newsletters, and a consultant on science and technology policy. His clients included the National Science Foundation, the Office of Technology Assessment, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to launching his career in science and technology policy, he taught literature and film studies at Rutgers University. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the author of The Federal Role in Research and Development: Report of a Workshop (National Academy Press, 1986) and a contributing author to Future R&D Environments: A Report for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (National Academy Press, 2002).
Baruch Fischhoff is the Howard Heinz University Professor at the Institute for Politics and Strategy and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Fischhoff has expertise in decision making and risk analysis and works with students studying the decision sciences. He is a member of the National Academy of
Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences and is a past president of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making and the Society for Risk Analysis. He also has been a member of the Eugene, Oregon, Commission on the Rights of Women; the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Advisory Committee; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Scientific Advisory Board, where he chaired the Homeland Security Advisory Committee. A graduate of Detroit public schools, Dr. Fischhoff holds a B.S. in mathematics and psychology from Wayne State University and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Susan Fiske is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University and currently chairs the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences. Dr. Fiske was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2013 and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Council. She has published more than 350 articles on social cognition and investigates cognitive stereotypes and emotional prejudices at cultural, interpersonal, and neural levels. Dr. Fiske’s most recent book is The Human Brand: How We Respond to People, Products, and Companies, co-authored with Chris Malone. With Shelley Taylor, she has written five editions of the graduate text Social Cognition and as sole author, three editions of the advanced undergraduate text Social Beings: Core Motives in Social Psychology. She is the editor of the Annual Review of Psychology, on the editorial board of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and is the founder and editor of Policy Insights from Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Dr. Fiske received a B.A. in social relations and a Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University.
James Fowler is a professor in the Political Science Department and in the Global Public Health Division of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. His work lies at the intersection of the natural and social sciences, with a focus on social networks, behavior, evolution, politics, genetics, and big data. Dr. Fowler has been named a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation; one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers; TechCrunch’s Top 20 Most Innovative People; Politico’s 50 Key Thinkers, Doers, and Dreamers; and Most Original Thinker of the year by The McLaughlin Group. His research has been featured in numerous best-of lists, including The New York Times Magazine’s Year in Ideas, Time Magazine’s Year in Medicine, Discover Magazine’s Year in Science, and Harvard Business Review’s Breakthrough Business Ideas.
Together with Nicholas Christakis, Dr. Fowler wrote Connected: The Surprising Power of Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives. Winner
of a Books for a Better Life Award, Connected has been translated into 20 languages, named an Editor’s Choice by The New York Times Book Review, and featured in Wired Magazine, Oprah’s Reading Guide, Business Week’s Best Books of the Year, GOOD Magazine’s 15 Books You Must Read, and a cover story in The New York Times Magazine. Dr. Fowler earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in government from Harvard University and his M.A. in international relations from Yale University.
Atul Gawande is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. Dr. Gawande practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is also executive director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally.
Dr. Gawande has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1998 and has written four New York Times best-sellers: Complications, Better, The Checklist Manifesto, and most recently, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. He is the winner of two National Magazine Awards, Academy Health’s Impact Award for highest research impact on health care, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Award for writing about science. Dr. Gawande received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and completed his residency in general surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Fred Gould is the William Neal Reynolds Professor of Agriculture in the Entomology Program at North Carolina State University (NC State). Dr. Gould conducts cutting-edge research in the areas of ecology and evolutionary biology and studies the ecology and genetics of insect pests to improve food production and human and environmental health. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2012, Dr. Gould was the 10th faculty member from NC State to win the O. Max Gardner Award. From 2013 to 2015, he served on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences. Dr. Gould has participated in policy development for transgenic crops at the national and international levels. He has authored more than 160 refereed publications and has been invited to present papers at numerous conferences, symposia, and seminars. Dr. Gould received a B.S. in biology from Queens College and a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
David Guston is a professor in and the founding director of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University (ASU), where he is also co-director of the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes. Additionally, Dr. Guston is a principal investigator with and the director of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at ASU, a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center dedicated to studying the societal aspects of nanoscale science and engineering research and improving the societal outcomes of nanotechnologies through enhancing the societal capacity to understand and make informed choices. Dr. Guston is widely published and cited on research and development policy, technology assessment, public participation in science and technology, and the politics of science policy. He is currently the founding editor of the Journal of Responsible Innovation. He has also served on the NSF’s review panel on Societal Dimension of Engineering, Science, Technology, and on the National Academy of Engineering’s steering committee on Engineering Ethics and Society. Dr. Guston received a B.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Peter Hancock is the Provost’s Distinguished Research Professor, Pegasus Professor, and Trustee Chair in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Simulation and Training at the University of Central Florida. Additionally, Dr. Hancock is a director of the Minds in Technology, Machines in Thought (MIT2) research laboratories in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Prior to his current position, he founded and was the director of the Human Factors Research Laboratory at the University of Minnesota, where he held appointments as a professor in computer science and electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, psychology, and kinesiology as well as in the Cognitive Science Center and the Center on Aging Research. Dr. Hancock was principal investigator on the Multi-Disciplinary University Research Initiative, in which he oversaw $5 million of funded research on stress, workload, and performance. His current experimental work concerns the evaluation of behavioral response to high-stress conditions. His theoretical works concern human relations with technology and the possible futures of this symbiosis.
Paul Hanle was elected the president and the chief executive officer of Climate Central in April 2011. From 2000 to 2011, Dr. Hanle was the president of the Biotechnology Institute, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to biotechnology education. As its first president, he built the Institute into the leading national organization in its field. Prior to serving as the president of the Biotechnology Institute, Dr. Hanle was the executive director of the Maryland Science Center, Baltimore’s hands-
on science museum, from 1987 until 1996. He then became the president of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, the nation’s oldest museum of natural history and a leading center of environmental research. He earned a Ph.D. in the history of science and medicine and an M.S. in physics from Yale University. He received his A.B. in physics from Princeton University in 1969. He was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton during the 1983–1984 academic year.
Laura Helmuth is The Washington Post’s national editor of health, science, and environment. Prior to her current role, Dr. Helmuth served as the director of digital news at National Geographic and as the science and health editor at Slate magazine, where she was responsible for Slate’s imaginative science coverage, including a fascinating series on the doubling of the human life span that asked readers to share why they are not dead yet. Dr. Helmuth has been a health and science editor for nearly two decades, including at Smithsonian and Science magazines. She is the president of the National Association of Science Writers. Dr. Helmuth holds a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley. She also has a large following on Twitter at @laurahelmuth, where she delivers wide-ranging curation of and commentary on the latest health and science news.
David Herring is a science writer and an editor with extensive experience communicating about climate and earth science. In March 2008, Herring joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Climate Program Office, where he serves as the program manager of the Communication, Education, and Engagement Division. He is also the program manager of NOAA’s Climate.gov and leads the Climate Literacy Objective for NOAA’s Climate Mission Goal. Before coming to NOAA, Herring worked for 16 years in the Earth Sciences Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, where he served as project manager for education and outreach, team leader for NASA’s Earth Observatory, and outreach coordinator for the Terra satellite mission.
Herring trained in journalism, science education, and science and technical communication at East Carolina University, in Greenville, North Carolina, where he received his M.A. in 1992. He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Andy Hoffman is the Holcim (US), Inc., Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan, a position that holds joint appointments in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School for Environment and Sustainability. Dr. Hoffman’s research uses organizational behavior models and theories to understand the cultural and institutional aspects
of environmental issues for organizations. He has published more than 100 articles and book chapters, as well as 14 books, which have been translated into 5 languages. He also writes about the role of academic scholars in public and political discourse. He has been awarded the Aspen Institute Faculty Pioneer Award (2016), American Chemical Society National Award (2016), and Strategic Organization Best Essay Award (2016).
His work has been covered in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, and National Geographic. He has served on numerous research committees for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; the Johnson Foundation; the Climate Group; the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development; and the Environmental Defense Fund. Dr. Hoffman serves on advisory boards for ecoAmerica, Next Era Renewable Energy Trust, SustainAbility, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, the Center for Environmental Innovation, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Robert Hornik is the Wilbur Schramm Professor of Communication and Health Policy at The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2013, he has been the co-director of the Penn Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science, a first-of-its-kind regulatory science research enterprise aimed at informing the regulation of tobacco products to protect public health. Dr. Hornik led the Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research at the University of Pennsylvania from 2003 to 2014. His most recent research focuses on how Americans are affected by their exposure to information about cancer prevention, screening, and treatment; the effects of new and old media content on tobacco-related beliefs and behavior among youth and young adults; and the development and validation of methods for choosing preferred message themes for communication campaigns. Dr. Hornik has particular expertise in research methods for determining the effects of public health communication interventions and of media exposure. He received an A.B. in international relations from Dartmouth College and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in communication research from Stanford University.
Shanto Iyengar holds the Chandler Chair in Communication at Stanford University, where he is also a professor of political science and director of the Political Communication Laboratory. Dr. Iyengar’s areas of expertise include the role of mass media in democratic societies, public opinion, and political psychology. His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Ford Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Hewlett Foundation. He is the recipient of several professional awards, including the Philip
Converse Award of the American Political Science Association for the best book in the field of public opinion, the Murray Edelman Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Goldsmith Book Prize from Harvard University. Dr. Iyengar is author or co-author of several books, including Is Anyone Responsible? and News That Matters. He received his B.A. from Linfield College and his Ph.D. from The University of Iowa.
Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at The Annenberg School for Communication and the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She helped create FactCheck.org and FlackCheck.org, two nonpartisan projects of the Annenberg Public Policy Center that monitor deception in U.S. politics. Dr. Jamieson is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the International Communication Association. She has won university-wide teaching awards at each of the three universities where she has taught and political science or communication awards for four of her books. Dr. Jamieson received a B.A. in rhetoric and public address from Marquette University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in communications arts from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Marc Kastner is the president of the Science Philanthropy Alliance, a coalition of leading nonprofit institutions and foundations dedicated to increasing financial support for basic science research. Prior to his current role, Dr. Kastner had a long career in a variety of senior positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was named the Donner Professor of Physics in 1989, and became the director of the Center for Materials Science and Engineering in 1993, head of the Department of Physics in 1998, and dean of the School of Science in 2007. Dr. Kastner has served as chair of the Solid State Sciences Committee and as chair of the Board of Physics and Astronomy of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He also served on the Science Advisory Boards of the National Cancer Institute and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. In 1995, he received the David Adler Lectureship Award of the American Physical Society. Dr. Kastner is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Kastner received his Ph.D. and M.S. from The University of Chicago and was a research fellow at Harvard University.
Alan Leshner is the chief executive officer, emeritus, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the former executive
publisher of the journal Science, and the chair of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on the Science of Science Communication: A Research Agenda. Previously, Dr. Leshner was the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health. He also served as the deputy director and the acting director of the National Institute of Mental Health and in several roles at the National Science Foundation. Before joining the government, he was a professor of psychology at Bucknell University.
Dr. Leshner is an elected fellow of the AAAS, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the National Academy of Public Administration, and many other professional societies. He is a member and served on the governing council of the National Academy of Medicine. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Science Board in 2004, and then reappointed by President Barack Obama in 2011. Dr. Leshner received his Ph.D. and M.S. in physiological psychology from Rutgers University. He has been awarded seven honorary doctor of science degrees.
Ashley Llorens, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory electrical engineer, leads a double life. His “day job” is managing passive sonar automation projects for the U.S. Navy. On his own time, Llorens has a second career as a musician. Known professionally as SoulStice, Llorens is a lyricist, producer, and internationally acclaimed hip-hop artist.
Growing up in Chicago, he became interested in science performing simple experiments like stripping twist ties and sticking the wires in electrical sockets. That scientific curiosity led him to computers and eventually electrical engineering, his major at the University of Illinois (B.S., 2001; M.S., 2003, in electrical engineering).
Arthur Lupia is the Hal. R. Varian Collegiate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. Dr. Lupia studies decision making and learning, and he uses this information to convey complex ideas to diverse audiences and to improve decision making and the communication of scientific facts. He is the former chair of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on the Application of Social and Behavioral Science Research and serves on the boards of organizations dedicated to increasing the social value of scientific research, including the Center for Open Science, Climate Central, and the National Academies’ Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Dr. Lupia’s articles appear in political science, economics, and law journals, and his editorials are published in leading newspapers. His research has been supported by a wide range of groups, including The
World Bank, The Public Policy Institute of California, the Markle Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. In 2016, Oxford University Press released his latest book, Uninformed: Why People Know So Little About Politics and What We Can Do About It. Dr. Lupia earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in social science from the California Institute of Technology.
Charles Manski is the Board of Trustees Professor of economics in the Department of Economics and the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. Dr. Manski’s research spans econometrics, judgment and decision, and the analysis of social policy. He is the author of six books, including Public Policy in an Uncertain World and Identification for Prediction and Decision. Dr. Manski has served as director of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and as editor of the Journal of Human Resources.
At the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Dr. Manski serves on the Committee on Advancing Social and Behavioral Science Research and Application Within the Weather Enterprise, the Committee on Proactive Policing, and the Report Review Committee. He previously chaired the Committee on Data and Research for Policy on Illegal Drugs.
Dr. Manski received his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of numerous other organizations, including the American Economic Association, American Statistical Association, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and The Econometric Society.
Douglas Massey is the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Dr. Massey specializes in the sociology of migration and has written on the harmful effects of residential segregation in the United States. He has authored numerous books, most recently Spheres of Influence: The Social Ecology of Racial and Class Inequality, co-authored with Stefanie Brodmann; Climbing Mount Laurel: The Struggle for Affordable Housing and Social Mobility in the American Suburb, co-authored with Len Albright, Rebecca Casciano, Elizabeth Dickerson, and David Kinsey; and Brokered Boundaries: Creating Immigrant Identity in Anti-Immigrant Times, co-authored with Magaly Sánchez.
Dr. Massey is the president of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and the past president of the Population Association of America and of the American Sociological Association. He currently services on the U.S. Bureau of the Census’s Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Massey has served on the National Academy of Sciences Council and on the National Research Council Governing Board. He has won several
awards for his books. Dr. Massey received his Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from Princeton University and his B.A. in sociology, psychology, and Spanish from Western Washington University.
Marcia McNutt is a geophysicist and the 22nd president of the National Academy of Sciences. From 2013 to 2016, she was the editor-in-chief of the journal Science. Dr. McNutt was director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) from 2009 to 2013, during which time USGS responded to a number of major disasters, including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. For her work to help contain that spill, Dr. McNutt was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard’s Meritorious Service Medal. She is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Geological Society of America, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Association of Geodesy. Her honors include membership in the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. In 1998, Dr. McNutt was awarded the AGU’s Macelwane Medal for research accomplishments by a young scientist, and she received the Maurice Ewing Medal in 2007 for her contributions to deep-sea exploration. Dr. McNutt received her B.A. in physics from Colorado College and her Ph.D. in earth sciences from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
M. Granger Morgan is the Hamerschlag University Professor of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is a professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the co-director of the Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making, and the co-director of the Electricity Industry Center. Dr. Morgan’s research interests are centered on policy problems in which technical and scientific issues play a central role, with a particular focus on energy, environmental systems, and climate change and risk analysis. Much of his work has involved the development and demonstration of methods to characterize and treat uncertainty in quantitative policy analysis.
Dr. Morgan received his Ph.D. in applied physics and information science from the University of California, San Diego, his M.S. in astronomy and space science from Cornell University, and his B.A. in physics from Harvard College. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Society for Risk Analysis.
Erin Nash is an advanced doctoral candidate at the Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society/Department of Philosophy at Durham University in the United Kingdom. Before returning to academia, Nash
had a decade-long public policy career working in both government and nongovernment organizations in Australia, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Nash’s doctoral project is a work of practical philosophy, exploring the links among scientific epistemological issues, speech acts about science, personal and political freedom, and democratic policy making. Nash holds an undergraduate degree in science (Hons.) from Monash University in Australia, and a master’s in philosophy and public policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Illah Nourbakhsh is a professor of robotics; the director of Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment; and the associate director for robotics faculty at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Nourbakhsh’s current research projects explore community-based robotics, including educational and social robotics, and ways to use robotic technology to empower individuals and communities. While on leave from Carnegie Mellon in 2004, he served as robotics group lead at NASA’s Ames Research Center. He was founder and chief scientist of Blue Pumpkin Software. Dr. Nourbakhsh earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University and has been a faculty member of Carnegie Mellon since 1997. In 2009, the National Academy of Sciences named him a Kavli fellow. He is also the chief executive officer and chairman of Airviz, Inc., a company dedicated to empowering individuals regarding home air quality. He is a member of the Global Future Council on the Future of AI and Robotics for the World Economic Forum.
Brendan Nyhan is a professor in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College. His research, which focuses on misperceptions about politics and health care, has been published in journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Medical Care, Pediatrics, Political Analysis, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, Social Networks, and Vaccine. Before coming to Dartmouth, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan. Nyhan has also been a contributor to The New York Times website The Upshot since its launch in 2014. He previously served as a media critic for the Columbia Journalism Review; co-edited Spinsanity, a non-partisan watchdog of political spin that was syndicated in Salon and the Philadelphia Inquirer; and co-authored All the President’s Spin, a New York Times best-seller that Amazon.com named one of the 10 best political books of the year in 2004.
KerryAnn O’Meara is a professor of higher education and affiliate faculty in women’s studies at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), where she teaches courses on the academic profession, organizational
change in higher education, women in higher education, ranking systems in higher education, and doctoral proseminars. Dr. O’Meara is also the director of the UMD ADVANCE Program for Inclusive Excellence, which began in 2010 as a 5-year, National Science Foundation–funded campus-wide project promoting institutional transformation with respect to the retention and advancement of women faculty. As the program director, she collaborates with colleagues nationally and internationally to shape academic reward system reform, both to support newer forms of scholarship and to reform faculty roles and rewards. The ADVANCE Program aims to improve the faculty work environment and advance gender equity. Prior to UMD, Dr. O’Meara spent 2 years working as a research associate at Harvard University’s Project on Faculty Appointments and 6 years on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Dr. O’Meara received her B.A. in English literature from Loyola University in Maryland, her M.A. in higher education from The Ohio State University, and her Ph.D. in education policy from UMD.
Matthew Porteus is an associate professor of pediatrics at Stanford University, where he focuses on hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and pediatric hematology-oncology. Dr. Porteus completed his A.B. degree in history and science at Harvard University and his combined M.D./Ph.D. at Stanford Medical School, with his Ph.D. focused on understanding the molecular basis of mammalian forebrain development. After the completion of his dual-degree program, he was an intern and resident in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and then completed his pediatric hematology-oncology fellowship in the combined Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Boston Children’s Hospital program. He began his studies in developing homologous recombination as a strategy to correct disease-causing mutations in stem cells as definite and curative therapy for children with genetic diseases of the blood. His research program continues to focus on developing genome editing by homologous recombination as curative therapy for children with genetic diseases. Dr. Porteus attends at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, where he takes care of pediatric patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
Kenneth Prewitt is the Carnegie Professor of Social Affairs and the vice president for Global Centers at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where he is also the director of the Scholarly Knowledge Project. Prior to coming to Columbia, Dr. Prewitt was an assistant professor at The University of Chicago from 1965 to 1984, and from 1998 to 2001 he was the director of the U.S. Census Bureau. He has also served as the director of the National Opinion Research Center, the president of the Social Science Research Council, as the senior vice
president of The Rockefeller Foundation, and as the dean of the Graduate School at the New School University. He is a Lifetime National Associate of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Dr. Prewitt received an M.A. from Washington University and a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University. He was a Danforth Fellow at the Harvard Divinity School. He also received honorary degrees from Southern Methodist University.
David Rousseau is the vice president and the executive director of health policy media and technology for The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. He oversees the foundation’s health policy media programs, including Kaiser Health News and all journalism programs, and directs the foundation’s technology and online activities. Rousseau was the director of the foundation’s state health facts project and was an associate director of the Kaiser Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured. His work at the Kaiser Program was focused on Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program spending, financing, and enrollment, as well as Medicaid service delivery issues, including managed care. He has also managed a range of projects relating to health reform, access to care, and health spending. Rousseau has been a member of the adjunct faculty of The George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health as a lecturer in the Department of Health Policy. His work has appeared in various journals, including Health Affairs and the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Dietram Scheufele is the John E. Ross Professor in Science Communication in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin (UW)–Madison, and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor at UW–Madison and in the Morgridge Institute for Research. Since 2013, Dr. Scheufele has also held an honorary professorship at the Dresden University of Technology in Germany. He was the vice chair of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on the Science of Science Communication: A Research Agenda.
Dr. Scheufele is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the International Communication Association; and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters; and a member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering. He has been a tenured faculty member at Cornell University, a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University, and a visiting scholar at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He received an M.A. in journalism and mass communications and a Ph.D. in mass communications with a minor in political science from UW–Madison.
Susan Scrimshaw is the co-chair of the Board of Directors for the Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation and the former president of The Sage Colleges in Troy, New York. In addition to the numerous positions Dr. Scrimshaw has held over the course of her 29-year higher education career, she is a medical anthropologist and has published widely on community participatory research methods, addressing health disparities, improving pregnancy outcomes, violence prevention, health literacy, and culturally appropriate delivery of health care. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, where she was elected a member of the governing council, and served on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy. Additionally, she is the co-chair of the National Academies’ Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education. Dr. Scrimshaw is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Anthropological Association, and the Institute of Medicine of Chicago. She is a past president of the board of directors of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation for Science, former chair of the Association of Schools of Public Health, and a past president of the Society for Medical Anthropology. Her honors and awards include the Margaret Mead Award, a Hero of Public Health gold medal awarded by President Vicente Fox of Mexico, the University of Illinois at Chicago Mentor of the Year Award in 2002, and the Chicago Community Clinic Visionary Award in 2005. Dr. Scrimshaw is a graduate of Barnard College and obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University.
Frank Sesno is an Emmy Award–winning journalist and director of The George Washington University’s (GW’s) School of Media and Public Affairs. He is also the creator of GW’s Planet Forward, where he hosts and facilitates the Planet Forward Salon Series, which focuses on topics such as energy policy, green jobs, and food production. Sesno’s journalism career spans more than 25 years, including 21 years at CNN. He served as CNN’s DC bureau chief, anchor, and White House correspondent; was the long-running host of CNN’s Sunday talk show Late Editions; and is now a frequent guest host for CNN’s Reliable Sources. Sesno has covered a diverse range of subjects from politics and conventions to international summits and climate change. He has interviewed five U.S. presidents and thousands of political, business, and civic leaders—ranging from Hillary Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Microsoft founder Bill Gates and broadcast legend Walter Cronkite. Sesno received his B.A. from Middlebury College.
Ahna Skop, geneticist and artist, is an associate professor in the Department of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin (UW)–Madison and an
affiliate faculty member in Life Sciences Communication at the UW–Madison Arts Institute. Dr. Skop’s lab seeks to understand the molecular mechanisms that underlie cell division during embryonic development. Some of her artwork can be seen in the main entrance of the Genetics-Biotechnology Center on the UW–Madison campus. Dr. Skop is a winner of the prestigious Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. In 2008, she was awarded an honorary doctorate of science from the College of St. Benedict, and was named a Remarkable Women in Science from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2015, she was selected as a Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences. Her science and art have been featured by Apple, NPR, PBS, Science, The Scientist, Smithsonian Magazine, and USA Today. Dr. Skop received her Ph.D. from UW–Madison and completed her postdoctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
Jack Stewart is a senior writer at Wired Magazine, covering the rapidly changing world of transportation. Previously, Stewart was a BBC radio journalist for more than a decade, reporting on science research, technology, and news stories from all over the world. He hosted Science in Action—the longest running show on the BBC World Service—and covered breaking news from the Iraq War to the London Underground bombings. Through his current work at Wired, Stewart guides a global audience of more than 150 million through the world of transportation research, with a look at how the future of planes, trains, drones, hyperloops, and electric cars will affect us all. Stewart graduated from Brunel University with a degree in mechanical engineering and also attended Sheffield Hal-lam University, where he studied broadcast journalism.
Elizabeth Suhay is an assistant professor of government in the School of Public Affairs at American University. Dr. Suhay specializes in political psychology, political communication, and the intersection of politics and scientific knowledge, mainly within the U.S. context. She has published more than a dozen articles and co-edited, with James Druckman, a recent issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science titled The Politics of Science. She is currently working on a book manuscript on the reciprocal relationship between the American public’s political preferences and their causal explanations for socioeconomic inequality. Data collection for this project is being funded by the Russell Sage Foundation. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan.
Emmanuel Taylor is a senior electricity consultant at Energetics Incorporated and was formerly an electrical engineer at the U.S. Department of Energy. He possesses a range of professional experience, covering hard-
ware and system design, software development, energy policy, academic research, and technical consulting. Dr. Taylor holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
His current work includes strategic planning, technology roadmapping, science communication, and microgrid design. His expertise is in electric power systems, power electronics, and renewable energy.
Kathleen Tierney is a professor of sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she served as the director of the Natural Hazards Center from 2003 until 2016. During her career, she studied a wide range of disasters, including earthquakes in Haiti, Japan, and the United States; major hurricanes such as Andrew, Hugo, and Katrina; various technological disasters; and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, in New York City. She is the senior author of Facing the Unexpected: Emergency Preparedness and Response in the United States, co-editor of Emergency Management: Principles and Practice for Local Government, and is currently completing a book titled Social Foundations of Risk and Resilience.
Dr. Tierney has served as a member of several National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committees including the Committee on Disaster Research in the Social Sciences, the Panel on Strategies and Methods for Climate-Related Decision Support, the Panel on Informing Effective Decisions and Actions Related to Climate Change, and the Committee to Advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Additionally, she serves on the steering committee of the American Sociological Association’s Task Force on Climate Change and on the board of directors of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and she is the co-editor of the Natural Hazards Review. Dr. Tierney received the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2006 and the Fred Buttel Award for Distinguished Contributions from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Environment, Technology, and Society in 2012. Dr. Tierney received her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from The Ohio State University.
Doron Weber is the vice president of programs and the program director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. In this role, Weber helps the president oversee and improve all aspects of the Sloan Foundation’s programs and plays a leadership role in the organization’s broader philanthropic efforts within the foundation community. For the past 20 years, Weber has run the program for the Sloan Foundation’s Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics, which uses diverse media—books, radio, television, film, theater, opera, and new media—to bridge the two cultures of science and the humanities and to educate and engage the public. Weber also directs the Sloan Foundation’s efforts to promote the
Universal Access to Knowledge through the Digital Information Technology program, which seeks to utilize emerging developments in information technology to make the benefits of human knowledge and human culture safely accessible for people everywhere.
Laurie Weingart is the interim provost and the Richard M. and Margaret S. Cyert Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Weingart’s research examines negotiation, conflict, and innovation in teams. Her early research focused on group processes and on social motives and tactical behavior in negotiation. Her more recent research examines cognition, conflict, emotion, and innovation in cross-functional teams. Dr. Weingart has published more than 50 articles and book chapters in the fields of management, social psychology, industrial psychology, and cognitive psychology. Additionally, she has served as the chair of the Conflict Management Division of the Academy of Management in 2001, the president of the International Association for Conflict Management in 2003–2004, and the founding president of the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research in 2007–2012. She is currently the co-editor of the Annals of the Academy of Management. Dr. Weingart earned her Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 1989.
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