Alan I. Leshner (Chair, NAM) is chief executive officer, emeritus, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and former executive publisher of the Science family of journals. Before joining AAAS, Leshner was director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health. He also served as deputy director and acting director of the National Institute of Mental Health, and in several roles at the National Science Foundation. Before joining the government, Leshner was professor of psychology at Bucknell University. Leshner is an elected fellow of AAAS, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the National Academy of Public Administration, and many others. He is a member and served on the governing council of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He served two terms on the National Science Board, appointed first by President George W. Bush and then reappointed by President Obama. Leshner received Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in physiological psychology from Rutgers University and an A.B. in psychology from Franklin and Marshall College. Leshner has received many honors and awards, including the Walsh McDermott Medal from the National Academy of Medicine and seven honorary doctor of science degrees.
Sherilynn Black is the associate vice provost for Faculty Advancement, a new position designed to work in collaboration with the vice provost for Faculty Advancement at Duke University School of Medicine to create strategic initiatives and implement practices that support faculty development and advancement. She provides leadership in the area of faculty development and success, including mentoring, support for pre-tenure and mid-career faculty, career pathways,
and professional development for nontenure system faculty, and resources and initiatives to increase diversity among the faculty ranks and further develop an inclusive climate within academic units. Black previously served as the founding director of the Office of Biomedical Graduate Diversity for the Duke University School of Medicine. She is currently one of the principal investigators of the Duke Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Program referred to as the Duke Biosciences Collaborative for Research Engagement, which provides extensive mentoring and scientific engagement opportunities for talented and diverse undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. Black holds several national appointments relating to faculty development and advancement, including serving on advisory boards, developing strategic initiatives, and holding committee appointments with the National Institutes of Health, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the American Association of Medical Colleges, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and the Society for Neuroscience. Black earned her B.A. as a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her Ph.D. at Duke University. She also completed additional studies in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Black’s research focuses on increasing faculty efficacy through developing cultural awareness in mentoring and assessing effective practices in interventions to increase diversity in academia.
Mary Sue Coleman (NAM) is the president of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and president emerita of the University of Michigan, an institution she led for 12 years before retiring in July 2014. She previously was president of the University of Iowa. Coleman co-chaired the Lincoln Project, an initiative of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences to explore strategies to preserve the strength and diversity of public research universities. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Kavli Foundation, which is dedicated to advancing science and support for scientists, and the Board of Trustees of the Gates Cambridge Scholars, a graduate student fellowship program. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Mayo Clinic. In 2010, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke named her co-chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Her leadership positions in higher education have included membership on the National Collegiate Athletic Association Board of Directors and the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. She is a past chair of the Association of American Universities, and also served as chair of the Internet2 Board of Trustees. Elected to the National Academy of Medicine, Coleman also is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. As a biochemist, Coleman built a distinguished research career through her research on the immune system
and malignancies. At Michigan, she holds appointments of professor emerita of biological chemistry in the Medical School and professor emerita of chemistry in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. For 19 years she was a member of the biochemistry faculty at the University of Kentucky. Her work in the sciences led to administrative appointments at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of New Mexico, where she served as provost and vice president for academic affairs. Coleman earned her B.S. in chemistry from Grinnell College and her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jaime Curtis-Fisk is a scientist and STEM education advocate for the Dow Chemical Company. Her primary focus area in education outreach was the development of the Dow STEM Ambassadors, the employee engagement program that focuses on unique approaches to connect the passion of STEM professionals to opportunities for impact in their local communities and through partner universities. Along with employee volunteerism, Curtis-Fisk is also very passionate about building the pipeline of future women scientists. She is involved with several initiatives that support the role of women in STEM, including serving on the American Chemical Society’s Women Chemist Committee. In addition to leading STEM education outreach, she is also a practicing STEM professional as an innovation project leader in Dow’s Manufacturing & Engineering division. Her technical expertise focuses on polymer chemistry and utilizing material science to develop new delivery systems for active ingredients. Curtis-Fisk received her B.S. in chemistry from Grand Valley State University and her Ph.D. in chemistry with certification in college teaching from Michigan State University.
Kenneth (Kenny) Gibbs, Jr. is a program director in the Division of Training, Workforce Development and Diversity (TWD) at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) where he leads and administers federal programs that train the next generation of scientists and broaden participation in the research workforce. Previously, Gibbs served as a program analyst in the NIGMS Office of Program Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation where he led evaluation and innovation efforts of NIGMS TWD programs, and supported trans-NIH strategic and programmatic evaluative efforts. Prior to joining NIGMS, Gibbs was a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute, and an American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources. Gibbs completed his Ph.D. in the immunology program at Stanford University and received his B.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology (summa cum laude) from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he was a Meyerhoff, MARC (Maximizing Access to Research Careers), and Howard Hughes Medical Institute scholar. Gibbs serves as member of the editorial board of the journal CBE—Life Sciences Education, has previously served on the board
of directors for the National Postdoctoral Association, and has written about scientific training and diversity issues for Science Careers and Scientific American.
Maureen Grasso, an American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Fellow, is a professor in the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University. As dean of the Graduate School at North Carolina State University, she served as the academic leader responsible for policy with fiscal oversight of the graduate student support plan and fellowships. Grasso provided the administration for more than 220 degree programs serving 7,700 students that spanned the university’s 10 colleges. A nationally recognized leader in graduate education, Grasso served as dean of the Graduate School at the University of Georgia for 12 years. As the academic leader at the University of Georgia, she developed and implemented policy and was responsible for graduate student stipends and fellowships for more than 6,600 students, 95 doctoral programs, 138 master’s programs, and 17 specialty degree programs that spanned 16 colleges. Among her numerous accomplishments, a focus on graduate student diversity resulted in a 54 percent increase in African American graduate students during her tenure at the University of Georgia. Grasso has received numerous awards and recognition for her work, including the Southern Graduate Schools Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate Education in 2009. She served on the board of directors of the Council of Graduate Schools and in key leadership positions for the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools, including as president. She is a member of ASHRAE where she served in many of its leadership positions including as a member of the board of directors and as a trustee of the ASHRAE Foundation.
Sally Mason is president emerita of the University of Iowa (UI). Trained as a cell developmental biologist, she also holds a full professorship in the Department of Biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Currently, Mason is overseeing a historic era of campus transformation, including rebuilding in the wake of the historic 2008 flooding, especially the renewal of an arts campus for the 21st century; the construction of a state-of-the-art children’s hospital and biomedical discovery research center; and the first new residence hall since 1968. At Iowa, Mason has also spearheaded a sustainable university initiative, making sustainability a central priority of all aspects of the university enterprise. Under Mason’s leadership, the UI has successfully met current economic challenges through careful planning, strategic prioritization, and increased efficiency. Other major accomplishments during President Mason’s tenure have been a student success initiative that has led to increased enrollment and student retention, as well as an expansion of partnership agreements with Iowa’s community colleges in order to offer UI degrees to students throughout the state through onsite and distance learning programs. Mason successfully advocated for a 2-year tuition freeze for resident undergraduate students for the 2013–2015 academic years, the first such
tuition freeze in nearly 40 years. The daughter of an immigrant father and the first child in her family to attend college, Mason received her B.A. in zoology from the University of Kentucky in 1972, her M.S. from Purdue University in 1974, and her Ph.D. in cellular, molecular, and developmental biology from the University of Arizona in 1978. She spent two postdoctoral research years at Indiana University before joining the molecular biosciences faculty at the University of Kansas in 1981, where she received awards for outstanding undergraduate advising and teaching and was awarded a prestigious Kemper Teaching Fellowship. After stints as acting chair of the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology and associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in 1995 she won appointment as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the largest academic unit on the University of Kansas campus. Mason served as provost of Purdue University from 2001 to 2007, where she was responsible for planning, managing, and reviewing all academic programs at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus and four affiliated branch campuses throughout Indiana. Mason is the author of many scientific papers and has obtained a number of research grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Wesley Research Foundation, and the Lilly Endowment. Her research interests have focused on the developmental biology, genetics, and biochemistry of pigment cells and pigments in the skin of vertebrates, and she served as president of the PanAmerican Society for Pigment Cell Research. Since 2006, Mason has been appointed by the President of the United States to three terms on the National Medal of Science President’s Committee, including one term as chair. She has also served as chair of the Advisory Committee to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) and chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) review panel of the NSF Science and Technology Centers Program.
Mary Maxon is the associate laboratory director for Biosciences at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where she oversees Berkeley Laboratory’s Biological Systems and Engineering, Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology, and Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging divisions and the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute. Maxon has been integral to the strategic planning efforts and development of the biosciences area for 4 years, most recently as the biosciences principal deputy. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from the State University of New York at Albany, and her graduate degree in molecular cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley. Maxon has worked in the private sector, in both the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, as well as the public sector, highlighted by her tenure as the assistant director for biological research at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President, where she developed the National Bioeconomy Blueprint. With her diverse and extensive background in industry, scientific foundations, and both state and federal govern-
ment, Maxon is recognized as a national leader in science and technology policy. She has been a member of the Academies’ Board on Life Sciences (July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2017) and a member of the National Academies’ Committee on Future Biotechnology Products and Opportunities to Enhance Capabilities of the Biotechnology Regulatory System (March 15, 2016, to March 31, 2017).
Suzanne Ortega became the sixth president of the Council of Graduate Schools on July 1, 2014. Prior to assuming her current position, she served as the University of North Carolina (UNC) senior vice president for Academic Affairs (2011–2014). Previous appointments include executive vice president and provost at the University of New Mexico, and vice provost and graduate dean at the University of Washington and the University of Missouri. Ortega’s master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology were completed at Vanderbilt University. With primary research interests in mental health epidemiology, health services, race and ethnic relations, and higher education, Ortega is the author or co-author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and an introductory sociology text, now in its ninth edition. An award-winning teacher, Ortega has also served on a number of review panels for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health and has been the principal investigator (PI) or co-investigator on grants totaling more than $9 million in private foundation, state, and federal funds. She currently serves as PI on a major NSF- and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded study, documenting the career pathways of Ph.D. students and alumni, up to 15 years out, at more than 50 major U.S. research universities. Ortega serves or has served on a number of professional association boards and committees, including the boards of the Council of Graduate Schools, the Graduate Record Exam, the National Academies’ Committee on the Assessment of the Research Doctorate, the NSF Human Resources Expert Panel, the Education and Human Resources Advisory Committee, North Carolina E-learning Commission, and the University of North Carolina Press. She currently is a member of the board of trustees of American University in the Emirates.
Christine Ortiz is the Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Ortiz is the founder of a new nonprofit organization, Station1, that is building a foundation for the university of the future—a scalable model of higher education based on inclusion and equity, learning through frontier project-based inquiry and research, and the integration of science and technology with societal perspective and impact. Ortiz served as the dean for Graduate Education at MIT between 2010 and 2016, supporting approximately 7,000 graduate students from 100+ countries. With more than 25 years of experience in higher education, Ortiz has led cross-institutional initiatives in global education, technology-enabled learning, new methods of learning assessment, fostering diversity and inclusion, and postsecondary financial models. Ortiz has served on more than 50 MIT departmental and institute
committees and working groups. As a professor of materials science and engineering at MIT, Ortiz is a distinguished scientist and engineer with more than 175 scholarly publications, has supervised the research projects of more than 80 students from 10 different academic disciplines, and has received 30 national and international honors, including the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering, awarded to her at the White House by President George W. Bush. She is the founder and faculty director of the MIT International Science and Technologies Initiatives—Israel program, which has given approximately 600 students global internship opportunities. Ortiz serves on numerous boards, including as a regional accreditation commissioner for the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Melanie Roberts has worked to further benefits of science and technology for society by catalyzing and supporting collaborations between scientists and engineers in the government or civic sectors. In 2018, she became director of state and regional affairs for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Previously, she was an independent science and education policy consultant and founding director of Emerging Leaders in Science and Society (ELISS), a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). ELISS developed collaborative leadership skills and mind-sets in graduate students through an experiential program that focused on regional challenges. She has also held positions in the federal government and academia. As an assistant director at the Biofrontiers Institute of the University of Colorado Boulder, she promoted interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaborations. She also worked in the U.S. Senate and National Science Foundation as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow. Roberts holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Washington and has completed postdoctoral work in science and innovation policy at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Henry Sauermann is an associate professor of strategy, who joined the European School of Management and Technology Berlin in May 2017. He is the first holder of the POK Pühringer PS Chair in Entrepreneurship. Since January 2018, Sauermann has been the director of the Institute for Endowment Management and Entrepreneurial Finance. Previously he was an associate professor of strategy and innovation and the Ph.D. coordinator at the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Sauermann explores the role of human capital in science, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Among other research areas, he studies how scientists’ motives and incentives relate to important outcomes such as innovative performance in firms, patenting in academia, or career choices and entrepreneurial interests. This stream of research also explores important differences in these mechanisms across organizational contexts such as industrial versus academic science or start-ups versus large established firms. In new projects, Sauermann studies the dynamics of motives and incentives over time
and explores nontraditional innovative institutions such as crowd science and innovation contests. Additional work is under way to gain deeper insights into scientific labor markets and to derive implications for junior scientists, firms, and policy makers. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Kauffman Foundation, a Sloan Foundation Research Program, as well as the Georgia Research Alliance. He has published in a wide range of journals including Management Science, Organization Science, Research Policy, the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Science, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Science Advances. He has presented his work at many national and international conferences and was invited to share his research with policy makers and business executives at meetings of the National Academies and the Conference Board.
Barbara Schaal (NAS) is the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Mary Dell Chilton Distinguished Professor, Washington University in St. Louis. Schaal was born in Berlin, Germany and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Illinois, Chicago with a degree in biology and received a Ph.D. from Yale University. She is a plant evolutionary biologist who uses DNA sequences to understand evolutionary processes such as gene flow, geographical differentiation, and the domestication of crop species. Her current research focuses on the evolutionary genomics of rice. She currently serves as chair of the Division on Earth and Life Studies at the National Research Council and was a member of President Obama’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology. She has been president of the Botanical Society of America and the Society for the Study of Evolution. She is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences where she served as vice president. She was appointed as a U.S. science envoy by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In February 2016, Schaal became the president of the American Association of the Advancement of Science.
Subhash Singhal (NAE) is Battelle Fellow and Fuel Cells director at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). He joined the Energy Science and Technology Directorate at PNNL in April 2000 after having worked at Siemens Power Generation (formerly Westinghouse Electric Corporation) for more than 29 years. At PNNL, Singhal provides senior technical, managerial, and commercialization leadership to the laboratory’s extensive fuel cell program. At Siemens Westinghouse, he conducted and/or managed major research, development, and demonstration programs in the field of advanced materials for various energy conversion systems including steam and gas turbines, coal gasification, and fuel cells. From 1984 to 2000, he was manager of Fuel Cell Technology there, and was responsible for the development of high-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) for stationary power generation. In this role, he led an internationally
recognized group in the SOFC technology and brought this technology from a few-watt laboratory curiosity to a fully integrated 200-kW power generation system. He has authored more than 75 scientific publications, edited 13 books, received 13 patents, and given more than 240 plenary, keynote, and other invited presentations worldwide. Singhal is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of four professional societies (American Ceramic Society, the Electrochemical Society, ASM International, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science), and a senior member of the Mineral, Metals & Materials Society (TMS). He served on the Electrochemical Society’s Board of Directors during 1992-1994, received its Outstanding Achievement Award in High Temperature Materials in 1994, and continues as the chairman of its International Symposium on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells held biennially since 1989. He served as president of the International Society for Solid State Ionics during 2003-2005. He received the American Ceramic Society’s Edward Orton Jr. Memorial Award in 2001; an Invited Professorship Award from the Japan Ministry of Science, Education and Culture in 2002; and the Christian Friedrich Schoenbein Gold Medal from the European Fuel Cell Forum in 2006. He serves on the editorial boards of the Elsevier’s Journal of Power Sources and the Fuel Cell Virtual Journal, and is an associate editor of ASME’s Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology. He has also served on many national and international advisory panels including those of the National Materials Advisory Board of the National Research Council, the National Science Foundation, the Materials Properties Council, the U.S. Department of Energy, the NATO Advanced Study Institutes and Science for Peace Programs, the United Nations Development Program, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the International Energy Agency, and the European Commission. Singhal is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Utah and serves on the Visiting Advisory Board of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida.
Kate Stoll is a senior policy advisor in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Washington, D.C., Office. She focuses on basic research funding, biomedical research policy, and space research policy. Stoll also works with MIT student and alumni advocacy communities to provide opportunities for policy engagement. She received a B.A. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Washington in Seattle. She served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation (NSF) where she worked on STEM graduate education policy and created the NSF Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge. Stoll has long been interested in the role of students in the research and innovation enterprise and was a co-founder of the former AAAS program, Emerging Leaders in Science and Society, which prepared graduate and professional
students to collaborate across boundaries to tackle complex challenges in society. In 2014, she served as an American Chemical Society Congressional Fellow with the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce under Ranking Member Henry Waxman.
James M. Tien (NAE) is distinguished professor and dean emeritus of the University of Miami College of Engineering. An internationally renowned researcher, he formerly served as the Yamada Corporation Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was founding chair of its Department of Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems, and professor in its Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering. Tien joined the Rensselaer faculty in 1977 and twice served as its acting dean of engineering. In 2001, he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest honors accorded an engineer. His research interests include systems modeling, public policy, decision analysis, and information systems. He has served on the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Board of Directors (2000-2004) and was its vice president in charge of the Publication Services and Products Board and the Educational Activities Board. Tien earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer and his Ph.D. in systems engineering and operations research from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Keith R. Yamamoto (NAS, NAM) is vice chancellor for science policy and strategy, director of precision medicine, and professor of cellular and molecular pharmacology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). After earning his Ph.D. from Princeton University, Yamamoto joined the UCSF faculty in 1976, where he has been an international leader in the investigation of transcriptional regulation by nuclear receptors, which mediate the actions of essential hormones and cellular signals; he uses mechanistic and systems approaches to pursue these problems in pure molecules, cells, and whole organisms. He has led or served on numerous national committees focused on public and scientific policy, public understanding and support of biological research, and science education; he chairs the Coalition for the Life Sciences and sits on the National Research Council Governing Board Executive Committee, serves as vice chair of the National Academy of Medicine’s Executive Committee and Council, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Division of Earth and Life Studies Advisory Committee, the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Research!America, and the Advisory Board for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. As chair of the NAS Board on Life Sciences, he created the study committee that produced Toward Precision Medicine: Building a Knowledge Network for Biomedical Research and a New Taxonomy of Disease, the report that enunciated the precision medicine concept, and he has helped to lead efforts in the White House, in Congress, in Sacramento, and at UCSF to implement it. He has chaired or served on many committees that oversee training and the
biomedical workforce, research funding, and the process of peer review and the policies that govern it at the National Institutes of Health. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the American Academy of Microbiology, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.