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B.S., high honors, Emory; M.P.A., Harvard (top honors in program); J.D., magna cum laude, Georgetown. Vicki Arroyo is the Executive Director of the Georgetown Climate Center based at Georgetown University Law Center, where she is also a Visiting Professor. She oversees the Center’s work at the nexus of climate and energy policy, supervising staff and student work on climate mitigation and adaptation at the state and federal level. She previously served at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, most recently as the Pew Center’s Vice President for Domestic Policy and General Counsel. For over a decade, she directed the Pew Center’s domestic policy program as well as managing the Center’s work on science, environmental impacts, and economics. Professor Arroyo served as Managing Editor of the Center’s book, Climate Change: Science, Strategies, and Solutions. In addition to Georgetown Law, she has taught courses on environmental policy and climate change at Catholic University, George Mason University’s graduate public policy program, and Tulane Law School. Previously, she practiced environmental law with Kilpatrick Stockton in Washington DC and other firms and served in two offices at U.S. EPA: the Office of Air and Radiation and the Office of Research and Development, where she reviewed development of standards under the Clean Air Act. From 1988 to 1991, she created and directed the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s policy office, and also served during some of that period as Governor Buddy Roemer’s environmental advisor. Professor Arroyo has served on several federal panels, including those reviewing economic modeling of climate legislation (DOE’s Energy Information Administration) and on climate change adaptation along Gulf Coast (Climate Change Science Program). She currently serves on the Advisory Council to National Center for Atmospheric Research, on a National Academy of Sciences/Transportation Research Board panel on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, and on California’s Economics and Allocation Advisory Committee. She serves on editorial boards of the Climate Policy journal and The Georgetown International Environmental Law Review. As a student at Georgetown, Professor Arroyo served as GIELR’s Editor-in-Chief.
(Term Expires: 2014)


Dr. Barth is a Senior Scientist with the NCAR Earth System Laboratory. She specializes in the effects of clouds on the chemistry of the atmosphere. Her research, which uses both computer simulations and observations of the atmosphere, focuses on such questions as how clouds and lightning influence airborne chemicals, including water vapor and ozone. Such work can advance our understanding of climate change as well as the atmospheric processes that shield Earth from incoming ultraviolet radiation. Barth is a principal investigator on a field campaign, known as DC3, that will use aircraft and ground-based instruments to better understand the influence of storms on atmospheric chemistry. She divides her time between two NCAR divisions: Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology and Atmospheric Chemistry.
(Term Expires: 2014)


Dr. Bierman is a professor of geology and natural resources at the University of Vermont.  Bierman received his B.A. in Geology from Williams College and his graduate degrees from the University of Washington.  He is a geomorphologist and geochemist with interests focusing on rates of weathering and denudation as well as geologic dating. For more than two decades, Bierman has examined earth surface processes at scales ranging from micron-thick coatings of rock varnish to the evolution of Australian, African, and Arctic landscapes.  His research expertise includes the application of cosmogenic nuclides to a wide variety of geomorphic settings and problems including measuring the rate of bedrock weathering, dating changes in the Greenland Ice Sheet, constraining the age of sea-level changes over the Quaternary, and developing techniques to estimate background rates of sediment generation for management of disturbed landscapes.  He has worked around the world including South Africa, Namibia, Israel, Brazil, Greenland, Arctic Canada, Australia, and much of North America. 

Bierman directs the University of Vermont Cosmogenic Nuclide Extraction Lab — one of only a handful of laboratories in the country dedicated to the preparation of samples for analysis of 10-Be and 26-Al from pure quartz (http://uvm.edu/cosmolab). In 1996, Bierman was the recipient of the Geological Society of America’s Donath Medal as the most promising young geologist in the country.  He was also the recipient of NSF’s Director’s Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars, in 2005.  Bierman has served on numerous National Science Foundation review panels, has been associate editor of the Geological Society of America Bulletin, and has served as chairperson of the 1,500-member Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division of the Geological Society of America.  Bierman has been primary advisor to 5 Ph.D. and 26 MS students.

Bierman, working with his collaborators and graduate students, has published 81 papers in refereed journals and presented more than 225 meeting abstracts. Bierman is the lead author of a new Geomorphology textbook to be published in 2012 and is the junior author for two editions of an Environmental Geology textbook.  He has published nine peer-reviewed book chapters relating to landscape change and the application of cosmogenic nuclides to problems in Earth Surface Processes.
(Term Expires: 2014)


Dr. Bitz is an associate professor in atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington. Her research interests include climate dynamics, climate change, ice-climate interactions, arctic sea-ice predictability, sea-ice biogeochemistry, global climate modeling, and sea-ice model development.

The primary tools for her research are a variety of climate models, from simple reduced models to sophisticated climate system models. She teaches classes in global climate modeling, ice and climate interactions, and many other topics. She recently served on the U.S. National Research Council's Climate Research Committee and is currently a member of the advisory boards for the Community Climate System Model and the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office.
(Term Expires: 2014)


Dr. Carr, biological oceanographer, is the Associate Director of the Columbia Climate Center at the Earth Institute, Columbia University in New York City.

To meet the challenge of climate change, Dr. Carr coordinates multi-disciplinary education initiatives and leads research at the boundary of social and physical sciences, including projects that evaluate the impact of government policies on greenhouse gas emissions and responding to claims of those skeptical of climate science. She founded the Columbia Climate Center blog, Climate Matters@Columbia, to meet the Climate Center mission to improve communication between climate scientists and the users of climate information from the general public to policy makers.

Before joining Columbia University, she carried out research in oceanography. As a Research Scientist at Cal Tech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory between 1996 and 2005, she used observations made from satellites and numerical models to quantify the pathways of carbon into and within the ocean. Between 2005 and 2007 Carr was Associate Program Director in Biological Oceanography at the National Science Foundation. She has been a member of the scientific steering committees of the U.S. Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry program and the international Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems Research program. She received her Ph.D. from Dalhousie University and her B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Barcelona.
(Term Expires: June 2014)


Dr. Cheng is an associate professor in the Department of Animal Biology and the Graduate Program of Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her ongoing research aims at understanding the evolutionary changes in genes, gene expression, and genomes, including the innovation of crucial cold-adaptive traits, such as the antifreeze proteins in polar teleost fishes, in response to strong selection pressures from the freezing polar seas.

Her polar fish research spanned over 2 decades in the Antarctic and 12 years in the Arctic.  To fully appreciate the linkage between environmental selection and evolutionary responses, her work integrates past and present polar thermal histories, species evolutionary history, organismal physiology, protein structure-function, molecular evolution, and more recently  transcriptomes and whole genome sequence analyses.  The clear evolutionary mechanisms of polar fish antifreeze protein genes that she, her students, and co-workers deciphered have become prime examples of molecular evolution of genetic novelty in both academic and popular science texts.  Recent comparative transcriptome analyses of Antarctic and non-Antarctic fish species by her and her collaborators have provided the first system-wide view of cold-driven evolutionary shifts in gene transcription and genome content in Antarctic notothenioid fish.  She is a prime driver in a joint effort between her group, the Institute of Development and Genetics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and BGI, in whole genome sequencing and characterization of the first Antarctic notothenioid species — the Antarctic toothfish — expected to reach completion in 2012.
(Term Expires: 2014)


Dr. Doney is a senior scientist in the Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry at WHOI. He graduated with a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography in 1991 and was a postdoctoral fellow and later a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, before returning to Woods Hole in 2002. He was awarded the James B. Macelwane Medal from the American Geophysical Union in 2000, an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow in 2004, and the WHOI W. Van Alan Clark Sr. Chair in 2007. His science interests span oceanography, climate and biogeochemistry. Much of his research focuses on how the global carbon cycle and ocean ecology respond to natural and human-driven climate change, which may act to either damp or accelerate climate trends. A current focus is on ocean acidification due to the increase in the ocean of carbon dioxide and other chemicals from fossil fuel burning. He is currently the chair of the U.S. Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Program and the U.S. Ocean Carbon and Climate Change Program.
(Term Expires: 2014)


Dr. Fischer is a Professor of Geological Sciences at Brown University. She graduated with a BS in geology and geophysics from Yale in 1983 and received a PhD in geophysics from MIT in 1989. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (Columbia University), shejoined the faculty in the Department of Geological Sciences at Brown in the fall of 1990. She was a Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence from 2004 to 2007.

The overall goal of Dr. Fischer's research is to more clearly image the structure of the Earth's crust and mantle using seismic waves in order to better understand dynamic processes inside the Earth. Our recent work has focused on two topics: the continental lithosphere and its interactions with the deeper mantle, and mantle flow and melting processes in subduction zones. These studies blend analysis of observed seismic body and surface waves - often gathered through temporary field deployments of seismic stations - with numerical modeling of mantle processes and prediction of theoretical waveforms.
(Term Expires: 2014)


Dr. Green is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies. She received her MA and Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Green also received a Master in Public Health from The Johns Hopkins University. Her research, though divergent in orientation, converges around the central theoretical problematic, of how to think dialectically about complex issues of culture, community, violence, and suffering. Her work attempts to trace historical shifts in vulnerability, particularly among peoples across the Americas whose primary identity is indigenous. Dr. Green conducts field research in rural Guatemala, the U.S.-Mexico border, and rural Alaska. Her monograph Fear as a Way of Life: Mayan Widows in Rural Guatemala was published by Columbia University Press (1999) is soon to be published in Spanish in Guatemala.

To Die in the Silence of History: Tuberculosis among Yup’ik peoples of southwestern Alaska is in manuscript preparation. This 3-year ethnographic and archival research project, funded by the National Science Foundation, explores the social consequences of the tuberculosis epidemics that ravaged Native communities, especially the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region during the mid-twentieth century. The manuscript highlights the social consequences of the tuberculosis epidemics of the twentieth century that have been largely overlooked in understanding contemporary Yup’ik lives.

Dr. Green current research, The Invisible Wounds of War, also funded by the National Science Foundation, examines the ways in which Yup’ik combat veterans from Native villages across southwestern Alaska reintegrate into communities with the accompanying stresses of combat. This research seeks to grasp the human and social consequences of war on Yup’ik men’s lives who have served in combat in the U.S. military from three eras — the Vietnam War, the First Gulf War, and the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
(Term Expires: 2014)


Dr. Linda Hayden holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics and Education. She is a professor in the department of Mathematics and Computer Science and the Director of the Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research (CERSER). CERSER works in partnership with federal agencies, other universities, and private corporations on education and research projects, which include CReSIS (focusing on radar and seismic mapping of rapidly changing glacier zones in polar regions to determine impact on global warming and sea level rise). She is Principal Investigator on the NSF CyberInfrastructure for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets REU, the Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) program funded by the Office of Naval Research and a NASA Innovations in Global Climate Change Project.

Dr. Hayden was presented the 2003 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring by the National Science Foundation. She also received the Emerald Award for Educational Leadership from Black Engineers Magazine and most recently the Noble Laureate Faculty Award from NAFEO. She holds an IEEE-USA Award for Professional Achievement, which acknowledges outstanding accomplishment in cultivating student interests in remote sensing, supporting both their involvement in and research presentations at IEEE-Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society conferences.
(Term Expires: 2014)


George M. Hornberger is Distinguished University Professor at Vanderbilt University, where he is the Director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and the Environment. He has a shared appointment as the Craig E. Philip Professor of Engineering and as Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences there. He previously was a professor at the University of Virginia for many years where he held the Ernest H. Ern Chair of Environmental Sciences. He also has been a visiting scholar at the Australian National University, Lancaster University, Stanford University, the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the University of Colorado, and the University of California at Berkeley.

His research is aimed at understanding complex water-energy-climate interrelationships and at how hydrological processes affect the transport of dissolved and suspended constituents through catchments and aquifers. He is an ISI "Highly Cited Researcher" in environmental sciences and engineering, a recognition given to the top 250 individual researchers in each of 21 subject categories. Hornberger is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), a fellow of the Geological Society of America, and a fellow of the Association for Women in Science. He was President of the Hydrology Section of AGU from 2006-2008. He has been a member of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board (a Presidential appointment) since April 2004. He has served on numerous boards and committees of the National Academies, including as chair of the Commission on Geosciences, Environment, and Resources (1996-2000) and chair of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources (2003-2009). Professor Hornberger won the Robert E. Horton Award (Hydrology Section) from the AGU in 1993.

In 1995, he received the John Wesley Powell Award from the USGS. In 1999, he was presented with the Excellence in Geophysical Education Award by the AGU and in 2007 he was selected Virginia Outstanding Scientist. Professor Hornberger is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, having been elected in 1996.
(Term Expires: 2014)


Mr. Huntington is presently the Chair of the Interior Athabascan Tribal College and is serving as the Interior Villages Representative on the Alaska Federation of Natives Board for the 43 villages in the Doyon area.

Mr. Huntington works with professors, non-profit organizations, and colleges regarding the issue of "Climate Change Impacts and the Sustainability of Rural Communities." He also uses and continues to develop the Native American Traditional Ecological Knowledge database.

His research interests are the direct and indirect impacts of subsistence use on fish, animals, and plants of northern ecosystems; the evaluation of current policy and regulations and their affects on the subsistence methods and means of harvesting fish, wildlife, and plants. He is also committed to education and outreach projects that help non-Alaskans understand the culture and subsistence lifestyle of his people.

He has give keynote speeches at various Arctic Research Consortium Arctic Forums and has spoken on panels at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. In 2000, he participated in the Arctic Visiting Speakers' program as a presenter at the Marine Science Institute at Part Aransas, Texas.
(Term Expires: June 2014)


Dr. Isbell is a professor of geosciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He received his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in 1990 in geological sciences, a master’s degree in Geology from Northern Illinois University, and a bachelor’s degree in Geology from Augustana College. He is a sedimentologist and stratigrapher who works on strata associated with the Late Paleozoic Ice Age (LPIA) and the record of environmental change during the Paleozoic and Mesozoic. His work focuses on identifying physical processes and conditions at the time of deposition in glacial, glaciomarine, fluvial, shallow-marine, and deep-marine environments with an emphasis on defining the timing, extent, duration, nature, and driving mechanisms of glaciation during the Carboniferous and Permian. He has investigated the LPIA in Antarctica, South America, southern Africa, and Australia. His current funding includes field work in Antarctica, South America, and northern Siberia.

As of April 2012, Dr. Isbell’s Antarctic experience includes 14 field seasons working in the Transantarctic Mountains and one field season working on sea ice. He has deployed into the deep field, worked out of field camps, and has also worked out of McMurdo in the Dry Valleys region. He has experience in establishing deep field camps (4- to 10-person tent camps and helicopter-supported base camps) using both fixed-wing aircraft (LC-130, Twin Otter, and Basler) and helicopters. His work has also required extensive travel by snowmobile on glaciers along the polar plateau side of the Transantarctic Mountains. He has served on steering committees associated with workshops for the establishment of several deep field camps, and in 2003-04 he served as Chief Scientist at the Beardmore Field Camp.

Dr. Isbell is the author/co-author of over 60 refereed publications, has served as an Associate Editor of the journal PALAIOS, has co-edited the Geological Society of America Special Paper 441 (Resolving the late Paleozoic Ice Age in Time and Space), and is co-editing a special volume of the journal Gondwana Research. He is a member of the Society of Sedimentary Geology (SEPM), the International Association of Sedimentologists, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and is a Fellow with the Geological Society of America. He also works with teachers in southeastern Wisconsin giving them research experience in geology and in helping them to build stronger science curriculums.
(Term Expires: 2014)


Jeanne Kosch is a senior program manager with over 30 years’ experience in creating and managing innovative and cost effective national scale and long-term occupational safety, health, and environmental programs. She is skilled in policy analysis, policy development program, program evaluation, injury prevention, risk management, accident investigation, environmental management, and working with diverse international groups and cultures while using a national and international network of professional contact in and out of government.

Jeanne was selected to serve as the first Director of Occupational Safety, Health, and Environment at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). She built, staffed, and planned for resources to sustain the office in meeting mission responsibilities. She collaborated, negotiated, and built coalitions with inter- and intra-agency offices on safety, health, and environmental issues.  She served as a certified Program Manager with responsibilities that included multimillion dollar contracts for direct field support, Industrial Hygiene studies, the Safety Information System, and Job Hazard Analysis, environmental issues, and the TSA Health Clinic. She developed broad tenants for a Safety Information System that involves a relational database for collecting and analyzing information such as injuries, job hazard analysis findings, and safety inspection reports. The result was to have a one-step system that incorporated all injury data in one place rather than multiple databases.

Prior to TSA, Jeanne held various positions in Defense and Transportation with an emphasis on reducing injuries, accomplishing the mission, and protecting the environment. She executed the safety program at the Department of Transportation involving over 100,000 employees, approximately 15,000 facilities and 8,000 motor vehicles. She worked internationally in developing safety standards based on unique military requirements and respect for the German political environment. She led the project that set the safety criteria for live fire and training ranges synthesizing safety and environmental concerns with the Army training mission both domestic and international. Ms. Kosch performed a special safety program evaluation of the Multinational Forces in Sinai, Egypt, involving 11 nations.

Ms. Kosch holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Pennsylvania State University. While enrolled in the Doctoral Program in Public Administration at the University of Southern California, her areas of concentration were leadership and program evaluation.
(Term Expires: 2014)


Dr. Kellogg is a Professor of Geosciences at the University of California at Davis. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell in 1988. From 1992 to 1997, she was a Presidential Faculty Fellow. Her research interests are in dynamics of the solid Earth, focusing on two areas: understanding how convection in the Earth's mantle operates and drives geologic processes, and understanding the forces causing earthquakes and landscape change. Current projects include: computer modeling of the thermal and chemical evolution of the Earth; modeling the dynamics of mixing in the Earth's mantle; modeling and observing deformation in the crust associated with earthquakes. Other research interests include scientific visualization to explore the Earth's surface and interior.
(Term Expires: June 2014)


Dennis J. McGillicuddy, Jr. is a Senior Scientist in the Department of Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. His primary research interest is the interface between the fluid dynamics and the biology of the sea. He has pursued physical-biological-chemical interactions in four contexts: (1) the role of eddies in biogeochemical cycling of the open ocean, (2) impacts of coastal circulation on zooplankton dynamics, (3) the dynamics of harmful algal blooms, and (4) larval dispersal in deep-sea vent communities.

Dr. McGillicuddy's first foray into polar research is currently underway with a project entitled Processes Regulating Iron Supply at the Mesoscale (PRISM). In austral summer 2011-2012 he served as chief scientist on the R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer on a voyage to the Ross Sea in pursuit of PRISM objectives.

Dr. McGillicuddy received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1993 and joined the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution later that year as a Postdoctoral Scholar. He was appointed to the scientific staff in 1996. He is author or co-author of over 80 refereed publications.

Dr. McGillicuddy has been very active in the oversight of large interdisciplinary oceanographic programs on both national and international levels, having served on the scientific steering committees of the Joint Global Ocean Flux Study, the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Program, and the Global Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms. Dr. McGillicuddy currently serves as Deputy Director of the Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health.
(Term Expires: 2014)


Dr. Powers is a Project Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado.  He received a B.A. in Mathematics and Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia.  Also an attorney, Dr. Powers received a J.D. from Stanford University, practiced law in California, and is a member of the California Bar Association.  He received both an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington.  He has worked at NCAR since the early 1990s.

Dr. Powers is in the Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology (MMM) Division of the NCAR Environmental Systems Laboratory.  His work and research focus on the application of numerical models to study and predict weather phenomena, and his scientific interests include NWP, Antarctic meteorology, and synoptic meteorology.  He heads the Real-Time Systems Subgroup of the Mesoscale Prediction Group in the MMM Division.  He is the NCAR WRF (Weather Research and Forecasting model) manager and chairs the WRF Release Committee. 

Having led numerous projects at NCAR in the development of real-time NWP systems since 2000, he has headed the Antarctic Mesoscale Prediction System (AMPS) effort.  AMPS provides real-time numerical weather guidance for the U.S. Antarctic Program and serves other nations with scientific operations in Antarctica.  Dr. Powers is the managing scientist for NCAR’s mesoscale model support, research, and development for the U.S. Air Force (Air Force Weather Agency).  He has published papers on mesoscale model research, development, and applications and has lectured on the MM5, WRF, and their applications.  He serves on various conference organizing committees as well as advisory committees for the NSF program EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) and for the Office of Polar Programs (OPP).  He is a reviewer for journals in the atmospheric sciences, such as Monthly Weather Review, Journal of Geophysical Research, and the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.
(Term Expires: June 2014)


Harlan E. Spence earned his BA in Astronomy and Physics at Boston University in 1983 and his MS and PhD in Geophysics and Space Physics at UCLA in 1985 and 1989. His early research was on the physics of the terrestrial magnetosphere, namely global structure and dynamics of space plasmas. Between 1989 and 1994, Spence worked at The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, CA where he had his first experimental experience, leading the development of an energetic charged particle instrument on the NASA Polar mission. In 1994, Spence returned to Boston University as an Assistant Professor of Astronomy and moved up through the ranks to full Professor and Department Chair over his 15 years there. In 2010, Spence joined the University of New Hampshire where he assumed the Directorship of EOS and also holds a Professorship in the Department of Physics. His research interests include theoretical and experimental space plasma physics; cosmic rays and radiation belt processes; heliospheric, planetary magnetospheric, lunar, and auroral physics.
(Term Expires: 2014)


Dr. Taylor has been the dean of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) since July 1, 2006. Taylor had served as acting associate dean of research at SOEST since 1994 and has been a faculty member at UH Manoa since 1982. He has secured more than $8 million in grants and contracts, conducted more than 30 oceanographic research cruises, authored 90 papers and edited nine books. As part of the SOEST leadership team he oversaw Ship Operations, Marine Technicians, Oceanographic Instrumentation, Shipboard Scientific Equipment, and Seafloor Mapping.

Taylor serves on the Board of Governors for the Joint Oceanographic Institutions and the Consortium of Oceanographic Research and Education. He has also exhibited scientific leadership with the western Pacific ALVIN submersible dive program, the continental MARGINS program, the Ocean Drilling Program, and the decadel program of RIDGE 2000 integrated studies in the Lau Basin.

Taylor received his doctoral and master’s degrees in marine geology and geophysics from Columbia University, and a bachelor of science degree in geology and geophysics from the University of Sydney.
(Term Expires: 2014)


Dr. Whittaker is the Dean of the School of Computer, Math and Natural Sciences at Morgan State University. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1982 from Morgan State University and the doctoral degree in Physiology and Biophysics from Howard University in 1988. He then joined the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, Tennessee as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Neuroscience Center of Excellence. Dr. Whittaker later joined the faculty of Howard University, and subsequently Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in Atlanta, GA, where he served for 14 years in the Departments of Anatomy & Neurobiology as well as Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. While at Morehouse, he conducted research in basal ganglia anatomy and physiology and spearheaded an initiative to establish the MSM Developmental Neuroscience Program. This initiative drove the design and construction of the current Neuroscience Institute, the first of its kind in a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), and became a prototype for 12 new NIH-supported Specialized Neuroscience Research Programs currently existing at minority-serving institutions across the United States.
(Term Expires: 2014)

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