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[Alessa] Dr. Lilian Alessa heads the Resilience and Adaptive Management Group at UAA, and has served on the board of the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States. Her expertise is in the conceptual development and application of complex systems thinking and in the development of research strategies. Her current projects include:
1) Human adaptation to climate change, funded by the National Science Foundation, including International Polar Year projects such as the Indigenous Arctic Observing Network.
2) Studies of cellular organization that informs her current approaches to social ecological complexity.
Dr. Alessa received her Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the University of British Columbia. (Term expiration: December 2015)


David E. Blockstein, Ph.D. is Senior Scientist with the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE). Dr. Blockstein joined the organization in 1990 and served as its first Executive Director until 1993. Dr. Blockstein also serves as Executive Secretary of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD). CEDD, formed in 2001, is the professional organization for the nation's deans of colleges of environment and natural resources and directors of institutes for environmental studies. Dr. Blockstein has worked on a wide range of policy issues including increasing the representation of minorities in science, mechanisms to improve the linkage between science and decisionmaking on environmental issues and electronic processes to communicate scientific information on the environment.(Term expiration: June 2015)


[Booksh] Dr. Karl S. Booksh is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Delaware. His research is focused on the development of in-situ chemical sensors for environmental, biomedical, and industrial process monitoring. In addition to his research expertise, he brings to CEOSE knowledge of issues pertinent to the disabled community while providing his insights on a diversity of issues on equity and inclusion in science and engineering. Dr. Booksh is a member of the Editorial Review Board of Talanta, Advisory Board member of the National Recruiting and Retaining Students with Disabilities in Engineering and Science Board, past member of the American Chemical Society Committee on Chemists with Disabilities, co-editor of Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems Special Issue on Process Chemometrics, member of the Editorial Review board of the journal titled Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems, member of the American Chemical Society, member of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, member of the Editorial Review Board of Analytica Chimica Acta and of the Journal of Chemometrics, North America editor of the Journal of Chemometrics, member of the Coblentz Society, and past co-Director of the Arizona Applied NanoSensors (AzANS). His three-year term as a member of the congressionally mandated Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) began on September 9, 2011. (Term expires: 2014)


[Cutter]Dr. Susan Cutter is a Carolina Distinguished Professor of Geography at the University of
South Carolina. She is also the Director of the Hazards Research Lab, a research and
training center that integrates geographical information processing techniques with
hazards analysis and management. She is the co-founding editor of an interdisciplinary
journal, Environmental Hazards, published by Elsevier.

Dr. Cutter has been working in the risk and hazards fields for more than twenty-five
years and is a nationally recognized scholar in this field. She has authored or edited
eight books and more than 50 peer-reviewed articles. Her most recent book, American
Hazardscapes, for the Joseph Henry Press/National Academy of Sciences, chronicles the increasing hazard vulnerability to natural disaster events in the United States during the last thirty years.

In 1999, Dr. Cutter was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the
Advancement of Science (AAAS), a testimonial to her research accomplishments in the field. Her stature within the discipline of geography was recognized by her election
as President of the Association of American Geographers in 1999-2000. (Term expiration: December 2013)


[DeSouza]With more than 20 years experience, Roger-Mark is a recognized analyst, author, and speaker on reproductive health, population, health and environment linkages, sustainable development, and demographic trends, linking social and policy aspects of these areas in research, advocacy, and evaluation. Roger-Mark's experience also rests in building NGO and government partnerships, implementing field programs, and engaging the philanthropic community. Currently, Roger-Mark is the Director of Population, Environmental Change and Security at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

From 2007 to 2010, as the Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations at the Sierra Club, he planned, led and implemented a multi-million dollar foundation and corporate fundraising program for the Clubs climate recovery work. Prior to working at the Sierra Club, Roger-Mark directed the population, health and environment program at the Population Reference Bureau for 10 years where he designed and implemented research projects, capacity building programs, and communications initiatives in the United States, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Previously, he worked at the World Resources Institute and the Pan American Development Foundation. Roger-Mark holds graduate degrees in international relations and development policy from the George Washington University and the University of the West Indies. He is fluent in French and Spanish. (Term Expiration: June 2015)


[Doney] 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 Expiration: December 2014)


[Fernando]Dr. Fernando received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (1979) from the University of Sri Lanka and M.S. (1982) and Ph.D. (1983) in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics from Johns Hopkins University. He received post-doctoral training in environmental engineering sciences at California Institute of Technology (1983-84). During 1984-2009, he was affiliated with the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Arizona State University, (Assistant Professor 1984-87; Associate Professor 88-92; Professor (92-09). In 1994, Fernando was appointed the founding Director of the Center for Environmental Fluid Dynamics, a position he held till 2009, while holding a co-appointment with the School of Sustainability (2009). In 2010 January he joined the University of Notre Dame as Wayne and Diana Murdy Endowed Professor of Engineering and Geosciences, with the primary affiliation in the Department of Civil Engineering & Geological Sciences and a concurrent appointment in the Department of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering. (Term expiration: June 2015)


[Janetos] Anthony Janetos is the Director of the Pardee center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University.

Between 2006 and 2013, Dr. Janetos was the Director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute.
Previously, he served as vice president of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment in Washington, D.C., where he directed the center's Global Change Program. He has written and spoken widely to policy, business, and scientific audiences on the need for scientific input and scientific assessment in the policymaking process and about the need to understand the scientific, environmental, economic, and policy linkages among the major global environmental issues.
Climate change and other global environmental changes remain among the most serious and difficult environmental issues, Janetos noted recently. The consequences of global change are far-reaching, ranging from impacts on agriculture and ecosystems to potential concerns for human health and long-term sustainable development. Strategies for addressing global change involve technological and economic choices that will themselves affect societies for decades. The technological, scientific, and economic research questions raised by different strategies to deal with the causes and consequences of global change are the foundation for the work of the Joint Global Change Research Institute.

Dr. Janetos has served on several national and international study teams, including working as a co-chair of the U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change. He also was an author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changes Special Report on Land-Use Change and Forestry, the Global Biodiversity Assessment, and a coordinating lead author in the recently published Millennium Ecosystem Assessment . He currently serves as a member of the National Research Councils Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space. Dr. Janetos graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a bachelors degree in biology and earned a masters degree and a Ph.D. in biology from Princeton University. (Term expiration: June 2013)


[Jolly]Dr. Eric J. Jolly is the president of the Science Museum of Minnesota, which is among the nations largest and most-esteemed science museums. He leads a museum that develops and presents educational programs, films and exhibits to 1.3 million people in the upper Midwest and to millions more around the world through its traveling program.

Dr. Jolly is known for his contributions to mathematics and science eworking with such groups as the American Association for the Advancement of ScienNational Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, and the National Science Teachers Association. Dr. Jollys work with youth, families, and communities includes diverse organizations such as Youth Alive!, The InnovaCenter, American Youth Policy Forum, the American Museum of Natural History commuoutreach division, the Open Society Institutes Youth Media Programs and the AAAS HeaFamilies 2010 project.

Prior to joining the Science Museum of Minnesota, Dr. Jolly served as senior scientist and vice president for Education Development Center in Newton, Mass. His responsibilities included fundraising, cultivating relationships with scientific and educational organizations, and coordinating intra-divisional programs. Dr. Jolly has served as senior fellow for the UCLA School of Public Policy, an Osher Fellow for the Exploratorium of San Francisco, and as a Kellogg National Leadership Fellow. He is a member of numerous honor societies, including Sigma Xi, Phi Eta Sigma, Mortarboard, and Golden Key. He is also a life member of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.

Dr. Jolly has a PhD in psychology from the University of Oklahoma. His undergraduate studies were physics and psychology. (Term expiration: 2013)



Dr. Ivor Knight established the Research & Development division of Canon U.S. Life Sciences, Inc. He has over two decades experience in molecular genetic research and the development of DNA-based diagnostic systems. He received a B.S. in Animal and Veterinary Science from West Virginia University, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Maryland at College Park. (Term expiration: June 2015)


[Lall]Dr. Upmanu Lall is a leading expert on hydroclimatology, climate change adaptation, risk analysis and mitigation. His research has emphasized hydrology, water resource systems analysis, operations research and stochastic processes with applications to flood/drought risk and uncertainty assessment and the design and operation of water systems. He has pioneered the application of techniques from (a) nonlinear dynamical systems, (b) nonparametric methods of function estimation and their application to spatio-temporal dynamical systems, and (c) the study of multi-scale climate variability and change as an integral component of hydrologic systems. As new knowledge was created in these areas, he has focused on its application to water resources management through innovation in adaptive or dynamic risk management methods that can use information on the structure of climate for simulation or forecasting. Recently, he has become concerned with the issue of global and regional water sustainability, and the more general issue of modeling and managing planetary change due to coupled human and natural dynamics. He is developing technical and policy tools for the projection and management of environmental change as part of a quantitative approach to sustainability of earth systems.

Dr. Lall received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas in 1981; his
M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas in 1980; and B. Tech in Civil Engineering from the I.I.T. Kanpur, India in 1976.

His current research interests include global water security, hydro-climate modeling, time series analysis and forecasting,
bayes networks for process modeling and decision making, risk and reliability, and water resource management using climate information. (Term expiration: June 2014)



Dr. Lipp received her Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of South Florida. Her areas of specialty include water pollution microbiology, molecular biology, and microbial ecology and her specific research interests are ecology of human pathogens in coastal and other natural waters, the role of environmental exposures in waterborne disease transmission, coastal water quality and wastewater impacts on coral reefs, climate change and waterborne disease, and oceans and human health. (Term expiration: June 2015)


Dr. Bruce Logan is the Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering & Evan Pugh Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. Logan and his collaborators at the Logan lab have: invented a method for sustainable hydrogen production using microbial electrolysis cells (MECs), a method for water desalination that does not require electrical energy from the grid or high pressures called microbial desalination cells, reactors to harness salinity gradient energy in microbial reverse electrodialysis cells (MRCs), and improved direct bioelectricity generation by several orders of magnitude in microbial fuel cells (MFCs). Other research has included the discovery of how large aggregates form in the ocean, called marine snow, that can help to sequester carbon to deep sediments; and molecular and nanoscale techniques to study particle dynamics and microbial adhesion in engineered and natural systems; microbial adhesion and transport.

Logan is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the International Water Association and the Water Environment Foundation. He is an investigator with KAUST (Saudi Arabia) and the Franqui International Chair at Ghent University (2013, Belgium); and a visiting professor at Newcastle University (UK), Tsinghua University, Harbin Institute of Technology, and Dalian University of Technology (China). Dr. Logan received his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
(Term expiration: December 2014)


Dr. Stephanie L. Pfirman is Professor of Environmental Science and Alena Wels Hirschorn '58 and Martin Hirschorn Professor of Environmental and Applied Sciences at Barnard College, and serves as co-Chair of Barnard's Department of Environmental Science. She holds a joint appointment with Columbia University where she is a member of the faculties of the Earth Institute and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Adjunct Research Scientist the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. Prior to joining Barnard, Professor Pfirman was a senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund and co-developer of the award-winning exhibition, "Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast," produced jointly with the American Museum of Natural History.
Professor Pfirmans scientific research focuses on the Arctic environment, in particular on the nature and dynamics of Arctic sea ice under changing climate. Her previous research activities have included melting and surging glaciers and pollution transported by sea ice. In 2010, Pfirman was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in the Section on Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences.
Professor Pfirman is currently principal investigator of the Polar Learning and Responding: PoLAR Climate Change Education Partnership supported by the National Science Foundation. She a member of the National Science Foundations advisory committee for Environmental Research and Education, and served as the Advisory Committees first chair when it was established over a decade ago. Prior service includes Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Office of Polar Programs at NSF; President of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors; member of the National Academy of Sciences Polar Research Board and the study committee on the Legacy and Lessons of International Polar Year 2007-2008.(Term expiration: December 2015)


[Reichmanis] B.S., 1972, Syracuse University
Ph.D. 1975, Syracuse University

Dr. Elsa Reichmanis is a professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and holds a courtesy appointment with the School of Materials Science and Engineering.
Elsa Reichmanis research interests include the chemistry, properties and applications of materials technologies for electronic and photonic applications, with particular focus on polymeric and nanostructured materials for advanced technologies.
Whether oligomeric or polymer in nature, organic materials have been shown to be attractive candidates for both passive and active roles in electronic devices because of their compatibility with high through-put, low cost processing techniques; and their capability to be precisely functionalized through the techniques of organic synthesis to afford desired performance attributes. Structure at both the molecular and nano-scales will impact attributes such as morphology (surface roughness, grain size), adhesion, mechanical integrity, solubility and chemical and environmental stability. These factors in turn will affect device performance, notably electrical performance (mobility, conductivity, on/off ratio, threshold voltage).

The Reichmanis research group is currently exploring polymeric and hybrid organic/inorganic materials chemistries for electronic applications, plastic electronics in particular. To take full advantage of organic semiconductor technology, solution processed materials are required for conventional mass printing applications. This effort requires the development of compatible device materials and processes. Key to understanding the issues leading to the design of new materials and processes engineered to afford desired characteristics is an understanding of materials morphology in both thin films and single crystals. In particular, the former depends not only on inherent materials characteristics, but is also highly dependent upon the deposition process; vacuum vs solution, temperature (of deposition and anneals), molecular environment surrounding the films, etc. Studies related to the understanding of how materials processing impacts morphology and device performance are underway.
Further, how organic based semiconductors interact with the surfaces of other materials involved in device fabrication is important to defining semiconducting performance. Studies are underway to explore these issues and identify optimal materials sets. (Term expiration: December 2015)


Dr. David Skole is a Professor of Global Ecology, Remote Sensing, and GIS at Michigan State University. Dr. Skoles research focuses on the relationship between forests, land use change, the global carbon cycle and climate change. His work uses remote sensing and numerical carbon accounting models, and his team has been spearheading the integration of satellite remote sensing into carbon accounting models and on global environmental monitoring, particularly of tropical forests, and forest ecosystem services. In recent years, his team has been leading the development of measurement, reporting and verification methods for forest carbon projects, and has developed and published several protocols for A/R and REDDS projects. This research bridges both the science and policy aspects of climate change and the global carbon cycle, with work centered on carbon finance and markets, with an emphasis on small holder agro-forestry systems in developing countries.
Dr. Skole conducts his work out of the Global Observatory for Ecosystem Services lab which has three main programs, theTropical Rain Forest Information Center, the Carbon2Markets Project and the Carbon Benefits Project. In the GOES lab, the focus is on measuring ecosystem services using earth observations, ground measurements, and models. The primary focus is on forests and agro-forestry with a special attention to carbon management and carbon markets. Under the Carbon2Markets Project the focus is on combining value chains from carbon in the carbon financial markets and agro-forestry products for small holders in developing countries. Carbon2Markets provides accurate measurements of carbon sequestration from reforestation and agro-forestry land management activities using high resolution remote sensing data, web-GIS tools, and modeling.
Dr. Skole received his Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire. (Term expiration: December 2015)


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