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[Alessa] Dr. Lilian Alessa heads the Resilience and Adaptive Management Group at the University of Alaska, 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 and 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 and is a Professor at University of Idaho. (Term expires: 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 expires: September 2015)


[Booksh] Dr. Karl S. Booksh 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). He is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Delaware. 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: September 2015)


Michelle Buchanan is the Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and is responsible for Chemical Sciences, Materials Science and Technology, Physics, and the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences. She has served as the Director of the Chemical Sciences Division, Associate Director of the Life Sciences Division and Group Leader for Organic and Biological Mass Spectrometry at ORNL. She has over 150 scientific publications and reports, holds two patents, and was editor of a book on Fourier transform mass spectrometry. She has held positions in the Analytical Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society and the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. She is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. She served as a member of the editorial boards of Analytical Chemistry, Organic Mass Spectrometry, Journal of Mass Spectrometry, Biological and Environmental Mass Spectrometry, and Frensenius Journal of Analytical Chemistry. She is a member of the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, National Academy of Sciences. Her Ph.D. is in Analytical Chemistry from University of Wisconsin-Madison. (AC MPS, Term expires: 2016)


Andres F. Clarens is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Virginia and the Director of the Virginia Environmentally Sustainable Technologies Laboratory. He is an author or coauthor on over 30 archival papers focused broadly on anthropogenic carbon flows and the ways that CO2 is manipulated, reused, and sequestered in engineered systems. The results of his work are important for developing efficient strategies for mitigating the emissions that are driving climate change and for understanding how infrastructure systems must be adapted to meet these changes. For his work, he has received a variety of awards including the National Science Foundation CAREER award and the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund Young Investigator Award. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia and an M.S.E. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan. In his spare time, Prof Clarens also enjoys running, backpacking, fly-fishing, and traveling. (AC ENG, Term Expires 2017)


[DeSouza]Roger-Mark is a recognized analyst, author, and speaker on linking social and policy aspects of human health and population and the environment in research, advocacy, and evaluation. Roger-Mark's experience is grounded 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. Scott C. Doney is a Professor of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry and Director of the Ocean and Climate Change Institute at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. His science interests span oceanography, climate and biogeochemistry. Much of his research involves 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 invasion into the ocean of carbon dioxide and other chemicals from fossil fuel burning. He serves on the Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) Scientific Steering Committee the Board of Trustees for = Sea Education Association (SEA). Dr. Doney is a AAAS And AGU Fellow and has been awarded the Huntsman Award for Excellence in Marine Science and the Macelwane Medal from the American Geophysical Union. (AC GEO, Term Expires 2017)


[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)


[Honey] Dr. Margaret Honey, president and CEO, joined the New York Hall of Science in November of 2008. She is widely recognized for her work using digital technologies to support childrens learning across the disciplines of science, mathematics, engineering and technology. Prior to joining NYSCI, she served as a vice president of the Education Development Center and director of EDCs Center for Children and Technology.
Dr. Honey has helped to shape the best thinking about learning and technology with special attention to traditionally underserved audiences. She has directed numerous research projects including efforts to identify teaching practices and assessments for 21st century skills, new approaches to teaching computational science in high schools, collaborations with PBS, CPB and some of the nations largest public television stations, investigations of data-driven decision-making tools and practices; and with colleagues at Bank Street College of Education, she created one of the first internet-based professional development programs in the country. From her early involvement in the award-winning and ground-breaking public television series The Voyage of the Mimi to her decade long collaboration on the education reform team for the Union City (New Jersey) school district, Margaret Honey has led some of the countrys most innovative and successful education efforts. (Term expiration: xxx)


Dr. Charles Lee Isbell, Jr. research passion is artificial intelligence. In particular, he focuses on applying statistical machine learning to building autonomous agents that must live and interact with large numbers of other intelligent agents, some of whom may be human. Lately, Dr. Isbell has turned his energies toward adaptive modeling, especially activity discovery (as distinct from activity recognition); scalable coordination; and development environments that support the rapid prototyping of adaptive agents. As a result he has begun developing adaptive programming languages, worrying about issues of software engineering, and trying to understand what it means to bring machine learning tools to non-expert authors, designers, and developers. Charles also pursues reform in computing education. He was a developer of Threads, Georgia Techs new structuring principle for computing curricula and one of the key developers in Georgia Techs new MOOC-supported Masters of Science in Computer Science, the first of its kind in the world. Recently, he has assumed the role of the Senior Associate Dean for the College. He received his B.S. in Computer Science in 1990 from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998. After four years at AT&T Labs/Research, he returned to Georgia Tech to join the faculty of the College of Computing. (AC-CISE, Term expires May 2015)


[Janetos] Anthony Janetos is the Director of the Pardee center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University. Prior to this, he served as the Director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute and 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. 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 expires: June 2016)



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)



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)


[McGinnis] David L. McGinnis is the Director of the Grants and Sponsored Programs office at Montana State University Billings and is the university representative to the Montana University System Chief Research Officer group. He is an interdisciplinary scientist with publications in climate science, global environmental change, and socio-ecological systems. His primary interest is in developing collaborations among different fields of science to address questions at the intersections between disciplines. He served two years as a program officer at the NSF in the Social Behavioral and Economics (SBE) directorate. During that time, he was a member of the SEES Advisory Committee and served on over ten different SEES (and other) program teams. During this time, he (and the SEES Advisory Committee members) was awarded the Directors Award for Collaboration in 2012. His most recent research has been related to the complex systems relationships of elk, wolves, ecosystems, people, and institutional structures in the Yellowstone region. (Term expiration: 2017)


[Schimel] Dr. David Schimel is a Research Scientist at NASAs Jet Propulsion Lab as well as Chief Science Officer and Principal Investigator for the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). His career has focused on the large-scale relationships of land management and climate change on ecosystem processes and includes expertise in managing large, complex research projects, remote sensing, data management, modeling, and the application of ecological research to science policy development.

Dave served as CEO of NEON from 2006 to 2011, overseeing NEON's design and development phase to successful completion. He also served as a Senior Terrestrial Scientist in NCARs Climate and Global Dynamics Division for 16 years, and was Founding Co-Director of the Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry. Dave is one of the recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in 2007 on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, and has authored more than 150 papers on biogeochemistry, climate impacts on ecosystems, and the global carbon cycle. Hi is Editor in Chief of Ecological Applications for the Ecological Society of America. Dave earned a BA from Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts, and a PhD from Colorado State University. (Term expiration: xxx)

DAVID SKOLE, CHAIR (9/2014-9/2016)

Dr. David Skole is a Professor of Global Ecology at Michigan State University. His research is 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 leading the integration of satellite remote sensing into carbon models and on global environmental monitoring. In recent years, his team has been prominent in the development of measurement and verification methods for forest carbon projects, and has developed and published several protocols for The United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD). Dr. Skole conducts his work out of the Global Observatory for Ecosystem Services lab that focuses on measuring ecosystem services using earth observations, ground measurements, and models. Dr. Skole received his Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire. (Term expires: September 2016)


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