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Alan T. Waterman Award Committee Biographies 2014


Chairman, 2014
Department of Sociology and
The Social & Economic Sciences Research Center
Washington State University
Pullman, WA

Dr. Dillman is Regents Professor in the Department of Sociology at Washington State University. He also serves as Deputy Director for Research and Development in the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC).

He is recognized internationally as a major contributor to the development of modern mail, telephone and Internet survey methods. In 1970, he was founding coordinator of the SESRC's Public Opinion Laboratory (1970-1973), one of the first university-based telephone survey laboratories in the United States. His book, Mail and Telephone Surveys: The Total Design Method (1978), was the first to provide detailed procedures for conducting surveys by these methods, and was recognized in 1990 by the Institute for Scientific Information as a "Citation Classic." It has been cited in more than 3,600 scientific publications. From 1991-1995 he served as the senior survey methodologist in the Office of the Director, U.S. Bureau of the Census, where he provided leadership for the development of new questionnaire designs and procedures for the 2000 Decennial Census and other government surveys. This and related work on other federal agency surveys led to his receiving the Roger Herriot Award for innovation in federal statistics in September 2000.

He was the 2001-2002 President of the American Association of Public Opinion Research. Other significant accomplishments include being selected as a Fellow in Class I (1980-83) and advisor to Class XI (1990-93) of the Kellogg Foundation's National Fellowship Program; President (1984-85) of the Rural Sociological Society and recipient of its Excellence in Research (1998) and Distinguished Rural Sociologist (2008) awards; election as a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1987) and the American Statistical Association (1995); and 2002 recipient of the Society for Applied Sociology Lester F. Ward Award for Distinguished Contributions to Applied Sociology. He received the American Association of Public Opinion Research "AAPOR Award" for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement in 2002, and in 2006, the World Association for Public Opinion Research "Helen Dinerman Award" for career contributions to innovative research and methodology. At Washington State University, he was the 1985 presenter of the Distinguished Faculty Address; 1994 recipient of the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Achievement Award; 1995 winner of the University Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Research; and 2002 recipient of the Eminent Faculty Award, WSU's highest faculty honor.

Dr. Dillman has three degrees from Iowa State University (B.S. Agronomy, 1964; M.S. Rural Sociology, 1966; Ph.D. Sociology, 1969). He came to Washington State University in 1969 as an assistant professor and has served the University as Chair of the Department of Rural Sociology (1973-81) and Director of the SESRC (1986-1996).

For more information visit his website at: http://www.sesrc.wsu.edu/dillman/bio.html

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Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC

As Vice Chancellor of the Office of Research, Innovation & Economic Development at NC State University, Dr. Lomax is responsible for research policy, private and governmental partnerships, and planning and administration for research, innovation, and economic development efforts. An award-winning researcher, she is also a professor of plant biology at the University. The Office of Research, Innovation & Economic Development supports NC State's research and innovation communities and partners; advocates for necessary resources; and maximizes the benefits of NC State research and innovation for our region and state.

Dr. Lomax arrived at NC State in the fall of 2006 as Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research. Before arriving at NC State, she was on assignment from Oregon State University to NASA Headquarters in Washington DC, where she served as division director of the Fundamental Space Biology programs, acting Deputy Associate Administrator for Research in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, and Senior Policy Analyst for the NASA Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation and Senior Education Advisor to NASA's Office of Education. In those capacities, she provided analytical decision-making support, policy recommendations, and advice to senior management with special emphasis on scientific research and education.

>A member of the faculty at Oregon State University from 1987 until 2006, Dr. Lomax rose from Assistant to Associate to Full Professor of Botany and the Center for Gene Research and Biotechnology. She was founder and Director of a K-12 outreach program, Science Connections, and the Program for the Analysis of Biotechnology Issues, serving as lead communicator for the State of Oregon for agricultural biotechnology.

Among her honors and accomplishments, Dr. Lomax has been named a Fulbright Fellow, Carnegie Fellow, National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, and Monsanto Research Fellow. She was selected as an Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Fellow in 2001 and received intensive training in communicating complex issues to the media, policymakers, business leaders, and the public. In 2004, she was presented the Founders Award of the American Society of Gravitational and Space Biology. A recipient of several faculty awards at Oregon State, she was named the Mortar Board ‘Top Prof' in 2002.

Dr. Lomax holds a B.S. in Botany from the University of Washington, a M.S. in Botany/Biology from San Diego State University, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. She carried out postdoctoral work at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Department of Plant Biology and the University of Washington, Botany Department.

For more information visit her website at: http://research.ncsu.edu/our-office/vice-chancellors-message/terri-lomax/

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Frederick G. Keyes Professor of Chemistry
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA

Richard R. Schrock obtained his B. A. degree in 1967 from the University of Calfornia at Riverside and his Ph. D. degree from Harvard University in 1971. He spent one year as an NSF postdoctoral fellow at Cambridge University followed by three years at the Central Research and Development Department of E. I. duPont de Nemours and Company. In 1975 he moved to M.I.T. where he became full professor in 1980 and the Frederick G. Keyes Professor of Chemistry in 1989.

His interests include the inorganic and organometallic chemistry of high oxidation state early metal complexes (especially those that contain an alkylidene ligand), catalytic reactions and mechanisms of reactions involving alkylidene complexes, especially olefin metathesis reactions, the chemistry of high oxidation state dinitrogen and related complexes, and the controlled synthesis of polymers prepared using well-defined organometallic initiators. He is perhaps best known for his discovery of "high oxidation state carbene" (alkylidene complexes) by alpha hydrogen abstraction in high oxidation state metal alkyl complexes. In the last several years he has applied alkylidene chemistry toward the controlled polymerization of cyclic olefins via ring-opening-metathesis polymerization (ROMP). He also has been studying the catalytic reduction of dinitrogen by molybdenum complexes at room temperature and pressure. His most recent focus is on the synthesis and applications of new monoalkoxide pyrrolide (MAP) olefin metathesis catalysts for Z selective olefin metathesis reactions.

R. R. Schrock has been an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar. He has received the ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry (1985), the Harrison Howe Award of the Rochester ACS section (1990), an Alexander von Humboldt Award (1995), the ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry (1996), the Bailar Medal from the University of Illinois (1998), and an ACS Cope Scholar Award in 2001. He was the Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Lecturer and Medalist (2002) and the Sir Edward Frankland Prize Lecturer (2004), has received the F. Albert Cotton Award in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry (2006), the Theodore Richards Medal from the Northeast ACS section (2006), and the August Wilhelm von Hofmann Medal from the German Chemical Society (2005). In 2005 he shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Y. Chauvin and R. H. Grubbs. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, and is a foreign member of the Royal Society. He was Associate Editor of Organometallics for eight years, and has published over 535 research papers.

For more information visit his website here: http://web.mit.edu/rrs/www/people.html

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Dean of the School of Natural Sciences
University of California, Merced
Merced, CA

Dr. Meza is Dean of the School of Natural Sciences at the University of California, Merced, having taken that position in September 2011. Previously, he served as Department Head and Senior Scientist for High Performance Computing Research at E.O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he worked in computational science and mathematics, computer science and future technologies, scientific data management, visualization, and numerical algorithms and application development. In that position, he was also responsible for developing short and long-term R&D plans and proposing new technology directions. His current research interests include nonlinear optimization with an emphasis on methods for parallel computing. He has also worked on various scientific and engineering applications including scalable methods for nanoscience, power grid reliability, molecular conformation problems, optimal design chemical vapor deposition furnaces, and semiconductor device modeling. Prior to joining Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Dr. Meza held the position of Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories and served as the manager of the Computational Sciences and Mathematics Research department. He was recently named to Hispanic Business magazine's Top 100 Influentials in the area of science. In addition, he has been elected a Fellow of the AAAS and was the 2008 recipient of the Blackwell-Tapia Prize and the SACNAS Distinguished Scientist Award. He was also a member of the team that won the 2008 ACM Gordon Bell Award for Algorithm Innovation. Dr. Meza has served on numerous external committees including the DOE's Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee; the Human Resources Advisory Committee for the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute; the boards of trustees for the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics and SIAM; the Board of Governors for the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications; and the External Advisory Committee for the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure.

For more information visit his website here: https://naturalsciences.ucmerced.edu/people/juan-c-meza

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Birck Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Dean of the Graduate School
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN

Mark J. T. Smith received his B.S. degree from MIT and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology, all in electrical engineering. He joined the electrical and computer engineering (ECE) faculty at Georgia Tech in 1984, where he remained for the next 18 years. While working primarily on the Atlanta campus, he spent several terms in 1991-93 on the Institute's European campus in Metz, France. Five years later he served a four-year term as the Executive Assistant to the President of Georgia Tech. In January, 2003, he joined the faculty at Purdue University as Head of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), the largest School at Purdue with the largest graduate program. Smith has been and continues to be active in the national ECE Department Heads Association where he served as president and active in outcome assessment and accreditation activities through his service with ABET (the engineering accreditation board). He is a member of the National Academies Army Board of Science and Technology and the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) Board of Directors. Presently, Smith serves as Dean of the Purdue University Graduate School, a position he's held since 2009.

Dean Smith's scholarly interests are in the area of digital signal processing. Over the years, he has supervised and graduated 30 PhD students. He holds the Michael & Katherine Birck endowed professorship at Purdue, is a Fellow of the IEEE, and is a former IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He has six patents and has authored or co-authored 260 publications, including six international standards publications. Smith is the co-author of two introductory books, Introduction to Digital Signal Processing and Digital Filtering; co-author of the graduate-level textbook, A Study Guide for Digital Image Processing; co-editor of the book, Wavelets and Subband Transforms; and editor of a new book, GPS for Graduate School—Students Share Their Stories.

Dean Smith is a strong advocate for inclusion and diversity. He leads the NSF Midwest Crossroads AGEP (Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate), is co-PI on Purdue's American Indian Graduate Program funded by the Sloan Foundation to increase the number of graduates with Master's and PhD degrees, and is a member of Purdue's NSF funded ADVANCE program leadership team, tasked with increasing the participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers.

In addition to professional service, teaching, and research, Dr. Smith's past includes athletic training and competition in the sport of fencing. He was national champion of the United States in 1981 and 1983 and is a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic team (1980 and 1984).

For more information visit his website here: https://engineering.purdue.edu/ECE/People/profile?resource_id=2636

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Professor, Department of Chemistry and of Materials Science and Engineering and S.K. and Angela Chan Distinguished Chair Professor in Energy
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Peidong Yang received a B.S. in chemistry from University of Science and Technology of China in 1993 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University in 1997. He did postdoctoral research at University of California, Santa Barbara before joining the faculty in the department of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley in 1999. He is currently professor in the Department of Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering; and a senior faculty scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is S. K. and Angela Chan Distinguished Chair Professor in Energy. He was recently elected as MRS Fellow, and the member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is one of the founding members for DOE Energy Innovation Hub: Joint Center for Artificial Photosysnthesis (JCAP) and served as its north director for the first two years. Yang is an associate editor for Journal of the American Chemical Society and also serves on editorial advisory board for number of journals including Acct. Chem. Res. and Nano. Lett. He was the founder of the Nanoscience subdivision within American Chemical Society. He has co-founded two startups Nanosys Inc. and Alphabet Energy Inc. He is the recipient of MRS Medal, Baekeland Medal, Alfred P. Sloan research fellowship, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, MRS Young Investigator Award, Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics, ACS Pure Chemistry Award, and Alan T. Waterman Award. According to ISI (Thomas Reuters), Yang is ranked as No. 1 in materials science and No. 10 in chemistry for the past 10 years based on average citation per paper, and he has an h-index of 108. His main research interest is in the area of one dimensional semiconductor nanostructures and their applications in nanophotonics and energy conversion.

For more information visit his website here: http://nanowires.berkeley.edu

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Professor of Physics
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ

Ali Yazdani is a professor of Physics at Princeton University whose research program focuses on the development and application of novel experimental methods to directly visualize exotic electronic phenomena in solids. Through these studies he has been at the forefront of researching many novel electronic phenomena in condensed matter systems.

Yazdani received his BA in Physics from UC Berkeley in 1989, and his PhD in Physics from Stanford University in 1995. He was a postdoctoral scientist at IBM's Almaden Research Center in California, where he pioneered experiments to probe superconductivity on the atomic scale with the scanning tunneling microscope in the early 90s. After IBM, he went on to establish a research program as a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997, and then as a professor of Physics at Princeton University in 2005.

Yazdani's research program spans experiments on high temperature superconductivity, magnetism in semiconductors, nanoscience, and the newly discovered topological phases of electrons. In each area, his research group has carried out important experiments by combining the power of imaging matter on the atomic scale and high precision spectroscopic measurements of electron behavior in exotic materials. Yazdani is a fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science and American Physical Society, and received an NSF Early Faculty Career Development Award and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship. He has recently been a Pagels Lecturer at the Aspen Center for Physics and a Kavli Lecturer at the Delft Institute of Technology, Netherlands.

For more information visit his website here: http://www.princeton.edu/prism/people/faculty-1/yazdani/

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Board of Trustees Professor
Department of Economics
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

Charles F. Manski has been Board of Trustees Professor in Economics at Northwestern University since 1997. He previously was a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1983-98), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1979-83), and Carnegie Mellon University (1973-80). He received his B.S. and Ph.D. in economics from M. I. T. in 1970 and 1973. Manski's research spans econometrics, judgment and decision, and the analysis of social policy. He is author of Public Policy in an Uncertain World (Harvard 2013), Identification for Prediction and Decision (Harvard 2007), Social Choice with Partial Knowledge of Treatment Response (Princeton 2005), Partial Identification of Probability Distributions (Springer, 2003), Identification Problems in the Social Sciences (Harvard 1995), and Analog Estimation Methods in Econometrics (Chapman & Hall, 1988), co-author of College Choice in America (Harvard 1983), and co-editor of Evaluating Welfare and Training Programs (Harvard 1992) and Structural Analysis of Discrete Data with Econometric Applications (MIT 1981). He has served as Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty (1988-91) and as Chair of the Board of Overseers of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (1994-98).

Editorial service includes terms as editor of the Journal of Human Resources(1991-94),co-editor of the Econometric Society Monograph Series (1983-88), member of the Editorial Board of the Annual Review of Economics (from 2007), and associate editor of the Annals of Applied Statistics (2006-10), Econometrica, (1980-88), Journal of Economic Perspectives (1986-89), Journal of the American Statistical Association (1983-85, 2002-04), and Transportation Science (1978-84). Service at the National Research Council includes being Chair of the Committee on Data and Research for Policy on Illegal Drugs (1998-2001) and a member of the Report Review Committee (from 2010), the Committee on Law and Justice (from 2009), the Board on Mathematical Sciences and their Applications (2004-2007), the Committee on National Statistics (1996-2000), and the Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (1992-98).

Manski is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, and an elected fellow of the Econometric Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

For more information visit his website: http://faculty.wcas.northwestern.edu/~cfm754/

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Editor-in-Chief, Science
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Washington, DC

Appointed as the director of the USGS in 2009, McNutt joined a group of accomplished scientists selected for top government posts by President Obama. During her tenure, the USGS responded to a number of major disasters, including earthquakes in Haiti and Chile and the Deep Horizon oil spill.

Prior to joining the USGS, McNutt served as president and chief executive officer of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), in Moss Landing, CA. She began her faculty career at MIT where she became the Griswold Professor of Geophysics and served as Director of the Joint Program in Oceanography & Applied Ocean Science & Engineering, offered by MIT & the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

McNutt served as President of the American Geophysical Union from 2000-2002. She was Chair of the Board of Governors for Joint Oceanographic Institutions, helping to bring about its merger with the Consortium for Ocean Research and Education to become the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, for which she served as Trustee. She is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the International Association of Geodesy.

McNutt's honors and awards include membership in the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She also holds honorary doctoral degrees from Colorado College, University of Minnesota, Monmouth University and Colorado School of Mines. She was awarded the Macelwane Medal by the American Geophysical Union in 1988 for research accomplishments by a young scientist and the Maurice Ewing Medal in 2007 for her significant contributions to deep-sea exploration.

She has served on numerous evaluation and advisory boards for institutions such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Stanford University, Harvard University, Science Magazine and Schlumberger.

For more information visit her website: http://www.aaas.org/news/releases/2013/0402_mcnutt.shtml

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Professor and Chair, Department of Neuroscience
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, OH

Dr. Nelson is a Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at The Ohio State University. He is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and a member of the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research at The Ohio State University School of Medicine. He also serves as co-director for the Neuroscience Graduate Studies Program.

He received his AB degree in Psychology in 1978 at the University of California at Berkeley. He began his graduate career at Berkeley with work on canine behavioral sex differentiation with Dr. Frank Beach. After receiving his MA in Psychology in 1980, he began focusing on circadian rhythms and photoperiodism with Dr. Irving Zucker. He earned a PhD in Psychology in 1983, as well as a second PhD in Endocrinology in 1984 from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Nelson then went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in reproductive physiology with Drs. Frank Bronson and Claude Desjardins at the Institute for Reproductive Biology at the University of Texas, Austin from 1984-1986.

Dr. Nelson served on the faculty at The Johns Hopkins University from 1986 until 2000 where he was Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He joined the faculty at OSU in the fall of 2000. Dr. Nelson has published over 200 research articles and several books describing studies in seasonality, behavioral endocrinology, biological rhythms, immune function, sex behavior, and aggressive behaviors.

For more information visit his website: http://faculty.psy.ohio-state.edu/nelson/

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Elisha Benjamin Andrews Professor of Mathematics
Brown University
Providence, RI

Jill Pipher, professor of mathematics, is director of the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics. At ICERM, Pipher leads a team of six faculty directors and eight staff who operate scientific programs for almost 1,000 visiting faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and undergraduates tackling crucial mathematics challenges. ICERM is one of eight National Science Foundation Mathematical Sciences Research Institutes nationwide, and the only one led by a woman.

In February 2011, Pipher was named president of the Association for Women in Mathematics, which encourages women and girls to study and have active careers in the mathematical sciences and promotes equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the field. The association organizes workshops, lectures and prizes for female mathematicians; matches mentors to young women interested in math and science; and supports national high school mathematics days.

Pipher's research interests include harmonic analysis, partial differential equations, and cryptography. That work has led to the recent founding of a new technology company. Her awards include an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship, Presidential Young Investigator Award, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Fellowship, and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship.

For more information visit her website: http://www.math.brown.edu/~jpipher/

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Provost and Executive Vice President
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX

Karan L. Watson, Ph.D., P.E., was appointed provost and executive vice president for academic affairs on March 8, 2011. She had served in the interim position since July 28, 2009. She previously served as vice provost at Texas A&M University from December 2008 to July 2009 and as dean of faculties and associate provost from February 2002 to December 2008. She joined the faculty of Texas A&M University in 1983 and is currently a Regents Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Before assuming the position of dean of faculties and associate provost, Dr. Watson served as the associate dean for graduate studies in the Dwight Look College of Engineering. She also served the Look College as associate dean for academic affairs and as a member of the Faculty Senate. She was interim vice president and associate provost for diversity from November 2005 to September 2006, a role that she again held from December 2008 until July 2009.

Dr. Watson is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the American Society for Engineering Education. Her awards and recognitions include the U.S. President's Award for Mentoring Minorities and Women in Science and Technology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science mentoring award, the IEEE International Undergraduate Teaching Award, the College of Engineering Crawford Teaching Award, and two University-level Distinguished Achievement Awards from The Texas A&M University Association of Former Students—one in Student Relations in 1992 and one in Administration in 2010.

Dr. Watson has chaired the graduate committees of 34 doctoral students and more than 60 master's degree students. In 2003–2004, she served as a Senior Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering Center for the Advancement of Scholarship in Engineering Education. Since 1991, she has served as an accreditation evaluator and commissioner and is now on the Board of Directors for ABET, Inc., formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, and currently serves as its president.

For more information visit her website: http://provost.tamu.edu/about-the-provost/meet-the-provost


Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Thatcher Presidential Endowed Chair in Biological Chemistry
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

Cynthia J. Burrows received a B. A. in chemistry from the University of Colorado in 1975 and a Ph. D. in chemistry at Cornell University in 1982. Following two years as an NSF-CNRS postdoctoral fellow at Universite Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, she then held the positions of assistant through full professor of chemistry at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (1983-1995), before returning to the West to take a position at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in 1995. She currently serves as chair of the Department of Chemistry.

Dr. Burrows has research interests in the chemical mechanisms of DNA modification with a particular focus on pathways related to oxidative stress. Her laboratory has characterized new oxidation products of guanosine and uncovered unusual biochemical phenomena related to DNA and RNA modification and repair. Recent focal points include the study of G-quadruplex-forming sequences in promoter and telomeric regions of the genome, the application of single-molecule methods to examine DNA modifications in protein nanopores, and an interest in DNA and RNA photochemistry relevant to the origins of life.

Prof. Burrows has been a member of numerous editorial boards and review panels; from 2001-2013, she served as Senior Editor of the Journal of Organic Chemistry, and in 2014, began as Editor-in-Chief of Accounts of Chemical Research. She is a past recipient of the Robert Parry Teaching Award and in 2011 of the University Distinguished Teaching Award; her research was recently recognized with the ACS Utah Award, ACS Cope Scholar Award, and the University of Utah's Distinguished Creative and Scholarly Research Award. In 2009, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2013 she was appointed the inaugural holder of the Thatcher Presidential Endowed Chair of Biological Chemistry. In 2014, she received the Linda K. Amos Award for Distinguished Service to Women at the University of Utah and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Burrows' research website: http://www.chem.utah.edu/directory/burrows/research-group/index.php


Endowed Chair, Bezos Family Foundation for Early Childhood Learning
Co-Director, Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences
Director, NSF Science of Learning Center (LIFE)
Professor, Speech and Hearing Sciences
University of Washington

Dr. Patricia K. Kuhl holds the Bezos Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning and is Co-Director of the UW Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, Director of the University of Washington's NSF Science of Learning Center, and Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is internationally recognized for her research on early language and bilingual brain development, for pioneering brain measures on young children, and studies that show how young children learn. She presented her work at two White House conferences (Clinton White House in 1997 and Bush White House in 2001).

Dr. Kuhl is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Rodin Academy, and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Acoustical Society of America, the American Psychological Society, and the Cognitive Science Society. Dr. Kuhl was awarded the Silver Medal of the Acoustical Society of America in 1997. She received the University of Washington's Faculty Lectureship Award in 1998. In 2005, she was awarded the Kenneth Craik Research Award from Cambridge University. In 2007, Dr. Kuhl was awarded the University of Minnesota's Outstanding Achievement Award. In Paris in 2008, Dr. Kuhl was awarded the Gold Medal of the Acoustical Society of America for her work on early learning and brain development. In November 2011 in Paris, she was awarded the IPSEN Foundation's Jean-Louis Signoret Neuropsychology Prize. Dr. Kuhl is co-author of The Scientist in the Crib: Minds, Brains, and How Children Learn (Harper Collins). Dr. Kuhl's TED talk can be viewed at: http://www.ted.com/talks/patricia_kuhl_the_linguistic_genius_of_babies.html

Link to Dr. Kuhl's website: http://ilabs.washington.edu/kuhl


University Distinguished Professor and Advisor in Marine Studies
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR

Dr. Lubchenco is a marine ecologist and environmental scientist with expertise in oceans, biodiversity, climate change, and interactions between the environment and human well-being. She served as Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from 2009-2013 after being nominated by President Obama in December 2008 as part of his "Science Dream Team." She received her B.A. in biology from Colorado College, M.S. in zoology from the University of Washington, and Ph.D. in ecology from Harvard University. Her academic career as a professor began at Harvard (1975-1977) and continued at Oregon State University until her appointment as NOAA administrator. Jane is one of the "most highly cited" ecologists in the world; eight of her publications are recognized as "Science Citation Classics"; she is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society the Royal Society and The World Academy of Sciences. She has served as president of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the Ecological Society of America. She served on the Pew Oceans Commission, the Joint Oceans Commission Initiative, the Aspen Institute Arctic Commission, Council of Advisors for Google Ocean and the Blue Ribbon Panel for the World Bank's Global Partnership for Oceans.

Dr. Lubchenco has received numerous awards including a MacArthur "genius" award, 19 honorary doctorates, the Heinz Award for the Environment, and the Blue Planet Prize. She was named "2010 Newsmaker of the Year" by the scientific journal Nature. She promotes the concept of 'a social contract for scientists' in which scientists pursue and share knowledge that is relevant to society's most pressing problems, and do so with transparency, honesty and humility. She co-founded three organizations that enhance communication of scientific knowledge to the public, policy makers, media and industry: The Leopold Leadership Program, the Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea (COMPASS), and Climate Central, and she co-founded a research consortium, PISCO that focuses on understanding the near-shore along the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California.

Link to Dr. Lubchenco's website: http://mytilus.science.oregonstate.edu/lubchenco/

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