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January 24, 2006

Professor Cliff Davidson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 1/18/06


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Dr. Cliff Davidson is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests and expertise include sustainability as it applies to engineering and the environment; mathematical modeling and measurement of particle dry deposition from the atmosphere onto vegetation, structures, and surrogate surfaces; and use of glacial records to understand historical air pollution trends.

The new Center for Sustainable Engineering is being created by a collaborative research team led by Carnegie Mellon University, The University of Texas at Austin, and Arizona State University. The center, supported by $1.7 million from the National Science Foundation and $350,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency, is designed to help future engineers better manage increased stress on the world’s limited resources.

The Center for Engineering Sustainability plans to help galvanize engineering programs into action. Programs will include holding workshops to improve engineering faculty teaching, creating a Web site with peer-reviewed educational materials about sustainable engineering, and conducting a nationwide survey of sustainable engineering programs and courses to benchmark the status of education in this emerging discipline. The Center’s first workshops are scheduled for July 17-19, 2006, and July 19-21, 2006, at Carnegie Mellon.

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January 22, 2006

Professor Qimiao Si, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Rice University, and Professor Doug Natelson, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University, 1/18/06


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Professor Qimiao Si works in the field of theoretical condensed matter physics. His major contributions have been in the area of strongly correlated electron systems, including magnetic heavy fermion metals, high temperature superconductors, and mesoscopic and disordered electronic systems. He is particularly well known for his theory of quantum criticality.

Professor Si was named a Sloan Research Fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in 1996, and received a Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation in 1998. He is a Fellow of the U.K.'s Institute of Physics (since 2004) and a Fellow of the American Physical Society (since 2005). He has published more than 70 scientific articles and has given over 140 invited talks on his research. He serves on the Advisory Editorial Board of Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter. He will be organizing the 2007 International Conference on Strongly Correlated Electron Systems, the 16th of a flagship annual conference series in this area, in Houston.

Professor Doug Natelson is a condensed matter experimentalist, with research interests largely focused on electronic and magnetic investigations of nanostructured systems. Research efforts in his lab include quantum effects in metal and semiconductor nanostructures, organic semiconductor devices, and single-molecule electronics.

Professor Natelson received the Research Corporation's Research Innovation Award in 2001, was awarded a Packard Fellowship in 2003, and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation research fellowship and an NSF CAREER award the following year. He has published more than 30 scientific articles, and has given more than 50 invited presentations of his research.

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January 18, 2006

Dr. Graham Cooks, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Purdue University, 1/11/06


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Dr. Graham Cooks is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Purdue University where he has spent the bulk of his career. His interests involve construction of mass spectrometers as well as their use in fundamental studies and applications. The latter interest led to construction of miniature ion trap mass spectrometers and their application to problems of trace chemical agent detection.

Dr. Cooks's work on ionization methods has led to the desorption electrospray ionization procedure for ambient mass spectrometry. Applications of this method in security and in pharmaceutical and clinical applications are in development. Dr. Cooks’s group is also interested in molecular chirality (“handedness”) and the possible role of the amino acid serine in the biochemical origins of life.

Dr. Cooks is a past President of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry and is on the boards of a number of scientific journals. He has been instrumental in several start-up companies in Indiana and has been honored by awards from the American Chemical Society and other organizations. His work is highly cited (one of the 100 most-cited chemists) and he has trained 95 Ph.D. students in analytical chemistry.

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January 14, 2006

Dr. Jeremy Ramsden, Chair of Nanotechnology, Cranfield University, 1/11/06


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Dr. Jeremy Ramsden was apppinted to the Chair of Nanotechnology at Cranfield University in 2002. . His current research interests include hybrid living/nonliving devices, integrated optics for sensing and actuation, and self-assembly and complex adaptive materials.

In 2003 he was appointed Research Director for Nanobiotechnology at Cranfield University at Kitakyushu, where he leads work on fiberoptic probes for medical and environmental applications. In 2005 he became Editor-in-Chief of the newly launched periodical Nanotechnology Perceptions, which aims to become a globally leading forum for debate and technical analysis of all aspects of nanotechnology and ultraprecision engineering.

Dr. Ramsden has published over 120 papers in these areas, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Biological Physics and Chemistry.

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January 12, 2006

Ned Curic, Strategic Security Advisor, Microsoft Corporation, 12/14/05


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Ned Curic is Strategic Security Advisor at Microsoft Corporation. Mr. Curic is responsible for articulating the Microsoft security message to executives in the customer base, partners, and the security industry. He works with Microsoft field teams and is the trusted advisor for the Microsoft Enterprise accounts. Mr. Curic offers strategic, long-term guidance to executives on security strategy and IT matters.

Mr. Curic has spent more than 10 years in the security field working for Fortune 50 companies. Prior to joining the Microsoft National Security Team, Mr. Curic’s most recent role in Microsoft Consulting focused on customers’ growing need for expert advisory assistance with complex security issues and designs. Mr. Curic has successfully advised and led numerous projects devoted to the architecture, design, and deployment of secure enterprise systems. He was principal architect of Microsoft System Architecture.

The mission of the Microsoft National Security Team (NST) is to work with Company customers, partners, internal constituencies, and the information security industry to promote the adoption of security processes and technologies. The goal of the NST is to assist Microsoft’s customers and partners in creating more secure businesses, reducing risk, and making security cost of ownership more effective.

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January 10, 2006

Dr. Steven Salzberg, Director, Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, and Horvitz Professor of Computer Science, University of Maryland, 1/4/06


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Dr. Steven Salzberg is the Director of the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB) and the Horvitz Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. For much of the past ten years, Dr. Salzberg has been working on the analysis of genomes in collaboration with colleagues at The Institute for Genomic Research and at other research centers around the world. He was part of the team that published the human genome in 2001, and has participated in the sequencing of genomes from a long list of human pathogens, including the microbes responsible for anthrax, Lyme disease, tuberculosis, and malaria.

Dr. Salzberg's group devotes much of its effort to the development of software for genome analysis, and they have been among the leading advocates of open-source software development in the genomics field. In 2004, Dr. Salzberg was one of the founders of the Influenza Genome Sequencing Project, which is now in the process of sequencing thousands of isolates of the influenza virus, in an effort to help design better vaccines and to better understand the nature of influenza pandemics.

Dr. Salzberg has authored or co-authored two books and over 125 publications in leading scientific journals, and he currently serves on the editorial boards of seven journals. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the Board of Scientific Counsellors of the National Center for Biotechnology Information at NIH.

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January 07, 2006

Carl Zimmer, Science Writer, 1/4/06


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The New York Times Book Review calls Carl Zimmer "as fine a science essayist as we have". He is the author of four books about science.

Soul Made Flesh, published in 2004, chronicled the dawn of neurology in the 1600s. The Sunday Telegraph called it a "tour-de-force", and it was named one of the 100 notable books of 2004 by The New York Times Book Review. His latest book is Smithsonian Intimate Guide to Human Origins, published in November 2005 by Smithsonian Books.

Mr. Zimmer writes regularly about science for The New York Times, as well as for magazines including National Geographic, Science, Newsweek, and Discover, where he is a contributing editor. His book reviews appear in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, Newsday, and Scientific American.

He is author of the award-winning web log, The Loom.

Mr. Zimmer's honors include the American Association for the Advancement of Science's 2004 Science Journalism Award. His work has appeared in The Best American Science and Nature Writing series. In 2002 Mr. Zimmer was named a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow.

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January 04, 2006

Dr. Zach Hall, President, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, 1/4/06


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Dr. Zach Hall is President of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. CIRM is a state agency established by Proposition 71 to promote stem cell research in California. Prop 71 passed by 59 percent of the California voters in November 2004. Over the next 10 years, the institute will disburse almost $3 billion in state bond funds to investigators at California universities and research institutions for stem cell research. The research funded by the CIRM will focus on patient and disease-specific stem cell research and other vital research opportunities for the development of life-saving regenerative medical treatments and therapies. All proposals are peer-reviewed to support the most promising scientific research.

Previously, Dr. Hall was Director of the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Development at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Dr. Hall is the author and editor of An Introduction to Molecular Neurobiology, a widely used textbook, and has published more than 100 original papers and reviews in scientific journals.

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