November 29, 2006
Dr. Ken Goldberg, Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, UC Berkeley, and Founding Chair, Advisory Board, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science, 12-1-06
Dr. Ken Goldberg, Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, UC Berkeley, and Founding Chair, Advisory Board, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science. Dr. Ken Goldberg is an artist and professor at UC Berkeley. He is Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, with an appointment in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1990 and studied at the University of Pennsylvania, Edinburgh University, and the Technion. From 1991–1995 he taught at the University of Southern California, and in Fall 2000 was visiting faculty at MIT Media Lab.
Dr. Goldberg and his students work in two areas: Geometric Algorithms for Automation, and Networked Robots. In the first category, he develops algorithms for feeding, sorting, and fixturing industrial parts, with an emphasis on mathematically rigorous solutions that require a minimum of sensing and actuation so as to reduce costs and increase reliability. In the area of Networked Robots, Dr. Goldberg and colleagues developed the first robot publicly operable via the Internet (in 1994). He has published over 100 research papers and edited four books.
In 2004, Dr. Goldberg co-founded the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering and is Founding Chair of its Advisory Board. He was named National Science Foundation Young Investigator in 1994 and NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow in 1995. He is the recipient of the Joseph Engelberger Award (2000), the IEEE Major Educational Innovation Award (2001), and was elected IEEE Fellow in 2005.
IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE) publishes foundational research on Automation: scientific methods and technologies that improve efficiency, productivity, quality, and reliability, specifically for methods, machines, and systems operating in structured environments over long periods, and the explicit structuring of environments.
Its coverage will go beyond Automation's roots in mass production and include many new applications areas, such as Biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and health care; Home, service, and retail; Construction, transportation, and security; Manufacturing, maintenance, and supply chains; and Food handling and processing. Research includes topics related to robots and intelligent machines/systems in structured environments and the explicit structuring of environments, and topics at the Operational/Enterprise levels such as System Modeling, Analysis, Performance Evaluation; Planning, Scheduling, Coordination; Risk Management; and Supply Chain Management. T-ASE integrates knowledge across disciplines and industries.
Dr. Clifford Dacso, John S. Dunn Sr. Research Chair in General Internal Medicine, The Methodist Hospital, and Distinguished Research Professor, College of Technology, University of Houston, 12-1-06
Clifford C. Dacso, MD, MPH, MBA, is the John S. Dunn Sr. Research Chair in General Internal Medicine, The Methodist Hospital, and Distinguished Research Professor, College of Technology, University of Houston. He is also Director of the Abramson Family Center for the Future of Health, a joint program between The Methodist Hospital Research Institute and the University of Houston College of Technology.
Dr. Dacso holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, a Doctor of Medicine degree, residency and infectious diseases fellowship from Baylor College of Medicine, a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Texas and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Past positions include Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine. He has received several awards for teaching excellence, including membership in Baylor’s Academy of Distinguished Educators.
Dr. Dacso has written a number of scholarly articles, is co-author of the Managed Care Answer Book (five editions) and the Risk Contracting and Capitation Answer Book, and is the creator of Now That You Have Cancer, a video designed to empower cancer patients and their families. Dr. Dacso is board certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases and geriatric medicine.
Jo Ann Caplin, Senior Lecturer, Department of Broadcast, Telecommunications, and Mass Media, Temple University, and President and Executive Producer, Science Television Workshop, 12-1-06
Jo Ann Caplin has had a distinguished career in television. As a producer for ABC News and CBS News she won two Emmys and two Peabody Awards for her work. In the 1990s she came to Philadelphia to be Executive Producer of a primetime newsmagazine for Westinghouse. The show, called "The Bulletin", won two Emmys for best newsmagazine, and many more for the segments.
Currently she has received funding for the Science and Art Project from the Societie de Chimie Industrielle (American Section) Fellowship through the Chemical Heritage Foundation.
In the late 1990s Ms. Caplin produced, directed and wrote "The Wonders of Science" for the Franklin Institute, introducing the Franklin and Bower Award winners and their work to a lay audience.
"Jason’s Journey: The Quest for Chemistry," produced by Caplin Communications for Union Carbide and endorsed by the American Chemical Society and the Chemical Manufacturers Association, is about the "benefits of chemistry." There are over 30,000 copies in distribution to schools throughout the country.
She also produced, directed and wrote "Warning, May be Hazardous to your Health: A Consumer Reports Special," for HBO and was a producer for PBS' "Adam Smith's Money World."
Ms. Caplin has served as a media consultant to Fidelity Investments, and other corporations.
For the Sciencenter in Ithaca she produced, directed, wrote, and narrated a short video for their exhibit on motion, entitled "Artistry in Motion." It is now touring with the exhibit "Cool Moves."
From 2000 to 2004 Ms. Caplin was Professor and Park Distinguished Chair at the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, where she developed a science journalism curriculum as an undergraduate major, and helped engineer a convergence curriculum for the journalism program. Her science journalism classes were among the popular in the entire journalism curriculum.
Ms. Caplin's areas of research are science education, and the relationships between science and art. She has lectured on "Science and Art" all over the U.S. and in England. The summer of 2006, she was invited to lecture at the Oxford Round Table in Oxford, England. The summer of 2003, Ms. Caplin was a visiting scholar at the University College London, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology studying and lecturing on Science and Art. Professor Semir Zeki, with whom she studied, was doing fMRI’s on people while they were looking at art.
November 17, 2006
Dr. Andrew Fraknoi, Chair, Astronomy Program, Foothill College, 11-17-06
Dr. Andrew Fraknoi is the Chair of the Astronomy Program at Foothill College near San Francisco, where he teaches popular courses on introductory astronomy and “physics for poets” (attended by over 900 students each year.) He has given more than 400 public lectures on such topics as: “Is There Worthwhile Real Estate (and Could There Be Real Estate Agents) on Other Worlds?,” and “Why Falling into a Black Hole is a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience.”
For 14 years, Dr. Fraknoi served as the Executive Director of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, an international scientific and educational organization founded in 1889. He was also editor of its popular level magazine, Mercury, and founded its newsletter for teachers, The Universe in the Classroom. He also founded Project ASTRO, a program that brings professional and amateur astronomers into 4th – 9th grade classrooms for ongoing partnerships with local teachers (now in 13 regional sites around the U.S.).
A prolific author, Dr. Fraknoi has edited two collections of science articles and science fiction stories for Bantam Books, and is the lead author of Voyages through the Universe (Brooks-Cole/Thomson), which has become one of the leading introductory astronomy textbooks in the world. He is also editor of a two-volume teaching guide called The Universe at Your Fingertips, which is filled with astronomy activities and teaching resources for instructors in grades 4–12. With Sidney Wolff, he is co-editor of a new on-line journal/magazine about space science education, called Astronomy Education Review, published with the support of the National Optical Astronomy Observatories and NASA.
Dr. Fraknoi serves on the Board of Trustees of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute, a scientific and educational organization involved in identifying possible signals from civilizations around other stars. He served on the Astronomy Education Board of the American Astronomical Society and is a Fellow of the California Academy of Science.
Educated at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Fraknoi has taught astronomy and physics at San Francisco State University, the City College of San Francisco, Canada College, and several campuses of the University of California Extension Division.
In 1994, he received the Annenberg Foundation Prize of the American Astronomical Society (the highest honor in the field of astronomy education), as well as the Klumpke-Roberts Prize of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (given for a lifetime of contributions to popularizing astronomy.) He was the first recipient of the Carl Sagan Prize, given to a San Francisco Bay Area scientist whose activities in public education have been especially noteworthy.
Asteroid 4859 has been named Asteroid Fraknoi by the International Astronomical Union to honor his work in sharing the excitement of modern astronomy with students, teachers, and the public.
November 15, 2006
Dr. Kathy J. Helzlsouer, Director of The Prevention and Research Center, Mercy Medical Center, 11-17-06
Dr. Kathy J. Helzlsouer, M.D., M.H.S., is Director of The Prevention and Research Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. Specializing in epidemiology and medical oncology, Dr. Helzlsouer previously served as Director of Prevention Programs at The Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Helzlsouer has numerous clinical publications and presentations to her credit and is internationally recognized for particular expertise in clinical epidemiology, cancer epidemiology and cancer prevention.
Dr. Helzlsouer joined Mercy in October 2004 to spearhead Mercy's efforts to expand the base of knowledge and research in women's health, cancer risk assessment and prevention. She currently serves on several advisory boards including the American Cancer Society's Nutrition Cohort Study, the PDQ Cancer Screening and Prevention Committee of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the editorial board of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Mercy Medical Center is a university affiliated medical facility founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1874 and located in downtown Baltimore City at 301 St. Paul Street. A teaching hospital for the residents program for the University of Maryland Medical School, Mercy has been named one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation and among the ten best centers for women's health care. Mercy is home to the nationally acclaimed Weinberg Center for Women's Health and Medicine under the medical direction of world renowned gynecologic oncologist Dr. Neil B. Rosenshein.
Dr. Doug Nelson, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, 11-17-06
Dr. Doug Nelson, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Fuel Cell Systems, Hydrogen Energy Systems, Advanced Technology Vehicles and Design.
Dr. Nelson also is co-director of the Department of Energy GATE Center for Automotive Fuel Cell Systems, a multidisciplinary graduate automotive engineering program that focuses on technologies critical to the development of fuel-efficient/low-emission vehicles.
He has expertise in modeling, testing, and validation of fuel cell and hybrid electric vehicles. Dr. Nelson is the founding advisor of the Virginia Tech Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team (HEVT), a student organization that designs and builds hybrid electric and alternative-fueled vehicles for advanced vehicle technology competitions. Since 1994 the HEVT has participated in national student-designed vehicle competitions sponsored by DOE and U.S. automakers.
Under Dr. Nelson's guidance, the HEVT has won a number of awards while participating in the previous FutureCar and FutureTruck challenges. During those competitions, Dr. Nelson and his student teams created the world's first student-designed fuel-cell-powered car and sports utility vehicle (SUV). In June 2006, the team placed first in the second-year competition of Challenge X, sponsored by DOE and General Motors. The HEVT re-engineered a Chevrolet Equinox SUV into an ethanol-powered hybrid vehicle.
In 1996 the Society of Automotive Engineers presented Nelson with the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions as one of the nation's top engineering educators in the field of automotive technology. In 1998 he received the National Science Foundation's FutureCar Challenge Faculty Advisor of the Year Award, and in 2005 he received NSF's Outstanding Long-Term Faculty Advisor Award.
Dr. Nelson earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech and his Ph.D. at Arizona State University.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering is one of the largest departments within Virginia Tech's College of Engineering, awarding approximately 220 undergraduate, 60 masters of Science, and 10 Doctoral degrees annually. Virginia Tech's programs in Mechanical Engineering are consistently ranked in the top 10-15% of Mechanical Engineering Departments in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Currently, the Virginia Tech graduate program is ranked 20th in the nation, and its undergraduate program is ranked 17th nationally.
November 13, 2006
Terry Tamminen, Author, Lecturer, and Strategist on Energy and the Environment, 11-13-06
In the summer of 2003, Terry Tamminen helped Arnold Schwarzenegger win the historic recall election and become Governor of California. He became Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency in November 2003 and was promoted to Cabinet Secretary, Chief Policy Advisor to the Governor, in December 2004.
During his tenure with Governor Schwarzenegger, Mr. Tamminen helped launch some of the most progressive, successful, and laudable sustainable energy initiatives in the country. The environmental changes he implemented have left California a cleaner, healthier state with a cutting-edge reputation for policies that work for the good of the land and its citizens. In August 2006, Mr. Tamminen left the Schwarzenegger administration to focus on Lives Per Gallon.
In 1993, Mr. Tamminen founded the Santa Monica BayKeeper and served as its Executive Director for six years. He co-founded Waterkeeper programs in San Diego, Orange County, Ventura, and Santa Barbara. He also served for five years as Executive Director of the Environment Now Foundation in Santa Monica, CA.
From his youth in Australia to career experiences in Europe, Africa, and all parts of the United States, Mr. Tamminen has developed expertise in business, farming, education, non-profit, the environment, the arts, and government. He has studied conch depletion in the Bahamas, manatee populations in Florida coastal waters, and mariculture in the Gulf States with Texas A&M University.
Mr. Tamminen has authored numerous technical papers and several theatrical works on the life of William Shakespeare. He is a United States Coast Guard–licensed ship captain and an avid airplane and helicopter pilot. He has also served on numerous civic and charitable boards and commissions, including Chair of the Public Advisory Committee to the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project, and on the U.S. Navy Pt. Mugu Naval Air Station Restoration Advisory Board, the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Safety Committee and on the Board of the Wishtoyo Foundation, a group that preserves natural resources through Chumash Indian traditional teachings.
November 09, 2006
Mark Modzelewski, Vice President of Strategic Opportunities, NanoDynamics, 11-10-06
Mark Modzelewski joined NanoDynamics in May 2005 as Vice President of Strategic Opportunities. In 2004, he co-founded Lux Research, a research and advisory firm focusing on nanotechnology. In 2003, he founded The Benet Group, a private equity firm focused on developing early stage, bio-nanotechnology companies. In 2001, he founded the NanoBusiness Alliance, the first nanotechnology trade association, and continues to serve as its Executive Chairman. Prior to the formation of the Alliance, Mr. Modzelewski served as Vice President, Business Development for Opion, a surveillance and marketing technology company.
Mr. Modzelewski is currently a member of the Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and previously served as a special assistant to Secretary Cisneros (HUD) and Secretary Glickman (USDA) during the Clinton administration. He is a graduate of Boston University and received a J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law.
NanoDynamics, headquartered in Buffalo, NY, is a fully integrated technology and manufacturing company utilizing nanoscale engineering and materials to address some of the world's biggest challenges. The company's research and business units, including ND Innovations, ND Materials, ND Products, MetaMateria Partners and ND Life Sciences, provide nano-enabled solutions in the fields of energy, automotive, water processing, life sciences, electronics, advanced materials and consumer products.
NanoDynamics believes the future applications of nanotechnology will rely heavily on the commercial development of nanomaterials — metals, ceramics, and composite materials that are produced at the nanoscale, but which are ultimately available in commercial volumes and at affordable prices. NanoDynamics has established true commercial operations in a 40,000 square foot facility in Buffalo, NY, where scale-up and volume manufacturing of these new materials can be accomplished in a reliable and economical fashion.
Dr. Joel Glover, Coordinator, Brainstem Genetics Consortium, and Professor of Anatomy, University of Oslo, 11-10-06
Dr. Joel Glover was inspired to study marine biology through the television programs and films of Jacque Cousteau. He was introduced to neurobiology while studying biology at UC San Diego, and became fascinated by the question of how the nervous system generates behavior in marine invertebrates. He entered the UC Berkeley Graduate Program in Neurobiology in 1978, studying the behavior and neural development of the leech under Gunther Stent and Bill Kristan. He received his Ph.D. in 1984.
Dr. Glover’s first postdoctoral research was with Jan Jansen at the Department of Physiology, University of Oslo, studying the development of the vertebrate brainstem and spinal cord. His second postdoc was with Josh Sanes at Washington University in St. Louis, using retroviruses to target neural progenitors in the vertebrate brain for studying patterns of neuronal generation and migration.
Dr. Glover returned to the Department of Physiology, University of Oslo in 1987 and continued research on brainstem and spinal cord development. He was appointed Associate Professor 1994 at the Department of Anatomy, University of Oslo, and appointed Professor in 1996. He returned to the Department of Physiology in 2000.
Dr. Glover’s main research interests include brainstem and spinal cord development, spinal cord regeneration, and the use of stem cells to generate neurons for potential treatments of brain and spinal cord pathologies. He has been Adjunct Professor at the Sars Center for Marine Molecular Biology at the University of Bergen since 2000, doing research on the evolution of the vertebrate brain through studies of the development of primitive chordate nervous systems.
The Glover lab has in recent years focused increasingly on the use of imaging techniques, in which the activity of neurons is translated into optical signals that can be recorded with high-resolution cameras and other imaging devices. Such approaches promise to revolutionize the study of nervous system development by allowing entire neural circuits to be studied at once, instead of piecemeal neuron by neuron. The lab has existed as a separate entity since 1994, and comprises today 13 members in addition to Dr. Glover. Major current efforts are devoted to the development of motor circuits in the brainstem and spinal cord, particularly within the vestibular and locomotory systems, and the use of embryonic microenvironments to stimulate adult human somatic stem cells to differentiate into neurons as a potential means of generating neurons for treating brain and spinal cord diseases and injuries.
Chuck Waterfield, Founder, MFI Solutions, 11-10-06
Chuck Waterfield was educated as an Electrical Engineer and then returned to study economic development for his masters degree. He has worked for over 20 years in the area of microfinance in the developing countries of the world. Due to his work in this field, he has lived in Haiti, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico, and has traveled to over 50 countries of the developing world. After heading up the microfinance work in two international non-profits, Mr. Waterfield started his own consulting company ten years ago. He has developed “Microfin”, the most widely used financial projection and planning software for microfinance institutions, and he travels around the world training senior managers in how to develop business plans and use the software.
MFI Solutions is a consulting agency specializing in providing practical management assistance to microfinance institutions around the world. The company was started in 1998 by Chuck Waterfield, is based in Lancaster, PA, and contracts eight to ten additional consultants each year. MFI Solutions is best known for “Microfin”, used by the majority of microfinance institutions in their annual and long-range planning processes.
November 01, 2006
The Honorable Debra Bowen, California State Senator (D, Redondo Beach), 11-3-06
A lawmaker for more than a decade, Senator Debra Bowen continues to focus her attention on helping Californians improve their quality of life. Helping people take part in our democracy and get access to state government, giving them tools to protect their privacy and their pocketbook, and investing in California's natural resources and its children are the underlying themes that sum up Senator Bowen’s overall approach to being a state lawmaker.
Born in Rockford, Illinois, Bowen graduated from Michigan State University in 1976 and earned her law degree from the University of Virginia in 1979. In 1984, she started her own California law firm specializing in small business start-ups, tax law, land use, and environmental issues, while her long history of community activism began when she got involved with her local Neighborhood Watch program. Bowen was elected to represent the 53rd Assembly District in 1992 and was re-elected in 1994 and 1996 before being elected to represent the 28th Senate District in 1998. Bowen was re-elected to her second and final four-year Senate term in 2002, representing the reapportioned 28th District which stretches from Venice in the north, down the coast to Redondo Beach, then east to include all or parts of Carson, San Pedro, Long Beach, and Wilmington.
Senator Bowen’s SB 370 (2005) requires all election results to be audited using the paper record produced by the new electronic voting machines. Her landmark, first-in-the-nation SB 168 (2001) makes it much more difficult for criminals to commit identity theft. Regarding protecting the environment and energy resources, Senator Bowen’s SB 1298 (2000) required the Air Resources Board to adopt strict emissions standards for distributed power generation facilities. Her SB 1143 (2002) sought to require the California Energy Commission to significantly increase the amount of renewable electrical power generated in the state.
Senator Bowen is the chairwoman of the Senate Elections, Reapportionment & Constitutional Amendments Committee and serves on the Energy, Utilities & Communications and Rules committees.
Dr. Colleen Jonsson, Senior Scientist, Emerging Infectious Disease Research Program, Southern Research Institute, 11-3-06
Dr. Colleen B. Jonsson is a Senior Scientist for the Emerging Infectious Disease Research Program at Southern Research Institute. She has served as a consultant for the Pan American Health Organization in Honduras, Panama and Mexico, in addition to holding several workshops in hantavirus diagnostic methods in Paraguay and Honduras.
Dr. Jonsson has served as a reviewer for NIH and NSF study sections including the NIH Biodefense Vaccine Study Section and BioTerrorism and Emerging Infectious Diseases Study Section, AIDS Structural Biology Panel, NSF Ecology of Infectious Disease Panel and DOD and NSF Graduate Fellowships panel. Dr. Jonsson has served as a reviewer for several journals including American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygeine, Antiviral Research, PNAS, Proteins, Virology, Biochemistry, Journal of Infectious Disease, and Nucleic Acids Research.
Dr. Jonsson's research program offers over 15 years of experience in the study of highly pathogenic human viruses at BSL2 and BSL3, and an additional 10 years of experience in bacterial and fungal pathogens of plants at BSL2. Her research program is focused in three areas —
Professor Ed Schlesinger, Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 11-3-06
Professor Ed Schlesinger is Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Research efforts being pursued by Professor Schlesinger center on the fabrication and modeling of a wide variety of optical devices. Much of this work is aimed at developing advanced read/write heads for optical data storage systems. Projects are centered on the development and detailed understanding of electro-optic laser beam deflectors, solid immersion lenses and near field scanning probe microscopy. In addition, optical microelectromechanical systems such as deformable mirror arrays, variable focal length lenses and guided wave optical systems are also being developed that may have application in optical data storage systems and other application areas.
Carnegie Mellon University has been awarded a six-year, $4.2 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to create a new type of reconfigurable integrated circuit for chip manufacturers. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon’s new Center for Memory Intensive Self Configuring Integrated Circuits intend to create intelligent, self-repairing nanoscale chip designs and architectures. New technology will join mechanical probes with integrated circuits in a design that allows for their reconfiguration. In addition, these systems will allow for the inclusion of memory, storage and processing technologies with minimal additional cost to competitive global chipmakers.