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May 24, 2007

Dr. Thomas Tomich, WK Kellogg Chair in Sustainable Food Systems and Director, Agricultural Sustainability Institute, UC Davis; and Director, University of California ANR Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, 5-24-07


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Dr. Thomas P. Tomich joined the University of California Davis faculty in January 2007. He is founding director of the new Agricultural Sustainability Institute, inaugural holder of the WK Kellogg Chair in Sustainable Food Systems, and Professor of Community Development, Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis. He also serves as Director of the UC ANR statewide Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.

Dr. Tomich was principal economist for the World Agroforestry Centre from 1994-2006. During that time, he worked with the ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins, first in Southeast Asia and then as ASB global coordinator, based in Nairobi, Kenya, leading long-term collaborative partnerships at sites in the Amazon, Congo Basin, and Southeast Asia aiming to raise productivity and income of rural households without increasing deforestation or undermining essential environmental services.

Previously, Dr. Tomich spent 10 years as a policy advisor and institute associate with the Harvard Institute for International Development and also served as a lecturer in economics and in public policy at Harvard University. He received his B.A. in economics from UC Davis in 1979 and has an M.A. and Ph.D. in Food Research from Stanford University.

As part of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute provides leadership for research, teaching and outreach and extension efforts in agricultural sustainability at the Davis Campus and throughout the University of California system. Current activities include recruitment for eight faculty positions affiliated with the Institute, development of undergraduate and graduate curricula related to agricultural sustainability, and strategic planning for the institute to guide future initiatives and fundraising for research and outreach activities in agricultural sustainability.

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Dr. Michael Malkowski, Research Scientist, and Project Manager, Center for High-Throughput Structural Biology, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, 5-24-07


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Dr. Michael G. Malkowski received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, and his B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Detroit. The Malkowski laboratory focuses on crystallographic characterization and functional analysis of integral membrane enzymes involved in lipid metabolism; fatty acid desaturation; and enzymatic mechanisms of fatty acid oxygenation.

Dr. Malkowski is also the Project Manager and a co-PI for the Center for High-Throughput Structural Biology (CHTSB), housed at HWI, where he is involved in the development of tools for high-throughput characterization of membrane proteins. The CHTSB is one of six specialized research centers established nationally through the Protein Structure Initiative within the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the NIH.

The Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute (HWI) is an independent, not-for-profit, biomedical research facility located in the heart of downtown Buffalo's medical campus. For half a century, HWI scientists have been committed to improving human health through study, at a molecular level, of the causes and potential cures of many diseases. In contrast to clinical research, the focus of Hauptman-Woodward’s basic research is to determine the structures of individual substances such as proteins that play a role in the development of specific diseases. This research explores questions like the following: What is the three-dimensional shape of a particular protein molecule? How and with what does this protein interact? What controls these interactions? What structural alterations lead to the development of disease?

Working under the leadership of Nobel Laureate Herbert Hauptman, HWI scientists use the techniques of molecular biology, biochemistry, and crystallography to answer these questions. The results of their investigations provide the starting point for better drug design. In addition, other research on-going at HWI seeks to improve the methods of crystallization and data analysis used for molecular structure determination by scientists worldwide.

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May 17, 2007

Frans Johansson, author of The Medici Effect - What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation, 5-17-07


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Frans Johansson is a widely respected thought leader and consultant specializing in business innovation, an entrepreneur and hedge fund manager, an international speaker, and the author of The Medici Effect: What Elephants & Epidemics Can Teach Us about Innovation (Harvard Business School Press).

Johansson exemplifies the “Intersection,” a place he writes about where ideas from different disciplines and cultures collide and create an explosion of new possibilities. Raised in Sweden by his African-American-Cherokee mother and Swedish father, he earned his B.S. at Brown University, where he founded the university-wide science magazine The Catalyst. He then earned his M.B.A. at Harvard Business School. He is currently managing director of Medici Capital Management, a hedge fund with an investment strategy based on the Medici Effect.

Since the hardcover edition came out in 2004, Johansson has become a much-sought-after speaker at conferences and Fortune 500 companies around the world, including Sprint, Nike, Pepsi, General Motors, SAAB, Motorola, IBM, EDS, Unilever, JP Morgan Chase, and Pfizer. The Medici Effect has been translated into Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Swedish, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, and Italian. It has been on bestseller lists in at least three countries, and was named the Top-10 Best Business Book of the Year by Amazon.com Editor’s Pick. BusinessWeek SmallBiz named it one of the Best Books on Innovation. The Medici Effect has become course literature in several universities and colleges around the world, including Harvard Business School.

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Dr. Peter Anderson, author of Liberating the Family Physician - The Handbook of Team Care for 21st Century Family Medicine, 5-17-07


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Dr. Peter Anderson was a solo practitioner for 12 years before he joined Riverside Hilton Family Practice in 1994. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Family and Community Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. He has been in private practice of Family Medicine for 25 years.

Dr. Anderson is a frequently requested speaker on the Family Team Care approach and is working on a article for publication. He is the author of the operational protocol manual, Liberating the Family Physician: The Handbook of Team Care for 21st Century Family Medicine. The manual is a direct response to new challenges experienced by the primary care health provider in the last decade.

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May 03, 2007

Dr. J. Robert Beyster, Founder, Science Applications International Corporation, 5-3-07


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Dr. Robert Beyster was Chairman of the Board of SAIC until his retirement in July 2004. SAIC is the largest employee-owned research and engineering company in the United States, with annual revenues of $8 billion and more than 43,000 employees.

A recognized authority on national security and reactor physics, Dr. Beyster has committed the past 35 years to building SAIC on the founding tenets of employee ownership and technical excellence. In recent years, he has extended this commitment to the American business community by founding a nonprofit organization, Foundation for Enterprise Development, to assist organizations considering employee ownership.

Dr. Beyster is the author of the recently published, The SAIC Solution: How We Built an $8 Billion Employee-Owned Technology Company. He has written or co-authored approximately 60 publications and reports. Dr. Beyster is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group to the Director, Strategic Target Planning Staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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Dr. Peter Myers, Founder and CEO, Environmental Health Sciences, 5-3-07


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Environmental Health Sciences is an organization engaged in advancing public understanding of environmental links to health. EHS publishes Environmental Health News, which provides a resource for the most up-to-date science journal articles and reports on environmental health issues.

From 1990 through the end of 2001, Dr. Peter Myers served as Director of the W. Alton Jones Foundation. He is co-author of Our Stolen Future, a book that explores the scientific basis of concern for how contamination threatens fetal development. Currently, Dr. Myers is Board Chair of the National Environmental Trust and the Science Communication Network. He is also on the boards of the Environmental Grantmakers Association and the Jenifer Altman Foundation.

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Dr. Jody Roberts, 2006-07 Gordon Cain Fellow in Technology, Policy, and Entrepreneurship, Chemical Heritage Foundation, 5-3-07


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The Chemical Heritage Foundation, located in Philadelphia, maintains a world-class collection of materials that document the history and heritage of the chemical and molecular sciences, technologies, and industries. CHF programs advance an understanding of the role of the chemical and molecular sciences, technologies, and industries in shaping society.

Dr. Jody Roberts' interests focus on the intersections of the chemical sciences, environmentalism, and public health, with specific attention to chemical practices and technologies. More specifically, he has done research on the green chemistry movement and the fields of human biomonitoring and endocrine disrupting chemicals.

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