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July 26, 2007

Cathleen Campbell, President and CEO, U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation, 7-26-07


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U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation (CRDF) President and CEO Cathleen A. Campbell has nearly three decades of international science and technology policy and program management experience, serving most recently as CRDF's Senior Vice President.

Ms. Campbell served from 1998 to 2002 as Director of the Office of International Policy and Programs in the Technology Administration of the Department of Commerce, as well as Executive Director of the U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Commission.

From 1995 to 1997, she was a Senior Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and for four months served as OSTP's Acting International Director. Ms. Campbell was the U.S. State Department's Program Officer for Soviet/Russian Science and Technology affairs, from 1989 to 1994, in which capacity she led an interagency team that developed and implemented new, post-Cold War policies and programs on science and technology cooperation with the former Soviet Union.

The U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation (CRDF) promotes international science and technical collaborations. A private, nonprofit organization established in 1995 by the U.S. Government, CRDF has provided grants, technical assistance, and training to scientists and engineers in Eurasia for ten years. Recently, CRDF has expanded its geographical focus to include many areas beyond Eurasia, including the Middle East and Baltic regions.

CRDF believes that the spirit of international science and technology cooperation provides critical benefits to the global community. CRDF supports foreign scientists and their U.S. counterparts in exceptional merit-reviewed research projects. These collaborations advance science and technical agendas of both American and foreign science. They also offer foreign scientists and engineers alternatives to emigration; help prevent the dissolution of their scientific and technological infrastructure; and advance the transition of weapons scientists to civilian work. CRDF also helps to move applied research to the marketplace by teaming U.S. companies with Eurasian scientists, and helps to strengthen research and education in universities abroad.

Since 1995, CRDF has awarded nearly 3000 grants to 13,000 scientists—including 2,500 former weapons researchers—and has committed more than $102.8 million in total support.

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Dan Gerding, Managing Principal, Gerding Collaborative, 7-26-07


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Dan Gerding is Managing Principal of Gerding Collaborative (formerly Gerding Architects), an Atlanta-based firm he founded in 1993. The firm has a staff of nine and is located in Midtown Atlanta. Mr. Gerding received his Bachelor of Arts in Design from Clemson University, his Bachelor of Architecture from North Carolina State University, and has 23 years of professional experience. He has long held a keen interest in conservation and environmental responsibility - interests that have helped shape the direction of his firm and establish its goals for the future.

Since 1993, Gerding Collaborative has provided creative design solutions resulting in projects of distinction. The Atlanta, GA-based firm seeks ecologically sensitive solutions that promote responsible use of energy, land and water resources for commercial, institutional and residential clients. More than 70% of the firm’s technical staff is LEED accredited.

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Craig Lund, Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Mercury Computer Systems, 7-26-07


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Craig Lund coordinates the Mercury Computer Systems Technology Office, which is the company's lead lobbyist for strategic technology investments that anticipate the company's existing customer requirements as well as those that open new markets.

Prior to joining Mercury, Mr. Lund was president of Local Knowledge, a technical consulting group he founded in 1991 to provide clients with technology-oriented market research and business planning services. Prior to Local Knowledge, Mr. Lund ran the engineering group at Mercury from 1986 to 1988. He also held engineering and marketing roles at Charles River Data Systems, the first company to create multicomputing computers using microprocessors.

Mr. Lund was a key player in the design of the ANSI/VITA RACEway Interlink standard, one of the initial founders of the IEEE POSIX family of software standards, and is a member of the steering committee of the RapidIO Trade Association.

Mercury Computer Systems is the leading provider of computing systems and software for data-intensive applications that include image processing, signal processing, and visualization. With a strong commitment to innovation, Mercury’s expertise in algorithm optimization, systems development, and silicon design is blended with software application knowledge and industry-standard technologies to solve unique computing challenges. Mercury works closely with customers to architect solutions that have a meaningful impact on everyday life - detecting aneurysms; designing safer, more fuel-efficient aircraft; identifying security threats; discovering oil; developing new drugs; and visualizing virtually every aspect of scientific investigation.

Mercury’s comprehensive, purpose-built solutions capture, process, and present data for the world’s largest medical imaging companies, eight of the ten top defense prime contractors, and other leading Fortune 500 and mid-market companies in semiconductor, energy, telecommunications, and other industries. Mercury’s dedication to performance excellence and collaborative innovation continues a 24-year history in enabling customers to stay at the forefront of the markets they serve.

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July 18, 2007

Dr. Mark Wrighton, Chancellor, Washington University in St. Louis, 7-19-07


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Mark S. Wrighton, Ph.D., was elected the 14th Chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis in 1995, and serves as its chief executive officer. In the years following his appointment, the University has made significant progress in student quality, campus improvements, resource development, curriculum, and international reputation.

Dr. Wrighton started his career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1972 as Assistant Professor of Chemistry. He was appointed Associate Professor in 1976 and Professor in 1977. From 1981 until 1989 he held the Frederick G. Keyes Chair in Chemistry. In 1989 he was appointed the first holder of the Ciba-Geigy Chair in Chemistry. He was Head of the Department of Chemistry from 1987-1990 and became Provost of MIT in 1990, a post he held until the summer of 1995.

Dr. Wrighton is the author or co-author of more than 300 articles published in professional and scholarly journals, and he holds 14 patents. He has research interests in the areas of transition metal catalysis, photochemistry, surface chemistry, molecular electronics, and in photoprocesses at electrodes. Principal objectives of his research have been to elucidate the basic principles underlying the conversion of solar energy to chemical fuels and electricity, to discern new catalysts and ways of making them, to understand chemistry at interfaces, and to provide the knowledge base for development of new electro-chemical devices. Dr. Wrighton has given more than 40 named lectureships at distinguished colleges and universities in the United States and other countries.

Dr. Wrighton was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 1974-1976, and was the recipient of a Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Grant in 1975-1980. The American Chemical Society awarded him the Pure Chemistry Award in 1981 and the Award in Inorganic Chemistry in 1988. He was awarded a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1983. Also in 1983, he was awarded the Gregory and Freda Halpern Award in Photochemistry by the New York Academy of Sciences and the E. O. Lawrence Award by the United States Department of Energy. In 1984 he was selected as the recipient of the Fresenius Award of Phi Lambda Upsilon. Dr. Wrighton's teaching activities have been rewarded with the MIT Chemistry Department Graduate Teaching Award in 1981 and the MIT School of Science Teaching Prize in 1987. About 70 individuals have received the Ph.D. degree under his supervision at MIT.


Dr. Wrighton was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1988 and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1986.

Dr. Wrighton was a presidential appointee to the National Science Board (2000-06), which serves as science policy advisor to the President and Congress and is the primary advisory board to the National Science Foundation.

Washington University, a medium-sized, independent university, is counted among the world’s leaders in teaching and research, and draws students and faculty to St. Louis from all 50 states and more than 120 nations. The University is highly regarded for its commitment to excellence in learning. Its programs, administration, facilities, resources, and activities combine to further its mission of teaching, research, and service to society.

The University’s 59-acre Medical Campus includes the School of Medicine and the associated hospitals and institutes of the Washington University Medical Center. The University encompasses 2,221 acres and more than 150 major buildings.

The University offers more than 90 programs and almost 1500 courses leading to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs.

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Corey Powell, Executive Editor, Discover magazine, 7-19-07


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Corey Powell is the Executive Editor at Discover magazine, where he oversees the magazine’s overall design and content, with a special emphasis on narrative features and investigative stories. He also work closely with the magazine’s new columnists, including Jaron Lanier, Bruno Maddox, and Douglas Rushkoff. Previously Mr. Powell spent eight years at Discover in other roles, including Web director, news editor, and features editor.

Mr. Powell started his scientific career at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, helping to build and test gamma-ray telescopes, before joining the editorial staff of Physics Today. He spent eight years on the Board of Editors at Scientific American, first as a features editor, then as a reviews and special projects editor, and finally as the director of the magazine’s Web site. Mr. Powell’s first book, God in the Equation - an exploration of the spiritual impulse in modern cosmology - was published in 2002 by the Free Press. He is an adjunct professor of science writing in NYU’s Science and Environmental Reporting Program (currently on sabbatical).

Mr. Powell’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday, Los Angeles Times, World Art, and The Forward. Major media appearances include guest spots on CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, Fox News, CBS News, WABC, the Sci Fi Channel, Science Friday, and BBC Radio.

Discover magazine, launched in 1980, delivers entertaining, relevant and thought-provoking science content that feeds the mind and fuels the imagination.

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Christer Ström, Director, MAQUET Critical Care, 7-19-07


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Christer Ström is Director of the Ventilator Program at MAQUET Critical Care in Solna, Sweden. He is currently heading up the SERVO-i with NAVA launch.

Christer has worked with intensive care and anesthesia since 1977. He started his career as a registered nurse, registered nurse anesthetist, and lecturer in clinical physiology and anesthesia at Piteå Hospital in Sweden.

Christer joined Siemens as Product Manager in 1986 and stayed with the company as a Regional Sales Manager, He was a member of the Clinical Engineering Group and Clinical Specialist for the development of the SERVO-i ventilator until GETINGE AB acquired Siemens Life Support Systems in 2003.

MAQUET Critical Care brings together innovative medical technology, knowledge and services to help critical care providers achieve tangible, sustainable patient outcomes. With the SERVO product range, MAQUET Critical Care is the global market leader in ventilation.

The MAQUET Group is the world market leader for Medical Systems, focused on the Operating Room and Intensive Care Unit. The integrated products of MAQUET are designed to deliver the best medical treatment within acute care hospitals. MAQUET provides innovative medical solutions from three divisions - Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, and Surgical Workplaces.

MAQUET is part of the publicly listed Swedish group of companies GETINGE AB, a 1.7 million euros (fiscal year 2006) turnover company with 10,100 employees worldwide. MAQUET itself is a 600 million euros (fiscal year 2006) turnover business with 2,984 Employees and 30 international sales and service subsidiaries.

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July 12, 2007

Dr. Francis Barany, Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Program of Biochemistry and Structural Biology, Cornell/Sloan Kettering Institute, 7-12-07


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Dr. Francis Barany received his Ph.D. in Microbiology in 1981 at The Rockefeller University with Professor Alexander Tomasz. He was a Helen Hay Whitney postdoctoral fellow with Professor Hamilton O. Smith at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine from 1982-1985. Upon appointment as an Assistant Professor in Microbiology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in 1985, he was named a Cornell Scholar in Biomedical Sciences, and in 1992 received a five year Hirschl/Monique Weill-Caulier Career Scientist Award.

Dr. Barany currently holds the rank of Full Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Program of Biochemistry and Structural Biology at Cornell/Sloan Kettering Institute. He has an adjunct appointment at The Rockefeller University in the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Structural Biology, as well as an appointment as Director of Mutation Research at the Strang Cancer Prevention Center. He is program director of two multi-center NCI and NIAID grants to develop new methods of cancer and infectious disease detection. He is best known for developing the ligase chain reaction (LCR) and ligase detection reaction (LDR) and Universal DNA arrays for detection of genetic diseases and cancer-associated mutations.

Dr. Barany was named to the "SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN 50" in 2004. Dr. Barany is recognized for his outstanding achievements in the development of a universal array genomic chip, used for the rapid and accurate detection of cancers and other diseases, especially breast and colon cancer.

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July 11, 2007

Dr. Gerald Wheeler, Executive Director, National Science Teachers Association, 7-12-07


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As the Executive Director of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Dr. Gerald Wheeler heads the world's largest professional organization representing science educators of all grade levels.

Prior to joining NSTA, Dr. Wheeler was Director of the Science/Math Resource Center and Professor of Physics at Montana State University. He also headed the Public Understanding of Science and Technology Division at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and has served as President of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

Dr. Wheeler received an undergraduate degree in science education from Boston University and a Master's degree in physics and a Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics, both from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Between undergraduate and graduate school, he taught high school physics, chemistry, and physical science.

For much of his career Dr. Wheeler has played a key role in the development of mass media projects that showcase science for students. He was involved in the creation of 3-2-1 Contact for the Children's Television Workshop, served on advisory boards for the Voyage of the Mimi and the PBS children's series CRO, and created and hosted Sidewalk Science, a television show for young people on CBS-affiliate WCAU-TV in Philadelphia. Dr. Wheeler has co-directed the National Teachers Enhancement Network, an NSF-funded distance learning project offering science and math courses nationwide.

Dr. Wheeler is the recipient of numerous awards for his teaching and mass media work, including outstanding teaching awards from Temple University, the University of Hartford, and Montana State University, as well as the AAPT Milliken Award. He is a fellow of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and AAAS and has served on advisory boards and committees for the American Institute of Physics and the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Dr. Wheeler's publications include numerous books, research and education articles, and reviews.

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, VA, is the largest organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership of more than 55,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.

NSTA’s four award-winning journals—The Science Teacher (grades 9-12), Science Scope (6-8), Science and Children (K-5), and Journal of College Science Teaching—provide more than 100,000 teachers with proven classroom instructional techniques.

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July 03, 2007

David De Rothschild, author of THE LIVE EARTH GLOBAL WARMING SURVIVAL HANDBOOK: 77 Essential Skills to Stop Climate Change, 7-5-07


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David De Rothschild, founder of Sculpt the Future, a non-profit environmental foundation, is author of THE LIVE EARTH GLOBAL WARMING SURVIVAL HANDBOOK: 77 Essential Skills to Stop Climate Change, the 160-page official companion volume to Live Earth. The book – which will be printed on environmentally responsible paper – presents 77 essential skills for stopping climate change—and for living through it.

David is one of the judges for the New Statesman’s Edge Upstart Award and The Observer Ethical Award. He was recently voted as a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum and an “Emerging Explorer” for National Geographic’s class of 2007.

On July 7, 2007, one of the biggest audiences in history – more than 2 billion viewers and more than 1 million concertgoers – will see 24 hours of nonstop concerts broadcast from seven continents as part of Live Earth, an unprecedented seven-continent concert series that’s part of a massive effort to combat global warming.

The 7-continent Live Earth concert series will begin in Sydney and continue across all 7 continents, concluding with a U.S. show. Concerts will feature today's biggest musicians, singers, and groups including Bon Jovi, The Police and Madonna, performing at venues in official Live Earth host cities: London, New York, Sydney, Shanghai, Tokyo, Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro, Hamburg and Istanbul. As many as 120 television stations worldwide will broadcast the concert globally.

Live Earth also marks the beginning of the (SOS) Save Our Selves campaign, a multi-year campaign led by the Alliance for Climate Protection and other international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to move individuals, corporations and governments to take action to solve global warming. Former Vice President of the United States Al Gore is the Chair of the Alliance for Climate Protection and Partner of Live Earth.

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