Dr. Catherine D. DeAngelis
Journal of the American Medical Association
Catherine DeAngelis is Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of the American Medical Association, Editor-in-Chief of Scientific Publications and Multimedia Applications, and Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She received her MD from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine, and her MPH from the Harvard Graduate School of Public Health (Health Services Administration), and her pediatric specialty training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. DeAngelis oversees JAMA as well as nine Archives publications and JAMA related Web site content. Before her appointment with JAMA, she was vice dean for Academic Affairs and Faculty, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and from 1994-2000, she was editor of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. She also has been a member of numerous journal editorial boards. She has authored or edited 11 books, on Pediatrics and Medical Education and has published more than 200 original articles, chapters, editorials, and abstracts. Most of her recent publications have focused on conflicts of interest in medicine, on women in medicine, and on medical education. Dr. DeAngelis is a council member of the National Academy of Science, Institute of Medicine, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has served as an officer of numerous national academic societies including past chairman of the American Board of Pediatrics and Chair of the Pediatric Accreditation Council for Residency Review Committee of the American Council on Graduate Medical Education.
Dr. Denice D. Denton
University of California, Santa Cruz
Denice Denton is currently the Chancellor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, after serving as Dean of and a professor at the University of Washington’s College of Engineering since 1996. Prior to her appointment as dean in 1996, she was a faculty member in electrical engineering and chemistry at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. While at the University of Washington, Denton led the development of the Faculty Recruitment Toolkit, a resource for attracting a top notch and diverse faculty. In a single year (2001) nine faculty members received the prestigious NSF Career Award. In addition, federal research funding more than doubled in 3 years (1998-2001), from $33.1 million in grants and contract awards to more than $75 million. She also emphasized implementing effective ways to teach a diverse engineering student body using a more project-oriented, experiential approach. This is facilitated by the Center for Engineering Learning and Teaching (CELT), the first center of its kind when established in 1998. She currently directs the University of Washington’s NSF ADVANCE program for advancing women faculty in science and engineering. In 2004 Denton was honored by the White house with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, recognizing her role as a national leader in engineering education. Dr. Denton chaired the National Academy of Engineering’s Board on Engineering Education from 1996 to 1999. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association of Women in Science, and the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Her awards for research and teaching awards include the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award (1987), the Kiekhofer Distinguished Teaching Award (University of Wisconsin 1990), the American Society of Engineering Education AT&T Foundation Teaching Award (1991), the Eta Kappa Nu C. Holmes MacDonald Distinguished Young Electrical Engineering Teaching Award (1993), the Benjamin Smith Reynolds Teaching Award (University of Wisconsin 1994), the W.M. Keck Foundation Engineering Teaching Excellence Award (1994), the ASEE George Westinghouse Award (1995), and the IEEE/HP Harriet B. Rigas Award (1995). Dr. Denton earned her B.S., M.S. (1982), and Ph.D. (1987) in electrical engineering at MIT and conducts research on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) as an enabling technology particularly in life sciences applications.
Dr. Barbara J. Grosz
Barbara Grosz is Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Dean of Science of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Professor Grosz is known for her seminal contributions to the fields of natural-language processing and multi-agent systems. She developed some of the earliest and most influential computer dialogue systems and established the research field of computational modeling of discourse. Her work on models of collaboration helped establish that field of inquiry and provides the framework for several collaborative multi-agent systems and human computer interface systems. She has been elected to the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, recipient of the UC Berkeley Computer Science and Engineering Distinguished Alumna Award and of awards for distinguished service from major AI societies, Prof Grosz is also widely respected for her contributions to the advancement of women in science. She chaired the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Standing Committee on the Status of Women when it produced the report, "Women in Science at Harvard; Part I: Junior Faculty and Graduate Students" in 1991. She was Interim Associate Dean for Affirmative Action at Harvard in 1993-94 and served on the FAS Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Diversity from 1998-2001 and the Standing Committee on Women from 1988-95 and again in 1999. Dr. Grosz recently chaired the 2005 Harvard Task Force Women in Science and Engineering. Before joining the faculty at Harvard, she was Director of the Natural Language program at SRI International and co-founder of the Center for the Study of Language and Information. Professor Grosz received an A.B. in Mathematics from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Jo Handelsman
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jo Handelsman is an HHMI professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at UW–Madison. She received a B.S. in agronomy from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from UW–Madison. In addition, from 1997 to 1999, she was director of the Institute for Pest and Pathogen Management at UW–Madison. Handelsman studies the communication networks of microbial communities. She has coauthored a book about inquiry-based biology teaching entitled Biology Brought to Life. In 2002, she was named Clark Lecturer in Soil Biology and received the Chancellor’s University Teaching Award at UW–Madison. In addition, she has been very active in achieving equity for women and minorities on campus, which was recognized with the Cabinet 99 Recognition Award. She contributed to the inception of the Women in Science and Engineering residence hall; has chaired the provost’s Climate Working Group, an initiative dedicated to improving the campus climate for women and people of color; and, through a National Science Foundation grant, established, along with others, the Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute.
Dr. Nannerl O. Keohane
Nannerl Keohane is currently serving as the Laurance S. Rockefeller Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Affairs at Princeton University. She was the eighth president of Duke University, serving from 1993-2004. Keohane came to Duke from the presidency of Wellesley College. She was the first woman to serve as Duke's president and among the first women to oversee a leading U.S. research university. Under her leadership, Duke launched major programs in fields ranging from genomics to ethics, raised more than $2 billion through the "Campaign for Duke," established the Duke University Health System and became a much more diverse and international institution. Keohane, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, was born in Blytheville, Ark., and grew up in Arkansas, Texas and South Carolina. She is a 1961 graduate of Wellesley who earned advanced degrees at Oxford University and Yale University before beginning a career as a professor of political science at Swarthmore College, the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University. She returned to Wellesley in 1981, serving as its president for 12 years before moving to Duke.
Dr. Shirley M. Malcom
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Shirley Malcom is Head of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The directorate includes AAAS programs in education, activities for underrepresented groups, and public understanding of science and technology. Malcom serves on several boards—including the Howard Heinz Endowment, the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, and the National Park System Advisory Board—and is an honorary trustee of the American Museum of Natural History. She serves as a Regent of Morgan State University and as a trustee of Caltech. In addition she has chaired a number of national committees addressing education reform and access to scientific and technical education, careers and literacy. Dr. Malcom is also a former trustee of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. She is a fellow of the AAAS and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She served on the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation, from 1994 to 1998 and from 1994-2001 served on the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. Dr. Malcom received her doctorate in ecology from Pennsylvania State University; master's degree in zoology from the University of California, Los Angeles; and bachelor's degree with distinction in zoology from the University of Washington. In addition she holds thirteen honorary degrees. In 2003 Dr. Malcom received the Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, the highest award given by the Academy.
Dr. Geraldine L. Richmond
University of Oregon
Geraldine Richmond is the Richard M. and Patricia H. Noyes Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Materials Science Institute at the University of Oregon. Dr. Richmond received her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Kansas State University and her Ph.D. in chemical physics at the University of California, Berkeley. For the past 25 years her research has focused on the development and application of state-of-the-art lasers to study surface chemistry and physics. On a national level, Professor Richmond has served and continues to serve on many science boards and advisory panels overseeing funding for science, technology, and education. Richmond has been honored with numerous national and regional awards for her research, her teaching, and her efforts in encouraging females of all ages to enter and succeed in science careers. In 2001, she was named Oregon Scientist of the Year by the Oregon Academy of Science. Dr. Richmond is a member of the Chemical Sciences Roundtable of the National Academy of Sciences, and a governor’s appointee to the Oregon State Board of Higher Education for 1999-2006. She is the founder and chair of COACh (Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists) and was the 2005 winner of the ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences.
Dr. Alice M. Rivlin
The Brookings Institution
Alice Rivlin is a Visiting Professor at the Public Policy Institute of Georgetown University and a Senior Fellow in the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution. She is the Director of the Greater Washington Research Program at Brookings. Before returning to Brookings, Rivlin served as Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve Board from 1996 to 1999. She was Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget from 1994 to 1996, and Deputy Director (1993- 94). She served as Chair of the District of Columbia Financial Management Assistance Authority (1998-2001). Rivlin was the founding Director of the Congressional Budget Office (1975-1983). She was director of the Economic Studies Program at Brookings (1983-1987). She also served at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (1968-69). Rivlin received a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship, taught at Harvard, George Mason, and New School Universities, has served on the Boards of Directors of several corporations, and as President of the American Economic Association. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of BearingPoint and the Washington Post Company. She is a frequent contributor to newspapers, television, and radio, and has written numerous books. Her books include Systematic Thinking for Social Action (l971), Reviving the American Dream (1992), and Beyond the Dot.coms (with Robert Litan, 2001. She is co-editor (with Isabel Sawhill) of Restoring Fiscal Sanity: How to Balance the Budget (2004) and (with Litan) of The Economic Payoff from the Internet Revolution (2001). Rivlin was born in 1931 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up in Bloomington, Indiana. She received a B.A. in economics from Bryn Mawr College in 1952; and in 1958 a Ph.D. from Radcliffe College (Harvard University) in economics.
Dr. Ruth Simmons
Ruth Simmons believes in the power of education to transform lives. As an exemplary academic leader, she champions the university as a haven of reasoned debate with the responsibility to challenge students intellectually and prepare them to become informed, conscientious citizens. She has spent her career advocating for a leadership role for higher education in the arena of national and global affairs. As president of Brown University, Simmons has created an ambitious set of initiatives designed to expand the faculty; increase financial support and resources for undergraduate, graduate, and medical students; improve facilities; renew a broad commitment to shared governance; and ensure that diversity informs every dimension of the university. These initiatives have led to a major investment of new resources in Brown’s educational mission. A French professor before entering university administration, President Simmons also holds an appointment as a professor of comparative literature and of Africana studies at Brown. She graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans before completing her PhD in Romance languages and literatures at Harvard. She served in various administrative roles in the University of Southern California, Princeton University, and Spelman College before becoming president Smith College, the largest women’s college in the U.S. At Smith, she launched a number of initiatives including an engineering program, the first at an American women’s college. In 2000, she was named president of Brown University. Simmons is the recipient of many honors, including a Fulbright Fellowship, the 2001 President’s Award from the United Negro College Fund, the 2002 Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, and 2004 Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal. She has been a featured speaker in many public venues, including the White House, the World Economic Forum, the National Press Club, the American Council on Education, and the Phi Beta Kappa Lecture at Harvard University. She has been awarded numerous honorary degrees.
Dr. Elizabeth S. Spelke
Elizabeth Spelke is Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the Mind, Brain, and Behavior Initiative at Harvard University. She studies the origins and nature of knowledge of objects, persons, space, and number, by assessing behavior and brain function in human infants, children, human adults and non-human animals. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and cited by Time Magazine as one of America's Best in Science and Medicine, her honors include the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association and the William James Award of the American Psychological Society.
Dr. Joan A. Steitz
Joan Steitz is the Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University School of Medicine and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She earned her B.S. in chemistry from Antioch College in 1963, and her Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Harvard University in 1967. She spent the next three years in postdoctoral studies at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, and joined the Yale faculty in 1970. Steitz is best known for discovering and defining the function of small nuclear ribonucleoproteins (snRNPs), which occur only in higher cells and organisms. These cellular complexes play a key role in the splicing of pre-messenger RNA, the earliest product of DNA transcription. Steitz is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Elaine Weyuker
AT&T Labs Research
Elaine Weyuker is a principal technical staff member at AT&T Labs at Florham Park, NJ. Dr. Weyuker received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University, and an M.S.E. from the Moore School of Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania. Before moving to AT&T Labs in 1993, she was a professor of Computer Science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University, NY, where she had been on the faculty since 1977. Her research interests are in software engineering, particularly software testing and reliability, and software metrics, and has published many papers in those areas. Among her honors, she has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering and as a Fellow of the IEEE, and has been named a Fellow of the ACM (Association of Computing Machinery). Dr. Weyuker is one of only two female AT&T Fellows. In each of the past six years, The Journal of Systems and Software has rated her as one of the top five software engineering researchers in the world. In November 2001, the NYC YWCA honored Dr. Weyuker as a "Woman Achiever" for both her career achievements and her community service. She has made major contributions to the formal foundations of testing and to establishing testing as an empirical discipline, and has been a prime mover in making testing a recognized, professional specialty. She has been a lecturer, teacher, and mentor, and has been actively involved in professional activities. She was a founding member of the ACM Committee on the Status of Women and Minorities, which was established to improve the status of under-represented groups by developing programs to target girls and young minority members. During her tenure, the committee established a successful distributed mentoring program.
Dr. Maria T. Zuber
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Maria Zuber is the E.A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she also leads the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. Zuber has been involved in more than half a dozen NASA planetary missions aimed at mapping the Moon, Mars, and several asteroids. She received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and Sc.M. and PhD from Brown University. She was on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University and served as a research scientist at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and American Philosophical Society, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Geophysical Union, where she served as president of the Planetary Sciences Section. Among her awards are the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the NASA Scientific Achievement Medal, and Brown University Horace Mann Medal, as well as a Scientific Achievement Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Professor Zuber served on the Mars Program Independent Assessment Team that investigated the Mars mission losses in 1999, and more recently on the Presidential Commission on the Implementation of the United Space Exploration Policy tasked with conceiving a plan to implement President Bush’s Vision for Space Exploration. In 2002, Discover magazine named her one of the 50 most important women in science.