Joan Bienvenue - (Co-Chair)
Dr. Joan Bienvenue, (co-chair) is the director of the Applied Research Institute at the University of Virginia. She received a B.S. in chemistry from Rivier University, an M.S. in forensic science at the University of New Haven, a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Virginia, and an M.B.A. from the University of Mary Washington. She was a National Institute of Justice Research Fellow while at UVA, where her work focused on the development of microfluidic systems. This work was summarized in over fifteen peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and presented at many conferences; she is an inventor on five U.S. patents. In addition to this academic work, she is creator and conference chair for the annual Commonwealth Conference on National Defense and Intelligence, now entering its sixth year, and co-creator and inaugural chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Forensic Analysis of Human DNA. After completion of her graduate studies, Dr. Bienvenue was an ORISE Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the FBI. Following this appointment, she joined the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL), as the Validation and Quality Control Supervisor where she managed a team that provided quality control and oversaw the evaluation, validation, and implementation of new technology for DNA casework analysis in support of remains identification. She joined Lockheed Martin in 2008 and most recently served as Chief Scientist and Program Manager, in support of the development of rapid microfluidic DNA analysis systems. In June of 2013, she returned to the UVA as director of the Applied Research Institute (ARI) and was promoted to Senior Executive Director in 2017. ARI serves the university and the defense and intelligence communities as a conduit to facilitate collaboration and innovation between the academia and government. ARI leverages UVA’s human and capital assets to support research, education, and training, with a focus on homeland security, national intelligence, and defense missions. Dr. Bienvenue is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
John D. Clements - (Co-Chair)
Dr. John D. Clements, (co-chair) is Emeritus Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Tulane University School of Medicine. After receiving his doctorate in 1979 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas, Dr. Clements completed a National Research Council Associateship at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, DC. In 1980, Dr. Clements was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Departments of Microbiology and Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, NY. In 1982, Dr. Clements joined the faculty at Tulane University. Dr. Clements served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology from 1999 - 2018. Dr. Clements served as Vice Dean for Research from 2006 to 2009 and as Director of the Tulane Center for Infectious Diseases from 2009 - 2014. Dr. Clements’ research programs focused on development of vaccines against infectious diseases. His research was funded from a variety of Public Health Service, Department of Defense, and philanthropic sources. Research in Dr. Clements’s laboratory resulted in more than 100 peer reviewed publications and book chapters and thirteen issued patents. Dr. Clements has served on numerous scientific panels and Editorial Boards and was an Editor for Infection and Immunity from 1999 - 2005. In 2002, Dr. Clements chaired the committee to review all Military Infectious Disease Research Programs for the Department of Defense. Dr. Clements trained as a UN Weapons Inspector (UNMOVIC) and in 2003 and again in 2004, Dr. Clements served as a member of the Iraq Survey Group in Baghdad as a Subject Matter Expert in weapons of mass destruction and dual use equipment and programs for the Department of Defense. Dr. Clements was formerly a member of the Armed Forces Epidemiology Board (AFEB) and subsequently the Defense Health Board and is currently a member of the Public Health Subcommittee of the Defense Health Board – a federal advisory committee. In 2009, Dr. Clements was a member of the National Academy of Sciences committee on biosafety and personnel reliability in laboratories that conduct research of biological select agents and toxins. From 2010-2012, he served as a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) H1N1 Vaccine Safety Risk Assessment Working Group (VSRAWG). In 2011, Dr. Clements became a member of the National Academy of Sciences committee on developing a framework for an international faculty development project on education about research in the life sciences with dual use potential. He subsequently chaired two international workshops in support of this committee, including the Education Institute for Responsible Research on Infectious Diseases, Aqaba, Jordon (2012) and the Educational Institute of Responsible Science, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2013). In 2013, Dr. Clements also chaired a National Academies of Sciences international workshop on Science Needs for Microbial Forensics: Developing an Initial International Roadmap in Zagreb, Croatia. In 2017, Dr. Clements served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences committee on Strategies for Effective Biologic Detection Systems. Dr. Clements is a veteran of the US Marine Corps. He served on active duty from 1966-1972 and in the US Marine Corps Reserves from 1972-1991. He was Honorably Discharged at the rank of LTCOL from the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1991.
Ruzena K. Bajcsy
Dr. Ruzena K. Bajcsy is the NEC Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. She was the founding director of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) in 2001, a multi-campus organization comprising four campuses: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Merced. As part of her activities in CITRIS, and together with the University of California Center for the Humanities, she played a founding role in establishing a program of Digital Humanities. Before joining UC Berkeley, she headed the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation (1999–2001). From 1972 to 2001 she was a professor in the Computer and Information Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania, where she established in 1978 the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing, and Perception (GRASP) Lab. As director of the GRASP lab she fostered interdisciplinary research activities and attracted faculty from electrical and mechanical engineering as well as psychology/cognitive science and of course computer science. Throughout her 28 years at University of Pennsylvania, she worked on robotics research, including computer vision, tactile perception, and in general the problem of system identification. She also worked on medical imaging, and developed with her students a digital anatomy atlas coupled with elastic matching algorithms that made it possible to automatically identify anatomic structures of the brain, first in X-ray tomography, later with MRI and positron image tomography. Use of this technology is now standard in medical practice. Dr. Bajcsy is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (1997) and National Academy of Medicine (1995) as well as a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). In 2001 she received the ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award, and in November 2002 she was named one of the 50 most important women in Discover Magazine. She is the recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Medal for Computer and Cognitive Sciences (2009) and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Award (2013) for her contributions in the field of robotics and automation. Her current research is in the use of robotic technology, namely measuring and extracting noninvasively kinematic and dynamic parameters of individual in order to assess their physical movement capabilities or limitations. If there are limitations, her students have designed assistive devices that can compensate for the lack of kinematic agility and /or physical strength.
Robert A. Barish
Dr. Robert A. Barish, a distinguished physician and academic leader, is vice chancellor for health affairs of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Barish oversees the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), which provides comprehensive care, education, and research to train healthcare leaders and foster healthy communities in Illinois and beyond. A part of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), UI Health is a clinical enterprise that includes a 465-bed tertiary care hospital, 21 outpatient clinics, and 11 federally qualified Mile Square Health Center locations. With campuses in Chicago, Peoria, Quad Cities, Rockford, Springfield, and Urbana, the health system includes the academic and research activities of the seven UIC health science colleges: Applied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy; the School of Public Health; and the Jane Addams College of Social Work. UI Health is dedicated to the pursuit of health equity. He served as chancellor of the LSU Health Sciences Center at Shreveport from 2009 to 2015, where he provided leadership for the schools of medicine, allied health, and graduate programs; a major academic medical center; and two affiliated hospitals. Dr. Barish spent 24 years at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He served as chief of emergency medicine from 1985 to 1996 and built a nationally recognized program. He was named associate dean for clinical affairs in 1998 and vice dean for clinical affairs in 2005. That same year, following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast, Barish helped lead a medical regiment dispatched by the state of Maryland to deliver emergency care to more than 6,000 hurricane victims in Jefferson Parish. In addition to his medical duties at Maryland, Barish earned an M.B.A. from Loyola College in 1995. From 1996 to 1998, he served as the chief executive officer of UniversityCARE, a University of Maryland physician-hospital network of family-oriented health centers located in neighborhoods throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area. A former lieutenant colonel and flight surgeon in the Maryland Air National Guard, Barish was among a select group invited to become a NASA astronaut candidate in the early 1990s.
Clarion E. Johnson
Dr. Clarion E. Johnson is the former global medical director of the Medicine and Occupational Health Department for ExxonMobil Corporation. The department delivers services to more than 88,000 ExxonMobil and affiliate employees worldwide. In addition to traditional work-related health services, the department delivers travel medicine to the many ExxonMobil employees who are engaged in exploration and production in a number of challenging environments in Africa, the CIS, China, and Southeast Asia. Dr. Johnson is co-chair of the Planning Committee for the Forum on Public-Private Partnerships for Global Health and Safety at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He has been a long time member of the Milbank Memorial Fund Board of Directors and has published numerous articles in various fields. Dr. Johnson is the 2012 recipient of the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility Award. Dr. Johnson is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiology, and occupational medicine. He did his undergraduate work at Sarah Lawrence College and studied medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine.