Excel Venture Management
Vidar Helgesen is Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation. He has held several public positions in the Norwegian government, as Special Representative for the Ocean, Minister of Climate and Environment, Minister of European Affairs and Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, as well as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. Internationally, he has served as Co-chair of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, Secretary-General of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance and as Special Advisor to the President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
John L. Hennessy
Director, Knight-Hennessy Scholars
John L. Hennessy is the James F. and Mary Lynn Gibbons Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering in the Stanford School of Engineering, and the Shriram Family Director of Stanford’s Knight-Hennessy Scholars, the largest fully endowed graduate-level scholarship program in the world. He is chairman of Alphabet and serves as a trustee of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Formerly the tenth president of Stanford, he is also a computer scientist who co-founded MIPS Computer Systems and Atheros Communications. John is the coauthor (with David Patterson) of two internationally used textbooks in computer architecture. His honors include the 2012 Medal of Honor of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the 2017 ACM A.M. Turing Award (jointly with David Patterson), and the 2020 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award (jointly with David Patterson). John earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University and his master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science from the Stony Brook University.
Kathleen H. Jamieson
Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania;
Annenberg School for Communication
Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director of the University’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, and Program Director of the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands.
Jamieson has authored or co-authored 16 books, most recently Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President (Oxford University Press, 2018), which won the 2019 R.R. Hawkins Award from the Association of American Publishers and was published in a revised paperback edition by Oxford University Press in June 2020. Including Cyberwar, six of the books that Jamieson has authored or co-authored have received a total of 12 political science or communication book awards: Packaging the Presidency (Oxford University Press, 1996), Eloquence in an Electronic Age (Oxford University Press, 1988), Spiral of Cynicism (Oxford University Press, 1997), Presidents Creating the Presidency (University of Chicago Press, 2008), and The Obama Victory (Oxford University Press, 2010). She co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Political Communication (Oxford University Press, 2017) and The Oxford Handbook of the Science of Science Communication (Oxford University Press, 2017).
Jamieson has won university-wide teaching awards at each of the three universities at which she has taught and has delivered the American Political Science Association’s Ithiel de Sola Pool Lecture, the National Communication Association’s Arnold Lecture, and the NASEM Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education Henry and Bryna David Lecture. For her contributions to the study of political communication, she received the American Political Science Association’s Murray Edelman Distinguished Career Award in 1995. Her paper “Implications of the Demise of ‘Fact’ in Political Discourse” received the American Philosophical Society’s 2016 Henry Allen Moe Prize in the Humanities.
Jamieson’s work has been funded by the FDA and the MacArthur, Ford, Carnegie, Pew, Robert Wood Johnson, Packard, and Annenberg Foundations. She is the co-founder of FactCheck.org and its subsidiary site, SciCheck, and director of The Sunnylands Constitution Project, which has produced more than 30 award-winning films on the Constitution for high school students.
Jamieson is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Sciences, and a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association. She also is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the International Communication Association. She is a past president of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
In April 2020, the National Academy of Sciences awarded Jamieson its Public Welfare Medal for her “non-partisan crusade to ensure the integrity of facts in public discourse and development of the science of scientific communication to promote public understanding of complex issues.” In January 2021, she was the recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Founder Award.
Acting Associate Director for Science Policy and Acting Director
Office of Science Policy
National Institutes of Health
Lyric Jorgenson, PhD, is the Acting Associate Director for Science Policy and the Acting Director of the Office of Science Policy at the NIH. In this position, she provides senior leadership in the development and oversight of cross-cutting biomedical research policies and programs considered to be of high-priority to NIH and the United States Government. Prior to this role, she served in numerous roles across the agency, including Deputy Director of the Office of Science Policy, and has led the development of numerous high impact science and policy initiatives such as the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). Dr. Jorgenson also served as the Deputy Executive Director of the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force in the Office of the Vice President in the Obama administration, where she directed and coordinated cancer-related activities across the Federal government and worked to leverage investments across sectors to dramatically accelerate progress in cancer prevention.
Chief Scientific Officer
Véronique Kiermer, PhD, is the Chief Scientific Officer at PLOS, the Public Library of Science, where she oversees the editorial department and the development of services, products and policies to promote open science. Before joining PLOS in 2015, she was Executive Editor and Director of Author and Reviewer Services for Nature Publishing Group where she managed editorial and research integrity policies across the Nature journals. She started her career in publishing in 2004 as the founding Chief Editor of Nature Methods. Véronique obtained a PhD in molecular biology from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, in 1998 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Gladstone Institutes, University of California, San Francisco. She also worked on gene therapy projects in the biotechnology industry in the Bay Area. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Keystone Symposia and ORCID.
National Science Foundation (until Jan. 3, 2022);
Institute for Social Research
University of Michigan
Arthur "Skip" Lupia is the Gerald R Ford Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan. His research advances understanding of decision making under uncertainty, coalition building, and science communication. His government service includes a term as Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation and head of its Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate. He is former Chairman of the Board of the Center for Open Science and is co-chair of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Open Science Subcommittee. He has served as a Guggenheim Fellow, and Andrew Carnegie Fellow, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is former Chair of the National Academy of Sciences’ Roundtable on the Application of Behavioral and Social Science Research, a former advisory board member for NASEM’s Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education Division, and winner of the 1998 NAS Award for Initiatives in Research.
Martin J. Rees
Professor, Trinity College
Royal Society, U.K.
Martin Rees is an astrophysicist and cosmologist, and the UK's Astronomer Royal. He is based at Cambridge University where he has been Professor of Astronomy and Director of the Institute of Astronomy. He is a Fellow (and Former Master) of Trinity College
After studying at the University of Cambridge in the 1960s, he held post-doctoral positions in the UK and the USA, before becoming a professor at Sussex University. In 1973, he became a fellow of King's College and Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy at Cambridge (continuing in the latter post until 1991) and served for ten years as director of Cambridge's Institute of Astronomy. From 1992 to 2003 he was a Royal Society Research Professor, and then from 2004 to 2012, Master of Trinity College. In 2005 he was appointed to the House of Lords, and he was President of the Royal Society for the period 2005-10.
His main astronomical research interests have been galaxy formation, cosmic jets, black holes, gamma ray bursts, along with more speculative aspects of cosmology - in particular, whether we live in a multiverse; and the prospects of detecting extraterrestrial life.
He has been increasingly concerned in recent years about long-term global issues -- the pressures that a growing and more demanding population are placing on environment, sustainability and biodiversity; and the impact of powerful new technologies. He is co-founder of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risks at Cambridge University (CSER) with a focus on these issues.
As well as being an International Member of the NAS, he is a foreign member of American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an honorary member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Pontifical Academy, the Japan Academy and several other foreign academies.
In the UK he is an honorary member of the British Academy, the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Academy of Engineering, His international awards include the Balzan International Prize, the Heineman Prize for Astrophysics (AAS/AIP), the Bower Award for Science of the Franklin Institute, the Cosmology Prize of the Peter Gruber Foundation, the Einstein Award of the World Cultural Council, the Crafoord Prize (Royal Swedish Academy) the Templeton Prize and Dirac prize (and, in the UK, the Order of Merit -- limited to 24 members). He has honorary degrees from numerous universities, including Harvard, Yale, Sydney, Melbourne, Oxford and Cambridge and has held many visiting professorships and lectureships around the world. He has been president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (1994-95) and the Royal Astronomical Society (1992-94) and a trustee of the British Museum, NESTA, the Kennedy Memorial Trust, the National Museum of Science and Industry, the Cambridge Gates Trust, and the Institute for Public Policy Research. He is currently on the Board of the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, and has served on many bodies connected with education, space research, arms control and international collaboration in science.
In addition to his research publications, he has written extensively for a general readership. His ten books include 'Just Six Numbers', 'Our Cosmic Habitat', 'Gravity's Fatal Attraction', and the recently -published, 'On the Future: Prospects for Humanity'.
L. R. Reif
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rafael Reif has served as the 17th president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since 2012. He spearheaded the development of open online learning platforms MITx and edX, and he leads MIT’s pioneering efforts to help redefine the future of higher education. Dr. Reif is also leading an ambitious redevelopment of MIT’s innovation district, including the launch of The Engine, a “tough tech” accelerator. In 2018, he launched the MIT Quest for Intelligence and the MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future. Later that year, he announced the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, the most significant reshaping of the Institute since the 1950s. Dr. Reif has introduced major climate change initiatives to foster breakthrough research and pilot high-impact solutions, including the Climate Grand Challenges and the MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium. In 2021, he and his leadership team issued “Fast Forward: MIT’s Climate Action Plan for the Decade”.
Dr. Reif has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1980. He received the degree of Ingeniero Eléctrico from Universidad de Carabobo, Valencia, Venezuela, and a doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Barbara R. Snyder
Association of American Universities
Susan M. Wolf
University of Minnesota
Susan M. Wolf, J.D., is Regents Professor; McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy; Faegre Baker Daniels Professor of Law; and Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She is Chair of the University’s Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences. Prof. Wolf is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, member of the American Law Institute, fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and fellow of The Hastings Center, a leading bioethics research institute. Her research focuses on ethical, legal, and societal issues in biomedicine and the life sciences, including issues raised by emerging technologies in fields such as genomics, neuroscience, and bioengineering. She has received numerous grants to support her research, including from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation, and Greenwall Foundation. In 2007-10, Wolf served as a member of the Law & Neuroscience Project funded by the MacArthur Foundation. In 2012, she received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research to fund research 2012-14.
Prof. Wolf received an A.B. with highest honors from Princeton University and J.D. from Yale Law School, with graduate study at Harvard University. She clerked in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and then practiced with the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison 1981-84. In 1984-85, Professor Wolf was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at The Hastings Center. She then became the Center’s Associate for Law. In 1992-93, she completed a fellowship in the Program in Ethics and the Professions at Harvard University, before joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota.
Prof. Wolf has served on numerous governmental and institutional panels for the National Academies, NIH, and others, including the TOPMed External Advisory Panel at NHLBI, American Bar Association Coordinating Group on Bioethics and the Law, American Society for Reproductive Medicine Ethics Committee, New York City AIDS Review Panel, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Ethics Committee. In 2011, she was appointed by the then-Secretary of Health & Human Services to the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), serving through 2016. She currently sits on the National Academies’ Committee on Science, Engineering, Medicine, and Public Policy (COSEMPUP). She also serves as co-lead of the Minnesota COVID Ethics Collaborative. Prof. Wolf is a past-chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Law, Medicine and Health Care and a past board member of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities.
Prof. Wolf is author, coauthor, or editor of publications in Science; Nature Genetics; New England Journal of Medicine; JAMA; Genetics in Medicine; Mayo Clinic Proceedings; The Hastings Center Report; Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics; and others. She has lectured and presented widely, including at the National Academies, NIH, Smithsonian Institution, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, New York Academy of Medicine, National Judicial College, professional societies, law schools, and medical schools. As Chair of the University of Minnesota’s Consortium on Law and Values she has collaborated to lead numerous successful national events on research ethics and integrity, ethical challenges in genomics and nanomedicine, and controversies emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jennifer Heimberg - (Staff Officer)
Senior Program Officer
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine