Presenters & Panelists

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Biosketches of Presenters and Panelists

Bruce Alberts, a prominent biochemist with a strong commitment to the improvement of science and mathematics education, serves as Editor-in-Chief of Science and as one of President Obama’s first three Science Envoys. Alberts is also Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, to which he returned after serving two six-year terms as the president of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

During his tenure at the NAS, Alberts was instrumental in developing the landmark National Science Education standards that have been implemented in school systems nationwide. The type of “science as inquiry” teaching we need, says Alberts, emphasizes “logical, hands-on problem solving, and it insists on having evidence for claims that can be confirmed by others. It requires work in cooperative groups, where those with different types of talents can discover them – developing self confidence and an ability to communicate effectively with others.”

Alberts is also noted as one of the original authors of The Molecular Biology of the Cell, a preeminent textbook in the field now in its fifth edition. For the period 2000 to 2009, he served as the co-chair of the InterAcademy Council, a new organization in Amsterdam governed by the presidents of 15 national academies of sciences and that was established to provide scientific advice to the world.

Committed in his international work to the promotion of the “creativity, openness and tolerance that are inherent to science,” Alberts believes that “scientists all around the world must now band together to help create more rational, scientifically-based societies that find dogmatism intolerable.

Widely recognized for his work in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology, Alberts has earned many honors and awards, including 16 honorary degrees. He currently serves on the advisory boards of more than 25 non-profit institutions, including the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Cynthia M. Beall is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences and the S. Idell Pyle Professor of Anthropology at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Beall’s primary research focuses on how populations with different microevolutionary histories adapt to the lifelong environmental stress of high-altitude hypoxia. She conducts her research with populations on the Andean plateau of South America, the Tibetan Plateau of Central Asia, and the Simien Plateau of East Africa. This work has revealed two different patterns of adaptation to hypoxia rather than the single universal human response envisioned by classical environmental physiologists. She also investigates how the influence of the sociocultural environment can both create and buffer stress and can have beneficial and detrimental effects on human biology.

Dr. Beall also has a long-term interest in evolutionary medicine and is working with colleagues on her campus and with the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center to develop resources for teaching this topic to undergraduates.

She has a long record of service to the NAS, including the NAS Council, and the NRC. Currently Dr. Beall is a member of the Division Committee for the Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, and serves as Chair of the planning committee for this convocation.

She received her Bachelor degree in biology from the University of Pennsylvania and her Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology from Pennsylvania State University.

Paul Beardsley recently joined the faculty at the Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Previously, he was a science educator at the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) where he was the Principal Investigator for the NIH-sponsored Evolution and Medicine high school project and Co-PI for the Rare Diseases and Scientific Inquiry middle school project. He worked on high school and middle school comprehensive curricula, including BSCS Science: An Inquiry Approach, BSCS Biology: A Human Approach, and Agile Mind Biology. He helped design the on-line professional development program for teachers of multidisciplinary science called Across the Sciences (a joint project with Oregon Public Broadcasting), and professional development with a range of teachers, including developing a leadership institute with Seattle Public School science teachers. He is also currently conducting research in evolution education.

In prior faculty positions at Idaho State University and Colorado College, Dr. Beardsley helped direct a doctoral level program in biological education and participated in an NSF GK-12 program matching graduate students in science with K-12 teachers. He taught graduate courses in biology education and educational research, trained pre-service teachers, and also taught graduate and undergraduate courses in evolution, ecology, botany and cell biology. Graduate students in his lab carried out research in plant evolution and biology education.

Dr. Beardsley earned the Ph.D. degree at the University of Washington in plant evolution. His research focuses on plant molecular systematics, the genetics of plant speciation, and the genetics of rare plants. He also earned a secondary science teaching license and taught at both the middle and high school levels. His research interests in science education include student learning in evolution and scientist-teacher partnerships.

Spencer Benson is the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, Associate Professor in the Dept. of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics and an affiliate Associate Professor in the Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction a the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Benson has served as a consultant for Project 2061, the Quality Undergraduate Education (QUE) initiative, the Coalition for Education in the Life Science (CELS), Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibility (SENCER), and the Center for Advancement of Stem Education (CASE).  He has been involved in numerous K-16 education initiatives at Maryland including an on-line Master Program in the Life Sciences for high school biology teachers. He is past chair of the Undergraduate Education Committee of the American Society of Microbiology (ASM), past chair of ASM’s Div-W (Teaching) and is interim chair member of ASM’s International Education Committee.  He is a founding member of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSoTL) and the ASM sponsored Biological Scholars Program.  In the 2002 he was named the CASE-Carnegie Maryland Professor of the Year award and in 2011 he was awarded the ASM Carski Teaching award.  Dr. Benson has been a AP-Biology exam reader (6 years), test item reviewer, and Co-chaired the AP-Biology Redesign Commission (2006-2007), a member of the AP-Biology Review Advisory Panel (2008) and Co-chairs the AP-Biology Curriculum, Development and Assessment Committee (2008-2012).

V. Celeste Carter is a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Carter received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine in 1982 under the direction of Dr. Satvir S. Tevethia. She completed postdoctoral studies in the laboratory of Dr. G. Steven Martin at the University of California at Berkeley. She joined the Division of Biological and Health Sciences at Foothill College in 1994 to develop and head a Biotechnology Program. She served as a Program Director twice in the Division of Undergraduate Education as a rotator.  Dr. Carter accepted a permanent program director position in DUE in 2009; she is the Lead Program Director for the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program in DUE.

Betty Carvellas retired in 2007 after teaching science for 39 years at the middle and high school levels.  She was a founding member of the National Academies Teacher Advisory Council (TAC) and currently serves as the Teacher Leader for the TAC.  Her interests include interdisciplinary teaching, connecting “school” science to the real world, and bringing the practice of science into the classroom.  Throughout her career, she traveled extensively on her own and with students.  Her professional service includes work at the local, state and national levels.  She served as co-chair of the education committee and was a member of the executive board of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents and is a past president of the National Association of Biology Teachers.  Included among her awards are the Outstanding Science Teacher-Vermont (1981), Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (1984), and a Christa McAuliffe fellowship.  In 2001, she was selected for an NSF program, Teachers Experiencing Antarctica and the Arctic, and she has since participated in seven research expeditions in the Arctic.  In 2008, she was designated a lifetime National Associate of the National Research Council of the National Academies.  She received her BA from Colby College, her MS from the State University of New York at Oswego and a Certificate of Advanced Study from the University of Vermont.

Amy L. Chang has served the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Education Board since the 1980’s.  The ASM is one of the oldest and largest life science organizations, representing 38,000 members worldwide.  About 60% of the members are microbiologists employed as faculty, staff, administrators, researchers, and students at colleges and universities.  The Board advances the Society’s mission to educate individuals at all levels in the microbiological sciences.  The ASM is a voluntary organization.  The ASM members, serving as leaders and scientific experts, work in concert with a professional staff to sponsor programs, advance the Society’s mission, and ensure stability.

Under Chang’s leadership, the Board is responsible for educators and faculty programs including the (i) annual Conference for Undergraduate Educators; (ii) professional development program in science teaching and science education research (Biology Scholars and Faculty Programs), (iii) Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education and digital resources for microbiology.  In September 2000, the Board was bestowed with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mentoring Underrepresented Minorities in Science, Math, and Engineering Sciences.

The Board sponsors for students (i) national research fellowships; (ii) the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Undergraduate Minority Students (ABRCMS) and (iii) professional development programs for graduate students and post-doctoral scientists in grantsmanship, publishing, presentations, teaching and mentoring, ethics, and career planning.

James P. Collins is the Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. Dr. Collins has been a faculty member at Arizona State University since 1975. His research group studies host-pathogen biology and its relationship to the decline of species, at times even to extinction. Dr. Collins’ research also focuses on the intellectual and institutional factors that have shaped Ecology’s development as a science as well as Ecological Ethics. Collins was founding director of ASU’s Undergraduate Biology Enrichment Program, and served as co-director of ASU’s Undergraduate Mentoring in Environmental Biology and Minority Access to Research Careers programs. He has been chairman of the Zoology, then Biology Department at ASU. At the National Science Foundation he was Director of the Population Biology and Physiological Ecology Program (1985-1986) and Assistant Director for Biological Sciences (2005-2009). Dr. Collins has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and a B.S. from Manhattan College. He is an elected fellow of AAAS and the Association for Women in Science, and President of the American Institute of Biological Sciences.

William (Bill) Galey is Director of Graduate and Medical Education Programs at Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He directs HHMI’s programs to enhance biomedical science graduate education and scientific training of medical students. He directs HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program which provides opportunities for medical students to engage in a year of intensive year of research. Dr. Galey was intimately involved in the HHMI partnership with the Association of American Medical Colleges known as Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians (SFFP), which sets out the scientific competencies needed by physicians to practice medicine in the 21st century. Graduate education efforts under Bill’s direction include the Med into Grad Program, supporting efforts of graduate programs to graduate PhDs with a strong understanding of medicine. Dr. Galey’s group also administers HHMI’s Gilliam Fellowship Program, supporting individuals committed to creating a more diverse professoriate.  A new program known as the HHMI International Student Dissertation Research Fellowship Program has been initiated to support international graduate students during their dissertation research. Dr. Galey and his group also developed and conducted a highly successful partnership with the NIH to integrate graduate training in the physical and computational sciences with the biomedical sciences in a program known as Interfaces. Bill holds a PhD from the University of Oregon Medical School, and was a fellow of Harvard University. After a brief period in the pharmaceutical industry, he joined the University Of New Mexico School Of Medicine where he conducted research and taught medical and graduate students. Bill was active in the development of problem based learning and  other educational innovations while a faculty member at Univ of New Mexico He also held various administrative positions including Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Interim Dean for Research at UNMSOM before joining HHMI in 2002.

David M. Hillis is the Alfred W. Roark Centennial Professor in Natural Sciences at the University of Texas, in the Section of Integrative Biology. He uses a mix of molecular and computational approaches to study problems in molecular evolution and biodiversity. He is also actively involved in reform of science education at the university level.  Hillis led the effort to reorganize the biological sciences at the University of Texas, and then served as the first Director of the new School of Biological Sciences. He currently serves as the Director of the Dean’s Scholars Program for the College of Natural Sciences, as well as Director of the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. He is a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow, and has been elected to membership of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Kristin Jenkins works with the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) and the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium to pursue her interests in biology education. Her experience includes teaching at the high school and college levels, professional development for K-14 faculty, curriculum development and development of outreach programs. Currently, she is part of the Education and Outreach group at NESCent, where she has participated in various working groups focused on enhancing evolution education including Evolution Across the Curriculum, Tree Thinking in Evolution Education and Communicating Human Evolution. As a member of the BioQUEST staff, she is part of the Cyberlearning for Community Colleges project and other BioQUEST projects. Dr. Jenkins is an active member of the Society for the Study of Evolution’s Education Committee, working with colleagues to provide professional development workshops and symposia to both K-12 teachers and SSE members. She is on the Editorial Board for the journal Evolution: Education and Outreach, and is the chair of the Outreach Committee for the University of Wisconsin’s J.F.Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution. She earned her BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of California, San Diego and her Ph.D. at the University of Arizona. She serves as a member of the planning committee for the Convocation.

John Jungck is Vice President of the International Union of Biological Sciences and Editor of Biology International. He is the Mead Chair of the Sciences at Beloit College and Professor of Biology. John has specialized in mathematical molecular evolution, image analysis, history and philosophy of biology, and science education reform. In 1986, he co-founded the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium, a national consortium of college and university biology educators devoted to curricular reform across the nation. It promotes quantitative, open-ended problem solving, collaborative learning, peer review, research, and civic engagement/social responsibility. He is a Fulbright Scholar (Thailand), a Mina Shaughnessy Scholar, a Fellow of the National Institute of Science Education, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He teaches Genetics, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Evolution and topics courses on bioinformatics, Darwin, and science and culture.

Susan Kassouf, program officer, has served in different capacities at the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation since 1999, first working with the Educational Leadership Program and now working more directly with grantees.  After receiving her BA from Hampshire College and a PhD in German Studies from Cornell University, she taught on the faculty at Vassar College.

Jay Labov is Senior Advisor for Education and Communication for the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Research Council (NRC). He has directed or contributed to thirteen National Academies reports focusing on teacher education, advanced study for high school students, K-8 education, and undergraduate education. He has served as Director of committees on K-12 and undergraduate science education, the National Academies’ Teacher Advisory Council, and was Deputy Director for the Academy’s Center for Education. He also directed a committee of the NAS and the Institute of Medicine that authored Science, Evolution, and Creationism (and oversees the NAS’s efforts to confront challenges to teaching evolution in the nation’s public schools. He oversees an effort at the Academy to work with professional societies and with state academies of science on education issues. He also oversees work on improving education in the life sciences under the aegis of the NRC’s Board on Life Sciences.

Dr. Labov is an organismal biologist by training. Prior to accepting his position at the Academy in 1997, he spent 20 years on the biology faculty at Colby College (Maine). He is a Kellogg National Fellow, a Fellow in Education of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow.

Joseph C.  LaManna is the current President of The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB).  Dr. LaManna is also a Professor of Physiology & Biophysics, Neurology, Neurosciences, and Pathology at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the former Chair of the Department of Anatomy at CWRU (1993-2008). He received his undergraduate degree in Biology at Georgetown University in Washington, DC in 1971.  He earned a PhD in Physiology and Pharmacology from Duke University in Durham, NC in 1975.

He has been involved in cerebrovascular research for more than 30 years.  Research conducted in his laboratory is concerned with energy demand, energy metabolism, and blood flow in the brain. The role of these mechanisms in the tissue response to pathological insults such as stroke, cardiac arrest and resuscitation, and hypoxia is being actively investigated.  His most recent research has centered on cerebral angiogenesis and the role of hypoxia-inducible factor-1 in physiological adaptation to hypoxia, neuroprotection and ischemic preconditioning.  He has authored or co-authored over 200 research papers and review chapters.

Dr. LaManna currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Applied Physiology, the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism and Brain Research.  He is an active member of multiple scientific societies including the Society for Neuroscience (Program Committee 2002-2005); American Physiological Society; International Society for Oxygen Transport to Tissues (Executive Committee, 1986-89; 1995-98; 2000-03, President 2009); AAAS; International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism (Board of Directors 2007-2011, Secretary 2011-2017); Association of Anatomy, Cell Biology and Neuroscience Chairs (Executive Board 2002-06); American Association of Anatomists (Public Affairs Committee Chair 2002 – 2007).

He served as a regular member of the NIH Neurology B-1 Study Section, and is a current member of the Brain Injury and Neurovascular Pathologies (BINP) study section.

Joe Levine earned his Ph.D. from Harvard, has taught lecture and field courses at Boston College and Boston University, and currently teaches Inquiry in Rain Forests, a graduate field course for teachers through the Organization for Tropical Studies. His popular scientific writing has appeared in trade books, in magazines such as Smithsonian and Natural History, and on the web. Following a fellowship in Science Broadcast Journalism at WGBH-TV, he served as science correspondent for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and helped launch Discovery Channel’s Discover Magazine. He served as scientific advisor to NOVA for programs including Judgment Day, and as Science Editor for the OMNI-MAX films Cocos: Island of Sharks and Coral Reef Adventure, and for several PBS series, including The Secret of Life, and The Evolution Project. He has led seminars and professional development workshops for teachers across the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the US. Virgin Islands, Indonesia, and Malaysia. With Kenneth Miller, he co-authors Biology (Pearson Education), the most widely-used high school biology program in the United States. This book is a frequent target of anti-evolution activity because of its thorough and curriculum-wide coverage of evolutionary biology.  It was the flashpoint for the Kitzmiller v Dover Area School District trial and the Cobb County, GA textbook sticker case. Joe currently serves on the Board of Overseers at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, and the Board of Visitors of the Organization for Tropical Studies.

Ross Nehm is an associate professor of Science Education and EEOB at The Ohio State University. He received a Ph.D. in Integrative Biology at the University of California-Berkeley, an Ed.M. in Science Education at Columbia University, and a B.S. in Geology (Paleobiology) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Major honors include a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, an outstanding instructor award from Berkeley, and a college-wide mentoring award from the City University of New York. In 2006 he was named an Education Fellow in the Life Sciences by the National Academy of Sciences. He publishes widely on topics relating to evolution, scientific thinking, student learning, and assessment methodologies.

Robert T. Pennock is Professor of HPS in Lyman Briggs College, and also holds appointments in the Philosophy Department, the Department of Computer Science, and the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior graduate program.  He is a member of and the Briggs faculty liaison to the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences.  He is one of the Co-PIs of the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, an NSF Science and Technology Center.

Dr. Pennock’s research involves both experimental and philosophical questions that relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science, such as the evolution of altruistic behavior, complexity, inference and intelligence.  He uses digital evolution (Avida as well as evolving neural networks) to investigate the emergence of intelligent behavior.  Rather than trying to build intelligent systems from the top down, he is interested in investigating how such systems evolve from the bottom up.  His Evolving Intelligence (EI) group has focused on the evolution of elements of intelligent behavior, including phenotypic plasticity, short-term and associative memory, environmental information processing, purposeful movement control, and cooperation.  His research in these areas has been published in numerous journals and featured in Discover, New Scientist, Science Daily, Slashdot, US News & World Report, and many other national and international periodicals.

Dr. Pennock is also involved with various national initiatives to support undergraduate education about evolutionary biology and more generally about the nature of science.  He leads the NSF funded Avida-ED project, which develops and assesses software and curricular materials to use evolutionary computation to help teach these concepts.  He was an expert witness in the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School Board case that ruled that Intelligent Design creationism is not science, but sectarian religion, and that teaching it is the public schools is unconstitutional.  He was the co-founder and first president of the citizens action group Michigan Citizens for Science.

Dr. Pennock also studies the relationship of epistemic and ethical values in science.  Scientific methodology itself comes with tacit norms that govern appropriate professional behavior.  His work in this area deals with what he calls the scientific virtues, which is a new way to think about some issues in responsible conduct of research.  He is currently writing a book on this topic.

In recognition of his education and public outreach work, he was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Sigma Xi National Distinguished Lecturer, and a National Associate of the National Academies of Science, and has received a number of awards, including the National Center for Science Education’s Friend of Darwin Award (2003) and the American Institute of Biological Sciences Outstanding Service Award (2009).

Jaclyn Reeves-Pepin is the Executive Director of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT). NABT has long been an advocate for maintaining scientific integrity in the classroom, and the teaching of evolution has been one of the association’s main tenants for over 70 years. As the Executive Director, Jaclyn Reeves-Pepin coordinates all programs at NABT to ensure alignment with NABT’s mission to empower teachers and support students.

As this relates to evolution education, Jaclyn schedules speakers and presentations at the NABT Professional Development Conference to ensure evolution and the teaching of evolution are major themes at this event; she provides assistance producing the evolution themed issue of the journal, The American Biology Teacher; she assists with the NABT Evolution Education Award (sponsored by AIBS and BSCS); she composes letters and statements made on behalf of the NABT Board of Directors, including statements regarding legislation and science textbook; she interacts with teachers to help them access local and national resources to assist in the teaching of biology; and she works with partner organizations to promote evolution based resources and opportunities to both the NABT and larger biology educator community.

Judy Scotchmoor is Assistant Director of the University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP) in Berkeley, overseeing the museum’s education and outreach efforts.  Judy received her BS in Biological Sciences at UC Berkeley in 1966 and then proceeded on to a long teaching career, primarily at the middle school level.  Judy began her career at UCMP as a volunteer in the fossil prep lab in 1993, before joining the staff the following year. Taking advantage of her K-12 experiences, she soon initiated teacher professional development workshops and curriculum development focusing on evolution, paleontology, the geosciences, and their intersection reflected in the biodiversity that we see today.  Today she is the Project Coordinator of three award-winning websites:  The Paleontology Portal, Understanding Evolution, and Understanding Science.  She is the editor/author of three books to support K-16 teaching: Evolution: Investigating the evidence, Learning from the Fossil Record, and Dinosaurs: The science behind the stories. Judy was the recipient of the Joseph T. Gregory Award for outstanding service to the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in 2004, the recipient of the American Institute of Biological Sciences Education Award in 2006, in 2009 was named an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, and in 2011 was elected as a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences. She serves on the Boards of AIBS and Impact100 Sonoma.

Mark D. Schwartz, is Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. After studying medicine at Cornell University and training in internal medicine at NYU, Dr. Schwartz was awarded a Bowen-Brooks Fellowship by the New York Academy of Medicine to study medical education innovation in Israel and Holland, and then completed a General Internal Medicine Fellowship at Duke University. At NYU he was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar. He has been a primary care physician in urban underserved settings for 20 years.

Dr. Schwartz has studied primary care workforce issues since the 1980’s and recently completed a national study of influences on student interest in internal medicine. His health services research focuses on how primary care workplace characteristics impact physician stress and burnout and, subsequently, quality of care and medical errors. He also leads a Veterans Administration study of how educational interventions for health professionals improve patient outcomes.

Since 1995, Dr. Schwartz has led NYU’s General Internal Medicine Fellowship Program and established its Master’s of Science in Medical Education program. He directs NYU’s NIH Clinical Research Training Program and leads its Master’s of Science in Clinical Investigation program. He also directs the Fellowship in Medicine and Public Health Research. NYU recently named him Director of Translational Research Education and Careers in its Clinical Translational Science Institute. The Association of Clinical Research Training awarded him its Distinguished Research Educator award in 2008. In his practice, educational leadership, research, and scholarship, Dr. Schwartz has focused on the need to improve health and health care of vulnerable, urban poor populations.

Maxine Singer attended the New York City public schools, graduated from Swarthmore College (A.B., 1952, with high honors) and Yale University (Ph.D., biochemistry, 1957).  She joined the National Institutes of Health as a postdoctoral fellow in 1956, and received a research staff appointment two years later.  She was chief, Laboratory of Biochemistry, National Cancer Institute, 1980-1987, where she led fifteen research groups engaged in various biochemical investigations.  She became President of the Carnegie Institution in 1988 and President Emeritus in 2002. She retains her association with the National Cancer Institute as Scientist Emeritus.  At Carnegie she established (in 1989) the Carnegie Academy for Science Education (CASE) whose goal is to enhance learning of science and math for DC public school teachers and students. Now she works actively in several CASE projects. Singer’s research contributions ranged over several areas of nucleic acid biochemistry and molecular biology, including chromatin structure, the structure and evolution of defective viruses, and enzymes that work on DNA and its complementary molecule, RNA.  Around 1960 she collaborated intensely with her NIH colleague Marshall Nirenberg in the elucidation of the genetic code.  In recent years, her foremost contributions have been in studies of a large family of repeated DNA sequences called LINEs that are ‘jumping genes’ and are interspersed many times in human DNA. Researchers elsewhere found that LINE-1 insertions into, for example, a gene whose product is required for blood clotting are associated with cases of hemophilia. She has published more than 130 scientific papers and several books on molecular genetics (with Paul Berg). Throughout her career, Singer has taken leading roles influencing and refining the nation’s science policy, often in realms having social, moral, or ethical implications. In 1975 she was one of the organizers of the Asilomar Conference on Recombinant DNA.  Among countless other roles in service to science and humankind, she was chairman of the editorial board of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 1985-1988 and the chair of the Academies’ Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy (COSEPUP) (2000-2005).  She was a member, Board of Directors, Johnson & Johnson (1990-2002), and the Yale (University) Corporation, 1975-1990. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1979, and to membership in the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in 1986. In 1992 she received the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest scientific honor bestowed by the President of the United States, “for her outstanding scientific accomplishments and her deep concern for the societal responsibility of the scientist.” She was awarded the National Academy’s Public Welfare Medal in 2007.

Dr. Singer served on the panel that wrote the first Science and Creationism document for NAS (1983-1984). She also served on the panel that did the NAS’ report entitled Teaching about Evolution and the Nature of Science (1998).

Maxine Singer is married to Daniel M. Singer, an attorney. They have 4, now adult, children and 4 grandchildren.

Paul Strode teaches International Baccalaureate (IB) Biology at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado. Paul has a Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Science (2004) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds a Science Education Masters (1996) from the University of Washington (Seattle). After completing a B.S. degree in Biology, Chemistry, and Secondary Education (1991) from Manchester College (IN), Paul taught Biology and Chemistry at Hazen High School in Renton, Washington. Paul grew up in the small college town of North Manchester, Indiana, where he spent a lot of his free time on his bike and playing with friends next to and sometimes in the Eel River. Paul’s natural love of the biological sciences was fully realized in his high school freshman year in his biology class. Paul’s teacher, Harvey Underwood, was trained as a forest ecologist and had his students spend a lot of time outside collecting and identifying insects and leaves. Paul has no memory of learning evolutionary theory in high school or college, even though his college Zoology professor had published several papers on the evolution/creationism dichotomy. Paul also has no memory of learning how science works until he learned-by-doing in his doctorate program (after teaching high school science for eight years). Paul has published peer-reviewed scientific articles, middle school science textbook chapters, and a book titled, Why Evolution Works (and Creationism Fails) with Matt Young. Paul was interviewed about bird migration and climate change on NPR’s “All Things Considered” (3 May 2006) and about teaching evolution on KGNU Denver/Boulder’s “How on Earth” (28 June 2011). Paul is married to Sarah Zerwin, a high school English teacher, and they have an 8-year-old daughter named Jane.

Gordon E. Uno joined the Department of Botany and Microbiology at the University of Oklahoma in 1979, was appointed a David Ross Boyd Professor of Botany in 1997, and is currently serving as the Department’s chair. Dr. Uno has authored or co-authored several textbooks including: Principles of Botany; Handbook for Developing Undergraduate Science Courses; Biological Science: an Ecological Approach (a high school biology text for which he served as editor and contributing author); and Introductory Botany Workbook. Dr. Uno was a Program Officer in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation in 1998-2000 and serves on the editorial boards of four science and science education journals. He was awarded Honorary Membership by the National Association of Biology Teachers in 2001 and was its President in 1995. He became a Fellow of the AAAS in 2000, and he has received one national, two state, and three University-level teaching awards. He has taught nearly 10,000 undergraduates and has led many faculty development workshops for university and secondary science instructors. He has served on the Board of Directors for the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and he recently published an article on botanical literacy in the American Journal of Botany. Currently, he is Principal Investigator for the NSF-funded “Introductory Biology Project,” which focuses on the undergraduate freshman biology course; he is also co-PI on another NSF project dealing with professional development for high school teachers; and he is a member of several committees of the College Board that are revising AP science courses. He has served as a special consultant to the Convocation’s planning committee.

Brad Williamson is a long-time, Kansas biology teacher who has taught in small, rural schools, large suburban high schools, community colleges and universities for more than 30 years. Throughout his career he has taken an active role in biology education reform programs such as NSF’s Global Lab Project, NSF’s GLOBE project and NSF’s Project GENE. Along with Chip Taylor, in 1992, Williamson co-founded the internationally known Monarch Watch project that involves students and other citizen scientists in the study and conservation of the monarch butterfly. He is co-author of the web-intensive, high school biology text, Biology, Exploring Life. Currently Williamson is working with the UKanTeach program at the University of Kansas helping to prepare the next generation of science and math teachers. He has served in a number of leadership roles during his career, including president of the National Association of Biology Teachers in 2002. Starting in 2006, Williamson has served on a number of the various College Board committees doing the work of developing a new Advanced Placement Biology curriculum.

Marlene Zuk received her undergraduate degree at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the PhD at the University of Michigan.  After doing postdoctoral work at the University of New Mexico, she joined the faculty in Biology at the University of California, Riverside, where she is now a professor.  Her research interests include behavioral ecology, sexual selection, and the evolution of host-parasite interactions.  Recently Dr. Zuk has become interested in how behavior can influence the rate of evolution.  Most of her work has used insects, though she also has studied birds.  She is interested in communicating science to the public, and has written three books for general audiences: Sexual Selections: What We Can and Can’t Learn About Sex from Animals, published in 2002; Riddled with Life: Friendly Worms, Ladybug Sex, and the Parasites that Make Us Who We Are, published in 2007, and Sex on Six Legs: Lessons on Life, Love, and Language from the Insect World, which was released in 2011.