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Michelle Adler began her career in underserved and international health as a medical student at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine where she was a founding member of the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic and co-initiated an exchange program for medical students with a hospital in Honduras. She subsequently completed a Family Medicine – Preventive Medicine residency, during which she and a colleague co-authored a bill that was passed by the State Legislature allowing for opt-out HIV testing for pregnant women in Oregon. After two years as an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University, she joined Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative. From 2007-2010, Dr. Adler provided clinical care and worked with the Ministry of Health in Swaziland to improve prevention, care, and treatment services for HIV-infected children and their caregivers. She was instrumental in the curriculum design and decentralization of Early Infant Diagnosis and contributed to writing the 2010 Swaziland Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) and Pediatric HIV Care and Treatment Guidelines. In January 2011, she joined the Division of Global HIV/AIDS at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she focuses on the scale-up of PMTCT services in sub-Saharan Africa.



John Seely Brown is a visiting scholar and advisor to the Provost at University of Southern California (USC) and the Independent Co-Chairman of the Deloitte’s Center for the Edge.  Prior to that he was the Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation and the director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)—a position he held for nearly two decades.  While head of PARC, Brown expanded the role of corporate research to include such topics as the management of radical innovation, organizational learning, complex adaptive systems, and nano technologies.  He was a cofounder of the Institute for Research on Learning (IRL).  His personal research interests include digital youth culture, digital media and institutional innovation.

John, or as he is often called—JSB— is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Education, a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and of AAAS and a Trustee of the MacArthur Foundation.  He serves on numerous public boards (Amazon, Corning, and Varian Medical Systems) and private boards of directors.  He has published over 100 papers in scientific journals. With Paul Duguid he co-authored the acclaimed book The Social Life of Information (HBS Press, 2000) that has been translated into 9 languages with a second addition in April 2002.  With John Hagel he co-authored the book The Only Sustainable Edge which is about new forms of collaborative innovation and The Power of Pull: how small moves, smartly made can set big things in motion, published April 2010.   His current book, The New Culture of Learning co-authored with Professor Doug Thomas at USC, was released January 2011.

JSB received a BA from Brown University in 1962 in mathematics and physics and a PhD from University of Michigan in 1970 in computer and communication sciences.  He has received six honorary degrees including:  May 2000, Brown University, Doctor of Science Degree; July 2001, the London Business School, Honorary Doctor of Science in Economics; May 2004, Claremont Graduate University, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters; May 2005, University of Michigan, Honorary Doctor of Science Degree, and May 2009, North Carolina State University, Honorary Doctor of Science Degree, May 2011, Illinois Institute of Technology, Honorary Doctor of Design.  He is an avid reader, traveler and motorcyclist.  Part scientist, part artist and part strategist, JSB’s views are unique and distinguished by a broad view of the human contexts in which technologies operate and a healthy skepticism about whether or not change always represents genuine progress.



Dr. Rita Colwell is a renowned scientist and educator, whose work bridges microbiology and ecology. She and her colleagues traced the source of the bacterium that causes cholera, Vibrio cholerae, to plankton in rivers and estuaries in Bangladesh. They also linked cholera epidemiology with sea temperatures and plankton blooms, tying together global climate and disease. Taking this holistic perspective on pathogenesis has enabled researchers to begin to predict disease pandemics. When satellite observations reveal sea temperature rises in the Bay of Bengal, there is a concomitant increase in the number of cholera cases.

Colwell joined Canon U.S. Life Sciences as Chairman of the Board in early 2004, and is now Senior Advisor and Honorary Chairperson. She became the first woman to serve as Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 1998 to 2004. In that capacity, she served as Co-chair of the Committee on Science of the National Science and Technology Council.  Some of her major interests include K-12 science and mathematics education, graduate science and engineering education, and the increased participation of women and minorities in science and engineering.

Her policy approach enabled the NSF to establish support for major initiatives, including Nanotechnology, Biocomplexity, and Information Technology.  Dr. Colwell has held many advisory positions in the U.S. government, in non-profit science-policy organizations, and within private foundations, as well as in the international scientific research community.

Dr. Colwell has authored or co-authored 17 books and more than 750 scientific publications, and produced an award-winning film, Invisible Seas. She has served on the editorial boards of numerous scientific journals. Prior to joining the NSF, Dr. Colwell was President of the University of Maryland’s Biotechnology Institute, and a member of the National Science Board.

Dr. Colwell is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Royal Swedish Academy of Science, the Royal Irish Academy of Science, and the Royal Society of Canada.     Dr Colwell was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun by the Emperor of Japan, the National Medal of Science by the President of the United States, and the Stockholm Water Prize by the King of Sweden.

She holds a B.S. in Bacteriology and an M.S. in Genetics from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Washington. She has been awarded 55 honorary degrees by universities in the U.S. and abroad.



Cathy N. Davidson served from 1998 until 2006 as the first Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University, where she worked with faculty to help create many programs, including the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and the program in Information Science + Information Studies (ISIS). She is the cofounder of Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory, (HASTAC, pronounced “haystack”), a network of innovators dedicated to new forms of learning for the digital age. She is also codirector of the $2 million annual HASTAC/John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition.  In December 2010, President Obama nominated her to the National Council on the Humanities, a position confirmed by the U.S. Senate in June 2011.

She is the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English at Duke University and has published more than twenty books, including Revolution and the Word:  The Rise of the Novel in America (Oxford UP),  Closing: The Life and Death of an American Factory (Norton, with photographer Bill Bamberger) and The Future of Thinking: Learning Institutions in a Digital Age (MIT Press, with HASTAC cofounder David Theo Goldberg). She blogs regularly on new media, learning, and innovation on the HASTAC website as ?Cat in the Stack? and writes for the Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.   Her most recent book, Now You See It:  How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live Work and Learn (Viking), has been named "one of the top ten science books" of 2011 by Publisher's Weekly.  



Dr. James J. Duderstadt is President Emeritus and University Professor of Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan.  He received a B.Eng. in electrical engineering with highest honors from Yale University in 1964 and a M.S. and Ph.D. in engineering science and physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1967. After a year as an Atomic Energy Commission Postdoctoral Fellow at Caltech, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1968 in the Department of Nuclear Engineering, rising through the ranks to full professor in 1975. Dr. Duderstadt became Dean of the College of Engineering in 1981 and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 1986. He was elected President of the University of Michigan in 1988 and served in this role until July, 1996. He currently holds a university-wide faculty appointment as University Professor of Science and Engineering, co-chairing the University's program in Science, Technology, and Public Policy and directing the Millennium Project, a research center exploring the impact of over-the-horizon technologies on society.

Dr. Duderstadt's teaching and research interests have spanned a wide range of subjects in science, mathematics, and engineering, including nuclear fission reactors, thermonuclear fusion, high-powered lasers, computer simulation, information technology, and policy development in areas such as energy, education, and science. He has published extensively in these areas, including over 20 books and 150 technical publications.

During his career, Dr. Duderstadt has received numerous national awards for his research, teaching, and service activities, including the E. O. Lawrence Award for excellence in nuclear research, the Arthur Holly Compton Prize for outstanding teaching, the Reginald Wilson Award for national leadership in achieving diversity, and the National Medal of Technology for exemplary service to the nation. He has been elected to numerous honorific societies including the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Science, Phi Beta Kappa, and Tau Beta Pi.

Dr. Duderstadt has served on or chaired numerous public and private boards including the National Science Board; numerous committees of the National Academies including its executive committee and the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy; the National Commission on the Future of Higher Education; the Nuclear Energy Research Advisory Committee of the Department of Energy; and business organizations such as the Big Ten Athletic Conference, the University of Michigan Hospitals, Unisys, and CMS Energy.

Dr. Duderstadt currently serves as chair of the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Research Council, co-director of the Glion Colloquium (Switzerland), nonresident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution, and director of the Unisys Corporation. He also serves on several major national boards and study commissions in areas such as federal science policy, higher education, information technology, energy sciences, and national security as well as a member of the advisory boards of several colleges and universities. 



David Edwards is the founder of Le Laboratoire in Paris, core to his international innovation network of ArtScience Labs, teaches at Harvard University in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and is a core-founding member of the Harvard Wyss Institute of Biologically-Inspired Engineering. David's creative base in Paris, Le Laboratoire, is a cultural center in Central Paris where David works closely with artists and designers, including chefs, composers, and contemporary artists, to conduct experiments at frontiers of science. These experiments lead to public exhibitions of works in progress and often translate as cultural, social, and commercial innovations. Among David's commercialized innovations since the opening of Le Laboratoire in 2007 are Andrea (a plant-based filter that accelerates filtration of toxic gases by plant matter), Le Whif Chocolate (chocolate without calories), Le Whif Coffee (coffee without the cup), Le Whaf (a generator of flavor clouds for fine dining), CellBag (a cell-inspired bag for carrying water in the developed and developing world), and the AeroShot (breathable caffeine).  David is also pioneering the development of WikiCells, edible bioforms that eliminate plastic in food and drink products. Prior to opening Le Laboratoire David invented new ways to delver drugs and vaccines by inhalation, leading to the startup of AIR, which developed inhaled insulin with Eli Lilly and sold to Alkermes in 1999, Pulmatrix, a Massachusetts-based venture startup that develops novel treatments of airborne infectious disease, and Medicine in Need, a nonprofit that initiated the development of David's work in inhaled TB vaccines and antibiotic drug therapies for MDR-TB. Prior to David's work in biomedical practice he worked in applied mathematics, publishing seminal textbooks in the areas of interfacial transport processes and 'macro transport' processes.  David is the author of popular books on innovation, including Artscience: Creativity in the Post-Google Generation (Harvard Press 2008) and The Lab: Creativity and Culture (Harvard Press 2010) (in French with Odile Jacob as Le Manifeste du Laboratoire) as well as graphic novels in French and English, Niche and Whiff, both published by Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris and Harvard Press. David was elected to the National Academies of Engineering in the USA (2001) and France (2008) and is a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres of the French Ministry of Culture (2008).



Dr. Amy Gutmann is the eighth president of the University of Pennsylvania, one of the world’s preeminent teaching and research institutions. As Penn’s President, Gutmann has been a forceful advocate for increasing access to higher education, for integrating knowledge across multiple disciplines to address complex problems, and for championing civic engagement with communities both domestically and globally.

An eminent political scientist and philosopher, Gutmann is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science in the School of Arts and Sciences at Penn with secondary faculty appointments in Philosophy, the Annenberg School for Communication, and the Graduate School of Education. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard-Radcliffe College, earned her master’s degree in Political Science from the London School of Economics, and her doctorate in Political Science from Harvard. Gutmann has authored and edited 15 books and has published more than 100 articles, essays, and book chapters and continues to teach and write on ethics and public policy, democracy, and education. In 2009, Gutmann was named by President Obama as chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

In her inaugural address at Penn, Gutmann launched the Penn Compact.  Guided by the Compact, Penn has increased access for the most talented students regardless of socioeconomic background, recruited and retained eminent faculty who integrate knowledge across multiple disciplines, and made Penn a more powerful transformational force locally, nationally, and globally. As Penn's President, Gutmann has replaced loans with grants for all undergraduate students with financial need. In 2009, Penn was named No. 1 as a "good neighbor" among American colleges and universities for its model partnership programs with the community.

Prior to her appointment as Penn’s President, Gutmann served as Provost at Princeton University, where she also was the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics. She was the founding Director of the University Center for Human Values, an eminent multi-disciplinary center that supports teaching.



Burton J. McMurtry has been a Silicon Valley venture capitalist since 1969.  He co-founded Technology Venture Investors (TVI) and Institutional Venture Associates.  Portfolio companies included Adaptec, Altera, Compaq, Intuit, KLA-Tencor, Microsoft, NBI, Nellcor, Quantum, ROLM Corporation, Sun Microsystems, Synopsys, Triad Systems, VeriFone, and Visio.  Burt formerly chaired the board of trustees of Stanford University and served as a trustee of Rice University and of the Carnegie Institution of Washington.  He holds a BA and BSEE Rice University and MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.





Hunter R. Rawlings III became president of the Association of the American Universities on June 1, 2011. Prior to this position, he served as president of Cornell University from 1995 to 2003, and as interim president for one year between 2005 and 2006. At the conclusion of his presidency in 2003, Rawlings was elected president emeritus and began serving as a full-time professor in Cornell's Departments of Classics and History.   He served as president of the University of Iowa from 1988 to 1995.

Rawlings came to Ithaca as Cornell’s tenth president with a vision for, in his words, “composing Cornell”: organizing the remarkably diverse parts of Cornell in such a way that they would work more effectively together. During his presidency, the university took great strides toward making that vision a reality.

As part of his commitment to academic excellence, he provided strong support for continuing to increase student diversity and for Cornell's need-blind admission policy, which was made permanent during his tenure.

Rawlings renewed Cornell's emphasis on the importance of undergraduate teaching, setting an example by teaching an undergraduate course in the Department of Classics during the last two years of his presidency. He established the new position of vice provost for undergraduate education and the Cornell Presidential Research Scholars Program, which is now named in his honor.  Rawlings set strategic scientific priorities for Cornell, resulting in, among other things, the Cornell Genomics Initiative and New Life Sciences Initiative. Rawlings also reorganized the biological sciences on the Ithaca campus and set in motion the plans for constructing a pioneering facility for life science technologies. At the same time, he provided additional support for the programs in the humanities and social sciences at Cornell, recognizing their critical significance for the future of human societies in a rapidly changing scientific and technological environment.

While president at the University of Iowa, Rawlings chaired the Governor’s Commission on Foreign Language Studies and International Education from 1988 to 1991. He also oversaw major research enhancements, particularly in the Life Sciences and the College of Medicine.

Prior to the University of Iowa, Rawlings spent 18 years at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was a faculty member, chairman of the Classics Department, associate vice chancellor for instruction, and then vice president for academic affairs for the University of Colorado system.

A national spokesperson for higher education, Rawlings has served as chair of both the Association of American Universities and the Ivy Council of Presidents. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he serves on the boards of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Haverford College, and the National Academy Foundation.



Charles M. Vest is President of the National Academy of Engineering and President Emeritus and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Dr. Vest earned his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University in 1963, and both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan in 1964 and 1967, respectively.  He is the recipient of seventeen honorary doctoral degrees.  Dr. Vest was awarded the 2006 National Medal of Technology by President George W. Bush and received the 2011 Vannevar Bush award from the National Science Board.

Dr. Vest served as President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1990 through 2004.  During this time, he placed special emphasis on enhancing undergraduate education, exploring new organizational forms to meet emerging directions in research and education, building a stronger international dimension into education and research programs, developing stronger relations with industry, and enhancing racial and cultural diversity at MIT.

Dr. Vest has worked to bring issues concerning education and research to broader public attention and to strengthen national policy on science, engineering and education.  He serves on the President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology.  He chaired the U.S. Department of Energy Task force on the Future of DOE Science Programs, was vice chair of the Council on Competitiveness for 8 years, and is a past chair of the Association of American Universities.  Dr. Vest completed service as a member of the U.S. Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education, the Department of State Secretary's Advisory Committee on Transformational Diplomacy, and the Rice-Chertoff Secure Borders, Open Doors Advisory Board Subcommittee.

Dr. Vest is the author of two books on higher education and research policy: Pursuing the Endless Frontier: Essays on MIT and the Role of the Research University (MIT Press 2004), and The American Research University from World War II to World Wide Web (University of California Press 2007).



Henry T. Yang has served as UC Santa Barbara’s fifth chancellor since 1994. He was formerly the Neil A. Armstrong Distinguished Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University, where he also served as the dean of engineering for ten years, and as co-director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Intelligent Manufacturing Systems.

Dr. Yang is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of AIAA, ASEE, and ASME. He has received a number of recognitions for his research, teaching, and public service, including seven honorary doctorates and the ASEE Benjamin Garver Lamme Award. In 2008 he received the Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

He has served on scientific advisory boards for the Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, NASA, and National Science Foundation. He currently chairs the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, and is a past chair of the Association of American Universities. He also serves on the President’s Committee for the National Medal of Science and the Kavli Foundation board, and is chairman of the board for the Thirty Meter Telescope project.

Dr. Yang specializes in aerospace structures, structural dynamics, composite materials, finite elements, transonic aeroelasticity, wind and earthquake structural engineering, and intelligent manufacturing systems. He has authored or co-authored more than 170 articles for scientific journals, as well as a widely used textbook on finite element structural analysis. He has guided 54 Ph.D. and 20 M.S. recipients. He continues to teach an undergraduate course every year, and is currently guiding three Ph.D. students with support from National Science Foundation grants. In 2007 he received an honorary distinguished teaching award from UCSB’s Academic Senate.



Paul Yock is the Martha Meier Weiland Professor ofMedicine and Mechanical Engineering (by courtesy) and Founding Co-Chair of Stanford's new Department of Bioengineering.   He also holds a courtesy appointment on Operations, Information and Technology in the Stanford School of Business.

Dr. Yock is internationally known for his work in inventing, developing and testing new devices, including the Rapid Exchange TM balloon angioplasty system, which is now the primary system in use worldwide.  He also invented a Doppler-guided access system known as the Smart Needle™ and PD­ Access™.  The main focus of Dr. Yock's research program has been in the field of intravascular ultrasound. He authored the fundamental patents for mechanical intravascular ultrasound imaging and helped conduct the initial clinical trials.  In 1986, he founded Cardiovascular Imaging Systems, which was acquired by Boston Scientific  in 1994.  Dr. Yock has cofounded several other medical technology companies.

In his academic career, Dr. Yock has authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications, chapters and editorials, a textbook and over 45 US patents.  Recent awards include the Transcatheter Therapeutics (TCT) Career Achievement Award, the American College of Cardiology  Distinguished Scientist Award and an honorary doctorate from Amherst College.  Dr. Yock is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Current research interests of Dr. Yock's  group at Stanford focus on catheter-based  delivery systems for cardiac cell transplantation  and new catheter and molecular imaging techniques for cardiology.   Dr. Yock also founded and directs the Program in Biodesign, a unit of Stanford's Bio-X initiative that focuses on invention and technology transfer related to biomedical engineering.



Robert Zemsky currently serves as chair of The Learning Alliance, a broad coalition of experts assisting institutions of higher learning in striking the balance between market success and public mission.

At the University of Pennsylvania, Prof. Zemsky served 20 years as the founding director of the university's Institute for Research on Higher Education, one of the country's major public policy centers specializing in educational research and analysis. In his research, Prof. Zemsky pioneered the use of market analyses for higher education.  He was a member of the Secretary of Education's National Commission on the Future of Higher Education. He has forcefully argued that colleges and universities need to be transformed from within. He has focused on what globalism might really mean for higher education, on what technology has not accomplished, and on how to make learning important in the higher education marketplace.

Prof. Zemsky has served as co-director of the National Center on the Educational Quality of the Workforce, as a senior scholar with the National Center for Postsecondary Improvement, as chair and convener of the Pew Higher Education Roundtable, and as senior editor for Policy Perspectives, a publication of the Pew Higher Education Research Program. In 1998, Change magazine named him as one of higher education’s top forty leaders for his role as an agenda-setter.

Prof. Zemsky is the author of The Structure of College Choice (1982), Structure and Coherence, Measuring the Undergraduate Curriculum (1989), Higher Education as Competitive Enterprise: When Markets Matter (2001), Thwarted Innovation: What Happened to e-learning and Why with William Massy (2004), and Remaking the American University: Market Smart and Mission Centered with Gregory Wegner and William Massy (2005). His most recent book, Making Reform Work: The Case for Transforming American Higher Education (2009) has sparked a major discussion of the need for curricular re-engineering across American higher education.



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