Humboldt Kolleg: Collaboration & Networks in the 21st Century - February 24-25, 2012 -Westin Arlington Gateway - Arlington, VA

Alberts | Colwell | Cröll | Francisco | Mahajan | Müller | Poynton | Rank | Suskin | Turekian | Walls


Featured Keynote Speaker
Bruce Alberts, Ph.D., editor-in-chief of Science; one of President Obama's first three Science Envoys; Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco; and former president of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS)

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 and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


Dr. Rita R. Colwell
Chairman, Canon US Life Sciences, Inc.
Distinguished Professor, University of Maryland College Park and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Rita Colwell is Chairman of Canon US Life Sciences, Inc. and Distinguished University Professor both at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her interests are focused on global infectious diseases, water, and health, and she is currently developing an international network to address emerging infectious diseases and water issues, including safe drinking water for both the developed and developing world.

Dr. Colwell served as the 11th Director of the National Science Foundation, 1998-2004. In her capacity as NSF Director, she served as Co-chair of the Committee on Science of the National Science and Technology Council. One 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.

Dr. Colwell has previously served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Microbiology and also as President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Washington Academy of Sciences, the American Society for Microbiology, the Sigma Xi National Science Honorary Society, and the International Union of Microbiological Societies. Dr. Colwell is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

Dr. Colwell 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.


Professor Dr. Arne Cröll

Prof. Dr. Arne Cröll studied Mineralogy at the University of Freiburg from 1976-1984, followed by a Ph. D. in Crystallography at the Crystallographic Institute there in 1988. He continued working in Freiburg as academic assistant and received his Habilitation in 1997. From 1997-1998 he worked as research scientist for the Technical University of Karlsruhe, and from 1998-2000 as senior research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, working at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. In 2000 he was appointed Professor for Electronic Materials at the Technical University of Freiberg/Saxony, and since December 2003 he holds the chair for Crystallography at the University of Freiburg. He is currently the director of the Institute of Geosciences of which the former Crystallographic Institute is a part. His main field of expertise is in crystal growth and solidification and he has worked extensively on the influence of fluid flow on the properties of semiconductor materials. As part of this research, he has been involved in microgravity research on manned and unmanned platforms in Europe, the USA, Russia, and Japan since 1984. He is currently preparing several experiments for the International Space Station (ISS) together with colleagues from the USA, Russia, and several European countries on the solidification problems of solar silicon and other semiconductors.


Professor Joseph S. Francisco
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Joseph S. Francisco completed his undergraduate studies in Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin with honors, and he received his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Francisco was a Research Fellow at Cambridge University in England, and following that he returned to MIT as a Provost Postdoctoral Fellow. He accepted an appointment as Professor of Chemistry and Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at Purdue University. In 2006 Francisco was appointed as the William E. Moore Distinguished Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Science and Chemistry at Purdue University. Francisco has received a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Award. He was a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, which he spent at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt U.S. Senior Scientist Award, as well as being appointed a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Bologna, Italy. He is currently Professeur Invite at the Universite de Paris-Est, France He is a co-author of the textbook Chemical Kinetics and Dynamics, published by Prentice-Hall. He was President of the American Chemical Society for 2010.


Professor Roop L. Mahajan

Roop L. Mahajan is the Lewis A. Hester Chair Professor of Engineering and Director of the Institute of Critical Technology and Applied Science at Virginia Tech. Mahajan came to Virginia Tech in 2006 from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he served as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering from 1991 to 2006, and as the founder director of an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on Advanced Manufacturing and Packaging for Microwave, Optical and Digital Electronics. Prior to joining the University of Colorado, Mahajan worked with AT&T Bell Laboratories-Engineering Research Center, Princeton, NJ, from 1976-1991. In 1989, he was elevated to the prestigious rank of Bell Labs Fellow for outstanding technical contributions in thermally based processes.

Mahajan is an internationally known prolific researcher with expertise in a number of fields including heat transfer, artificial neural networks, bio micro-electro-mechanical systems (Bio-MEMS) and nanotechnology. He has over 180 archival journal publications, several book chapters and review articles and an authoritative textbook to his credit. He holds four patents and has five invention disclosures.

He is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 2007 Ralph Coats Roe Medal for his contributions to a better understanding and appreciation of the engineer's value to contemporary society, the 2003 Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering for 20 years or longer after graduation, the 2002 ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award, and the Subaru Educator of the Year Award in 2002. He is an ASME Fellow.

Mahajan received his Ph.D. in mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 1977.


Dr. Marion Müller
Managing Director, Einstein Foundation Berlin (ESB), Berlin, Germany

Marion Müller is the Managing Director of Berlin's Einstein Foundation. She has previously been: Director of the German Research Foundation's (DFG) North America Office (2006-10), Director of the DFG's Berlin Office (2003-06); Special Assistant to the DFG's President and Secretary General (2001-03); DFG Programme Manager (2000-01); Teacher of German at Magdalen College School Oxford (1998-2000); Lecturer in Classics and English (1992-93) and coordinator of the collaborative research centre on literature and anthropology (1993-95) both at Konstanz University.

Marion did her studies in English Literature and Language, as well as Latin, at the Universities of Bonn and Konstanz (state exam and Magister Artium, 1992). She was a Research Associate at the Centre for British Studies, Humboldt University Berlin (1996-99) and holds a Master of Studies in Research Methods (University of Oxford, 1996) and a DPhil (University of Oxford, 1999). She was awarded a British Academy Award and also held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford (1999-2000). She is a Fellow of the 21st Century Trust/Salzburg Global Seminar and a Board Member of the German University Alliance.


Dr. Sarah Poynton

Dr. Sarah Poynton is a research scientist and educator on the faculty of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds three appointments: Associate Professor of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology, and Associate Professor of Art as Applied to Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; and Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.

She studied in England, obtaining her B.Sc. (Hons) in Biology from the University of Southampton in 1980, and her Ph.D. in fish parasitology from the same institution in 1985. Subsequently she was an Academic Visitor in the Department of Zoology at Oxford University, and a Canadian Government Laboratory Visiting Fellow at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. In 1988 she moved to the United States, and began her career at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Her diverse academic activities range from research on parasite diseases of fish, to teaching scientific communication skills and biomedical writing, and freelance technical editing. For 10 years she combined work in the USA, with research and teaching at the Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, in Berlin, Germany. During her time in Berlin, Dr. Poynton conducted research on flagellate protozoan parasites in fish, supervised graduate students, and taught classes in fish parasitology, scientific communication skills, and English for technical assistants and administrative staff. Her work was supported by Guest Scientist funding from the Leibniz Institute, and by a Mercator Guest Professorship from DFG (The German Research Foundation). Dr. Poynton has also received a visiting professorship from the National Science Foundation (USA), and has consulted for the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.

Dr. Poynton has experience of many kinds of professional networking including leading workshops on networking in academia and on international research careers, working in 11 countries on 5 continents, co-organizing international symposia, and serving as coordinating editor of the forthcoming book "Aquaculture Parasitology: Global Impacts and Management in Finfish" (Wiley-Blackwell).

Dr. Poynton is an outstanding teacher, and in 2010 was honored by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, as the recipient of the Ranice W. Crosby Award for Distinguished Achievement.


Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Ernst Rank, born in 1954, studied mathematics and physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München from 1974 to 1980. Having obtained his doctoral degree from the Faculty for Civil Engineering and Geodesy of the Technische Universität München in 1985, he became a DAAD fellow at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA until 1986. From 1987 to 1990 he held the position of senior scientist at the Corporate Research and Technology Department of SIEMENS AG in Munich. He was appointed professor for Numerical Methods and Information Science in Civil Engineering at the University of Dortmund in 1990 and has held the chair for Computation in Engineering at the Technische Universität München since 1997. His main areas of research are in Computational Engineering and the modelling of product and processes in civil engineering. He has published more than 290 papers in scientific journals, as book contributions and in reviewed conference proceedings.

Prof. Rank held the office of First Vice President of TUM from 2002 to 2008. From 2005 to 2006 he was responsible for coordinating TUM's proposals for the Excellence Initiative by the German federal and state governments to promote science and research at German universities. In 2006, he became Founding Director of the International Graduate School of Science and Engineering at the Technische Universität München, in 2009 Director of the general TUM Graduate School. Prof. Rank was awarded the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal of TUM, the Konrad-Zuse Medal and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.


Dr. Mark A. Suskin
Acting Deputy Director
Office of Cyberinfrastructure
U.S. National Science Foundation

Mark A. Suskin is currently Deputy Director of NSF's Office of Cyberinfrastructure which supports research, development, acquisition, and operation of advanced cyberinfrastructure to enable advances in 21st century science and engineering research and education. Prior to that, he was Executive Officer in NSF's Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE), which fosters and coordinates international research collaboration between U.S. and foreign scientists and engineers. From August 2004 until August 2007, Dr. Suskin was Head of the National Science Foundation Europe Office. The Europe Office represents NSF in Europe and the Office Head acts as liaison between European agencies and the NSF at all levels of interaction. Before becoming Head of the Europe Office, Dr. Suskin was Program Manager for Germany, Austria, and the Nordic counties in OISE, managing proposals for collaboration between US and foreign researchers in all fields of science and engineering appropriate to NSF.

Dr. Suskin received a Ph.D. in theoretical atomic physics from the Johns Hopkins University in 1987 and has worked as a researcher and manager of the Atomic Transition Probability Data Center at the National Institute of Standards and Technology; as a subcontractor to major aerospace corporations in the optimization of low- and high-thrust trajectories for exploratory interplanetary spacecraft as part of NASA's Space Exploration Initiative; and as an analyst in the International Security and Space Program of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA).


Dr. Vaughan Turekian
Chief International Officer

Dr. Vaughan Turekian is the Chief International Officer for AAAS where he leads, develops and coordinates the broad range of AAAS's international activities. He is also the founding Director of AAAS's Center for Science Diplomacy.

Dr. Turekian served as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, where and was the lead advisor on international science, technology, environment and health issues. He is the two time recipient of the Department's Superior Honor Award for his work on climate change and avian influenza.

He has published numerous articles on the linkages between science and international policy, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a non-resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a 2010 Next Generation Project fellow.

Dr. Turekian received his masters and doctorate in atmospheric geochemistry from the University of Virginia. He is a graduate of Yale University with degrees in Geology and Geophysics and International Studies.


Professor Laura Dassow Walls
University of Notre Dame

Dr. Laura Dassow Walls, a distinguished scholar of 19th century American literature and culture, is the William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. Her latest book, The Passage to Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Shaping of America (University of Chicago Press), recently won the Modern Language Association's James Russell Lowell Prize, the Organization of American Historians' Merle Curti Award for the best book in American intellectual history, and the Michelle Kendrick Memorial Book Prize from the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Walls specializes in American Transcendentalism --- especially Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, transatlantic Romanticism, literature and science, and environmental literature and ecocriticism. She is the author of Emerson's Life in Science: The Culture of Truth and Seeing New Worlds: Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth-Century Natural Science; editor of Material Faith: Thoreau on Science and The Concord Saunterer: A Journal of Thoreau Studies; and coeditor of The Oxford Guide to Transcendentalism, More Day to Dawn: Thoreau's Walden for a New Century, and the forthcoming The Journal of Henry David Thoreau, Vol. 9. Among her honors and awards, she is the recipient of Guggenheim, NEH, and ACLS fellowships. She received her Ph.D. from Indiana University and her M.A. and B.A. from the University of Washington.

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