Committee Biographical Information
Paula A. Johnson (NAM) is the 14th president of Wellesley College. Before joining Wellesley, Johnson founded and served as the inaugural executive director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology, as well as chief of the Division of Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital—a Harvard teaching hospital. A cardiologist, Johnson was the Grace A. Young Family Professor of Medicine in the Field of Women’s Health at Harvard Medical School. She was also professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research has influenced health care and health policy reforms and has impacted women across the United States. Johnson led the development of a unique case-based curriculum to educate emerging leaders in the field of global women’s health. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine, and has been recognized as a national leader in medicine by the National Library of Medicine. She has served on the Advisory Committee to the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health and has received several honorary doctorates and numerous awards for her contributions to science, medicine, and public health. Johnson attended Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, received her M.D. and M.P.H. degrees from Harvard, and trained in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Sheila Evans Widnall (NAE) is an aerospace researcher and institute professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She served as secretary of the Air Force between 1993 and 1997, making her the first female secretary of the Air Force and the first woman to lead an entire branch of the U.S. military in the Department of Defense. Widnall graduated from the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology (MIT) with an S.B. in 1960, S.M. in 1961, and Sc.D. in 1964, all in aeronautics. She was appointed as the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1986 and joined the Engineering Systems Division, was chair of the faculty in 1979–1981, and served as MIT’s associate provost from 1992 to 1993. In 1988 she was the president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1993, in the wake of the Tailhook scandal, she became secretary of the Air Force. During her tenure she handled the Kelly Flinn scandal. She was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1985, serving as vice president from 1998 to 2005 and winning the Arthur M. Bueche Award in 2009. Widnall was a member of the board of investigation into the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
Alice M. Agogino (NAE) is the Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering and is affiliated faculty in the Haas School of Business, Energy Resources Group, Science and Math Education Graduate Group, and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of California (UC), Berkeley. She directs the BEST Lab: Berkeley Energy and Sustainable Technologies | Berkeley Expert Systems Technology | Berkeley Emergent Space Tensegrities. She currently serves as chair of the Development Engineering Graduate Group and education director of the Blum Center for Emerging Economies. Agogino served as chair of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate in 2005–2006, having served as vice chair during the 2004–2005 academic year. She has served in a number of other administrative positions at the University of California, Berkeley, including associate dean of engineering and faculty assistant to the executive vice chancellor and provost in educational development and technology. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, Agogino worked in industry for Dow Chemical, General Electric, and SRI International. She is serving or has served on a number of university advisory boards: Carnegie Mellon University, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Harvard/Radcliffe, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Singapore University of Technology and Design. Agogino received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of New Mexico (1975), M.S. in mechanical engineering from UC, Berkeley (1978), and Ph.D. from the Department of Engineering-Economic Systems at Stanford University (1984).
Nicholas Arnold is professor of engineering at the Santa Barbara City College (SBCC). He is the 2010 recipient of the Stanback-Stroud Diversity Award from the Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges, which recognizes one California community college faculty member each year who has shown outstanding commitment to diversity. He is a one-person Department of Engineering at Santa Barbara City College, where he has taught for 16 years. He was
previously with Alan Hancock College (AHC) for 6 years. Arnold established the MESA (Mathematics, Science, Engineering Achievement) program, at both SBCC and AHC, which provides help to approximately 100 underrepresented, first-generation students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields each year at each college. Arnold earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1990. He earned his B.A. in physics and applied math from the University of California, San Diego, in 1984. He was conferred the A.S. in engineering at Sierra College in 1981.
Gilda A. Barabino is the Daniel and Frances Berg Professor and Dean of the Grove School of Engineering at the City College of New York. She holds appointments in the Departments of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering and in the City University of New York School of Medicine. Prior to joining the City College of New York, she served as associate chair for graduate studies and professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. At Georgia Tech she also served as the inaugural vice provost for academic diversity. Prior to her appointments at Georgia Tech and Emory, she rose to the rank of full professor of chemical engineering and served as vice provost for undergraduate education at Northeastern University. Barabino’s research is broadly focused on the role of biomechanics in health and disease in the context of sickle cell disease and orthopedic tissue engineering. She also investigates the influence of gender, race, and ethnicity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and is a recognized innovator and consultant on STEM education and research, policy, workforce development, and diversity in higher education. Barabino is past president of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and past president of the Biomedical Engineering Society. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and the Biomedical Engineering Society. Barabino received her B.S. degree in chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana and her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Rice University.
Kathryn Clancy is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois, with affiliations in the Program for Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation, and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. Clancy’s laboratory investigates the ways women’s reproductive physiology varies, and how that variation is informed by genes, environment, and gene-environment interactions. Clancy’s critical research on the culture of science has also received widespread attention. She and her colleagues empirically demonstrated the continued problem of sexual harassment and assault in the field sciences, astronomy, and the planetary sciences across several publications. She received
her doctorate in anthropology from Yale University in 2007, and a joint honors bachelor degree in biological anthropology and women’s studies from Harvard University in 2001.
Lilia Cortina is professor of psychology, women’s studies, and management and organizations at the University of Michigan. An organizational psychologist, she has specialized in the scientific study of workplace victimization for more than two decades. One line of Cortina’s research addresses sexual harassment on the job—focusing on the contours and consequences of harassment in the lives of both women and men. In another stream of scholarship, she investigates workplace incivility. To date, she has published nearly 80 research articles and chapters on these topics. In addition, Cortina has served as an expert witness in a range of venues, translating findings from social science to inform policy and legal decision making. For example, in 2015 she provided expert testimony to the Department of Defense Judicial Proceedings Panel. Commissioned by Congress, this panel conducted an independent review of military judicial procedures surrounding sexual assault. She also testified in 2015 to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace. In recognition of unusual and outstanding contributions to the field, she has been named fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Cortina earned her A.M. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Amy Dodrill is vice president and general manager of Trumpf Medical USA. She has more than 20 years of industry experience in the medical device market and has gained significant exposure to several aspects of business in her dynamic career. Both nationally and globally, she has excelled in commercial operations, sales management, and executive leadership positions from companies such as GE Healthcare, DynaVox-Mayer Johnson, Hill-Rom, and Trumpf Medical, where she is presently the general manager and vice president of the U.S. division. She is a member of the Professional Women’s Network leadership team, which focuses on creating an environment that fosters a diversified workforce. Dodrill graduated with a B.S. in biomedical and chemical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Lisa García Bedolla is a professor in the Graduate School of Education and director of the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She uses the tools of social science to reveal the causes of political and economic inequalities in the United States, considering differences at the intersection of race, gender, class, and place. She has used a variety of social science methods—participant observation, in-depth interviewing, survey research, field experiments, and geographic information systems—to shed light on this question. She has published four books and dozens of research articles, earning five
national book awards and numerous other awards. She currently serves on the External Advisory Board of the University of New Mexico’s National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE grant and participated in the NSF ADVANCE project when she was a faculty member at the University of California, Irvine. She received her Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and her B.A. in Latin American studies and comparative literature from the University of California, Berkeley.
Liza H. Gold is a board certified clinical and forensic psychiatrist. She is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine and has maintained a private practice since 1990. Gold teaches nationally on a variety of topics in forensic psychiatry, including evaluating psychiatric aspects of workplace sexual harassment. Gold has twice won the American Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law’s Manfred Guttmacher Award, first in 2006 for her book Sexual Harassment: Psychiatric Assessment in Employment Litigation (2004) and again in 2011 for Evaluating Mental Health Disability in the Workplace (2009). She has twice served as vice president of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law and has been awarded this organization’s Seymour Pollack Distinguished Achievement Award for her contributions to teaching and education in forensic psychiatry. Gold is currently serving as a physician consultant on the District of Columbia Superior Court Commission of Mental Health. She received her M.D. degree from New York University School of Medicine. She received a master of philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge and earned her B.A. from Harvard/Radcliffe College.
Melvin Greer is chief data scientist, Americas, at Intel Corporation. Greer’s systems and software engineering experience has resulted in patented inventions in cloud computing, synthetic biology, and internet of things biosensors for edge analytics. He is also a professor in the Master of Science for Data Science program at Southern Methodist University and a distinguished lecturer at George Mason University, International Cyber Center. Greer serves on the board of trustees for Capitol Technology University in Laurel, Maryland, and on the board of directors for the Northern Virginia Children’s Science Center. Greer is the award-winning author of the bestselling book 21st Century Leadership and the managing director of the Greer Institute for Leadership and Innovation, focused on the maturing of new leaders and the growth of future innovators. He received his B.S. in computer information systems and technology and his M.S. in information systems from American University. He also completed the Executive Leadership Program at the Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School, and the Entrepreneurial Finance Post Graduate Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management. He is a vocal advocate
and supporter of increasing the representation of women and underrepresented minorities in science.
Linda C. Gundersen is a scientist emeritus at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), having spent 34 years there as a research scientist, program manager, and senior executive. From 2001 to 2010 she was chief scientist for geology overseeing the Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Landslides, Coastal and Marine Geology, Geologic Mapping, Energy and Mineral Resources, and Climate Change Programs. In 2011 she established the USGS Office of Science Quality and Integrity, directing scientific integrity, ethics, education, postdoctoral fellowships, publication quality, research excellence, and other programs across the USGS. She received a B.S. in geology from Stony Brook University and conducted doctoral studies in geochemistry at University of Colorado. Awards include the Department of Interior Superior, Meritorious, and Distinguished Service Awards. She is a fellow of the Geological Society of America and has published numerous papers on geology, geoinformatics, science management, scientific integrity, and ethics. She has co-authored or led the development of scientific integrity policies for USGS (2007), Department of Interior (2011), American Geosciences Institute (2015), and the American Geophysical Union (2012 and 2017). She is editor of the recently published (2017) book Scientific Integrity and Ethics in the Geosciences.
Elizabeth L. Hillman is the 14th president of Mills College. Hillman brings to Mills extensive experience in higher education administration and instruction and a distinguished background working on key gender and women’s issues. She is the former provost and academic dean at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she also served as the chief academic officer. Prior to her position at Hastings, Hillman served as professor of law and director of faculty development at Rutgers University School of Law and taught at Yale University and the U.S. Air Force Academy. She also was an officer in the U.S. Air Force, where she served as a space operations officer and orbital analyst. Hillman’s expertise in sexual violence and gender issues in military organizations and culture has brought her national and international recognition. She has been an expert witness testifying before Congress on numerous occasions, including at the Congressional Women’s Caucus hearing to address nonconsensual pornography in the U.S. military (Marines United). She is a sought-after educator and speaker on the topics of sexual assault and harassment, and women’s leadership and rights. In 2013–2014 she served on the Response Systems to the Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel (RSP), an independent panel chartered by the U.S. Congress to study and make recommendations about sexual assault in the U.S. military. She also chaired the RSP’s Comparative Systems Subcommittee, leading the preparation and drafting of a comprehensive report recommending
significant changes to improve military responses to sexual assault. She is a founding member of the President’s Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, and currently serves on the board of the Women’s College Coalition and as a member of the NCAA Division III Chancellors and Presidents Advisory Group. She received her B.S. in electrical engineering from Duke University in 1989 and an M.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994, and went on to receive a J.D. from Yale Law School in 2000 and a Ph.D. in history with a focus on women’s history from Yale University in 2001.
Timothy R.B. Johnson (NAM) is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, professor of women’s studies, and research professor in the Center for Human Growth and Development at the University of Michigan. He is an academic maternal-fetal medicine specialist and has served on the faculties of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Michigan. He has extensive experience in medical education both domestic and international, and in academic faculty development and capacity building. Johnson was awarded the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Distinguished Merit award of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics. He is past president of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics, fellow ad eundem of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (London), honorary fellow of the West African College of Surgeons, and honorary fellow of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Anna Kirkland is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Women’s Studies, director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and director of the Science, Technology, and Society Program of the University of Michigan (2017–2018). Her research has focused on the interactions between identity categories, discrimination, and health. She holds a courtesy appointment in political science. Primarily situated in the law and society tradition, Kirkland also works within science studies, disability studies, and gender studies using theoretical and interpretive methods. Kirkland’s second book, Vaccine Court: The Law and Politics of Injury, is available from New York University Press (2016). Her first book, Fat Rights: Dilemmas of Difference and Personhood, was published in 2008 by New York University Press. She is the co-editor with Jonathan Metzl of Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality (New York University Press, 2010). Her published articles analyze topics such as the politics of vaccines in state legislatures, scientific credibility and vaccine criticism, rights consciousness in the fat acceptance movement, the environmental approach to anti-obesity policy, and transgender discrimination as sex discrimination.
Ed Lazowska (NAE) is the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. Lazowska is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Lazowska’s national leadership activities include serving as co-chair of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee from 2003 to 2005, and as co-chair of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Working Group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in 2010. A long-time advocate for increasing women’s participation in the field, Lazowska serves on the Executive Advisory Council of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, and on the National Academies Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine. He received his A.B. in computer science from Brown University in 1972 and his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Toronto in 1977, when he joined the University of Washington faculty.
Vicki J. Magley is a professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut. The main focus of her research lies within the domain of occupational health psychology and combines both organizational and feminist perspectives in the study of workplace sexual harassment and incivility. Specifically, she is interested in understanding how individuals cope with and organizations manage such mistreatment. Much of her research has derived from consulting with organizations in understanding their climate of mistreatment and in evaluating interventions designed to alter that climate. Magley is a past president of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology, chairs the Industrial/Organizational Division at UConn, and is principal investigator on a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health–funded training grant in Occupational Health Psychology. She earned her Ph.D. in 1999 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in social/organizational psychology.
Roberta Marinelli is the dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. She was executive director of the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California. Marinelli was at the University of Southern California from 2011 to 2016. Prior to that, she was program director for Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Antarctic Sciences Division and earlier had been associate program director for NSF’s Antarctic Biology and Medicine program. She also has been a researcher and faculty member at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography at the University System of Georgia. Marinelli has a bachelor’s
degree in environmental studies from Brown University, and a master’s degree and doctorate in marine science from the University of South Carolina.
Constance A. Morella represented Maryland’s 8th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987 to 2003. She also served as permanent representative to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development from 2003 to 2007. She currently serves on American University’s faculty as an ambassador in residence for the Women & Politics Institute. She was appointed to the American Battle Monuments Commission in 2010. While representing Maryland’s 8th congressional district, Morella developed a national reputation as a leading advocate for women, children, and families. Previously, she served in the Maryland House of Delegates and is the only woman member of the Maryland General Assembly to be elected to the U.S. Congress. During her 16 years in the House of Representatives, Morella was a leader in efforts to promote economic growth through science and technology, serving as a member of the House Committee on Science and chairing the Subcommittee on Technology. Prior to her service in the U.S. Congress and the Maryland House of Delegates, Ambassador Morella was a professor of English at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, from 1970 to 1985. In 2008 she was a resident fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School Institute of Politics. She was appointed ambassador in residence at American University School of Public Affairs, where she teaches “Women, Politics, and Public Policy.” Morella holds a B.A. from Boston University, an M.A. from American University, and 12 honorary degrees.
John B. Pryor is distinguished professor emeritus of psychology at Illinois State University. Pryor received his Ph.D. in psychology from Princeton University in 1977 and began teaching at Illinois State University in 1985. He was the director of the College of Arts and Sciences Research Office from 1995 to 1998 and was acting chair of the Department of Psychology in 1998–1999. He is a fellow at the Association for Psychological Science and at the American Psychological Association and is a member of the Midwestern Psychological Association and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. He is also past president of the Midwestern Psychological Association. Pryor has been a contributor to the sexual harassment research literature for more than 30 years, and his research on sexual harassment has established his credentials as a consultant retained by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Justice, as well as law firms from Rhode Island to Hawaii.
Billy M. Williams serves as vice president for ethics, diversity, and inclusion at the American Geophysical Union (AGU), where he has responsibility as the senior staff partner for leading all aspects of AGU’s ethics- and equity-related programs. Immediately prior, he served as director of science at AGU. Williams was the principal investigator (PI) and lead organizer for the September 2016
National Science Foundation (NSF)–funded workshop Sexual Harassment in the Sciences: A Call to Respond, and serves as a co-PI on the 2017 NSF Grant, ADVANCE Partnership: From the Classroom to the Field: Improving the Workplace in the Geosciences. Prior to joining AGU, he served as a senior program officer at the National Academies of Sciences, as a global research and development director at the Dow Chemical Company, and as the director of Dow’s External Science and Technology Programs. Williams earned his B.S. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.S. in organic chemistry from Central Michigan University.
Frazier Benya is a program officer with the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Benya’s work focuses on ensuring that science, engineering, and medicine are ethical and socially responsible, both in their practice and in who gets to participate in the work. Before joining the CWSEM staff, Benya worked with the National Academy of Engineering from 2011 to 2017, during which time she managed projects for its Center for Engineering Ethics and Society and co-lead the effort to expand and enhance the NAE Online Ethics Center (OEC) for Engineering and Science website. Her work with the NAE focused on improving and enhancing engineering ethics education and on analyzing the pathways engineers take from education to the workforce. Benya holds a B.A with honors in Science, Technology and Society from the University of Puget Sound, and a M.A. in Bioethics and Ph.D. in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine from the University of Minnesota. Her Ph.D. focused on the history of bioethics and scientific social responsibility during the 1960s and 1970s that led to the creation of the first federal bioethics commission in 1974. Her M.A. examined different types of institutional methodologies for considering the social implications of science with a focus on those that integrate scientific research with ethics research in the United States and Canada. Benya was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences in 2017.
Ashley Bear is a program officer with the Board on Higher Education and Workforce at the National Academies of Sciences at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Before joining the National Academies, Bear was a presidential management fellow with the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Division of Biological Sciences, where she managed a portfolio of mid-scale investment in scientific infrastructure and led analyses of the impacts of NSF funding on the career trajectories of postdoctoral researchers. During her fellowship years, Bear also worked as a science policy officer of the State Department’s Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, where she worked to promote science diplomacy and track emerging scientific
trends with implications for foreign policy, managed programs to increase the scientific capacity of the State Department, and acted as the liaison to the bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and the bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Bear holds a SC.B. in neuroscience from Brown University and a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Yale University.
Irene Ngun is a research associate with the Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She also serves as research associate for the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM), a standing committee of the National Academies. Before joining the National Academies she was a congressional intern for the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology (Democratic Office) and served briefly in the office of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas (D-33). Ngun received her M.A. from Yonsei Graduate School of International Studies (Seoul, South Korea), where she developed her interest in science policy. She received her B.A. from Goshen College in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Global Economics.
Kellyann Jones-Jamtgaard, is the career academy liaison at the Partnership for Regional Educational Preparation-Kansas City (PREP-KC), an education nonprofit that focuses on college and career preparation for urban school districts. Jones-Jamtgaard was a 2017 Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow assigned to the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Appointed by Mayor Sly James, Jones-Jamtgaard currently serves as a commissioner on the Kansas City Health Commission, a group tasked with improving public health in Kansas City, Missouri, and co-chairs the Commission’s Birth Outcomes subcommittee. Jones-Jamtgaard holds a B.S. in biology and Spanish from Duke University and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC). Her doctoral research focused on alterations in cellular trafficking during Hepatitis C virus infection. During graduate school, Jones-Jamtgaard was a member of the Committee for Postdocs and Students through the American Society for Cell Biology co-chairing its career development subcommittee and serving as a liaison to the Public Policy and Minority Affairs committees. Jones-Jamtgaard is committed to improving science education and being an advocate for women in science and medicine. She was recently recognized with the naming of the Kellyann Jones-Jamtgaard Student Diversity Award at KUMC in her honor.
Alex Helman was a 2018 Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Fellow for the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine. She is a Ph.D. candidate in biochemistry at the University of Kentucky and holds a B.S. in biochemistry from Elon University. Her dissertation research examines cere-
brovascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia, particularly in individuals with Down syndrome. Helman currently serves as the Congressional Ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Association, where she serves as the main point of in-district contact between the association and the representative for KY-6. As an advocate for science policy issues, she served on the organizing committee for the Lexington March for Science and has held numerous positions focused on science outreach for various campus organizations. She is passionate about retention of underrepresented minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine, improving campus climates, and creating sound health policies for our aging population.
Tom Rudin is the director of the Board on Higher Education and Workforce at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine—a position he assumed in mid-August 2014. Prior to joining the National Academies. Rudin served as senior vice president for career readiness and senior vice president for advocacy, government relations and development at the College Board from 2006-2014. He was also vice president for government relations from 2004-2006 and executive director of grants planning and management from 1996-2004 at the College Board. Before joining the College Board, Rudin was a policy analyst at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1991, he taught courses in U.S. public policy, human rights, and organizational management as a visiting instructor at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. In the early 1980s, he directed the work of the Governor’s Task Force on Science and Technology for North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., where he was involved in several new state initiatives, such as the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. He received a B.A. degree from Purdue University, and he holds master’s degrees in public administration and in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.