MARCIA K. MCNUTT is a geophysicist and the president of the National Academy of Sciences. From 2013 to 2016, she served as editor-in-chief of the Science journals. Prior to joining Science, she was director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) from 2009 to 2013. During her tenure, the USGS responded to a number of major disasters, including earthquakes in Chile, Haiti, and Japan, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Dr. McNutt led a team of government scientists and engineers at BP headquarters in Houston who helped contain the oil and cap the well. She directed the flow rate technical group that estimated the rate of oil discharge during the spill’s active phase. For her contributions, she was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard’s Meritorious Service Medal.
Before joining the USGS, Dr. McNutt served as president and chief executive officer of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in Moss Landing, California. During her time at MBARI, the Institute became a leader in developing biological and chemical sensors for remote ocean deployment, installed the first deep-sea cabled observatory in U.S. waters, and advanced the integration of artificial intelligence into autonomous underwater vehicles for complex undersea missions.
From 2000 to 2002, Dr. McNutt served as president of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). She was chair of the Board of Governors for Joint Oceanographic Institutions, responsible for operating the International Ocean Discovery Program’s vessel JOIDES Resolution and associated research programs.
Dr. McNutt began her academic career at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT), where she was the E.A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics and directed the Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science & Engineering, jointly offered by MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Her research area is the dynamics of the upper mantle and lithosphere on geologic time scales, work that has taken her to distant continents and oceans for field observations. She is a veteran of more than a dozen deep-sea expeditions, on most of which she was chief or co-chief scientist.
Dr. McNutt received a B.A. in physics from Colorado College and her Ph.D. in Earth sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She holds honorary doctoral degrees from the Colorado College, the University of Minnesota, Monmouth University, the Colorado School of Mines, University of Miami, and Uppsala University. Dr. McNutt is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and a Foreign Member of The Royal Society (United Kingdom) and the Russian Academy of Sciences. She is a fellow of AGU, the Geological Society of America, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Association of Geodesy. In 1988, she was awarded AGU’s Macelwane Medal for research accomplishments by a young scientist, and she received the Maurice Ewing Medal in 2007 for her contributions to deep-sea exploration.
C. D. MOTE, JR., is president of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and Regents’ Professor on leave from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Mote is a native Californian who earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees at the University of California, Berkeley, in mechanical engineering between 1959 and 1963. After a postdoctoral year in England and 3 years as an assistant professor at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, he returned to Berkeley to join the faculty in mechanical engineering for the next 31 years. He and his students investigated the dynamics, stability, and control of high-speed rotating and translating continua (e.g., disks, webs, tapes, and cables) as well as biomechanical problems associated with snow skiing. He coined the area called “dynamics of axially moving materials” encompassing these systems. Fifty-eight Ph.D. students earned their degrees under his mentorship.
He held an endowed chair in mechanical systems at Berkeley and chaired the Mechanical Engineering Department from 1987 to 1991, when the National Research Council (NRC) ranked its graduate program effectiveness highest nationally. Because of his success at raising funds for
mechanical engineering, in 1991 he was appointed vice chancellor expressly to create and lead a $1 billion capital campaign, which raised $1.4 billion.
In 1998 Dr. Mote was recruited to the presidency of the University of Maryland, College Park, a position he held until 2010 when he was appointed Regents’ Professor. His goal for the university was to elevate its self-expectation of achievement and its national and global positions through proactive initiatives. During his tenure the number of NAE members on the faculty tripled, three Nobel Prize laureates were recognized, and an accredited School of Public Health and a new Department of Bioengineering were created. He also founded a 130-acre research park next to the campus, faculty research funds increased by 150%, and partnerships with surrounding federal agencies and with international organizations expanded greatly. The number of students studying abroad tripled and he created an annual open house day that attracts more than 100,000 visitors, founded a charitable foundation for the campus whose board of trustees launched and led a successful $1 billion capital campaign, and took to lunch every student that wanted to go. The Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked the campus #36 in 2010 and its School of Engineering #13.
The NAE elected him to membership in 1988 and to the positions of Councilor (2002–2008), Treasurer (2009–2013), and President for a six-year term beginning July 1, 2013. He has served on the NRC Governing Board Executive Committee since 2009. Dr. Mote’s recognitions include the NAE Founders Award, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Medal, and the Humboldt Prize of the Federal Republic of Germany. He is an honorary fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, honorary member of the American Society for Engineering Education, and fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Academy of Mechanics, Acoustical Society of America, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He holds four honorary doctorates and three honorary professorships. Dr. Mote was elected to the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2015 and as an honorary academician of the Academia Sinica, Taiwan, in 2016.
As president of the NAE, Dr. Mote is committed to ensuring highly competitive talent in the U.S. engineering workforce, facilitating public understanding of engineering, demonstrating how engineering creates a better quality of life, and engaging the NAE in global engineering issues in support of national interests. A highlight of global engineering engagement is the promotion of the NAE’s 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering from
2008 whose solutions are needed to achieve the global vision “Continuation of life on the planet, making our world more sustainable, safe, healthy, and joyful.”
VICTOR J. DZAU is the president of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), formerly the Institute of Medicine. In addition, he serves as vice chair of the National Research Council. He is an internationally acclaimed leader and scientist whose work has improved health care in the United States and globally. Since arriving at the NAM, Dr. Dzau has led important initiatives such as the Commission on a Global Health Risk Framework; the Human Gene Editing Initiative; and Vital Directions for Health and Health Care, and the NAM Grand Challenges in Healthy Longevity.
His own research laid the foundation for the development of a class of life-saving drugs known as ACE inhibitors, used globally to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. He pioneered gene therapy for vascular disease. He is a member of the board of directors of the Singapore Health Services, a former member of the Advisory Committees to the Director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), chaired NIH’s Cardiovascular Disease Advisory Committee, and is past chair of the Association of Academic Health Centers. Dr. Dzau has previously served as chancellor for Health Affairs and president and CEO of the Duke University Health system.
He has received numerous awards, including the Max Delbruck Medal from Germany, the Gustav Nylin Medal from the Swedish Royal College of Medicine, the Polzer Prize from the European Academy of Sciences & Arts, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the Distinguished Scientist Award of the American Heart Association.
MEGAN ATKINSON earned her bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University (SDSU) and began her career in event planning and fundraising at KPBS, the local PBS/NPR station on the SDSU campus. She moved to Orange County and accepted a job at California State University, Fullerton, in Alumni Relations. Ms. Atkinson joined the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) team in 2004 shortly after the first NAKFI conference on Signaling. She took a brief leave of absence and has since returned to continue in her original role and help wrap up the NAKFI program. She has been a part of conference planning, recruiting, and fa-
cilitating the work of graduate science writers. Ms. Atkinson also provides support for the seed grant program, including organizing the mid-cycle grant meetings. She has been able to meet some of the most interesting and intelligent people in the span of her career and she hopes to continue that good fortune in the future.
KENNETH R. FULTON is the executive director of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Following service in the U.S. Navy where he was trained as a linguist, he joined the staff of the NAS in 1971. He served as administrative officer for the Office of Scientific Personnel and as program officer in the Food and Nutrition Board. In 1980 he was appointed to the NAS’s executive office, first as director of membership, then as special assistant to the president, and finally as executive director. Mr. Fulton manages the NAS’s membership and program activities, including the election of members and their annual and regional meetings; the offices of the NAS president, vice president, and home secretary and its governing council; the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative, the Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia; the Kavli of Science symposia; LabX (formerly the Marian E. Koshland Science Museum); and the Office of Cultural Programs, which presents activities that explore intersections among the arts, sciences, and popular culture. He is also the publisher of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the NAS’s journal of original research, and is the executive director of the National Academies’ Corporation. Mr. Fulton holds a bachelor’s degree in the social and behavioral sciences and a master’s degree in management. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Society of Association Executives. He served for 6 years on the Committee on Dissemination of Scientific Information of the International Council for Science (formerly ICSU Press).
ANNE HEBERGER MARINO is the senior program director for the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI). She assumed leadership of the program in late 2016 and has worked closely with the NAKFI team, alumni, committees, and senior management to celebrate and share the NAKFI legacy. Ms. Marino began working with NAKFI more than 12 years ago first as a research associate and later as a program officer leading the program’s evaluation activities. Her “always be learning” approach led to implementing new ways of fostering connections among conference attendees and communicating NAKFI’s impact to various audiences. Her family describes her as a “thinkologist” because she tries to understand
how experts work together and what that means for them and the rest of us. She quips that she is a “social worker for scientists” (and other rigorously creative types) because she seeks to cultivate conditions for individual flourishing, organizational learning, and societal change. Before joining the NAKFI, Ms. Marino served in a research capacity at the Ministry of Health in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, in positions that included health system monitoring and authorizing the use of health records for research studies. She held a similar role at Cornell University’s National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect in Ithaca, New York. While earning a master’s degree in social work at the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Marino worked with mothers recovering from addiction and studied juvenile law and child welfare policy. In addition to authoring more than 30 internal evaluation reports about NAKFI, Ms. Marino’s scholarship has appeared in the American Journal of Evaluation, the Multidisciplinary Journal of Evaluation, and Research Evaluation. She has presented NAKFI’s innovative “convene and seed” program model and evaluation strategy at multiple conferences. Ms. Marino has been involved in the science of team science field (SciTS) for 10 years, serving on the planning committees for the 2018 and 2019 SciTS conferences. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association, the American Society of Association Executives, and the International Association of Facilitators. Ms. Marino has trained in awareness-based systems change, facilitative leadership, and several evaluation and organizational learning approaches. She also volunteers as a Girl Scout leader.
THOMAS HOLLAND is a web specialist, graphic designer, and information technology support specialist for the National Academy of Sciences Executive Office programs in California, including the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative, the Kavli Frontiers of Science, the Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia, and Distinctive Voices. His 27-year professional career began in graphic arts for print design then crossed into web development, all while tracking the latest developments in information technology.
CRISTEN A. KELLY joined the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) as a temporary staff person in 2008 and rose to the role of associate program officer. Ms. Kelly managed the NAKFI seed grant program, which included the application process, providing support to the selection committees during the review process, administering contracts and financial paperwork, and overseeing the collection of final reports. Ms. Kelly planned multiple meetings of NAKFI grantees and collaborates on the design,
structure, and communications for each NAKFI conference. She managed the logistics for NAKFI conferences and meetings. She also managed the NAKFI website, database, and Futures Network. Ms. Kelly has a passion for making each person’s NAKFI experience the best it can be! She worked closely on the design, launch, and management of the NAKFI Challenge. In addition to her work with NAKFI she provides logistical support for the Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS) and DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) staff and speakers. Ms. Kelly earned her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential in 2014.
RACHEL LESINSKI joined the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) in 2005. As an associate program officer, she coordinates the annual National Academies Communication Awards. She enjoys working with the Communication Awards Selection Committee and the Office of News and Public Information staff in processing and reviewing the nominations, planning committee meetings, and planning the awards ceremony held in Washington, DC. It gives her pleasure to be a part of promoting and honoring excellence in reporting and communicating science, engineering, and medicine to the general public. Ms. Lesinski is a member of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and volunteers on the committee for PCMA’s Southwest and Pacific Chapter, planning local events for the Orange County area.
ALANA QUINN organizes exhibitions and public programs exploring the intersections of art, science, and culture at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in Washington, DC. She has co-organized the popular monthly DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) salon since its inception in 2011. Ms. Quinn curated the NAS’s 2017 exhibition Steve Miller: Health of the Planet and is curator of the 2018–2019 exhibition Endangered: From Glaciers to Reefs by Diane Burko. She serves as an art adviser on the science policy journal Issues in Science andTechnology. Prior to joining the NAS, Ms. Quinn served as an assistant to the photography curators at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. She holds a B.F.A. in photography and media arts from Alfred University, Alfred, New Yoak, and an M.A. in museum studies from Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC.
KIMBERLY SUDA-BLAKE led the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) for 10 years, remaining with the program through its conclusion to help synthesize its findings. A Chicago native, Ms. Suda--
Blake became an entrepreneur at the age of 3 selling hula dances door to door to neighbors desperate for a piece of Hawaiian paradise during the cold winter months. Two years later during a family road trip, her fascination with tire gauges and carbon copy credit card receipts inspired a dream to become a full-service gas station attendant. Transformational “pay at the pump” technology destroyed the aspiration, fueling the search for an education and skillset that would transcend technological advancements and put her in the driver’s seat to stimulate innovation at the most exciting frontiers.
As an exchange student in France, Ms. Suda-Blake developed an interest in modes of communication, translation, and exchange among disparate cultures and bridging the divides created as byproducts of them. This experience, her degree in international affairs and French, and early career exercised her creativity and seeded foundational skills—effective communication, inventive thinking, flexibility, and grit. She was recruited by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) where she rose through the ranks via intrapreneurship and “what if thinking” to advance the AAP’s strategic agenda for more than a decade. She identified the potential for then-groundbreaking research linking periodontal and overall systemic health to catalyze synergy among key stakeholders and then directed the efforts to actualize the potential. Questioning “What if I took my experience to a new ‘lab’?” led her to NAKFI.
While this publication synthesizes much of what the NAKFI team accomplished during the program’s tenure, a highlight of Ms. Suda-Blake’s career with NAKFI was the aftermath of pursuing her curiosity, “What if we invited artists and designers into the mix?” It is bittersweet for her to see the program come to a close: sad to say à la prochaine to the trailblazers she has had the privilege of working with, and energized to be part of the trajectory that was released with NAKFI by asking “What if?”
JD TALASEK is the director of Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences, a program that is focused on the exploration of intersections among science, medicine, technology, and visual culture (www.cpnas.org). He was the creator and organizer of the international online symposium on Visual Culture and Bioscience and co-editor of the published transcripts (distributed by D.A.P., March 2009). The second in this series of online symposia, Visual Culture and Evolution, was held April 5–14, 2010. Mr. Talasek is the creator and moderator for a monthly salon called DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) held at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and focused on cross-disciplinary discussion and com-
munity building. DASER is part of the international network organized by Leonardo/the International Society of Art, Science, and Technology. Mr. Talasek holds an M.F.A. in studio arts from the University of Delaware, an M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, and a B.S. in photography from East Texas State University. He is currently on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University in the Museum Studies Master’s Program. Mr. Talasek has curated several exhibitions at the NAS, including Imagining Deep Time (2014); Visionary Anatomies (toured through the Smithsonian Institution, 2004–2006); Absorption + Transmission: work by Mike and Doug Starn; The Tao of Physics: Photographs by Arthur Tress; and Cycloids: Paintings by Michael Schultheis. At the University of Delaware, he organized and curated Observations in an Occupied Wilderness: Photographs by Terry Falke and LightBox: the Visual AIDS Archive Project. Additionally, Mr. Talasek serves on the Contemporary Art and Science Committee at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. He is the art adviser for the Issues in Science and Technology magazine published by the University of Texas at Dallas, Arizona State University, and the National Academies. Mr. Talasek is chair of the LASER committee and serves on Leonardo’s board of directors.
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