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Announcement of the 2013-2014 Jefferson Science Fellows

The 2013-2014 Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) is the ninth class of Fellows selected since the program was established in 2003 as an initiative of the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State. The Jefferson Science Fellows Program is designed to further build capacity for science, technology and engineering expertise within the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The 2013-2014 JSFs were selected in February 2013 and will begin their one-year assignments in Washington, DC in mid-August 2013. The 2013-2014 Jefferson Science Fellows are:

Jonathan Colton
Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Jonathan Colton is a professor of Mechanical Engineering and of Industrial Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also is the director of the Institute’s Center for Polymer Processing. Professor Colton is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and of the Society of Plastics Engineers. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Georgia and a program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Dr. Colton is a member of the World Health Organization’s Immunization Practices Advisory Committee and of the Board of Directors of the Global Soap Project. He is the recipient of a NASA Space Act Award and NSF’s Presidential Young Investigator Award. Professor Colton’s research interests include polymer and polymer composites processing, design, manufacturing, and humanitarian design and engineering. His teaching interests include manufacturing, industrial design, and humanitarian design and engineering. Professor Colton obtained his S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, prior to joining Georgia Tech’s faculty in 1985.

Frederick Davies
Texas A&M University

Dr. Fred T. Davies is a Regents Professor, Dept. of Horticultural Sciences and the interdisciplinary program of Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences at Texas A&M University. He is also a Texas AgriLife Research Faculty Fellow, and has been a Visiting Scientist at the USDA Horticultural Crops Laboratory (Oregon), CINVESTAV Plant Biology Institute (Irapuato, Mexico) and International Potato Institute (CIP, Lima, Peru). As an expert in international horticulture and agriculture, he has been a Guggenheim Fellow and Senior Fulbright Fellow to Peru, Mexico, and most recently to Indonesia. His research has been supported by NASA, National Science Foundation, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, other agencies, and industry. Dr. Davies has been involved with the leadership of the American Society for Horticultural Sciences, serving as international vice president, president, and chair of the board of directors. Besides numerous research and teaching awards, he is a Fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Sciences, and Fellow of the International Plant Propagators’ Society, where he also served as president and is currently editor.

Frank Ettensohn
University of Kentucky

Dr. Frank Ettensohn received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1975. He is a Professor within the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Ettensohn's research interests largely center on sedimentary geology and are integrative and field-oriented in nature. His background is in the fields of stratigraphy, sedimentology, and paleontology, and he finds it rewarding to integrate these disciplines with each other, and commonly with regional tectonics, for a more complete resolution of the problem at hand. Dr. Ettensohn is internationally known for his work on marine, oil and gas shales and for his work on horizons of soft-sediment deformation of probable seismic origin, or seismites. He also works with students in the fields of invertebrate palebiology and paleoecology.

Gabriel Filippelli
Indiana University

Dr. Gabriel Filippelli is a Professor and Director of the Center for Urban Health at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He received his Ph.D. in Earth Sciences in 1994 from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his B.S. in Geology in 1986 at the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on biogeochemical cycling in the environment and the connections between geochemistry and the geologic record of climate change. Dr. Filippelli is considered a leader in the field of medical geology and was the first elected chair of the Geological Society of America's Geology and Health Division. His work also includes research and comparative analysis of ocean circulation patterns thousands of years ago with changing North Atlantic patterns evidenced today.

Stephanie Forrest
University of New Mexico

Dr.Stephanie Forrest is Regents Professor of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and a member of the Santa Fe Institute External Faculty. Her interdisciplinary research studies adaptive systems and includes biological modeling (immunology and evolutionary processes), computer security, and software. Dr. Forrest received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer and Communication Sciences from the University of Michigan and a B.A. from St. John's College. Before joining UNM in 1990 she worked for Teknowledge Inc. and was a Director's Fellow at the Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory. At UNM, she served as Dept. Chair 2006-2011, and at SFI she has served as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and is presently Co-Chair of the Science Board. In 2011 Dr. Forrest received the Association for Computing Machinery/American Association for Artificial Intelligence Allen Newell Award, and in 2009 she shared the International Federation for Information Processing (Technical Committee 2) Manfred Paul Award for Excellence in Software with three others.

Sarah Green
Michigan Technological University

Dr. Sarah Green is a Professor of Chemistry at Michigan Technological University. She has chaired the Chemistry Department at Michigan Tech for nine years, leading its diversification into health and environmental research, including hiring the first atmospheric chemist in the department. Dr. Green directed the Earth, planetary, and space sciences institute, which developed the first interdisciplinary PhD program on campus. She has introduced a Peace Corps MS program in Science Education, and she is co-PI on Tech’s NSF-funded Noyce Teacher Scholar Program. Dr. Green serves on the boards of the Council for Chemical Research and the State of Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable. Her major research efforts include directing a $4 million multi-investigator project to study coastal Lake Superior, involving coordination of 4 years of fieldwork with participants from nine institutions.

Michael Kron
Medical College of Wisconsin

Dr. Michael Kron is the Director of the Global Health Pathway at the Medical College of Wisconsin. His research interests have focused on multinational collaborative studies to identify natural products that might be useful in treating human filiarial diseases and other neglected tropical parasitic diseases. Dr. Kron has a broad array of international health work in his career, including as a consultant to the NIH-MSU-Sudan Medical Parasitology Program in Khartoum, fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, a member of the core faculty for the MSU Genetics Program Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and as a visiting scientist for the NIH-Philippines Tropical Medicine Research Center in Manila. Dr. Kron has served as an advisor to the WHO Special Program in Tropical Diseases, and has been a member of three National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases study sections on infectious diseases. He holds five MSU-U.S. patents related to assay development and anti-parasite drug discovery, and has two more patents pending.

Elizabeth Montgomery Collins
Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Elizabeth Montgomery Collins is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics for Baylor College of Medicine, in the Section of Retrovirology and Global Health. She has provided care and treatment for HIV-infected patients with the Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) in Botswana and Tanzania, and at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois, and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She also holds a Master of Public Health degree from Saint Louis University, where previously she served as the director of the Medicine Abroad Program for residents, director of the Foreign Adoption Clinic, director of pediatric volunteers and the resident rotation at La Clinica Latino Community Health Center, and director of the Pediatric Advocacy and Community Education program. Additionally, Dr. Collins has participated in medical trips to Malawi, Peru, Romania, Moldova, the Dominican Republic, Russia, Nepal, Haiti, Lesotho, and Swaziland. She is active in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), as an appointed member on the Committee on Pediatric AIDS (COPA) and as an elected Executive Committee member for the Section on International Child Health.

Kendall Nygard
North Dakota State University

Dr. Kendall Nygard is a Professor of Computer Science and Operations Research at North Dakota State University where he has served on the faculty since 1977. From 1996 to 2005 he served as Department Chair. In 1986 and 1987 Dr. Nygard was on the adjunct faculty in operations research at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. In 1994 and 1995 he was Director of the Scientific Computing Center at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. In 1984 Dr. Nygard was a visiting scientist at the Air Force Logistics Command at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio. In 2000 he was a research fellow at the Air Vehicle Directorate of the Air Force Research Lab. Dr. Nygard’s research areas involve combinatorial optimization methods, with applications to management of networks and sensor networks, cooperative mission control for unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), computer-based transportation analysis, and the smart grid.

Kannappan Palaniappan
University of Missouri

Dr. Kannappan Palaniappan is the LaPierre Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Missouri. He directs the Center for Computational Imaging and VisAnalysis focusing on research at the synergistic intersection of image analysis, computer vision, parallel computing, information fusion and machine learning. At NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Dr. Palaniappan co-founded the Visualization and Analysis Lab that has produced a number of spectacular Digital Earth visualizations used by search engines, museums, magazines, and broadcast television. He is co-inventor of the Interactive Image SpreadSheet for interactive exploration of massive multispectral imagery, and developed the first large scale parallel semi-fluid cloud motion analysis algorithm using geostationary satellite imagery for improving hurricane modeling. He is a recipient of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Scholarship, University of Missouri William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowships, Boeing Welliver Summer Faculty Fellowship and the NASA Public Service Medal.

B. L. Ramakrishna
Arizona State University

Dr. B.L. Ramakrishna is the Diane and Gary Tooker Professor at the School of Engineering for Matter, Transport and Energy within the Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1982. The research questions that he is interested in lie at the crossroads of Biology and Engineering. The work is expected to lead to an understanding of the engineering design principles adopted by a variety of living systems such as fungi and microbes and could have applications in the areas of biosensors and silicon-bio hybrid devices. He is dedicated to preparing engineers that not only have the necessary engineering skills but also the cross-disciplinary knowledge, entrepreneurial spirit, global perspective and a sense of mission needed to lead our country and the world to meet the great challenges facing humankind in the 21st century.

Mo Salman
Colorado State University

Dr. Mo Salman is a Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology in the Department of Clinical Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical at Colorado State University. He is founder and director of Colorado State University’s Animal Population Health Institute. Dr. Salman's research emphasis is in veterinary epidemiology with interests in analytical veterinary epidemiology, methodology for national and international animal disease surveillance systems, observational and clinical studies on animal populations, and epidemiology of infectious diseases. He has been the principal investigator on several research projects which include: the enhancement of the Program for Economically Important Infectious Animal Diseases (PEIIAD), enhancement of the technical capability of the National Animal Health and Food Safety Services System in the Republics of Georgia, Armenia, Albania, Kyrgyzstan, Iraq among other countries; simulation modeling for foot and mouth disease, training in field investigation for highly pathogenic Avian Influenza, and the refinement of risk assessment methods for infectious animal diseases that have impact on trade and public health issues

Michael Shur
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Dr. Michael Shur is Patricia W. and C. Sheldon Roberts Professor of Solid State Electronics and Director of the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center “Connection One” at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of High Speed Electronics and Systems, Vice-President of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Sensor Council, Member of Board of Governors and Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Electron Device Society. [He is co-founder and Vice-President of Sensor Electronics Technology, Inc. His awards include Tibbetts Award for Technology Commercialization, St. Petersburg Technical University Honorary Doctorate, IEEE Kirchmayer Award, Gold Medal of Russian Education Ministry, and Best Paper Awards. He is Foreign Member of Lithuanian Academy of Sciences. Dr. Shur research is on deep ultraviolet light emitting diodes and lasers, terahertz electronics, and modeling and characterization of novel semiconductor devices.