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William O. (Bill) Berry is Director of the Board on Global Science and Technology at the National Academies’ National Research Council. The board’s charge is to oversee activities to assess the implications for U.S. policy makers of global advances in science and technology. Previously Dr. Berry was a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Biology at the University of Maryland and a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy, National Defense University where he taught and conducted research at the interface of science, technology and national security policy.  At the Department of Defense, he served as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Laboratories and Basic Sciences and Director for Basic Research where he was responsible for providing scientific leadership, management oversight, policy guidance and coordination of the basic research programs of the military and defense research agencies.  In addition, he was responsible for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and workforce issues, policy for grants, policy for defense laboratories and international science and technology programs.  Dr. Berry served as the U.S. Principal Member on the NATO Research and Technology Board and as the U.S. Washington Deputy for The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) with Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He served as the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Science Technology and Engineering and Director of the Washington Office of the Air Force Research Laboratory following a long career at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research where he directed the Air Force’s basic research programs in chemistry, life, and environmental sciences.  Dr. Berry’s research publications are in the fields of environmental toxicology, neuroscience, international collaboration, science and technology policy and national security policy.  Dr. Berry earned a B.S. in Biology from Lock Haven University, a M.A.T. in Zoology from Miami University, and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Vermont.

Patricia Stein Wrightson, Ph.D., is Associate Director of the Board on Global Science and Technology, a board of the National Academies that explores the global impact of emerging technologies. She came to the National Academies in 2000 to organize the Workshop on Scientific Communication and National Security and in 2003 became the co-staff director of the Roundtable on Scientific Communication and National Security, a joint project of the National Research Council and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and subsequently became the director of the NRC’s Committee on Scientific Communication and National Security. Dr. Wrightson was the study director of Beyond “Fortress America”: National Security Controls on Science and Technology in a Globalized World and of Challenges to Securing the Homeland: The Impact of Export Controls on the Department of Homeland Security. She also directed Global Dialogues on Emerging Science and Technology, a series of four international workshops on fundamental research in diverse emerging areas of science. Currently, Dr. Wrightson is directing a global review of technologies for integrating humans, machines and networks for decisionmaking. At the National Academies, Dr. Wrightson has also worked on South Asia-related S&T issues and on arms control. Before coming to the National Academies she taught at Georgetown University in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. She has also taught at the Elliot School of International Affairs and at the U.S. Naval Academy. Currently, Dr. Wrightson is teaching Ethics in a Globalized World at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute.

Ethan Nicholas Chiang, Ph.D., is a Program Officer with the Board on Global Science and Technology at The National Academies' National Research Council. Dr. Chiang came to the National Academies in 2009 as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow, where he worked with the Committee on Scientific Communication and National Security, a standing committee of the National Research Council. Dr. Chiang is currently the Co-Study Director for a study sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Technology that assesses the opportunities and challenges of the globalization of S&T for the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Services. He previously served as the lead staffer for the 2012 report, The New Global Ecosystem in Advanced Computing: Implications for U.S. Competitiveness and National Security, and as a staff officer for the 2012 report, Export Control Challenges Associated with Homeland Security, and the 2010-2012 BGST International Workshop Series on Data Intensive Sciences. Dr. Chiang's research publications are in the fields of chemical biology, nanobiotechnology, biophysics, immunology, and bio-materials science. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Chemistry and Chemical Biology from Cornell University and a B.A. in Chemistry from Whitman College.  During his graduate studies, he received Molecular Biophysics and Nanobiotechnology training grants from the National Institute of Health and the National Science Foundation, as well as a Cornell University – Rockefeller University – Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute Tri-Institutional Chemical Biology Fellowship.

Neeraj Gorkhaly is a Research Associate for COSEPUP and BGST. He grew up in Kathmandu, Nepal and completed his B.A. in Economics and International Studies from The Ohio State University.  He was a John Glenn Policy Fellow at the World Bank and Ohio State representative for the NAFTA Study Abroad Program at El Colegio De Postgraduados En Ciencias Agrarias, Texecoco, Mexico. He currently chairs the board of directors for VENT publication, an e-magazine promoting citizen journalism and also serves on the board for The SaTTya program, both in Nepal. He occasionally mentors John Glenn Policy Fellows in DC. Neeraj has been at The National Academies since 2004.

Peter Hunsberger is a Financial Officer supporting the BGST. Peter has worked at the National Academies since 2006. In addition to BISO, he also works with the Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy (COSEPUP); the Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO); and the Committee on International Security and Arms Control (CISAC). Prior to joining the Academies, he worked for four years at a regional commercial bank in Michigan. Peter graduated from Hope College in Holland, MI in 2002 with a B.A. in Accounting, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University.