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STAFF BIOGRAPHIES

Kathie Bailey, Director of the Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO), began her career at the National Academies in February 2005 when she joined BISO as a Program Officer. After serving as Senior Program Officer and BISO’s Deputy Director, she was appointed Director in May 2007. Her responsibilities in BISO have included six U.S. National Committees in math and physical sciences, NAS representation on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, and visa policy. Prior to coming to the National Academies, Ms. Bailey worked for the Association of American Universities for 14 years. Prior to that, she worked for Congresswoman Lindy Boggs (D-LA) as associate staff for VA-HUD appropriations and special projects assistant. Ms. Bailey has a B.A. from Milligan College and a J.D. from Tulane University.

Ester Sztein is Assistant Director of BISO and a Senior Program Officer managing the U.S. National Committees for Quaternary research, geological sciences, geodesy and geophysics, and soil sciences. She is an active participant in the geoscience community by working with U.S. and international professional societies. Ester is a member of the Conference Coordinating Committee for the 2013 International Medical Geology Congress, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Section E (Geology and Geography) Electorate Nominating Committee, of the American Geophysical Union’s Technical Committee on Soil Systems and Critical Zone Processes, and a councilor for the Geological Society of Washington. As a research scientist, Ester pioneered the study of hormone metabolism in land plants within an evolutionary context and has published her research in peer-reviewed journals. She has collaborated as an editor with the Biometeorology Institute (Bologna, Italy). As a nonprofit officer, she collaborated on conservation and educational projects in Latin America and Africa. Ester has served in the Association for Women in Science’s DC Metropolitan Chapter’s board for five years. She has taught plant biology at the University of Maryland and the University of Buenos Aires. In addition to English and Spanish, Ester is fluent in Italian and Portuguese. She holds a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of Maryland and earned her B.Sc./M.Sc. in Biology from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ester is a member of Sigma Xi, the American Geophysical Union, American Quaternary Association, Geological Society of America, International Medical Geology Association, Soil Science Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
 
Ana M. Ferreras, a senior program officer supporting the U.S. National Committees for the mathematics, math instruction, crystallography, and physics, joined BISO’s staff in 2008.  Dr. Ferreras holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering (IE) at the University of Central Florida (UCF).  She also holds an M.S. in Engineering Management from the Florida Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UCF.  During her doctoral research, she assisted the IE Department at UCF in reengineering the undergraduate curriculum by developing a national model, new programs, experiential laboratories, and research centers.  Prior to joining BISO's staff, she was a winter 2008 Christine Mirzayan Policy Graduate Fellow with the Center for Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education (CASEE) at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

Lois E. Peterson Kent has worked at the National Academies since 1991 and with BISO since January 1997. She is currently working part-time, assisting on various Board activities. In the past, she served as Assistant Director and Program Officer for the U.S. National Committees for soil science, theoretical and applied mechanics, and the Pacific Science Association. Her other duties with the Board have included assisting with program and financial oversight and working on issues relating to UNESCO and scientific openness. Other National Academies activities on which Ms. Peterson has worked include the project on democratization, international security and arms control, landmine detection, and alternatives to landmines. While in graduate school, she was the convention coordinator for the International Studies Association. She holds an M.A. in International Studies from the University of South Carolina, a Certificat d’Etudes Européennes from the Free University of Brussels, and a B.A. (Economics and Political Science) from Augustana College (Illinois).
 
Kathryn (Kate) Hughes is the program officer for the USNC/Chemistry. She has a joint appointment with the Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO) and the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology (BCST). Prior to joining the National Academies’ staff, Kate was a Science Policy Fellow with the American Chemical Society. She received her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Michigan, and holds a bachelors degree from Carleton College.
 
Pam Gamble is the Administrative Associate to the Director and a Senior Program Assistant for the BISO Board and the U.S. National Committees. Ms. Gamble began her career at The National Academies as a Library Assistant with the Board on Science and Technology for International Development (BOSTID) in 1986. She later worked as a Program Assistant and Senior Program Assistant with the Committee on International Organizations and Programs (CIOP) in the Office of International Affairs. In 1998, CIOP became the Board on International Scientific Organizations in the Policy and Global Affairs Division. Ms. Gamble has served on numerous Academy focus groups and committees. She is currently a volunteer member of the African American History Committee. She is also the unofficial photographer for the Policy and Global Affairs Division.
 
Katherine Matheson is the program coordinator at BISO, working with communications issues and the International Visitors Office. Prior to joining BISO, she worked at the Institute of International Education, with roles in communications, assessment, and pre-grantee administration for the Fulbright Scholar Program. In addition, for two years she lived in China, teaching English in Zhangjiagang and studying Chinese in Tsinghua University. Katherine graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA with a B.A. in political science. She also obtained a M.A. in international studies from Universidad Torcuato di’Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
 



 
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number IIA-1332689. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
 
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