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Kathie Bailey directs the Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO).  BISO is the primary unit within the Academies that handles the U.S. membership in the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the International Council for Science (ICSU), and 17 ICSU-affiliated international scientific organizations.  BISO also manages the Academies’ International Visitors Office (IVO) which provides visa advice and assistance to international scientists and students in the sciences. Besides providing overall leadership and direction for the unit, Ms. Bailey works directly with the U.S. National Member Organization for IIASA, the U.S. National Committees for astronomy, math, optics, and the Pacific Science Association.  She is an appointed member of the Department of State’s U.S. National Commission for UNESCO. Prior to coming to the Academies, Ms. Bailey worked for the Association of American Universities as a federal relations officer. She also worked for Congresswoman Lindy Boggs (D-LA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and as an associate staff member for the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies which funded the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the Environmental Protection Agency.  Ms. Bailey has a BA 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 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 Academies activities on which Ms. Kent 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 BISO and the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology (BCST). Prior to joining the 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 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.

Chelsea Bock is the program coordinator for the BISO board and the U.S. National Committees, managing web communications and assisting with various administrative tasks. She also manages the International Visitors Office, working with the Department of State to assist international science practitioners in traveling to the U.S. Prior to joining the Academies, she was an English and communications professor at Hagerstown and Frederick Community Colleges, and has also worked as the development and communications coordinator for a private K-12 school in Maryland. She holds an M.A. in Humanities and B.A. in English and Communication Arts from Hood College.

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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