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Board on Research Data and Information
Policy and Global Affairs Division
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Washington, DC 20001

Phone: (202) 334-2616


PAUL F. UHLIR is Director of the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) at the Academies in Washington, DC. Paul’s area of emphasis is on issues at the interface of science, technology, and law, with primary focus on digital data and information policy and management. He also directs the U.S. Committee on Data for Science and Technology.  From 1999 to 2008, Paul was director of the Office on International S&T Information Programs at the Academies; from 1991 to 1999, he was the Associate Executive Director of the Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications; and from 1985 to 1991 he was senior staff officer for the Academies’ Space Studies Board, where he directed projects about solar system exploration and environmental remote sensing programs for NASA. Before joining the Academies, he worked at the Office of the General Counsel and was a foreign affairs officer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he worked on remote sensing law and policy and on intergovernmental agreements for cooperation in meteorological satellite programs. Paul is the author or editor of 22 books, and over 60 technical articles. He has been involved in numerous consulting and pro bono activities, and speaks worldwide on a broad range of information policy and management issues. He has served as private-sector adviser to the US Department of State for the U.N. World Summit on the Information Society and for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and recently was the lead author for the Group on Earth Observations on CODATA’s white paper on the Implementation Plan for the GEOSS Data Sharing Principles. In 1997 he received the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Special Achievement award and in 2010 the CODATA Prize for his work on international data policy. Paul has a J.D. and an M.A. degree in international relations from the University of San Diego, and a B.A in history from the University of Oregon.

ADRIANA COUREMBIS supports the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) as a Financial Associate. She joined the Academies in February 2012 and in addition to BRDI, she also supports the Committee on Science, Technology and Law (CSTL), the Science and Technology for Sustainability Program (STS), the Committee on Human Rights (CHR), the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine (CWSEM), and the Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Program. She holds a B.A. in Economics with specialization in International Economics from American University. Prior to joining the Academies, Adriana worked 3 years at the American Bar Association-Rule of Law initiative and 5 years at Bay Management LLC.