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GEORGE STRAWN is the director of the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Prior to joining the Academies, Dr. Strawn was the director of the National Coordination Office (NCO) for the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. He also served as the co-chair of the NITRD Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council. Dr. Strawn is on assignment to the Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy. Prior to this assignment, Dr. Strawn was the National Science Foundation (NSF) Chief Information Officer (CIO). As the CIO for NSF, he guided the agency in the development and design of innovative information technology, working to enable the NSF staff and the international community of scientists, engineers, and educators to pursue new methods of scientific communication, collaboration, and decision-making. Prior to his appointment as NSF CIO, Dr. Strawn served as the executive officer of the NSF directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and as acting assistant director for CISE. Previously, Dr. Strawn served as the director of the CISE Division of Advanced Networking Infrastructure and Research, where he led NSF's efforts in the Presidential Next Generation Internet Initiative. Prior to coming to NSF, Dr. Strawn was a Computer Science faculty member at Iowa State University. He also served there as director of the ISU Computation Center and chair of the ISU Computer Science Department. Dr. Strawn received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Iowa State University and his B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Mathematics and Physics from Cornell College.

ESTER SZTEIN is Deputy Director of the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) and Assistant Director of BISO. Among her duties as Deputy Director of BRDI, she co-organized workshops on data commons and on data citation in the US. As BISO Assistant Director, she manages the U.S. National Committees for the Geosciences (Quaternary research, geological sciences, geodesy and geophysics, and soil sciences) and psychological sciences. She participates actively in the geoscience community by working with U.S. and international professional societies and is particularly interested in multidisciplinary science in boundary areas, such as medical geology, and in science diplomacy. As a research scientist, she pioneered the study of hormone metabolism in land plants within an evolutionary context, specifically focusing on auxin metabolism, 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. Dr. Sztein is a Councilor of the International Medical Geology Association and a member of the American Geophysical Union’s Technical Committee on Soil Systems and Critical Zone Processes. She has taught plant biology at the University of Maryland and the University of Buenos Aires. Dr. Sztein is a member of Sigma Xi, the American Geophysical Union, American Quaternary Association, Geological Society of America, International Medical Geology Association, Earth Science Women Network, Soil Science Society of America, Association for Women in Science, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 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.

ADRIANA COUREMBIS supports the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) as a Financial Officer. 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.

EMI KAMEYAMA
is a Program Associate for the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) and Science and Technology for Sustainability Program (STS) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.  Ms. Kameyama has been involved in several BRDI and STS activities, including the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, workshops on global food security, and consensus studies assessing sustainability for the nation and urban sustainability.  Ms. Kameyama received her M.A. in International Affairs with a focus on Environment and Development from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University and a B.S. in Government from Suffolk University.