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Dr. Christopher Austin, National Institutes of HealthMr. Jay Benforado, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Dr. Jason Boehm, National Institute Standards & TechnologyMs. Alexis Bonnell, USAID
Dr. Thomas Christian, Air Force Research LaboratoryDr. Bruce Darling, National Research Council 
Dr. Patricia Dehmer, U.S. Department of Energy Dr. Stephen Dennis, Department of Homeland Security 
Mr. James Hinchman, National Research Council Ms. Cynthia Hope, FDP Chair, University of Alabama 
Dr. Lawrence Schuette, Office of Naval Research LTC Bull Holland, Army Research Laboratory
Dr. Robin Staffin, U.S. Department of Defense Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, National Science Foundation
Dr. Neil Thakur, National Institutes of HealthDr. Vaughan Turekian, Department of State

 











 

Council Associate - Christopher AustinDr. Christopher P. Austin is director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Austin leads the Center’s work to improve the translation of observations in the laboratory, clinic and community into interventions that reach and benefit patients — from diagnostics and therapeutics to medical procedures and behavioral changes. Under his direction, NCATS researchers and collaborators are developing new technologies, resources and collaborative research models; demonstrating their usefulness; and disseminating the data, analysis and methodologies for use by the worldwide research community.

Austin’s career has spanned the spectrum of translational research in the public and private sectors. He joined NIH in 2002 as the senior advisor to the director for translational research at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), where he was responsible for conceptualizing and implementing research programs to derive scientific insights and therapeutic benefits from the results of the newly completed Human Genome Project. While at NHGRI, Austin founded and directed the NIH Chemical Genomics Center (now the NCATS Chemical Genomics Center), Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases program, Toxicology in the 21st Century initiative, and NIH Center for Translational Therapeutics. When NCATS launched in late 2011, Austin became the inaugural director of the Center’s Division of Pre-Clinical Innovation, and then was appointed as the NCATS director in 2012. Before joining NIH, Austin worked at the pharmaceutical company Merck, where he directed programs on genome-based discovery of novel targets and drugs, with a particular focus on treatments for schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Austin is trained as a clinician and geneticist, and he is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, formerly the Institute of Medicine. He earned an M.D. from Harvard Medical School and an A.B. summa cum laude in biology from Princeton University. He completed a research fellowship in developmental neurogenetics at Harvard, studying genetic and environmental influences on stem cell fate determination. Austin also trained in internal medicine and neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, after which he practiced medicine in academic and community hospitals, providing primary care in urban settings and in rural Alaska and Africa.
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Jay Benforado Mr. Jay Benforado is a senior executive in the USEPA’s Office of Research and Development.  As Deputy Chief Innovation Officer, he encourages new approaches to sustainability, including a competitive program that provides internal awards to EPA scientists for high-risk, high-reward research – from sustainable alternatives to toxic chemicals to net zero approaches for water, waste and energy in communities.  Other innovation activities include challenges and prizes, development of real-time environmental sensors for air and water pollution, and using citizen science to empower communities.   Previous positions at EPA include Director of the National Center for Environmental Innovation and Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy, Economics and Innovation in the Office of the EPA Administrator. 

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Jason BoehmDr. Jason Boehm joined the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in September 2006 as a policy analyst in the Program Office in the Office of the Director at NIST. As a policy analyst Dr. Boehm was responsible for providing objective analysis and evaluation to the Director of NIST on a portfolio of issues related to the biological sciences, homeland security, and programs that enhance innovation and competitiveness, in support of NIST strategic planning and budget development. Dr. Boehm came to NIST from the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Executive Office of the President, where he was responsible for consultation, analysis, and policy development regarding science and technology related to multiple issues of homeland and national security including the development of medical and non-medical countermeasures against WMD, domestic nuclear defense, engineered threats and emerging infectious diseases, and biological and chemical agent decontamination, nuclear defense and detection, international collaborations on homeland security-related S&T, and a number of other issues. 

Dr. Boehm originally joined OSTP as a AAAS/NTI Fellow in Global Security, an award that provided him the opportunity to work anywhere within the U.S. government on issues related to biological terrorism. Prior to joining the federal government Dr. Boehm was involved in cancer research at Cornell University, where he led a team of researchers studying the role of the cellular protein tissue transglutaminase in cell survival and tumorigenesis. Dr. Boehm received his Ph.D. in 2000 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Eppley Institute for Cancer Research, where he studied the role of receptor tyrosine kinase signaling in cell survival.
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Alexis Bonnell HeadshotAlexis Bonnell is the Division Chief of Applied Innovation and Acceleration in the U.S. Global Development Lab of USAID. Over her career, Alexis has developed and delivered over a billion dollar of humanitarian and development programming in over 25 conflict, post-conflict, and emergency countries, in almost every sector from education to stabilization, for more than 30 International Bi-lateral donors, 10 UN agencies, the military, and private sector.  She has held positions with every side of development including: implementers, donors, policy makers, and beneficiaries and is proud of her “360 degrees” of development experience. Her more than 20 years of experience in management and communications has provided her incredible opportunities to work on/with: Wall Street, “Dot.coms”, Middle East Peace Plan, Afghan and Iraq Elections, global emergency response coordination  and major logistics operations.

Her focus at the Lab is to help convene and connect people and organizations around the world with the most innovative applications of science, technology, innovation, and partnership to accelerate the end to extreme poverty. Alexis is leading the team to champion science and innovation into action, and most recently created the new Global Innovation Exchange, a industry level platform to share all globally relevant development R&D & innovation.
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Thomas ChristianDr. Thomas F. Christian, Jr., a member of the Senior Executive Service, currently serves as Director for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), where he guides the management of the entire basic research investment for the Air Force. Dr. Christian leads a staff of 200 scientists, engineers and administrators in Arlington, Va., and foreign technology offices in London, Tokyo and Santiago, Chile. Each year, AFOSR selects, sponsors and manages revolutionary basic research that impacts the future Air Force. AFOSR interacts with leading scientists and engineers throughout the world to identify breakthrough opportunities; actively manages a $510 million investment portfolio encompassing the best of these opportunities; and transitions the resulting discoveries to other components of the Air Force Research Laboratory, to defense industries and to other federal agencies. The office's annual investment in basic research is distributed among over 200 leading academic institutions worldwide, 100 industry-based contracts, and more than 250 internal AFRL research efforts.

Dr. Christian entered federal service in 1968 as an aerospace engineer at the Warner Robins Air Materiel Area, Ga., where he designed depot structural repairs to C-130 and C-141 aircraft returning from Southeast Asia. Following completion of his doctoral research in 1973, he worked in both the nuclear power and manufacturing industries. In 1980, he re-entered federal service at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, establishing an organic durability and damage tolerance analysis capability for the C-130, C-141 and F-15 weapon systems. Dr. Christian became the technical adviser for the System Program Management Division and served on several national technical committees of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

As Chief Engineer for the Special Operations Forces System Program Office, he managed major modifications to the AC-130H and MH-53J weapon systems and a joint MH-60G flight test program with the Australian Defense Forces. He also served as Director of the 402nd Software Maintenance Group. Dr. Christian moved to the Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson AFB, where he became the Director of Engineering for the Agile Combat Support Systems Wing. He provided systems engineering direction for aging aircraft, combat electronics, life support, propulsion and simulator systems with an annual budget of $3 billion. He then became a Senior Level executive as the Technical Adviser, Systems Engineering, at the Aeronautical Systems Center, where he provided technical oversight and advice to the highest Air Force and government officials concerning the $11 billion aeronautical enterprise's annual acquisitions. He then went on to become the Director at the Air Force Center for Systems Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

Prior to his current position, Dr. Christian served as the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary (Science, Technology, and Engineering) responsible for assisting the DAS(ST&E) in development and formulation of Air Force Science, Technology, and Engineering strategy and policy spanning systems engineering; environmental safety and occupational health; industrial preparedness; and functional management of more than 14,000 military and civilian scientists and engineers.
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Bruce DarlingDr. Bruce Darling has served as Executive Officer of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Research Council (NRC) since July 2012

Prior to joining the Academy, Darling served from 1996 to 2012 as vice president, senior vice president and executive vice president of the University of California system. In fulfilling those roles, he was responsible for: acquisition of the University's state-funded budget; state and federal government relations; communications with the news media and public; alumni relations; private fundraising; overseeing the human resources and benefits office, including the University’s $56 billion pension plan; the internal audit office; integrating strategic and operational matters with the University's Board of Regents; and management oversight of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

He was co-chair with the University of California (UC) Provost of the UC Long Range Guidance Team that provided strategic guidance to the UC President and Board of Regents on future goals, objectives and strategies for the University. He was also co-chair with a UC Regent of the Eligibility and Admissions Study Group, which recommended to the UC President and Board of Regents changes to strengthen the University’s undergraduate admissions policies and practices. From 1980 to 1996, he held positions at the University of California San Diego, including as Vice Chancellor and President of the UC San Diego Foundation. From 1974 to 1980, he worked at the National Science Foundation, including as special assistant to the NSF Director.

Darling is a member of the Board of Directors of the California Council on Science and Technology. He was a member of an external advisory committee to advise the National Science Foundation on the Re-competition of Major Research Facilities, and served on the Dean’s Advisory Board for UC Santa Barbara’s Donald Bren School for Environmental Science and Management. He was appointed, by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, as a member of the California Commission for Impartial Courts. And he was co-chair of the 2002 and 2004 California education bond campaigns that secured voter approval for $25 billion in new expenditures for facilities construction and modernization at California's public schools, colleges and universities.

He has been recognized as a Founding Father of the San Diego Supercomputer Center and as a Fellow of  the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a recipient of the University of California Presidential Medal, the UC San Diego Foundation Civis Universitatis Award, the National Science Foundation Commendation for Notable Service, and the Rod Rose Award for the most outstanding paper published in the Journal of the Society of Research Administrators.

Darling graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Gamma Mu, Alpha Mu Gamma and Sigma Delta Pi national academic honors societies. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese, having attended elementary and secondary school in South America and the Caribbean. 
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Patricia DehmerDr. Patricia M. Dehmer is the Deputy Director for Science Programs in the Office of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In this capacity, Dr. Dehmer is the senior career science official in the Office of Science, which is third largest Federal sponsor of basic research in the United States, the primary supporter of the physical sciences in the U.S., and one of the premier science organizations in the world.  As Deputy Director for Science Programs, Dr. Dehmer provides scientific and management oversight for the six science programs of the Office of Science (basic energy sciences, biological and environmental research, fusion energy sciences, advanced scientific computing research, high energy physics, and nuclear physics), for workforce development for teachers and scientists, and for construction project assessment. The Office of Science supports research at 300 colleges and universities nationwide, at DOE laboratories, and at other private institutions.  

From 1995 to 2007, Dr. Dehmer served as the Director of the Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) in the Office of Science. Prior to coming to DOE, she was senior scientist at Argonne National Laboratory where she led research activities in experimental atomic, molecular, and optical physics; chemical physics; and multiphoton processes. She has published more than 125 refereed articles. As director of BES, Dehmer manages a $1.4 billion portfolio of research in condensed matter and materials physics, chemistry, geosciences and biosciences and also the nation's largest suite of user facilities for x-ray, neutron and electron-beam scattering. Included in this suite are the new Spallation Neutron Source and the Linac Coherent Light Source, a short wavelength free electron laser, which is still in construction. Dr. Dehmer was honored with the Meritorious Presidential Executive Rank Award (2000) and the Distinguished Presidential Executive Rank Award (2003) for her exemplary federal service. Dr. Dehmer received the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois in 1967 and the Ph.D. degree in Chemical Physics from the University of Chicago in 1972.
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Dr. Stephen Dennis

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James HinchmanMr. James F. Hinchman is the Deputy Executive Officer of the National Academy of Sciences and Deputy Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the National Research Council at the National Academies, a private non-profit organization that also includes the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine.  He has been a member of the National Academies staff since May of 1999 and was its General Counsel before assuming his current position.

At the time of his appointment to the National Academies staff, Mr. Hinchman was the Principal Assistant Comptroller General in the U.S. General Accounting Office. He joined the staff of GAO in 1985, and was General Counsel of the agency before becoming Principal Assistant Comptroller General in 1994.  From 1996 to 1998, he was the Acting Comptroller General of the United States.

Prior to joining GAO, Mr. Hinchman worked for 15 years in the executive branch of the federal government in positions of increasing responsibility.  He was an Associate General Counsel in the Department of Agriculture, a Deputy Associate Director in the Office of Management and Budget, and Associate General Counsel of the former Department of Health, Education and Welfare, where he began his federal career in 1971. Mr. Hinchman received his A.B. degree with honors from Harvard College in 1963 and his J.D. degree with honors from Harvard Law School in 1970.  While in law school, he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Harvard Law Review.  He is a member of the bar in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.  He served in the United States Navy from 1963 to 1967.
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Cindy HopeMs. Cynthia (Cindy) Hope (Chair, Federal Demonstration Partnership) is Assistant Vice President for Research and Director of the Office for Sponsored Programs at The University of Alabama (UA) where her responsibilities include Contract and Grant Accounting, Sponsored Programs Administration (pre-award and non-financial post-award) and Cost Analysis.  Prior to coming to UA, Cindy worked for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in the areas of Costing, Grant and Contract Accounting and Financial Accounting and Reporting.  Cindy came to UAB from Coopers and Lybrand, now PricewaterhouseCoopers.  Cindy serves on the Board and the Costing Policies Committee of the Council on Governmental Relations and is a member of the NSF Advisory Committee for Business and Operations. She has served as a frequent presenter for the National Council of University Research Administrators and as a member of the faculty for the National Association of College and University Business Officers, Facilities and Administrative Cost Rate Workshop. Cindy is a CPA (inactive) and holds a BS degree in Accounting and a BA degree in Psychology.


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Lawrence SchuetteDr. Lawrence Schuette is the Director of Research at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Arlington, VA. As the senior civilian responsible for Research at ONR, he oversees the basic and applied research investments which increase fundamental knowledge, foster opportunities for breakthroughs and provide technology options for future naval capabilities and systems. 

Dr. Schuette entered the Senior Executive Service in July 2007. He started his career as a research scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) working in the Acoustics, Information Technology and Tactical Electric Warfare Divisions. Prior to joining ONR, Dr. Schuette also served as head of the Innovative Systems Subgroup of the OSD Technical Joint Cross Service Group during the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). He also served as Deputy Chief of the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) Laboratory Board and as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition. 

Dr. Schuette received his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Electrical Engineering from The Catholic University of America. He is a 2008-2009 MIT Center for International Studies Seminar XXI Fellow and a Level III Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) S&T Manager. Dr. Schuette’s awards include the Secretary of Defense’s award for Exceptional Civilian Service, the Department of the Navy Superior Senior Service Award, the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Naval Unit Commendation, the Naval Meritorious Unit Commendation and the American Red Cross Certificate of Extraordinary Personal Action.
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LTC Bull Holland

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Robin StaffinDr. Robin Staffin is Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Laboratories and Basic Sciences for the U.S. Department of Defense. He was previously the Director for Basic Research in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Laboratories and Basic Sciences, where he determines policy and exercises oversight for science and technology programs of the military services and defense agencies in Budget Activity 1. He ensures that the long-term strategic direction of the Department's basic research program develops the fundamental science that underpins continued technological superiority of U.S. forces.

Previously, Dr. Staffin served as Associate Director of Science for High Energy Physics at the Department of Energy, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Development in DOE's Office of Defense Programs, where he managed the experimental facilities portfolio for the Nation’s Stockpile Stewardship program. During the period 1998-2001, he directly advised the Secretary of Energy, first as Senior Policy Advisor for Science and Technology, and later as Senior Policy Advisor for National Security. From 1993-1996, Dr. Staffin was Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, with a primary focus on nuclear weapons policy, stockpile stewardship, and nonproliferation. Prior to entering government service, Dr. Staffin was a senior physicist at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in California. Dr. Staffin earned his bachelors degree in physics at MIT and his doctorate in theoretical particle physics at Stanford University.
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Dr. Kathryn Sullivan joined the Office of Integrative Activities (OIA) in the Office of the National Science Foundation Director as a senior advisor in July 2008.  Prior to then, she served as the Deputy Director of NSF's Office of International Science and Engineering. In her current capacity, Ms. Sullivan coordinates OIA's budget development, strategic outreach initiatives and select administrative functions as well as provides support to the Office of the Director on NSF cross-cutting policy and procedural issues. Additionally, Ms. Sullivan serves as the Executive Secretary to the National Science Board's Committee on Education and Human Resources. 

Prior to working at NSF, Ms. Sullivan served in a number of positions focusing on international science, engineering and technology policy and programs within the U.S government including:  Special Assistant for International Affairs in the Office of the Vice President, Senior Analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Program Director of International Affairs in the Deputy Secretary of Commerce's Office of Space Commerce, and Assistant for Non-Proliferation to the Assistant Secretary in the Commerce Department's Bureau of Export Administration.

Ms. Sullivan established NASA's Japan Office and served as the first NASA Representative at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. She holds a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a bachelor's from Wellesley College.

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Dr. Neil Thakur
 
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Vaughan Turekian headshotDr. Vaughan Turekian assumed his role as the fifth Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State on September 8, 2015. In this capacity, he advises the Secretary of State and the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment on international environment, science, technology, and health matters affecting the foreign policy of the United States. Dr. Turekian draws upon his background in atmospheric chemistry and extensive policy experience to promote science, technology, and engineering as integral components of U.S. diplomacy.

Prior to becoming the Science and Technology Adviser, Dr. Turekian was Chief International Officer for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Director of AAAS’s Center for Science Diplomacy (2006 – 2015). In this capacity he worked to build bridges between nations based on shared scientific goals, placing special emphasis on regions where traditional political relationships are strained or do not exist. As Editor-in-Chief of Science & Diplomacy, an online quarterly publication, he published original policy pieces that have served to inform international science policy recommendations. In addition, Turekian worked at the State Department as Special Assistant and Adviser to the Under Secretary for Global Affairs (2002 – 2006) on issues related to sustainable development, climate change, environment, energy, science, technology, and health. Also, he served as Program Director for the Committee on Global Change Research at the National Academy of Sciences (2000 – 2002) where he was study director for a White House report on climate change science.

Dr. Turekian holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Earth Science from Yale University (1993) and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Virginia (2000). A former AAAS fellow himself, Dr. Turekian not only brings both technical expertise and 14 years of policy experience to the position, but also a decorated track-record and steadfast commitment to utilizing our nation’s capital in science and technology innovation to advance U.S. diplomacy.
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