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May 22, 2017, 1pm ET
Highly Integrative Basic and Responsive Research (HIBAR): Partnerships for Discovery & Innovation

June 27-28, 2017
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Beyond Patents: Assessing the Value and Impact of Research Investments

GUIRR Council Associates
Mr. Jay Benforado, U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyMs. Cynthia Hope, FDP Chair, University of Alabama 
Dr. Jason Boehm, National Institute Standards & TechnologyLTC Bull Holland, Army Research Laboratory
Ms. Alexis Bonnell, USAIDDr. Ann Plant, NIST
Dr. Frederica Derema, Air Force Research LaboratoryDr. William C. Regli, DARPA
Dr. Bruce Darling, National Research Council Dr. Lawrence Schuette, Office of Naval Research 
Dr. Patricia Dehmer, U.S. Department of Energy Dr. Robin Staffin, U.S. Department of Defense 
Dr. Stephen Dennis, Department of Homeland Security Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, National Science Foundation
Mr. James Hinchman, National Research Council Dr. Neil Thakur, National Institutes of Health
Dr. Keith Holtermann, Department of Homeland SecurityDr. Vaughan Turekian, Department of State


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. 


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.

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.
Dr. Frederica Derema is the Acting Director of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, Va. She provides executive direction in the planning, conduct and coordination of broad, frequently large-scale, and critical basic research and development program activities. These include the areas as advanced mathematical and computational methods for dynamic systems; information and decision systems; bio-systems; human cognition and socio-cultural systems.
Dr. Darema is a graduate of the University of Athens, Greece; the Illinois Institute of Technology; and the University of California at Davis, where she attended as a Fulbright Scholar and a Distinguished Scholar. After physics research associate positions at the University of Pittsburgh and Brookhaven National Laboratory, she received an American Physics Society Industrial Postdoctoral Fellowship and became a technical staff member in the Nuclear Sciences Department at Schlumberger-Doll Research. Subsequently, she joined the T.J. Watson IBM Research Center as a research staff member and group manager. While at IBM, she also served in the IBM Corporate Strategy Group examining and helping to set corporate-wide strategies. From 1996 to 1998, she completed a two-year interagency assignment at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

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. 

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.
Dr. Stephen Dennis provides leadership and guidance for data analytics within the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) of the Science & Technology (S&T) Directorate and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Mr. Dennis provides technical guidance for information analysis, collaboration and sharing related to Big Data research and development at DHS. Mr. Dennis also serves as the S&T APEX Program Manager for the Border Enforcement Analytics Program to improve utilization of DHS Big Data sources for ICE Homeland Security Investigations. He has over thirty years of experience managing research programs in information analysis and processing automation within the Intelligence & Defense Communities and other federal agencies. Mr. Dennis holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a BS in Computer Engineering from Clemson University in SC.

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.

Dr. Keith Holtermann is the Director of National Training, Education and Exercises Division for the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He has more than 35 years ofexperience in the emergency services field. Prior to joining FEMA, Dr. Holtermann was the Associate Dean for Health ciences at The George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences and served on assignment with FEMA as their founding Director of the National Exercise and Simulation Center. While also at GW, Dr. Holtermann served on a four-year assignment with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in a variety of executive leadership charges. At HHS, he worked as the Emergency Operations Branch chief and the Training Exercises and Lessons Learned lead; he also opened and led the Office of International Response Policy.
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.
Dr. Anne Plant is currently Chief of the Biosystems and Biomaterials Division. She served for a year in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and is currently the NIST Representative to the NSTC Life Science Sub-Committee. She serves on the NIBIB National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, Co-chairs ASTM International Committee F04.46 on Standards for Cell Signaling, and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal, Biointerphases. She is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Anne Plant received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, Texas) in a program that included biophysics, cell biology, and synthetic chemistry. She was a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC and then moved to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, focusing on biosensors and biophysics. At NIST, she formed a group in Biomolecular Materials primarily to study membrane protein structure/function in model membranes at surfaces and the application of surface analytical tools to study biomolecular events. These surface analysis tools proved important to the fabrication and understanding of extracellular matrix and the role that mechanical, chemical and topographical properties of the extracellular have on cell response. This work led to formation of the Cell Systems Science Group. Robust and meaningful quantification of cell response through quantitative cell imaging has been an important component of that research. Currently, her focus is on understanding the sources of biological variability and theoretical approaches for prediction of complex biological response.   

Dr. William Regli became acting director of the Defense Sciences Office (DSO) in January 2017. For the past two years, Dr. Regli was the deputy director of DSO. Dr. Regli’s current interests include computational tools to exploit the properties of advanced materials, additive manufacturing systems, and enabling new paradigms for design and production. Dr. Regli has published more than 250 technical articles, including those in leading venues for research in computer graphics, artificial intelligence, robotics, wireless networking, tissue engineering, and engineering design and manufacturing. His research has spawned two start-up technology companies (one focused on mobile communications for public safety, the other on information management in edge networks) and resulted in five U.S. patents.

Dr. Regli holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in computer science from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Saint Joseph's University. He has been on the faculty of Drexel University since 1997, most recently as a professor of computer and information science and Senior Associate Dean for research and scholarly activities for the Drexel College of Computing and Informatics. Dr. Regli's federal service includes a National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and an ongoing role as scientific adviser to the Defense Programs Office of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DoE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in the areas of information technology and advanced manufacturing. Dr. Regli is a fellow of the Computer Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a senior member of both the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

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.
LTC Bull Holland is a Military Deputy at the Army Research Office.
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.

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.


Neil Thakur B&W headshotDr. Neil Thakur is a health policy expert who specializes in performance measurement, implementation and governance. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Thakur has been serving large systems as a provider, researcher, funder and legislative staffer.  He helps organizations fulfill their missions through innovation, partnership and measurement. 
Dr. Thakur is Special Assistant to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Deputy Director for Extramural Research, where he is primarily focused open science.  He implemented and manages the world’s largest policy to make biomedical research papers publically accessible. He also co-chaired the White House taskforce that lead to the requirement that all federal science agencies make their research papers publicly accessible. During is his tenure at NIH, he also spent a year on detail to the US Senate Special Committee on Aging, raising awareness about quality issues in long-term health care, particularly around Alzheimer’s care and pharmaceuticals.  
Prior to his time at NIH, Dr. Thakur worked with health systems in many capacities.  He was Assistant Director of Health Services Research and Development at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), where he lead an evaluation service for the VA clinical system. He also represented the VA research service in setting clinical performance measures. In his post-doctoral-fellowship, he studied the interactions between jails, Medicaid and behavioral health care, and how changes in health financing impacted people’s utilization of these systems. During graduate school, he worked throughout the Connecticut behavioral health system, helping to implement managed care and health information systems, and raise tens of millions of dollars in competitive grants. 
Dr. Thakur won many awards for his government service, including several NIH Director’s Awards, and the Secretary for Health and Human Services’ award for Meritorious Service, the second highest award that the Secretary can bestow. He holds a Ph.D. in Health Policy from Yale University School of Public Health and completed a NIMH postdoctoral fellowship in mental health services research at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lives in Maryland with his wife Jen, and plans to make furniture for their new home. 
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.