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Biographical Sketches

Michael Hout, CHAIR, (NAS) is professor of sociology and Dr. Hout’s research uses demographic methods to study social change in inequality, religion, and politics. He is co-principal investigator on the General Social Survey (GSS), a long-running NSF project. His current work uses the GSS to study changing occupational hierarchies and social mobility since 1972. He is organizing through a National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, a standing committee, the American Opportunity Study, an inquiry into long-term trends in social mobility based on census records linked across generations. He has served on the Committee on National Statistics, Steering Committee for a Workshop on Developing a New National Survey on Social Mobility, Committee on Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency: Fifth Edition, and the Board on Testing and Assessment (Member; 12/3/2008 -- 8/31/2011) Mike’s books include Century of Difference (with Claude Fischer, 2006), The Truth about Conservative Christians (with Andrew Greeley, 2006), Inequality by Design (with five Berkeley colleagues, 1996), Following in Father's Footsteps: Social Mobility in Ireland (1989), and Mobility Tables (1983). A couple of illustrative papers include “Social and Economic Returns to Higher Education in the United States" (2012), "The Demographic Imperative in Religious Change” (with Greeley and Wilde, 2001) and "How 4 Million Irish Immigrants Came to be 40 Million Irish Americans" (with Goldstein, 1994). Mike Hout's honors include election to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1997, the National Academy of Sciences in 2003, and the American Philosophical Society in 2006. Mike's education includes a B.A from the University of Pittsburgh in history and sociology and M.A. and a Ph.D. from Indiana University in sociology.

Alicia Carriquiry, (NAM) is professor of statistics at Iowa State University. Between January of 2000 and July of 2004 she was Associate Provost at Iowa State. Her research interests are in Bayesian statistics and general methods. Her recent work focuses on nutrition and dietary assessment, as well as on problems in genomics, forensic sciences and traffic safety. Dr. Carriquiry is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute and a fellow of the American Statistical Association. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Institute of Statistical Sciences since 1997. She is also a past president of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA) and a past member of the Board of the Plant Sciences Institute at Iowa State University. Dr. Carriquiry is editor of Statistical Sciences and of Bayesian Analysis, and serves on the editorial boards of several Latin American journals of statistics and mathematics. She has served on three National Academy of Sciences committees: the Subcommittee on Interpretation and Uses of Dietary Reference Intakes; the Committee on Evaluation of USDA's Methodology for Estimating Eligibility and Participation for the WIC Program and the Committee on Third Party Toxicity Research with Human Research Participants. Currently, she is a member of the standing Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics of the National Research Council, the Committee on Assessing the Feasibility, Accuracy and Technical Capability of a Ballistics National Database of the National Research Council and of the Committee on Gender Differences in the Careers in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Faculty of the National Academy of Sciences. She is a member of the Federal Steering Committee Future Directions for the CSFII/NHANES Diet/Nutrition Survey: What we Eat in America. Dr. Carriquiry received a M.Sc. in animal science from the University of Illinois, and a M.Sc. in statistics and a Ph.D. in statistics and animal genetics from Iowa State University.

Jonathan Caulkins (NAE) is a professor of operations research and public policy, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University. His research specializes in the application of systems engineering and operations research modeling methods to systems pertaining to drugs, terror, corruption, violence, and prevention. A particular theme is analysis of the supply chains of transnational criminal organizations and the behavior of black markets, including their response to policy interventions. He also works on optimal control of dynamical systems, particularly those that display tipping point behavior. Those interests merge in the form of differential equation models of the diffusion of drug abuse, violence, and terror, but other topic domains include capital investment and financial models, airline operations, software reliability, and management of brand reputation. Dr. Caulkins has also developed novel approaches to analyzing data on prices in illegal markets and the application of return-on-investment analysis to prevention programming for youth. He has taught quantitative decision modeling on four continents to students from more than 50 countries at every level from undergraduate through Ph.D. and exec education. Dr. Caulkins has a Ph.D. in operations research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Rita Colwell (NAS) is distinguished university professor in the Center for Bioinformatics & Computational Biology at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, senior advisor and chairman emeritus at Canon US Life Sciences, Inc., and president and CEO of CosmosID, Inc. She is a microbial ecologist. Her research interests focus on global infectious diseases, water, and health. Dr. Colwell has studied the metabolism, systematics, evolution, and ecology of marine bacteria and viruses. Currently, she is developing an international network to address climate change and infectious diseases and water issues, including safe drinking water for both the developed and developing world. Other interests include K-12 science and mathematics education, graduate science and engineering education and the increased participation of women and minorities in science and engineering. Dr. Colwell served as the eleventh director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 1998 to 2004. In her capacity as NSF director, she served as co-chair of the Committee on Science of the National Science and Technology Council. She has served on countless NAS committees. Dr. Cowell earned her Ph.D. in oceanography from University of Washington.

Karen S. Cook (NAS) is the Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor of Sociology; Director of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS); and Vice-Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at Stanford University. Dr. Cook conducts research on social exchange networks, power and influence dynamics, inter-group relations, negotiation strategies, social justice, and trust in social relations. Her research underscores the importance of trust in facilitating exchange relationships and of networks in creating social capital; for example, in physician-patient interactions and its effect on health outcomes. She has edited and co-edited a number of books in the Russell Sage Foundation Trust Series including Trust in Society (2001), Trust and Distrust in Organizations: Emerging Perspectives (2004), and eTrust: Forming Relations in the Online World and Whom Can You Trust? (2009). She is co-author of Cooperation without Trust? (2005) and she co-edited Sociological Perspectives on Social Psychology (1995). In 1996, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2007 to the National Academy of Sciences. In 2004 she received the ASA Social Psychology Section Cooley Mead Award for Career Contributions to Social Psychology. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees if the Russell Sage Foundation and she serves on the SBE Advisory Committee at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Cook received her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford University.

Susan Hanson (NAS), Distinguished University Professor Emerita and longtime Professor of Geography at Clark University, is an urban geographer with interests in urban transportation, urban labor markets, and gender issues. Her research has focused on the relationship between the urban built environment and people’s everyday travels within cities; within this context, questions of people’s access to opportunity, and how gender affects access, have been paramount. Her current research examines how gender, geographic opportunity structures, and geographic rootedness affect entrepreneurship in cities, as well as on understanding the emergence of sustainable versus unsustainable practices in urban areas. She has been the editor of several journals including Economic Geography, The Annals of the Association of American Geographers, and Urban Geography. In the mid-1990s she led a discipline-wide project that involved faculty and students in developing active learning modules on the human dimensions of global change for use in introductory university-level geography courses. She has led the School of Geography at Clark and is a past president of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a former Guggenheim Fellow, and a recipient of the Honors Award and of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the AAG and of the Van Cleef Medal from the American Geographic Society. In 2000 she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Hanson has served on many national and international committees in geography, transportation, and the social sciences. She has a B.A. from Middlebury College and a Ph.D. in geography from Northwestern University.

Margaret Honey is president and CEO of the New York Hall of Science. Among her current interests at the museum is the role of design-based learning in promoting student interest and achievement in STEM subjects. She is widely recognized for her work using digital technologies to support children’s learning across the disciplines of science, mathematics, engineering and technology. Prior to joining the New York Hall of Science, she was vice president of Wireless Generation, an education technology company. Earlier, she spent 15 years as vice president of the Education Development Center (EDC) and director of EDC’s Center for Children and Technology. There, she directed numerous large-scale research projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Education Sciences, the Carnegie Corporation, and other organizations. As a member of the Educational Advisory Board of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, she worked closely with business representatives to define 21st century skills and consider how to teach and assess them. Her activities have included collaborations with public television, investigations of data-driven decision-making tools and practices, and creation of one of the first internet-based professional development programs in the country. Dr. Honey is the chair of the current National Research Council (NRC)’s Committee Toward Integrated STEM Education: Developing a Research Agenda. She previously chaired the NRC’s Committee on Learning Science: Computer Games, Simulations, and Education and the Committee on IT Fluency and High School Graduation Outcomes: A Workshop. She earned a B.A. in social theory at Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts, and both her M.A. and Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Columbia University. 

James S. Jackson (NAM) is the Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, and Director and Research Professor of the Institute for Social Research. He is the past Chair, Social Psychology Training Program and Director of the Research Center for Group Dynamics, the Program for Research on Black Americans, and the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, all at the University of Michigan. He is past-Chair of the Section on Social, Economic, and Political Sciences (K) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is a former Chair of the Section on Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Task Force on Minority Issues of the Gerontological Society of America, and the Committee on International Relations and the Association for the Advancement of Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He is the current President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. He served on the National Advisory Mental Health Council of the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Aging Advisory Council and the Board of Scientific Counselors of NIA. He was recently named to the NIH Advisory Council to the Director. He is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, Society of Experimental Social Psychology, American Psychological Association, Association of Psychological Sciences, International Demographic Association, New York Academy of Medicine, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Career Contributions to Research Award, Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, American Psychological Association, the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award for Distinguished Career Contributions in Applied Psychology, the Association for Psychological Sciences, Presidential Citation, American Psychological Association, and Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Biomedical Sciences, New York Academy of Medicine. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Cora B. Marrett is an emeritus professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Marrett was the NSF deputy director from May 2011 to August 2014, acting director (June - October 2010 and March 2013 - March 2014), acting deputy director (January 2009 – January 2011), and senior advisor. Before January 2009, Dr. Marrett was the assistant director for Education and Human Resources (EHR). In EHR, she led NSF's mission to achieve excellence in U.S. science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at all levels, in both formal and informal settings. From 1992 to 1996, she served as the first assistant director for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) directorate of the NSF. Dr. Marrett earned NSF's Distinguished Service Award for her groundbreaking leadership of the new directorate. From 2001 to 2007, Dr. Marrett was the University of Wisconsin System's Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. She also served concurrently as Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before joining the University ofWisconsin, she was the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Dr. Marrett has served on the following NRC Committees: Institutional Review Boards, Surveys, and Social Science Research (Chair); Division Committee for the Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (Member); Division Committee on Engineering and Physical Sciences (Member): Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (Member); Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems (Member); Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine (Member); OSEP Advisory Committee (Member); and Committee on Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (Member). Dr. Marrett holds a B.A. from Virginia Union University, a M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, all in sociology. She received an honorary doctorate from Wake Forest University, was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was awarded an honorary degree as a distinguished alumna from Virginia Union University.

Valerie Reyna is professor of Human Development and Psychology at Cornell University and co-director of the Center for Behavioral Economics and Decision Research. Her research encompasses human judgment and decision making, numeracy and quantitative reasoning, risk and uncertainty, medical decision making, social judgment, and false memory. Dr. Reyna’s current research program is focused on risky decision making in adolescents, on risk communication in genetics, cancer, and AIDS prevention, and on criteria for rationality in decision making. She is a developer of fuzzy-trace theory, a model of the relation between mental representations and decision making that has been widely applied in law, medicine, and public health. Dr. Reyna has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Society. Dr. Reyna holds a B.A. in psychology from Clark University (Summa Cum Laude) and Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Rockefeller University.

William B. Rouse (NAE) is a researcher, educator, author and entrepreneur. His current positions include Alexander Crombie Humphreys Chair in Economics of Engineering in the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology and Professor Emeritus in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also directs the Center for Complex Systems and Enterprises at Stevens. His earlier positions include Executive Director of the university-wide Tennenbaum Institute and Chair of the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. He was CEO of two innovative software companies – Enterprise Support Systems and Search Technology – and held earlier faculty positions at Georgia Tech, University of Illinois, Delft University of Technology, and Tufts University. His expertise includes individual and organizational decision making and problem solving, as well as design of organizations and information systems. In these areas, he has consulted with well over one hundred large and small enterprises in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, where he has worked with several thousand executives and senior managers. His current research focuses on understanding and managing complex public-private systems such as healthcare delivery, urban systems and defense, with emphasis on mathematical and computational modeling of these systems for the purpose of policy design and analysis. Among many advisory roles, he has served as Chair of the Committee on Human Factors of the National Research Council, a member of the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, and a member of the DoD Senior Advisory Group on Modeling and Simulation. He has been designated a lifetime National Associate of the National Research Council and National Academies. Rouse received his B.S. from the University of Rhode Island, and his S.M. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jeremy Arac Sabloff (NAS) is an external professor of the Santa Fe Institute and past President of the Institute (2009-2015). He also is Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Emeritus of the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to the Santa Fe Institute, he taught at Harvard University, the University of Utah, the University of New Mexico (where he was Chair of the Department), the University of Pittsburgh (where he also was Chair), and the University of Pennsylvania (where he was the Williams Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum from 1994-2004 ). He also was an Overseas Visiting Fellow at St. John's College, Cambridge, England. His principal scholarly interests include: ancient Maya civilization, pre-industrial urbanism, settlement pattern studies, archaeological theory and method, the history of archaeology, and the relevance of archaeology in the modern world. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (elected in 1994) and the American Philosophical Society (elected in 1996). Dr. Sabloff served as a member of the Committee on the Science of Team Science. He received his B.A. in anthropology from University of Pennsylvania in 1964, an M.A in anthropology from Harvard University in 1969 and Ph.D. in anthropology from Harvard University in 1969.

Robert J. Sampson (NAS) is the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University, founding director of the Boston Area Research Initiative, and Affiliated Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation. He served as chair of the Department of Sociology and taught at the University of Chicago before moving to Harvard. He also taught at the University of Illinois and was a Senior Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation. Professor Sampson's research and teaching cover a variety of areas including crime, disorder, the life course, neighborhood effects, civic engagement, inequality, "ecometrics," and the social structure of the city. Sampson was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2008 and was a member of the Committee on the Causes and Consequences of High Rates of Incarceration and the Committee on Law and Justice. He is the author of three award-winning books and numerous articles. Dr. Sampson earned a B.A. from State University of New York College at Buffalo, M.A. from State University of New York at Albany, and a Ph.D. from State University of New York at Albany. 

Gary Sandefur is provost and senior vice president of academic affairs and professor of sociology at Oklahoma State University. Previously, he was employed for thirty years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he served as professor of sociology and dean of the College of Letters and Science, among other positions. Dr. Sandefur has published widely on issues at the intersection of population studies and public policy. His most cited work is a book with Sara McLanahan, Growing Up with a Single Parent: What Hurts, What Helps, published by Harvard University Press in 1994. His many articles and book chapters deal with a range of topics, especially American Indians, racial inequality, and family issues. Dr. Sandefur’s awards include election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the William Goode and Otis Dudley Duncan awards from the American Sociological Association for Growing Up with a Single Parent. He was also awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching, the most prestigious teaching award at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has served on the following NAS committees: the Ford Foundation Fellowships Review Panel on Sociology, the Panel on Assessing Behavioral and Social Science Research on Aging and the Board on Children, Youth and Families. Dr. Sandefur earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford University.

Dietram A. Scheufele is the John E. Ross Professor in Science Communication and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and in the Morgridge Institute for Research. Since 2013, he’s also held an Honorary Professorship at the Dresden University of Technology in Germany. His research deals with the public and political interfaces of emerging science. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, and a member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering. He currently serves on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s (NASEM) Division on Earth and Life Studies (DELS) Advisory Committee. He has served on multiple other NASEM projects, including serving as vice-chair of the committee that produced the report, Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda. In the past, Scheufele has been a tenured faculty member at Cornell University, a Shorenstein fellow at Harvard University, and a Visiting Scholar at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. His consulting experience includes work for the Public Broadcasting System, the World Health Organization, and the World Bank. Dr. Scheufele has a Ph.D.in mass communication with a minor in political science from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

Ebonya Washington is Samuel C. Park Jr. Professor of Economics at Yale University. She specializes in public finance and political economy with research interests in the interplay of race, gender and political representation; the behavioral motivations and consequences of political participation and the processes through which low income Americans meet their financial needs. Her work has appeared in the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. She received her B.A. with honors in public policy from Brown University in 1995 and received her Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 2003.

Peter Zandan serves as Chief Data Scientist of Quantified Impressions, LLC. Mr. Zandan served as Managing Director of Public Strategies, Inc. He serves as Global Vice Chairman of Research at Hill & Knowlton, Inc. He helps direct strategic initiatives as the worldwide research practice group leader. He has provided assistance with international brand development for clients in the financial services, energy, technology, health care and retail industries. He has been instrumental in developing the Hill+Knowlton's reputation management and communications research offerings. He serves as Advisor of Wize, Inc. Mr. Zandan founded IntelliQuest Information Inc., and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1985 to 1997. He co-founded Zilliant Inc in 1999 and served as its Chairman. He is a Founding Board Member of Austin Idea Network. He serves as a Director of Next Big Sound Inc. He serves on the board of public television station KLRU. He serves as a Member of Advisory Council of Red McCombs School of Business. He serves on the advisory board of both the Business School and the Engineering College at the McCombs School of Business of the University of Texas, Austin. He serves as Faculty Member of the McCombs School of Business of the University of Texas, Austin. Mr. Zandan has been selected by Interactive Week as one of the Unsung Heroes of the Internet and awarded Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year. He has received Austin’s “Soul of the City” business award, the Austin Chronicle’s “Best Visionary” award, and the Austin American-Statesman’s “Hero of Democracy” award. Mr. Zandan received his MBA and Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.


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