The 2015-2016 Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) is the eleventh class of Fellows selected since the program was established in 2003 as an initiative of the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State. The Jefferson Science Fellows Program is designed to further build capacity for science, technology and engineering expertise within the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The 2015-2016 JSFs were selected in February 2015 and will begin their one-year assignments in Washington, DC on August 24, 2015. The 2015-2016 Jefferson Science Fellows are:
University of Connecticut
Dr. AFM Anwar is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Connecticut. He has served as the Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Education, School of Engineering, (2006 -2009), founding Director of the Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence (2007-2009), interim Director of the Connecticut Global Fuel Cell Center (2007-2009) and interim Department Head of ECE (1999-2001). He was an IPA (July ’04 – August ’05) at the Sensors Directorate, Hanscom Air Force Base, working on advanced metamorphic HEMTs and GaN-based HFETs pioneering the design of low noise antimony-based-compound-semiconductor (ABCS) HEMTs. He has presented over 40 plenary and invited talks at national/international conferences, published over 240 research articles and book chapters and edited 9 volumes. Dr. Anwar serves as an Editor of IEEE JEDS and served as an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices (2001 – 2010); Guest Editor of Optical Engineering; conference chair of Terahertz Physics, Devices and Systems, at SPIE DSS/Sensing (2009-date). Dr. Anwar is a Fellow of SPIE.
Dr. Michael Hamburger is a professor of Geological Sciences at Indiana University, where he has served on the faculty since 1986. He received a B.A. in Environmental Sciences and Russian Studies at Wesleyan University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geophysics at Cornell University. His research interests center on the relation of earthquakes to global geological processes, earthquake hazards, and volcanic activity, including field investigations in Alaska, the Philippines, the South Pacific, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the central U.S. He has been a visiting researcher at the University of Nice (France), the UNAVCO Consortium, and the U.S. Geological Survey, and has served as Associate Dean and Associate Vice Provost at Indiana University. He has been a vocal advocate for science outreach, and has played a leading role in developing a major university sustainability initiative that links academic, operational, and residential programs related to environmental stewardship.
University of Missouri
Dr. Jill Kanaley is a Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Missouri since 2009. She received her PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and postdoctoral experiences at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Virginia. She then joined the faculty of the Department of Exercise Science at Syracuse University. Dr. Kanaley has provided peer review service to NIH, serves on the Editorial Board for the Medicine in Science in Sports and Exercise, and has served on the Board of Trustees and the programming committee for the American College of Sports Medicine. She studies the effects of exercise/physical activity on endocrinology and metabolism. Her research focusses on glycemic control throughout the day in obese individuals with type 2 diabetes using lifestyle interventions (diet and exercise). Her research has been supported by NIH. She is a fellow of ACSM and the Obesity Society.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Dr. Darlene Ketten is Chief Scientist of the WHOI Scanning and Imaging Facility with joint appointments as Assistant Professor in Otology and Laryngology, Harvard Medical School, and Professor of Imaging and Applied Physics, Curtin University. She received a B.A. from Washington University (Biology; French), M.S. from MIT (Biological Oceanography), and Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University (Neuroethology; Experimental Radiology). She was a postdoctoral fellow in Biophysics at MIT and Eaton-Peabody Laboratory of Auditory Physiology, Harvard Medical School. She is a Fellow of the ASA and AAAS and spent a year as a Senior Fellow at NIH/NIDCD and as Scholar in Neuro and Marine Sciences at the Hanse–Wissenschaftskolleg Institute for Advanced Studies. Dr. Ketten’s research focuses on functional analyses of auditory systems and noise impacts in air and underwater. She has served on expert panels for NIH/CDC, MMC, NATO, NOAA, NIH/CDC, EU Polar Research, and the U.S. House and Senate.
University of Virginia
Dr. Garrick Louis is Associate Professor of Systems Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Engineering & Society as well as the founding director of the Small Infrastructure and Development Center at the University of Virginia. His research explores models for building local capacity for sustained access to essential human services in rural, low-income, and other developing communities. He explores how this capacity can facilitate economic and broader sustainable human development. Dr. Louis’ emphasis is water and sanitation, but he collaborates with other researchers on shelter, household energy, indoor air, food, and personal security. His BSc. and MSc. degrees are in Chemical Engineering, and his PhD is in Engineering & Public Policy. He was a Warren Weaver Fellow in the Global Environment Division of the Rockefeller Foundation, received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists & Engineers in 2000, and was a 2006 AAAS Science & Policy Fellow at the Environmental Protection Agency.
Dr. Margaret Martonosi is the Hugh Trumbull Adams '35 Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University, where she has been on the faculty since 1994. She is also an associated faculty member in the Electrical Engineering department and the Princeton Environmental Institute. From 2005-2007, she served as an Associate Dean for Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. Martonosi's research interests are in computer architecture and mobile computing, with a particular focus on power-efficient systems. Her work has included the Wattch power modeling tool, the Princeton ZebraNet mobile sensor network for wildlife tracking in Kenya, and disruption-tolerant networking (DTN) techniques to improve internet access in developing regions. Martonosi is a Fellow of IEEE and ACM, and received the 2013 Anita Borg Institute Technical Leadership Award, the 2013 NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award and the 2010 Princeton University Graduate Mentoring Award. Martonosi completed her Ph.D. at Stanford University and did her undergraduate studies at Cornell University.
University of Central Florida
Dr. Pamela McCauley is a Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida where she leads the Human Factors in Disaster Management Research Team and serves as Director of the Ergonomics Laboratory. She previously held the position of Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the author of over 90 technical papers, book chapters, conference proceedings and the popular internationally used textbook, Ergonomics: Foundational Principles, Applications and Technologies. She has delivered over 100 lectures, presentations, and keynote addresses to national and international conferences. Her research includes ergonomics of disaster management, development of artificial intelligence models using fuzzy set theory and, most recently, The Critical Global Ergonomics of Treating Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases. Dr. McCauley has received numerous awards including the Black Engineer of the Year Educational Leadership Award and the Fulbright Specialist Scholar Award.
University of Florida
Dr. Esther Obonyo is an Associate Professor at the University of Florida's (UF) Rinker School of Construction Management and also a faculty entrepreneurship Fellow at UF’s Warrington College of Business. She has worked as a Construction Engineer, Project Manager and Innovations Analyst in several Engineering and Construction Companies in Kenya, the UK and the US. She holds a BA in Building Economics from University of Nairobi, MA in Architecture from University of Nottingham and a Doctor of Engineering from Loughborough University. Esther’s research interest cuts across the following themes: sustainable technologies, intelligent information and knowledge-based systems for construction and productivity improvement. Dr Obonyo has had several NSF awards. She is currently the Vice President for ASCE Global Center for Excellence in Computing. She is a joint coordinator for CIB TG83 eBusiness in Construction and is also one of the founding members for CIB W120: Disaster and the Built Environment.
W. Tad Pfeffer
University of Colorado at Boulder
Tad Pfeffer’s scientific research is focused on glacier mechanics and dynamics, and particularly on dynamics of ocean-ending glaciers and glacier contributions to sea level. He has worked on glaciological projects in Alaska, Greenland, the Canadian Arctic, Nepal, Africa, and Antarctica. He was a Lead Author for Chapter 13 (Sea Level Change) in the IPCC Fifth Assessment/Working Group I (2013), and was a Panel member on the National Research Council Committee on Sea Level Rise in California, Oregon, and Washington (2012). He also operates WT Pfeffer Geophysical Consultants, LLC, providing consulting modeling, analysis, and assessments on sea level rise and glacier-related hazards. In addition to his scientific work, Pfeffer’s photography has appeared in many publications in the US and Europe. He is the author of The Opening of a New Landscape: Columbia Glacier at Mid-Retreat, published by the American Geophysical Union in 2007. His most recent book is The Hand of the Small Town Builder, published in March 2014, by David R. Godine.
University of Connecticut
Dr. Carolyn M. Teschke is a Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Connecticut and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Teschke received her PhD in Biochemistry from Washington State University and, following post-doctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut in 1994. Her research is focused on understanding the folding of viral proteins and how these proteins then assemble into complex structures such as viruses. She also investigates the process by which proteins essential for host cell colonization are secreted by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Her research program has been funded through the National Institutes of Health since 1995 and has resulted in over 45 publications.
University of Florida
Johannes W. Vieweg, MD is the Wayne and Marti Huizenga Eminent Scholar Chair in Oncology Research at the University of Florida (UF). Joining UF in 2006, he served as the founding chair of the UF Department of Urology for nine years. As an international authority in urologic oncology, Dr. Vieweg serves as Director of the UF Prostate Disease Center, as Chairman of the Florida Prostate Cancer Advisory Council and as the American Urological Association’s Research Council Chair. Much of Dr. Vieweg’s career-long scientific activity has centered on the discovery of genetically engineered dendritic cells and the modulation of regulatory immune cells. Other research interests are aligned with the field of health policy and implementation science, assessing the comparative effectiveness of therapeutic interventions in academic and community-based settings. Dr. Vieweg’s scientific work has received uninterrupted funding by the NIH since 1998 and is well documented in more than 150 per-reviewed publications.