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Kathie Bailey directs the Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO).  BISO is the primary unit within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) that handles the U.S. membership in the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the International Science Council, and 17 ISC-affiliated international scientific organizations.  BISO also manages the NASEM’s International Visitors Office (IVO) which provides visa advice and assistance to international scientists and students in the sciences. Besides providing overall leadership and direction for the unit, Ms. Bailey works directly with the U.S. Committee for IIASA, the U.S. National Committees for astronomy, math, optics, SCOSTEP, and the Pacific Science Association.  She was an appointed member of the Department of State’s U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, and its committee for the International Hydrological Programme and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. Prior to coming to the NASEM, Ms. Bailey worked for the Association of American Universities and for the U.S. House of Representatives as a legislative assistant for Congresswoman Lindy Boggs (D-LA) and an associate staff member for the Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies which funded the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the Environmental Protection Agency.  Ms. Bailey has a BA from Milligan College and a J.D. from Tulane University.

Ester Sztein
is the Assistant Director of the Board on International Scientific Organizations of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).  Among other programs, she manages the U.S. National Committees for the Geosciences (Quaternary research, geological sciences, geodesy and geophysics, and soil sciences) and psychological sciences.  She participates actively in the geoscience community by working with U.S. and international professional societies and is particularly interested in multidisciplinary science in boundary areas.  Ester has given talks and published on science diplomacy in the geosciences and co-authored a well-regarded review on soils and human security.  In addition, she is the Deputy Director of the NAS’ Board on Research Data and Information.  As a research scientist, Ester pioneered the study of hormone metabolism in land plants within an evolutionary context, specifically focusing on auxin metabolism, which she published in peer-reviewed journals.  She has collaborated as an editor with the Biometeorology Institute (Bologna, Italy).  Ester is a Councilor of the International Medical Geology Association and a member of AGU’s Technical Committee on Soil Systems and Critical Zone Processes.  She has taught plant biology at the University of Maryland and the University of Buenos Aires.  In addition to English and Spanish, she is fluent in Italian and Portuguese.  Ester is a member of Sigma Xi, the American Geophysical Union, American Quaternary Association, Geological Society of America, International Medical Geology Association, Soil Science Society of America, Earth Science Women’s Network, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  She holds a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of Maryland and earned her B.Sc./M.Sc. in Biology from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Ana M. Ferreras is a senior program officer supporting the U.S. National Committees for the radio science, theoretical and applied mechanics, math instruction, crystallography, and physics, joined BISO’s staff in 2008.  Dr. Ferreras holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering (IE) at the University of Central Florida (UCF).  She also holds an M.S. in Engineering Management from the Florida Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UCF.  During her doctoral research, she assisted the IE Department at UCF in reengineering the undergraduate curriculum by developing a national model, new programs, experiential laboratories, and research centers.  Prior to joining BISO's staff, she was a winter 2008 Christine Mirzayan Policy Graduate Fellow with the Center for Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education (CASEE) at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

Chelsea Bock is the program coordinator for the BISO board and the U.S. National Committees, managing web communications and assisting with various administrative tasks. She also manages the International Visitors Office, working with the Department of State to assist international science practitioners in traveling to the U.S. Currently, she is the staff officer for the U.S. National Committee for IUPAC. Prior to joining the Academies, she was an English and communications professor at Hagerstown and Frederick Community Colleges, and also worked as the development and communications coordinator for a private K-12 school in Maryland. In her spare time, she tutors and teaches communications at Anne Arundel Community College. She holds an M.A. in Humanities and B.A. in English and Communication Arts from Hood College, and is currently pursuing an additional M.A. in Language, Writing, and Rhetoric at the University of Maryland.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number IIA-1332689. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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