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STAFF BIOGRAPHIES

GEORGE STRAWN is the director of the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Prior to joining the Academies, Dr. Strawn was the director of the National Coordination Office (NCO) for the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. He also served as the co-chair of the NITRD Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council. Dr. Strawn is on assignment to the Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy. Prior to this assignment, Dr. Strawn was the National Science Foundation (NSF) Chief Information Officer (CIO). As the CIO for NSF, he guided the agency in the development and design of innovative information technology, working to enable the NSF staff and the international community of scientists, engineers, and educators to pursue new methods of scientific communication, collaboration, and decision-making. Prior to his appointment as NSF CIO, Dr. Strawn served as the executive officer of the NSF directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and as acting assistant director for CISE. Previously, Dr. Strawn served as the director of the CISE Division of Advanced Networking Infrastructure and Research, where he led NSF's efforts in the Presidential Next Generation Internet Initiative. Prior to coming to NSF, Dr. Strawn was a Computer Science faculty member at Iowa State University. He also served there as director of the ISU Computation Center and chair of the ISU Computer Science Department. Dr. Strawn received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Iowa State University and his B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Mathematics and Physics from Cornell College.

TOM ARRISON is a program director in the Policy and Global Affairs Division at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Mr. Arrison was study director for the report Open Science by Design: Realizing a Vision for 21st Century Research and is staff director for the new Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science. He has over 28 years of experience with the National Academies, including directing a range of studies and other projects on international science and technology relations, innovation, information technology, and strengthening the U.S. research enterprise. Other recent projects include the NASEM reports Fostering Integrity in Research and Ensuring the Integrity, Accessibility, and Stewardship of Research Data in the Digital Age, and the InterAcademy Partnership reports Responsible Conduct in the Global Research Enterprise: A Policy Report, and Doing Global Science.

ESTER SZTEIN is Deputy Director of the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) and Assistant Director of the Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO). Among her duties as Deputy Director of BRDI, she co-organized workshops on data commons, on data citation in the U.S., and on digital research objects, and was part of the staff for the “Toward an Open Science Enterprise” National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine consensus study. As BISO Assistant Director, she manages the U.S. National Committees for Quaternary research, geological sciences, geodesy and geophysics, and soil sciences and for 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, and in science diplomacy. As a research scientist, she pioneered the study of hormone metabolism in land plants within an evolutionary context, and published her research in well-cited peer-reviewed articles. She has collaborated as an editor with the Biometeorology Institute (Bologna, Italy). Dr. Sztein is a councilor of the International Medical Geology Association and a member of the American Geophysical Union’s Technical Committee on Soil Systems and Critical Zone Processes. Dr. Sztein is a member of Sigma Xi, the American Geophysical Union, American Quaternary Association, Geological Society of America, International Medical Geology Association, Earth Science Women’s Network, Soil Science Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a lifetime member of SACNAS. 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.

ADRIANA COUREMBIS
supports the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) as a Financial Officer. She joined the Academies in February 2012 and in addition to BRDI, she also supports the Committee on Science, Technology and Law (CSTL), the Science and Technology for Sustainability Program (STS), the Committee on Human Rights (CHR), the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine (CWSEM), and the Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Program. She holds a B.A. in Economics with specialization in International Economics from American University. Prior to joining the Academies, Adriana worked 3 years at the American Bar Association-Rule of Law initiative and 5 years at Bay Management LLC.

EMI KAMEYAMA is an Associate Program Officer for the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) and Science and Technology for Sustainability Program (STS) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Ms. Kameyama has provided analytical and editorial support for consensus studies and contributed technical writing for reports, including Open Science By Design: Realizing a Vision for 21st Century Research; and Pathways to Urban Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities for the United States. She has also been involved in several BRDI and STS activities, including the new Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science and workshops on science data infrastructure, global food security, and energy sustainability. Ms. Kameyama received her M.A. in International Affairs with a focus on Environment and Development from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University and a B.S. in Government from Suffolk University.

REGINALD HAYES, a native of Washington, DC, is a tenor and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Alliance Theological Seminary in New York, N.Y with a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Divinity. Mr. Hayes recently joined the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine as an Senior Program Assistant from a previous career in non-profit office administration and telecommunications customer service management. Mr. Hayes has performed many roles including Tamino in The Magic Flute, Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Don Ottavio from Don Giovanni. Mr. Hayes also has appeared as tenor soloist for oratorios such as the Bach Mass in B minor, Saint Saëns Christmas Oratorio, Handel Messiah and the Berlioz Te Deum. Ordained in the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Mr. Hayes has served on the mission field in Brazil and Philippines. Mr. Hayes is an active concert recitalist and choral clinician.