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Nancy Adler, Ph.D. Dr. Adler is a professor of medical psychology in the departments of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco, where she is director of the Health Psychology program, vice chair of the department of psychiatry, and director of the Center for Health and Community. Adler’s research spans two areas. As chair of the MacArthur Research Network on socioeconomic status and health, one focus is on the impact of socioeconomic status (SES) and how social, psychological and biological factors act together to determine the onset and progression of disease. The second area investigates why individuals engage in health-damaging behaviors and how their understanding of risk affects their choices. Her professional memberships include the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society.

Andrew Blau. Blau is a practitioner at Global Business Network and serves as an advisor to the Monitor Institute, where he has been instrumental in helping to shape the next stage of the Institute’s evolution. A strategist with deep experience working with foundations and other organizations developing programs for social benefit, he is the co-author of Looking Out for the Future: An Orientation for Twenty-first Century Philanthropists. Prior to joining GBN, he was an independent consultant, working with foundations across the country on program design and program evaluation, and he is best known for his work helping funders develop strategies that recognize the trends and pressures of the information age and their effects on the areas that funders support. He is the president of the board of directors of WITNESS, an international human rights organization, and has served in leadership roles in numerous nonprofits.

Helen J. Doyle, Ph.D. Doyle is associate director of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Environment and Resources (IPER) at Stanford University. She previously served as the director of development and strategic alliances for Public Library of Science (PLoS) and as managing director of the Hybrid Vigor Institute. Until 2003, Doyle was Science Director for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos, Calif. At the peak of Packard’s funding in this program, Doyle supported a broad range of programs in interdisciplinary research, sustainability science, basic academic research, higher education and diversity, science and technology for international development, and local science education of youth. She received her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Columbia University.

Lisa Gansky. Gansky is an entrepreneur and environmentalist focused on building companies and supporting social ventures where there is an opportunity for well timed disruption and high impact. A founder and CEO of several internet companies, including GNN (the first commercial web portal, sold to AOL) and the largest consumer photo sharing and print service, Ofoto (sold to Eastman Kodak in 2001), her attention is on sustainable ventures, with a strong emphasis on clean energy, green building, eco-tourism and accelerating consumer awareness. Currently, Gansky serves as a director and co-founder of Dos Margaritas, an environmental foundation with programs focused in South America. She is an advisor and investor in several new ventures, including New Resource Bank, Tastebook, Makani Power, Squidoo and Greener World Media. In 2007, she took on the role of Chief Strategist and Director with the Michelle Kaufmann Companies.

Baruch Fischhoff, Ph.D. Fischhoff is the Howard Heinz University Professor in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences and Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He is head of the decision sciences major at CMU as well as the Center for Integrated Study of Human Dimensions of Global Change. A member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow in the American Psychological Association, past president of the Society for Risk Analysis and the recipient of its distinguished achievement award, Fischhoff is also a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s science and technology advisory committee and of the Environmental Protection Agency’s scientific advisory board, where he chairs the subcommittee on homeland security. He is a member of the World Federation of Scientists permanent monitoring panel on terrorism and was formerly president of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making. His research includes risk perception and communication, risk analysis and management, medical informed consent, and environmental protection.

Steven Johnson (Editorial Advisor). An Internet media pioneer and best-selling book author who founded the acclaimed FEED site, Johnson’s first book, Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate (Harper Edge, 1997), was hailed by Salon as one of the two best technology books of 1997. Johnson’s Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities and Software, was published by Scribner in 2001. Drawing upon a number of disciplines, it is an exploration of self-organizing behavior. Since then, he has published several boundary-crossing best sellers, including The Ghost Map, about the outbreak of cholera in 1854 London that gave birth to modern epidemiology, Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today’s Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter, and Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life.

Pamela McCorduck (Editorial Advisor). McCorduck is the most recently the author of a novel, The Edge of Chaos (Sunstone Press, 2007). She has published eight other books, which have been translated into most of the major European and Asian languages, including Machines Who Think (W.H. Freeman & Co., 1979), a history of artificial intelligence; The Universal Machine (McGraw Hill, 1985), a study of the worldwide impact of the computer; Aaron’s Code (W.H. Freeman & Co., 1991), an inquiry into the future of art and artificial intelligence; and The Futures Of Women (Warner Books, 1997), a series of scenarios about women in the year 2015, which was the basis for a CNN documentary. She has written for magazines ranging from Cosmopolitan to Daedalus, and was a contributing editor to Wired. She was a board member and officer of the American PEN Center in New York.

Margaret Somerville, Ph.D. Dr. Somerville is a professor in both the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, Montreal. As the Gale Professor of Law, she is the first woman in Canada to hold a named Chair in Law and the founding director of the McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law. She has been active in the worldwide development of bioethics and in the study of the wider legal and ethical aspects of medicine and science. Somerville is widely published, and in 2004 she was named the first recipient of the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science and delivered the 2006 Massey Lectures, which were later published in book for as The Ethical Imagination (CBC Audio, 2006). Dr. Somerville is also the co-editor of Trandisciplinarity: reCreating Integrated Knowledge (Eolss Publishers Co. Ltd., 2000).

Bruce Sterling (Editorial Advisor). One of the founders of the “cyberpunk” school of science fiction, Sterling has written eight science fiction novels, three short story collections and a nonfiction book called The Hacker Crackdown: Law And Disorder On The Electronic Frontier (Bantam Books, 1993). He writes the popular “Beyond the Beyond” blog for WIRED. Sterling and his work have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, World Art, Time, Newsweek, Details, Nature, The New York Times, and Der Spiegel. Always ahead of his time, in 1999, Sterling launched a movement called Viridian Green to combat global warming, challenging designers and hackers who created the digital revolution to start a cultural movement that views CO2-emitting designs as outre.

Richard Zare, Ph.D. Dr. Zare is the Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor in Natural Science at Stanford University. A pioneer in the field of laser chemistry, he was named Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Stanford University in 2005, and in 2006 was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Professor for his interdisciplinary approach to examining light and photosynthesis. Also a co-founder of Stanford’s interdisciplinary Bio-X Program for Bioengineering, Biomedicine and Biosciences, Zare previously served on the National Science Board for six years, the last two of those years as its Chairman. He was also a council member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Among many other distinctions, Dr. Zare has earned the ACS Award in Analytical Chemistry, Harvard University’s Centennial Medal, NASA’s Exceptional Scientific Achievement Award, the National Medal of Science, and the distinction of California Scientist of the Year.