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. She is also chair of the MacArthur Research Network on socioeconomic status and health. Her professional memberships include the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. [more]

Andrew Blau. Blau is a consultant and strategist working with foundations to develop programs at the intersection of information technology and society. With a background as an advocate, policy analyst, writer, and grantmaker, Blau has designed, developed, and launched nonprofit and foundation programs that aim to put information and communications tools to work in the public interest. Blau formerly directed programs at both the Markle and Benton Foundations; served in several advisory roles at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and other organizations including the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Urban Libraries Council.

Roger Brent, Ph.D. Brent is the director and chair of the nonprofit Molecular Sciences Institute in Berkeley, which he co-founded with Sydney Brenner, one of the pioneers of molecular biology, after more than 20 years as a professor at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is one of the founders of Current Protocols, including Current Protocols in Molecular Biology, and he is founder and organizer of the "After The Genome" workshops. He serves on or chairs scientific advisory boards for several companies, and advises various bodies in the US and abroad on functional genomics and computational biology, including the National Institutes of Health, the Wellcome Trust, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Defense Department.

Stewart Brand. Brand is co-founder and managing director of Global Business Network and is the president of The Long Now Foundation. He is well known for founding, editing and publishing the Whole Earth Catalogs and for founding The WELL, a computer teleconference system for the San Francisco Bay Area, considered a bellwether of today's online services. Brand is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Santa Fe Institute, a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and an acting advisor to Ecotrust. [more]

Helen J. Doyle, Ph.D. Until 2003, Doyle served as 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. Previous to her tenure at Packard, Doyle served as the academic coordinator for the University of California, San Francisco's Science & Health Education Partnership between the university and San Francisco's public school district to improve science, math and health education in schools and on campus. She received her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Columbia University.

Brian Greene, Ph.D. Dr. Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University. His Pulitzer Prize nominated bestseller, The Elegant Universe (W.W. Norton & Co., 1999), attempts to reconcile two theories regarding the physical universe — quantum mechanics and general relativity — by proposing the controversial idea known as "superstring theory." Greene has lectured on physics in more than twenty countries, and has lectured with such renowned physicists as Stephen Hawking and Edward Witten. He served as director of the Theoretical Advanced Study Institute in 1996 and is on the editorial boards of major publications in theoretical physics. [more]

Steven Johnson (Editorial Advisor). An Internet media pioneer who founded the acclaimed FEED site, Johnson is the author of Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate (Harper Edge, 1997). The book has been hailed by Upside as "a masterwork," and Salon Magazine has called it one of the two best technology books of 1997. Johnsons most recent book, 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.

Thomas Kalil. Kalil is the Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Science and Technology at UC Berkeley, charged with developing major new multi-disciplinary research and education initiatives at the intersection of information technology, nanotechnology, microsystems, and biology. Previously, Kalil served as the Deputy Assistant to President Clinton for Technology and Economic Policy, and the Deputy Director of the White House National Economic Council. He led a number of White House technology initiatives, including increasing funding for long-term information technology research, and addressing the growing imbalance between support for biomedical research and for the physical sciences and engineering.

Michael Lerner, Ph.D. Dr. Lerner is a former Yale professor and recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Fellowship. Lerner is also the co-founder of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program and the Smith Farm — both cutting-edge health and environmental help centers. His work with Commonweal was featured in Bill Moyer's award-winning PBS series "Healing and the Mind." He is the author of what is now considered the classic text in the field, Choices in Healing: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complimentary Approaches to Cancer (MIT Press, 1994). [more]

Pamela McCorduck (Editorial Advisor). McCorduck is the author/co-author of eight published books. Among her books are 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. In addition to her books, McCorduck has published some 50 articles in journals, and she has appeared on network television news and documentary programs.

Bruce McEwen, Ph.D. Dr. McEwen is the Alfred E. Mirsky Professor at Rockefeller University and head of the Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology. Dr. McEwen is heralded for making major scientific contributions to the field of neuroscience. His research on the mechanisms underlying the actions of stress and sex hormones on the brain has helped to create a new understanding of how the brain changes in structure and function in adult life as well as during development. [more]

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. She is the founding director of the McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law, and plays an active role in the global development of bioethics and the study of the wider legal and ethical aspects of medicine and science. Dr. Somerville is also the co-editor of Trandisciplinarity: reCreating Integrated Knowledge (Eolss Publishers Co. Ltd., 2000). [more]

Bruce Sterling (Editorial Advisor). 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). Sterling has also written regular columns on popular science for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Interzone, and Science Fiction Eye. He and his work have been featured in WIRED, The Wall Street Journal, World Art, Time, Newsweek, Details, Nature, The New York Times, and Der Spiegel. 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. The Viridian mailing list is distributed electronically to several thousand subscribers.

Richard Zare, Ph.D. Dr. Zare is the Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor in Natural Science at Stanford University. He 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. Most recently, he is a co-founder of Stanford's Bio-X Program for Bioengineering, Biomedicine and Biosciences.