Advisory Board and Editors Science Policy

Gavin B Stewart

Gavin is interested in applied research synthesis (combining scientific information to inform policy). Primary interests are meta-analysis and Bayesian belief networks. He has a deep mislike of P values much preferring effect sizes and confidence intervals, or better still probabilities of direct relevance to decision-making. Gavin's work on meta-analysis spans applied agriculture, food, rural development, ecology and medicine reflecting a belief in generic methods for Evidence Based X (EBX).

Steven John Thompson

Former Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University and Dartmouth College. My research is on Internet phenomena, access, addiction, agency, control, dependency, divide, policy, and governance; engineering ethics in STS merging the Internet with physical bodies. My last edited reference book was Global Issues and Ethical Considerations in Human Enhancement Technologies published by IGI Global in 2014. My newest edited book is Handbook of Research on Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots in Contemporary Culture and Society to be published in 2017. My areas of expertise include STEM and STEAM curricula and initiatives.

Robert J Toonen

Research professor of Marine Biology at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology in the School of Ocean & Earth Sciences & Technology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Rogerio Valle

Professor at Production Engineering Department, COPPE/UFRJ, where he leads SAGE, a lab dedicated to Sustainable Production Systems through interdisciplinary research in Production Engineering, Marine Biotechnology and Analytical Chemistry ( His main area of interest is the use of Multicriteria Decision Making to conduct Sustainability Life Cycle Assessment. Docteur de l’Université Paris V (Sciences Humaines Sorbonne) mention «Très Honorable». DEA Université Paris-Dauphine (Méthodes Scientifiques de Gestion) (1986). M. Sc. (COPPE/UFRJ) Industrial Engineering (1984). Mechanical and Automobile Engineer (IME, 1979).

Matthew W. Vaughn

Successful scientist and technology specialist with over a dozen years’ experience leading national-scale projects to develop and democratize advanced computing technologies and capabilities for researchers working in the fast-moving fields of biology and medicine. Combines insights from experience as an active researcher in genomics and genetics; strong proficiencies in requirements analysis, software product design, and user engagement; and a broad understanding of modern software and platform designs, capabilities, and trends to catalyze creation of tools and services that are transforming the lives of publicly funded researchers across the United States and around the world.

Jennifer K. Wagner

Jennifer K. Wagner earned her JD from the University of North Carolina and her PhD in Anthropology from Penn State University. She completed post-doctoral research appointments at Duke University's Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy and the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Integration of Genetic Healthcare Technologies. She served as the 2014-2015 AAAS Science & Engineering Congressional Fellow. In addition to her research, she has been a licensed, practicing attorney in PA since 2007.

Feng Xia

Professor of Computer Science, Dalian University of Technology, China. Director of The Alpha Lab ( Senior Member of IEEE and ACM, and Member of AAAS.