Advisory Board and Editors Science Policy

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Maria J Santos

Assistant Professor in Environmental Sciences, Utrecht University.

My research combines field methods, GIS, remote sensing, statistical modeling, historical archival research, and conservation biology, history, and planning. I focus on four research areas:

* Assessing interaction and feedback mechanisms of social-ecological systems in space and time
* Identifying global change drivers through conservation histories and relate them to changes and fluxes in species and ecosystems, land use policy, and environmental governance
* Investigating how land use and climate changes affect spatial and temporal dynamics of species and habitat at multiple scales
* Use of state of the art remote sensing, GIS and quantitative analysis to answer interdisciplinary research questions

Darren N Saunders

Senior Lecturer in Medicine at the University of NSW and visiting fellow at the Kinghorn Cancer Centre, Garvan Institute in Sydney, Australia. Science communicator and past deputy chair of the Australian Academy of Science Early-Mid Career Researcher Forum. Australian Leadership Award (2012), NSW Life Scientist Research Award (2010).

My research is focused on proteostasis and metabolic reprogramming in cancer and neurodegeneration, integrating various platforms (including proteomics, genomics, and metabolomics) to better understand genotype-phenotype relationships. I have a long-standing interest in protein homeostasis (proteostasis), publishing numerous manuscripts providing mechanistic insights into serpin biology and the Ubiquitin-proteasome system, with more recent work aimed at characterising novel mutations involved in protein misfolding and Ub systems in various disease states. I developed a novel platform for screening protein-protein interactions in situ, and novel proteomics approaches to systematically identify E3 Ub ligase substrates and for exploring interactome diversity in cell signalling. We use a number of models systems including patient-derived iPS cells, patient derived tumour xenografts and transgenic models of cancer and neurodegeneration. I am also collaborating to develop creative technology-based approaches to visualizing and communicating complex data, using music to explore the intersection between genetics and environment.

Jan Schipper

Director of Field Conservation Research Department at the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo. Adjunct/Affiliate Professor, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes (CBO), School of Life Sciences (SOLS). Co-Cair, Small Carnivore Specialist Group, IUCN Species Survival Commission.

David I Stern

David Stern is a professor in the Crawford School of Policy at The Australian National University and Director of the International and Development Economics Program. He is an energy and environmental economist, whose research focuses on the role of energy in growth and development and environmental impacts including climate change. He is also interested in research assessment. David is currently the chief investigator for an ARC Discovery Project on "Energy Efficiency Innovation, Diffusion and the Rebound Effect" and is one of six theme leaders for a UK Department for International Development funded project on electricity and economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. He was a lead author for the chapter on Drivers, Trends, and Mitigation in Working Group III’s contribution to the IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report. He was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2016. He is an associate editor of Ecological Economics and on the editorial boards of Nature Energy and Open Economics and is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

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).

I am an elected member of the Society for Research Synthesis Methods and associate editor of its journal, Research Synthesis Methods. I am also associate editor for PeerJ and statistical editor for the Cochrane Pain and Palliative Care Group. I’m a member of the National Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis Meta-analysis Working Group and co-author of the Handbook of Meta-analysis in ecology and evolution. I am also co-chair and editor of a new Campbell Collaboration Food Security group.

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.

Kalliat T Valsaraj

Vice President for Research & Economic Development, Charles and Hilda Roddey Distinguished Professor in Chemical Engineering and Ike East Professor in Chemical Engineering, Louisiana State University. Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Recipient of AIChE/ACS Charles E Coates award in 2012. Research area is in environmental chemical engineering. He has broad research experience in wastewater treatment, atmospheric chemistry and, modeling the fate and transport of contaminants in all three environmental media (air, water and soil/sediment). Present research is concerned with the transformations of pollutants on atmospheric aerosols (fog, rain, ice and snow), mercury sequestration in sediments and, studies on chemical dispersant design for sub-sea oil/gas spill. He is the author of 1 widely accepted textbook (with four editions), 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, 27 book chapters and 2 U.S. patents. He has made over 250 national and international presentations and 28 invited seminars and plenary lectures on his research. His research has been supported by the NSF, EPA, DOE, DOD, USGS and several private industries.

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 (http://TheAlphaLab.org). Senior Member of IEEE and ACM, and Member of AAAS.