Association for Science Teacher Education
University of Central Florida
Malcolm B. Butler, Ph.D., is Professor of Science Education in the School of Teaching, Learning and Leadership at the University of Central Florida, in Orlando. In addition to his faculty role, Dr. Butler is also Program Coordinator for the Bachelors and Masters Programs in Secondary Science Education. He is the current President of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), an international organization for professionals who are involved in the preparation and development of teachers of science at all levels. His teaching and research interests include multicultural science education, science and underserved students, K-12 pre-service and in-service science teacher education, environmental education and physics education. His work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, the Journal of Science Teacher Education, Science Activities, the International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, and the Journal of Multicultural Education. His teaching and research have been generously supported by the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Education. Dr. Butler is also one of the authors of National Geographic Learning’s National Geographic Science, and Exploring Science, two national elementary science curriculum programs, as well as the book, Teaching Science to English Language Learners, published by Routledge.
American Crystallographic Association
Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute
Dr. Keefe is a biophysicist whose work focuses on accelerating drug discovery through synchrotron-based structural biology. She is Vice President for Advancing Therapeutics at the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute (HWI) in Buffalo, NY, and Director of the Industrial Macromolecular Crystallography Association – Collaborative Access Team (IMCA-CAT) located at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. At IMCA-CAT, her work is aimed at implementing state-of-the-art technology and innovative approaches at the macromolecular crystallography beamline in order to leverage the power of synchrotron radiation for structure-based drug design. Through her leadership, IMCA-CAT has developed into a world-class research facility for the pharmaceutical industry.
A graduate of Vassar College, Dr. Keefe earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with certification from the American Chemical Society. She holds a doctoral degree in Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Upon completing her doctorate, she was awarded a Department of Energy Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship, working jointly with Argonne National Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Dr. Keefe is an active member of the American Crystallographic Association, serving on Council as Past President (2019), President (2018), Vice President (2017), and Secretary (2003-2008). She currently serves as consultant to the International Union of Crystallography, Commission on Synchrotron and XFEL Radiation.
Crop Science Society of America
Texas A&M University
Dr. David Baltensperger began his role as Professor and Department Head of Soil and Crop
Sciences in October 2005 and recently completed serving his role as Interim Department Head for Ecosystem Science and Management.
Baltensperger provides leadership and administration for a large comprehensive program of research, teaching and extension in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. The department is widely recognized for its quality, size, and diversity of subject matter areas. Nationally and internationally recognized research programs are conducted by Soil and Crop Sciences Faculty in such disciplines as plant breeding and genetics, biotechnology, crop physiology, agronomy, forage and turfgrass management, cereal chemistry, soil science, weed science, and environmental soil, water and crop science.
Baltensperger earned his bachelor’s in 1976 in Biology from Nebraska Wesleyan University and master’s in 1978 in Agronomy from University of Nebraska. He received his doctorate from New Mexico State University in 1980.
Baltensperger comes to Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension from the University of Nebraska where he worked for 17 years as a plant breeder developing and co-developing crops that are grown on more than 2 million acres. Prior to Nebraska he worked as a legume breeder at the University of Florida for 9 years. Baltensperger received the Texas A&M College of Agriculture Outstanding Administrator in 2012 and New Mexico State Plant and Environmental Science Department Outstanding Alumni. Baltensperger is a Fellow in Crop Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He currently serves as President of the Crop Science Society of America, Chairman of the State Seed and Plant Board, Chair of Texas A&M Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta and on numerous national boards and committees.
Michael A. Grusak
Crop Science Society of America
USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Dr. Mike Grusak is a USDA, Agricultural Research Service scientist and the Center Director of the Red River Valley Agricultural Research Center in Fargo, North Dakota. He leads a program consisting of five research units where scientists encompass expertise ranging from crop plants to insects to food safety. The Center’s broad mission is to solve problems that will help farmers produce a safe, nutritious, and sustainable food supply. Prior to his appointment as Center Director in 2017, Dr. Grusak served as a Research Plant Physiologist at the USDA-ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center (CNRC) in Houston, TX and a Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. He joined the CNRC in 1990 to develop an interdisciplinary program to link plant science and production agriculture with human nutrition concerns. His research involves understanding ways to enhance the nutritional quality of plant foods for human or animal consumption. His group also has contributed to clinical investigations by providing stable isotope-labeled plant material to study nutrient bioavailability and metabolism in humans. Dr. Grusak received his Ph.D. in Botany from the University of California-Davis. His research has been funded by USDA, NSF, NIH, the US Agency for International Development, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2016, he served as President of the Crop Science Society of America.
American Crystallographic Association
Rigaku Americas Corp
Dr. Ferrara has spent the last 30 years developing hardware and software tools for X-ray crystallography and X-ray imaging for the research community. He is currently Chief Science Officer, Rigaku Americas Corp and Vice President, X-ray Research Laboratory, Rigaku Corporation. Dr. Ferrara is a member and past chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for the BioTech Institute of the Lone Star Community College System. Dr. Ferrara is the President of the America Crystallographic Association and the Books Editor for ACA RefleXions. Dr. Ferrara is also a Texas State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association certified firefighter and National Registry Emergency Medical Responder. He has been a member of Timber Lakes Volunteer Fire Department for over 25 years and Treasurer for 15 years.
Dr. Ferrara received both his Bachelor of Science and Doctorate degrees from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He conducted undergraduate research in ion cyclotron resonance under Prof. R. C. Dunbar while his graduate research focused on physical organometallic chemistry under Prof. Wiley C. Youngs. Upon completing his doctorate in 1988, he joined Molecular Structure Corporation, which became a subsidiary of Rigaku Corporation in 1996.
Berry H. (Nick) Tew, Jr.
American Geosciences Institute
Geological Survey of Alabama
Nick Tew is Alabama’s State Geologist and Oil and Gas Supervisor. In these capacities, he directs the Geological Survey of Alabama and the staff of the State Oil and Gas Board of Alabama. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Alabama. Nick holds Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. degrees in Geology and has been with GSA and OGB for over 30 years, serving in his present capacity since 2002.
Dr. Tew has extensive knowledge of Alabama’s surface and subsurface geology and the state’s rich endowment of geologically related natural resources. He is an expert in Gulf Coastal Plain stratigraphy, petroleum geology, and the regulation of oil and gas operations and is a frequent speaker on these and other topics, nationally and internationally.
Nick is Past-President of the American Geosciences Institute, a federation of organizations representing approximately 250,000 geoscientists worldwide. He has previously served as President of the Association of American State Geologists, Vice-Chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, and Chairman of the U.S. Department of the Interior Outer Continental Shelf Policy Committee. Nick is a Fellow in the Geological Society of America.
Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography
Minnesota Sea Grant
John Downing is Director of Minnesota Sea Grant College Program, and a past-president of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO). As a past Chair of the CSSP Executive Board he participated in visits to Congress on behalf of CSSP and as a member of the Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies. He was a Regent’s Excellence Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, and the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University. He is Chair of the Environmental Science Graduate Program. He is also an adjunct professor at Itasca Community College where he is helping create a water quality technology program to provide employment opportunities to students in an economically depressed region. His research interests include limnology, aquatic ecology, terrestrial ecology, microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, population conservation, and whole ecosystem restoration and management. He has advised many policy-makers and citizens groups concerning water resources, global change, and global carbon cycling as well as science policy, and science education, and is a frequent consultant to firms and boards regionally, nationally, and internationally. He was formerly a professor at McGill University and the University of Montreal where he was Director of the Laurentian Biological Station and Chair of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council panel on Environment, Evolution & Ecology
Society for Freshwater Science
University of Minnesota
Dr. Lucinda B. Johnson is an aquatic and landscape ecologist whose research focuses on the impacts of multiple stressors on aquatic ecosystems with emphasis on human activities (e.g., land use) and climate change. Another area of particular interest is in science communication especially to the public. To that end, Johnson and colleagues have recently developed a digital atlas for the state of Minnesota to provide non-technical users access to spatial data and information that can be used for natural resource planning and management. Johnson is an associate director at the Natural Resources Research Institute of the University of Minnesota Duluth where she also leads the Water Research Group. Johnson currently serves on the International Joint Commission’s Science Advisory Board and is vice chair of the Executive Committee for EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors. Johnson grew up in Puerto Rico, and lives in Duluth MN; she received a BA degree from Duke University, an MS in Entomology from SUNY School of environmental Science and Forestry, and a PhD in Zoology from Michigan State University. She served as the President of the Association for Ecosystem Research Centers from 2011-2013, and the Society for Freshwater Science, a CSSP member, from 2010-2011.
American Association for the Advancement of Science
National Science Teaching Association
Patricia Simmons currently serves as the Director of STEM Special Initiatives at the NSTA. Prior to this position, she completed a Science & Technology Policy Fellowship at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2016-2018), working in the Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation. Academic positions have included Professor and Head of the Department of STEM Education at North Carolina State University, the Orthwein Professorship of Life-long Learning in the Sciences at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Professor at the University of Georgia, and High School Science Teacher in Missouri. Much of her scholarship has focused on the role of technology as viable and valuable learning and research tools in science education, and more recently on policy in science and in STEM education. Her professional contributions include more than 200 publications and presentations at international and national meetings in science and STEM education (i.e., World Conference on Computers in Education, International Federation for Information Processing, Australian Science Education Association, AAAS, NARST, AERA, NCTM, among many others). Simmons was awarded over $50 million in externally funded federal and private grants for research, teacher education, and education projects. Simmons served as Chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, President of the National Science Teachers Association, and President of the Association for Science Teacher Education. She received awards for excellence in teaching and in science education at UGA (Lily Teaching Fellowship), UMSL (Outstanding Faculty), ASTE (Outstanding Science Teacher Educator), and NSTA (two Gustav Ohaus Awards for Outstanding College Science Teaching), and the NSTA Distinguished Service to Science Education.
Society for Freshwater Science
University of Notre Dame
Dr. Jennifer Tank is the Galla Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, and Director of the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI). Dr. Tank is a biogeochemist and ecosystem ecologist who studies how nutrients and particles move through streams and rivers, with a focus on restoration and conservation efforts that improve the structure and function of flowing waters. Her research informs management and policy of freshwaters especially around water quality in agricultural landscapes. Her federally-funded research program includes grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and the Environmental Protection Agency. She currently serves as an associate editor for two journals: Biogeochemistry and Limnology & Oceanography Letters. Dr. Tank is also committed to science leadership and translation, which grew out of her participation as a 2013 Leopold Leadership Fellow. Most recently, she was the 2018-19 President of the Society for Freshwater Science, is a AAAS Elected Council Delegate for Agriculture, Food & Renewable Resources Section, and recently served on a panel for the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) on “Future Water Resource Needs for the Nation”. Her goal is to improve the health of streams and rivers draining croplands of the Midwest through effective watershed-scale conservation.
American Geosciences Institute
The University of Texas at Austin
Sharon Mosher is Dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin and has held this position since 2009. She is a professor and holder of the William Stamps Farish Chair and has been a faculty member at the university since 1978. Dr. Mosher’s expertise is in structural geology, structural petrology, and tectonics. Her primary research interests are in deformation along plate boundaries, the evolution of complexly deformed terranes, strain analysis, deformation mechanisms, and the interaction between chemical and physical processes during deformation. She has supervised 19 Ph.D. and 35 M.S. students and was field camp director for 15 years. She was chair of the Department of Geological Sciences from 2007-2009. Mosher received her Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1978 and M.Sc. from Brown University in 1975.
Mosher was President of the American Geoscience Institute (AGI) in 2012-13, President of the Geological Society of America (GSA) in 2000-2001, and 2004 Chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, an organization representing ~1.5 million scientists nationwide. She is a founder and past chair of the board for GeoScienceWorld, an international journal aggregation for geoscientists. She is an active member in many geoscientific societies including GSA, the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). She is a fellow of the Geological Society of America, from which she received the Distinguished Service Award in 2003, an honorary fellow of the Geological Society of London, and recipient of the Association of Women Geologists Outstanding Educator Award (1990). In 2016 she was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award from her alma mater, the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana.
Hon. Haskell M. Pitluck, (Ret.)
Hon. Haskell M. Pitluck, (Ret.) is a skilled mediator and arbitrator who garnered his extensive experience from serving as Circuit Judge, State of Illinois, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, McHenry County for 22 years.
President & CEO Emeritus, R&D Director
Dr. Apple has pioneered areas of biochemistry, pharmaceutics, artificial intelligence, sustainable agriculture, systems of systems science, behavioral economics, green chemistry, teacher education and medicine. He initiated a world pioneering research institute in molecular genetics to improve yield and nutrient quality of food plants, led a program to one of the first patented computer-assisted receptor-based drug designs, discovered new molecular tools to modify gene regulation, designed pioneering injectable systems for specific delivery of any drug to a designated specific tissue, designed, engineered and led a team that built the pioneering model of a pocket-size artificial kidney dialysis machine, initiated and led a special team into pioneering new cyber-security strategies, and managed – led several national scale long term NSF-funded studies of science teacher education. He was instrumental in the startup of five high tech companies.
On the Congress-chartered National Agricultural Research, Econ., Education and Extension Board he chaired or coauthored reports and policy guidance for Congress and USDA Secretary on water, germplasm, genetics and rural economic development. He chaired a unique multi-campus multi-disciplinary frontier new drug research alliance of top Principal Investigators across the University of California system, coauthored several books on medical pharmacology, oncology, and biotechnology. He has worked in the Philippines, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, Australia, China, Mexico, Peru, Columbia, France, Germany and Greece. He initiated the first International Network of Asian Women Entrepreneurs.
He has a PhD in Biochemistry from the Univ. California — elected to University California-Berkeley Sigma Xi [Life Member] and elected president of the California Association of Phi Beta Kappa. He is a Fellow of Phi Beta Kappa, of American Institute Chemists, and of American College Clinical Pharmacology, is a US Member of the Bretton Woods Committee. He was named to California’s 100 “Leaders of Tomorrow,” by the 20,000 member Commonwealth Club of California, received the CSSP Support of Science Award, was Vice-Chair of Congressionally chartered East-West Center Assoc. and won its Citation for Leadership. He served two terms as Board of Visitors Chair of the Univ. Maryland Biotech. Institute and was Board Chair of the American Institute of Chem. He coauthored the Business Advantage, an A-I strategic planning software program that won Software Publishers Association Award as Best Program in Higher Education.