ChairCrop 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.
Chair-ElectAssociation 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.
Past-ChairPresident & CEO
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
My research is all about NITROGEN! I am interested in the fluxes of nitrogen in open-ocean, coastal, and estuarine environments with emphasis on the role of dissolved organic nitrogen (DON) in microbial food webs. My early work involved extensive method development with the goal of quantifying in situ rates of DON release and uptake using 15N tracer techniques. I now use these techniques to address a host of questions relating to the release of DON from phytoplankton and zooplankton and subsequent reincorporation of DON as a nitrogen source for phytoplankton and bacteria. I continue to be intrigued by methods development, and I have been working on linking flow cytometry with 15N-tracer techniques to quantify nitrogen flow into autotrophs versus heterotrophs in open-ocean systems. More recently I have started working on DON in effluent and its surprising how cool waste water treatment plants can be!
Michael A. Grusak
SecretaryCrop 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.
Berry H. (Nick) Tew, Jr.
TreasurerAmerican 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.
Member-at-LargeAssociation for Information Sciences & Technology
University of Toronto
Nadia Caidi is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. Trained in Linguistics and Communication from Lyon and Grenoble (France), she then obtained an MLIS and Ph.D. in Information Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Nadia’s research focuses on information policy and community informatics. Her research on information control and the public’s right to know in times of crisis (and in the context of national security) has been awarded two three-year grants (2004-2007, 2007-2010) from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) in Canada. She also received several research grants for her work on the information practices of vulnerable communities, including newcomers and immigrant groups, and Aboriginal communities in remote and isolated communities in Ontario. She has published extensively on these topics in top refereed journals.
She has been a longstanding and active member of both the Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS) and the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T, since then renamed the Association for Information Science & Technology). Nadia received the James M. Cretsos Leadership Award from ASIS&T in 2006. She was the President of the Canadian Association for Information Science (2010-11). She is currently the incoming President (2015-16) of ASIS&T. The Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) is the only professional association that bridges the gap between information science practice and research. For over 75 years, ASIS&T has been leading the search for new and better theories, techniques, and technologies to improve access to information. Its members include thousands of researchers, developers, practitioners, students, and professors in the field of information science and technology from 50 countries around the world.
Member-at-LargeAmerican 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.
Member-at-LargeAmerican Crystallographic Association
Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute
Association for the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography
Université de Montréal
Roxane Maranger, Aquatic ecosystem ecologist in the Département des sciences biologiques at the Université de Montréal is originally from Northern Ontario, where while spending summers at her family lake cottage she saw the lake both suffer and recover from acid rain, witnessing first hand that reversing anthropogenic effects to the environment is possible. Maranger received her B.Sc. at McGill University in Montreal, in Biology with a minor in Dramatic Arts, going on to complete a M.Sc. and Ph.D. at Université du Quebec à Montréal with David Bird. She did her postdoc at the Cary Institute for Ecosystem studies with Micheal Pace and collaborated with several scientists there including Charles Canham, Nina Caraco and Jonathan Cole. It is at the Cary Institute where she learned to think like an ecosystem scientist!
Maranger is currently the president of the Association of the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO). She is also on the scientific steering committees of Future Earth Coasts and CESAB as well as being a member of the Groupe de Recherche Interuniversitaire en Limnologie et environnemental aquatique (GRIL), and served on its board of directors from 2010-2016. Maranger played a key role in establishing the Institut de l’Environnment, Développement Durable et Économie Circulaire (EDDEC), a joint institute between UdeM, École Polytechnique and HEC, as a co-founding and scientific steering committee member (2013-2015). Maranger also played an instrumental role in setting up the globally distributed Secretariat for Future Earth as an Implementation team member (2013-2015). Future Earth is an international sustainability initiative, which builds on the history of the International Geosphere Biosphere Program (IGBP), International Human Dimensions Program (IHDP) and Diversitas.
Member-at-LargeAmerican Chemical Society
University of Oklahoma
Donna J. Nelson is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oklahoma. Nelson specializes in organic chemistry, which she both researches and teaches. Nelson has focused on five primary topics of research, generally categorized in two areas, Scientific Research and America’s Scientific Readiness. Within Scientific Research, Nelson’s topics have been on mechanistic patterns in alkene addition reactions and on Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube (SWCNT) functionalization and analysis, yielding the first COSY NMR spectrum of covalently functionalized SWCNTs in solution. Under America’s Scientific Readiness, she focuses on science education, which includes classroom innovations and correcting organic chemistry textbook inaccuracies, on ethnic and gender diversity (the Nelson Diversity Surveys) among highly ranked science departments of research universities, and on improving the image and presentation of science and scientists to the public. Nelson also served as a science advisor to the AMC television show Breaking Bad. She was the 2016 President of the American Chemical Society (ACS).
Alumni MemberAmerican 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.)
Ethics/Legal AdvisorHon. 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 DirectorDr. 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.