Patti Brennan, RN, PhD – Director, National Library of Medicine (NLM). Dr. Brennan is a pioneer in the development of information systems for patients and has developed and directed multiple companies that have used digital technology to help patients who are managing their diseases at home.
Daniel Dennett, DPhil – Philosopher and author. Dr. Dennett studies the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and philosophy of biology, particularly those fields related to evolutionary biology and cognitive science.
Sarah Gray – Author and Director of Communications at the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB). Gray is a passionate advocate for organ, eye, and tissue donation who wrote the powerful memoir A Life Everlasting.
Joan Henneberry, MS – Vice President, Health Management Associates; former Executive Director, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, and senior health policy advisor to former Governor Bill Ritter. Henneberry developed Colorado’s accountable care model for Medicaid and led the effort to create the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC).
Kevin Hickerson, PhD – Postdoctoral Scholar, Caltech, California Institute of Technology; Comedian. Dr. Hickerson’s research in particle physics focuses on neutrons and neutrinos. He is an academic lecturer, stand-up comic, and Hollywood script consultant.
Clyde Hutchison, PhD – Professor Emeritus of Microbiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Distinguished Investigator, The J. Craig Venter Institute. Dr. Hutchison’s lab is involved in several areas of research in molecular genetics and genomics unified by the continuing search for improved methods to learn about gene function from DNA sequence information. Dr. Hutchison collaborated with the IBEA (Institute for Biological Energy Alternatives) to work on improved methods for the assembly of large DNA from chemically synthesized oligonucleotides.
Jessica Mathews, PhD – Former President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Dr. Mathews has served on the Editorial Board of the Washington Post and as Director of the Office of Global Issues at the National Security Council. She is a member of the Harvard Corporation, the senior governing board of Harvard University.
Mark Messenbaugh, JD – Chief Corporate Strategy and Development Officer, SomaLogic. Messenbaugh’s career spans business strategy, law, politics, and nonprofit development. Prior to joining SomaLogic, he was Lead Director for Government Relations at the Boys & Girls Club of America; and, he practiced corporate transactional law at Arnold & Porter and David Polk & Wardwell.
Craig Mundie – Former Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Microsoft. Mundie was appointed to President Clinton’s National Security Telecommunications and Advisory Committee (NSTAC) and then to President Obama’s President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). He serves on the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
David Quammen – Science, nature, and travel writer and journalist. Quammen is a three-time recipient of the National Magazine Award and a Contributing Writer for National Geographic who has written a number of nonfiction and fiction books, essays, and articles.
Elio Riboli, MD, MPH – Professor of Cancer Epidemiology; Director of the School of Public Health at Imperial College London; Founding investigator, European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). Dr. Riboli’s research focuses on cancer and non-communicable disease epidemiology, translational public health and health promotion.
Ray Schinazi, PhD, Dsc – Frances Winship Walters Professor, Director, Laboratory of Biochemical Pharmacology, Emory University; Director, Scientific Working Group on Viral Eradication, Emory University Center for AIDS Research. Virologist and serial biotech entrepreneur whose work focuses on HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.
Howard Shapiro, PhD – Chief Agricultural Officer, Mars Incorporated; Science Advisor, MIT Media Lab; Distinguished Fellow, World Agroforestry Centre; Senior Fellow, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Davis. At Mars Incorporated, Shapiro is responsible for the plant science of their primary agricultural products, investigation of potential new plant based solutions for use in their brands, and leader of the sustainability/production models for agroecological, agroforestry and agroeconomics of multifunctional cacao systems globally.
Calvin Trillin – Journalist, humorist, food writer, poet, memoirist, and novelist. The major themes of Trillin’s work are family, travel, and food. In 2012, he was awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humor for his book Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff.
Bob Weinberg, PhD – Founding Member, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Weinberg lab is known for its discovery of the first human oncogene – the ras oncogene that causes normal cells to form tumors, and the isolation of the first known tumor suppressor gene – the Rb gene.