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Bright Horizons 7

Canada / New England • May 29th – June 5th, 2010

 

KATHLEEN HOWELL, PH.D.

Kathleen Howell is on the faculty of Purdue’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. She was named the Hsu Lo Professor of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering in 1982. Dr. Howell received her B.S. in aerospace engineering from Iowa State University in 1973, followed by a master’s degree (1977) in aeronautical and astronautical engineering and a doctorate in aeronautical and astronautical sciences (1983) from Stanford University.

Dr. Howell’s areas of research interest include orbit mechanics, spacecraft dynamics, and control trajectory optimization. She is an American Astronautical Society Fellow and has been recognized with numerous awards, most recently including being named as one of ’50 Most Important Women in Science’ by Discover Magazine in November 2002; appointment as an Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2004; receiving the Dirk Brouwer Award of the American Astronautical Society in 2004; earning Purdue’s Elmer F. Bruhn Teaching Award, 2005; receiving the Best Paper Award at the AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Sedona, Arizona, January 2007; and being recognized with the American Astronautical Society’s “President’s Recognition Award” for technical achievement and contributions to the society and the profession in August 2007. Dr. Howell also received the John V. Breakwell Memorial Award at the International Astronautical Conference Astrodynamics Symposium, International Astronautical Federation World Congress in Hyderabad, India, 2007.

PAUL ROZIN, PH.D.

Paul Rozin was born in Brooklyn, New York. He attended the University of Chicago, under the Hutchin’s General Education System, receiving an A.B in 1956, and received a Ph.D. in both Biology and Psychology from Harvard, in 1961. His thesis research was sponsored by Jean Mayer. He spent two subsequent years working with Jean Mayer as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. Since then, he has been a member of the Psychology Department at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is currently Professor of Psychology.

Past scholarly interests included food selection in animals, the acquisition of fundamental reading skills, and the neuropsychology of amnesia. Over the last 25 years, the major focus of his research has been human food choice, considered from biological, psychological, and anthropological perspectives. During this period, he has studied the psychological significance of flavorings placed on foods in different cuisines, the cultural evolution of cuisine, the development of food aversions, the development of food preferences, family influences in preference development, body image, the acquisition of liking for chili pepper, chocolate craving, and attitudes to meat. Most recently, major foci of attention have been the emotion of disgust, the entry of food issues (e.g., meat, fat) into the moral domain in modern American culture, French-American differences in the food domain, attitudes to recycled water, and the psychology of music. Some of the recent research is carried out in France, Japan and India, as well as the United States. In the last few years, he has also investigated forgiveness, aversions to ethnic groups, and ethnic identity.

Paul Rozin is a member of the Society of Experimental Psychologists, has twice been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, was a visiting Scholar for Phi Beta Kappa, and a Visiting Scholar for one year at the Russell Sage Foundation. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award for 2007. He was an editor of the journal, Appetite, for ten years.

Paul Rozin has been teaching introductory psychology for about 30 years, has chaired the psychology department at the University of Pennsylvania, directed the university-wide undergraduate honors program, and has been involved in developing policies and teaching materials to guarantee a minimal competence in quantitative skills and critical thinking in University of Pennsylvania undergraduates. He was also a founding director of the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict.

DAVID SADAVA, PH.D.

David Sadava is the Pritzker Family Foundation Professor of Biology, Emeritus, at Claremont McKenna, Pitzer and Scripps, three of the Claremont Colleges. In addition, he is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Cancer Cell Biology at the City of Hope Medical Center.

Dr. Sadava graduated from Carleton University in 1967 as science medalist, with a B.S. with first class honors in biology and chemistry. While an undergraduate, he worked in biological control at the Canada Department of Agriculture and as a science policy officer to the government of Canada. A Woodrow Wilson Fellow, he received a Ph.D. in biology from the University of California at San Diego in 1971. Following postdoctoral research at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, he joined the faculty at Claremont in 1972 as an assistant professor, and was promoted to associate professor in 1977 and full professor in 1984. In 1996, he became the inaugural Pritzker Foundation Chair of Biology. He has taught a wide range of courses in the biological sciences, ranging from genetics, to biology for non-majors, to cancer biology and has mentored hundreds of undergraduates in research. He served as Chair of the science program at Claremont for two terms. He repeatedly won awards for superior teaching as well as other faculty honors. In 2009, he left teaching to devote full time to laboratory research and writing.

Dr. Sadava has been a visiting professor at the University of Colorado and at the California Institute of Technology. He currently serves as an Advisory Board member at the Keck Graduate Institute and at the UCLA Center for Society and Genetics and is a trustee of Western University of Health Sciences. A bench scientist throughout his career, he has held numerous research grants and written over 55 peer-reviewed scientific research papers, many with undergraduate student co-authors. His published research has been wide-ranging, from the biochemistry of plant growth, to the genetics of racehorses, to human genetic diseases, to the mechanisms of drug addiction. For the past 15 years, his research has focused on resistance to chemotherapy in human lung cancer, with a view to developing new, plant-based medicines to treat this disease. He is the author or co-author of five books, including Plants, Genes and Crop Biotechnology and the recently published ninth edition of a leading biology textbook, Life: The Science of Biology. Committed to educating the general public, he has presented innumerable public talks on biological topics and has given free public courses on cancer. He recently prepared a course for The Teaching Company, Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes and Their Real-World Applications. He lives in Los Angeles.

MAX TEGMARK, PH.D.

Max Tegmark, Ph.D. is a Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Tegmark’s research has focused on cosmology theory and phenomenology, but has also included diverse topics such as interpretations of quantum mechanics, predictions of inflation, and parallel universes.

A native Swede, from his initial American foray in Berkeley, California. Dr. Tegmark has tended eastward. Max Tegmark earned a B.A. in Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics, and received a B.Sc. in Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. He earned an M.A. Physics, and subsequently a Ph.D. in Physics, from the University of California, Berkeley. Tegmark then served as a research associate with the Max-Planck-Institut für Physik in Munich. In 1996 he headed back to the U.S. as a Hubble Fellow and member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Dr. Tegmark next sampled the environs of the City of Brotherly Love as an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received tenure in 2003. Forsaking the delights of Philadelphia, he moved to MIT in September 2004.

Dr. Tegmark has received numerous awards for his research, including a Packard Fellowship (2001–06), Cottrell Scholar Award (2002–07), and an NSF Career grant (2002–07). His work with the SDSS collaboration on galaxy clustering shared the first prize in Science magazine’s “Breakthrough of the Year: 2003.”

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