Our International Board of Advisers

Benn Tannenbaum is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Physics and Adjunct Lecturer of Microbiology and Immunology at Georgetown University, where he lectures on science lobbying. Dr. Tannenbaum is also the Associate Program Director at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy, where he works on a variety of projects, including drafting policy briefs, tracking legislation, serving as liaison with MacArthur-funded centers and the security policy community, organizing workshops and other meetings, attending Congressional hearings and conducting topical research. He testified before the House Homeland Security Committee on radiation portal monitors. Tannenbaum has served on the American Physical Society’s Panel on Public Affairs and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of APS’s Forum on Physics and Society. Dr. Tannenbaum received his Ph.D. in particle physics from the University of New Mexico for his search for evidence of supersymmetry. As a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles, he was involved in the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment at CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Collider Detector Facility at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory outside Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Tannenbaum served as the 2002-2003 American Physical Society Congressional Science Fellow, where he worked for Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA) on nonproliferation issues. Dr. Tannenbaum worked as a Senior Research Analyst for the Federation of American Scientists on the paper Flying Blind; this paper explores ways to increase the quality and consistency of science advising to the federal government. Dr. Tannenbaum has been a steadfast and enthusiastic TTH International advisor since 2007. He has organized the poster competition at the AAAS annual meeting  for the past three years and organized a meeting on working with policy makers (as part of Congressional Visit Day). Recently, he led the collaboration between Georgetown’s GlobalSolver, for which he is the Science and Security Scholar, and TTH’s Electronic Publishing division. He is also an Faculty Advisor to the Georgetown University chapter.

Daniel M. Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he holds appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. Dr. Kammen is the founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), the co-Director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment, and the Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center. Dr. Kammen received his undergraduate (Cornell A., B. ’84) and graduate (Harvard M. A. ’86, Ph.D. ’88) training in physics. After postdoctoral work at Caltech and Harvard, Kammen was professor and Chair of the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at Princeton University in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 1993 – 1998.  He then moved to the University of California, Berkeley.  Dr. Kammen directs research programs on energy supply, transmission, the smart grid and low-carbon energy systems, on the life-cycle impacts of transportation options including electrified vehicles and land-use planning, and on energy for community development in Africa, Asia, and in Latin America.  He is a coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.  He hosted the Discovery Channel series ‘Ecopolis, and had appeared on Frontline, NOVA, and twice on ’60 Minutes’. Dr. Kammen is the author of over 200 journal publications, 4 books, 30 technical reports, and has testified in front of state and the US House and Senate over 30 times.

Robert B. Reich is Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. Dr. Reich has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He also served on President-Elect Obama’s transition advisory board. He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College, his M.A. from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and his J.D. from Yale Law School. He has written twelve books, including The Work of Nations, which has been translated into 22 languages; the best-sellers The Future of Success and Locked in the Cabinet; and his most recent book, Supercapitalism. Mr. Reich is co-founding editor of The American Prospect magazine. His commentaries can be heard weekly on public radio’s “Marketplace.” In 2003, Reich was awarded the prestigious Vaclav Havel Vision Foundation Prize, by the former Czech president, for his pioneering work in economic and social thought. In 2008, Time Magazine named him one of the ten most successful cabinet secretaries of the century.

Francis Slakey is the Upjohn Lecturer on Physics and Public Policy and the Founder and Co-Director of the Program on Science in the Public Interest at Georgetown University.  He is also the Associate Director of Public Affairs for the American Physical Society where he oversees all APS legislative activities, specializing in energy and security policy. Dr. Slakey received his PhD in Physics in 1992 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is a Fellow of the APS, a MacArthur Scholar, and a Lemelson Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Slakey’s technical publications have received more than 500 citations.  He has also written widely on science policy issues, publishing more than fifty articles for the popular press including The New York Times, Washington Post, and Scientific American.  He has served in advisory positions for a diverse set of organizations including the National Geographic, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Creative Coalition – the political advocacy organization of the entertainment industry.  Dr. Slakey became the 28th American to summit Mt. Everest in an unguided expedition that was the subject of the movie “Beyond the Summit” narrated by Sharon Stone.  He is the first person in history to summit the highest mountain on every continent and surf every ocean.  In recognition of his adventures, as part of the 2002 Olympic Games, he carried the Olympic torch from the steps of the US Capitol. Dr. Slakey has been a TTH International Advisor since 2007, as a judge in The Triple Helix Poster Session at the AAAS Annual Meeting. He is also the creator of Georgetown’s GlobalSolver, the science-policy forum that works closely with TTH’s Electornic Publishing division.

George Lakoff is Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. He previously taught at Harvard University and the University of Michigan. He has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and a Visiting Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris and at the Linguistics Society of America Summer Institute at the University of New Mexico. He has been a member of the Governing Board of the Cognitive Science Society, a Senior Fellow at the Townsend Center for the Humanities, and President of the International Cognitive Linguistics Association. He served on the Science Board of the Santa Fe Institute and was co-director with Jerome Feldman of the Neural Theory of Language Project at the International Computer Science Institute at Berkeley.  In addition to his teaching and research commitments, Dr. Lakoff has been on the editorial board of Metaphor and Symbolic Activity, Journal of Pragmatics, Cognitive Linguistics, Philosophical Psychology, Connection Science, and the University of Chicago Press Cognitive Linguistics Book Series. He is regularly interviewed in the public media and has appeared on such radio shows as TALK OF THE NATION (with Ray Suarez), BRIDGES (with Larry Josephson), TO THE BEST OF OUR KNOWLEDGE, and FORUM (with Michael Krasny).

Henry E. Brady is Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy and Class of 1941 Monroe Deutsch Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.  He is President of the American Political Science Association, past President of the Political Methodology Society of the American Political Science Association, and Director of the University of California’s Survey Research Center from 1998 to 2009. He received his PhD in Economics and Political Science from MIT in 1980.  He has written on electoral politics and political participation, social welfare policy, political polling, and statistical methodology, and he has worked for the federal Office of Management and Budget and other organizations in Washington, D.C.  He is coauthor of Letting the People Decide: Dynamics of a Canadian Election (1992) which won the Harold Innis Award for the best book in the social sciences published in English in Canada, Voice and Equality: Civic Voluntarism in American Politics (1995) which won the Philip Converse Award for a book making a lasting contribution to public opinion research, Expensive Children in Poor Families: The Intersection of Childhood Disability and Welfare (2000), and Counting All the Votes: The Performance of Voting Technology in the United States (2001). He is co-editor of Rethinking Social Inquiry (2004) which won the Sartori Award for best book on qualitative methods, Capturing Campaign Effects (2006), and the Handbook of Political Methodology (2008). Brady has also authored numerous articles on political participation, political methodology, the dynamics of public opinion, and other topics.  He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2003 and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2006.

Venkatraman Mohan is the biopharmaceutical technical development leader at Honeywell Burdick & Jackson. Dr. Mohan is a proven leader in biopharmaceutical industry with 15 years of experience and achievements in a wide range of cross-functional roles including: drug discovery, business development, securing government grants, creating and maintaining relationships with global industry alliances and academic groups. Dr. Mohan plays a significant role at Honeywell, using his expertise in business operations, project management, and scientific skills. Dr. Mohan holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and an Executive MBA from Rutgers University. Dr. Mohan has been with TTH since its founding in 2004. He has played a crucial advisory role, including representing the International Advisory Board during The Triple Helix journal’s original launch.

Joel Oppenheim is Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences and Director of the Sackler Institute for Graduate Biomedical Sciences Graduate Education. Dr. Oppenheim received his Ph.D. degree in Medical Microbiology from Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago, IL and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Microbiology at New York University School of Medicine.  Dr. Oppenheim has been with TTH since its founding in 2004.

Kathryn Clay is Adjunct Professor of Physics at Georgetown University. Dr. Clay is the Director of Research for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. Dr. Clay received her M.S. in Electrical Engineering and PhD in Physics from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Previously, she served as a member of the professional staff of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. While on the Committee, Dr. Clay worked to develop the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and the Energy Policy Act of 2005. She was also centrally involved in the development and passage of legislation (the America COMPETES Act of 2007) to promote federal investment in science and the development of innovative technologies. Dr. Clay has also served in positions with the staff of the Energy Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, at the Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources, and as a research fellow in the Alternate Fuels Vehicle Division of Ford Motor Company Dr. Clay has been a TTH International Advisor since 2007, as a judge in The Triple Helix Poster Session at the AAAS Annual Meeting. She is also the Transportation Scholar at Georgetown’s Program on Science in the Public’s Interest, host of the GlobalSolver program.

Joanne Carney is Director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Congress at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, where she is actively involved in various science and policy programs. Previously, Ms. Carney was head of Government Relations for AIAA, where she followed civil space, civil aeronautics and defense issues for almost ten years. At AIAA, Ms. Carney was staff liaison to the AIAA, Public Policy Committee and assisted in the organization of more than 16 technical workshops and the preparation of numerous position papers. She also prepared analyses of the NASA budget request as the contribution to the annual AAAS Intersociety Working Group R&D Report. Ms. Carney holds a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Maryland at College Park and an M.A. in Science, Technology and Public Policy from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Ms. Carney has been a TTH International Advisor since 2007, as a judge in The Triple Helix Poster Session at the AAAS Annual Meeting.

David H. Guston is Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University.  He is Principal Investigator and Director of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society, a National Science Foundation-funded Nano-scale Science and Engineering Center dedicated to studying the societal implications of nanoscale science and engineering research and improving the societal outcomes of nanotechnologies through enhancing the societal capacity to understand and make informed choices. Professor Guston is widely published on research and development policy, technology assessment, public participation in science and technology, and the politics of science policy, and his work has been cited cumulatively more than 1600 times (Google Scholar). His book, Between Politics and Science: Assuring the Integrity and Productivity of Research (Cambridge U. Press, 2000) was awarded the 2002 Don K. Price Prize by the American Political Science Association for best book in science and technology policy.   He has co-authored Informed Legislatures: Coping with Science in a Democracy (with Megan Jones and Lewis M. Branscomb, University Press of America, 1996), and he has co-edited The Fragile Contract: University Science and the Federal Government (with Ken Keniston, MIT Press, 1994) and Shaping the Next Generation of Science and Technology Policy (with CSPO director Daniel Sarewitz, University of Wisconsin Press, 2006).  Professor Guston is the series editor of the Yearbook of Nanotechnology in Society (Springer) with annual volumes beginning in 2008, and he is the general editor of the forthcoming, two-volume Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society (Sage, 2010). He is the North American editor of the peer-reviewed journal Science and Public Policy, and he serves on the editorial boards of Nanoethics: The Ethics of Technologies that Converge at the Nanoscale, Review of Policy Research: The Politics and Policy of Science and Technology, and VEST: Nordic Journal of Science and Technology Studies. Professor Guston has served on the National Science Foundation’s review panel on Societal Dimensions of Engineering, Science, and Technology (2000-2002) and on the National Academy of Engineering’s Steering Committee on Engineering Ethics and Society (2002).   He has held visiting positions at Columbia University, the Copenhagen Business School, and the Kent School of Law.  In 2002, he was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  In 2008, he served as co-chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Science and Technology Policy, “Governing Emerging Technologies.”  He holds a B.A. from Yale and a PhD from MIT.

Gary Wessel is a Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry. His research interest is the egg. His lab examines the molecular biology of oogenesis, fertilization, and the specification of primordial germ cells during early development, including conserved mechanisms found in mice, starfish, and especially in sea urchins. He is also a Senior Scientist at Brown’s Marine Biological Laboratory. He received his bachelor’s in Biology and Environmental Sciences from University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA and his Ph.D. in Anatomy from Duke University prior to his work as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. He has been a valuable Faculty Advisor for TTH at Brown since 2005.

Andrea Megela Simmons is a Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience. Her research program investigates the development and regeneration of auditory and vestibular systems in amphibians, on behavioral, neurophysiological, and molecular levels. Dr. Simmons received a PhD in Psychology from Harvard University and pursued postdoctoral research in Neurobiology at Cornell University.  She has been at Brown since 1982 and has been a faculty advisor to TTH at Brown since 2005.


Dorian Liepmann is Professor of Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Liepmann’s research interests include BioMEMS, microfluid dynamics, experimental biofluid dynamics, hemodynamics associated with valvular heart disease and other cardiac and arterial flows.Dr. Liepmann holds a bachelor degree in Chemistry from Occidental College, a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from California Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics from University of California, San Diego. Joined the UC Berkeley Faculty in 1992 and has been a TTH at Berkeley advisor since 2008.

Sheila Jasanoff is Professor of Science and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She also has a joint appointment with the Harvard School of Public Health and is affiliated with the Department of the History of Science. Jasanoff’s longstanding research interests center on the interactions of law, science, and politics in democratic societies. Specific areas of work include science and the courts; environmental regulation and risk management; comparative public policy; social studies of science and technology; and science and technology policy. She has published more than 60 articles and book chapters on these topics and has authored or edited several books, including Controlling Chemicals: The Politics of Regulation in Europe and the United States (1985; with R. Brickman and T. Ilgen), Risk Management and Political Culture (1985), The Fifth Branch: Science Advisers as Policymakers (1990), Learning from Disaster: Risk Management After Bhopal (edited; 1994). Jasanoff is a co-editor of the Handbook of Science and Technology Studies (1995). Her book Science at the Bar: Law, Science and Technology in America (1995) received the Don K. Price award of the American Political Science Association, Section on Science, Technology, and Environmental Politics, for the best book on science and politics (1998). Jasanoff was Professor of Science Policy and Law and founding chair of the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University. She has held visiting professorships at Yale University (1990-91), Boston University School of Law (1993), Harvard University (1995), and Kyoto University (1999). She has been a Visiting Scholar at Wolfson College and the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University (1996, 1986). In 1996, she was a Resident Scholar at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Study and Conference Center. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and recipient (1992) of the Distinguished Achievement Award of the Society for Risk Analysis.Jasanoff holds an A.B. in Mathematics from Harvard College (1964), an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Bonn, Germany (1966), a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Harvard University (1973), and a J.D. from Harvard Law School (1976). From 1976 to 1978 she was an associate with Bracken, Selig and Baram, an environmental law firm in Boston.

Arthur Kleinman is the Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University. He was Chair of that Department from 2004-2007; from 1991 to 2000 he chaired Harvard Medical School’s Department of Social Medicine and from 1993-2002 he held the Maude and Lillian Presley Professorship at Harvard Medical School. He continues to be Professor of Social Medicine and Psychiatry at HMS. He is presently Victor and William Fung Director of Harvard University’s Asia Center. Dr. Kleinman is one of the world’s leading medical anthropologists and a major figure in cultural psychiatry, global health, and social medicine. Dr. Kleinman has conducted research in Chinese society on depression, somatization, epilepsy, schizophrenia and suicide, and other forms of violence. Kleinman is the author of 6 books, editor or co-editor of 30 volumes and special issues of journals, and is author of more than 220 research and review articles and chapters. His chief publications are Patients and Healers in the Context of Culture; Social Origins of Distress and Disease: Neurasthenia, Depression and Pain in Modern China; The Illness Narratives; Rethinking Psychiatry; Culture and Depression (co-editor); Social Suffering (co-editor); and his most recent book, What Really Matters. Arthur Kleinman is a member of the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Science; and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Calestous Juma is Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project. He is a former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and Founding Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies in Nairobi. He also served as Chancellor of the University of Guyana. He has been elected to several scientific academies including the Royal Society of London, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), the Royal Academy of Engineering and the African Academy of Sciences. He has won several international awards and honorary degrees for his work on sustainable development. He holds a Ph.D. in science and technology policy studies and has written widely on science, technology, and the environment. He teaches courses in developmental policy as part of the MPA/ID Program. He is lead author of Innovation: Applying Knowledge in Development and Freedom to Innovate: Biotechnology in Africa’s Development and editor of Going for Growth: Science, Technology and Innovation in African Development.

Philip Batterham is Professor of and Associate Dean (Development and Community) of Science. He is the Secretary of the International Genetics Federation, Concenor of the Australian Genome Alliance, and Research Director of Center for Environmental Stress and Adaptation Research’s Chemical Stress Program at the University of Melbourne. Phil Batterham completed his undergraduate education at LaTrobe University. After an Honours year (1976) under the supervision of John McKenzie, he undertook a PhD in the Department of Genetics at Monash University with Steve McKechnie. Phil then moved to Syracuse University in 1980 for postdoctoral research with Tom Starmer and David Sullivan. He returned to the University of Melbourne to take up a postdoctoral fellowship with Jim Camakaris before becoming a Lecturer in the Department of Genetics in 1984. In 2004 Phil was promoted to the level of Associate Professor and Reader. In 2006 he became Associate Dean (Communications & Development) in the Faculty of Science. Dr. Batterham provides advice in a variety of areas to the TTH at Melbourne chapter.

David E. Presti is a neuroscientist at the University of California in Berkeley, where he has taught in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology for nearly twenty years.  For more than a decade he also worked as a clinical psychologist in the treatment of addiction and of post-traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD) at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco.  His areas of expertise include the chemistry of the human nervous system, the effects of drugs on the brain and the mind, the treatment of addiction, and the scientific study of the mind and consciousness.  He has doctorates in molecular biology and biophysics from the California Institute of Technology and in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon.  For the last five years he has also been teaching neuroscience to a group of Tibetan monks in India, in a program of scientific study organized by the Dalai Lama’s office.  His primary research interest is the relation between mentality, consciousness, and brain physiology, the so-called mind-body problem.