The National Science Communication Institute is guided by an independent board drawn from across the science communication spectrum — distinguished scientists, science educators, writers, marketers, science publishers, statisticians, study managers, regulatory specialists, engineers, research finance managers, patent attorneys and more. This board sets nSCI’s direction and priorities, provides oversight and advice, and also (to the extent that board member schedules permit) contributes substantively to nSCI’s content, structure, and growth. nSCI’s 2015 board members are:
Sherrilynne Fuller, PhD, is a professor of biomedical and health informatics at the University of Washington’s medical school and Information School, co-directs the interdisciplinary Center for Public Health Informatics, and serves as senior advisor to the dean of university libraries. Fuller previously directed the university’s health sciences libraries and served as associate dean of university libraries. Dr. Fuller has worked for many years on the design and evaluation of health information systems to enhance evidence based decision-making with a recent focus on capacity building in resource-constrained countries. She has served on the boards of the National Library of Medicine, the American Medical Informatics Association and the Medical Library Association, and is an elected fellow of the Medical Library Association and of the American College of Medical Informatics.
Elizabeth Loftus, PhD, is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on human memory. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and many other scientific organizations and currently serves as a distinguished professor at the University of California Irvine in the school’s Department of Psychology and Social Behavior, Department of Criminology, Law, and Society, Department of Cognitive Sciences, and School of Law. Dr. Loftus is also a fellow at the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, and director of the Center for Psychology and Law.
Jennifer Sterling is a leading marketing and branding expert whose work has won dozens of industry awards over the past 20 years. She is currently the president of Red Thinking, a leading Virginia-based marketing firm. Prior to Red Thinking, Jennifer co-founded and ran Hinge (another strategic branding and marketing firm), was the president and founder of Spot Color design, and served as a design manager for the World Bank in Washington, DC. Jennifer serves on (and has chaired) numerous boards in the Northern Virginia area.
Jonathan Sullivan is an Internet, mobile and IT pioneer who has been involved in the digital world for over 25 years as an executive, strategic partner, evangelist, presenter, and avid participant. Jonathan helps organizations develop and implement digital strategies that are based on solid research and a clear vision, are focused on delivering measurable outcomes and are strongly aligned with overall business goals. Jonathan has lead the development, execution and management of social media, online marketing, digital branding, and e-commerce initiatives across a range of industries including financial services, government, non-profit, fashion, education and dot com start-ups.
Lori Weiman is a medical writer and the former vice president of public affairs for MedImmune, a division of AstraZeneca. Ms. Weiman’s expertise in biotech and information technology communications includes investor relations, strategic corporate communications, product public relations, media relations, internal communications, community affairs, corporate contributions, corporate social responsibility, public policy, federal and state government relations and patient advocacy. In addition to her writing work, Ms. Weiman is an active member of several Maryland-area community and business boards.
Dale Washburn is the founder and president of Washburn Communications, a Seattle-area writing and marketing firm specializing in communicating complex ideas to targeted audiences. Washburn’s clients include the nation’s largest IT, energy, and engineering companies, from Microsoft to Cisco, HP, Philips, Intel, Battelle and more. Before Washburn Communications, Dale worked as a technical writer for Boeing Computer Services in the early 1990s.
Richard Gomulkiewicz, PhD, is a professor of applied mathematics at Washington State University’s School of Biological Sciences. Richard’s research is broadly concerned with understanding how genetics, developmental and physiological processes and ecology interact to determine the evolutionary responses of organisms to their environments.
Randy Dahl is a freelance business development consultant with deep ties to the northwest life sciences community and venture capital market. In his corporate career, Randy has served as the regional vice president of the American Cancer Society, the director of global accounts for Arvato Services, president of the K/P Corporation, sales director for Quebecor Integrated Media, and a consultant for Microsoft, IBM, T-Mobile and others. Randy is an active volunteer in the Pacific Northwest, including leading fundraising efforts for the Seattle Symphony Guild, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and other major nonprofits.
Alice Faintich is the founder and former president of The Word Doctor, an editorial services company in northern Virginia that provided technical editing and related services to a variety of national and international clients with a focus on international development issues. Alice has more than 30 years of editing and project management experience. Prior to founding her company, Alice worked as a high school biology teacher in London and held a number of positions at the World Bank in Washington, DC.
Keith Beach, CPA, is the founder and president of the Jennifer Beach Foundation, a Seattle-area community-based advocacy organization helping women and children in need. Keith has over 30 years experience in private industry working with several Fortune 500 companies in accounting, finance, and business development. Keith has also served on and led a number of community boards and councils.
Board Vice-Chair Nissim Ezekiel is an international finance and business strategy consultant. During the 1990s he served as the director of corporate planning for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Washington, DC. After IFC, Nissim served as the executive director of the United Nations Commission on the Private Sector & Development, and as a member of the UN’s Task Force on Financial Mechanisms for Information and Communications Technology Development. He also served as a member of the EastWest Institute’s core team on the Gaza Project, and chaired the advisory board of Dalberg Development, which included consulting work for major multinationals and IGOs such as the Clinton Global Initiative.
Dee Magnoni is the Research Library Director at the Los Alamos National Laboratory where she leads open access and data initiatives. Dee previously worked in both business and engineering libraries within corporate America and academia. Focusing on partnerships, Dee organizes summits and workshops that bring together diverse stakeholders for focused conversations. Dee is an active member of the Special Libraries Association and has served in numerous leadership roles.
Joyce Ogburn serves as the Dean of Libraries and Carol G. Belk Distinguished Professor of Library and Information Studies at Appalachian State University. Previously, she was the Dean of the J. Willard Marriott Library and University Librarian at the University of Utah, which included oversight of the university press. Joyce’s professional contributions include numerous national boards and committees for such organizations as the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and the Scholarly Publishing and Resources Coalition (SPARC). In 2011-12, Joyce served as President of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).
Drienna Holman, MPH, is the senior project manager for the HIV vaccine evaluation program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Statistical Center for HIV/AIDS Research and Prevention (SCHARP). Drienna has over 16 years experience in study and data operations management of HIV vaccine clinical trials. She has served the global HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) statistical and data management center at SCHARP since 2000, and the AIDS Vaccine Evaluation Group (AVEG) data coordination and analysis center at the EMMES Corporation in Potomac, Maryland, from 1995-2000.
Michael Hampson, MBA, is a director at the Raytheon Company where he leads the development of next generation defense avionics for future military platforms. Mike was also a director at the Boeing Company where he was responsible for new initiatives in Homeland Security and advanced renewable energy technologies. Previously, Mike spent over 20 years at Boeing and Rockwell International as an engineer and program manager developing advanced liquid rocket engines.
Eric Olson is a science writer and project manager at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. He has been active in nSCI projects for several years, and is currently the director of nSCI’s global Science Communication Network project.
Marissa Konstadt is a project manager at the University of Washington’s Institute for Translational Health Sciences. She graduated from Northwestern University with a BS in Communication, focusing on the ways scientists communicate, both to each other and to the public, and how that effects the trajectory of innovation. Marissa has volunteered for the Word Science Festival in New York, the Museum of Science in Boston, and has been active in a number of nSCI projects over the years.
Noemi Rojas provides strategic communications counsel to the Medical Center of the Americas (MCA) Foundation. She is also the founder and executive editor of the foundation’s first-ever regional life sciences news publication, Synapse. Prior to joining the MCA Foundation, Noemi was a senior public relations specialist at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she was in charge of the PR activities for the university’s life science academic units.
Jeff Hoch focuses on water quality and policy issues both as an environmental professional and science writer. He has participated in water projects around the country, served as a member of the infrastructure design team for Spaceport America, and is principal researcher at a megalith geoarchaeological site in New Mexico.
Lauren Carroll, MS, MPH is a research coordinator in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education at the University of Washington. She currently works on projects relating to interpretation of network visualizations and development of novel software for infectious disease data visualization. She holds a masters degree in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MPH from the University of Washington.
Board Chair Glenn Hampson, MPA, is the founder and executive director of the National Science Communication Institute. Prior to nSCI, Glenn served as a senior project manager with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, communications director with the University of Washington, founder and president of Castle Pacific Publishing Company, managing editor and webmaster at the World Bank Group, associate editor for the Riverside Publishing Company, and Congressional field representative.
Russel Porter, CPA, is the administrative dean of science for Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Porter has also served as Harvard’s associate provost for inter-disciplinary science, director of strategic planning for the School of Public Health, and executive director of the division of life sciences.
John Rennie served as the editor-in-chief of Scientific American magazine from 1994 to 2009. He currently teaches science writing at New York University and also makes numerous radio and television appearances.
Natalie Angier is a New York Times bestselling author has won numerous writing awards and honors, including the Pulitzer Prize. Natalie has worked as a staff reporter for Discover magazine, a senior science writer for the New York Times, and a professor of journalism at NYU.
Isabelle Ragueneau-Majlessi, MD, MS, is a clinical associate professor at the University of Washington’s Department of Pharmaceutics and director and co-author of the Metabolism and Transport Drug Interaction Database, the pharmaceutical industry’s first and most widely-used drug-drug interaction resource.
Britt Piehler, MBA, is the president of LabKey Software Corporation, which specializes in bringing proven commercial software design and development tools to bear on the computing problems scientists face.
Karen Syrjala, PhD, is a Member and the director of the Biobehavioral Sciences Department at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and co-director of the Center’s Survivorship Program. At the University of Washington School of Medicine she is a professor in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department.
Peter Ward, PhD, is one of the world’s leading experts on mass extinctions and the role of extraterrestrial impacts on Earth. He has been active in paleontology, biology and astrobiology for more than 40 years and is currently a professor of biology, a professor of earth and space sciences, and an adjunct professor of astronomy at the University of Washington.
Robert Franza, MD, is a scientist, physician and professor with decades of experience in quantitative systems biology, IT, and entrepreneurial R&D. He currently serves as Affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington and as executive chairman of the board for MYOONET, Inc.
Sandra Wright is the CEO and president of WrightRobbins, a Seattle-based consulting firm that provides innovative, flexible and customized training programs to help companies stay ahead of the technology curve and get the most from their learning investment.
Renee Holt, RN, MBA, JD, is a clinical operations specialist at PATH. She formerly served as the director of regulatory affairs for the Fred Hutchinson Center Cancer Research Center and the global HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN).
Patricia Shane, PhD, is a clinical professor of science education and the associate director of the Center for Mathematics and Science Education (CMSE) at the University of North Carolina, and the 2010-2011 past president of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
Kymber Waltmunson, MA, MPA, CIA, CSM, CGAP, is the auditor for King County government in Washington state where she is responsible for supervising and executing a wide variety complex technical analysis projects. Kymber also serves on the board of the Association of Local Government Auditors and is a trustee for the Washington State Local Government Auditors Association.
Rebecca Johnson, MD, is the medical director of the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) oncology program at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and an assistant professor of pediatrics in the University of Washington School of Medicine’s hematology-oncology division.
Sharon Ritchey, MFA, is the owner and creative director of Home Row Editorial, a northern Virginia-based writing, editing, and content consulting company. Sharon has been involved in the publications industry for more than 15 years and has produced a wide variety of work for journals, magazines, public relations firms, international corporations and more.
Ricardo Gomez, PhD, is an assistant professor at the University of Washington’s Information School where his research focuses on the social impacts of communication technologies. Dr. Gomez also has a particular focus on finding creative ways to communicate complex ideas and research results in everyday language. Before joining the University of Washington he worked with Microsoft Community Affairs and with the International Development Research Center in Canada.