Keynote Speakers

Dr. Wanda E. Ward, National Science Foundation

Wanda E. WardDr. Wanda E. Ward is Office Head, Office of Integrative Activities at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Throughout her tenure at NSF, Ward has served in a number of science and engineering policy, planning, and program leadership capacities, including Senior Advisor to the NSF Director; Assistant to the NSF Deputy Director for Human Resource Development; Deputy Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; and Deputy Assistant Director, Education and Human Resources. From 2001-2002 she was on assignment at the Council on Competitiveness as Chief Advisor to the initiative, BEST (Building Engineering and Science Talent), where she helped launch and develop this public-private partnership, established to carry out the implementation of a national diversity initiative called for by the Congressional Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology Development.

Since joining the Foundation, Dr. Ward has also led or served on several NSF and interagency task forces, working groups, and committees. These include: NSF Executive Liaison to the Congressionally-mandated Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE; 2011-present); Chair, NSF Career-Life Balance Working Group (2011-present); Co-Chair, Subcommittee on Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBES), of the President's National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Committee on Science (COS , 2004-2005). From 2007-2009, she served as a U.S. member of the International Social Science Council (ISSC) Committee for Developing and Transition Economies (CoDATE) and currently serves as a member of the ISSC International Advisory Team for the World Social Science Fellows Programme.

Dr. Ward took the B.A. in Psychology and the Afro-American Studies Certificate from Princeton University and the Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University. She was awarded the Ford Foundation Fellowship, the 2005 American Psychological Association Presidential Citation, the 2006 Federation of Behavioral, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences Richard T. Louttit Award for Excellence in Government, and the 2006 U.S. Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executive.


Dr. Douglas D. Randall, University of Missouri

Douglas D. RandallDouglas D. Randall is originally from South Dakota, where he attended South Dakota State University with a B.S. in chemistry in 1965. Randall's first research was as an undergraduate working on insect metabolism at the USDA-ARS's North Grain Insects Research Laboratory. In 1970, he earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Michigan State University where he studied plant metabolism with N. E. Tolbert. In 1970 he was awarded an NIH postdoctoral fellowship to study regulation of mammalian enzyme complexes with L. J. Reed at the University of Texas-Austin. Randall joined the Agricultural Chemistry Department at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) in 1971. From 1981 to 2008 he was the founding director of the Interdisciplinary Plant Group at MU. He is currently Professor Emeritus, Thomas Jefferson Fellow, and Director Emeritus Interdisciplinary Plant Group at MU.

Randall's research has focused on plant metabolism, regulation of plant enzymes, and metabolic interactions between photosynthesis, photorespiration, and respiration. A primary theme of his research has been the study of the four species of alpha-ketoacid dehydrogenase complexes in plants. These fascinating multienzyme complexes (which comprise up to 200 proteins) occupy strategic positions in plant metabolism and are critical to energy production and oil biosynthesis. His research team was the first to characterize a plant enzyme regulated by reversible phosphorylation and also showed that this biochemical "metabolic switch" mechanism determines which pathway supports mitochondrial energy production during photosynthesis. This work led to the founding of a national working group to study protein phosphorylation in plants. His current research is directed at enhancing plant production of biodegradable plastics.

His interactions and collaborations with plant biology colleagues also led to the establishment of the Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG) at MU in 1981. Under Randall's leadership and MU's Food for 21st Century Program, the IPG has grown from nine to forty-five research teams. Randall was also instrumental in the establishment and design of the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center at MU and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis.

Randall has served on the editorial boards of a number of scientific publications, including Plant Physiology, Annual Reviews of Plant Physiology and Plant Molecular Biology, Protein Expression and Purification, Biochemical Archives, and Current Topics in Plant Biochemistry and Physiology. He is a former officer and chair of the Board of Trustees for the American Society of Plant Biologists. He has served on the Science Liaison Committee for the Danforth Plant Science Center and continues his efforts at all levels to facilitate interdisciplinary research and training.

Randall has been the recipient of a number of awards and honors, including the University of Missouri System's Thomas Jefferson Award and Professorship, MU's Wm H. Byler Distinguished Professor Award, South Dakota State University's Distinguished Alumni Award, Michigan State Biochemistry Department's John Boezi Alumni Award, and MU's Gold Chalk Teaching Award. He is a fellow of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) and recently received the ASPB's Charles R. Barnes Life Membership Award. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1973, he was chosen to be a member of the National Science Foundation's Great Barrier Reef expedition to study marine plant photorespiration.

Randall was appointed to the National Science Board in 2002 and reappointed in 2008.


Dr. Jack Schultz, University of Missouri

Jack SchultzJack C. Schultz is Director of the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri where he promotes and develops interdisciplinary research among 400 researchers, students, and staff whose interests range from plant breeding to gene therapy and electrical engineering. For 35 years, Dr. Schultz has had continuous NSF support to study the biochemical bases of plant-insect interactions; he has been proposing Broader Impact plans successfully to NSF for all that time. This has required forming teams drawn from analytical chemistry, plant physiology, virology, ecology, engineering, statistics, genomics, animal behavior, education, journalism, and the humanities. At Penn State University he founded the interdisciplinary Center for Chemical Ecology and was a member of the three-person team that designed the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. Recently, Schultz has formed teams at the University of Missouri drawn from the life and physical sciences, journalism, theater, psychology, social sciences, economics, art, and public relations communities to investigate ways to enhance scientific communication with the public.


Dr. Bonnie Bowen, Iowa State University

Bonnie BowenDr. Bowen is Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, Affiliate Assistant Professor, Dept. of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, and Director, ISU ADVANCE Program.  The ISU ADVANCE Program, supported by the National Science Foundation through 2011, has as its goals:  to increase the participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers and to make Iowa State an optimal environment for all faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  From 2004-2006, she was the Executive Director/Director of Academics & Research of Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, a field station on West Okoboji Lake in Northwest Iowa.  The Lakeside Web site has information about academic courses, research opportunities, and outreach activities. She teaches courses in animal behavior and ecology and evolutionary biology.  She is a Past-President of the Cooper Ornithological Society, which publishes the journal The Condor. She is the Chair of OSNA, the Ornithological Societies of North America, a consortium of six ornithological societies — The American Ornithologists' Union (AOU), the Association of Field Ornithologists (AFO), the Cooper Ornithological Society (COS), the Raptor Research Foundation (RRF), the Waterbird Society (WS), and the Wilson Ornithological Society (WOS). 


Dr. Susan Cook, Indian River State College

Susan CookDr. Cook was the NSF Program Officer for COSEE from 2001-2004 and co-PI/PI for the COSEE Central Coordinating Office from 2004 to 2009. Dr. Cook directed the work of the first network coordinating group at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership from 2004 - 2008. The office successfully coordinated 35 COSEE Council & Network meetings, ran 5 National Advisory Committee meetings, organized and hosted 4 specialty workshops and community outreach events at professional meetings, developed a COSEE brochure and exhibit backdrop and edited a special COSEE 5 year report published in Current (the Journal of Marine Education). Dr. Cook managed subcontracts for evaluation and website operations and secured additional funding from NOAA and ONR.Dr. Cook has 27 years of experience leading ocean education programs. She was the PI for for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) from 2007-2009. NOSB is a national ocean-focused competition for high school students with regional competitions hosted at 25 research and educational institutions. Since the Year of the Ocean in 1998, over 10,000 student competitors have benefited from increased ocean knowledge, an increased capacity to learn independently and in cooperative groups, and an increased interest in ocean careers. She was also the Co-PI for the SSU-HBOI Undergraduate Summer Program: A Bridge to Research for Minority Students in the Marine Sciences. OCE9402527, 9619707, 9912343. June 1994 - May 2004. In this pre-REU program for underrepresented minority students, lower division undergraduates (and juniors without research experience) were introduced to marine science during 4 weeks of academic work at Savannah State University. In the final 5 weeks, teams of 2-3 students completed group research projects. The program included a research cruise to learn oceanographic techniques and concluded with student oral and written presentations. During the program’s 10 years 97 minority students participated with 63% of graduates continuing on to work in the marine sciences or graduate work in the sciences (2000 data).


Dr. Robert Frodeman, University of North Texas

Robert FrodemanDirector of the Center for the Study of Interdiscipinlarity and Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies at the University of North Texas. He specializes in environmental philosophy, science policy, and questions concerning interdisciplinarity. Holder of advanced degrees in philosophy (a PhD from Penn State) and geology (a masters from the University of Colorado), he has held positions at the University of Texas, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Colorado. He served as a consultant for the US Geological Survey for eight years, was the 2001-2002 Hennebach Professor of the Humanities at the Colorado School of Mines, and was an ESRC Fellow at Lancaster University in England in the spring of 2005. Frodeman is Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity as well as co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Enviromental Ethics & Philosophy.


Dr. Candace Galen, University of Missouri

Candace GalenDr. Candace Galen is Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri. Dr. Galen’s laboratory work involves experimental approaches to understand ecological and evolutionary responses of plants to the environment. She is also interested in how climate affects biotic interaction webs. For skypilots, pollination quality declines under drought, suggesting that plant-pollinator mutualisms are sensitive to abiotic sources of environmental stress. The sensitivity of ecological relationships to climate may make plants that depend on animal partners for seed dispersal or pollination especially vulnerable to global change.
Her other research interest involve exploring the role of physiological tradeoffs in the evolution of photoreceptors, focusing on phototropins, blue light photoreceptors in plants. Current experiments explore the genetic basis and fitness consequences for variation in phototropin-driven plasticity among natural populations of the genetic model, Arabidopsis thaliana.  She is also the Primary Investigator for the ShowMe Nature GK12 Program and has served an AAAS Fellow (2004) and a Faculty Fellow for the Difficult Dialogues Faculty Development Program (2007).


Dr. J. Britt Holbrook, University of North TexasJ. Britt Holbrook

Dr. J. Britt Holbrook, Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity and Research Assistant Professor within the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies at the University of North Texas. Holbrook's work since 2005 has aimed to challenge the typical distinctions between research, teaching, and service according to which faculty members are judged. Instead, he has attempted to embody the spirit of his research and achieve scholarly excellence with societal impact. He therefore pursues publication not only of peer reviewed journal articles, but also of works written for a mixed audience that includes non-academics. Written with the aim of policy-relevance in mind, his works address scholarly communications, open access, impact, peer review, and transformative research. Venues include scholarly journals, academic blogs, science policy blogs, and other publications aimed at policy makers.
Holbrook has made over 50 presentations in 9 countries around the world, again targeting a mixed audience of academic and non-academic 'users' of his research. Of over 10 workshops Holbrook has helped to organize, more than half have included participants from both the academic and 'user' communities. In August, 2012 Holbrook was appointed to a three-year term on the AAAS Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility.


Dr. Kemi Jona, Northwestern UniversityKemi Jona

Dr. Kemi Jona is a Research Professor of Learning Sciences and Computer Science at Northwestern University and Director of the Office of STEM Education Partnerships where he leads research and development projects in STEM curriculum design, cyberlearning, online and blended learning models, and web-based patient education and outreach. Current projects include ‘The iLab Network’ which is developing remote online laboratories, ‘Watershed Dynamics’ where students connect directly to large-scale scientific databases to analyze hydrology data in their own watershed, and ‘EcoCasting’ which teaches computational modeling of complex systems through inquiry activities on ecosystems, food webs, and bioaccumulation. The author of numerous book chapters, articles, and conference papers on the topics of online learning, curriculum design, virtual labs and online science, and learning technology and strategy, he holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Northwestern University and a BS with Honors in Computer Science and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Dr. Mark Kirk, University of Missouri

Mark KirkDr. Kirk is a Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri. His research interests lie in stem cell biology, including therapies for neurodegenerative diseases, Central Nervous System injury and brain tumors.  He is a member of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, the Society for Neuroscience, AAAS, and the Microscopy Society of America.  In addition to his laboratory work, Dr. Kirk has served as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow (2008-2009), a Rotating Program Director at NSF in the Neural Systems Cluster (2009-2010), and a Program Director (Expert Appointment) with the NSF in the Neural Systems Cluster (2013).


Bruce McClureDr. Bruce McClure, University of Missouri

Dr. McClure is a Professor of Biochemistry who focuses on understanding how pollen pistil communication controls plant mating. He uses genetic and biochemical techniques to identify factors that contribute to inter- and intra-specific pollen recognition and rejection. His research involves biochemical and genetic experiments to identify critical pollen and pistil proteins and cell biological experiments to determine how their cellular context contributes to their functions. By understanding the natural systems control pollination, plant breeders can design new strategies to manipulate breeding behavior for their own purposes. McClure has served as a Fellow for the America Association for the Advancement of Science; has served on the Board of Directors for the Science Teachers of Missouri; and he also served a Program Director for Plant, Fungal, and Microbial Development at the US National Science Foundation. He is currently a member of the Broader Impacts Network Advisory Board at the University of Missouri.


Dr. Charles Nilon, University of Missouri

Charles NilonDr. Nilon's research considers the impact of urbanization on wildlife habitats, populations and communities. Included in this research are projects ranging in location and degree of development from inner city neighborhoods in Columbia, St. Louis and Baltimore to the rapidly urbanizing areas in southern Boone County, Missouri.

Since 1997, Nilon has ben a co-principal investigator on the Baltimore Ecosystem Study. The project in Baltimore and a similar one in Phoenix are the first two urban ecosystems included in the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research program. His work with the BES focuses on understanding how physical, ecological and socioeconomic factors influence the abundance and composition of vertebrate species. Because urban areas are homes for people as well as wildlife, Nilon's research also considers the role of nature as part of an individual's day-to-day environment, and environmental justice issues associated with access to nature.

Nilon and his students have worked with a community development group in St. Louis on a study determining how people perceive open spaces in their neighborhood, and the attitudes of urban youth toward wildlife species in their neighborhood. They have also studied the motivations of people who participate in backyard conservation programs and in the recently developed Missouri Master Naturalist Program.


Dr. Sharron Quisenberry, Iowa State University

Sharron QuisenberrySharron Quisenberry is the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Iowa State University of Science and Technology. She served five and a half years as Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, four years as Dean of the College of Agriculture and Director of the Montana Experiment Station at Montana State University, and eight years in department-level administration prior to coming to Iowa State University. The University has the goal of serving the people of the state and beyond by enhancing the vitality and sustainability of research scholarship, revitalizing rural families and communities, improving human and animal health and nutrition, and enhancing the quality of our environment. Dr. Quisenberry has made several significant contributions to agricultural research. She has been successful in planning and implementing entomological research programs in several areas including wheat, rice, forage crops, and livestock systems. She is nationally and internationally recognized for her expertise in plant/insect interactions and plant resistance to insects. Dr. Quisenberry is a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America and served as President of the Society in 2000. She has served on the National Academy of Sciences' Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources and on the Board for International Food and Agriculture Development.


Susan RenoeDr. Susan Renoe, University of Missouri

Dr. Susan Renoe is the Director of the MU Broader Impacts Network.  She formerly served as the Assistant Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Program Coordinator for the National Institute of General Medical Sciences’ Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity, which provides underrepresented minority undergaduates the opportunity to work in research labs.  She received her PhD from the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California-Santa Barbara and teaches course in public understanding and communication of science.


Dr. Diane Rover, Iowa State University

Diane RoverDiane Rover has been a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University since 2001. She currently serves as the director for two large-scale, NSF-funded programs: IINspire LSAMP is an alliance of sixteen institutions in Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska to broaden participation in STEM; and SP@ISU is a campus-wide program to support the broader impacts work of faculty. She has also been the principal investigator on NSF STEP and S-STEM grants at Iowa State that have focused on the recruitment, retention and success of engineering students. Since 2009, she has represented IEEE on the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET and served as a visit team chair. From 2006-2009, she served on the IEEE Committee on Engineering Accreditation Activities. She began serving as an IEEE ABET program evaluator for computer engineering in 2002. From 1996-1998, she was director of technical activities for the IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section. Since 2009, she has held the positions of secretary/treasurer, program chair, chair-elect, and chair of the ASEE ECE Division. She served as program chair for the ECE Division for the 2010 ASEE Annual Conference, and is currently past-chair of the division. From 2000-2008, she led the Academic Bookshelf column as a senior associate editor for the ASEE Journal of Engineering Education.

Dr. Rover was appointed Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs in the College of Engineering from 2004-2010. Prior to that, she served as associate chair for undergraduate education in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 2003-2004. She began her academic career at Michigan State University, where, from 1991-2001, she held the positions of assistant professor and associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. From 1997 to 2000, she served as director of the undergraduate program in computer engineering at MSU. She also served as interim department chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 2000 to 2001. She was a research staff member in the Scalable Computing Laboratory at the Ames Laboratory under a U.S-D.O.E. Postdoctoral Fellowship from 1989 to 1991. She received the B.S. degree in computer science in 1984, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer engineering in 1986 and 1989, respectively, from Iowa State University. She was the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in computer engineering at ISU. Her teaching and research has focused on the areas of embedded computer systems, reconfigurable hardware, integrated program development and performance environments for parallel and distributed systems, visualization, performance monitoring and evaluation, and engineering education.

Dr. Rover is a 2012 ASEE Fellow and member of the IEEE Computer Society, the IEEE Education Society, and the ASEE. She currently serves as a representative for Iowa State's membership in the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). She received an NSF CAREER Award in 1996.


Kaye Storm, Stanford University

Kaye StormKaye Storm joined Stanford University as the Director of the Office of Science Outreach in January 2008. Prior to that time, she was the founding Executive Director and later the Director of Special Projects at Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education (IISME), an educational nonprofit in the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in professional development for science, math, engineering and technology teachers.

Prior to IISME, Kaye served as Marketing Manager for the University College London and created engineering graduate fellowship and Japan research fellowship programs for the American Electronics Association. Kaye also taught high school foreign language and humanities in Santa Clara, California for eight years and helped establish the Girls’ Middle School in Mountain View, California. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California and a Master’s degree in Education from Stanford University.

Richard TankersleyDr. Richard Tankersley, National Science Foundation

Dr. Tankersley is a Professor of Biological Sciences at the Florida Institute of Technology. His research focuses on the recruitment behavior of larval crabs, the role of environmental and chemical cues in habitat selection, and migration and selective tidal-stream transport behavior of oviparous blue crabs. Dr. Tankersley is currently the PI and Director of FIT’s Integrated Science Teaching Enhancement Partnership (InSTEP) program which has been supported by two awards from NSF GK-12 program. InSTEP is an expansion of an existing relationship between FIT and Brevard Public Schools and is designed to enhance and improve science instruction and increase student enthusiasm for scientific inquiry and discovery. To date, InSTEP has supported 30 Graduate Fellows and Partner Teachers and has involved over 3,500 high school students. The program has made significant contributions to the broader GK-12 program through the development of (1) two professional development programs [an interdisciplinary semester-long course (Presenting Science) and an intensive two-day workshop (Presentation Boot Camp)] to help students improve their communication skills (especially to non-scientific audiences) and (2) comprehensive evaluation protocol for evaluating and assessing changes in the presentation skills of graduate fellows. Dr. Tankersley is currently serving as a Program Director in the Division of Graduate Education at the National Science Foundation.