Dr. Ellen Griffith Spears is an associate professor in the interdisciplinary New College and the Department of American Studies at the University of Alabama. Her research is broadly interdisciplinary, combining environmental history with studies of science, technology, and public health. She is principal investigator in the Landscapes of Change study, which resulted in the book, Baptized in PCBs: Race, Pollution, and Justice in an All-American Town, published in 2014 by the University of North Carolina Press. The book has received numerous awards, including the 2015 Francis B. Simkins Prize from the Southern Historical Association, and the 2015 Reed Environmental Writing Award, from the Southern Environmental Law Center. Ellen has spoken on the social costs of pollution around the U.S. and internationally, including at the 6th International PCB Workshop in Visby, Sweden.
Dr. Thure Cerling
Dr. Thure Cerling is a biogeochemist at the University of Utah. His work primarily concerns the use of isotopes to study biological and geological processes occurring near the Earth’s surface. He has done extensive field work in North America, Kenya, and Pakistan, and other geological and biological studies in Argentina, Australia, Western Europe, and Antarctica. These studies include cosmic-ray produced isotopes to study geomorphology, chemistry of lakes and lake sediments, stable isotope studies of diet and of soils, isotope forensics, and studies of early hominin environments in Africa. He served for 9 years on the US Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences
Dr. Frank Dorman
Dr. Frank Dorman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) at Penn State University in University Park, PA. He is also a member of the Graduate Faculty in: Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Biology (BMMB), Chemistry (CHEM) and the Programs in Forensics Science (FRNSC), and Biogeochemistry (BGC), at Penn State. Frank’s research interests are in analytical chemistry methods development, with a focus on environmental forensics, and traditional forensic applications. Prior to joining the faculty at PSU, Frank was at Restek Corporation for 14 years as the Director of Technical Development, and R&D Senior Chemist.
Dr. Chris Johnson
Dr. Chris Johnson is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and founding director of the Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute at the University of Utah. He also holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Physics and Bioengineering. His research interests are in the areas of scientific computing and scientific visualization. Professor Johnson serves on a number of international journal editorial and advisory boards to national/international research centers. He is a Fellow of AIMBE (2004), AAAS (2005), SIAM (2009), and IEEE (2014) and has received multiple research awards including the IEEE Visualization Career Award, IEEE Charles Babbage Award, the IEEE Sidney Fernbach Award, and the University of Utah’s most prestigious faculty award, the Rosenblatt Prize.