David Brooks is an Op-Ed columnist with The New York Times and a commentator on politics and popular culture for a wide range of print and broadcast media, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, the Washington Post, the TLS, Commentary, and The Public Interest, as well as The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, All Things Considered and the Diane Rehm Show. He is also the author of two books, Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There and On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense. His perspective on culture and current events is informed by sociology, psychology and neuroscience, and his NYT columns often refer to neuroscience in explaining human behavior.
Philip Campbell, PhD is the Editor-in-Chief of Nature and the Editor-in-Chief of Nature publications. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. Dr. Campbell has worked on issues relating to science and its impacts in society with the Office of Science and Innovation in the United Kingdom, the European Commission and the US National Institutes of Health.
Howard Gardner, PhD is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Gardner is an influencial educator and theorist known for his theory of multiple intelligences, a critique of the notion that there exists but a single human intelligence that can be assessed by standard psychometric instruments. Among numerous honors, Gardner received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000, and in 2005 he was selected by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines as one of 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world.
Sanjay Gupta, MD, is chief medical correspondent for the health and medical unit at CNN. Dr. Gupta plays an integral role in the network’s medical coverage, which includes lead reporting on breaking medical news, regular health and medical updates for American Morning, anchoring the half-hour weekend medical affairs program House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta and reporting for CNN documentaries. In addition to his work for CNN, Gupta is a member of the staff and faculty of the department of neurosurgery at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and regularly performs surgery at Emory University Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital, where he serves as associate chief of neurosurgery. A board-certified neurosurgeon, Gupta is a member of several organizations the Council of Foreign Relations. He serves as a diplomat of the American Board of Neurosurgery and is a certified medical investigator.
James J. Heckman, PhD is the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at The University of Chicago. His recent research deals with such issues as evaluation of social programs, econometric models of discrete choice and longitudinal data, the economics of the labor market, and alternative models of the distribution of income. He has published over 200 articles and several books. His most recent books include: Inequality in America: What Role for Human Capital Policy? (with Alan Krueger) and Evaluating Human Capital Policy, and Law and Employment: Lessons From Latin America and the Caribbean (with C. Pages). Professor Heckman has received numerous awards for his work, including the John Bates Clark Award of the American Economic Association in 1983, the 2000 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (with Daniel McFadden), the 2005 Jacob Mincer Award for Lifetime Achievement in Labor Economics, the 2005 University College Dublin Ulysses Medal , and the 2005 Aigner award from the Journal of Econometrics.
Steven E. Hyman, MD is Provost of Harvard University and Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. From 1996 to 2001, he served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the component of the US National Institutes of Health charged with generating the knowledge needed to understand and treat mental illness. Before serving as Director of NIMH, Dr. Hyman was Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Director of Psychiatry Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the first faculty Director of Harvard University’s Mind, Brain, and Behavior Initiative. He has authored more than 100 research articles and reviews and has coauthored several widely used basic and clinical textbooks. Among his honors, Dr. Hyman is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He also has received awards for public service from the U. S. Government and from patient advocacy groups such as the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and the National Mental Health Association.
Jonah Lehrer is Contributing Editor at Wired, Scientific American Mind and National Public Radio’s Radio Lab. He is a graduate of Columbia University and studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He is the author of How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist and his articles have appeared in The New Yorker, Nature, Seed, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe.
Alan Leshner, PhD is Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Executive Publisher of the journal Science. Before coming to AAAS, Dr. Leshner was Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) from 1994-2001 and also previously served as Deputy Director and Acting Director of the National Institute of Mental Health. He is the author of a major textbook on the relationship between hormones and behavior, and has published over 150 papers for both the scientific and lay communities on the biology of behavior, science and technology policy, science education, and public engagement with science. In addition to his Ph.D. degree in physiological psychology from Rutgers University, Dr. Leshner has been awarded six honorary Doctor of Science degrees. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science and Vice-Chair of its governing Council. The U.S. President appointed Dr. Leshner to the National Science Board in 2004. He is also currently a member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH.
Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. Nominated by President Reagan as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, she took her seat September 25, 1981 and served for 25 years, until January 31, 2006. Justice O’Connor came to be known for her practicality, centrist position and coalition-building abilities. Following her retirement from the Supreme Court, Justice O’Connor continues to powerfully advocate for a judiciary that acts without regard to personal or public preferences. She also continues to emphasize the necessity for the U.S. judiciary to be well versed in international law and, therefore, better positioned to act effectively within the global community. Among Justice O’Connor’s notable civic activities is the Sandra Day O’Connor Project on the State of the Judiciary at Georgetown University Law Center, which was established to raise public awareness about judicial independence and facilitate discussion among experts and practitioners of the law about the court system. Justice O’Connor’s numerous awards and honorary degrees include The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center, the World Justice Award from the Southern Center for International Studies and the Sylvanus Thayer Award from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Justice O’Connor is the author of the books, The Majesty of the Law: Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice and The Lazy B, among many other publications.