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Nita Farahany, PhD, JD

Director of Science & Society, Professor of Law & Philosophy

Nita Farahany is Professor of Law & Philosophy at Duke Law School, Director of Science & Society, and Faculty Chair of the MA in Bioethics & Society Policy. Since 2010, she has served on Obama’s Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Her scholarship focuses on the ethical, legal, and social implications of biosciences and emerging technologies, particularly those related to neuroscience and behavioral genetics. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, Chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the American Association of Law Schools, is one of the co-founding editors-in-chief of Journal of Law and the Biosciences, and serves on the Board of the International Neuroethics Society. She received an AB from Dartmouth College, an MA, PhD, and JD from Duke University, and an ALM from Harvard University. Click for more info.

Misha Angrist, PhD, MFA

Senior Fellow, Science & Society; Associate Professor of the Practice, SSRI; Visiting Associate Professor of the Practice, Sanford School of Public Policy

Misha Angrist is Senior Fellow in Science & Society, Associate Professor of the Practice at SSRI, and Visiting Associate Professor of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy. He serves as the lead of the Public Impact & Engagement track for the MA in Bioethics & Science Policy and as a faculty mentor, and he is teaching several MA core and elective courses. In his work, he explores the intersection of biology and society, especially as it relates to the governance of human participation in research and medicine. Click for more info.

David Bell, PhD

Professor, French Studies

David Bell is Professor of French Studies. His research interests include: nineteenth-century French literature and culture; critical theory; literature and science; and literature and technology. His newest research deals with the notion of tact as a discursive strategy and the concept of debt in nineteenth-century French literature. He received his PhD from Johns Hopkins in 1980, where he specialized in critical theory and nineteenth-century narrative. Click for more info.

Gary Bennett, PhD

Professor of Psychology, Global Health & Medicine; Director of Undergraduate Studies, Global Health

(starting January 2016) Gary Bennett is Professor of Psychology, Global Health & Medicine and Director of Undergraduate Studies for Global Health. His work is focused on developing strategies to prevent obesity in high risk populations, and his research program has three major themes: 1) use of new media technologies to deliver obesity interventions; 2) examining social and psychosocial determinants of obesity and physical inactivity; and 3) exploring the dissemination of evidence-based interventions. Click for more info.

Mary (Missy) Cummings, PhD

Director of HAL (Humans and Autonomy Lab); Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, DIBS, and Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mary (Missy) Cummings is the director of HAL (Humans and Autonomy Lab) and Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, DIBS, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is also an affiliate professor with the University of Washington’s Aeronautics and Astronautics Department. A naval officer and military pilot from 1988-1999, she was one of the U.S. Navy’s first female fighter pilots. Her research interests include human supervisory control, human-unmanned vehicle interaction, human-autonomous system collaboration, human-robot interaction, human-systems engineering, and the ethical and social impact of technology. Click for more info.

Jim Gaston

Assistant Dean for Advising and Undergraduate Research

Jim Gaston is the Assistant Dean for Advising and Undergraduate Research at the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering. Jim encourages Duke engineering students to reach their potential both inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to advising Pratt undergraduate students, he assists them with finding opportunities for research. These efforts include administration of the Pratt Research Fellows and Grand Challenge Scholars programs. He is also the faculty advisor for the Smart Home, a live-in laboratory on the Duke campus where students experiment with new technologies and sustainable living. Jim earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from NC State University and a master’s in project management from Western Carolina University. He is also a certified Project Management Professional.

Christine Ogilvie Hendren, PhD

Research Scientist; Executive Director, Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT)

Christine Hendren is a Research Scientist and Executive Director of the Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT). In the role of Executive Director, she synthesizes CEINT research across the various disciplines and entity members of the Center, with a focus on facilitating timely feedback between disciplines. Her research interests include combining risk assessment with decision analysis, and linking and leveraging emerging data to support decisions under conditions of great uncertainty. Click for more info.

Frederick “Fritz” Mayer, PhD

Professor, Sanford School, Environmental Sciences and Policy Division, and Political Science; Associate Dean for Strategy and Innovation, Sanford School

Frederick “Fritz” Mayer is Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Environment at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. He teaches courses on the political economy of public policy, globalization and governance, political analysis, and leadership. His research focuses on: globalization and its effects, with particular emphasis on the labor and environmental impacts of economic integration; the role of stories in politics; and the politics of climate change. Click for more info.

David McAdams, PhD

Professor, Business Administration, Fuqua; Professor, Economics

David McAdams is Professor of Business Administration at the Fuqua School of Business and Professor of Economics. Before joining the faculty at Duke, he was Associate Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He has also worked as Special Assistant to the Director in the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Economics. His primary research interests are microeconomic theory and game theory, with a special focus on strategic interactions between buyers and sellers, including auctions, pricing, negotiations, and relationships. Click for more info.

Tim Profeta, JD, MEM

Director, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Tim Profeta is Director of Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. His areas of expertise include climate change and energy policy, the Clean Air Act, and adaptive use of current environmental laws to address evolving environmental challenges. His work at the Nicholas Institute has included numerous legislative and executive branch proposals to mitigate climate change, including providing Congressional testimony several times on his work at Duke University, developing multiple legislative proposals for cost containment and economic efficiency in greenhouse gas mitigation programs, and facilitating climate and energy policy design processes for several U.S. states. Click for more info.

Alexander Rosenberg, PhD

R. Taylor Cole Professor, Philosophy

Alexander Rosenberg is the R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy. He has held fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. His research interests include: the philosophy of biology; philosophy of cognitive, behavioral, & social science; philosophy of science; causation; Hume; and metaphysics. He is the author of several books and has also written approximately 180 papers in the philosophy of biology, the philosophy of cognitive, behavioral and social science (especially economics), and causation. Click for more info.

Charmaine Royal, PhD

Associate Professor of African & African American Studies; Director, Science & Society Certificate

Charmaine Royal is Associate Professor of African & African American Studies and Genome Sciences & Policy at Duke. Her research, scholarship, and teaching focus on ethical, psychosocial, and societal issues in genetics and genomics, primarily issues at the intersection of genetics/genomics and constructs of race. Her specific interests include: conceptualization of race and human variation; genetic and genomic ancestry inference; understanding and addressing individual and group differences in health; participation of diverse populations in genetics and genomics; and the African Diaspora. Click for more info.

Kevin Schulman, MD

Professor; Faculty Associate Director, DCRI; Director, Center for Clinical and Genetic Economics

Kevin Schulman is a professor of medicine in the Duke University School of Medicine, where he also serves as the director of the Center for Clinical and Genetic Economics and as an associate director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He also holds appointments in the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care in the Durham VA Medical Center, the Duke Center for Clinical Health Policy Research, and the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and History of Medicine. His research interests include economic evaluation in clinical research; health services research and policy, including access to care and the impact of reimbursement and regulatory policies on clinical practice; and medical decision making, especially in patients with life-threatening conditions. Click for more info.

Chris Simmons, MEd

Associate Vice President, Office of Federal Relations

(ex-officio member) Chris Simmons came to Duke in 2006 after having served in advocacy roles for the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, DC. Prior to working for the higher education associations, Simmons was a policy analyst for the National Commission on the Cost of Higher Education and Assistant Director of Admissions at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. He is the past Chairman of the Board for the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science and is a recent co-chair for the Ad-Hoc Tax Group. He is a former member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) Board of Directors and AAU Council of Federal Relations Steering Committee. Click for more info.

Harris Solomon, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Cultural Anthropology and Global Health

Harris Solomon is Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Global Health. He situates both his research and teaching at the interdisciplinary intersections of medical anthropology, South Asian studies, science and technology studies, global health, and food studies. Specifically, he is interested in connections between the body and its environments in urban India; he is currently working on a book project that examines the relationships forged between food, fat, the body, and the city in light of India’s rising rates of obesity and diabetes. Click for more info.

David Toole, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Practice of Theology, Ethics, and Global Health; Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Initiatives

David Toole has a joint appointment in the Divinity School, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and the Duke Global Health Institute. He teaches courses on theology and social science, the history and ethics of humanitarianism, and health systems and policy, with an emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. His current research centers on the role of mission hospitals in African health systems, with a particular focus on the countries of the Nile River Basin in eastern Africa. In addition to his teaching and his research on hospitals and health systems, he serves as the associate dean for Interdisciplinary Initiatives in the Divinity School and is the principal investigator of the Clergy Health Initiative. Click for more info.

Michael “Buz” Waitzkin, JD

Deputy Director of Science & Society, Senior Lecturing Fellow

Buz Waitzkin is the Deputy Director of Science & Society and a Senior Lecturing Fellow. For the past fifteen years, he has taught at Duke and has been a frequent lecturer at other universities on issues of science law, policy, ethics, and politics, with a focus on developing biomedical technologies. He has designed and taught the ethics seminar in the Duke Master of Management in Clinical Informatics and has organized and moderated a series of evening symposia on current issues in health care for Duke. He provides strategic counsel to the biomedical research community, including academics, government officials, private companies and non-profits. Click for more info.

Priscilla Wald, PhD

Professor of English and Women’s Studies

Priscilla Wald is Professor of English and Women’s Studies, on the steering committee of ISIS (Information Sciences + Information Studies), and an affiliate of the Trent Center for Bioethics and the Duke Institute for Global Health. She teaches and works on U.S. literature and culture, particularly literature of the late-18th to mid-20th centuries, contemporary narratives of science and medicine, science fiction literature and film, and environmental studies. Her current work focuses on the intersections among the law, literature, science, and medicine. In her research, her teaching, and her professional activities, she is committed to promoting conversations among scholars from science, medicine, law, and cultural studies in order to facilitate a richer understanding of these issues. Click for more info.

Jonathan Wiener, JD

William R. and Thomas L. Perkins Professor of Law; Professor, Environmental Policy; Professor, Public Policy

Jonathan Wiener is the William R. and Thomas L. Perkins Professor of Law at Duke Law School, Professor of Environmental Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment, and Professor of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy. He is also the director of the JD-LLM Program in International and Comparative Law at Duke Law School. He has written widely on U.S., European, and international environmental law and risk regulation. Before coming to Duke, he worked on U.S. and international environmental policy at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and at the US Department of Justice, serving in both the first Bush and Clinton administrations. Click for more info.

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