Washington Academy of Sciences
|Mina Izadjoo is the Chief Science Officer and Director of the Biosciences Division at Trideum Corporation. Formerly, she was a “Senior Distinguished Scientist” and Director of the Diagnostics and Translational Research Center of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for Advancement of Military Medicine. She served as the Chief of Wound Biology and Translational Research Division at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, DC. While there, she was awarded the title of “Distinguished Scientist”. Her research efforts have been focused on developing and evaluating diagnostics and therapeutics.|
|John Kaufhold is a data scientist and managing partner of Deep Learning Analytics. Before this, Dr. Kaufhold investigated deep learning algorithms as a staff scientist at NIH. Prior to NIH, Dr. Kaufhold was a Technical Fellow at SAIC, serving as principal investigator or technical lead on a number of large government contracts funded by NIH, DARPA and IARPA, among others. Prior to joining SAIC, Dr. Kaufhold investigated machine learning algorithms for medical image analysis and video analysis at GE’s Global Research Center. Dr. Kaufhold was a Whitaker Fellow in Boston University’s biomedical engineering department, earning his Ph.D. in 2001. Dr. Kaufhold is an inventor on 18 patent filings and is author on over 50 peer-reviewed publications.|
|Ronald Hietala is a semi-retired industrial-organizational psychologist. His career was in training and organizational development. He is interested in scientific methodology, process improvement, and human development and functioning.|
|Eugene Williams is a Professor of Biology at Salisbury University. His research focuses on how fishes acclimatize and adapt to changes in temperature. He explores the biochemical, molecular and cellular attributes that allow some fish, but not others, to thrive over a wide variety of environmental temperatures. He is particularly interested in how cell membranes contribute to overall cell function during temperate acclimatization. He is a Fulbright Scholar and conducted some of his research in Iceland. His web site is here.
|Sue Cross is a retired microbiologist with a specialty in virology and has worked in academia, private industry and as a contractor for the DoD. Academic work included teaching courses in virology and immunology for medical and graduate students and serving as a mentor for graduate students and medical students as summer interns. In private industry her area of expertise was in antiviral research on marine macroorganisms and microorganisms. The teamwork resulted in the discovery of new and novel compounds with antiviral, antibacterial, and anticancer activity for which patents were filed. Her specialty in biodefense research is in virology.|
|Nick Tran is a founder of several companies, including NanoBMT, which focuses on R&D of nanomaterials for energy and biomedical applications. Previously, he was a research scientist for the Navy where he solved chemistry and physics problems of highly exotic nature, from the catalytic conversion of carbon dioxide into synthetic fuels to photon emissions from the cavitational collapse of hydrated microbubbles. He has been a research associate at the University of Maryland, adjunct chemistry professor at George Washington University, and scientific advisor for various government and industry associations, including DARPA, the DOE, and the DoD.|
The Academy’s Board of Managers is comprised of the officers listed above, the members-at-large listed below, the immediate past president, plus the representatives of the Affiliated Societies.
Immediate Past President
|Terrell Erickson is the Director of Ecological Sciences for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. She leads 17 national science disciplines (e.g., National Agronomist, National Forester, National Biologist, National Grazing Lands Specialist, and Science Advisors). Her interests include connecting long-term sustainable agriculture with best conservation practices. She is the principal author of a natural science publishers’ award-winning field guide on wetlands (2006).|
Journal Editor (ex officio)
|Sethanne Howard is an astronomer, retired Chief of the Nautical Almanac Office. Her main field of research is interacting galaxies.|