Washington Academy of Sciences

 2017-2018 term

Sue Cross

Sue Cross is a retired microbiologist with a specialty in virology and has worked in academia, private industry and as a contractor for the Department of Defense. 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 macro-organisms and microorganisms. The teamwork resulted in the discovery of new and novel compounds with antiviral, antibacterial, and anticancer activity resulting in patents and scientific publications.
Judy Staveley
 Judy Staveley is an Assistant Professor / Program Director of Bioprocessing Technology at Frederick Community College, CEO of The Platform Magazine, author in forensics science, international speaker and a professional athlete.
Ron Hietala
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.
Vice President, Affiliated Societies:
Gene Williams

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.
Journal Editor:
Sethanne Howard
Sethanne Howard

Sethanne Howard is an astronomer, retired Chief of the Nautical Almanac Office. Her main field of research is interacting galaxies.
Vice President, Membership:
Ram Sriram

Ram D. Sriram is currently the chief of the Software and Systems Division, Information Technology Laboratory, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Before this, Sriram was the leader of a group in the Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory, whee he conducted research on standards for interoperability. Prior to joining NIST, Sriram was on the engineering faculty at MIT, and helped to set up the Intelligent Engineering Systems Laboratory there. Sriram has been an author of more than 250 publications, including several books. He was a founding co-editor of the International Journal for AI in Engineering. Sriram is a Fellow of IEEE, ASME, AAAS and the Academy. 
Vice President, Administration:
Terry Longstreth
W.I.Longstreth, III (Terry) is a Senior Member of ACM, a retired Systems Engineer and specialist in Data and Information Standards, Data Architecture and Data Systems Development.
Vice President, Junior Academy:
Paul Arveson
Paul Arveson’s first career was as a physicist in the Navy, where he served as a researcher doing projects in acoustics and oceanography.  He has an MS in Computer Systems Management, and has served as a developer and technology architect for various agencies. He is co-founder of the Balanced Scorecard Institute, a strategic consulting firm. Recently he served as a Senior Associate in the Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Board of Managers

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.

Members at Large

Kathie Brady
Kathie Callahan Brady is an entrepreneur, speaker, author, consultant and educator with more than 25 years of executive-level experience in IT, real estate, and business development. Currently she is CEO of the Frederick (Maryland) Innovative Technology Center, Inc. and Chair of the CEO Peer Advisory Boards of Vistage Worldwide, Inc. In consulting, she is a founder of Future CEO which assists entrepreneurs to start and operate their own businesses. She is an avid networker who is passionate about helping others succeed. Previously, Ms. Brady was a founding Partner & Vice President of Operations in Quantum Realty Capital, specializing in commercial real estate & financing.
Meisam Izadjoo
Meisam Izadjoo has spent the majority of his career as an IT Security professional. Currently he is serving as IT Security Manager at Exeter Government Services and supports a number of Federal clients. For the past 4 years he has been supporting the National Vulnerability Database (NVD) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He obtained his Bachelors degree from George Mason University.
Terrell Erickson
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).
Michael Cohen
Michael P. Cohen is Principal Sampling Statistician at American Institutes for Research. Dr. Cohen was President of the Washington Academy of Sciences (WAS) 2003-04. He represents the Washington Statistical Society to WAS.
Frank Haig, S.J.

Frank Haig, S.J. is a Jesuit and a professor emeritus of physics at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, specializing in cosmology. Fr. Haig has served as the second President of Wheeling Jesuit University from 1966 to 1972 and the seventh President of LeMoyne College from 1981 until 1987.

Immediate Past President

Michael Coble
Michael Coble is a Forensic Biologist in the Applied Genetics Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Previously, Dr. Coble was the Chief of the Research Section at the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory, where he was involved in resolving a number of high profile historical cases including the genetic identification of an unknown child from the Titanic sinking and the two missing Romanov children. Dr. Coble was listed among the top 20 high-impact authors in Legal Medicine & Forensic Science from 2001 to 2011 by Science Watch. His current research at NIST focuses on DNA mixture interpretation and research with lineage markers.


Mina Izadjoo
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.