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James Canton, PhD is a renowned global futurist, keynote presenter, author, and visionary business advisor. For over 30 years, he has been insightfully predicting the key trends that have shaped our world. He is a leading auhority on future trends in innovation. He is the author of "The Extreme Future: The Top Trends That Will Reshape the World in the 21st Century", Dutton 2006, and "Technofutures: How Leading-Edge Innovations Will Transform Business in the 21st Century", Next Millennium Press, 2004. Dr. Canton is CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures, a leading think tank he founded in 1990 that advises business and government on future trends. He advises the Global Fortune 1000 on trends in innovation, financial services, health care, population, life sciences, energy, security, workforce, climate change and globalization. From a broad range of industries, clients include: IBM, BP, Intel, Philips, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, Boeing, FedEx, and Proctor & Gamble.

He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Research in Innovation at the Kellogg School of Management. He has advised three White House Administrations, the National Science Foundation and MIT's Media Lab, Europe. Recognized as “one of the top presenters in the 21st century” by Successful Meetings Magazine, Dr. Canton has spoken to thousands of organizations on five continents. A frequent guest of the media, Dr. Canton is a commentator on CNN. He was named "the Digital Guru” by CNN and “Dr. Future” by Yahoo. Dr. Canton’s media coverage has included CNBC, Fox, PBS, ABC, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Report, The New York Times, US News and World Report, CEO, CIO and CFO Magazines. His Global Futurist blog is followed by a world-wide audience. Click here website

   
         
   
     

 

Lieutenant Colonel Casebeer, PhD is a career intelligence analyst and Lieutenant Colonel in the active duty US Air Force. He has served as an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the USAF Academy and as a Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Casebeer has published in journals ranging from "Nature Reviews Neuroscience" to "International Relations," is author of "Natural Ethical Facts: Evolution, Connectionism, and Moral Cognition," (MIT Press, 2003) and co-author of "Warlords Rising: Confronting Violent Non-State Actors" (Lexington Books, 2005). Dr. Casebeer is a distinguished graduate of Squadron Officer School and the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

He holds a PhD from the University of California at San Diego in cognitive science and philosophy, an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Arizona, an MA in national security affairs from NPS, and a BS in political science from the USAF Academy. His research interests include neuroethics, the evolution of morality, the intersections of cognitive science and national security policy, philosophy of mind, social modeling and simulation, and issues in military ethics. His travel and research in over 100 countries informs his thinking, as have his deployments to the Middle East and South Asia. He lives with his wife and four children in Dahlgren, Virginia.

   
         
   
     

 

Chris Forsythe, PhD is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff for the Cognitive Science and Applications Department at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dr. Forsythe helped found Sandia National Laboratories’ cognitive systems program in 1999 and has served as technical lead, including playing a pivotal role in activities leading to Sandia establishing a Grand Challenge in cognition and establishing Cognitive Science and Technology as a lab-wide Focus Area. Dr. Forsythe is co-inventor and patent holder for Sandia's computational framework for modeling human cognition and initiated the development of automated knowledge capture technologies. Dr. Forsythe currently manages a $5M portfolio of projects focused on advanced training technologies development and human-machine systems integration. More recently, Dr. Forsythe's attention has turned to the topic of human excellence and methods by which technology may be applied to increase the potential for individual human performance. Dr. Forsythe has over thirty publications and has edited two books in the fields of cognitive psychology, human factors and intelligent systems.

   
         
   
     

 

James Giordano, PhD is Director of the Center for Neurotechnology Studies and Vice President for Academic Programs at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Arlington, VA. He is also a Research Associate of the Oxford Centre of Neuroethics, University of Oxford, UK, and is University Affiliate Professor of Neurosciences at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Studies of George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. He holds a number of Visiting Professorships, including the the William H. and Ruth Crane Schaefer Distinguished Visiting Professorship of Neuroscience and Neuroethics at Gallaudet University, Waashington, DC; IGERT Visiting Professor of Science, Technology Ethics and Policy at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM; Visiting Professor, Graduate Program for Science and the Public, University of Buffalo, NY; and Visiting Professor of Neurophilosophy and Neuroethics at Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms’ Universität, Bonn, Germany.

Prof. Giordano is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Philosophy, Ethics and Humanities in Medicine, Associate Editor for the international journal Neuroethics, neuroscience and ethics editor (and former Deputy Editor-in-Chief) for the journal Pain Physician, ethics and policy section editor of Practical Pain Management, and Executive Editor-in-Chief of the book series" Advances in Neurotechnology: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues" (published by Taylor-Francis/CRC Press). The author of over 150 publications in neuroscience, pain, neurophilosophy, and neuroethics, his recent books include: "Scientific and Philosophical Perspectives in Neuroethics" (with Bert Gordijn, Cambridge University Press); "Pain: Mind, Meaning, and Medicine" (PPM Press); "Pain Medicine: Philosophy, Ethics and Policy" (with Mark Boswell; Linton Atlantic Books); and "Maldynia: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives on the Illness of Chronic Pain" (Taylor-Francis).

Prof. Giordano was awarded a PhD in biopsychology from the City University of New York, where he also received MPhil and MS degrees. He received an MA in neuropsychology from Norwich University, VT, and a BSci in physiological psychology from St. Peter's College. He completed a NIEHS post-doctoral fellowship in neuropathology and neurotoxicology at the Johns Hopkins University, MD, was a Visiting Scientist in the Department of Neuropharmacology at the Max Plank Institute for Psychiatry, Munich, Germany; and completed post-graduate training in bioethics at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy at Loyola University, IL. He is a Fellow of the John McGovern Center for Health, Humanities and Ethics of the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Houston, TX, and of the Center for National Preparedness, University of Pittsburgh, PA.

His ongoing research addresses the role of neuroscience and technology in medicine, social, and national defense applications, and explores the neuroethics of pain, pain care, and implications for the treatment of human and non-human organisms. Click here for website

   
         
   
     

 

Jonathan H. Marks, MA, BCL (Oxon.) is Associate Professor of Bioethics, Humanities and Law at the Pennsylvania State University, and director of the Bioethics and Medical Humanities Program on the main campus at University Park. His mission is to develop the bioethics curriculum and strengthen interdisciplinary and collaborative scholarship in the field, bringing together dynamic scholars from liberal arts, medicine, life sciences and law--within his own institution and in the academic community at large.

Much of the literature in bioethics is concerned with micro-bioethics questions, often involving discrete issues of patient care. Although these questions are of considerable importance, Prof. Marks is particularly interested in exploring macro-bioethics issues involving, for example, the impact of industry and national security funding on biomedical research, access to health care, and the intersections between environment, public health and human rights. These issues are just as important but often neglected, particularly in mainstream media.

Professor Marks’ writing has appeared in The Times (London), the New York Times, LA Times and the New England Journal of Medicine among others. He has been interviewed on NPR, BBC Radio and Voice of America (among others). He has also participated in three nationally broadcast panels on law and medical ethics at Guantanamo Bay.

Prof. Marks received his MA, BCL (equivalent to JD, LL.M.) from Oxford University. During 2010-11, he is in residence at Harvard University as a research fellow in the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. He is also a barrister and founding member of Matrix Chambers, London, and can be reached at either marks@psu.edu or jmarks@ethics.harvard.edu. More information and some recent articles may be found on his website http://www.jonathanmarks.info.

   
         
   
     

 

 

Jonathan D. Moreno, PhD is the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor of Ethics and Professor of Medical Ethics and of History and Sociology of Science at Penn. He holds a courtesy appointment as Professor of Philosophy. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, where he edits the magazine Science Progress (www.scienceprogress.org). He was a member of President Barack Obama’s transition team for the Department of Health and Human Services. Prof. Moreno is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences and serves on numerous National Academies committees.

In 2008 he was designated a National Associate of the National Research Council. He has served as a senior staff member for two presidential advisory commissions, and has given invited testimony for both houses of congress. He was an Andrew W. Mellon post doctoral fellow, holds an honorary doctorate from Hofstra University, and is a recipient of the Benjamin Rush Medal from the College of William and Mary Law School. Prof. Moreno has served as adviser to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among many other organizations. He is also a Faculty Affiliate of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University and a Fellow of the Hastings Center and the New York Academy of Medicine. He is a past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.

Prof. Moreno’s next book, "The Body Politic," will be published in fall 2011. His edited anthology "Progress in Bioethics" (2010), was the first collection of papers on bioethical progressivism. Publisher’s Weekly said that "Science Next: Innovation for the Common Good" (2009), “brings hope into focus with reports of innovation that will enhance lives.” His other books include "Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense" (2006), which the journal Nature called “fascinating and sometimes unsettling”; "Undue Risk: Secret State Experiments on Humans" (1999), described by the The New York Times as “an earnest and chilling account” and by the Journal of the American Medical Association as a “classic” in the literature on human experimentation. Click here for website

 

   
         
   
     

 

James Olds, PhD is Director and CEO of the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study of George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia, where he is also Shelley Krasnow University Professor of Neuroscience and Chair of the Department of Molecular Neuroscience. He has an additional academic faculty appointment at the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda Maryland. In August 2004, he was named editor-in-chief of the journal Biological Bulletin. Prof. Olds served as a political appointee on the Commonwealth Alzheimer's and Related Diseases Commission from 1998-2004 under both Republican and Democratic governors, has served on grant review panels for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research, and also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Cognitive Dynamics.

Prof. Olds received his bachelors of arts degree in Chemistry from Amherst College in 1978, and was awarded a PhD in neurosciences from the University of Michigan in 1987, working under the mentorship of Bernard W. Agranoff, the Director of the Neuroscience Laboratory and the Mental Health Research Institute at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Following the award of his doctorate, Prof. Olds continued his training as a post-doctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology (LMCN), NINDS at the National Institutes of Health. Prof. Olds received the NIH award of merit in 1993, and in 1994 was appointed as a senior staff fellow in the newly formed Laboratory of Adaptive Systems (LAS), NINDS.

Prof. Olds also has had a close affiliation with the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole Massachusetts since 1978. In 1991, he was elected a member of the MBL Corporation. In 1994, Prof. Olds led a team of MBL summer investigators which, for the first time, imaged the activation of protein kinase C in living sea urchin eggs following fertilization using laser-scanning confocal microscopy. In 1995 Prof. Olds moved to the private sector to become the Executive Director of the American Association of Anatomists, a professional scientific society representing some 2,500 biomedical scientists.

His ongoing work is focused upon the role of neuroscience in medicine and public life, and he leads the international Decade of the Mind Project, a multi-disciplinary effort to foster and advance brain and cognitive sciences toward developing a more finely-grained understanding of consciousness and cognition. Click here for website

   
         
   
     

 

John Shook, PhD is Director of Education and Senior Research Fellow of the Center for Inquiry, and also is Visiting Assistant Professor of Science Education at the University at Buffalo, teaching for its online program in Science and the Public. From 2000 to 2006 he was a professor of philosophy at Oklahoma State University.

Dr. Shook publishes widely and often on philosophical topics about science, naturalism, pragmatism, philosophy of mind, ethics, democracy, humanism, and religion. He has authored and edited more than a dozen books, including "Pragmatic Naturalism and Realism" (2003), "A Companion to Pragmatism" (2005), "Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers" (2005), "Ectogenesis: Artificial Womb Technology and the Future of Human Reproduction" (2006), "The Future of Naturalism" (2009), and "The God Debates" (2010). Click here for website.

   
         
   
     

 
James Tabery, PhD MA, is an assistant professor of Philosophy and a member of the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities at the University of Utah. He received his PhD from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science as well as his MA from the Center for Bioethics in 2007 at the University of Pittsburgh. His interests lie at the intersection of philosophy of science and bioethics: debates over causation in the nature-nurture debate and the ethical implications of those debates, scientific explanations of psychopathy and the legal implications of understanding the causes of bad behavior when it comes to attributions of responsibility and punishment, epistemological considerations in the design of human experiments and the implications for the ethical oversight of research on humans. He has published articles in a range of scientific, philosophy of science, and bioethics journals, such as Philosophy of Science, Biology and Philosophy, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Journal of the History of Biology, International Journal of Epidemiology, and Development and Psychopathology.