Chair and Co-Chairs
Alice S. Huang, Ph.D.
AAAS President and 2011 Meeting Chair
Senior Faculty Associate in Biology
California Institute of Technology
Dr. Huang is a distinguished virologist and proponent for women in science. She is particularly interested in interdisciplinary research, the organization of higher educational institutions, and in policy issues related to education, science, and technology. She was the first to purify and characterize defective interfering viral particles. Her suggestion that these particles play a major role in viral pathogenesis stimulated research on many viral systems including plant viruses, and has led to the possibility of using these particles for disease prevention. Her work at the Salk Institute and MIT with David Baltimore on vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) led the way to his Nobel Prize-winning discovery of reverse transcriptase. Because of her work, VSV has become a model virus for many research studies.
Freeman A. Hrabowski III, Ph.D.
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Dr. Hrabowski has served as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County since 1992. He is co-author of the books, Beating the Odds, Raising Academically Successful African American Males and Overcoming the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Young Women. Dr. Hrabowski serves as a consultant to the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and universities and school systems nationally. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. In 2008, Hrabowski was named one of America's Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report. In 2009, Dr. Hrabowski was selected by Time Magazine as one of the Top Ten College Presidents.
Ray O. Johnson, Ph.D.
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Johnson guides the company's technology vision and provides corporate leadership in the strategic areas of technology and engineering, which include more than 65,000 people working on more than 4,000 programs. He also leads the Advanced Concepts Organization and the Center for Innovation, a world-class laboratory for collaborative experimentation and analysis involving Lockheed Martin, its customers, and industry partners. In addition to executive leadership and management positions, Dr. Johnson has experience in strategic planning, program development, program management, and venture capital funding.
Robert Tjian, Ph.D.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
As president of the Institute, Dr. Tjian remains an active scientist. His small laboratory group at HHMI's Janelia Farm Research Campus is focused on developing new approaches to image biochemical activities in single living cells. He also maintains a research laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology. Trained as a biochemist, Dr. Tjian has made major contributions to the understanding of how genes work. He discovered proteins called transcription factors that bind to specific sections of DNA and play a critical role in controlling how genetic information is transcribed and translated into the thousands of biomolecules that keep cells, tissues, and organisms alive.