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External Advisory Board

Virginia Balke Virginia Balke, EPSCoR Program Director, Delaware Technical Community College

Balke is a professor of biology and biotechnology at Delaware Technical Community College where she has been instrumental in integrating research experiences into the undergraduate curriculum at the community college level. She launched the undergraduate research program at Delaware Tech in 2008 with the formation of the BioChem Club and through collaborations with faculty from four-year institutions. Research results from her students' projects have been presented in departmental and external poster sessions including the National Conference for Undergraduate Resarch. She is also active in the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative, an organization that seeks to promote such research programs. In 2013, she was honored as the higher education Educator of the Year by the Delaware BioScience Association. She is also a PI on the Delaware INBRE grant and is a member of the Bioinformatics Network of Delaware Steering Committee. She received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Jeffrey Bross Jeffrey Bross, Chair of Duffield Associates, Inc., Board of Directors and Executive Committee

A registered professional engineer in Delaware, Nebraska, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and a fellow of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), Jeffrey Bross has served as past president of ACEC Delaware, chaired the board of the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, co-chaired the New Castle County Economic Development Council, and served on the board of the Associated General Contractors of Delaware. He holds appointments to the state’s Workforce Investment Board, Stormwater Management Task Force, Clean Water Advisory Council, Livable Delaware Infill and Redevelopment Subcommittee, and the New Castle County Executive’s Task Force on Redevelopment. An adjunct instructor in civil and environmental engineering at UD, Bross has authored numerous technical articles and is a national speaker on environmental and construction issues. He was named Delaware’s Engineer of the Year in 2006.

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Hugh J. Campbell, Jr. Hugh J. Campbell, Jr., Director, Chemical and Environmental Management Programs, DuPont Company (retired)

At the DuPont Company, Campbell was involved in various chemical and environmental engineering and management assignments involving industrial wastewater treatment, solid/hazardous waste, remediation, Superfund, underground injection, and other risk-based chemical management programs. He focused on legislative/regulatory advocacy at the federal and state levels and on global implementation programs. Campbell has served in numerous leadership roles with the Chemical Manufacturers Association related to environmental health, safety, and chemical management. He has been vice chair and chair of the American Industrial Health Council (AIHC) board of directors; chair of the Alliance for Chemical Awareness (ACA); chair of the Water Pollution Control Federation's Industrial Wastes Committee; a member of the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association's (SOCMA) Environmental Quality Committee and chair of its Water Subcommittee. In his ACC and SOCMA responsibilities, Campbell represented the chemical industry in testimony before Congress and in various regulatory forums at the federal  and state levels. Campbell served as a member of the ASCE Oxygen Transfer Committee, working on the development of oxygen transfer testing methods, and as chair of an ASCE Steering Subcommittee, managing a $1.2 million EPA research grant.

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Ted Carski Ted Carski, Global Registration Portfolio Manager in Crop Protection, DuPont Company

Carski has held numerous positions in his long career with DuPont. Starting as research chemist looking at the environmental fate of crop protection chemicals in soils, progressing through several line management roles, and now serving as a Global Registration Portfolio Manager in DuPont Crop Protection. Carski is also a member of the board of directors and is co-chair of the Science Committee for the Sassafras River Association in Maryland. Carski received his doctorate in plant and soil sciences from the University of Delaware with an emphasis on environmental soil chemistry. The innovative research methods he developed during his time at the University are currently used by scientists and engineers around the world.

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Patricia Dwyer Patricia Dwyer, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Wesley College

Dwyer is the vice president for academic affairs and a professor in the Department of Language and Literature at Wesley College. Before arriving at Wesley in June 2009, she was associate vice president of academic initiatives at College of Notre Dame of Maryland for almost four years. Prior to Notre Dame, she was at Shepherd University in West Virginia for 13 years, where she a professor in the Department of English and Modern Language and served in a variety of administrative positions. Her work in assessment began in 1998 when she chaired the assessment committee in preparation for the Higher Learning Commission accreditation for Shepherd University. Since then, she has presented at national and international conferences, published on assessment in peer-reviewed books and journals, and represents the Middle States Commission on Higher Education as a site-team reviewer.

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Scott Fendorf Scott Fendorf, Terry Huffington Professor and Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Systems, Stanford University

Fendorf is interested in the chemical and biological processes that control the fate and movement of elements (ranging from carbon to arsenic to uranium) within soils, sediments, and surface waters. His research group examines the chemical environments that develop as a result of both biotic and abiotic processes and strives to account for the physical complexity and hydrology of natural settings. A particular emphasis is given on reactions which change the oxidation state (redox reactions) and associated speciation of contaminants/nutrients or solids that control their partitioning.

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Helen Fischel Helen Fischel, Director of Education and Organizational Development, Delaware Nature Society

Fischel joined Delaware Nature Society’s Education Department in 1980. She holds a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Delaware and an MS in Education from Widener University. Helen oversees the Education Department staff at all sites (Ashland Nature Center, Abbotts Mill Nature Center, Coverdale Farm Preserve, DuPont Environmental Education Center) and coordinates the 21 credits worth of classes through the University of Delaware. Look for her each season on the trail teaching 1.5-year-old children, adult teachers, and everyone in between.

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Michael Hochella Michael Hochella, University Distinguished Professor of Nanogeoscience and Biogeochemistry, Virginia Tech

Hochella received his B.S. and M.S. from Virginia Tech and his Ph.D. from Stanford University. Among his honors, he has been a Fulbright Scholar to Germany, served as president of the Geochemical Society, received the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award and Fellowship, and was awarded the Dana Medal by the Mineralogical Society of America. He was named Virginia Scientist of the Year in 2005 by Gov. Mark Warner and elected a fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2006. He has served on the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee for Geosciences and currently serves on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Earth Sciences Council. Hochella has written more than 125 professional publications and edited two books. Currently, he also is the principal editor of the science magazine Elements.

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Dyremple Marsh Dyremple Marsh, Dean, College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, Delaware State University

Marsh is the dean of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences at Delaware State University and serves on the Delaware EPSCoR leadership team. He has also played an integral role in the catalysis of the Center for Integrated Biological and Environmental Research (CIBER), a faculty network hub housed at DSU.

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Patricia Maurice Patricia Maurice, Professor, Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences, University of Notre Dame

Maurice's research is focused on field and laboratory based studies of mineral-water interface geochemistry; organic and microbial interactions with mineral surfaces; geochemistry of humic substances; soil chemistry; chemical weathering; hydrology and biogeochemistry of freshwater wetlands; remediation of metal contamination; and global climate change. 

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Alexandra Navrotsky Alexandra Navrotsky, Edward Roessler Chair in Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Director of the Nanomaterials in the Environment, Agriculture and Technology (NEAT) Organized Research Unit at the University of California, Davis

Navrotsky’s research focuses on relating microscopic features of structure and bonding to macroscopic thermodynamic behavior in minerals, ceramics and other complex materials. A fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the Geochemical Society, and the Mineralogical Society (Great Britain), she has published over 480 scientific papers and served as editor of the journal Physics and Chemistry of Minerals. Among her many honors, Navrotsky has received the Mineralogical Society of America Award, Ross Coffin Purdy Award from the American Ceramic Society, Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth Science, an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University in Sweden, and the Urey Medal of the European Association of Geochemistry. Navrotsky is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Chicago.

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Dan Parke Dan Parke, Director General of AgĂȘncia Estado, Brazil

Parke is the Director General of Agência Estado (AE) based in São Paulo, Brazil. AE is Latin America’s largest real-time news agency providing ~10,000 AE broadcast terminals to finance professionals. He is the AE business unit head reporting to the CEO of The Estado de São Paulo Media Group, one of Brazil’s largest online and print media companies publishing the most influential Brazilian daily newspaper, Estadão. Prior to running AE, he was the managing director for Thomson Financial Latin America from 2004–2008. Before joining Thomson, Parke worked at Bloomberg for 12 years, where he was responsible for initiating and running Bloomberg’s Latin American business. He is a founding member of The Nature Conservancy do Brasil (TNC) board of trustees where he was a director from 1999–2011 (and chairperson from 2002–2006). During his tenure as board chair, he successfully led in-country fundraising efforts that resulted in local development efforts increasing to 15% of total funds raised (from a base of zero). The TNC do Brasil conservation efforts have resulted in more than 20 million hectares of protected lands in Brazil. In May 2012, Parke joined the board of directors of World Wildlife Fund Brasil, a leading conservation NGO; in April 2013 he was elected the board V.P. in charge of the Marketing, Communication and Fundraising Committee. 

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David Small David Small, Deputy Secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Small is the deputy secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control where he has worked for 23 years. He has served as the deputy secretary since 2001. Small has also worked as executive assistant to the secretary and joined the department as chief of the Office of Information and Education. He represents Delaware on the board of directors of The Climate Registry and is a member of the board of directors of Wilmington’s Riverfront Development Corporation. He is a past president of the Northeast Fish and Wildlife Information and Education Association and a former State of Delaware Employee of the Year. He is responsible for overseeing six divisions within the department and coordinates legislative and policy matters, enforcement, and communications. Small is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College.

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Rick Speizman Rick Speizman, Partner, KPMG, LLP

Speizman has 25 years of experience consulting with tax-exempt organizations on tax issues. His experience includes analysis and planning of reorganizations, joint ventures, affiliations, investments, and other types of transactions; diagnosis and resolution of tax issues, individually, and in the context of large-scale tax evaluations and corporate compliance programs; evaluation and development of tax policies, procedures and controls; representation before the IRS with respect to coordinated examination program (CEP) exams and other tax matters; preparation of IRS determination, technical advice and private letter ruling requests; due diligence reviews; assistance with grant-making programs; leadership of industry coalitions; and consulting on tax legislative and regulatory developments. Clients have included health care providers, managed care entities, retirement and low-income housing providers, educational institutions, scientific research organizations, museums and other cultural institutions, religious organizations, athletic organizations, charities, private foundations, social welfare organizations, trade associations, pension funds, social clubs, fraternities and sororities, tax-exempt financial institutions, governmental entities, and their managers and advisors.

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Stephen Sutton Stephen Sutton, Senior Scientist, Department of Geophysical Sciences and Center for Advanced Radiation Sources, University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory

A senior scientist at the University of Chicago’s Department of Geophysical Sciences, Sutton's research focuses on X-ray fluorescence microprobe development and applications in the earth, planetary, and environmental sciences, including studies of extraterrestrial materials. In particular, he is working on the development and application of synchrotron X-ray microanalysis instrumentation and methods for trace-element quantification using the X-ray fluorescence microprobe and chemical speciation determinations using X-ray absorption fine-structure spectroscopy. He has been involved in synchrotron radiation research for over 20 years, currently as co-project leader for the GeoSoilEnviroCARS beamlines at the Advanced Photon Source (Argonne National Laboratory) and as spokesperson for beamline X26A at the National Synchrotron Light Source (Brookhaven National Laboratory). He received his B.S. in physics and his Ph.D. in earth and planetary sciences from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Bernard Sweeney Bernard Sweeney, Director, President, and Senior Research Scientist, Stroud Water Research Center

Sweeney's research focuses on the role of water quality monitoring in conservation, population and community ecology of temperate and tropical aquatic invertebrates; pollution assessment in temperate and tropical streams using macroinvertebrates; the role of streamside forests in the structure and function of stream and river ecosystems; factors affecting the growth and survivorship of trees in riparian forests; the effects of global warming on stream ecosystems; genetic variation and gene flow among populations of stream insects; the effects of diel and seasonal temperature change on aquatic insect populations; evolution of facultative parthenogenesis in aquatic insects; bioenergetics and secondary production of aquatic insects; and the bioassay of toxic materials in aquatic systems.

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Robert Taylor Robert Taylor, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences and Director of Land-Grant Programs, Florida A&M University

Taylor's research focuses on the mechanisms of toxic heavy metal sorption on soil media particles using classical isothermic techniques coupled with cutting-edge high technology methods such as synchrotron extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS). His past research was mainly in the areas of screening soybeans and Bradyrhizobium for tolerance to soil chemical stresses; studying the mechanism and kinetics of phosphate and zinc sorption on soil and mineral surfaces; use of wastewater algal biomass as nitrogen fertilizer using N15-technique; and effects of residual levels of sludge-borne toxic heavy metals and phosphate on soil pollution and phytotoxicity.

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Fu-Suo Zhang Fu-Suo Zhang, Dean of the College of Resources and Environmental Sciences, China Agricultural University

Zhang received his B.S. in soil science and agricultural chemistry from Northwestern A&F University, China; his M.S. in soil science and agricultural chemistry from Beijing Agricultural University; and his Ph.D. in plant nutrition from Hohenheim University, Germany. He is the past president of the International Plant Nutrition Council and has served as vice president of the Soil Science Society of China, the Plant Nutrition and Fertilizer Science Society of China, and the Academy of Natural Resources of China. He has also chaired the soil testing and fertilization expert committee serving the Chinese Department of Agriculture. His research focuses on rhizosphere dynamics, plant nutrition mobilization and uptake, and nutrient management. Since 1998, he has been especially interested in developing integrated nutrient management concepts and techniques to realize high-yield and high-efficiency crop production while reducing environmental pollution. He has established a network that of more than 300 soil, plant nutrition, and agronomy professionals in China and 58 experimental stations in 20 provinces and actively maintains research and education programs with 40 scientists from approximately 30 countries.

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Yong-Guan Zhu Yong-Guan Zhu, Professor of Biogeochemistry and Environmental Biology and Director General of the Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Zhu was previously the assistant director of the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), where he still leads a research team working on various aspects of soil-plant interactions. Before joining CAS in 2002, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Adelaide, Australia. He obtained his B.Sc. in soil science from the former Zhejiang Agricultural University in 1989 and his M.Sc. in soil science from the Institute of Soil Science, CAS, in 1992. He completed his Ph.D. in environmental biology from Imperial College, London, in 1998. Zhu has received a number of national and international awards, including the National Young Scientist Award, July 2006; “Top Ten Youth” of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, April 2007; and the National Natural Science Award in 2009. He has published over 100 papers in international journals, including Environmental Science and Technology, Plant Physiology, Environmental Microbiology, Trends in Plant Science, New Phytologist, Environmental Pollution, and Plant and Soil.

 

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