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Academic & Scientific leaders supporting the call

Frances Arnold

Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry, CalTech

Jonathan Arons

Professor Of Astronomy and of Physics, University of California, Berkeley

Richard Bergenstal

Executive Director, International Diabetes Center; Vice President, American Diabetes Association

Mel Bernstein

Vice President for Research, University of Maryland

Donald Boesch

President, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Dawn Bonnell

Trustee Professor of Material Sciences; Director, Nano/Bio Interface Center University of Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Boylan

Provost and Dean of Faculty, Barnard College

Christian Brady

Dean, Schreyer Honors College, Pennsylvania State University

William Briscoe

Director, Center For Nuclear Studies, The George Washington University

Charles Brokopp

Director, Wisconsin State Lab Of Hygiene, Uninversity Of Wisconsin, Madison

James Buizer

Science Policy Advisor To The President, Arizona State University; Former Director, Climate and Society Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

John Cambier

Chair and Ida and Cecil Green Professor of Immunology, University of Colorado; Chair of Immunology, National Jewish Medical and Research Center

Arthur Caplan 

Director, Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania and Chair, Department of Medical Ethics, U-Penn School of Medicine

Sean Carroll

Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and author of Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Hal Caswell

Senior Scientist, Biology, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Peter Cavanagh

Chair, Biomedical Engineering, Lerner Research Institute, The Cleveland Clinic

William Chameides

Dean, Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, Duke University 

David Cheney

Director, Science And Technology Policy Program, SRI International

Carl Cowen

Professor of Mathematical Sciences, IUPUI; Former President, Mathematical Association of America (2005-2007)

Father George Coyne

Director Emeritus, Vatican Observatory

George Crabtree

Director, Materials Science & Senior Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory

Joel Cracraft

Lamont Curator and Curator-in-Charge, Department of Ornithology, American Museum of Natural History

Judith Curry

Chair, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology  

Sandra Degen

Vice President For Research, University Of Cincinnati

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Director, Hayden Planetarium

Keith Devlin

Executive Director, Center for the Study of Language and Information, and Consulting Professor of Mathematics, Stanford University; commentator "The Math Guy" on NPR; author of 25 books; Chair-elect of the Mathematics Section of the AAAS

Emmett Duffy

Glucksman Professor Of Marine Science, The College of William and Mary; 2011 Kobe Prize in Marine Biology

Kelly Edwards

Associate Dean, Graduate School, University of Washington

Niles Eldredge

Curator, Division of Paleontology, The American Museum of Natural History

Martha Farah

Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Natural Sciences; Director, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania

Nariman Farvardin

Senoir Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, University of Maryland

Steve Fetter

Dean, School of Public Policy University of Maryland - College Park

Baruch Fischhoff

Howard Heinz Professor, Carnegie Mellon University; Former President, Society for Risk Analysis, Society for Judgment and Decision Making

John Fitzpatrick

Executive Director, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology; Brewster Award

Carol Folt

Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Dartmouth College

Stan Franklin

W. Harry Feinstone Interdisciplenary Research Professor, University of Memphis

Henry Frisch

Professor of Physics, University of Chicago; Fellow of the American Physical Society

Elsa Garmire

Sydney E. Junkins Professor Of Engineering Science & Former Dean, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College

John Gearhart

Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Physiology, Comparative Medicine, and Population Dynamics; Director of Stem Cell Biology, McKusic-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Barry Glassner

Executive Vice Provost, University of Southern California

Irwin Goldstein

Senior Vice Chancellor For Academic Affairs, University System Of Maryland

Lisa Graumlich

Dean, College of the Environment and Virginia and Prentice Bloedel Professor, University of Washington

William Greenough

Swanlund Chair and Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University Of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Gary Grest

Distinguished Member Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories

Robert Griffin

Director, Francis Bitter National Magnet Laboratory; Professor of Chemistry, MIT

Francesca Grifo

Senior Scientist and Director of the Scientific Integrity Program, Union of Concerned Scientists

Dean Hartley

Director Of Science Initiatives, Alzheimer's Association

Ira Herman

Professor and Director, Tufts Center for Innovations in Wound Healing Research and Director, Program in Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, Tufts University School of Medicine

John Hildebrand

Regents Professor of Neurobiology, University of Arizona

Kip Hodges

Director and Foundation Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University

Richard Hodges

Director, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Gerald Holton

Research Professor of Physics and History of Science, Harvard University

John Horgan 

Director, Center for Science Writings at the Stevens Institute of Technology 

Jack Horner

Regents Professor and Curator of Paleontology, Montana State University; MacArthur Fellow

Jennie Hunter-Cevera

President, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute

Jeffrey Huskamp

Vice President and CIO, University of Maryland

John Irons

Research and Policy Director, Economic Policy Institute

Jeremy Jackson

William E. and Mary B. Ritter Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Thomas Jones

Provost, Salisbury University

Steve Kelley

Director, Center for Science, Technology and Policy, University of Minnesota

Daniel Kevles

Stanley Woodward Professor Of History, Yale University

Lawrence Krauss

Director, Origins Initiative; Co-Director, Cosmology Initiative; Professor of Earth and Space Exploration and Physics, Arizona State University

Eric Lander

Director, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; first author of the Human Genome Project; one of TIME's 100 most influential people of our time (2004)

Ed Lazowska

Bill & Melinda Gates Chair In Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington

Anthony Leiserowitz

Director, Yale Project on Climate Change

Richard Lempert

Eric Stein Distinguished University Professor of Law and Sociology, University of Michigan Law School

Peter Lepage

Dean of Arts and Sciences, Cornell University

Howard Leventhal

Board Of Governors Professor, Institute For Health, Rutgers University

Simon Levin

Director, Center for BioComplexity and Moffett Professor of Biology, Princeton University

Eugene Levy

Provost and Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Rice University; former NASA Advisory Council; NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal recipient

Richard Lifton

Director, Yale Center for Human Genetics and Genomics; Chair, Department of Genetics, Yale School of Medicine

Jere Lipps

Curator of Paleontology and Professor of Geology, Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley

Arthur Lupia

Hal R. Varian Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan

Michael Mann

Director, Earth System Science Center, Penn State University

Bruce Margon

Vice Chancellor For Research, University of California, Santa Cruz

Jay Marx

Executive Director, Ligo Laboratory

Kenneth Miller

Professor of Biology, Brown University; co-author of Biology

William Moerner

Harry S. Mosher Professor of Chemistry and Professor, by courtesy, of Applied Physics, Stanford University; Wolf Prize in Chemistry, 2008

Jon Morse

Associate Vice President For Research, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Michael Novacek

Provost of Science and Curator of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History

Matt O'Donnell

Frank And Julie Jungers Dean Of Engineering, University of Washington

Simon Ostrach

W. J. Austin Distinguished Professor Emeritus Of Engineering, Case Western Reserve University; former Home Secretary; one of NASA's "12 Superstars of Modern Aeronautics"

Tara O’Toole

CEO and Director, Center for Biosecurity, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

David Ozonoff

Professor and Chair Emeritus, Department of Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health

Kevin Padian

Professor and Curator Department of Integrative Biology and Museum of Paleontology University of California, Berkeley

Scott Page

External Faculty, Santa Fe Institute; Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics University of Michigan

Robert Palazzo

Provost, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Bob Park

Professor of physics and former chair of the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland; author Voodoo Science

Thomas Parks

Vice President for Research and Chair, Neurobiology & Anatomy, University of Utah; Executive Director, Brain Institute

Charles Peden

Interim Director, Institute for Interfacial Catalysis, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Raymond Pierrehumbert

Lead author IPCC Third Assessment Report; Author NRC study on abrupt climate change; Louis Block Professor, University Of Chicago

Stuart Pimm

Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology, Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, Duke University

Steven Pinker 

Johnstone Family Professor, Department of Psychology, Harvard University; author How The Mind Works

Philip Pizzo

Dean, Stanford University School Of Medicine

Jim Plummer

Dean, Stanford University School Of Engineering

Timothy Profeta

Director, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University

Louis Ptacek

Distinguished Professor, University of California, San Francisco; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Ronald Raines

Henry Lardy Professor of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Vera Rubin

Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington; National Medal of Science, 1993

Rafael Reif

Provost, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology

Barry Rosen

Chair, Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Wayne State University; President, American Association of Graduate and Medical Departments of Biochemistry (AMGDB)

William Ruddiman

Geologist, Climate Scientist, Prof. Emeritus, University of Virginia

Alan Saltiel

Director, Life Sciences Institute, University of Michigan

Virginia Sapiro

Dean, College Of Arts And Sciences, Boston University

Barry Scherr

Provost, Dartmouth College

John Schwarz

Professor Of Theoretical Physics, CalTech; Originator of Superstring Theory

Larry Shapiro

Executive Vice Chancellor For Medical Affairs, Washington University School Of Medicine

Robert Smith

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Arkansas

James Gustave Speth

Dean, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University

Dan Stone

Director of Graduate Studies and Gatton Endowed Chair, University of Kentucky

Fleur Strand

Carroll & Milton Petrie Professor Emerita, NYU; Past President, New York Academy of Sciences

Lawrence Susskind

Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, MIT

Jill Tarter

Director, Center for SETI Research

Jon Thaler

Professor of Physics And Astronomy, particle physicist and cosmologist, University Of Illinois

James Thomson

John D. MacArthur Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and a faculty member of the Genome Center of Wisconsin; stem cell pioneer

Kip Thorne

The Feynman Professor Of Theoretical Physics, CalTech

Maury Tigner

Laboratory Director, Cornell University

Jonathan Tucker

Senior Fellow, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies

Meg Urry

Director, Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics; Chair, Yale Physics Department

Robert Wells

Director, Center for Genome Research, Institute of Biosciences and Technology, Texas A&M University, Texas Medical Center in Houston

Ron Wetherington

Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, Southern Methodist University; author of Understanding Human Evolution

Tim White

Director, Human Evolution Research Center; Professor of Integrative Biology and Curator of Biological Anthropology, P.A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Bernard Widrow

Professor Of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University

Walter Willett

Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, Harvard University

Michael Witherell

Vice Chancellor For Research, University of California, Santa Barbara; Former Director, Fermilab

Paul Wolpe

Senior Fellow, Center for Bioethics; Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Medical Ethics, and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

Keith Yamamoto

Executive Vice Dean, School of Medicine, University Of California, San Francisco

Laurie Zoloth

Director, Bioethics, Center for Genetic Medicine Professor of Medical Ethics and Humanities Professor of Religion, Northwestern University