Katharina Dittmar

Program Director, Systematics and Biodiversity Science Cluster, Division of Environmental Biology, The National Science Foundation; Professor (Biological Sciences), University at Buffalo

A biologist Dr. Dittmar uses a diversity of molecular tools, from phylogenetics to genomics, for studying evolution of associations between blood-feeding insect (such as fleas) and their mammal hosts, both living and extinct. Following her graduate work at University of Leipzig, Dr. Dittmar pursued a post-doctoral fellowship in phylogenetics and evolution at Brigham Young University (2002-2006) and worked for a year as a Senior Research Assistant in Bioinformatics, University of Wyoming, before receiving a professorship position at University at Buffalo, NY (2007-present). Currently she serves as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation for the Systematics and Biodiversity Science Cluster, Division of Environmental Biology, and is a Research Associate at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

Education: Ph.D. University of Leipzig, Germany (Parasitology), 2001; D.V.M. University of Leipzig, Germany (Veterinary Medicine), 1997

Presentation: How I Befriended a Vampire: Microbial Symbiosis in Blood-Feeding Parasites; Friday, March 30, 2018; 12:00-1:00PM

Matthew S. Leslie

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Smithsonian Institution

Dr. Leslie uses emerging technology, natural history collections, field research, and genetics to describe marine mammal diversity for conservation management decisions. Currently he focuses on elucidating the evolutionary relationships of balaenopterid whales using skulls, DNA, and drones. In addition to research, Dr. Leslie strives to inspire others to fall in love with Earth’s wildlife and wild places through teaching and public education.

Education: Ph.D. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2016; M.S. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2011

Presentation: Integrating DNA, Drones, and Fossils to Clarify Relationships Among Rorqual Whales; Friday, September 29, 2017; 12:00-1:00PM

Paul H. Nadeau

Professor, University of Stavanger, Institutt for Petroleumsteknologi, Norway

Dr. Paul Nadeau’s research spans a range of basic and applied aspects of geology, including mineralogy and diagenesis, petroleum geoscience and reservoir geology, global and Norwegian continental shelf exploration, and basin and risk analysis. He had previously served as a geoscience advisor on reservoir geology and petrography at Statoil (Stavanger, Norway), a research specialist for Exxon Production Research Co. (Houston, TX), conducted post-doctoral research at James Hutton Institute (Aberdeen, United Kingdom), and worked as a technical advisor for the GEOSTAT Committee (San Francisco, CA) and an Exploration Geologist for the Anschutz Corp. at Rocky Mountains (Denver, CO). Currently, Dr. Nadeau is a Professor II at the University of Stavanger (Dept. Petroleum Engineering) and a Geoscience Advisor and Director of Arkadia GeoScience (Stavanger, Norway). Dr. Nadeau was honored by the Alumni Achievement Award for Science by Boston College (2001) and Schlumberger Medal by The Mineralogical Society (2000), and was elected in the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences in 2014. Nadeau’s comprehensive publication record can be found at ResearchGate.

Education: Ph.D. Dartmouth College (Earth Sciences), M.A. Dartmouth College, 1980; B.S. Boston College, 1975

Presentation: The US Shale Oil/Gas Revolution: A Historic Opportunity for America; Friday, February 9, 2018; 12:00-1:00PM

Aram Sinnreich

Associate Professor, School of Communication, American University

Dr. Aram Sinnreich’s work focuses on the intersection of culture, law and technology, with an emphasis on subjects such as emerging media and music. He is the author of two books, Mashed Up (2010), and The Piracy Crusade (2013), and has written for publications including the New York Times, Billboard and Wired. Prior to coming to AU, Sinnreich served as Assistant Professor at Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information, Director at media innovation lab OMD Ignition Factory, Managing Partner of media/tech consultancy Radar Research, Visiting Professor at NYU Steinhardt, and Senior Analyst at Jupiter Research. He is also a bassist and composer, and has played with groups and artists including progressive soul collective Brave New Girl, dub-and-bass band Dubistry, and Ari-Up, lead singer of the Slits. Along with co-authors Dunia Best and Todd Nocera, Sinnreich was a finalist in the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, in the jazz category.

Education: Ph.D. University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication, 2007; M.S. Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 2000

Presentation: Hip Hop and Copyright: Where Art, Technology and Law Collide; Friday, November 3, 2017; 12:00-1:00PM

Ashok Vaseshta

Vice Provost for Research at Claflin University and Strategic Advisor/Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sciences Convergence and International Clean Water Institute at Norwich University Applied Research Institutes

Dr. Ashok Vaseshta’s research interests include advanced and nano materials for development of chemical-bio sensors, water safety and security, counter-terrorism, environmental pollution monitoring and remediation, and green nanotechnology. He authored over 230 publications, and edited and authored six books. Concurrently, Dr. Vaseshta serves as visiting Professor in Romania and Chaired Professor at the Academy of Sciences of Moldova. He also served as a visiting scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. Since 2007, he had several fellowships at the U.S Department of State serving in the offices of WMDT and Foreign Consequence Management and as S&T advisor in the office of Verification and Transparency Technologies. He is fellow of the American Physical Society, Institute of Nanotechnology, and New York Academy of Sciences. He was awarded Gold medal by the University of Armenia for his contribution to Nanotechnology.

Education: Ph.D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, 1990.

Presentation: Ecosystem of Innovations in Nanotechnologies for Safety, Security, and Sustainability; Friday, October 27, 2017; 12:00-1:00PM