People

Steering Committee


Mark M. Banaszak Holl

Mark M. Banaszak Holl obtained his B.S. with honors in chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1986 and his PhD from Cornell University in 1991. After spending one year in the surface physics group at IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, he accepted a position as an assistant professor of chemistry at Brown University. In 1995 he moved to the chemistry department at the University of Michigan where he has pursued problems in molecular and materials science. He has mentored over 45 graduate students from the departments of Chemistry, Physics, Biomedical Engineering, and Chemical Engineering and the interdisciplinary graduate programs in Applied Physics, Biophysics, and Macromolecular Science and Engineering. He has also worked with over 60 undergraduate researchers. In his lab, students have pursued research projects spanning a wide range of topics including the development of targeted cancer therapeutics and a new class of enzyme inhibitors, the mechanism of gene delivery, the development of nanoscale fluorescent probes, the behavior of nanoparticles at biological membranes, main group organometallic chemistry, the surface chemistry of silicon, the structure of transistor interfaces, the structure of collagen fibrils in tissue as a function of disease and drug treatment, and the development of the best methods and environment for teaching first year chemistry students. Policy interests include the integration of academic, industrial, and government science and engineering efforts to spur innovation, regulation, and education. holl photo




Rosina Bierbaum

Rosina Bierbaum is a Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy with appointments in both the School of Natural Resources & Environment and the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. She has been named the new Chair of the Global Environment Facility's Science and Technical Advisory Panel, and serves on President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Rosina is an Adaptation Fellow at the World Bank, leads the Adaptation Chapter for the Congressionally-mandated U.S. National Climate assessment, and is review editor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She serves on the Boards of several Foundations and NGOs and has lectured on every continent. Bierbaum served in both the executive and legislative branches of Government for two decades--as the Senate-confirmed director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's Environment Division, and in multiple capacities at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. Rosina was Dean of SNRE from 2001-2011, during which time she oversaw the creation of a new undergraduate Program in the Environment, five new dual Master's degrees across campus, and tripled interdisciplinary research in the School. Rosina's research interests lie at the interface of science and policy--principally on issues related to climate change adaptation and mitigation at the national and international levels. She teaches courses on Climate Policy. bierbaum photo




James Holloway

James Holloway is Vice Provost for Global Engagement and Interdisciplinary Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan. In 2007, he was named an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences in recognition of outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. He has served as U-M Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education, and the associate dean for undergraduate education for the College of Engineering. He is focused on the ways in which the U-M engages the world through both scholarship and education and dedicated to introducing students not only to the theory of engineering, but also to its practice, and to the world at-large. Holloway has managed the U-M relationship with the UM-SJTU Joint Institute in Shanghai since 2007. He most recently taught a course on user needs assessment and the cultural context of design for U-M and African students in Kumasi, Ghana. Holloway's research has focused on the computational modeling of radiation interactions with matter, and related problems in inverse problems and plasma tomography. He served as co-PI on the University of Michigan's CRASH center, and led the centers uncertainty quantification program. He has served as reviewer for many journals and programs, and served as Editor of the journal Transport Theory and Statistical Physics. He has also undertaken research in engineering education, including studying student identity and gender in the engineering classroom. Holloway has taught large first year classes and specialized graduate level courses, and much in between. Currently he is teaching ENGR 260, Engineering Across Cultures, in the College of Engineering. holloway photo


Joel Howell

Joel Howell, MD, PhD, has been a faculty member at the University of Michigan since 1984. In addition to being the Director of the Medical Arts Program, he is a Senior Associate Director of the University of Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, the Victor Vaughan Professor of the History of Medicine, and a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine (Medical School), History (College of LSA), and Health Management and Policy (School of Public Health). He earned his medical degree from the University of Chicago and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals. At the University of Pennsylvania he was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and a senior fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. He completed his doctorate in the history and sociology of science at the University of Pennsylvania with Rosemary Stevens as his thesis advisor. Howell's research interests focus on the history of medical technology and the medical humanities. He has written widely on the use of medical technology, examining the social and contextual factors relevant to its clinical application and diffusion, analyzing why American medicine has become so obsessed with the use of medical technology. He has recently published on the history of the fiberoptic endoscope and on diagnostic errors to be learned from a near-apocalyptic cold war miscalculation. Recent projects have started to explore the history of medical education in Ethiopia and the history of cardiology in Brazil. He is also writing on the history of human experimentation, on the use of children's bodies for anatomic study in the early 20th study, and on ideas about heart attacks. Howell's publications have appeared widely in the medical and the historical literature. His research has been supported both by federal grants and by foundations. In 2013 he received the Nicholas E. Davies Memorial Scholar Award for Scholarly Activities in the Humanities and History of Medicine from the American College of Physicians. In addition to his medical publications, Howell is the author of "Washtenaw County Bike Rides" (University of Michigan Press). Dr. Howell is a practicing internist and attending physician in both the outpatient and inpatient settings and regularly teaches in the Medical School and the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. howell photo


Michael Imperiale

Dr. Michael Imperiale is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Imperiale's research interests focus on the study of DNA tumor viruses. He has made important contributions to our understanding of how these viruses regulate expression of their genes, how they contribute to oncogenesis, and how they interact with the infected cell in order to cause acute disease. Most recently his laboratory has been examining how polyomavirus replication is controlled in healthy individuals and immunosuppressed patients. Dr. Imperiale has mentored fourteen doctoral students, an equivalent number of postdocs, and numerous undergraduates. His work has been published in leading journals in the field and has been presented at national and international conferences. He has served on various editorial boards, most recently being appointed as Founding Editor-in-Chief of mSphere. In addition to his laboratory research interests, Dr. Imperiale is actively engaged in science policy work at the national and international levels. He has served on several National Research Council committees addressing issues of responsible conduct of research and the intersection of science and security, and has published extensively on these topics. He currently serves on the Committee on Science, Technology, and Law at the National Academies, and the Planetary Protection Subcommittee at NASA. In 2009 Dr. Imperiale was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award by the University of Michigan. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in 2010 and as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2011. imperiale photo


Sridhar Kota

Sridhar Kota is the Herrick Professor of Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Director of MForesight: Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight - a national think-and-do tank focused on accelerating technological innovation to enhance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness by harnessing collective wisdom of researchers and practitioners. MForesight was established in October 2015 upon recommendation by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and in response to an open solicitation by the National Science Foundation to align R&D opportunities with national priorities through coordinated private-sector input. Between 2009-2012 Prof. Kota served as the Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In this role, he developed policy recommendations and implementation strategies to enhance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, and to foster innovation-based manufacturing and commercialization of emerging technologies. Kota played an instrumental role in initiating and launching President Obama's National Manufacturing Innovation Institutes. He orchestrated other initiatives including National Robotics Initiative, and National Digital Engineering and Manufacturing. Kota authored over 200 technical papers, 30 patents on product design and bio-inspired engineering systems. He is the recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Machine Design Award, Leonardo da Vinci Award, and Outstanding Educator Award. Kota taught a wide range of courses in engineering design from Freshman to graduate level. Drawing lessons from designs in nature and combining the principles of kinematics and continuum mechanics, Kota pioneered a new paradigm in product design for creating one-piece machines that exploit the natural elasticity of materials. His research work in soft robotics and bio-inspired designs was featured in popular press including BBC, CNN, NPR, Popular Science, Scientific American etc. He is the founder and CTO of FlexSys Inc., that developed the world's first modern aircraft with shape-changing wings. kota photo




Paula Lantz

Paula Lantz is professor and associate dean for academic affairs at the Ford School of Public Policy, and professor of health management and policy in the School of Public Health. As a social demographer/social epidemiologist, Professor Lantz conducts policy-focused research on the social determinants of health and health disparities, including how technological advances in medicine and other determinants of health can both decrease and exacerbate socioeconomic disparities in health outcomes. With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Professor Lantz is leading the University of Michigan Policies for Action Research Hub, which is a multi-disciplinary research center focused on a number of public policy issues related to population health. This includes a project Professor Lantz is directing on the potential for and challenges associated with social impact bonds as a financing mechanism for population health interventions. Professor Lantz is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, and an active member of its Population Health Improvement Roundtable. lantz photo






Maria Carmen Lemos

Maria Carmen Lemos is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan (UM). She is also co-Director of the Great Lakes Sciences and Assessments Center (GLISA) at the UM and Senior Policy Scholar at the Udall Center for the Study of Public Policy at the University of Arizona. During 2006-2007 she was a James Martin 21st Century School Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University. Her research focuses on (a) the co-production of science and policy and different means (e.g. networks, boundary organizations) to narrow the gap between useful and usable knowledge and (b) how scientific knowledge builds capacity for climate adaptation and risk management. She is a co-founder of Icarus (Initiative on Climate Adaptation Research and Understanding through the Social Sciences), which seeks foster collaboration and exchange between scholars focusing on vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. She was a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-AR5-Chapter 20) and has served in a number of the US National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences committees including Restructuring Federal Climate Research to Meet the Challenges of Climate Change (2009), America's Climate Choice Science Panel (2010) and the Board on Environmental Change and Society (2008-2015). She has MSc. and PhD degrees in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT. lemos photo




Gilbert S. Omenn

Gilbert S. Omenn, MD, PhD, is the Harold T. Shapiro Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan, with appointments in Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics, Internal Medicine, Human Genetics, and Public Health. He was previously Executive VP for Medical Affairs and CEO of the UM Health System (1997-2002) and Dean of Public Health & Community Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle (1982-97). He served as a White House Fellow at the Atomic Energy Commission (1973-74), Associate Director of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy and Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget (1977-81), chair of the Presidential/Congressional Commission on Risk Assessment and Risk Management (1994-1997), president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, 2006), member of the Scientific Management Review Board for the NIH (2012-2014), and the Council of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM, 2015-2017). He was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. He was elected to the NAM in 1978 and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2001. He received the David Rogers Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges for contributions to health and healthcare (2013). He was a director for 27 years of Amgen, Inc. His research has focused on biochemical genetics of the brain, proteins, bioinformatics, cancer prevention, risk assessment, and science policy, with 584 journal publications and 18 edited books. He currently chairs the global Human Proteome Project. He teaches about the federal budget and biosciences in the Ford School PP481 and PP754 STPP courses. He is currently on the boards of the Center for Public Integrity, the Hastings Center for Bioethics, and the Weizmann Institute of Science. He is a musician and tennis player. He is married to Martha Darling and has three children and five grandchildren. gilbert photo


Marie O'Neill

Marie O'Neill is an Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Epidemiology at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include health effects of air pollution, temperature extremes and climate change (mortality, asthma, hospital admissions, and cardiovascular endpoints); environmental exposure assessment; and socio-economic influences on health. She has worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Pan American Health Organization, in Mexico at the National Institute of Public Health and the National Center for Environmental Health as a Fulbright Scholar, and as a Research Fellow in Environmental Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at University of Michigan from 2004 to 2006. She received a B.A. in Environmental Studies/Hispanic Literature and Culture from Brown University in 1990, a M.S. in Environmental Health Sciences from Harvard University in 1997, and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina in 2000. marie oneill photo







Barry Rabe

Barry Rabe is the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He also holds an Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship and holds courtesy appointments in the Program in the Environment, the Department of Political Science and the School of Natural Resources and Environment. Barry is a political scientist trained at the University of Chicago, focusing on issues of federalism and policy implementation at the intersection of energy development and environmental protection. In recent years, he has focused on the formation and durability of a range of climate and energy policies, reflected in a fellowship last year as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and an ongoing project with the American Academy of Arts and Science. Barry is also a non-resident senior fellow in the Governance Studies Program of the Brookings Institution and is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. His current policy engagement includes serving as chair of the Assumable Waters subcommittee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Expert Advisory Group of the NAPA review of Interior Department reforms following the Deepwater Horizon spill. He is currently completing a book on the politics of carbon pricing, which will explore why a policy idea so popular among economists has proven so difficult to adopt and sustain in the United States and abroad. barry photo




Douglas Richstone

Douglas Richstone is Associate Dean for Natural Sciences at the College of Literature, Science and the Arts and the Lawrence H. Aller Collegiate Professor of Astronomy at the University of Michigan. He has held brief concurrent appointments at the National Observatory of Japan, the Institute for Advanced Study and the Institute for Theoretical Physics at UC Santa Barbara, and as a Guggenheim Fellow. Richstone received a B.S. with honors in Astronomy from Caltech and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Princeton University in 1975. His most active current research activities include dynamics of galaxy centers and the demographics, formation and evolution of massive black holes. He is the leader of the "Nukers", an international collaboration of 15 scientists studying the nuclei of galaxies, and a member of the LISA (Laser Interferometry Space Antenna) Science Team. He maintains interests in the estimation of cosmological parameters and formation and evolution of clusters of galaxies. His service activities over the last decade include the State of Ohio Physics and Astronomy Review of Ph.D. Programs, member and chair of the Space Telescope Institute Council, the Gemini Project Oversight Committee, American Astronomical Society and Dynamical Division Prize Committees and the DDA council, the AURA (Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy) Board of Directors and the NASA Space Science Advisory Committee. He currently is a member of the NASA Origins Subcommittee and chairs the Astronomy and Physics Working Group. doug photo




Carl P. Simon

Carl P. Simon is Professor of Mathematics, Economics, Complex Systems and Public Policy at The University of Michigan. He was the founding Director of the UM Center for the Study of Complex Systems (1999-2009). He has served as the Associate Director for Social Science and Policy of the Michigan Energy Institute and as Director of the U-M Science and Technology Policy Program. His research interests center around the theory and applications of dynamical systems. He has applied dynamic modeling to the spread of AIDS (in particular the role of primary infection), staph infection, malaria and gonorrhea, to the spread of crime, and to the evolution of ecological and economic systems. His research team won the 1995 Howard M. Temin Award in Epidemiology for Scientific Excellence in the Fight against HIV/AIDS and the 2005 Kenneth Rothman Epidemiology Prize for paper of the year in Epidemiology, He was named the U-M LS&A Distinguished Senior Lecturer for 2007 and received the U-M Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award in 2012. carl photo