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Chancellor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Holden Thorp is chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A Carolina alumnus and faculty member, Chancellor Thorp was appointed July 2008 after serving as dean of UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences. He is a Kenan professor and an award-win- ning teacher and researcher. He also chaired the nationally recognized department of Chemistry, where he has been a full professor since 1999. From 2001 to 2005, Thorp directed the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, guiding efforts to expand the planetarium’s original emphasis to become a comprehensive sci- ence education center for North Carolina.
Thorp has published more than 130 scholarly articles on the electronic properties of dNA and RNA. He invented technology for electronic dNA chips that is the basis of 19 issued or pending U.S. patents. For his dNA chip technology, Thorp was recognized as one of the Top innovators of 2001 by Fortune Small Business magazine. in 2005, Thorp co-founded Viamet Pharmaceuticals inc., a biotechnology company targeting metalloenzymes in the fields of infectious disease, inflammation and oncology.
Thorp has received many honors for his research, including the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Young investigator Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, the david and Lucile Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, and both the New Faculty Award and Teacher-Scholar Award from the Camille and Henry dreyfus Founda- tion. He received his bachelor of science degree with highest honors in chemistry from UNC in 1986. He earned a doctorate in chemistry from the California institute of Technology in 1989, was a postdoctoral associate at Yale University and started his faculty career at N.C. State University. He joined the UNC faculty in 1993.
Director of the Office of Cyberinfrastructure at the National
Science Foundation and the Floating Point Systems Professor in Louisiana
State University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy
Edward Seidel is a physicist recognized world- wide for his work on numerical relativity and black holes, as well as in high-performance and grid computing. He was director of Louisi- ana State University’s (LSU) Center for Computation & Technology (CCT) from 2003 – 2008 and he is the Floating Point Systems Professor in LSU’s departments of Physics & Astronomy and Computer Science. in addition to leading the CCT, he helped initiate, and is presently the chief scientist for, the $40 million Louisiana Optical Network initiative. in 2008, the National Science Foundation selected Seidel as its director for the Office of Cyberinfrastructure, in which he oversees advances in supercomputing, high-speed networking, data storage and software development on a national level. Seidel retains his faculty positions as well as his affiliation with CCT at LSU, and he frequently returns to the center to advise on research, projects and other strategic initiatives.
Seidel earned his Ph.d. from Yale University in relativistic astro- physics. Prior to becoming CCT director, Seidel was a professor at the Max-Planck-institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein institute, or AEi) in Germany from 1996-2003. There, Seidel founded and led AEi’s numerical relativity and e-science groups, which became leading forces worldwide in solving Einstein’s equations using large-scale computers, and in distributed and grid computing. He wasalso a senior research scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and associate professor in the Physics department at the University of illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Director of Prometheus and Lecturer in Psychology at The University of Sydney, Faculty of Health Sciences
Andrew Campbell has been researching the use of the internet, mobile phones and computer games and their impact on human behavior for more than 10 years. Having worked internationally with experts in the area of cyberpsychology, he has obtained experience in how the inter- net effects society at large as well as individual behavior.
Campbell is the director of Prometheus (www.prometheus.net. au) a scientific group dedicated to the research and application of technology towards the advancement of mental health treatments in such disorders as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AdHd), depression, anxiety, stress, self-esteem and learning difficulties. He is a registered psychologist in the Australian state of New South Wales, where he runs a private clinic at the Brain and Mind Research institute at the University of Sydney. His practice is dedicated to the treatment of child and adolescent psychological disorders, specializing in the use of traditional developmental psychological therapy, as well as utilizing new cyber-psychological approaches for emerging problems such as computer game obsessional behavior (a.k.a. computer game addic- tion). Campbell has been interviewed extensively on the subject of cyberpsychology in international media and has a growing publication record in scientific journals.
Campbell received his Ph.d. in psychology, a MappSc. in psychol- ogy and a graduate diploma of higher education (awarded with merit) all from the University of Sydney. He received the Early Career Research Excellence Award-Faculty of Health Sciences from the University of Sydney in 2008.
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