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Carl T. Bergstrom is a Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington. Dr. Bergstrom’s research uses mathematical, computational, and statistical models to understand how information flows through biological and social systems. His recent projects include contributions to the game theory of communication and deception, use of information theory to the study of evolution by natural selection, game-theoretic models and empirical work on the sociology of science, and development of mathematical techniques for mapping and comprehending large network datasets. In the applied domain, Dr. Bergstrom’s work illustrates the value of evolutionary biology for solving practical problems in medicine and beyond. These problems include dealing with drug resistance, handling the economic externalities associated with anthropogenic evolution, and controlling novel emerging pathogens such as the SARS virus, Ebola virus, and H5N1 avian influenza virus. He is the coauthor of the college textbook Evolution, published by W. W. Norton and Co., and teaches undergraduate courses on evolutionary biology, evolutionary game theory, and the importance of evolutionary biology to the fields of medicine and public health. Dr. Bergstrom received his Ph.D. in theoretical population genetics from Stanford University in 1998; after a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University, where he studied the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, he joined the faculty at the University of Washington in 2001.
Simine Vazire is a faculty member in the psychology department at UC Davis. She studies meta-science and research methods/practices, as well as personality psychology and self-knowledge. Vazire received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2000 and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. She has been an editor at several journals, including Editor in Chief of Social Psychological and Personality Science from 2015 to 2019 and founding co-senior editor of the open access journal Collabra: Psychology. Together with Brian Nosek, Vazire founded the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS). She served as the first president of SIPS and continues to serve on the executive committee. She also serves on the board of PLOS and BITSS and was a member of the executive committee of the Association for Psychological Science. She was awarded the Leamer-Rosenthal prize for open social science from BITSS, and the APA’s distinguished scientific award for early career contribution to psychology.
Dorothy Bishop is a psychologist who holds a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellowship at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, where she heads an ERC-funded programme of research into cerebral lateralisation for language. She is a supernumerary fellow of St John’s College Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal Society, Fellow of the British Academy and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Her main research interests are in the nature and causes of developmental language difficulties, with a particular focus on psycholinguistics, neurobiology and genetics. In 2015 Dorothy chaired a symposium on Reproducibility in Biomedical Science organised by the Academy of Medical Sciences, Wellcome Trust, MRC, and BBSRC, and she is chairing the advisory board of the recently-formed UK Reproducibility Network. She has a popular blog, Bishopblog, which features posts on a wide range of topics, including those relevant to reproducibility.
Ken joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy at SJSU in 2001. While originally an experimental laser physicist, he is now a full-time quantum theorist. He has also been known to occasionally publish “hard” (scientifically-accurate) science fiction stories, including his Divine Intervention that won the Special Citation for the 2001 Philip K. Dick Award. His papers include Action Duality: A Constructive Principle for Quantum Foundations, New Slant on the EPR-Bell Experiment, A Novel Interpretation of the Klein-Gordon Equation, Time-Symmetric Boundary Conditions and Quantum Foundations, Time-Symmetric Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Theory without Quantization, The Universe is not a Computer, A classical analog for the electron spin state, and Extending Hamilton’s principle to quantize classical fields. Ken earned his BS in Physics at Stanford University in 1992 and his Ph.D. in Physics at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1998. (source: Lifeboat Foundation)
Academic Positions 2014-2015: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Liege, Liege, Belgium; quandrops group 2012-2014: Postdoctoral Fellow, Rutgers University, Piscataway NJ, USA 2008-2012: Postdoctoral Fellow, K.U.Leuven, Leuven, Belgium 2004-2008: Postdoctoral Fellow, Perimeter Insitute, Waterloo, Canada Education 2000 - 2004: Ph.D. in Physics, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium 1998 - 2000: M.Sc. in Mathematics, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium 1996 - 1998: B.Sc. in Mathematics, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium (source: Quandrops)
William Edward Seager (born April 11, 1952 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian philosopher. He is a Professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto, Scarborough. His academic specialties of the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of science. He received his B.A. in 1973 from the University of Alberta. his M.A. in 1976 from the same university and his Ph.D in 1981 from the University of Toronto under the direction of R. B. DeSousa with a thesis on "Materialism and the Foundations of Representation" He has been Associate Editor of Canadian Journal of Philosophy from 2003 – present. (source: Wikipedia)
Tim Palmer is an internationally renowned meteorologist with a particular interest in the predictability and dynamics of the weather and climate. Tim’s work has led to the development of probabilistic techniques to forecast weather and climate, and he has applied this to disease and crop yield prediction and more. His techniques have been implemented by the Met Office and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, amongst others. Tim’s work is theoretical as well as practical. His recent research exploits ideas in imprecise computing to develop computer simulations of weather and climate at very high resolution. His opinion is highly regarded at an international level through serving on multiple government advisory committees and contributing to all reports conducted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He was appointed as CBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours list for services to science. Tim has won numerous awards from organisations such as the American Meteorological Society and the Institute of Physics. Remarkably, he also retains an active interest in his original doctorate topic, fundamental physics. (source: The Royal Society)
Professor Chuan-Feng Li is born in Feb. 1973 in Shandong Province. He gets to University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 1990 as an undergraduate, then gets his doctorate in 1999 in the department of physics of USTC, supervised by Prof. Guang-Can Guo. Now, he is a professor of department of optics & optical engineering and Key Lab of Quantum Information of USTC. Prof. Li's research area is quantum optics and quantum information. Now, he is concentrating on constructing a featured quantum entanglement network and exploring quantum physics with developed quantum information technology. (source: University of Science and Technology of China)
Stuart Hameroff MD grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, working summers at Republic Steel and Cleveland Stadium. At the University of Pittsburgh in the late 1960s, he studied chemistry, physics, mathematics and philosophy of mind. In medical school in the early 1970s at Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, Hameroff spent a summer in a cancer research lab. Studying mitosis, he became interested in mitotic spindles and centrioles, composed of microtubules, polymers of the protein ‘tubulin’, and major components of the cytoskeleton within all cells. Comparing their lattice structure to Boolean computer matrices, he proposed that microtubules were the source of biological intelligence, and perhaps consciousness. Choosing an academic career, Hameroff trained in anesthesiology at the new University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson, mentored by the department of anesthesiology’s founding chair, Dr Burnell Brown Jr, MD, PhD. After residency, Hameroff joined the anesthesiology faculty in 1977, a position he still holds as emeritus professor and practicing anesthesiologist. Hameroff’s research pursues theory - brain mechanisms of consciousness, memory, anesthetic action, quantum processing in microtubules, and clinical applications - transcranial ultrasound (TUS) for various brain disorders. In the mid 1990s Hameroff teamed with famed British physicist Sir Roger Penrose to develop a quantum theory of consciousness (‘orchestrated objective reduction’, ‘Orch OR’) based on microtubule quantum computing. Highly controversial and harshly criticized, Orch OR is now supported by evidence, e.g. that anesthetics act in quantum channels in microtubules, and that microtubules have multi-scalar resonances, e.g. in megahertz. Hameroff and Penrose wrote a 20 year review of Orch OR in 2014. Megahertz mechanical vibrations are ultrasound, clinically used in anesthesiology, and Hameroff proposed low intensity, non-invasive ultrasound could stimulate microtubule megahertz resonance and improve mental and neurological states in the brain. He and anesthesiology colleagues performed and published the first clinical trial of transcranial ultrasound (‘TUS’) on mental states in human volunteers, showing mood enhancement from brief, low intensity TUS. Collaborative studies with psychology professor John JB Allen and post-doc Jay Sanguinetti corroborated and elaborated TUS effects, and more TUS clinical studies are planned for Alzheimer’s disease, depression, traumatic brain injury (with Dr. Lemole in neurosurgery), Parkinsons (Dr. Scott Sherman in Neurology) and pediatric developmental delay (with Dr. Sydney Rice in pediatrics). The group will test a state-of-the-art TUS headset from Berkeley Ultrasound, sponsored and organized through the Center for Consciousness Studies. Beginning in 1994, with professor and former department head Al Kaszniak in Psychology, the late professor Alwyn Scott in mathematics, and subsequently philosophy (and Regents) professor David Chalmers, Hameroff started an interdisciplinary, international conference series ‘Toward a Science of Consciousness’ held in even-numbered years in Tucson, and odd-numbered years elsewhere around the world. April 2014 marked the 20 year anniversary ‘Tucson’ conference, and the 2015 conference will be in in Helsinki, Finland in June. In 1998, with Kaszniak and Scott, and a 1.4 million dollar grant from the Fetzer Institute, Hameroff co-founded the University of Arizona Center for Consciousness Studies (CCS), served as associate director, and succeeded Kaszniak and then Chalmers, as director in 2004. With CCS moving administratively to anesthesiology, and Abi Behar-Montefiore as assistant director, CCS has subsisted since 2004 entirely on conference registration fees and small grants, and has supported relevant research. Hameroff also collaborates with professors Jack Tuszynski at the University of Alberta, and Travis Craddock at Nova Southeastern on molecular modeling of microtubules, memory via CaMKII phosphorylation, and non-polar anesthetic and psychoactive drug actions in microtubule ‘quantum channels’. Quantum non-locality implied for consciousness has attracted interaction with Deepak Chopra, and the inaugural ‘Rustum Roy’ award in 2011. Hameroff has written or edited 5 books, over a hundred scientific articles and book chapters, lectured around the world, and appeared in the film ‘WhattheBleep?’ and numerous TV shows about consciousness on BBC, PBS, Discovery, OWN and History Channel. (source: The University of Arizona)