New Horizons in Science

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New Horizons in Science 2010 Speakers

President, Chair

Ralph J. Cicerone's, Ph.D.,  studies of atmospheric energy dynamics, climate change, and ozone depletion have long put him at the intersection of science and government policy. He has directed atmospheric chemistry studies at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, is a former president of the American Geophysical Union, and was chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, from 1998 to 2005.

professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology

Jo Handelsman's work on organisms in the soil and in the guts of humans and even insects has led to findings that are proving important in human disease and in pest control. It's a case, she says, of basic research once again surprising us with unexpected and important practical implications.


Leroy Hood, MD, PhD, is a biologist who heads the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle. He pioneered the development of the DNA and protein sequencers and synthesizers that have revolutionized research in genomics. He co-founded the institute in 2000 to pursue systems approaches to biology and medicine. He has participated in the founding of more than a dozen biotechnology companies.

professor of physics

Neil Johnson heads a new interdisciplinary research group on complexity dealing with such seemingly unrelated phenomena as quantum entanglement in nanostructures and the evolution of human disease.

Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law

Dan M. Kahan has studied such issues as gun control, the risks of nanotechnology, gay parenting, “acquaintance rape,” criminal law and evidence, and white males. He served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court 1990-1991.

Harris Professor of child psychiatry and psychology, Child Study Center

The Child Study Center's autism program, which Ami Klin directs, draws on the expertise of researchers in clinical psychology, neuroimaging, child psychiatry, social work and genetics.


Harold H. Hines Jr. Professor of medicine and public health

Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, MSc, is a distinguished expert on drug testing and clinical trials. He is an editor at several journals and an architect of the national-outcomes measures used by the government.

professor of cell biology; director of the Yale Stem Cell Center

Haifan Lin's research deals with the mechanisms governing the behavior of stem cells.

Chair, Department of Marine Sciences

Steven Lohrenz has studied carbon dioxide distribution in coastal waters, methods for detecting algal blooms and other biogeochemical properties of coastal waters.

professor of meteorology and director of the Earth System Science Center

Michael Mann received his PhD at Yale University and is a co-founder of the website He shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize given to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

professor of psychiatry and neurology

Helen S. Mayberg used neuroimaging to study mood regulation and neural networks for 20 years, leading to her pioneering development of deep brain stimulation as a treatment for severe depression.

professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences

Gil Mor conducts research on cancer progenitor cells, and also studies the interactions between the immune system and reproductive organs.

associate professor of psychology

Laurie Santos's research concerns whether primates have precursors to a theory of mind, how they reason, and whether primates and humans share decision-making biases.

assistant professor of chemistry

David A. Spiegel is using new kinds of chemical synthesis to develop molecules that could help illuminate the mechanisms that underlie human diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and diabetes, in addition to his work with antibody recruiters.

Donald J. Cohen Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry and associate professor of genetics at Yale School of Medicine, and co-director of the Yale Neurogenetics Program

Matthew State's research has focused on the use of the latest and fastest technology to analyze the genetics of Tourette syndrome, autism and other neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood.

director, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics

Michael S. Turner is a cosmologist who has been a pioneer in applying the physics of elementary particles to studies of the origin and evolution of the universe. His work has focused on inflationary cosmology, the origin of elements in the Big Bang, dark matter and dark energy—a term he coined to described the mysterious force that appears to be causing an acceleration in the universe’s rate of expansion.

professor of environmental engineering and forestry & environmental studies

Julie Zimmerman is acting director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale University. In addition to green chemistry, her research interests include the development of public policies to encourage sustainability, water-treatment technology for developing countries, and programs to encourage corporate environmental responsibility.

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