Peter Bower is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Science, Barnard College, where he has taught for the past 15 years. He is a former mayor of Teaneck, New Jersey, where he had served on the City Council prior to holding that position. He received his B.S. from Yale University (1968), M.S. from Queens College (1975), and M. Phil. and Ph.D. from Columbia University (1981).
Alan Brinkley, University Provost, Allan Nevins Professor of History.
Charles Cronin is a librarian at Columbia Law School, with a particular interest in intellectual property law - an area in which he practiced after law school. He is a musicologist with a specialty in 19th Century Italian opera - a field in which he has published and lectured to a considerable extent. For several years he was a lecturer in music at Stanford, where he received a PhD and MA in music. He earned an undergraduate degree at Oberlin, a JD from American University and most recently a master's degree in information management and systems from UC Berkeley.
Dr. Mark L. Dickstein, M.D. is the Co-Director, Science Basic to the Practice of Medicine and Dentistry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, first-year core curriculum, Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology, Columbia University, Associate Attending Anesthesiologist, Presbyterian Hospital, 2003 Distinguished Teacher, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Lawrence Engel received the Presidential Teaching Award at the 2003 University Commencement. He received his B.S. from Yale College, M.S. from Pratt Institute, and M.F.A. from Columbia. He is a documentary filmmaker specializing in science and adventure. His work is seen regularly on PBS, the Discovery Channel, and Turner Broadcasting. He has won numerous awards including a Daytime Emmy for cinematography and an AAS-Westinghouse Science Journalism award for television writing. He produces, directs, writes, and shoots most of his own work. In pursuit of stories, he has found himself chasing tornadoes, flying into hurricanes, running from wildfires, rescuing mummies, and dancing with penguins. Having been to all seven continents, Mr. Engel considers Antarctica the best of the lot.
Herbert Ginsburg, Ph.D., is the Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. His research interests include the development of mathematical thinking (with particular attention to young children and disadvantaged populations) and the assessment of cognitive function. He has developed mathematics curricula for young children, tests of mathematical thinking, and video workshops to enhance teachers understanding of how students learn mathematics. Currently he is exploring how computer technology can be used to help teachers assess children's mathematical knowledge.
Daniel B. Herman is Assistant Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health. For the past four years, he has directed Principles of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health. This core course is required of all masters students at the school and enrolls approximately 250 students per semester.
Upmanu Lall is the Chairman and Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering (Henry Krumb School of Mines). He has over 20 years of experience as a hydrologist. Dr. Lall's research interests and principal areas of expertise are statistical and numerical modeling of hydrologic climatic systems and water resource systems planning and management.
James Neal is currently Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University, providing leadership for university academic computing and network services and a system of 22 libraries. He also works with the Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia (EPIC), the Center for Research in Information Access (CRIA), the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL), and serves on key academic, technology and budget policy and planning groups. He has focused on digital library/electronic resource program development, library building construction and renovation projects, and fundraising and grants activities.
Tazuko Shibusawa, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work. One of ten national Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars, she has been conducting research on HIV-risk, illicit drug use, and intimate partner violence among older adults. For the past three years, she has worked with CCNMTL in developing and evaluating the use of "Third Space" in teaching advanced clinical social work practice skills.