Joint Prof. of Geosciences/Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
As a child, Andrew Cohen realized that his love of fossils and nature would one day lead to his becoming a scientist. Following his graduation from Middlebury with a double major in biology and geology, he pursued his graduate studies at the University of California at Davis, where he developed an interest in paleoecology—the study of the ecology of ancient life from fossils and environmental science. Today Andy is one of the top paleoecologists in the nation. He has created numerous opportunities for students to share his own enthusiasm for scientific research, most recently by winning a grant of $780,000 from the National Science Foundation in 1997. The grant is funding the Nyanza Project, a five-year summer research program based in Tanzania where students and scientists are studying several topics, including the effects of changing climate on Lake Tanganyika, the world's second-deepest lake. Andy, who is the director of the project, counts among his fellow researchers college students from the United States and Africa. He is also a joint professor of geosciences, and ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Dr. M. B. Bender Professor of Neurology
Dr. Bernard Cohen's passion for research and deep involvement in every aspect of his profession have resulted in significant contributions to his field. Since 1961, Bernie has concentrated his research activities on vertigo and oculomotor disorders, both of which pertain to the movement of the eye. A national expert in this area, he has increased the medical and scientific community's understanding of the organization of the vestibular and oculomotor systems. In 1976, Bernie was named the first Dr. Morris B. Bender Professor of Neurology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, where he continues to hold this position. Bernie has served many other organizations in a number of roles, including providing his expertise as a neurologist to the National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration. Bernie has also taught at Queens College, the University of Tokyo, and Columbia University. He has been a member of editorial boards for numerous scientific journals, and received awards or grants from such organizations as the New York City Health Research Council, the National Eye Institute, and NASA. Bernie has written five books and many articles, which have appeared in 150 publications.
Retired Electrical/Mechanical/Civil Engineer
One of the unsung warriors of the Cold War, Roger Easton has accomplished so much that it is difficult to name all of his achievements. After serving as a Naval officer in World War II, he joined the Naval Research Laboratory as a civilian and spent 37 years as an electrical, mechanical, and civil engineer working on rockets, satellites, satellite detection systems, and satellite navigation systems. Roger is the holder of patents relating to the Global Positioning System, which received publicity during the Gulf War. He also headed the design team that built the Vanguard I Satellite, the country's second satellite in space and now the oldest in space, launched March 1958. Roger conceived of the Naval Space Surveillance System, an electronic fence—still in operation—that detects all satellites that cross the southern United States. He has received awards from several organizations, including the American Philosophical Association, the National Aeronautic Association, and the Institute of Navigation. He is also a member of the Institute of Navigation Hall of Fame. In 1996, the Naval Research Laboratory announced the establishment of a new award—the highest civilian distinction for engineering achievement—named for Roger.
Physician & Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Sharon Hostler has excelled in the field of developmental pediatrics. The only woman in her graduating class at the University of Vermont School of Medicine in 1965, she has also become a leader in advancing the position of women in academic medicine. Sharon is the McLemore Birdsong Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where she is chief of the division of developmental pediatrics and the medical director of the Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center, whose patients come from all over the United States. Her areas of expertise range from behavioral and learning problems to chronic illness and injuries to the head and spine. Sharon has served on numerous committees and boards, including the University of Virginia School of Medicine's Committee on Women, facilitating major institutional initiatives promoting equity for women medical students, staff, and faculty. She is also a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges' Committee on Increasing Women's Leadership in Academic Medicine. In 1993, Sharon received the Woman of Achievement Award from the University of Virginia's Women Faculty and Professional Association.