John W. McCarter, Jr.
(5 min.) is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Field Museum, where he
has overseen the expansion of the Museum’s scientific efforts, improved the Museum’s
galleries and scientific facilities, and deepened the Museum’s commitment to public
learning. A native Chicagoan, McCarter previously was Senior Vice President of Booz
Allen & Hamilton, Inc. Earlier in his career, he served as President of DeKalb
Corporation and was Budget Director of the State of Illinois under Governor Richard
B. Ogilvie. He was a White House Fellow during the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson.
He is a Director of W.W. Grainger, Janus Funds and Divergence, Inc. He is also a
trustee of the University of Chicago and a board member and former Chairman of Chicago’s
Public Television Station Channel 11. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of
Arts and Sciences.
John Katzenellenbogen (2 min.) is the
Swanlund Professor of Chemistry and an Affiliate of the Beckman Institute and Department
of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research
spans chemistry, biology and medicine, and involves analysis of steroid receptor
structure and function use in various bioanalytical and biomedical applications.
Professor Katzenellenbogen prepared the first affinity labeling and subtype-specific
agents for the estrogen receptor, has developed an extensive series of steroid receptor-based
agents for positron emission tomography (PET), obtained the first PET images of
breast and prostate tumors, and developed a PET imaging-based hormone challenge
test to predict breast cancer patient response to endocrine therapies. He collaborates
extensively with other researchers and has published more than 400 articles. A recipient
of three NIH MERIT Awards, the Paul C. Aebersold Award, Cope Scholar Award, Roy
O. Greep Lectureship Award, and the E. B. Hershberg Award, he is a Fellow of the
American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was elected a Fellow of
the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1992 and serves as Vice President and
Chair of the Academy’s Midwest Region.
Neil H. Shubin (12 min.) is Provost of Academic
Affairs at The Field Museum. He is also the Associate Dean of Organismal and Evolutionary
Biology and the Robert R. Bensley Professor at the University of Chicago. He has
found new fossils that change the way we think about many of the key transitions
in evolution: the reptile-mammal transition, the water-land transformation, and
the origin of frogs, salamanders, turtles, and flying reptiles. His expeditions
to Greenland, Canada, China, much of North America, and North Africa have led to
new insights on the origins of major groups of vertebrates. In 2006, he announced
in the journal Nature the discovery of Tiktaalik roseae, “a mosaic
of primitive fish and derived amphibian.” The author of numerous scientific papers,
including over 20 in the journals Science and Nature, he has received
many fellowships and awards, including a Miller Research Fellowship, Guggenheim
Fellowship, The Berlin Prize, and ABC News Person of the Week.
May R. Berenbaum (19 min.) is Swanlund Professor
of Entomology and head of the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1980. She
is interested in the chemical interactions between herbivorous insects and their
host plants, and the implications of such interactions on the organization of natural
communities and the evolution of species. Her current research focuses on characterizing
the structure, function, and evolution of enzymes used by plant-feeding insects
to metabolize toxic compounds in their host plants. She is a member of the National
Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the
Entomological Society of America, the American Philosophical Society, and a Fellow
of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.