Science During Crisis: Best Practices, Research Needs, and Policy Priorities

Appendix B: About the Authors

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Rita R. Colwell and Gary E. Machlis
The Public Face of Science

Rita R. Colwell, a Fellow of the American Academy since 2002, is the former Director of the National Science Foundation and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland. Her research interests are focused on global infectious diseases, water, and health. She is currently developing an international network to address emerging infectious diseases and water issues, including safe drinking water for both the developed and developing world. She is the recipient of both the Stockholm Water Prize (2010) and the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize (Singapore, 2018).

Gary E. Machlis is the former Science Advisor to the Director of the U.S. National Park Service and University Professor of Environmental Sustainability at Clemson University. He founded and co-led the Department of the Interior’s Strategic Sciences Group, which responded to both the Deep Water Horizon oil spill and Hurricane Sandy. He has written numerous books on issues of ecology and conservation, including The Structure and Dynamics of Human Ecosystems: Toward a Model for Understanding and Action (with William R. Burch Jr. and Jo Ellen Force, 2017) and most recently The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Water (with Jonathan B. Jarvis, 2018).