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Eric Mazur, Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and Dean of Applied Physics, Harvard University

Ph.D. in Physics, University of Leiden, Netherlands, 1981
M.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics, University of Leiden, 1977
B.Sc. in Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy, University of Leiden, 1975

Eric Mazur is an internationally renowned scientist in the field of optical physics whose research has included spectroscopy, light scattering, the interaction of ultrashort laser pulses with materials, and nanophotonics. Mazur went to Harvard in 1982 as a post-doctoral research fellow and joined the faculty in 1984. In addition to his scientific research, Dr. Mazur is interested in science education and policy; in 1990 he began developing Peer Instruction, an interactive method for teaching large lecture courses. Peer Instruction is a process that makes students think through arguments being developed during lectures and focuses their attention on underlying concepts. Lectures are interspersed with conceptual questions designed to expose common difficulties in understanding the material. In 1997, he published Peer Instruction: A User's Manual. He has received numerous awards and appointments for his scholarly achievements.

David Botstein, Anthony B. Evnin '62 Professor of Genomics; Professor of Molecular Biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics;  Director, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics; and Director, Certificate Program in Quantitative and Computational Biology, Princeton University

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1967
A.B. in Biochemical Sciences, Harvard, 1963

David Botstein has made fundamental contributions to modern genetics, including the discovery of many yeast and bacterial genes and the establishment of key techniques that are commonly used today. In 1980, Botstein and three colleagues proposed a method for mapping genes that laid the groundwork for the Human Genome Project. After receiving his Ph.D., Botstein taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1967 to 1988. He then served as vice president for science at the biotechnology company Genentech for two years before joining the faculty at the Stanford School of Medicine. In 2003, he was named director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics and Anthony B. Evnin professor of genomics at Princeton University. At Princeton he has developed a new interdisciplinary science curriculum for students intending to pursue careers in scientific fields, based on the expectation that science in the future will span the classical disciplines. Dr. Botstein is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine and has received numerous awards.

Freeman Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration/Statistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1974
M.A. in Mathematics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1972
Undergraduate degree in Mathematics, Hampton Institute, 1969

Freeman Hrabowski’s research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. Among the many honors he has received are election to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Philosophical Society; receiving the prestigious McGraw Prize in Education, the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, the Columbia University Teachers College Medal for Distinguished Service; and being named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Hrabowski holds honorary degrees from more than 20 institutions including Harvard, Princeton, Duke, Georgetown, the University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins University. He serves as a consultant to the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Academies, and universities and school systems nationally.
Watch the recent Freeman Hrabowski interview on CBS 60 Minutes. Hrabowski: An educator focused on math and science, November 13, 2011.

Jo Handelsman, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology; and Director, the Center for Scientific Teaching; Yale University

Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984
B.S. in Agronomy, Cornell University, 1979

Jo Handelsman is a leader in the field of microbiology and is recognized for her research on the structure and function of microbial communities.  She was one of the pioneers of metagenomics (a word that she coined), a strategy to study the genomes of uncultivable microbes in diverse environments, from the human gut to soil. She  served on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin for 25 years and in 2002 was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor.  In 2010, she joined Yale University's Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and became Director of the Center for Scientific Teaching.  In addition to her research program, Dr. Handelsman is nationally known for her efforts to improve science education and increase the participation of women and minorities in science at the university level. Dr. Handelsman is the co-Director of the National Academies Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology and a co-chair of the working group appointed by the President’s Council on Advisors in Science and Technology (PCAST) to develop recommendations for improving postsecondary STEM education.  She co-authored two books about teaching: Entering Mentoring and Scientific Teaching. In 2011 she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring from President Obama.