as "the most inventive network reporter in television" by TV Guide, NOVA
scienceNOW host and executive editor Robert Krulwich got his start with
Pacifica Radio. From there he moved to NPR's "All Things Considered" for a
famously creative stint as a business and economics reporter, then successfully
translated his unique reporting style to CBS "This Morning" in 1984 and to ABC
News a decade later. Krulwich returns frequently to PBS, notably to Frontline
and recently as host of NOVA's "Cracking the Code of Life," an award-winning
two-hour program on the human genome. Krulwich received a bachelor's degree in
U.S. history from Oberlin College and a law degree from Columbia Law School. He
lives in New York City with his wife and two children.Law School. He lives in New York City with his wife and two
and Planetary Science professor Michael Brown is head of Caltech's Planetary
Astronomy Group, which investigates our solar system and the solar neighborhood
primarily through surface and spacecraft-based observation. His research
activities include the exploration of the outer solar system and extra-solar
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium
at the American Museum of Natural History, where he also teaches. His
professional research interests include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf
galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way. In addition to dozens of
professional publications, Tyson continues to write for the public as a monthly
essayist for Natural History magazine, and has hosted and appeared in
several NOVA programs.
Charif is the coordinator for the acoustic search effort for the ivory-billed
woodpecker. A research biologist in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's
Bioacoustics Research Program (BRP), he has worked on studies of acoustic
communication and acoustically based population monitoring in several species
of birds as well as in elephants and whales. He has also been involved in the
design, testing, and documentation of specialized software developed at BRP for
analysis of animal sounds.
Driscoll is a Volunteer Sound Analyst for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She
has participated in the search for the ivory-billed woodpecker since 2004.
Fitzpatrick is coleader of the ivory-billed woodpecker search effort in
Arkansas and has been the director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and a
professor of ecology and evolutionary biology since 1995. Previously, he was
executive director of Florida's Archbold Biological Station and curator of
birds at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History. Fitzpatrick is the author
of Neotropical Birds: Ecology and Conservation and has been engaged in
applying science to real-world conservation issues throughout his career.
Tim Gallagher was one of the first three searchers to see and identify an
ivory-billed woodpecker in Arkansas in 2004, and has returned more than a half
dozen times to continue the search for the bird. For 15 years he has served as
the editor-in-chief of Living Bird, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's
award-winning quarterly magazine. A professional wildlife photographer,
Gallagher traveled through many of the ivory-billed woodpecker's former haunts,
searching for evidence of the species' continued existence and interviewing
people who have had credible sightings.
Jackson is Professor of Biology at Florida Gulf Coast University. His research
interests include the behavioral ecology of vertebrate endangered species,
niche dynamics of birds, and the history of science in these areas. He has
received honors from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The American Ornithologist's Union, and the Explorer's Club. Jackson cohosted a
weekly nature-oriented television segment called "Southern Outdoors" on CBS and
currently produces a daily segment called "With the Wild Things" on public
David Luneau is Professor of Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology
at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is currently among a team of
50 experts and field biologists who have collected evidence of the bird's
existence during an intensive search conducted by the Cornell Laboratory of
Ornithology and The Nature Conservancy. On April 25, 2005, Luneau captured the
only known video footage of the ivory-billed woodpecker as it took off from the
trunk of a tree.
NOVA scienceNOW correspondent Carla Wohl is an award-winning broadcast
journalist who has been telling stories on TV for more than two decades. She
has reported on the launch of the space shuttle Discovery, witnessed
SpaceshipOne's race to space in the Mojave desert, covered Jet Propulsion
Laboratory missions to Mars, explored the different ways medicine affects men
and women, and weathered El Nino and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She
lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.
Kanta Subbarao joined the National Institutes of Health's Laboratory of
Infectious Diseases as a Senior Investigator in 2002. Her research focuses on
the development of vaccines against pandemic strains of influenza and the
evaluation of vaccines against the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)
coronavirus. Before working at the NIH, she was Chief of the Molecular Genetics
Section of the Influenza Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.
Robert Lilienfeld is President of The Cygnus Group, an Ann Arbor-based
environmental consulting firm. He also serves as Director of the newly formed
Center for Informed Decision Making, which is part of the Corporate
Environmental Management Program at the University of Michigan . His work in
the areas of source reduction and waste prevention are known internationally.
Jason Matheny is a Ph.D. student in Agricultural Policy at the University of
Maryland and a researcher at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns
Hopkins University, where he studies the health and environmental
consequences of animal agriculture. He directs New Harvest, a nonprofit that
funds research on in vitro meat, and previously worked on public
health projects for the World Bank and the Center for Global Development.
Stem Cells Update
Father Thomas Berg
Father Thomas Berg is associate professor of moral philosophy at the Center for
Higher Studies of the Legion of Christ in Thornwood, NY. His areas of interest
include natural law theory, personhood theory, and biomedical issues dealing
with the beginning of human life. He is also founder of the Westchester
Caplan is Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and the Director of the
Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. His
research interests include transplantation ethics, genetics, reproductive
technologies, health policy, and general bioethics. Caplan writes a regular
column on bioethics for MSNBC.com. He is a frequent guest and commentator for
National Public Radio, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Washington
Post,The Philadelphia Inquirer, and many other media outlets.
A member of the WGBH Science Unit since 1991, Julia Cort has been a writer/producer on over 20
NOVAs, including "The Elegant Universe" with Brian Greene and "Life's Greatest Miracle". She's
trekked the forests of Siberia to film the long-lost bones of the last Russian tsar and attempted
to recreate the technological wonders of Egyptian pharaohs by raising 30-ton granite obelisks.
Her work has been honored with the George Foster Peabody Award, the AAAS Science Journalism
Award, and the News and Documentary Emmy.
Daley is Associate Director of the Stem Cell/Developmental Biology research
program at Children's Hospital Boston and Associate Professor at Harvard
Medical School. One of the nation's leading stem cell researchers, Daley
studies therapeutic cloning as a potential replacement for marrow transplants
in treating diseases like sickle cell anemia. Daley conducted research that led
to the development of Gleevac, a drug treatment for chronic myeloid
William Hurlbut is a physician and Consulting Professor in the Program in Human
Biology at Stanford University. His primary areas of interest involve the
ethical issues associated with advancing biomedical technology, the biological
basis of moral awareness, and studies in the integration of theology and
philosophy of biology. In addition to teaching at Stanford, he currently serves
on the Presidents Council on Bioethics.
Jaenisch is a Founding Member of the Whitehead Institute and a pioneer of
transgenic science, in which researchers alter an animal's genetic makeup to
produce a variant of a human disease. Jaenisch has focused on creating
transgenic mice that enable his lab to study forms of cancer and neurological
diseases that have long baffled researchers. Jaenisch has coauthored more than
300 research papers and has received numerous prizes and recognitions,
including an appointment to the National Academy of Sciences in 2003.
Chad Cohen comes to NOVA scienceNOW after nearly four years as a science
correspondent and producer for the National Geographic Channel. He has searched
for lost cities under the slums of Cairo, juggled weightlessness and nausea in
NASA's "vomit comet," and, most recently, was charged by an Asian one-horned
rhino while he was investigating India's wild elephants.
Kerry Emmanuel is Professor of Tropical Meteorology and Climate at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His current research focuses on the
prediction of hurricane intensity by isolating the essential physics of
hurricanes, which include the thermodynamic state of the atmosphere and upper
ocean and the wind structure of the surrounding atmosphere.
Having grown up in South Florida, Christopher Landsea learned to respect
hurricanes at an early age. Today, he is the Science and Operations officer at
the National Hurricane Center, where he conducts research into the seasonal and
climatic relationships of Atlantic tropical cyclones, African Sahel rainfall
and the El Nino-Southern Oscillation. In the process, he has flown into more
than a dozen hurricanes aboard the NOAA P-3 aircraft, including Hurricanes
Gilbert (1988) and Opal (1995).
As professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of
Technology, Peter Webster researches low-frequency atmospheric and ocean
dynamics, ocean-atmosphere interactions, and wave propagation through
complex flows. He is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including
the Royal Society's Adrian Gill Medal and the Americam Meterological Society's
Carl Gustav Rossby Research award.
Profile: Tyler Curiel
Berggren is an associate professor of medicine and an infectious diseases
specialist at Charity Hospital and Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans. She is
board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases with
significant experience and particular interest in clinical AIDS research, as
well as in implementing HIV care in resource-poor countries. Berggren grew up
in the Artibonite Valley of central Haiti, just one hour away from Mirebalais,
at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital. She is fluent in both Haitian Creole and
Michael Brumlik currently performs molecular studies to identify components of
the MAP-kinase signal transduction pathway in Toxoplasma gondii at
Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Tyler Curiel is Section Chief of the Hematology and Medical Oncology
Research Laboratories at Tulane University School of Medicine. He currently
treats adult patients with hematologic malignancies, leukemias, lymphomas,
multiple myelomas as well as ovarian cancer and hepatitis C. Curiel's current
research includes trials for ovarian cancer and a prostate cancer vaccine.