Thursday, February 16, 2012

DoubleTree Hotel

808 South 20th Street, Birmingham, Alabama 35205, USA

 

Oscar Edmundo Diaz

Co-Founder and President

GSD+

 

Manuel F. Olivera

Regional Director

C40 Clinton Climate Initiative

 

Enrique Penalosa

Former Mayor

City of Bogota

 

Carlo Ratti

Director

MIT SENSEable Labs

 

 

Green infrastructure design

 

Intelligent technologies for smart cities

 

Environmental sustainability

 

Health and livability

 

Green transportation solutions

 

Economic development

 

Government and public policies

The Honorable William Bell, JD

Mayor

City of Birmingham

Fouad H. Fouad, PhD

Professor & Chair

School of Engineering

University of Alabama at Birmingham

 

 

 

 

 

Monica Baskin, PhD


Associate Professor,

 

Division of Preventive Medicine

 

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

 

 

 

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Monica Baskin, PhD

Monica Baskin is an Associate Professor in the Division of Preventive Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Emory University and a PhD in in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University. Her research interests include culturally relevant behavioral interventions for the prevention and control of cancer and the prevention and treatment of obesity, minority health and health disparities, community-based participatory research, and the intersection of health and place. Dr. Baskin is team leader for the Jefferson County Place Matters Team, which seeks to improve the health and quality of life of community residents by identifying and intervening on conditions in the natural, built, and social environments. She is also active in the Birmingham-Jefferson Food Policy Council, the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network, the American Psychological Association, the American Public Health Association, the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research, the Society for Behavioral Medicine, the Obesity Society, and the NIH Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention Study Section. Dr. Baskin serves on the Review Board of the American Journal of Health Behavior. In 2005, she received the Charles Barkley Health Disparities Research Award from the UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center. In 2007, she received the Jefferson County Health Department Public Health Hero Award.

 

 

 

William Bell

 

 

Mayor

 

City of Birmingham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Honorable William Bell, JD

The Honorable Mayor William A. Bell, Sr. was sworn in on Tuesday January 26, 2010 as the 33rd Mayor of the City of Birmingham.

 

Mayor Bell has had a long and exceptional career in the city of Birmingham, most recently serving as President Protem for the Jefferson County Commission.

 

During his tenure on the Commission, he was responsible for the Department of Health and Community Services. This department included the Jefferson Rehabilitation and Health Center, Cooper Green Hospital, Coroner, Central Laundry, Community Development, Economic Development Workforce Development.

 

Mayor William A. Bell, Sr. was a city councilman for District 5 for many years.

 

In 1985 during his third term, he was elected by his fellow council members to serve as the first African-American President of the Birmingham City Council. He was again chosen as Birmingham City Council President in 1987 and 1997. In 1999, he also served as Interim Mayor of Birmingham.

 

As one of the longest serving public officials in the City of Birmingham, Mayor Bell was instrumental in implementing the council consent agenda, which allowed the Council to approve with one vote any item that was non-controversial. With senior citizens in mind, he also assisted in funding a fitness track around Legion Field as well as a mini park. Mayor Bell is also responsible for the first Hope VI Project in downtown Birmingham that transformed a local inner city housing development into an affordable, mixed housing community.

 

Mayor Bell also had generated more than $197 million dollars for Birmingham schools. The University of Alabama at Birmingham also received more than $87 million for capital improvements during Mayor Bell’s tenure.

 

Mayor Bell is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he received his Masters Degree in Psychology and Guidance Counseling. He also holds a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Miles Law School, with extensive professional experience in community and economic development in both the public and private sectors.

 

 

 

Cathy Crenshaw

 

Sloss Real Estate

 

 

 

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Cathy Crenshaw

Cathy Crenshaw joined the family business immediately after graduating from college. Under Ms. Crenshaw’s leadership, Sloss has grown into one of the leading renovators of historic commercial buildings in the Birmingham, Alabama area. Ms. Crenshaw works tirelessly for the revitalization and enhancement of Birmingham’s unique commercial and residential downtown districts.

Ms. Crenshaw graduated from Wofford College in 1975. She received her CCIM Designation in 1991 and was chosen as the Birmingham Business Journal’s Woman of the Year in 2002. Ms. Crenshaw recently completed 2 years of study at Harvard University as a Loeb Fellow and was a visiting student at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

Ms. Crenshaw serves on the Board of Directors of many notable organizations, including The Lakeshore Foundation, Birmingham Rotary Club, Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham-Southern College, and Operation New Birmingham, where she served as Chairperson in 2003.

Ms. Crenshaw is a full member of The Urban Land Institute where she served on the Inner City Council as a ULI. She has also participated in Advisory Service Panels and Forums and The Mayors’ Institute on City Design.

 

 

 

 

Oscar Edmundo Diaz

 

Co-Founder and President

 

Global Solutions Dynamic Plus

 

Bogota, Colombia

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oscar Edmundo Diaz

Oscar Edmundo Diaz holds a BA in Finance and International Affairs from Externado University in Bogotá, Colombia and a Masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York City. He has over 12 years of experience working on transportation projects for both the government and the non-profit sectors. Mr. Diaz is Co-Founder & President of GSD+, a Bogotá-based management consulting firm that focuses on strategies for institutional transformation, regulation, financial sustainability, the implementation of new technologies and processes optimization.

 

Mr. Diaz has worked directly with over 30 governments in cities worldwide in the implementation of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems and its integration with Non-Motorized Transport (NMT), planning of bicycle paths, Car Free Days and Car Free Sundays as well as public spaces planning and improvement. He has also conducted studies on BRT financing, mainly for Chinese cities and developed financial models for BRT projects. Mr. Diaz has managed BRT and NMT implementation projects in Mexico City, Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina, Asunción, Paraguay, Cartagena, Colombia and Cape Town, South Africa. He has also been involved in BRT projects in Jakarta, Indonesia, Guatemala City, Guatemala and Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

From 2001 to 2010 Mr. Diaz worked for the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), a New York-based Non-Profit Organization. ITDP promotes environmentally sustainable and equitable transportation worldwide. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Diaz was the Executive Director of Por el País que Queremos Foundation (PPQ), an NGO based in Bogotá, Colombia, founded by former Bogotá Mayor, Enrique Penalosa aimed to promote and advocate for better bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, advises city governments on urban issues and hosts international delegations interested in learning first-hand about the Bogotá model. Prior to PPQ, Mr. Diaz worked with Enrique Penalosa at New York University from 2001 to 2004, advising developing country city governments in Latin America, Asia and Africa on BRT systems and NMT. Between 1998 and 2001, he worked as Special Advisor to Mayor Enrique Penalosa, developing special projects including studies on the international experience of BRT systems, car restriction schemes, bicycle paths amongst others. Mr. Diaz was responsible for the city marketing and international cooperation. He was also in charge of implementing the Stockholm Award-winning First Bogotá’s Car Free Day, which led to a successful referendum that approved an annual car free day and a total ban of private automobile use during peak hours by 2015. His work on Car Free Day projects continues, advising various cities worldwide directly, or through the Earth Car Free Day Committee, and the United Nations Car Free Days program.

Mr. Diaz has worked on the implementation of BRT systems and its integration with NMT in over 30 cities in Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Mr. Diaz was part of the Global Environmental Facility’s Science and Technology Advisory Panel (STAP) in Nairobi in 2002 and a member of the UN-HABITAT Group of Experts in Basic Public Services in Geneva in 2007.

He has given lectures on sustainable transport issues at the US Senate Committee of Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Mexico City’s Legislative Assembly, the OECD and German Cooperation Agency–GTZ in Berlin (Germany), The CEOs for Cities Connectivity Challenge in 2010 (Chicago, USA); the 2005 Conference on Sustainable Transportation in Developing Countries in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates); the London School of Economics urban experts–Urban Age in Mexico City; Johns Hopkins University; Tufts University; the Inter-American Development Bank; the World Bank; the World Resources Institute; the 97th conference of the Air and Waste Management Association; Interbike Convention in Las Vegas (USA); the International Forum on Urban Mobility and Advanced Transportation in Mont-Tremblant (Canada). Conferences in other cities include: Prague (Czech Republic), Budapest (Hungary); Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong (China); Amsterdam (The Netherlands); Montreal, Ottawa, Québec, Toronto (Canada); El Paso, Chicago, Philadelphia (USA).

 

 

 

Fouad H. Fouad, PhD

 

Professor and Chair

 

Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

 

School of Engineering

 

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

 

 

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Fouad H. Fouad, PhD

 

Fouad H. Fouad, PhD is Professor and Chairman of the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA. He teaches and conducts research in the area of reinforced concrete structures and concrete materials, and has published numerous technical papers in the field. His research efforts have led to the development of national standards and specifications for a number of sustainable green concrete products and building systems. Dr. Fouad currently chairs the ASTM and ACI committees on Autoclaved Aerated Concrete, and the PCI committee on Prestressed Concrete Poles. Dr. Fouad is a fellow of ACI and ASCE and has received a number of prestigious awards due to his professional services in the civil engineering field. Dr. Fouad’s research expertise in green materials and construction methods has a global perspective. He recently held two National Science Foundation (NSF) workshops in Cairo, Egypt (December 2007 and March 2009) on Sustainable Green Building design and Construction. The last conference was attended by more than 400 scientists, architects, and engineers and included experts from the U.S.A, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

 

Dr. Fouad is the Director of the new Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

 

 

 
Mona Fouad, MD MPH
 
Professor and Director


Division of Preventive Medicine

 

 

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Mona Fouad, MD MPH

Professor and Director, UAB Division of Preventive Medicine Director, UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center Director, UAB HealthSmart

 

Dr. Mona Fouad is Professor of Medicine and Director of the UAB Division of Preventive Medicine and Founding Director of the UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center. A member of the NIH National Advisory Council on Minority Health & Health Disparities, she is internationally known for her efforts to improve health and reduce health disparities in underserved minority communities. Her UAB appointments also include Senior Scientist in the Diabetes Research and Training Center, Co-leader of the Population Science for Cancer Control Program at the Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Scientist for the Center for Aging, the Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Center for Health Promotion.

 

Dr. Fouad serves as Principal Investigator (PI) on research projects bringing more than $43 million in federal funds to UAB, and she is Co-Principal Investigator on projects receiving $7 million in additional grant funding. She is PI for the UAB Minority Screening Center of the National Cancer Institute-funded “Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer Screening Trial” and “National Lung Screening Trial (NLST)” and PI as well for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded “REACH US Mid-South Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities,” a model for implementing, evaluating, and disseminating a community action plan to reduce breast and cervical cancer disparities between African American women and white women locally, regionally, and nationally. She also serves as PI for the “Comprehensive Minority and Health Disparities Research Center.” Funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, this project seeks through the UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center to build interdisciplinary partnerships and to work through research, training, and community outreach to understand and eliminate the complex factors that cause health disparities in cancer screenings, diabetes, and obesity in the Deep South.

 

A native of Alexandria, Egypt, Dr. Fouad received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Alexandria University School of Medicine and her Master’s in Public Health from UAB. Since joining the Division of Preventive Medicine in 1986, she has focused on minority health and minority cancer prevention and has played a lead role in merging the efforts of UAB and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) throughout the Southeast to attract minority researchers to the field of health disparities. Through formalized agreements and federally funded efforts, Dr. Fouad leads partnerships with Tuskegee University, the Morehouse School of Medicine, and many other HBCUs in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi. These efforts and her generous contribution of time to the trainees she mentors are attracting an important new generation of scientists to the field of health disparities.

 

With its three-pronged emphasis on research, training, and community outreach, the UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center represents an important milestone in a pioneering career that combines traditional academic pursuits with a major dedication to community service. Dr. Fouad’s long-standing efforts have been recognized nationally through the American Medical Association (AMA) “Recognition of Excellence in Eliminating Health Disparities Award" (2005) and the Association of Academic Health Centers (AHC) Sullivan Best Practice Award (2004) in recognition of outstanding work to reduce health disparities in the United States.

 

At the state level, she was appointed by the Governor of the State of Alabama in 2004 to co-chair the Black Belt Action Commission (BBAC) Health Initiative. Locally, she has received the 2007 Woman of the Year, “Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things,” Alabama Power Community Service Award; the 2004 Odessa Woolfolk Community Service Award in honor of the founding president of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute; and the Community Service Award in National Trends and Services (2006) from the Links, Incorporated. Dr. Fouad was also honored by the Birmingham Business Journal as one of the Top Birmingham Women of 2005 and by the Girl Scouts of the USA as a 2006 Woman of Distinction.

 

Dr. Fouad continues to develop innovative ways to improve the health of Alabama employees and residents, most recently through the creation of UAB HealthSmart. A joint initiative of the UAB Division of Preventive Medicine and UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center, this state-of-the-art wellness facility in downtown Birmingham offers free, cutting-edge health screenings and innovative health education, nutrition, and fitness programs designed to fight chronic disease in a population suffering from high rates of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and stroke.

 

Frank Franklin, MD, PhD

 

 

Professor Emeritus

 

 

School of Public Health

 

 

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

 

 

 

 

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Frank Franklin, MD, PhD

 

Frank Franklin MD MPH PhD is Professor Emeritus of Public Health at UAB. Formerly, he was Professor of Maternal and Child Health, Pediatrics and Nutrition Sciences and Chair of the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UAB School of Public Health. He is board certified in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. He practiced, taught and did research at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, LSU New Orleans and UAB. His research included basic biochemistry of lipoproteins, clinical trials in cardiovascular disease prevention and obesity treatment of children and adults, community interventions to increase fruit and vegetable intake in families, curriculum development in preventive cardiology and clinical nutrition and cohort studies of adolescents for determinants of at risk behaviors. He has extensive expertise in basic, clinical, and community aspects of nutrition and obesity of children and adults, especially in families. He has significant experience in assessing diet, BMI, and psychosocial variables and intervening with families to promote healthy lifestyles. His federally funded research studies spanned a wide age range with investigations involving multiple races/ethnicities, genders, especially low socioeconomic status mother-child dyads. His current activities include teaching public health nutrition and working with agencies throughout Birmingham for healthier community lifestyles.

 

 

 

David Klock, PhD

Dean

 

UAB School of Business

 

 

 

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David Klock, PhD

David Klock is Dean of the School of Business at the University o f Alabama at Birmingham, and the Wachovia Chair in Business Administration. Prior to coming to UAB, Dr. Klock served as Dean of the College of Business Administration and Interim Dean, Collins School of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona. He also served as non-management Chairman for CompBenefits Corporation in Atlanta, Georgia from 2004 to 2006. He served as Chairman Emeritus and Member of the Audit Committee of CompBenefits until its sale to Humana, Inc. on October 1, 2007.

 

 

David served as Chairman and CEO of CompBenefits Corporation from 1993 to 2004. Dr. Klock became an active consultant to the Company in 1981 and a Board member in 1984. He was appointed President in 1991. In 1993, Dr. Klock with TA Associates (Boston based multi-billion dollar equity investors) led a management buy-out of the Company and he was appointed Chairman and CEO. In 1995, CompBenefits became a public company. In June of 1999, senior management took the Company private through a management buyout of CompBenefits with GTCR (Chicago based multi-billion dollar equity investors) and TA Associates. During his tenure as CEO and/or Chairman, CompBenefits grew from $30 million in revenue to over $340 million in revenue with industry leading profits margin.

Dr. Klock obtained a Doctorate in Finance from the University of Illinois. He then held several academic appointments; primarily as Chairman of the Finance Department at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He was on leave from UCF in 1987 to serve as an Insurance Economist at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Dr. Klock is co-author of four books and over 40 other scholarly publications.

 

 

 

 

Carol Z. Garrison, PhD

 

President

 

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

 

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Carol Z. Garrison, PhD

UAB President and alumna Carol Garrison has had an extraordinary view of her alma mater. She took her first full-time job in UAB Hospital, during the university's formative years in the 1970s, then earned her master's degree from UAB. When she returned to campus in fall 2002, as UAB's sixth president, the young, dynamic institution had evolved into a world-renowned research university and medical center.

A Montclair, New Jersey native, Dr. Garrison earned her bachelor's (1974) and Ph.D. in epidemiology (1982) from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She was a faculty member, department chair, dean and provost at the University of South Carolina (1982-1997). She joined the University of Louisville as provost in 1997 and was appointed interim president there in early 2002.

As president of UAB, Dr. Garrison also chairs the board of the UAB Health System, which includes UAB Hospital, The Kirklin Clinic, and other of UAB's nationally-ranked patient care facilities. UAB is the state's largest single employer, with more than 21,000 employees, and has annual economic impact of $4.6 billion on Alabama.

During Dr. Garrison's tenure, the institution has enjoyed remarkable growth and development. Recent years have seen the opening of state-of-the-art facilities such as the North Pavilion of UAB Hospital and the Shelby Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building, the burgeoning Campus Green along University Boulevard, and most recently, the UAB Women & Infants Center and Hazelrig-Salter Radiation-Oncology Facility.

 

Now in her tenth year as president, Dr. Garrison continues working in partnership with the campus and the community towards an extraordinary vision for UAB and for Birmingham

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Hilson

 

President & CEO

 

Birmingham Business Alliance

 

 

 

 

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Brian Hilson

 

Brian Hilson is President and CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance and is responsible for all areas of the BBA, including economic development, public policy, communications and other programs designed to grow and diversify the regional economy and enhance the quality of life for all citizens.

 

Hilson was previously the President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County Alabama, where he worked closely with state and local officials to promote the area, recruit new companies and help local employers expand. He joined the Chamber in 1992 as Senior Vice President of Economic Development and was named President of the Chamber in 1997.

 

Previously, Hilson was a Vice President of the Birmingham Metropolitan Board and has held economic development positions with the Birmingham and Mobile Chambers of Commerce.

A native of Huntsville, Hilson is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute. He is a graduate of Leadership Alabama and is active in a number of state and national economic development organizations. He is past president of the Economic Development Association of Alabama and the Japan-America Society of Alabama.

 

 

 

Linda Lucas, PhD

 

 

Interim Provost

 

UAB

 

 

 

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Linda Lucas, PhD

Linda C. Lucas became interim provost of UAB in May 2011after serving as dean of the School of Engineering for more than a decade.

 

Lucas, whose research has focused on the development of biomaterials for orthopaedic and dental implants, is a senior scientist in the centers for BioMatrix Engineering & Regenerative Medicine and Metabolic Bone Diseases. She also holds joint appointments in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and several departments within the School of Dentistry.

 

Lucas was an inaugural member of the Council of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and has been president of three international organizations: American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Society and Society for Biomaterials. She is a Fellow in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineers and an International Fellow in the Society for Biomaterials.

 

Lucas joined the UAB faculty in 1982 as an assistant professor and was chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering in 1995 until being named dean in 2000. She and her students have published their work in more than 100 publications and presented at more than 250 scientific meetings.

 

Lucas earned bachelor degrees in mathematics and chemistry from University of Alabama and in engineering from UAB; she also earned master’s degrees in engineering, mathematics and education plus a doctorate in biomedical engineering from UAB.

 

 

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Manuel Olivera

 

 

Regional Director

 

C40 Clinton Climate Initiative

 

LATAM Hybrid Test Bus Program

 

 

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Manuel F. Olivera

Manuel F. Olivera is Director in Colombia of the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) and Director in Latin America of the Hybrid Test Bus Program, an initiative financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and supported by several cities and private partners.

 

Along more than 28 years of professional experience he has been assessing high level decisions making, and obtaining results in several environmental fields mainly related to cleaner production, urban ecology and development and climate change. This has taken place in private and public positions such as Manager of Environmental Affairs of the National Industrialist Association in Colombia, Director of the environmental authority of Bogota D.C., as consultant for IDB, the World Bank, UNDP, WWF, and also as advisor of several Latin American governments at national and local levels.

 

Within C40-CCI activities several projects aiming emission reduction of green house gases have been supported by Mr. Olivera including methane capture of the sanitary landfill in Bogota, traffic lights LED retrofitting, public lights retrofitting to LED, diesel fuel quality improvement, TransMilenio operational improvement, and more recently testing hybrid and electric buses and fostering the use of electric vehicles.

 

 

 

Richard Marchase, PhD

 

 

Vice President for Research

 

Senior Associate Dean for Research in the School of Medicine

 

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

 

 

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Richard Marchase, PhD

Richard B. Marchase, Ph.D. (b. 1948) is the UAB Vice President for Research, the Senior Associate Dean for Research in the School of Medicine, and Professor of Cell Biology.

 

His administrative functions include strategic planning, regulatory oversight, recruitment, and space allocation for a research enterprise generating approximately $450 million annually.

 

Marchase received his undergraduate degree with honors in 1970 from Cornell University, and was honored with the Hamilton Award as the Outstanding Graduate in Science and Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University in 1976 and did postdoctoral training at Duke University. He was named a member of the faculty there in 1978 and was honored as a Nanaline H. Duke Scholar.

 

In 1984 he received one of the inaugural Presidential Young Investigator Awards from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Marchase was recruited to the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the Department of Cell Biology in 1986 as an Associate Professor. He was promoted to Professor in 1990 and was named Chair in 1994. He became Associate Dean in 2000 and Vice President in 2004.

 

Dr. Marchase maintains an active research laboratory supported by the National Institutes of Health. He is a past Associate Editor of The Anatomical Record and was on the editorial board of the American Journal of Physiology: Cell. He is currently on the Editorial Board of the journal SHOCK. He was presented with the Mary Jane Kugle Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in 1999.

 

 

Enrique Peñalosa

 

 

Former Mayor

 

City of Bogota

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Enrique Peñalosa

An accomplished public official, economist and administrator, Enrique Peñalosa completed his three-year term as Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia on December 31, 2000. While mayor, Peñalosa was responsible for numerous radical improvements to the city and its citizens. He promoted a city model giving priority to children and public spaces and restricting private car use, building hundreds of kilometers of sidewalks, bicycle paths, pedestrian streets, greenways, and parks. After organizing a Car-Free Day in 2000, he was awarded the Stockholm Challenge Award and rewarded by a referendum vote endorsing an annual car-free day and the elimination of all cars from streets during rush hours from 2015 onwards.

 

Thanks to his extensive efforts to make Bogota a greener, more livable city, Peñalosa now serves as an adviser and model to the Bloomberg administration, which in recent years has undertaken the serious work of greening New York City.

 

While Mayor, Peñalosa also led efforts to improve Bogotá's marginal neighborhoods through citizen involvement; planted more than 100,000 trees; created a new, highly successful bus-based transit system; and turned a deteriorated downtown avenue into a dynamic pedestrian public space. He helped transform the city's attitude from one of negative hopelessness to one of pride and hope, developing a model for urban improvement based on the equal rights of all people to transportation, education, and public spaces.

 

 

Carlo Ratti

 

Director

 

SENSEable City Lab

 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

 

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Carlo Ratti, PhD

Carlo Ratti directs the MIT SENSEable City Lab a the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) which explores the "real-time city" by studying the way sensors and electronics relate to the built environment. He's opening a research center in Singapore as part of an MIT-led initiative on the Future of Urban Mobility.


Carlo Ratti is a civil engineer and architect who teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the SENSEable City Laboratory. This lab studies the built environment of cities -- from street grids to plumbing and garbage systems -- using new kinds of sensors and hand-held electronics that have transformed the way we can describe and understand cities.

Other projects flip this equation -- using data gathered from sensors to actually create dazzling new environments.

 

Ratti earned himself a place on Esquire Magazine’s Best and Brightest list in 2008 and was featured in Seed Magazine’s Salon, together with mathematician Steven Strogatz.

He presented as a delegate in January 2009 to the World Economic Forum in Davos.

In 2011, he spoke at a TED conference in Longbeach, California, USA.

 

 

 

Ray Watts, MD

 

 

Senior Vice President for Medicine & Dean of the School of Medicine

 

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

 

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Ray Watts, MD

On July 29, 2010, Ray L. Watts, M.D. was named Senior Vice President for Medicine at UAB and Dean of the School of Medicine at UAB.

 

A native of Birmingham, Dr. Watts earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from UAB in 1976 and was valedictorian of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 1980. He completed internship, residency and fellowship training at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Before joining UAB, Dr. Watts served a two-year fellowship at the National Institutes of Health and was a member of Emory University faculty. At Emory Dr. Watts and his colleagues built an internationally renowned Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorders Research and Clinical Center.

 

Prior to his recent appointment, Dr. Watts served as the John N. Whitaker Professor and Chairman of Neurology from July 1, 2003 to September 30, 2010. He succeeded the late Dr. John N. Whitaker, who chaired Neurology from 1985 to 2001. He also served as the President of the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation.

 

UAB is at the beginning of an unprecedented period of growth and acceleration of research advances in the Neurosciences. Dr. Watts played an integral role in planning and establishing the UAB Comprehensive Neuroscience Center. Through the vision laid out in the UAB School of Medicine Research Strategic Plan, the UAB Comprehensive Neuroscience Center represents a collaboration of efforts by physicians and researchers within the UAB Neuroscience Community. This new center will bring together outstanding faculty from many Departments, Divisions, Programs, and Centers to define the future of research, education and clinical efforts in Neuroscience at UAB.

 

 

 

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