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FAS Public Interest Report
The Journal of the Federation of American Scientists
Autumn 2003
Volume 56, Number 3
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Front Page
The Real Terrorist Missile Threat and What Can Be Done About It
A Science-Based Workshop for Leaders of Environmental NGOs and GONGOs in China
Meeting Natural Gas Demand: Infrastructure is Important, Technology is Key
Curbing the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in Latin America
Hiroshima Survivors Visit the Federation
The Learning Federation: Progress Report

Staff News

FAS Board Chairman, Frank von Hippel Steps Down

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Former Board Chairman, Frank von Hippel

FAS would like to acknowledge how immensely grateful we are to Frank von Hippel for his unparalleled contribution to FAS over many decades.

In addition to serving as Chairman of the FAS Board from 1979-1984 and again from 2000 - 2003, Frank provided the intellectual foundation for what the organization has done in many areas, particularly in our core work to control the continuing - and increasing - danger of nuclear weapons and nuclear materials. He has helped provide vision, energy, and courage in the face of political debacles - both external and internal - and steadfastly guided the organization through some of its greatest triumphs and its most difficult times.

Von Hippel has inspired generations of young scholars by defining what a "public interest scientist" can achieve through careful analysis of challenging problems, through creative and practical policy proposals, and persistence. As Professor of Public and International Affairs and Co-Director of the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and formerly as assistant director for national security in the White House Office of Science and Technology, he has made significant contributions to policy research in nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, energy, and checks and balances in policymaking for technology.

Frank's work, and ours, is far from finished. But his unwavering commitment to bringing truth to the public process, and his astonishing record of success in the face of terrible odds, continues to give us an important measure of hope. We've gained enormously from Frank's leadership and we hope that he'll continue to be a close advisor and counselor to our organization for many years to come.

Election results for the FAS Board of Directors will be reported in our December 2003 PIR issue.

FAS bids farewell to Marianne Bakia, Director of the Learning Technologies Project

Marianne Bakia served as the Learning Technologies Project Director for two and a half years, during which time she played a vital leadership role that advanced the aims of both the Learning Federation and the Digital Promise Project. Marianne's expertise, skills, energy and enthusiasm contributed greatly to our research plan to stimulate research and development in learning science and technology. Working with national experts, she helped to produce several of the carefully designed component research roadmaps that we hope will lead to a national initiative to realize vastly improved training and education for all Americans. Her persistence and gentle coaching resulted in the quality documents we have today.

We also appreciate the skill and energy she brought to help forward the Digital Promise coalition. Her ability to balance the demands of the Digital Promise project with the Learning Federation tasks allowed both projects to move forward at a remarkable pace. Throughout her time at FAS, we've benefited from her calm in the most vexing fire drills, her strength of purpose, creative thinking and willingness to face difficult challenges. While it is hard to say good-bye to such a valuable team member, we wish her much success in her new endeavors and look forward to working with her in the future in her new position at SRI.

FAS welcomes Kendra Bodnar

Kendra Bodnar joined the FAS team in August 2003 as the Manager for the Learning Technologies Project. At FAS, she will work to raise awareness of the opportunities emerging technologies create for education and training and promote a national plan for a focused R&D program in learning sciences and information technology.

Kendra received her B.S. in biology at Duquesne University and was awarded the Richard King Mellon grant to work on a research project studying evolutionary genetics. She received her M.Sc. from Boston College where she examined immune cell development and she received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine with a concentration in Molecular Virology and Microbiology. Her work has been published in Infection and Immunity, Tuberculosis, and was highlighted in the American Society for Microbiology's News. During graduate school Kendra was involved in many aspects of teaching. She was a teaching assistant and lecturer for various classes and laboratories. In addition, she participated in organizing scientific workshops, lectures, and laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh, Carlow College, and the Carnegie Science Center that were designed to interest young children and women in science and to pursue related careers.

Kendra's research and teaching experiences in graduate school fueled her interest in science policy. After graduate school, Kendra received the American Society for Microbiology Science and Technology Congressional Fellowship and worked on Capitol Hill in the office of Representative Edward Markey (D-MA), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. During the year-long fellowship, she worked on a variety of healthcare, biosecurities, and science and technology issues.