Founder and Executive Director
Dr. Atkinson is an Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Optical Science at the University of Arizona. His professional career includes academic teaching, research, administration, roles as a corporate founder and executive, and public service at the federal level. He is former Head of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Arizona, the founder of a laser sensor company serving the semiconductor industry, and Science and Technology Advisor (STAS) to U.S. Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice. In 2014, Dr. Atkinson was named president of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. Based on principles derived from his personal experiences, he launched the ISGP in 2008 as a new type of international forum in which credible experts provide governmental and societal leaders with the objective understanding of the science and technology that can be reasonably anticipated to help shape the increasingly global societies of the 21st century.
Ms. Baeza Breinbauer is currently a Project Officer & Researcher at LSE Consulting, and a Contributing Researcher with the Economist Intelligence Unit. She has previously consulted for a variety of government and non-government institutions including the United Nations, European Commission, EU Committee of the Regions, and the Government of India. Her work as a Contributing Researcher at the Economist Intelligence Unit is focused on a project in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Centre for Health Security and the Nuclear Threat Initiative. The project aims to develop a Global Health Security Index to assess a country’s technical, financial, socioeconomic, and political capabilities to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to epidemic threats with international implications. She holds an M.Sc. in International Development Management with a focus on Economics from the London School of Economics, and a double B.A. with Honours in Global Affairs/International Relations and Political Science, with a focus on Human Rights Law, from Eckerd College.
Mrs. Bice has a diverse background in both education and business experience. Before joining the ISGP, she was an Academic Coordinator at a Professional Sports Academy and has served as an Administrator, Lab Facilitator, Teacher, and Curriculum Supervisor at a variety of schools and organizations. She attended the University of Arizona in Tucson and graduated with a B.A. degree. She has a lifelong interest in education, business, and current science-related topics. She recently received certifications in both global education perspectives and business management.
Ms. Boice worked for 25 years in the newspaper industry, primarily at the Tucson Citizen and briefly at USA Today. She was the Editor of the Tucson Citizen when it was closed in 2009. Additional appointments at the Tucson Citizen included Business News Editor, Editor of the Online Department, and Senior Editor. She also was a business columnist. Ms. Boice received her M.B.A. from the University of Arizona and graduated from Pomona College in California with a degree in economics.
Ms. Cermignano recently graduated with Cum Laude honors from Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, with a degree in Biology and a concentration in Pre-Health. Prior to joining the ISGP team, she held a position at the University of Pennsylvania as a visiting undergraduate researcher in hematology. Ms. Cermignano has contributed to the creation of several ISGP books and was a secondary author of an article published in the hematology journal Blood. She currently administers the ISGP Academic Partnership programs.
Ms. Fields is a 2018 graduate of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, completing a master’s degree in Public Service and Administration with an emphasis in Public Policy Analysis. She has received numerous scholarships and awards including from the American Society of Animal Science. She is a member of Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society and Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture. She has conducted research in Central America to collect data at the second largest coral reef system in the world and developed an economic model for managing an invasive fish species for her thesis. She examined and assessed the Red River Flooding in Caddo Parish, Louisiana for her capstone project. Ms. Fields earned her B.S. (2013) and M.S. (2015) in Food and Resource Economics at the University of Florida.
Dr. Paris is a Senior Fellow at the Institute on Science for Global Policy (ISGP). She also serves as manager and founding co-host of ISGP's biweekly podcast, The Forum, which specializes in the translation of complex scientific advances for the general public and has attracted listeners in over 100 countries. Concurrently, Dr. Paris is the 2019-2020 IEEE-USA Science and Engineering Diplomacy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State. Previously, she was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and Energy and Climate Scholar at Princeton University, where her research involved the discovery and optimization of catalysts active in the electrochemical transformation of carbon dioxide to chemical feedstocks and fuels. She has also worked on projects related to Chinese financing of coal-fired power plants in water-insecure regions and the future of U.S. nuclear energy in the face of climate change. Dr. Paris received her Ph.D. in Chemistry and Materials Science from Princeton University (2019), M.A. in Chemistry from Princeton University (2017), and B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Biology from Ursinus College (2015).
Mr. Soto currently is working as a manager at Home Depot with plans to go to the University of Arizona to get his Ph.D. in mathematics. He received his bachelor of science degree in general applied mathematics with a minor in Judaic studies from the UA College of Science. Prior to his work with the ISGP, Mr. Soto interned with the Walt Disney Company Parks and Resorts segment in 2011. With the completion of his undergraduate degree, he plans to explore opportunities in undergraduate mathematics instruction and further his research in pursuit of a Ph.D. focused in probability theory and operations research.
Ms. Wheeler is a recent graduate of the environmental studies program at Eckerd College and focuses her work in food systems. Most recently, she has worked on a farm to school program in Michigan, coffee and third-party certifications in Costa Rica, and farmworkers’ rights in Immokalee, Florida. But long before all this, Katie was immersed in the world of good food, raised among the roasting chilis and bubbling cauldrons of pinto beans and pozole, well-known to her hometown of Santa Fe, New Mexico.