Upcoming Conferences

ISGP Staff


Daniela Baeza, B.A.
Senior Fellow

Ms. Baeza holds double bachelor's degree in the fields of Global Affairs/International Relations and Political Science.  Her interests focus on interdisciplinary cooperation between the scientific community, the private sector, and the public sector for international development.  She has worked on various domestic and international research projects assessing development strategies, the latest evaluating the effects of economic development on living standards in Singapore.



George H. Atkinson, Ph.D
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.



Cleo Warner, B.A.
Senior Fellow

Ms. Warner is a graduate from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, with a degree in literature and environmental studies. Her research interests include food systems, science communication, and other various ways in which society and the environment interact. Ms. Warner has worked on numerous environmental community development projects both in Florida and internationally, the latest being the threatened mangrove communities throughout Indonesia.



Jennifer Boice, M.B.A
Program Coordinator

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.



Samantha Cermignano, B.S.
Senior Fellow

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 BloodShe currently administers the ISGP Academic Partnership programs.



Sweta Chakraborty, Ph.D.
Associate Director

Dr. Chakraborty received her doctorate in Risk Management from King’s College London and her undergraduate degrees in Decision Science and International Relations from Carnegie Mellon University. She has more than 20 published articles, has contributed to three books, and is author of the forthcoming book “Pharmaceutical Safety: A Study in Public and Private Regulation.” She is currently an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University and a program associate on pharmaceutical regulation and product liability at Oxford University’s Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. Prior to joining the ISGP, Dr. Chakraborty served as the resident cognitive behavioral scientist at Lootok Ltd., a risk management-consulting firm.



Adam Kuszak, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow

Dr. Kuszak earned his doctorate in Pharmacology at the University of Michigan, and his undergraduate degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Kuszak began his career in biomedical research with postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health, and has since expanded his focus on the intersection of science and public policy by working with the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics as a Washington Fellow, and by currently serving as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow.



Christina Medvescek, B.A.
Program Administrator

Ms. Medvescek is an internationally published journalist and editor specializing in health, human development and conflict resolution. Formerly Vice President of Publications for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, she currently is an EEOC mediator for the U.S. Postal Service, and a volunteer mediator, facilitator and instructor at the Center for Community Dialogue, Tucson, Arizona. She earned undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Journalism at Valparaiso University, Indiana, and is inching toward a masters in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacemaking at California State University.



Aubrey Paris, B.S.
Senior Fellow

Ms. Paris received undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Biology from Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Physical Inorganic Chemistry at Princeton University, where she is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She is also the manager and co-host of "The Forum," ISGP's biweekly audio podcast "where science comes to socialize."  Ms. Paris has served as a Fellow of the Ursinus College Center for Science and the Common Good since its inception in 2012.



Andrea Vazquez

Andrea Vazquez is a Fellow at the Institute on Science for Global Policy.  She is a senior at Arizona State University pursuing her bachelor's degreee in social work.  She is also a College Prep-Assistant at a high school in Tucson, Arizona.  She mentors youth and makes positive changes in her community.  Her goal as a social worker is to challenge social injustice and advocate for people who are vulnerable and oppressed, especially youth.