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Clif McFeely is a 30-year veteran of the advertising industry. He is President of North Castle Communications, an advertising agency based in StamfordConn.  Since acquiring North Castle in 1997, McFeely and his partners have specialized in youth marketing serving a variety of national clients. More recently, North Castle has shifted its emphasis to “social marketing”, the use of marketing communications to influence youth attitudes and behaviors in areas such as education, the environment, substance abuse, and reckless driving. Through a project for The Business Roundtable, North Castle has researched student attitudes towards math and science and has developed a national game plan to use the power of marketing to shift the cultural dynamic surrounding math and science and motivate students in these subjects. 

McFeely serves on two non-profit boards: Domus, a Stamford-based organization serving at-risk youth in the areas of education, housing, and life skills; and Stamford Achieves, an educational organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap through community leadership and advocacy. In addition, his interest in the educational issues affecting the lives of young people and their participation in the future workforce has been influenced in many ways by his long-time service as a mentor.   

Norman R. Augustine is the retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, the nation’s largest defense contractor, and a former Under Secretary of the Army. He is a longtime proponent for ensuring the place of science and engineering on the nation’s list of priorities.  

Augustine currently serves as a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Advisory Council. He was among several individuals who testified to Congress regarding the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report that was released on October 12, 2005 entitled, Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future. Augustine chaired the NAS panel that conducted the study, which was requested by Congress. The report recommends ways to strengthen research and education in science and technology.

Among Augustine’s many honors are the National Medal of Technology and the U.S. Department of Defense's highest civilian award, the Distinguished Service Medal, given to him five times. Most recently, he was awarded the 2005 AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Prize and the 2006 Public Welfare Medal from the National Academy of Science.

Augustine served as Chairman and Principal Officer of the American Red Cross for nine years and as Chairman of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA), the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), and the Defense Science Board. He is a former President of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Boy Scouts of America. He is a current or former member of the Board of Directors of ConocoPhillips, Black and Decker, Procter & Gamble, and Lockheed Martin, and the board of trustees of Colonial Williamsburg, a trustee emeritus of Johns Hopkins, and a former member of the board of trustees of Princeton and MIT. He holds eighteen honorary degrees.

Born in Colorado in 1935, Augustine attended East Denver High School and graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, where he earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in engineering. He is the author of Augustine's Travels, The Defense Revolution, and Augustine's Laws. 

George R. Boggs is President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). From its Washington, D.C., headquarters, AACC represents more than 1,100 associate degree-granting institutions and some 11 million students. Boggs holds a B.A. in chemistry from The Ohio State University, an M.A. in chemistry from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a Ph.D. in educational administration from The University of Texas at Austin. Boggs has served on the Boards of Directors of the California Association of Community Colleges, the Community College League of California, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and the American Association of Community Colleges, serving as Board Chair in 1993-94. He served as a member of the Committee on Undergraduate Science Education of the National Research Council and has served on several NSF panels and committees. He has testified before both state legislative and Congressional committees on subjects related to higher education. He is the author of more than fifty articles and chapters in professional journals and books.

Boggs has been recognized by the Public Broadcasting System with its Terry O’Banion Prize for Teaching and Learning for "triggering the most significant educational movement of the past decade." He has been honored by The University of Texas as a Distinguished Graduate. He received the Professional of the Year Award for Motivational Leadership from the Leadership Alliance, the Harry Buttimer Distinguished Administrators Award from the Association of California Community College Administrators, the Marie Y. Martin Chief Executive Officer Award from the Association of Community College Trustees, and the Stanley A. Mahr Community Service Award from the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce. The City of Vista proclaimed January 15, 1994, as Dr. George Boggs Day in recognition of his community service. Boggs is listed in “Who’s Who in America” and six other “Who’s Who” directories. Boggs served as a faculty member, division chair, and associate dean of instruction at Butte College in California and, for 15 years, he served as the Superintendent/President of Palomar College in California.

Joan Ferrini-Mundy is the Director of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL), in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources.  In this role she supports NSF’s strategic goal of “fostering research that will advance the frontiers of knowledge” to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning.  The signature programs of DRL are: Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (REESE), Discovery Research K-12 (DR-K12), Information Technology Experiences for Student and Teachers (ITEST) and Informal Science Education (ISE).  Collectively, these programs support research, development, implementation, evaluation, and synthesis to build a knowledge base for ongoing innovation in STEM learning, in both formal and informal settings, at all levels.

While at NSF Ferrini-Mundy continues to hold her faculty position at Michigan State University where she is a University Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education and Assistant Vice President for STEM Education Research and Policy.  Ferrini-Mundy was a Visiting Scientist in NSF’s Teacher Enhancement Program from 1989-1991 and worked at the National Research Council from 1995-1999 as Director of the Mathematical Sciences Education Board and Associate Executive Director of the Center for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education. From 1983-1999 Ferrini-Mundy was a member of the mathematics department at the University of New Hampshire, and in 1982-1983 she was a mathematics faculty member at Mount Holyoke College, where she co-founded the SummerMath for Teachers Program.  Active in professional societies, Ferrini-Mundy has served on the Board of Directors of the National Council of Teachers (NCTM), chaired the Writing Group for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, and completed a term as a member of the Board of Governors of the Mathematical Association of America in 2006.  Her research interests include calculus teaching and learning, the development and assessment of teachers’ mathematical knowledge for teaching, and the improvement of student learning in K-12 mathematics and science.  

Linda L. Slakey  joined the National Science Foundation (NSF) in November 2006 as Director of the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE).  She is a graduate of Siena Heights College (B.S. in Chemistry), and the University of Michigan (Ph.D. in Biochemistry.).  She did postdoctoral research at the University of Wisconsin. Slakey was appointed to the faculty of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1973.  She was Head of the Department from 1986 until 1991, and Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) from 1993 until 2000.  In September of 2000, she was appointed Dean of Commonwealth College, the honors college of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Her scientific work focused on lipid metabolism and vascular biology, and was funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, and the National Science Foundation.  As Dean of NSM and of Commonwealth College she was active in supporting teaching and learning initiatives throughout the University. 

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