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His Holiness the Dalai LamaHis Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, is the leader of Tibetan Buddhism and a spiritual leader revered worldwide. He was born on July 6, 1935 in a small village called Taktser in northeastern Tibet. Born to a peasant family, he was recognized at the age of two, in accordance with Tibetan tradition, as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the 13th Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lamas are manifestations of the Buddha of Compassion, who choose to reincarnate for the purpose of serving human beings. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1989, he is universally respected as a spokesman for the compassionate and peaceful resolution of human conflict. He has traveled extensively, speaking on subjects including universal responsibility, love, compassion and kindness. Less well known is his intense personal interest in the sciences; he has said that if he were not a monk, he would have liked to be an engineer. As a youth in Lhasa it was he who was called on to fix broken machinery in the Potala Palace, be it a clock or a car. He has a vigorous interest in learning the newest developments in science, and brings to bear both a voice for the humanistic implications of the findings, and a high degree of intuitive methodological sophistication. Biography of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the website of the Private Office.

Ajahn Amaro Ajahn Amaro, BSc.

Ajahn Amaro is co-abbot of Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in northern California. He received a BSc with Honours from London University in psychology & physiology. In 1977 he took up residence in a forest meditation monastery in the lineage of Ven. Ajahn Chah in Northeast Thailand. He returned to England to join Ven. Ajahn Sumedho at a newly founded forest monastery in Sussex. In 1983, he journeyed 830 miles on foot to a branch monastery in Northumberland. In 1985 he came to Amaravati Buddhist Centre and helped with teaching and administration for ten years, serving as vice-abbot for the last two years. He started coming to the USA in 1990, spending a few months each year teaching here. In 1996 Abhayagiri Monastery was opened. The main focus of his life is practicing as a forest monk, and teaching and training others in that same tradition. Since 1988 he has taken part in numerous conferences and seminars, including two in Dharamsala and one in California with the Dalai Lama and a group of Western Buddhist teachers. In 1994 in London he was also involved in a seminar, “The Good Heart”, that the Dalai Lama led where he was giving commentaries on the Christian gospels. He has published four books: Tudong—the Long Road North, Silent Rain, The Pilgrim Kamanita (ed.) and Small Boat, Great Mountain—Theravadan Reflections on the Natural Great Perfection. Another book is forthcoming (a companion to Small Boat) The Island—An Anthology of theBuddha’s Teachings on Nirvana. He also happens to be a cousin of the late Buddhist scholar I.B.Horner.

Swami Atmapriyananda

Swami Atmapriyananda is the Vice Chancellor of Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University, a multi-campus University trying to actualize Swami Vivekananda’s educational vision and devoted to teaching and research in a variety of unique faculties. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Madras, India, in Theoretical Physics for his work in particle theory and has a number of research publications in reputed international journals. Inspired by Ramakrishna-Vivekananda ideology, he joined the Ramakrishna Order of monks in 1978 and was posted at Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, a premier college of Ramakrishna Mission at Belur Math, where he taught Physics for nearly 25 years besides serving as the Principal for nearly 13 years. As a monk and and educationist, his present interests are: (i) Swami Vivekananda’s educational vision, (ii) Yoga-Vedanta vis-à-vis modern science, (iii) Ramakrishna-Vivekananda thought in the context of present day challenges, (iv) Consciousness Studies as taught in the Upanishads, (v) Synthesis of the four yogas as taught by Swami Vivekananda and Bhagavad-Gita, (vi) Harmony of religions as lived and taught by Sri Ramakrishna, etc. He toured Europe twice in 2008-2009, on invitation as a Resource Person at international and national yoga conferences in Italy. As a member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders, an arm of the Elijah Interfaith Institute, a global organization working for interreligious understanding and peace, he attended on invitation a conference in Israel in 2009. In December 2009, he was invited to the Parliament of World’s Religions organized in Melbourne, Australia.

Daniel Batson, Ph.D.

Dan Batson is an experimental social psychologist. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from Princeton University in 1972, was a member of the Department of Psychology at the University of Kansas from 1972-2008, and is now a Professor Emeritus there. He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he has a courtesy appointment as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Tennessee and continues to write and collaborate on research. Over the years, his research has focused primarily on the existence of altruistic motivation and on its antecedents (including empathic concern, perspective taking, and parental nurturance) and its consequences. He has also conducted research on the behavioral consequences of religion and on the nature of moral motivation and moral emotions.

Jan Chozen BaysJan Chozen Bays, M.D.

Jan Chozen Bays, MD, is a pediatrician specializing in the evaluation of children for possible abuse and neglect. After graduating from Swarthmore College she received medical training at U.C. San Diego. For ten years she served as medical director of the Child Abuse Response and Assessment Center(CARES NW) at Legacy Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon where over 1,000 children and families are seen each year for concerns of abuse and neglect. She has written a number of articles for medical journals and also book chapters on aspects of child abuse including substance abuse and child abuse, child abuse by poisoning, and conditions mistaken for child abuse. Jan Chozen Bays has studied and practiced Zen Buddhism since 1973. She was ordained as a Zen priest under Taizan Maezumi Roshi and given authorization to teach in 1983. With her husband, Hogen Bays, she teaches at Zen Community of Oregon and Great Vow Zen Monastery, a residential center for intensive Zen training in Clatskanie, Oregon. She has published articles about Zen in Tricycle and Buddhadharma magazines. Her book, Jizo Bodhisattva, Modern Healing and Traditional Buddhist Practice (Tuttle Publishing, 2002), has been re-issued in paperback as Jizo Bodhisattva, Guardian of Children, Women and Other Voyagers by Shambhala Publishing.

Marlene Behrmann, Ph.D.

Marlene Behrmann is professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University and has appointments at the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (Carengie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh) and in the departments of neuroscience and communication disorders at the University of Pittsburgh. Her many honors include the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contributions to Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience, the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering, and the American Psychological Early Career Award in Neuropsychology.

Peter L. Benson, Ph.D.

Dr. Peter L. Benson is president and CEO of Minneapolis-based Search Institute, the nation’s leading “action tank” for helping communities “grow great kids.” A leading authority on human development, community mobilization, and social change, he holds a doctorate and master’s degree from the University of Denver as well as a master’s degree from Yale University. His vision, research, and public voice have inspired a “sea change” in theory, practice, and policy. His innovative, research-based framework of Developmental Assets is the most widely used approach to positive youth development in the United States and around the world. Most recently, he has focused on conceptualizing a new understanding of “thriving.” He is also the principal investigator and co-director for Search Institute’s Center for Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence, which seeks to advance knowledge, practice, and international interest in this important, but underemphasized domain of human development. Dr. Benson is the author or editor of more than a dozen books on child and adolescent development, including, most recently, Sparks: How Parents Can Ignite the Hidden Strengths of Teenagers (Jossey-Bass), and The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence (Sage). Among his many honors, Dr. Benson was the first visiting scholar at the William T. Grant Foundation and also received the William James Award for Career Contributions to the Psychology of Religion from the American Psychological Association. He serves on many boards and commissions, including the John Templeton Foundation Board of Advisors. Dr. Benson is married to Tunie Munson-Benson, a nationally recognized expert in children’s literature and literacy. They have two children, Liv and Kai, and two grandsons, Ryder and Truman.

Michel BitbolMichel Bitbol, M.D., Ph.D.

Michel Bitbol is presently Directeur de recherché at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, in Paris, France. He is based at the Centre de Recherche en Epistemologie Appliquee (CREA) in Paris He teaches the Philosophy of Modern Physics to graduate students at the University Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne). He was educated at several universities in Paris, where he received successively his M.D. in 1980, his Ph.D. in physics and biophysics in 1985, and his “Habilitation” in philosophy in 1997. He worked as a research scientist from 1978 to 1990, specializing first in the hydrodynamics of the blood flow in arteries, and then in the microstructure of the red blood cell membranes studied by EPR and NMR techniques. From 1990 onwards, he turned to the philosophy of physics. He edited texts of general philosophy and of quantum mechanics by Erwin Schrödinger, and published a book entitled Schrödinger’s Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics (Kluwer, 1996). He also published two books in French on quantum mechanics and on realism in science, in 1996 and 1998 respectively. More recently, he focused on the relations between the philosophy of quantum mechanics and the philosophy of mind. He published a book on that topic in French in 2000, and worked in close collaboration with Francisco Varela. In 1997 he was the recipient of an award from the Academie des sciences morales et politiques for his work in the philosophy of quantum mechanics He is presently learning some Sanskrit in order to get a better understanding of basic texts by Nagarjuna and Candrakirti, for a new philosophical project on the concept of relation in physics and the theory of knowledge.

Martin Brokenleg, Ph.D.

Dr. Martin Brokenleg is the Director of Native Ministries and Professor of First Nations Theology and Ministry at the Vancouver School of Theology in Vancouver, British Columbia. He serves as a Vice President of Reclaiming Youth International, providing training for individuals who work with youth at risk. He holds a doctorate in psychology and is a graduate of the Episcopal Divinity School. For thirty years, Dr. Brokenleg was professor of Native American studies at Augustana College of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He has also been a director of The Neighborhood Youth Corps, chaplain in a correctional setting, and has extensive experience as an alcohol counselor. Dr. Brokenleg has consulted and led training programs throughout North America, New Zealand, and South Africa. He is the father of three children and an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe practicing the culture of his Lakota people.

Daniel Brown, Ph.D.

Daniel Brown is assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, and director of Behavioral Medicine at Cambridge City Hospital. He received his Bachelors’ degree from the University of Massachusetts and his Ph.D. in comparative religion from the University of Chicago, where his dissertation compared Tibetan, Theravadan and Yogic contemplative paths. He is co-author of Transformations of Consciousness: Conventional and Contemplative Perspectives on Development, and teaches extensively on hypnosis and behavioral medicine.

Linda E. CarlsonLinda E. Carlson, Ph.D., R.Psych.

Linda E. Carlson, Ph.D., R. Psych, is a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor in Psychosocial Oncology in the Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary, and the holder of the Enbridge Endowed Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology. She also holds an Adjunct Associate Professor appointment in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Carlson trained as a Clinical Health Psychologist at McGill University in Montreal, researching the area of psychoneuroendocrinology. She then worked a post-doctoral fellow at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, sponsored by a Terry Fox Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the National Cancer Institute of Canada/Canadian Cancer Society, before being appointed Assistant Professor. She received a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator award from 2002-2007, before being appointed the Endowed Chairholder. Dr. Carlson’s current research interests are focused in the areas of computerized distress screening, psychoneuroimmunology, integrative oncology and complementary and alternative medicine, providing and evaluating interventions for cancer patients such as mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), yoga, Reiki, acupuncture, exercise, and smoking cessation. She has published over 80 book chapters and research papers in peer-reviewed journals, holds several millions of dollars in grant funding and regularly presents her work at international conferences.

Steven ChuSteven Chu, Ph.D.

Steven Chu is the Theodore and Frances Geballe Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Stanford University. He did his Ph.D. and postdoctoral work at Berkeley before joining AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1978. While at Bell Laboratories, he did the first laser spectroscopy of positronium, an atom consititing of an electron and positron. Also at Bell Laboratories, he showed how to cool atoms with laser light (optical molasses) and demonstrated the first optical trap for atoms. This trap, known as “optical tweezers”, is also used to trap microscopic particles in water and is widely used in biology. His group demonstrated the magneto-optic trap, the most commonly used atom trap. Chu joined the Stanford Physics Department in 1987. His group at Stanford made the first frequency standard based on an atomic fountain of atoms and developed ultra-sensitive atom interferometers. Using the optical tweezers, Chu developed methods to simultaneously visualize and manipulate single bio-molecules. His group is also applying methods such as fluorescence microscopy, optical tweezers and atomic force methods to study the protein and RNA folding and enzyme activity of individual bio-molecules. Notable findings include the discovery of “molecular individualism” and the chemical/kinetic basis for “molecular memory”. For his work, Chu has received numerous awards including co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Academia Sinica. He is also a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Korean Academy of Science and Engineering.

Patricia Smith ChurchlandPatricia Smith Churchland, B. Phil. (Oxon.)

Patricia Smith Churchland is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. She received her Bachelor’s degree (with Honors), at the University of British Colombia, a Master’s degree at the University of Pittsburg, and a B.Phil. at Oxford University. She taught at the University of Manitoba, becoming a full professor there in 1983, following a year as Visiting Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University. She has received a conspicuous number of distinguished awards and fellowships, has been the past President of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, and is the author of Neurophilosophy: Toward a Unified Science of the Mind/Brain, published by MIT Press.

Ronald E. Dahl, M.D.

Ronald E. Dahl, M.D. is the Staunton Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, and Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a pediatrician with research interests in sleep/arousal and affect regulation and their relevance to the development of behavioral and emotional disorders in youth. His work focuses on adolescence and pubertal development as a neuromaturational period with unique opportunities for early intervention. He co-directs a large program of research on child/adolescent anxiety and depression with more than twenty years of continuous funding from the NIMH, and he has received research grants from NIAAA, NIDA, and NICHD focusing on questions of neurobehavioral development and adolescent health outcomes. His research is interdisciplinary and bridges from basic work in affective neuroscience and development and extends to clinical work focusing on early intervention for behavioral and emotional health problems. Dr. Dahl has participated in several interdisciplinary research groups, including The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Psychopathology and Development, and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Research Network on Tobacco Dependence. He has published extensively on adolescent development, sleep disorders, and behavioral/emotional health in children and adolescents.

Antonio R. DamasioAntonio R. Damasio, M.D.

Antonio R. Damasio is Van Allen Professor and Head of the Department of Neurology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor at the Salk Institute. He received both his M.D. and his doctorate from the University of Lisbon, and began his research in behavioral neuroscience with the late Norman Geschwind, Putnam Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. He joined the faculty at the University of Iowa in 1976, where he has been Chief of the Division of Behavioral Neurology and Cognitive Neuroscience, and Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Dr. Damasio’s bibliography lists more than 200 titles, devoted to the understanding of the cerebral basis of vision, memory, language, and the elucidation of diseases such as Alzheimer’s. His new model of neural architecture subserving cognitive processes is being published this year in the journals of Neural Computation and Cognition. He is a member of the American Neurological Association, a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, and is a past President of the Academy of Aphasia and of the Behavioral Neurology Society.

Geshe Dorji Damdul

Geshe Dorji Damdul was born in 1968 and did his schooling at TCV School, Dharamsala from 1973 – 1988 with main interest in Physics and Mathematics. He joined the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, Dharamsala in 1988 for formal studies in Buddhist logic, philosophy and epistemology, after high school. In 1994, he joined Drepung Loseling Monastic Univerity. He finished his Geshe Lharampa Degree (equivalent to PhD) in 2002 from the same Monastery after 15 years of study in Buddhist philosophy. He joined Gyudmed Tantric College for a year’s study in Tantra. In 2003, the Office of H.H. the Dalai Lama sent him to Cambridge University, England for English studies. He was a visiting fellow in Girton College, Cambridge University. For two years (2004 -05), he served as the philosophy lecturer for Emory University Study Abroad program held in Dharamsala, India. He was appointed as the official translator to H.H. the Dalai Lama in 2005. In 2008, he was appointed as a visiting fellow in Delhi University to give lectures in three of the University’s departments – Philosophy, Psychology, and Buddhist Studies. Presently, while assigned with the same task of translating for H.H. the Dalai Lama inside and abroad India, he is serving as the Deputy Director of Tibet House, Cultural Center of H.H. the Dalai Lama, New Delhi. He gives lectures and leads philosophy and meditation retreats in Tibet House, Delhi University, Tibetan Youth Hostel and so forth. He also travels widely in India and abroad, like Mumbai, Bangalore, USA and so forth to teach Buddhist philosophy and practice.

Linda Darling-Hammond, Ed.D.

Linda Darling-Hammond is Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University where she has launched the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute and the School Redesign Network and served as faculty sponsor for the Stanford Teacher Education Program. She is a former president of the American Educational Research Association and member of the National Academy of Education. Her research, teaching, and policy work focus on issues of school restructuring, teacher quality and educational equity. From 1994-2001, she served as executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, a blue-ribbon panel whose 1996 report, What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future, led to sweeping policy changes affecting teaching and teacher education. In 2006, this report was named one of the most influential affecting U.S. education and Darling-Hammond was named one of the nation’s ten most influential people affecting educational policy over the last decade. Among Darling-Hammond’s more than 300 publications are Preparing Teachers for a Changing World: What Teachers Should Learn and be Able to Do (with John Bransford, for the National Academy of Education, winner of the Pomeroy Award from AACTE), Powerful Teacher Education: Lessons from Exemplary Programs (Jossey-Bass: 2006); Teaching as the Learning Profession(Jossey-Bass: 1999) (co-edited with Gary Sykes), which received the National Staff Development Council’s Outstanding Book Award for 2000; and The Right to Learn, recipient of the American Educational Research Association’s Outstanding Book Award for 1998.

Richard J. DavidsonRichard J. Davidson, Ph.D.

Richard J. Davidson is the Director of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds and Director of the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience and the W.M. Keck Laboratory for Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He was educated at New York University and Harvard University, where he received his B.A. and Ph.D., respectively, in psychology. Over the course of his research career he has focused on the relationship between brain and emotion. He is currently the William James Professor and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin. He is co-author or editor of thirteen books, including Visions of Compassion: Western Scientists and Tibetan Buddhists Examine Human Nature and The Handbook of Affective Science. Professor Davidson has also written more than 250 chapters and journal articles. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his work, including the Research Scientist Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute of Mental Health. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in May, 2006 and in November, 2006 he received the first Mani Bhaumik Award from UCLA for advances in the understanding of the brain and the conscious mind in healing. In 1992, as a follow-up from previous Mind and Life meetings, he was a member of a scientific team doing neuroscientific investigations of exceptional mental abilities in advanced Tibetan monks. http://www.investigatinghealthyminds.org/ http://psyphz.psych.wisc.edu (W.M. Keck Laboratory): http://tezpur.keck.waisman.wisc.edu

John J. DeGioia, Ph.D.

John J. DeGioia became the 48th president of Georgetown University on July 1, 2001. He has served the university both as a senior administrator and a faculty member since 1979. Georgetown University is a distinctive educational institution, rooted in the Catholic faith and Jesuit tradition, and therefore committed to spiritual inquiry, engaged in the public sphere, and invigorated by religious and cultural pluralism. As the first lay president of a Jesuit university, Dr. DeGioia places special emphasis on sustaining and strengthening Georgetown’s Catholic and Jesuit identity and its responsibility to serve as a voice and an instrument for justice. He is a member of the Order of Malta, a lay religious order of the Roman Catholic Church dedicated to serving the sick and the poor. Dr. DeGioia has been a strong advocate for interreligious dialogue. To prepare young people for leadership roles in the global community, Dr. DeGioia has expanded opportunities for both interreligious and intercultural dialogue, welcomed world leaders to campus, and convened international conferences to address challenging issues. He is a member of the U.S. National Commission of UNESCO and Chair of its Education Committee, and he represents Georgetown at the World Economic Forum and on the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. DeGioia remains a Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, and recently taught “Ethics and Global Development.” He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Georgetown University in 1979 and his PhD in Philosophy from the University in 1995.

Adele Diamond, Ph.D.

Adele Diamond, Ph.D. is the Canada Research Chair and Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience in the Psychiatry Department at University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Her work integrates developmental, cognitive, neuroscience, and molecular genetic approaches to examine fundamental questions about the development of the cognitive control abilities (“executive functions”) that rely on a region of a brain known as “prefrontal cortex.” Indeed, she is one of the pioneers who founded the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience. Research studies in Adele’s lab examine the modulation of these cognitive control abilities by biology (genes and neurochemistry), their modulation by the environment (including detrimental factors such as poverty and facilitative ones such as school programs), how they become derailed in disorders (as in ADHD or autism), effective interventions and treatments for preventing or ameliorating such disorders, and educational implications. Her research changed medical guidelines worldwide for the treatment of PKU (phenylketonuria) and for the inattentive type of ADHD without hyperactivity, improving thousands of children’s lives. Her recent work, including a paper in the journal, Science, is affecting early education practices around the world. Adele received her BA from Swarthmore College Phi Beta Kappa (in Sociology-Anthropology & Psychology), her PhD from Harvard (in Developmental Psychology), and was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale Medical School with Patricia Goldman-Rakic (in Neuroanatomy). She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society of Experimental Psychologists. Named one of the “2000 Outstanding Women of the 20th Century,” her work has been featured on the PBS series, Scientific American Frontiers with Alan Alda, the NPR Series, Speaking of Faith, in shows on CBC and CTV, and in articles in the NY Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Vancouver Sun, and the Globe and Mail. Her research has been continuously funded since she was a graduate student and she has held the same NIH R01 grant since her first semester as a faculty member.

John Dunne, Ph.D.

John Dunne is an associate professor in the Department of Religion at Emory University, where he is Co-founder of the Emory Collaborative for Contemplative Studies. He was educated at the Amherst College and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. from the Committee on the Study of Religion in 1999. Before joining Emory’s faculty in 2005, he taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and held a research position at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Support from the American Institute of Indian Studies sustained two years of his doctoral research at the Central Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India. His work focuses on various aspects of Buddhist philosophy and contemplative practice. In Foundations of Dharmakirti’s Philosophy (2004), he examines the most prominent Buddhist theories of perception, language, inference and justification. More recent publications include articles on nondual approaches to mindfulness, Buddhist philosophy of language, and the epistemology of contemplative practice. His current research includes an inquiry into the notion of “mindfulness” in both classical Buddhist and contemporary contexts, and he is also engaged in a study of Candrakirti’s “Prasannapada”, a major Buddhist philosophical work on the metaphysics of “Emptiness.” He is a Mind and Life Fellow and an advisor to the Center for Investigating HealthyMinds. He frequently serves as a translator for Tibetan scholars, and as a consultant, he is involved in various scientific studies of contemplative practices.

Jacquelynne EcclesJacquelynne Eccles, Ph.D.

Jacquelynne Eccles, Ph.D. is a renowned researcher in gender and achievement at the University of Michigan and is the developer of the Expectancy-Value Model. Dr. Eccles is the Wilbert McKeachie Collegiate Professor of Psychology, Women’s Studies and Education, and a research scientist at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. She has served as chair of the Advisory Committee for the Social, Behavioral and Economic Directorate at the NSF and the MacArthur Foundation on Successful Pathways through Middle Childhood. She is past president of the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) and was a member of the MacArthur Foundation Network on Successful Adolescent Development. Dr. Eccles has been the associate editor of Child Development and is currently editor of the Journal of Research on Adolescence. She is co-author/co-editor 15 books including Women and Sex-Roles, Managing to Succeed, and most recently, Understanding women’s choice of mathematics- and science-related careers, and Gender and occupational outcomes. She has received several major awards recognizing her scholarship including life-time career achievement awards from SRA, APS, Division 15 of APA, and the Society for Research on Human Development. She was elected to the National Academy of Education in 1998. Her research interests focus on the longitudinal study of the development and socialization of psychological influences on motivation, activity choice, and involvement.

Nancy Eisenberg, Ph.D.

Nancy Eisenberg received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She currently is Regents’ Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University. She has published nearly 200 books, chapters, and empirical journal articles on children’s and adult’s social and moral development. She has been a recipient of 5-year Research Scientist Development Awards from the National Institute of Health and the National Institutes of Mental Health (and will soon be starting a Research Scientist Award from the National Institutes of Mental Health). She is President of the Western Psychological Association, has been associate editor of Merrill-Palmer Quarterly and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and is editor-elect of the journal Psychological Bulletin.

Paul EkmanPaul Ekman, Ph.D.

For 32 years, Paul Ekman, Ph.D. was a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Chicago and New York University. He received his Ph.D. from Adelphi University in 1958 after spending a year in clinical internship at the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, part of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He served as chief psychologist in the U.S. Army, Fort Dix New Jersey from 1958-1960. On discharge he returned to UCSF where he held a three year postdoctoral research fellowship. He then initiated his research program supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Science Foundation, and the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the DOD, loosely affiliated with UCSF. In 1972 he was appointed Professor of Psychology at UCSF. His interests have focused on two separate but related topics. He originally focused on ‘nonverbal’ behavior, and by the mid-60′s concentrated on the expression and physiology of emotion. His second interest is interpersonal deception. His many honors have included the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association in 1991, and an honorary doctor of humane letters from the University of Chicago in 1994. He was identified as one of the 100 most influential psychologists of the 20th century by the American Psychological Association and the London Observer listed him in 2006 as one of the 100 most important public intellectuals in the world. Dr. Ekman retired from UCSF in 2004. He currently continues to consult on research and training related to emotion and deception. A second edition of Dr. Ekman’s most recent book, Emotions Revealed, will be released in 2007 and a book co-authored with the Dalai Lama on emotion will appear in 2008.

Jerome Engel Jr.Jerome Engel Jr., M.D., Ph.D.

Jerome Engel Jr. received his M.D. in 1965 and his Ph.D. in Physiology in 1966, both from Stanford University. He is Professor of Neurobiology at the UCLA School of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology, and Director of the Seizure Disorder Center at UCLA Medical Center. He has been active in a number of professional societies, as Past President of the American Epilepsy Society and of the American EEG Society (now called American Clinical Neurophysiology Society), and President of the International League against Epilepsy until 2001. He is editor of many volumes on epilepsy and clinical neuroscience; author of Seizures and Epilepsy (Davis, 1989); and co-editor, with Timothy Pedley, of Epilepsy: A Comprehensive Textbook (Lippicott Williams & Wilkins, 1998). Dr. Engel has contributed over 650 papers to professional journals such as Epilepsy Research, Journal of Neurosurgery, Neurology, Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology, and Annals of Neurology. Seizure Disorder Center homepage

Adam EngleR. Adam Engle, J.D., M.B.A.

R. Adam Engle is the previous Chairman and co-founder of the Mind and Life Institute. He was educated at the University of Colorado, Harvard University and Stanford University, where he received his B.A., J.D., and M.B.A. degrees respectively. Over the past 40 years, he has divided his professional life as a lawyer and entrepreneur between the for-profit and non-profit sectors. In the for-profit sector, Mr. Engle began his career as a lawyer, practicing for 10 years in Beverly Hills, Albuquerque, Santa Barbara, and Teheran. After leaving the practice of law, he formed an investment management firm, focusing on global portfolio management on behalf of individual clients. He also started several business ventures in the United States and Australia. Mr. Engle began working with various groups in the non-profit sector in 1965. In addition to the Mind and Life Institute, he also co-founded the Colorado Friends of Tibet, a statewide Tibetan support group based in Boulder, Colorado; was a founding member of the Social Venture Network; and has advised numerous other non-profit organizations.


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