Dr. Robin L. Dillon-Merrill
Dr. Robin L. Dillon-Merrill is Professor in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Professor Dillon-Merrill seeks to understand and explain how and why people make the decisions that they do under conditions of uncertainty and risk. This research specifically examines critical decisions that people have made following near-miss events in situations with severe outcomes including hurricane evacuation, terrorism, cybersecurity, and NASA mission management.Her current work focuses on urban resiliency in the face of climate change. She has received research funding from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security through USC’s National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis for Terrorism Events. She has served as a risk analysis and project management expert on several National Academies Committees including the review of the New Orleans regional hurricane protection projects and the application of risk analysis techniques to securing the Department of Energy’s special nuclear materials. Dr. Dillon-Merrill has a B.S./M.S. from the University of Virginia in Systems Engineering and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Dr. Timothy H. Warren
Dr. Timothy H. Warren is the Richard D. Vorisek Professor of Chemistry at Georgetown University. He is a world-leading scholar in the development of “green” synthetic transformations that utilize ubiquitous carbon-hydrogen bonds to provide novel pathways to a wide range of organic molecules with applications that range from advanced materials to pharmaceuticals. With sustainability in mind, catalyst systems are developed based on inexpensive, earth-abundant metals such as copper – or in some cases – no metals at all. His laboratory won one of the inaugural awards from the National Science Foundation’s Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering and Materials (SusChEM) Initiative in 2013 that provides support for "research into green and sustainable chemistry which will lead to safe, clean, and economical alternatives to traditional chemical products and practices” as well as green chemistry education and technology transfer. The Warren lab also studies the bioinorganic chemistry of nitric oxide, a key molecular messenger in health and disease connected to blood pressure regulation, blood flow, and nerve communication. Ongoing fundamental studies inspired by copper and zinc enzymes outline the interconversion of key chemical species involved in the biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen connected to ecosystem and climate change. Dr. Warren has a B.S. from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, having studied under 2005 Nobel Laureate Richard R. Schrock.
Director of Interdisciplinary Initiatives
Thriving within entrepreneurial ventures at research institutions, Jennifer has worked to strengthen science education, drive science-based conservation action, and incite transdisciplinary research. Before joining Georgetown University, she was Associate Director for Partnership Programs at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, a transdisciplinary research institute at the University of Wisconsin—Madison that explores information – from cells to societies – across academic disciplines.
Jennifer also worked for seven years at the Field Museum in Chicago. As the Manager of Operations and Communications for the Environmental and Conservation Programs (ECP), she contributed to a team of biologists and anthropologists engaged in supporting science-based action in the creation and management of national parks and other protected areas in South America. Jennifer also built programs to connect the public to the science of the Museum, and before joining ECP, she was the Manager of the Educational Media Division where she led a team of scientists, educators, and media developers that leveraged a variety of media – television broadcasts, webcasts, online curricula, print educator guides, portable exhibit cases, and experience boxes – to send Museum scientists and collections into classrooms nationwide. Jennifer began her career as an employment relations attorney at Winston & Strawn. She has a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and graduated with honors from Princeton University.
Dr. Jill T. Brasky
Research Development Specialist
Jill T. Brasky (Ph.D., 2005) was a professor of music theory at Emory University, the University of South Florida, and American University, and a 20007 Fellow at the Mannes Institute for Advanced Studies in Music Theory. Her research interests ranged from the roles of science in contemporary music theory, to the relationship between Friedrich Nietzsche and Richard Wagner. Other research interests included Arnold Schoenberg’s late tonal music (an article on which was nominated for the Society for Music Theory’s Emerging Scholar award), the roles trauma can play in musical representation, and the grammars of deploying frequently analyzed works in the university classroom.
Brasky has vast experience in assisting faculty to identify grant, fellowship, and award opportunities in the sciences, humanities, and arts, and in developing proposals and budgets. Long interested in environmental issues, she is a past chair of the ad hoc Society for Music Theory’s Committee on Sustainability.