U.S. News & World Report calls aerospace magnate Norman Augustine "the godfather of the U.S. STEM movement." Among several career accomplishments, Augustine is a former Acting Secretary of the Army, president of Lockheed Martin, and Chairman and Principal Officer of the American Red Cross. Augustine has been a member of the Advisory Boards under the Departments of Homeland Security, Energy, Defense, Commerce, Transportation, and Health and Human Services, as well as NASA, Congress and the White House. He served for 16 years on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology under both Republican and Democratic presidents. Augustine will be speaking on “The Survival of the American Dream.” His predictions on the "gathering storm"--the lack of national competitiveness in STEM fields--is both sobering and inspiring.
Bruce Bugbee teaches Crop Physiology and Plant Nutrition at Utah State University where he was awarded the Graduate Mentor of the Year award in 2001, the Researcher of the Year award for the College of Agriculture in 2005, and the Governors Medal for Science and Technology in 2012. Bugbee is a past Chairman of the Crop Physiology division of the American Society of Agronomy. NASA has funded much of his research on the physiology of plants in the controlled environments of space. Bugbee has presented at several Universities as well as conferences in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, China, and Brazil and has authored or co-authored over 100 journal articles and book chapters.
A professor of guitar at Utah State University and Utah’s 2012 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Utah Professor of the Year, Michael Christiansen earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Utah State and joined the music department faculty in 1977. Throughout his career, Christiansen has combined a passion for teaching and performing. He is a noted guitarist and has performed with entertainment and industry giants. Christiansen has authored top-selling guitar instruction books and writes and arranges music.
John Dehlin, a Psychology Ph.D. candidate at Utah State University, is interested in the nexus of religion and mental health. John’s master’s thesis focused on the treatment of religion-based obsessive-compulsive disorder (also known as “scrupulosity”), and his dissertation explores the experiences of gay, lesbian, and bisexual Mormons (and former Mormons).
Prior to graduate school, John worked for 16 years in the high-tech industry, including positions with Bain & Company, Microsoft, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. John is the founder and host of Mormon Stories Podcast, and his work with the podcast has been highlighted in the New York Times, Good Morning America, and on the CBS Evening News. John is married to Margi Weber Dehlin and has four children.
Joanna Endter Wada
Joanna Endter-Wada is an Associate Professor of Natural Resource and Environmental Policy in the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources at Utah State University. Her work focuses on water policy and law in the U.S. West where she contributes to finding more equitable and sustainable approaches for using this vital resource.
As an academic researcher and practicing scholar of public policy, Edter-Wada engages in interdisciplinary science projects, translates science to the general public, and serves in appointed positions on task forces, boards, and committees. She has worked with government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels on water, urban landscape, forestry, fisheries, public land, and wetland issues. She is a member of the International Association for Society and Resource Management, the American Water Resources Association, and the Ecological Society of America.
Angelo Merendino is a photographer whose photo-documentary, The Battle We Didn’t Choose – My Wife’s Fight With Breast Cancer, has received worldwide recognition. Intimate, honest, and moving, Angelo’s photographs offer viewers a look inside the day-to-day life of a young couple facing breast cancer together. More than a story about loss, this is a story about love and life. Since his late wife Jennifer passed in 2011, Angelo has maintained a blog chronicling life before, during, and after his experience as a caregiver and now, as a 39-year-old widower. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Angelo does freelance work for both Corbis News and Getty Images.
David E. Rosenberg is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Utah State University and also holds a joint appointment at the Utah Water Research Laboratory. His research uses simulation and optimization modelling along with the management and visualization of complex data to improve the planning, design, and operation of water systems. Rosenberg and his students integrate engineering, economics, environment, uncertainty, and—when necessary—social and political considerations, to mathematically model and inform water management. Current hot research topics include water management for environmental purposes, water and energy conservation, and near-optimal management. Rosenberg has received national recognition for his work including a National Science Foundation early faculty CAREER award.
Born in a Studebaker in San Mateo, California, Professor Nancy Hills has worked in theatres all over the United States. Hills has been a costume designer for Utah State University Caine College of the Arts and an educator at USU for 24 years. Her favorite designs as a faculty member at Utah State include Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Good Night Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet, Pride and Prejudice, Cabaret, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Little Night Music, The Miser, Enchanted April, and Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. Her designs for The Miser were displayed at the International Prague Quadrennial held in the Czech Republic in 1999, along with her collaborative work with Bruce Duerden and Dennis Hassan on Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 2003.
Recently, she designed costumes for the Egyptian Theatre's Peter Pan, The End of the Horizon at Salt Lake's Plan-B Theatre Company, and Anne of Green Gables and Inherit the Wind at The Grand in Salt Lake City. During the 2008 OLRC season, Nancy's costumes were on display in The Dresser and Beau Jest. She is the mother of twin boys Douglas and Tristan.