Allan Hamilton’s started off working life as a janitor. Today Dr. Hamilton holds four Professorships at the University of Arizona in Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology, Psychology, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed his neurosurgical residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He has been chosen by his peers as “One of America’s Best Doctors” for the last fourteen consecutive years.
Dr. Hamilton has held the positions of Chief of Neurosurgery and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Arizona and currently is the Director of ASTEC, the Arizona Simulation Technology and Education Center, a healthcare simulation facility and think-tank looking for new ways to make healthcare free of preventable errors. He is also a decorated United States Army officer who served in Operation Desert Storm and the recipient of numerous awards for his scientific discoveries. He is the only American to ever win the Lars Leksell Award, the highest international award for pioneering discoveries in the field of Neurosurgery. In 2011, Dr. Hamilton was also the first individual to be honored with the title of Senior Fellow, awarded by the Medical Institute for Innovation in Washington, D.C.
Sudha Ram is Anheuser-Busch Professor of Management Information Systems and Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. She has joint faculty appointments as Professor of Computer Science, member of BIO5 Institute, and Institute for Environment. She is the director of the Advanced Database Research Group (ADRG) and INSITE: Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics at the University of Arizona. Dr. Ram received a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1985. Her research is in the areas of Enterprise Data Management, Business Intelligence, Large Scale Networks and Big Data Analytics. Her work uses different methods such as machine learning, statistical approaches, ontologies and conceptual modeling. Dr. Ram has published more than 200 research articles in refereed journals, conferences and book chapters.
Her research has been funded by organizations such as, IBM, Intel, SAP, Ford, Raytheon Missile Systems, US ARMY, NIST, NSF, NASA, and the CIA. Her research has been highlighted in several media outlets including NPR news.
An enrolled Tribal member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Marcelino is comprehensively familiar with opportunities and issues associated with economic development related activities. He has served as the Pascua Yaqui Tribe jurisdictional representative at the Pima Association of Governments Environmental Planning Advisory Committee for over seven years. Within the Tribe, he was involved in researching CAP/TAMA history, renewable energies, and water conservation technologies. He has received specific training from the Bureau of Reclamation, National Renewable Energy Lab, and Economic Development Institute. Moreover, with Tribal support, he is actively pursuing certification as an economic developer as accredited by the International Economic Development Council. Fittingly, he is passionate in achieving local self-sufficiency and regional balance linking resource management, emerging technologies, and regional economic development. As an artist, his goal is to highlight lesser-known facets of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and their symbiotic link to the Sonoran desert.
Dr. Sternberg received her M.D. degree and trained in Rheumatology at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, did post-doctoral training and was on the faculty at Washington University, St. Louis, MO. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Arizona, she was Chief of the Section on Neuroendocrine Immunology and Behavior at the National Institute of Mental Health, Director of the Integrative Neural Immune Program, NIMH/NIH, and Co-Chair of the NIH Intramural Program on Research in Women’s Health.
Internationally recognized for her discoveries of the science of the mind-body interaction in illness and healing, Dr. Sternberg is a major force in collaborative initiatives on mind-body-stress-wellness and environment inter-relationships. Her discoveries of the role of the central nervous system and the brain’s stress response in susceptibility to arthritis and other diseases, including depression, were amongst the first to provide a scientific basis for the importance of the mind-body connection in health and disease. Her best-selling popular books Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being and The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions are informative and scientifically based inspirations to doctors and lay persons alike in dealing with the complexities and 21st century frontiers of stress, healing and wellness.
Christopher Cokinos is the author of the literary nonfiction books The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars and Hope Is the Thing with Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds, both from Tarcher/Penguin, as well as Bodies of the Holocene, a lyric prose collection forthcoming from Truman State’s new contemporary nonfiction series. His poetry chapbook, Held as Earth, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. He is co-editing an anthology called A Literary Field Guide to the Sonoran Desert. His work has been praised or featured in such venues as the Chicago Tribune, Nature, Science, Natural History, “All Things Considered” and People. His poems, reviews, microfiction and essays have appeared in Poetry, Pank, Hotel Amerika, Whole Terrain, Science, Orion, the New York Times, and The American Scholar, among many other venues. The former president of the Kansas Audubon Council and the Utah Audubon Council, Chris contributes essays semi-regularly to High Country News and the Los Angeles Times. He is the winner of a Whiting Award, the Glasgow Prize, a National Science Foundation Antarctic Visiting Artist and Writer Fellowship and the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. Chris is at work on a poetry collection, tentatively titled “Sweet Lesion,” and a natural history of the wild cats of North America.
Dr. Armstrong is Professor of Surgery at The University of Arizona. He also holds a Masters of Science in Tissue Repair and Wound Healing from the University of Wales College of Medicine and a PhD from the University of Manchester College of Medicine, where he was appointed Visiting Professor of Medicine. He also co-founded the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA).
Dr. Armstrong has produced more than 370 peer-reviewed research papers in more than three-dozen scholarly medical journals as well as over 50 book chapters. He is co-Editor of the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Clinical Care of the Diabetic Foot, now in its second edition.
Dr. Armstrong was selected as one of the first six International Wound Care Ambassadors and is the recipient of numerous awards and degrees by universities and international medical organizations including the inaugural Georgetown Distinguished Award for Diabetic Limb Salvage. In 2008, he was the 25th and youngest-ever member elected into the Podiatric Medicine Hall of Fame. He is the 2010 and youngest ever recipient of the ADA’s Roger Pecoraro Award, the highest award given in the field.
Dr. Armstrong is past Chair of Scientific Sessions for the ADA’s Foot Care Council, and a past member of the National Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association as well as a former commissioner with the Illinois State Diabetes Commission. He sits on the Infectious Disease Society of America’s (IDSA) Diabetic Foot Infection Advisory Committee. In 2011, he was appointed Chair of the World Diabetic Foot Commission of the FIP, representing clinicians from more than 30 nations. Dr. Armstrong is the founder and co-chair of the International Diabetic Foot Conference (DF-Con), the largest annual international symposium on the diabetic foot in the world.
Jade Beall is a local Tucson photographer who has gained international fame through her A Beautiful Body Project, a series of books and web based images of women. A Beautiful Body Project is an upcoming series of book volumes & an online media platform dedicated to women and body image, dedicated to sharing stories about motherhood, aging, cancer, still-births, miscarriages, weight-gain, weight-loss, dysmorphia, and beyond.