Employment and Education History, and Selected Accomplishments

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Consultant, information policy and management, 5/15 to present.

Scholar, National Academy of Sciences (NAS), Washington, DC., 5/15 - 9/16.

Director, Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI), Policy and Global Affairs Division, NAS, 10/08 – 4/15. [http://www.nationalacademies.org/brdi].

Visiting Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, Institute for Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, 11/13 – 1/14 (concurrent with BRDI).

Director, Program on Digital Knowledge Resources and Infrastructure in Developing Countries, InterAcademy Partnership, 9/08 - 12/11 (concurrent with BRDI).

Director, International Scientific and Technical (S&T) Information Programs. Board on International Scientific Organizations, Policy and Global Affairs Division, NAS, 8/99 – 9/08.

Associate Executive Director. Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications (CPSMA), NAS, 4/91-7/99.

Senior Program Officer. Space Studies Board, NAS, 9/87-4/91. 

Program Officer. Space Studies Board, NAS, 11/85-9/87.

Foreign Affairs Specialist. National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C., 11/84-10/85. 

Private Consulting. Academy Industry Program, NASA, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Texaco, Consortium for an International Earth Science Information Network, Millennium Infotech, UNESCO, United Nations Environment Programme, National Institutes of Health, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, University of California at San Diego, Global Biodiversity Information Facility (Denmark), Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, Creative Commons, CONICYT (Chile), Duke University, Institute for Remote Sensing Applications (China), Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Legal Assistant. McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, San Francisco, CA, 1/78-5/80.

Translator. (part time). Joint Publications Research Service, Arlington, VA, 1/78-6/79. 

Chef.  Restaurant Vasata, New York, NY, 6/77-1/78.


University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 1983
University of San Diego, M.A. in International Relations, 1984
University of San Diego Program on Latin American Comparative Law, Guadalajara, Mexico, Summer, 1981
University of Oregon, B.A., History, 1977
Alliance Française, Paris, Summer studies, 1972
Middlesex School, Concord, MA, 1972
Town School, New York, NY 1968


Various senior management and technology courses and seminars, and computer applications training.


English - native language
Czech/Slovak - fluent
French – speak and read very well
Spanish – speak proficiently, read very well
Russian, German – speak and read some


AAAS Fellow (2011)
CODATA International Prize for Outstanding Achievement in the World of Scientific and Technical Data (2010)
National Academies sabbatical to the International Council for Science in Paris, France (2006)
National Research Council Special Achievement Award (1997)
National Research Council Cash Awards (2008, 1990)
Who’s Who listings
Academic scholarships: Town School, New York, NY (grades K-8); Middlesex School, Concord, MA (grades 9-12); University of San Diego




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