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Cheryl Boyce

Cheryl BoyceCheryl Anne Boyce, PhD, is the Chief of the Implementation Science Branch, Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science (CTRIS) within the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). After doctoral studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and clinical and research fellowships at the Children’s National Medical Center and University of Maryland School of Medicine, she began her federal career as a Society for Research in Child Development/American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Executive Branch Policy Fellow. She has been responsible for strong research and policy collaborations across agencies including national studies on young children’s mental health and child welfare issues. Before joining NHLBI, she held scientific leadership positions at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH), focused on neurodevelopment, evidenced-based practice, translational research, young children, drug exposures, traumatic stress, health disparities, child maltreatment and research training. Her commitment to public health science and service has been recognized through awards from the Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy and NIH Office of the Director. She is a recognized expert on mentoring, career, and research training issues, and dedicated to increasing and diversifying the biomedical research workforce. She co-edited the revised book on grantsmanship uniquely written by both federal personnel and successful research investigators entitled,“How to write a successful research grant application: A guide for social and behavioral scientists” (2nd edition) (Pequegnat, Stover, & Boyce, 2011).

Holly Hapke

Holly HapkeHolly Hapke is a Program Director for the Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program and the Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems Program at the National Science Foundation. She holds a B.A. in International Relations and Religion from Hamline University, an M.A. in International Relations from Syracuse University and a PhD in Geography from Syracuse University. Dr. Hapke has been a member of the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment at East Carolina University since 1996.

Dr. Hapke's is interested in the politics of economic development, gender and development, culture and economy, fisheries and food production systems, migration, and research methods. Her research focuses on globalization, development and livelihoods in the fisheries sector in southern India, and she has also conducted research in Pakistan and the U.S. South.

At NSF she serves as a rotator Program Director in the GSS program, which funds research in all areas of geography and spatial science, and the Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human systems, which funds interdisciplinary research in human-environment interactions. She is a member of the Science of Broadening Participation Working Group for the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences and is involved in a number of other NSF initiatives and efforts.

Nancy Lutz

Nancy LutzNancy Lutz is a Program Director for the Economics Program at the National Science Foundation. She holds a B.A. in Economics and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences as well as an M.A. in Economics from Northwestern, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford. She held faculty appointments at Yale and Virginia Tech during her 20 year academic career before joining the permanent NSF staff in 2007. She has also held visiting appointments at Washington University in St. Louis and the Federal Trade Commission, where she was the first Visiting Scholar in the Bureau of Economics. She also served as a rotator Program Director for the Economics Program from 2003 – 2005.

Her research focuses on information issues between firms and buyers, particularly in product warranties and business format franchising. She has testified as an expert witness in antitrust and regulatory matters. She has been an Associate Editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics.

At NSF, she now serves as the lead manager of the Economics Program, which funds research in all areas of economics. She is also involved in a number of other NSF initiatives and efforts, and works with other NSF programs to review interdisciplinary proposals across the social and behavioral sciences.

Robert O’Connor

Robert O'ConnorSince 2001 Robert O’Connor has been directing the Decision, Risk and Management Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation. At NSF O’Connor also serves on the management teams for the Decision Making under Uncertainty for Climate Change centers and two competitions: Critical Resilient Infrastructure Systems and Processes; and Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems. 

Dr. O’Connor represented the National Science Foundation on the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee, a federal advisory committee that prepared the National Climate Assessment. He currently serves on the Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction of the National Science and Technology Council of the Executive Office of the President. 

Prior to coming to NSF, Dr. O’Connor was a Professor of Political Science at the Pennsylvania State University. The U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Science Foundation funded Dr. O’Connor’s research into public perceptions of cumulative, uncertain long-term risks such as climate change.

His most recent articles have appeared in the Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Environment and Behavior, Global Environmental Change, Journal of Environmental Education, Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, Risk Analysis, the Journal of Risk Research, and WIRE's Climate Change. Dr. O’Connor earned his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University and his doctorate in political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

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Derrick Tabor

Derrick TaborDerrick C. Tabor has served as a health scientist administrator (HSA) at NIH for the past 16 years. In 2004, he joined NIMHD and for several years served as the sole program director for the Exploratory and Comprehensive Center of Excellence grants and resource-related grants. Currently, Dr. Tabor is a program official for the Exploratory Centers of Excellence, the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Research programs, and the Research Centers in Minority Institutions, RCMI. He also serves as a project scientist on several cooperative agreement awards. All of his current efforts are devoted to the administration of research and related activities for improving minority health, eliminating health disparities, and outreach for increasing awareness of NIMHDs diverse research funding opportunities. In addition to these responsibilities, he represents NIMHD on several trans-NIH committees and working groups.

Prior to his government experience, he served as chair, Department of Natural Sciences, Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, N.C., where he also directed an NIH-funded research program focusing on the design and synthesis of novel cyanine dyes as anti-cancer drugs. Dr. Tabor received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, in 1979 under Slayton A. Evans, Ph.D. He has completed post-doctorates at the University of North Carolina with Dr. Maurice Brookhart and at the University of Southern California with Dr. George A. Olah, 1994 Nobel Laureate in chemistry.

Josie Welkom

Josie WelkomJosie Welkom received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Georgia State University. She completed a one-year pre-doctoral clinical internship in pediatric psychology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a two-year post-doctoral research fellowship in the Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Welkom has been the recipient of four NIH grants/ awards supporting her research in health disparities across the lifespan. In 2014, she joined NSF as a Presidential Management Fellow in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) and completed a rotation with the NSF Budget Division, Performance Team. Since June 2016, Dr. Welkom has been the Acting Program Director for the SBE Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (SPRF) programs. The REU program is NSF-wide and provides funding to faculty members to initiate and conduct projects that engage undergraduate students in their research. The SPRF program encourages independence early in one’s career through supporting research and training goals across two tracks, Fundamental Research and Broadening Participation.