About the Authors

David J. Bjornstad, Society-Technology Interactions Group, Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee. His research centers on the economic policy analysis on topics dealing with science policy and energy environment and natural resources policy, applied microeconomic theory, natural resource valuation, and experimental economics. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from Syracuse University in 1973.

Jeffrey Burkhardt, Professor of Agriculture and Natural Resource Ethics and Policy, Food and Resource Economics Department (FRED), Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy with a graduate minor in Economics from Florida State University in 1979, and joined the faculty of the University of Florida in 1985. He currently teaches courses on Agriculture and Natural Resource Ethics, Science Ethics, and the Philosophy of Economics.

Lawrence Busch, University Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Food and Agricultural Standards at Michigan State University. His interests include food and agricultural standards, food safety policy, biotechnology policy agricultural science and technology policy, higher education in agriculture, and public participation in the policy process.

Kenneth David, Ph.D., M.B.A. is Associate Professor of Organizational Anthropology and Trans-Cultural Management at Michigan State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and his M.B.A. from Michigan State University. His organizational Anthropology research in France, Holland, India, South Korea, Sir Lanka and the United States, focuses on such inter-organizational relationships as acquisitions, joint ventures, and engineering outsourcing design projects.

George Gaskell, Professor of Social Psychology, Pro-Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is Associated Director of BIOS, the Centre for the study of Bioscience, Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Society at the LSE. From a background in social psychology, his research focuses on science, technology and society, in particular the issues of risk and trust, how social values influence people's views about technological innovation, and the governance of science and technology.

Mickey Gjerris, Assistant Professor, Danish Centre for Bioethics and Risk Assessment (CeBRA), University of Copenhagen. His research falls mainly within the areas of bio- and nanotechnology, especially focusing on the ethical issues surrounding the use of animals and the novel technologies. This research is embedded in the context of ethics of nature and religious philosophy and has as its point of departure the philosophical tradition phenomenology.

Hans Geerlings, Shell Global Solutions International B.V and Delft University of Technology. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Amsterdam. He does exploratory research - working as a Principal Researcher at the Shell Research and Technology Center and as a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Applied Sciences at Delft University of Technology. His research interests include hydrogen storage in metal and complex hydrides, as well as carbon dioxide sequestration through mineralization.

John R. Lloyd, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University is a University Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering. His research program includes the emerging areas o energy transport at the nano and molecular length scales, which will have application in developing such diverse areas as thermal energy transport in Agrifood systems, thermoelectric devices, fuel cells, and energy efficiency in phase change heat transport in structured, micro, nano, and molecular scale thin film coatings on particles such as seeds and agri-elements.

Alan McHughen, Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California-Riverside. After earning his doctorate at Oxford University, he worked at Yale and the University of Saskatchewan before joining the University of California, Riverside. A molecular geneticist with an interest in applying biotechnology for sustainable agriculture and safe food production, he served on recent National Academy of Science, Institute of Medicine and OECD panels investigating the environmental and health effects of genetically engineered plants and foods.

Philip Mancnaghten, Phil Macnaghten, Professor of Geography and Director, Institute of Hazard and Risk Research (IHRR), Durham University. He holds a degree in Psychology (1987, Southampton) and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology (1991, Exeter). He studies the cultural dimensions of technology and innovation policy and their intersection with the environment and everyday practice.

Margaret Mellon, Union of Concerned Scientists, Washington, DC. She came to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) in 1993 to direct a new program on agriculture. The program promotes a transition to sustainable agriculture and currently has two main focuses: critically evaluating the use of biotechnology in plant and animal agriculture and assessing animal agriculture's contribution to the rise of antibiotic-resistant diseases in people. Trained as a scientist and lawyer, she received both her Ph.D. and J.D degrees from the University of Virginia.

Susanna Priest, Professor, Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her research and teaching focus on communicating science technology, environment and health; public perceptions of policy issues and public opinion formation, especially for these areas; mass media's changing role in society; media theory and research methods.

David Sparling, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, College of Management and Economies, University of Guelph. He was formerly and Associate Professor in the Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics at University of Guelph. He also farmed for twenty years near Cambridge, Ontario and has been president of an agribusiness insurance company and a biotechnology start-up. He is also a Senior Associate at the University of Melbourne. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of operations and supply chain management and commercialization of new technologies including a study of biotechnology IPOs in Australia and Canada.

Paul B. Thompson, Professor of Philosophy, Agriculture Economics and Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies and W. K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics, Michigan State University. He formerly held positions in philosophy at Texas A&M University and Purdue University. His research has centered on ethical and philosophical questions associated with agriculture and food, and especially concerning the guidance and development of agricultural technoscience.

Any K.Wolf, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge,Tennessee. She leads the Society-Technology Interactions Group within the Environmental Sciences Division. Much of her research centers on the processes by which society makes and implements decisions about controversial and complex science, technology, and environmental issues. In addition, her work focuses on linkages between the conduct of science and the use of science in decision making. She received a Masters degree in Regional Planning and a doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania.

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