Academy of Science and Arts


Scientist, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Joe Firmage Joins With Other Experts Worldwide to found

Offering Advanced Studies in Science, Social Evolution and Arts Beginning in January, 2013


March 20, 2012 – SALT LAKE CITY – Technology visionary and philanthropist Joe Firmage announced today the formation of the Academy Of Science And In development for several years, the Academy has been actively constructing a global network of relationships with prominent institutions and individuals, and expects to begin accepting applications for Masters and Doctorate programs affiliated with accredited partner University systems in September, 2012 for the following January, 2013 semester. To start, approximately 100 applicants with qualifying BS or BA degrees are expected to be accepted for both online and campus studies in specific disciplines.

The mission of the Academy is to help catalyze four areas of 21st century scientific discovery and social evolution: (1) new economic models and financial systems infrastructure for sustainable career and business development, (2) breakthrough teaching tools and curriculum development in science modeling and mathematics, (3) research and development in core physics for clean energy and propulsion technologies, (4) deployment of cutting-edge general media productions and interactive online curricula.

“The sweeping scope of challenges and opportunities we all can now see after the turn of the millennium represent a ‘singularity’ of change in human affairs far more profound than in any period of recorded history,” said Joe Firmage, Founder and Chairman of the new Academy. “Wherever we look, massive changes are occurring or must occur nearly at once: politics, economics, science and technology, transformational art transportable through interactive screens and spaces, the progressing shift of physical to electronic means for personal and business development, and even the sense of a broader spiritual mission for humankind.

“We hope to help teach and learn from thousands of leaders-to-be, who must and will be charged with being the ‘superheroes’ of this century.”

Initial Leadership Members include:

Joseph P. Firmage, Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Joe launched headfirst into the corporate world at the young age of nineteen when he founded Serius Corporation, a pioneer of cross-platform “desktop programming” tools via a visual object-oriented programming system. This software technology uniquely enabled users to create their own world-class applications in minutes instead of months or years. Serius was acquired by Novell Inc., and Joe became Vice President of the AppWare Developer Tools Division, and later was promoted to become Novell’s Vice President of Strategy for its Network Systems Group. Novell had previously acquired AT&T Bell Lab’s UNIX System V Operating System, which was and remains the essential primary core of Internet operating systems worldwide. Joe was responsible for advising management, engineering and marketing teams the complete integration of UNIX with NetWare 4, to create what was to be called NetWare 5, a 64-bit Intel-based, TCP-IP native Spec1170 compliant Universal Server Operating System incorporating Novell’s breakthrough NetWare Directory and Security Management Services. Seeing the future significance of the Internet’s development and in the face of decisions made to lessen that integration, Joe left Novell to co-found and serve as CEO of USWeb Corporation. He led the creation of the world’s largest internet consulting enterprise, with over 2,500 experts spanning 10 countries and serving more than 50% of the Fortune 100 globally by the end of 1998. After choosing a successor and a broader path in scientific and social development, Joe’s professional career continued to expand as he founded, co-founded, served as a managing partner, or was otherwise significantly involved in several innovative enterprises. These endeavors included Intend Change Group, which oversaw the creation of OneCosmos Network (later reorganized as ManyOne), Electron Economy (later acquired by Viewlocity), Invesmart (later acquired by Stancorp), and Infrastructure Defense (later acquired by Verisign). At the same time Joe founded and funded a triad of “strike team” advanced physics research groups primarily in realms related to advanced propulsion, energy and materials sciences: International Space Sciences Organization, California Institute for Physics & Astrophysics and Los Gatos Materials Sciences Laboratory, which were intended to join together as Motion Sciences Organization in 2001. That plan was delayed in large part due to the events of September 11, 2001, as capital markets became frozen for a lengthy period.

Outside of the office, Joe’s passion for physics and consciousness research and studies in economics inspired his participation in numerous philanthropic activities to advance education in these fields. Some of his charitable contributions included his participation as the founding financial sponsor of the Carl Sagan Foundation, the Integral Institute. He was also a financial sponsor the Dalai Lama Foundation and the Dharmsala-based Internet infrastructure for His Holiness the Lama’s government in exile, and the State of the World Forum Millennium Conference. Joe was the Co-Executive Producer of the Millennium DVD Edition of COSMOS, by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan.

Joe Joe Firmage has released the first two books of a trilogy through Xlibris Press, in January, 2012: Revolutions in Physics and Evolving Economics. The third volume, 2050: A Day in the Life of Your Future, is expected to be available on Earth Day in April, 2012.

Robert W. Corell, Vice-Chancellor

Dr Corell is an American global climate scientist, Principal for the Global Environment Technology Foundation, an Ambassador for ClimateWorks, Professor II at the University of the Arctic’s new Institute of Circumpolar Reindeer Husbandry and a Professor II at the University of Tromso. He is a partner of the Sustainability Institute and its C-ROADS Climate Interactive Initiative, and Head of US Office for the Global Energy Assessment. Dr Corell was recognized with other scientists for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessments and in 2010 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Veterinary Medicine by the Norges veterinærhøgskole (Norwegian School of Veterinary Science). He served as an Affiliate of the Washington Advisory Group and is a Senior Policy Fellow at the Policy Program of the American Meteorological Society. He recently completed an appointment that began in January 2000 as a Senior Research Fellow in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Dr Corell has been quoted in the Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Golf Digest, CBS News’ 60 Minutes, and many additional public media outlets such as Skavla. He is actively engaged in research concerned with the sciences of global change and the interface between science and public policy, particularly research activities that are focused on global and regional climate change, related environmental issues, and science to facilitate understanding of vulnerability and sustainable development. Dr. Corell co-chairs an international strategic planning group that is developing a strategy designed to harness science, technology, and innovation for sustainable development; serves as the Chair of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment; counsels as Senior Science Advisor to ManyOne; and is Chair of the Board of the Digital Universe Foundation. He was Assistant Director for Geosciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF) where he had oversight for the Atmospheric, Earth, and Ocean Sciences and the global change programs. He was also a professor and academic administrator at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Corell is an oceanographer and engineer by background and training, having received Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees at Case Western Reserve University and MIT. He has also held appointments at the Woods Hole Institution of Oceanography, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the University of Washington, and Case Western Reserve University.

Alan D. Garrett, Chief Operating Officer

Alan is a distinguished military leader with 27 years of exceptional service. He has a diverse background with expertise in US Army counterintelligence, human intelligence, and all-source tactical intelligence. He developed and implemented strategic and operational plans for conventional, joint, combined, and interagency operations and contingencies in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He planned, launched, and sustained Titan Corporation/L3 Communications’ linguist operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and was primarily responsible for ensuring the profound success of the company’s operations throughout the Middle East. Alan held a variety of command and leadership positions in the military and was consistently identified as one of the best in developing and leading high-achievement organizations. He is adept at evaluating organizational and operational needs, developing and implementing effective strategies, applying current and emerging technologies, promoting performance in difficult situations, and producing results in time and resource-constrained environments.

 Gloria Paramore, Vice President, Advisor to the Chairman

Gloria is an accomplished corporate professional with wide-ranging talents and interests. She is a partner in co-founding and organizing the early aspects of the Academy in its many functions. She has served as Executive Assistant or Corporate Secretary in the launch, development and expansion of global enterprises such as Serius, Novell’s AppWare Division, USWeb, International Space Sciences Organization, ManyOne Networks and Motion Sciences. Gloria was instrumental in interfacing with investors, board members, science advisors, government officials, and politicians in projects too numerous to mention. Previously she has served in many Board and Advisory roles in educational institutions, including serving as President of the Alumni Association of Brigham Young University, and as a Board Member of Airline Ambassadors. Co-Founding with its leader Edwin B. Firmage, Gloria was instrumental in the successful effort to prevent the MX Nuclear Missile system from being deployed across Utah and Nevada and served as Executive Director of Utahns United Against the Nuclear Arms Race. Given a background of passion for Quantum Physics studies, she currently serves as a special advisor to the Chairman of the Academy and actively participates in consideration of projects. Outside of the corporate world, Gloria has conducted academic research in psychology and advanced dream analysis. As a teacher and private consultant, Gloria has conducted many seminars and radio programs, and has written extensively in this field of study. She is also a gifted musician, composer, poet, author, and artist.

Members of the Board of Advisors to the Academy of Science and Arts will be announced in April and May, 2012, as will specific programs and procedures for the first class of applicants for Academy Masters and Ph.D tracks commencing in September, 2012 and January, 2013.

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