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Academy of Science and Arts
Sustainable Ecology Institute Launched,
to be Integrated with Nationwide STEM Reform
and Internet Economics Platform
Dr. Robert Corell and Dr. David Hestenes engage to integrate global sustainability programs
with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education reform,
economically supported by new Internet Platform
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON D.C., PHOENIX, AZ, and SALT LAKE CITY, UT, March 6, 2013: Dr. Robert Corell and Dr. David Hestenes announced today agreement to integrate their long-established, multi-decadal programs for global sustainability, energy policy, and STEM reform.
“The priorities of governments and financial institutions of the highest order have made enormous progress in recent years, even now months, regarding systematic partnerships spanning government, finance and technology, to tackle global sustainability crises facing humanity now,” said Dr. Corell. “We’re announcing today the commencement of the Sustainable Ecology Institute. It is a vehicle for constructive engagement by hosting strategic dialogue, providing evaluation and catalyzing deployment assistance for programs that materially reinforce sustainability of ecosystems.”
The announcement reflects understandings reached between the pioneering work of Corell and Dr. David Hestenes, Director of the Science Modeling Institute at the Academy of Science and Arts. Hestenes’ teams have the distinction of creating, testing and deploying the leading STEM reform programs in the world, having been backed by NSF grants, universities and, increasingly, state governments for teacher-centered adoption.
“The criticality of addressing global sustainability in a systematic manner is an accepted tenet of governmental, financial and education institutions. STEM is core to all efforts aimed at improving the state of our world,” said Dr. Hestenes. “We’re decades into this effort, we’re time-tested and proven to be effective in the extraordinarily important cause helping teachers lead education reform. Properly funded, this alliance — engaging leaders of climate, energy, economic and information science — can help policy, finance and education systems to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”
The alliance of these institutes includes the Internet Economics Institute, which has developed and tested a network of more than 12,000 Internet domain names, to be stewarded (edited) by experts in more than 60 nations, and which is launching in coming days the next phase of a national sustainable economic development program, more than15 years and $250 million in effort so far. “The combination of these Institutes, with the pending launch of the Internext Graphics Institute and Academy Film Studios as well, represent a rare constellation of talent aiming to catalyze, equip and inspire the leaders of tomorrow,” said Joe Firmage, Chairman of the Academy of Science and Arts.
Further information can be found at http://AcademyOfScienceAndArts.org.
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. 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 and serves as the Chair of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment. 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. He is frequently quoted in media from the Washington Post, to CBS News’ 60 Minutes and public outreach efforts through popular press.
Dr. Hestenes serves as Director of the Science Modeling Institute (SMI) and member of the Academy Board of Directors. He is leading the launch of SMI and will manage the development and expansion of its modeling instruction programs.
Dr Hestenes is a theoretical physicist and science educator. For more than 30 years he was on the faculty of the Department of Physics at Arizona State University (ASU), and is now an Emeritus Professor of Physics. He specialized in mathematical and theoretical physics, geometric algebra, neural networks, and cognitive research in science education.
Dr Hestenes is best known as chief architect of geometric algebra as a unified language for mathematics and physics. In recognition of this work, he was designated Foundations of Physics Honoree in 1993. He is also acknowledged as founder of Modeling Instruction, a research-based program to reform K–12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. He was awarded the 2002 Oersted Medal by the AAPT and the 2003 Education Research Award by the National Council of Scientific Society Presidents for contributions to physics education. He has been a principal investigator for NSF grants seeking to teach physics through modeling and to measure student understanding of physics models at both the high school and university levels.
As a NASA Faculty Fellow and later as a NASA Consultant, Dr Hestenes worked at Jet Propulsion Laboratory on orbital mechanics and attitude control. There he applied geometric algebra in development of new mathematical techniques published in a textbook/monograph called New Foundations for Classical Mechanics.
Dr Hestenes obtained his Ph.D. from UCLA with a thesis entitled Geometric Calculus and Elementary Particles. Shortly thereafter, he recognized that the Dirac algebras and Pauli matrices could be unified in matrix-free form by a device later called a spacetime split. Then he revised his thesis and published it in 1966 as a book, Space Time Algebra, now referred to as spacetime algebra (STA). This was the first major step in developing a unified, coordinate-free geometric algebra and calculus for all of physics. Since that time, geometric algebra has been widely applied to most branches of physics and much of engineering and computer science.
Dr Hestenes is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and Overseas Fellow of Churchill College at Cambridge. He has been a UCLA University Fellow, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, NASA Faculty Fellow, and Senior Fulbright Fellow.
About the Academy of Science and Arts
The Academy of Science and Arts is an umbrella institution with the mission of advancing breakthrough science research, education, and consequential sustainable economic development worldwide. The Academy is in the process of launching in several stages, and may be tracked at http://AcademyOfScienceAndArts.org.
About the Internet Economics Institute
More than a decade in the making, the Internet Economics Institute (IEI) is dedicated to the study and advancement of integrated models and infrastructure for sustainable economic development for the 21st century and beyond. Comprised of core teams of experts, leaders and entrepreneurs around the world, IEI is launching in 2012 and 2013 a select number of initiatives for mainstream and mainstreet economic renewal. They include the Internet Central Park (http://InternetCentralPark.org) which has formalized a linguistic algorithm yielding a scalable network of expert-supervised Internet domains to form the core of a new method and infrastructure for traffic monetization, Intelligent Automatic Monetization. Integrated products and services in the process of launching now include the LifeTimeTree, LifeTimePad, LifeTimeCard, LifeTimeMerchant, and LifeTimeMail. It is hoped that this approach may offer an “outlet for sustainable economic growth” in the infinite noosphere, over decades relieving growth pressure on our very finite biosphere, and in the process formally, rigorously catalyze a graceful transition between the two.