Recent Growth and Noteworthy Accomplishments of the Collegium Members

The number of Collegium Members has now reached 360 persons and is expected to rise.  Since mid-year of 2014 over one hundred new Members have been nominated and accepted to the Collegium. Nominations of the new candidates have been submitted by the current members of the Collegium, by the members of PAN, the Polish Academy of Learning (PAU, Cracow) and by Members of the KF who become familiar with the goals of the Collegium.  Further nominations are welcomed and should be sent to zbigdar@theKF.org or hankel@theKF.org

Please include a description of the candidate's scientific achievements.  All nominations are being reviewed by the KF Collegium Committee whose members are Zbigniew Darżynkiewicz (Chair), Ronald Hagadus (Vice-chair), Ewa Radwańska, Piotr Chomczyński, Waldemar Priebe and Hanna Chroboczek Kelker.

Among the notable Members of the Collegium accepted since mid-2014 are:  

1. Artur Bartlomiej Chmielewski, Space scientist, NASA Project Manager of the US Rosetta Project, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He has managed several flight projects at JPL: the Space Technology 8 mission, Mars Telecommunication Orbiter Rendezvous Experiment, Space Technology 6 mission, Gossamer Program, Inflatable Antenna Flight Experiment and the Cryocooler Flight Experiment. He was also a Project Element Manager on Deep Space 1 mission and a power system engineer for the Galileo, Ulysses and Cassini spacecrafts. He is responsible for development of 9 space instruments and several new technology devices. He also managed the flagship pre-project - space radio astronomy for the ARISE  mission.. https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artur_Bart%C5%82omiej_Chmielewski;

 2. William J (Bill) Borucki, another space scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center; principal investigator for NASA's Kepler mission, a pioneer in quest for detection of life-hospitable planets. He designed the heat shields for Apollo program spacecraft, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_J._Borucki;

3. Wit Busza, Professor of Physics, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Busza studies the field of quark–gluon plasma interactions and has been the spokesperson for the PHOBOS experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit_Busza;

4. Zbigniew (Roger) Mrowiec, the Director of the Stem Cell Laboratory for the Elie Katz Umbilical Cord Blood Program, The New Jersey Cord Blood Bank,  http://www.communitybloodservices.org/cb_staff.php and the consultant for the Polish Bank of Stem Cells from Cord Blood  https://www.pbkm.pl/rada-naukowo-medyczna. He is the pioneer in the use of cord blood as a source of stem cells.

5. Piotr Piecuch, a physical chemist who holds the title of University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA and supervises a group whose research focuses on theoretical and computational chemistry as well as theoretical and computational physics, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piotr_Piecuch;

6. Bronislaw L. Slomiany,  Professor, Department of Oral Biology, Rutgers University a world-renowned researcher specializing in biology and function of salivary and gastrointestinal secretions; structure, macromolecular organization; and the role of mucus in mucosal defense. Dr. Slomiany is a member (Foreign) of the Polish Academy of Sciences. http://sdm.rutgers.edu/research/center/bl-slomiany.html;

7. Susan Wojcicki, is an American technology executive. Currently she is the Google's Senior Vice President of Advertising & Commerce and CEO of YouTube.  She developed AdSense, which became Google's second largest source of revenue http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Wojcicki;

It deserves further mention that Susan is the fourth member of the Wojcicki family who is a Member of our Collegium. Her father Stanley Wojcicki, physicist, is the Professor (Emeritus) at the Stanford University, her sister Anne Wojcicki is the co-founder and a Member of the Board of Directors of the 23andMe Co. Another sister Janet, is an anthropologist and epidemiologist at the Department of Pediatrics, University of California at San Francisco. What an incredibly talented family!

8. David Julian Volsky, Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Mount Sinai Hospital, Director of Molecular Virology Laboratory, Dept. of Medicine, Mount Sinai St. Lukes and Roosevelt Hospital, York, NY. He is the leading researcher in field of viral diseases,   who specializes in HIV.  http://www.mountsinai.org/profiles/david-julian-volsky;

9. Jerzy Leszczynski, Professor of Chemistry and President's Distinguished Fellow, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS and the founding Director for the Computational Center for Molecular Structure and Interactions (NSF-CREST Center). He is an author of numerous publications and book chapters, and an Editor of 7 books in a series devoted to computational chemistry.     http://ccmsi.us/leszczynski/;

10. Richard W. Ziolkowski, John M. Leonis Distinguished Professor, College of Engineering, University of Arizona. He is a professor of electrical and computer engineering, a professor of optical sciences and a past President of IEEE Antennas & Propagation Society, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_W._Ziolkowski;

11. Wanda J. Orlikowski, Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Information Technologies and Organization Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research examines technologies in the workplace, with a particular focus on the ongoing relations among technologies, organizing structures, cultural norms, control mechanisms, communication, and work practices. http://cci.mit.edu/wanda.html; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanda_Orlikowski;

12. Krzysztof Piotr Rykaczewski. Nuclear Physicist. Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  Dr. Rykaczewski's research is mostly related to the decay spectroscopy of exotic radioactive nuclei.  His work has resulted in the identification and first decay study of over 50 new isotopes. https://physics.aps.org/authors/krzysztof_p_rykaczewski;

13. Stefan Z. Miska, The Jonathan Detwiler Endowed Chair Professor of McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering and Director of Tulsa University Drilling Research Projects (TUDRP) at The University of Tulsa (TU). He has published over 170 technical papers and contributed to several books. He was involved in the successful design and development of a downhole, turbine-type motor for air drilling and has been instrumental in development of research facilities for wellbore hydraulics at simulated downhole conditions.  http://www.tudrp.utulsa.edu/personnel_faculty.html

14. Michael, J. Demkowicz, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a young physicist whose recent discovery to modify glass to have the properties of "rubber" was highlighted in Scientific American. http://dmse.mit.edu/faculty/profile/demkowicz;

15. Marc Kamionkowski, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University. His research interests include particle physics, dark matter, inflation, the cosmic microwave background and gravitational waves.  He is known primarily for work on supersymmetric dark matter and the cosmic microwave background. He was awarded the US Department of Energy's 2006 E. O. Lawrence Award in High Energy and Nuclear Physics for "his theoretical analyses demonstrating that precise observations of the cosmic microwave background can lead to deep understanding of the origin and evolution of the Universe, thereby motivating a series of increasingly precise cosmological experiments." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Kamionkowski;

16. Ludwik Kowalski, Professor (Emeritus) Montclair State University, NJ. He is the author of nearly 100 scholarly papers on physics, a textbook on physics, and of two books exposing the inhumaneness of Communism/Stalinism. One of them is an autobiography based on a diary he kept between 1946 and 2004 (in the USSR, Poland, France, and the USA) and illustrates his evolution from one extreme to another—from devoted Stalinist to active anti-communist. "Stalin's Hell on Earth". Wasteland Press. 2008https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwik_Kowalski;

17. Krzysztof Reiss. Professor and Director of Neurological Cancer Research, Louisiana State University. Dr. Reiss is a Professor within the LSU`s hematology/oncology section of the department of medicine and director of the neurological cancer research program which he co-founded with Luis Del Valle, MD. This initiative cuts across disciplinary as well as institutional boundaries to pursue a range of neurological malignancies, from childhood brain tumors, to Merkel Cell Carcinoma, a rare and very aggressive cancer in which neuroendocrine tumor cells develop on or just beneath the skin and or in hair follicles.   http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Krzysztof_Reiss;

Highlights of Accomplishments of Certain Members of the Collegium During the Past Year

1.  Artur B. Chmielewski is the NASA Project Manager of the US Rosetta Project. The Rosetta is a robotic space probe built and launched by the European Space Agency along with NASA. Along with Philae, its lander module, Rosetta is performing a detailed study of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. It also performed a flyby of Mars and the asteroids Lutetia and Šteins. On 12 November 2014 the mission performed the first successful landing on a comet.  Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, director of the U.K.'s Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology, and Max Wallis of the University of Cardiff postulate that the comet could be home to living microbes. If so, it will be the first evidence of the extraterrestial life, the finding of an enormous significance.  http://rosetta.jpl.nasa.gov/mission-facts/us-team/art-b-chmielewski;

2. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski won the 2015 Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences. This international prize awarded by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation is given every two years to recognize accomplishments in different areas of chemistry. Dr. Matyjaszewski received the prize of $250,000, a medal and a citation for excellence in "Making Molecules and Materials." Dr. Matyjaszewski is best known for developing atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), a process cited by the Dreyfus Foundation as being the most important advance in polymer synthesis in half a century. ATRP allows scientists to precisely control the size and architecture of polymers, and this has paved the way for the creation of thousands of important new materials such as coatings, adhesives, sealants, and smart materials being investigated for use in the industrial, environmental and biomedical fields. Over 50 multinational corporations have already bought the license technology and are incorporating ATRP into the development of new products. Products created using ATRP are expected to have a commercial value estimated at more than $20 billion.

3. Henryk Iwaniec. The 2015 Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences was awarded to Henryk Iwaniec, Rutgers University, US and Gerd Faltings, the Max Planck Institute, Germany, for "their introduction and development of fundamental tools in number theory, that allows them and others to resolve some longstanding classical problems. "Established under the auspices of Mr. Run Run Shaw in November 2002, the Prize „honours individuals, regardless of race, nationality, gender and religious belief, who have recently achieved significant breakthrough in academic and scientific research or applications and whose work has resulted in a positive and profound impact on mankind." The Shaw Prize consists of three annual prizes in Astronomy, Life Science and Medicine, and Mathematical Sciences, each bearing a monetary award of one million US dollars. http://www.shawprize.org/en/;

4. Tomasz Skwarnicki of Syracuse University, is using the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN is credited with the dicovery of the "pentaquark". First predicted to exist in the 1960s but, much like the Higgs boson particle before it, the pentaquark eluded science for decades until its detection at the LHC. The discovery, which amounts to a new form of matter was made by the LHC experiments designed by Tomasz Skwarnicki.

 http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-33517492

http://futurism.com/meet-the-pentaquark-the-newest-fundamental-type-of-particle-discovered-by-cern/;

5. Frank Wilczek the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics, Co-founder of the KF Collegium of Eminent Scientists and an Honorary Member of the Collegium's Board of Advisors just published a greatly inspiring and beautifully illustrated book, „A Beautiful Question. Finding Natures Deep Design", that should attract not only scientists but a much wider audience. http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Question-Finding-Natures-Design/dp/1594205264. This is a mind-boggling book inspired by the Wilczek's groundbreaking work in quantum physics that looks for a deeper order of beauty in nature. The "beautiful question" has been mused throughout human history by artists as well as scientists from Plato and Pythagoras and is presented by Wilczek as a compass directing him to every major advance in his career, i.e.,:  the intuition that the universe embodies beautiful forms symmetry, harmony, balance, proportion and economy. There are other meanings of "beauty," but this is the deep logic of the universe - and it is no accident that it is also at the heart of what we find aesthetically pleasing and inspiring. Frank Wilczek was an invited guest of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences (July 21, 2015) where he presented a dazzling lecture outlining the essence of the book and addressing how  „beauty" and „elegance" encompass the whole universe all the way down to the quantum level. Indeed, Dr. Wilczek's lecture pointed out how remarkably are intertwined our concepts about beauty and art with scientific understanding of the cosmos.

6. Anne Wojcicki, an American entrepreneur and the co-founder and chief executive officer of the personal genomics company 23andMeShe worked as a health care consultant at Passport Capital, a San Francisco-based investment fund and at Investor AB. She was a healthcare investment analyst for 4 years, overseeing healthcare investments, focusing on biotechnology companies. In 2006, she co-founded 23andMe with Linda Avey. 23andMe is a privately held personal genomics and biotechnology company, based in Mountain View, California, that provides genetic testing. The company is named for the 23 pairs of chromosomes in a normal human cell. The company's personal genome test kit was named "Invention of the Year" by Time magazine in 2008. "Anne  Wojcicki and 23andme" 

KF Plea: Propagation of achievements of scientists of Polish origin and ancestry in the United States is within the framework of activity of the KF Collegium of Eminent Scientists. We appeal therefore to the Members of the Collegium as well as to other persons interested in science, for sending to us information which you consider outlines recent successes of Polish scientists. Such information can usually be found in scientific professional journals or reported in mass media. It is intended that these achievements will be periodically outlined in our Collegium website. Please email such information to Zbigniew Darzynkiewicz (zbigdar@theKF.org) or Hanna Kelker (hankel@theKF.org)

 

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