CCST Adds New Council Member, Senior Fellows
Atul Butte, M.D., Ph.D., is the newest CCST Council Member.
At the February Council meeting, CCST announced its
changes in membership for the new year, with Atul J. Butte,
M.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Medicine (Biomedical
Informatics) and Pediatrics at the Stanford Center for
Biomedical Informatics Research joining the Council.
"We are pleased to welcome Atul to the Council," said CCST
Council Chair Miriam John. "His research is at the nexus of
information technology and advanced medical diagnostics and
therapeutics - areas that contribute to both the intellectual
and economic vibrancy of the state of California. In
combining state-of-the-art approaches from both domains, Atul
is helping to create yet another new technical leap forward."
Butte's laboratory focuses on solving problems relevant to
genomic medicine by developing new methodologies in
translational bioinformatics - computer related activities
designed to extract clinically actionable information from
very large datasets. The field has grown from a need to
develop computational methods to work with continually
increasing amounts of data.
As part of the Council, Butte joins an assembly of
corporate CEOs, academicians, scientists and scholars of the
highest distinction. Council members may serve up to two
terms of three years each. This year saw one Council member
step down after serving six years, David W. Martin, Jr.,
M.D., who is chairman and CEO of AvidBiotics Corporation, a
biotechnology company in San Francisco. Three other Council
members agreed to begin a second term: Soroosh Sorooshian,
Director of the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote
Sensing at UC Irvine; Pete Worden, Director of the NASA Ames
Research Center; and Kathy Yelick, Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Science at
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
CCST also welcomed eight people to the ranks of its Senior
Fellows, including outgoing Council member David Martin. CCST
Senior Fellows work with the Council to provide politically
neutral, expert advice and solutions to science and
technology-related public policy issues and initiatives.
There are currently 131 Senior Fellows, who provide input and
expertise into many CCST projects and initiatives.
"Our Senior Fellows have distinguished themselves as
Council members and/or significant project contributors,"
said John. "They comprise a rich resource of the state's most
accomplished technical talent to draw upon in addressing
issues in a timely and expert manner."
The new CCST Senior Fellows in addition to Martin are:
Jeffrey Greenblatt, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Emir Macari, Dean of Engineering, Sacramento State University
Mo Qayoumi, President, San Jose State University
Bob Sullivan, Dean, Rady School of Management, University of California, San Diego
Steve Zornetzer, NASA Associate Center Director
Robert Wilkinson, Director, Water Policy Program, University of California, Santa Barbara
David Zoldoske, Director, California Water Institute and the Center for Irrigation Technology, California State University, Fresno
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