Yolanda L. Comedy is the Director of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Center for Advancing Science & Engineering Capacity an independent consultant working on science and technology (S&T) issues including S&T policy; cybersecurity; space commercialization; science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and diversity; and business strategy. For more than fifteen years she has worked in both the public and private sectors on critical public policy issues, primarily in science and technology policy.
Comedy obtained her Ph.D. from Indiana University in Political Science and Public Policy. She came to the DC area as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow and spent two years leading efforts on global democracy issues for the United States Agency for International Development. Comedy worked for the White House, serving as a Senior Policy Analyst for both the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology and the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee.
She then moved to IBM and was integral to the creation and implementation of initiatives in philanthropy, governmental programs and consulting on issues ranging from education reform, to the impact of advancements in semiconductors and supercomputers, to innovation, and the effect of a global pandemic on business.
Comedy has served as a lobbyist, had extensive contact with several Administrations and Congress and has been actively involved with leading associations. She has recently served as chair of the AAAS Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy (COSEPP), and the Women in Engineering Program Advocates Network's (WEPAN) Knowledge Center.
Shirley Malcom is Head of Education and Human Resources Programs of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The directorate includes AAAS programs in education, activities for underrepresented groups, and public understanding of science and technology. Dr. Malcom was head of the AAAS Office of Opportunities in Science from 1979 to 1989. Between 1977 and 1979, she served as program officer in the Science Education Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Prior to this, she held the rank of assistant professor of biology, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and for two years was a high school science teacher.
Dr. Malcom received her doctorate in ecology from The Pennsylvania State University; master's degree in zoology from the University of California, Los Angeles; and bachelor's degree with distinction in zoology from the University of Washington. In addition she holds thirteen honorary degrees.
Dr. Malcom serves on several boards, including the Howard Heinz Endowment. She is an honorary trustee of the American Museum of Natural History, a Regent of Morgan State University, and a trustee of Caltech. She has chaired a number of national committees addressing education reform and access to scientific and technical education, careers and literacy. Dr. Malcom is a former trustee of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and a fellow of the AAAS and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2003, she received the Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, the highest award bestowed by the Academy.
Dr. Malcom was a member of the National Park System Advisory Board from 1999-2003. She served on the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation from 1994 to 1998, and from 1994-2001 served on the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology.
Sabira Mohamed is Research Associate for the Education and Human Resources Programs (EHR) and the Center for Advancing Science & Engineering Capacity at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She works with several senior staff on various programs and projects within the directorate including the AAAS Project on Science, Technology and Disability, Entry Point! and ACCESS programs that aid students with disabilities to gain experience in the workforce. She works with the Director of K-16 Mathematics and Science programs which provides support to districts, states, and universities. She has assisted with the analysis of a district's curricular standards, facilitated communication for a summer institute workshop at the Johns Hopkins School of Engineering, and the DC ACTS Fellow Program that provides Masters of Professional Studies in Middle Grades Science for charter, public, and private schools. Her duties revolve around research, analysis, and dissemination.
Prior to that, she worked at the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Office of the General Counsel working with grant proposals, compliance-related work, and other projects such as the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP). Her experience crosses both research and medical fields. She served as a program assistant at the National Research Council's (NRC) Board on Life Sciences and was responsible for workshop logistics that dealt with Toxicogenomics, the development of a Polio antiviral, and the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO). Ms. Mohamed has also worked at Inova Alexandria Hospital's Radiology Department and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Institute for Water Resources.
Ms. Mohamed earned her bachelor's degree in biology from George Mason University in 2005. Her research interests center on the life sciences and medicine.
Yolanda Scott George is Deputy Director and Program Director, Education and Human Resources Programs, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Her duties and responsibilities include planning, development, management, implementation, and evaluation of multi-year science, mathematics, and technology (SMT) education and educational research projects. In addition she provides technical assistance to community-based organizations, science-based organizations, schools, colleges and universities, and churches interested in developing science, mathematics and computer education initiatives.
She has served as Director of Development, Association of Science-Technology Centers, Washington, DC; Director, Professional Development Program, University of California, Berkeley, CA, a precollege academic enrichment, university retention, and pre-graduate school program in SMT for minorities and women; and as a research biologist at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, Livermore, CA involved in cell cycle studies using flow cytometer and cell sorters.
George conducts evaluations, project and program reviews, and evaluation workshops for both the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, as well as reviews SMT proposals for private foundation and public agencies, including the Sloan Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation and the European Commission. She develops and coordinates conferences and workshops related to recruitment and retention of minorities, women, and persons with disabilities in SMT. She works with UNIFEM, UNESCO, and non-governmental organizations on gender, science, and technology initiatives related to college and university recruitment and retention and women leadership in SMT.
Over the last 25 years she has raised over $70 million for a variety of SMT education initiatives for colleges and universities, associations, and community-based groups. She currently serves as PI or Co-PI on six grants related to developing evaluation capacity of PIs, project directors and evaluators for the NSF Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP); development of a digital library for biology educators in undergraduate, graduate and professional schools; and international gender, science, and technology.
She serves on the board of the International Women in Science and Engineering Network (INWES); American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), Education Committee; Award Advisory Committee, Maria Mitchell Women in Science Award;; National Science Education Digital Library (NSDL) Policy Committee: and the South Dakota Biomedical Research Network Advisory Committee. George has authored or co-authored over 50 papers, pamphlets, and hands-on science manuals. She received her B.S. and M.S. from Xavier University of Louisiana and Atlanta University in Georgia, respectively.