E. William Colglazier, Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State
Frances Colón, Deputy Science and Technology Adviser
Joyce Brown, Staff Assistant
Franklin Carrero-Martínez, Foreign Affairs Officer
Lawrence Lin, Foreign Affairs Officer
Elizabeth Lyons, Senior Adviser
Alan J. Hurd, Franklin Fellow
Kristina V. Krasnov, Foreign Affairs Officer
Nathaniel Schaefle, Foreign Affairs Officer
Office of the Science and Technology Adviser
Room 3240, Department of State
2201 C Street NW.
Washington, DC 20520
Tel: (202) 647-8725
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Dr. Frances Colón is the Deputy Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State at the U.S. Department of State where she promotes integration of science and technology into foreign policy dialogues; global scientific engagement for capacity-building; advancement of women in science; and innovation as a tool for economic growth around the world. Previously, Dr. Colón served the U.S. Department of State as the Science and Environment Adviser at the Western Hemisphere Affairs Bureau where she was responsible for advising on environmental and scientific issues that affected the U.S. Government's foreign policy objectives in the Americas. During that time, Dr. Colón coordinated climate change policy for the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas announced by President Obama in 2009. As a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow (2006-2008), Dr. Colón led the OES Bureau’s program for Muslim world outreach through K-12 science and math education cooperation. Dr. Colón earned her Ph.D. in neuroscience in 2004 from Brandeis University and her B.S. in biology in 1997 from the University of Puerto Rico.
Joyce Brown has worked at the U.S. Department of State since 1999, and has served as an staff assistant in the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary since 2007. Mrs. Brown performs a variety of office management and administrative tasks in support of the STAS office.
Dr. Franklin Carrero-Martínez is a foreign affairs officer in STAS and is the 2012-2013 Roger Revelle Fellow in Global Stewardship. As the Revelle Fellow, Franklin is using his broad, multidisciplinary background in science and science education towards solutions important to global sustainability problems by making practical contributions for the more effective use of scientific and technical knowledge in the policy-making process. His work in STAS focuses on urbanization strategies and policies, U.S.-South Central Asia science cooperation and science diaspora networks.
Franklin earned his Ph.D. in cell biology in 2005 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He completed his undergraduate studies in biology in 1997 from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. He is currently on sabbatical license from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez where he is a tenured associate professor with and an active research lab. The long-term goals of his research program are twofold: understand cellular events leading to successful synapse formation and understanding the process to develop talent among students with high potential, but lacking experience and exposure to research careers.
Dr. Alan Hurd is a Franklin Fellow in STAS, where his portfolio includes energy and critical elements, LAUNCH, Science of Science Policy, and national laboratory interactions. Alan is on leave from Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico where he was the director of the Lujan Neutron Scattering Center at LANSCE for over a decade. As a materials physicist, Alan is personally interested in neutron and x-ray scattering from complex materials. Recent studies include model biomembranes in which reflectometry provided information about the way proteins settle into a cell wall.
Alan is associated with the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) where he has collaborated on critical materials supply risk factors. He was a co-author of the 2011 report on energy critical elements by the American Physical Society and the Materials Research Society. Alan has a bachelor’s degree in physics from the Colorado School of Mines and both master’s and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Colorado, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow. After a postdoc and one teaching year at Brandeis University, Alan worked for 16 years at Sandia National Laboratories in materials research and management. In 2007, Alan was president of the Materials Research Society.
Lawrence Lin is a foreign affairs officer in the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary (STAS) at the Department of State and was formerly an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow in the same office. Prior to his current assignment, Lawrence was a Mirzayan Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences where he worked on the initial phases of a comprehensive energy technology study titled America's Energy Future.
Lawrence completed his Ph.D. in physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara in June of 2006. His graduate research involved the use of simplified elastic models of biological membranes in theoretical calculations and computational simulations as a means for studying the role of membrane undulations in various biophysical processes. He completed his undergraduate studies at Brown University where he wrote a thesis in the area of cosmology and large scale structure of the universe.
Elizabeth E. (Libby) Lyons is a senior adviser at the Department of State, where she splits her time between the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary (STAS) and the Bureau of Oceans and International and Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES). In STAS she works primarily to strengthen international science, technology, and innovation engagement by U.S. universities. In OES, Libby works in the Office of Conservation and Water, primarily to enhance the U.S. scientific community participation in the newly established Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). She is on detail from the National Science Foundation having spent more than 16 years in its International Office (most recently running the PIRE Program) and its Directorate for Biological Sciences.
Before joining NSF, Libby was a faculty member at Northwestern University and Amherst College for ten years. She received her undergraduate degree in sociology from Harvard University in 1979 and a master's of forest science from Yale University in 1981. She had a National Institutes of Health Traineeship while earning her Ph.D., awarded in 1986 in botany and genetics from Duke University. Her graduate work involved the phylogeny, population genetics, and ecology of different flower types of mustard plants in the genus Leavenworthia.
Dr. Kristina Krasnov is a foreign affairs officer in STAS, serving as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow. Dr. Krasnov manages the Europe and Eurasia portfolio and acts as liaison for the Science, Technology, and Innovation Expert Partnership, various bilateral and multilateral groups, and university engagements and linkage programs. Kristina also manages the NeXXt Scholars Program, which recruits young women in countries with a Muslim majority population to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers at U.S. women’s colleges.
By training, Kristina is a molecular biologist with a background in genetics, neuroscience, Russian, and health policy. Since completing her translational medicine studies of protein trafficking in cystic fibrosis, Kristina became a technical advisor in intellectual property law, pursued the National Academies’ Mirzayan Fellowship, and worked as a cancer research science policy analyst. Most recently, Kristina was a contracting senior study director for the NICHD.
Dr. Nathaniel Schaefle is a foreign affairs officer in STAS, serving as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow. Nat’s work covers transformational, emerging, and disruptive technologies and their roles in National Security and International Development, as well as innovation and entrepreneurship.
Nat is an experimental and theoretical physical chemist, having completed his Ph.D.at the University Michigan. Nat’s work involved both the development of new theory to describe the effects of unpaired electron spins in nuclear magnetic resonance and its experimental verification. In his post-doctoral work at University of California, Santa Barbara, Nat investigated blood coagulation with a focus on the development of new instrumental methods for monitoring the biological process. Following that, he served on the faculty at Saint Olaf College, where he has taught physical chemistry and instrumental analysis while directing undergraduate research, and at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.