Academy of Science and Arts

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ROBERT CORELL, Ph.D. serves as the Vice Chancellor of the Academy of Science and Arts, Director of the Sustainable Ecology Institute, and member of the Academy Board of Directors.

He is an American global climate scientist, Principal for the Global Environment Technology Foundation, a Senior Faculty Fellow, College of Arts and Sciences and its School of Environment, Arts and Society, Florida International University, 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 Tromsø.

Dr. Corell is a partner of the Sustainability Institute and its C-ROADS Climate Interactive Initiative, and Head of US Office for the Global Energy Assessment and Co-Chairs Phase II of the Assessment. 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-chaired an international strategic planning group that is developing a strategy designed to harness science, technology, and innovation for sustainable development; serves as the Chair of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment; counsels as Senior Science Advisor to ManyOne; and is Chair of the Board of the Digital Universe Foundation.

FRANK CUTLER is a member of the Academy’s Board of Directors, and that of Manyone and Motion Sciences. He is the managing partner of The Cutler Group, an early-stage Venture Capital vehicle. He is also a private investor and a commercial airline pilot. Since 1990, more than 30 companies have gone public, been M&A candidates, or remained happily, wonderfully private, thanks to the investments of Mr. Cutler and The Cutler Group. Mr. Cutler has served as a Board member or advisor for many of The Cutler Group’s funded companies. These include all of the companies founded by Joe Firmage, including Serius Corporation (acquired by Novell), US Web, Invesmart, Intend Change, Electron Economy, ManyOne, and Motion Sciences. Mr. Cutler was a founding investor in each company.

Mr. Cutler co-founded three companies: SRS Labs (SRSL, acquired by DTSI), E-Offering with Sandy Robertson, Walter Cruttenden, and E*Trade (acquired by Schwab) and Waste Connections (WCN). He graduated Magni Cum Laude from the University of California, Berkeley and Santa Barbara, and lives in Newport Beach and San Francisco.

JAMES CUTLER, JR. is a member of the Academy Board of Directors. He is the CEO and President of The Cutler Corporation, specializing in venture capital investments.

He has a diverse business background leading companies such as Rol-Away Truck Manufacturing, Laurence-David Inc., R&K Industrial Products, and Jen-Cel- Lite Corporation. Jim has served as president of Mid-Pacific Leasing Corporation and International Enterprises of America.

Mr. Cutler has been chairman of both Arrow Transportation Company of Delaware and Centric Corporation. He was the successful founder of several businesses and enterprises such as Waste Connections, Hollywood Video (Hollywood Entertainment), E*, and Fibres International, Inc. In addition, he was a founding investor of USWeb and Wirex.

EDWIN B. FIRMAGE, SJD, is a member of the Academy Board of Directors with Particular focus on Governmental and Inter-Governmental Affairs.

Dr. Firmage has been a professor of constitutional law and international law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. He is further distinguished by having been named the Samuel D. Thurman Professor of Law by the University of Utah. He received the doctor of law, master of laws, and Doctor of Juridical Science degrees from the University of Chicago where he was a National Honors Scholar and served on the editorial board of the Chicago Law Review.

Dr. Firmage served as a White House Fellow on the staff of Vice President Hubert

  1. Humphrey, with responsibility for civil rights. In that capacity, he worked with Roy Wilkins of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and with the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. He served as United Nations Visiting Scholar and attended sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York and the arms control negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland in 1970-71. He later participated in meetings of the Sub-commission on Human Rights of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Firmage was a participant in a Fulbright Seminar in the Soviet Union, traveling throughout the country attending lectures and meetings with Soviet governmental leaders, scholars, and leaders of emerging political parties. He also worked with Vietnamese refugees in Vietnam, Thailand, and Hong Kong and was the recipient of the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence, the highest academic award given by the University of Utah. In addition, he was awarded the Turner-Fairbourn Award for significant contributions to peace and justice.

DAVID HESTENES, Ph.D. is a member of the Academy Board of Directors. He also serves as the Director of the Science Modeling Institute (SMI). 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. He is also acknowledged as founder of Modeling Instruction, a research-based program to reform K–12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.

Dr. Hestenes worked at Jet Propulsion Laboratory on orbital mechanics and attitude control as a NASA Faculty Fellow and later as a NASA Consultant. There he applied geometric algebra in development of new mathematical techniques published in a textbook/monograph called New Foundations for Classical Mechanics. He is author of the book Space Time Algebra, (STA). This book 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.


KIETH MERRILL is the Director of the Academy of Science and Arts’ Film Studios and member of the Academy Board of Directors.

Mr. Merrill is a director, writer, and producer. He has worked with Hollywood’s major studios to create a remarkable assortment of feature motion pictures, network television productions, and commercials in a wide variety of formats. Kieth is a pioneer in the commercial large screen cinema industry. He has been intimately involved in the incubation and innovation of the IMAX-format film industry. With the development of the Grand Canyon IMAX Theater and film project, he introduced a new concept that has become known as “Destination Cinema”. Mr. Merrill has created many enormously successful IMAX films and been involved with design, planning, development, and construction of many giant screen theaters.

He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Director’s Guild of America. He is a two-time Academy Award Nominee, winner of the Academy Award Oscar for his feature documentary “Great American Cowboy“, three-time winner of the prestigious Western Heritage Wrangler Award, and was nominated for an Emmy for his direction of “Cowboys” in his ten-hour miniseries, “Wild West”. He serves from time to time on the pre-Academy’s nominating committee for documentary films.

A business leader for over 30 years with incredible success in a diverse range of projects, Mr. Merrill is president and CEO of KM Productions. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Southern Virginia University and president of the Brigham Young University Alumni Association. Kieth Merrill is a published author of fiction. His debut novel, The Evolution of Thomas Hall, (Shadow Mountain, 2011) continues to receive excellent critical acclaim.

ALYN ROCKWOOD, Ph.DALYN ROCKWOOD, Ph.D serves as Director of the Internext Graphics Institute (IGI) and as a member of the Academy Board of Directors. He is one of the leading research scientists worldwide and is primarily known for his innovative research in computer graphics and geometric modeling. Dr Rockwood’s current research centers on technology for representing 3D objects in a flexible, easy-to- design model, which is highly compressible. He has been the Associate Director of the Geometric Modeling and Scientific Visualization Research Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. KAUST is an international, graduate-level university that is energizing innovation in scientific and technological advancements.

Dr Rockwood has also served as a Professor of Applied Mathematics at KAUST. He recently served as Vice President of ACMSIGGRAPH, the most prestigious worldwide organization in computer graphics and interactive techniques. Dr Rockwood has an illustrious career that spans both industry and academics. He led the software team that developed the first FAA “Phase III” flight simulator, enabling pilots to be ‘upgrade-trained’ entirely on a simulator at the pioneering computer graphics company, Evans & Sutherland. He was a part of the group that developed GL, and subsequently, OpenGL at Silicon Graphics (SGI). His seminal work on surface rendering is still the basis for display of surfaces in OpenGL today. Dr Rockwood was a visiting scientist at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs. He was formerly an associate professor at Arizona State University and professor, Assistant Dept. Head, and Director of Graduate Studies at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Dr Rockwood conceptualized and developed the FreeDesign Ltd geometry system, and helped co-found this startup company as its CTO.


LINDA STEWART is the Chief Marketing Officer of the Academy Of Science and Arts. She was one of the first women in the commercial production business to become an executive producer-owner of a studio, Cucoloris Films. She has produced over 120 campaigns for Fortune 500 clients, from Coca Cola’s global Olympic Campaign to the Volkswagen Drivers Wanted global launch. She has been honored with over 100 industry awards, including twenty-seven Clio Award winning campaigns and two campaigns honored with the Cannes Film Festival’s Golden Lion. Ms. Stewart is a three-time recipient of the Certificate of Honor for Public Service from the City of Los Angeles for her work with underprivileged children, for her part in producing Arctic Warning, and for building the Berrics Westchester Skate Park and promoting other projects in urban areas for at-risk teens.

Ms. Stewart has served as General Manager of, a division of the Annenberg Foundation. There she organized a film library of over 1200 hours of footage from around the world and produced 12 projects.


DANIEL SHEEHAN is the Harvard College, Harvard Law School and Harvard Divinity School-educated former ten-year General Counsel & Co-Director of the United States Jesuit Headquarters’ NATIONAL OFFICE OF SOCIAL MINISTRY in Washington, D.C. Mr. Sheehan was then asked to serve as the Director of the principle Strategic Initiative of THE STATE OF THE WORLD FORUM founded by former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev and former United States Secretary of State James Baker III immediately after the end of The Cold War to identify a new, post-Cold War “Worldview” pursuant to the principles of which the major nations of our planet could live together in greater harmony and cooperation in the

21st Century than had been the case in the 20th Century. An accomplished

American trial & appellate attorney who has conducted trials in over 28 States, Mr. Sheehan served as Legal Counsel to The New York Times in The Pentagon Papers Case, the publication of which hastened the end of The Vietnam War; as Chief Counsel in The Karen Silkwood Case which stopped the construction of all new dangerous private nuclear power reactors in the United States as of 1979; as Special Counsel in The Watergate Burglary Case which exposed the unlawful operations of The White House Plumbers Unit … and led directly to the resignation of Richard Nixon and to the establishment of The Senate Select Committee to Investigate Unlawful Activities on the part of the American Intelligence Community; and as Chief Counsel on The Iran/Contra Case which revealed – and stopped – the smuggling of illegal arms & explosives to the World Court-banned Central American Contras and stopped, as well, the secret smuggling of cocaine & heroin into the United States by The Contras by means of which The Contras had been financing their unlawful operations, Attorney Sheehan was the Co-Founder of The Harvard Civil Rights Law Review at Harvard Law School where he initiated and briefed to the U.S. Supreme Court the case that established the Right of Professional Journalists to Protect the Identity of Their Confidential News Sources. Attorney Sheehan also served as Special Counsel to the U.S. Congressional Research Service Investigation Into The Potential Existence of Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence ordered by President Jimmy Carter; as Legal Counsel to Dr. John Mack, the Chair of the Department of Clinical Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, when Dr. Mack was called before a “Special Harvard Faculty Committee” in 1994 to determine whether Dr. Mack had contravened any Harvard University academic standards in his writing and publishing his book ABDUCTION: Human Encounters With Aliens and Attorney Sheehan thereafter served as General Counsel to both The 2001 & The 2013 Disclosure Project sessions presenting sworn testimony to members of the staff of the United States Congress by high-level employees and officials of the United States Government revealing those witnesses’ first-hand knowledge of the awareness on the part of various agencies and officials of our United States Government of the extra-terrestrial origin of some “U.F.O. Incidents.


SARA NELSON is the Cornell University & U.C. Berkeley-educated former National Labor Secretary of the NATIONAL ORGANIZATION for WOMEN in Washington, D.C. and the 15-year National Executive Director of THE CHRISTIC INSTITUTE, an inter- faith law and public policy center in Washington, D.C., who was then asked to serve as the Executive Director of former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev’s & former United States Secretary of State James Baker III’s STATE OF THE WORLD FORUM in San Francisco.

THE STATE OF THE WORLD FORUM gathered virtually all of the world’s former Presidents; Vice Presidents; Secretaries of State; Secretaries of Defense and other Cabinet Members to meet with the world’s leading Business Executives; Leaders of National Public Interest Organizations; the Leaders of our world’s largest religious communities and Agency Heads of the United Nations in an effort to collectively discern, identify – and then put into concrete operation – the principles of a NEW HUMAN WORLDVIEW pursuant to the adherence to which the nations of our planet

could live, in the 21st Century, in a more harmonious and more cooperative manner than had been the case during the turbulent 20th Century.

With literally four decades of experience as the Executive Director of some of our nation’s most effective public interest research, public education and grassroots organizing organizations, Sara Nelson will serve as the Deputy Director of THE WORLD FUTURE INSTITUTE and will be the Co-Director of both the East and West Coast Campuses of THE INSTITUTE.


BERNARD HAISCH, Ph.D. is a member of the Academy Board of Directors. He is an astrophysicist and author of more than 130 scientific publications. He served as a scientific editor of the Astrophysical Journal for ten years and was Principal Investigator on several NASA research projects. After earning his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Dr. Haisch did postdoctoral research at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. His professional positions include Staff Scientist at the Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory; Deputy Director of the Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Astrophysics at the University of California, Berkeley; and Visiting Scientist at the Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik in Garching, Germany. He was also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Scientific Exploration. Prior to his career in astrophysics, Dr Haisch attended the Latin School of Indianapolis and the St. Meinrad Seminary as a student for the Catholic priesthood. His first book, The God Theory, received excellent reviews. His new book, The Purpose-Guided Universe: Believing in Einstein, Darwin and God was published in May, 2012.