Two Carnegie Mellon Professors Named to
Security Panel Convened by National Academies
PITTSBURGH—Two Carnegie Mellon University professors in its College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Baruch Fischhoff and Kiron Skinner, have been appointed to the National Academies Committee on Behavioral and Social-Science Research to Improve Intelligence Analysis for National Security. Fischhoff, the Howard Heinz Professor of Social and Decision Sciences, will chair the panel. Skinner is an associate professor of social and decision sciences, director of Carnegie Mellon's International Relations and Politics Program, and the W. Glenn Campbell Research Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.
According to committee director Cherie Chauvin, the National Academies appoint the nation's leading experts to answer the scientific and technical questions relating to society's most urgent issues. The work done by the committee will influence policy decisions and will be instrumental in enabling new research programs. "Professors Fischhoff and Skinner are in a unique position to bring their noted expertise to deliberate national security problems without political, special interest and sponsor influence," Chauvin said.
Fischhoff, whose research interests include risk communication, analysis and management, adolescent decision-making, informed consent, security and environmental protection, has co-authored or edited four books. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Psychological Society and the American Psychological Association. He chairs the Food and Drug Administration Risk Communication Advisory Committee and is a member of the Environmental Protection Agency's Scientific Advisory Board, for which he chairs the Homeland Security Advisory Committee, and its Science and Technology Advisory Committee. He is a member of the World Federation of Scientists Permanent Monitoring Panel on Terrorism and the Department of State Global Expertise Program.
Fischhoff was a founding member of the Eugene, Ore., Commission on the Rights of Women, and a past president of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making and the Society for Risk Analysis, where he received a Distinguished Achievement Award.
Skinner is one of the country's most renowned experts in the area of international relations, U.S. foreign policy and political strategy. Along with Serhiy Kudelia, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Condoleezza Rice, she co-authored "The Strategy of Campaigning: Lessons from Ronald Regan and Boris Yeltsin." Additionally, she authored "Turning Points in Ending the Cold War," a landmark work in international history featuring a collection of essays by leading American and Russian statesmen and scholars. She has published five additional books, two of which were New York Times best sellers.
Skinner's government service includes membership on the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Policy Board (2001-2007) as an advisor on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Executive Panel and the National Security Education Board. She has co-chaired the CNO task forces on the Middle East and Africa and also serves on the board of the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington, D.C. Skinner is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York City and is a former fellow of CFR's Studies Department.
Pictured above are Carnegie Mellon's Baruch Fischhoff and Kiron Skinner.