Programs: Science and Policy
AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program
- Eric Ashcroft
Senior Project Coordinator, Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights
- Rebecca Carlson
Senior Project Coordinator
- Jonathan Drake
Program Associate, Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights
- Mark S. Frankel
- Theresa Harris
Senior Program Associate
- Deborah Runkle
Senior Program Associate
- Susan Wolfinbarger
Project Director, Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights
- Jessica Wyndham
Associate Program Director
Eric Ashcroft is a Senior Project Coordinator with the Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program. Eric received a M.A. degree in Geography from the George Washington University. While there, he worked as a research assistant mapping health and wealth in Accra, Ghana using GIS and remotely sensed imagery. He has also used remotely sensed data to monitor riparian health in Victoria, Australia. His primary interests focus on the use of satellite remote sensing to map human and environmental phenomena.
Rebecca Carlson is a Senior Project Coordinator with the Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program. She also serves as the intern coordinator for the Program. Rebecca holds a dual B.A. in neuroscience and government from Smith College.Throughout her time at Smith, she worked as a research assistant in a neuroscience lab studying the effects of circadian rhythym disruption. Her main areas of interest are in the bioethical implications of advances in science and technology, as well as the application of neuroscience to the law.
Jonathan Drake received his bachelor's degree in physics from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, and recently completed a masters degree at Arizona State University, where he mapped periglacial geomorphology on Mars using the THEMIS instrument aboard the Mars Odyssey spacecraft. A former research assistant at the Space Telescope Science Institute and the Hawaii Institute for Geophysics and Planetology, his experience spans the domains of astronomy and planetary science, including earth-based photometry of main-belt asteroids and observations of the Martian surface from orbit. At AAAS, he has been involved in developing applications of imaging radar to problems relevant to human rights, as well as analyzing visible and near infrared imagery in support of program objectives.
Mark S. Frankel, Ph.D., directs the Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program and is responsible for developing and managing AAAS activities related to science, human rights, ethics, and law. He serves as Staff Officer to two AAAS committees--the Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility and the AAAS-American Bar Association National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists. He is editor of Professional Ethics Report, the Program's quarterly newsletter, and is a Fellow of AAAS.
Theresa Harris is a Senior Program Associate in the Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program. Her interests are the implementation of internationally recognized human rights principles in domestic practice and the intersection of information technology, human rights and law. Prior to joining AAAS she led Human Rights USA as its Executive Director, where she represented survivors of human rights violations before United States courts, the Inter-American human rights system and United Nations human rights mechanisms. Theresa has served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA and the governing body of the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT). She holds a B.A. in Anthropology, an M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning and a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law.
Deborah Runkle is a Senior Program Associate and the Associate Staff Director of the National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists. Her areas of interest are issues related to science and law and science and society. She is the Program Manager of Court Appointed Scientific Experts.
Susan Wolfinbarger, Ph.D., is the Project Director for the Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights Project. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the Ohio State University and an M.A. in Geography from the George Washington University. Her work focuses on the conceptualization, development, and deployment of geospatial technologies and information for human rights-related issues. Her research interests focus on the use of satellite remote sensing as evidence in legal cases, particularly those related to human rights; advancing human rights outcomes through geospatial documentation; feminist and critical views of technology; and the implications and ethics related to the rapid rise in the use of geographic technologies, including volunteered geographic information.
Jessica Wyndham is the Associate Director for the Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program. Her main interest is in the practical application of international human rights and humanitarian standards, including in relation to internal displacement, combating terrorism, torture, and the death penalty. She has worked extensively with national human rights institutions throughout Asia, the Pacific, Africa and the Americas, including as Legal Adviser for a project of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Ecuador. Prior to joining the Association, she was the Legal Adviser on IDP Issues for the Brookings Institution Project on Internal Displacement. Jessica holds an LLB (Hons.) (J.D. equivalent) from the Australian National University and an LLM from the University of New South Wales.
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