STAFF

President & Editor in Chief
S. Robert Lichter holds a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota. He also serves currently as Professor of Communication at George Mason University and President of the Center for Media and Public Affairs. Dr Lichter has also served on the faculties of Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Georgetown, and George Washington Universities.

His most recent books include “The Mediated Presidency” (2005), "The Nightly News Nightmare" (2010); "It Ain't Necessarily So: How Media Remake the Scientific Picture of Reality" (2001); "Peepshow: Media and Politics in an Age of Scandal" (2000); and "Environmental Cancer: A Political Disease?" (1999).

His research has also appeared in such scientific journals as Nature, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the New England Journal of Medicine; and in many general media outlets, including The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Christian Science Monitor.

Among his awards are Harvard's Goldsmith Award for Research Excellence and the Solimene Award for Excellence from the New England Medical Writers' Association. Dr. Lichter has been a member of the American Statistical Association and a statistical advisor to Voter News Service. He has testified before Congress on media coverage of scientific issues.

Executive Director
Donald Rieck (rieckd@cmpa.com) M.A. in Political Science from Temple University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Fox School of Business at Temple University. He both manages the day-by-day activities of STATS (and its sister organization the Center for Media and Public Affairs-CMPA) as well as manages, edits and does economic and regulatory analysis for STATSí EconoSTATS projects.

He has written for Forbes.com and The Daily Caller, and has been interviewed by a variety of media outlets such as FoxNews.com and Variety. His television, radio and web appearances include: BBC Radio, Voice of America, Al Jazeera America, among others.

Director of Research
Rebecca Goldin holds a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Mathematics, and a B.A., cum laude from Harvard University. Dr. Goldin did postdoctoral work at University of Maryland with a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship before she joined George Mason University, where she is currently an associate professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. She has published numerous research articles in internationally recognized mathematics journals, and regularly speaks at conferences across North America, Europe and Asia. She is the recipient of several grants from the National Science Foundation to support her research in mathematics and education. In 2007 she received the Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize from the Associaton of Women in Mathematics and spent the fall semester of 2007 at Cornell University. In 2008, Dr. Goldin was a George Mason's Emerging Researcher, Scholar, Creator Awardee, in recognition of excellence in academic achievement.

In 2008, Dr. Goldin joined the advisory board of Math for America: DC, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving math education in secondary public schools in the U.S. She currently serves on the Association for Women in Mathematics Policy and Advocacy Committee, and several Mathematical Association of America and American Mathematical Society committees.

Dr. Goldin is a 2012 Nifty Fifty speaker at the U.S. Science and Engineering Festival; she also coaches a Mathcounts team in Fairfax, Virginia.

Dr. Goldin joined STATS as the Director of Research in September, 2004. Her work for STATS has been published in the Washington Post and she has appeared on NBC, CBS, CNN and NPR. She has run workshops for journalists and students alike, and has given talks about her work at STATS across the country.

Senior Fellow
Maia Szalavitz is a journalist who covers health, science and public policy. Her most recent book, co-written with leading child trauma expert Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, is The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog and Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook: What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love and Healing (Basic, 2007). She is also co-author, with Dr. Joseph Volpicelli, M.D., Ph.D. of the University of Pennsylvania, of Recovery Options: The Complete Guide: How You and Your Loved Ones Can Understand and Treat Alcohol and Other Drug Problems (John S. Wiley, 2000). Her book "Help at Any Cost," an investigation into boot camps and tough love programs, was published by Riverhead Books in February 2006, and helped spur Congressional hearings and a Government Accounting Office investigation into deaths and abuses at such programs

She has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsday, New York Magazine, New Scientist, Newsweek, Elle, Salon, Redbook and other major publications. She has also worked in television - first as Associate Producer and then Segment Producer for PBS' Charlie Rose then on several documentaries including a Barbara Walters' AIDS special for ABC and as Series Researcher and Associate Producer for the PBS documentary series, "Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home." She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and to 60 Second Science, the blog of Scientific American.

Senior Fellow
Jon Entine has been a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute since 2003, focusing on science and public policy. He has written or edited seven books, most recently Crop Chemophobia: Will Precaution Kill the Green Revolution, as well as three genetics books, Abraham’s Children: Race, Identity and the DNA of the Chosen People; Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We’re Afraid to Talk About It and Let Them Eat Precaution: How Politics is Undermining the Genetic Revolution in Agriculture. Jon’s genetics research has been featured in Scientific American, Nature Genetics, Human Biology and numerous other publications. He is a member of the Carrier Screening Task Force, a project of the federal government and the American College of Medical Genetics.

Jon consults for NGOs and corporations on environmental and science challenges through ESG MediaMetrics, which he founded. He is a columnist for the British-based magazine Ethical Corporation and writes for and has been featured in hundreds of publications, TV and radio programs, including ABC’s 20/20 and World News Tonight, NPR, CNN, HBO, CSPAN, FOX, MSNBC, Discovery Planet, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, Fortune, Salon and GQ, and on dozens of international news outlets, including BBC, CBC, Financial Times, Toronto Globe and Mail, Australian Business Review, Guardian (UK), The Observer, The Telegraph, Mail on Sunday,  The Independent and The Sunday Times (UK).

Contributing Editor
Geoffrey Kabat, Ph.D.is an epidemiologist with an interest in lifestyle and environmental exposures that play a role in the development of chronic diseases. Dr. Kabat is particularly interested in perceptions of risk and how these square with what the science tells us. His book "Hyping Health Risks" deals with these issues. Dr. Kabat is in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and is a Contributing Editor at STATS (Statistical Assessment Service) at George Mason University.

Editor at Large
Trevor Butterworth has written for The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Forbes.com, The New Yorker.com, Harvard Business Review and Newsweek, among other publications. He has covered everything from the physics of tsunamis to why, if you want to master Twitter, you should read Cicero. He has interviewed Spike Lee about his love of Cartier and Tom Wolfe about his love of New York.

Butterworth has spent the past eight years looking at how information is created, used, and abused in the knowledge economy, with a special focus on regulation and risk. He holds a BA and M.Phil from Trinity College Dublin; he also attended Georgetown University and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, from which he received an MS, and the Sevellon Brown Award for outstanding knowledge of the history of the American press.


Contributing Editor
Dr. Nirit Weiss received a B.A. from Harvard University, and an M.D. from Yale Medical School. She obtained an M.B.A., and completed her residency training in neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University.  She is a neurosurgeon practicing in New York City. Dr. Weiss has published numerous scientific articles in academic journals, and has written extensively about healthcare economics. 

Board of Directors

Truman Anderson
Chairman of the Board
Executive Director, Stuart Family Foundation

Nell Minow
Treasurer & Secretary of the Board
Editor, the Corporatelibrary.com

Dodie McCracken
Board Member
Chief Executive Officer
Arcadian Partners        

Heather C. Dahl
Board Member
Director, Analyst Relations
Neustar, Inc.

Advisory Board

Thomas C. Childers
Professor of History
University of Pennsylvania

Wolfgang Donsbach
President
World Association of Opinion Research

Nicholas Eberstadt
Fellow
Center for Population Studies, Harvard University

Neil Gilbert
Professor of Social Welfare
University of California Berkeley

Scott O. Lilienfeld
Professor of Psychology
Emory University

Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann
President, Allensbach Institut fur Demoskopie

Nelson Polsby
Director, Institute of Government Studies
University of California Berkeley

Harrison Pope
Director, Biological Psychiatry Laboratory
Harvard Medical School

Stephen Strauss
Toronto Globe and Mail

Humphrey Taylor
CEO & President
Louis Harris and Associates