Bruce Boucher, Director, U.Va. Art Museum
How Jefferson’s Misinterpretations Led to His Masterpiece - The Lawn
Bruce Boucher, an architectural historian and museum curator, who has divided his career between education, scholarship and museum administration, became the director of the University of Virginia Art Museum on March 1, 2009. He was formerly the curator of European sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago, a position he held since 2002.
Boucher's career as an architectural historian, educator and museum curator spans more than 35 years. During his years at the Art Institute, he oversaw a staff of 10 and raised funds for acquisitions and exhibits. In addition, Boucher is an expert on the 16th-century Italian architect Andrea Palladio, whose work has had profound influence on the architecture of the Western world. Thomas Jefferson studied Palladio's work in preparation for his design of U.Va.'s Academical Village.
Boucher is the author of numerous books, among them "Andrea Palladio: The Architect in His Time," and he lectures widely on Palladio as well as Italian artists such as Donatello, Tintoretto and others, with a focus on the artists working in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. He was chief curator of the exhibition, "Earth and Fire: Italian Terracotta Sculpture from Donatello to Canova," which was shown at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 2001-2002. He also co-authored the exhibition catalog.
Boucher serves on numerous professional organizations and advisory committees. He has received various honors, including a fellowship at the prestigious Harvard Center for Renaissance Studies at the Villa I Tatti, the Alexander von Humbolt Fellowship, and the Salimbeni Prize for his monograph, "The Sculpture of Jacopo Sansovino." He also was a guest scholar at the J. Paul Getty Museum and served as guest curator on the research department of the Victoria and Albert Museum from 2000 to 2002.
Harry Gray, Professor, California Institute of Technology
Our Energy Future: Developing Domestic Resources
Harry Gray is the Arnold O. Beckman Professor of Chemistry and the Founding Director of the Beckman Institute at the California Institute of Technology. After graduate work at Northwestern University and postdoctoral research at the University of Copenhagen, he joined the chemistry faculty at Columbia University, where in the early 1960s he developed ligand field theory to interpret the electronic structures and reactions of metal complexes. After moving to Caltech in 1966, he began work in biological inorganic chemistry and solar photochemistry, including the development of inorganic systems for the production of solar fuels.
Gray has published over 800 research papers and 18 books. Among other awards, he has received the National Medal of Science from President Ronald Reagan (1986), the Priestley Medal (1991), the Wolf Prize (2004), and the Welch Award (2009). In addition, he holds 16 honorary doctorates and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of Great Britain.
T. Brent Gunnoe, Professor, U.Va. Department of Chemistry
Our Energy Future: Developing Domestic Resources
Brent Gunnoe is a Professor of Chemistry at UVA and Director of the Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization (CCHF), a Department of Energy funded Energy Frontier Research Center that fosters collaborative research among investigators at ten institutions. The CCHF is developing catalysts to enable low-temperature conversion of methane from natural gas into a liquid fuel, such as methanol, or into electricity in a direct methane fuel cell.
Prof. Gunnoe joined UVA in 2008. He received his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of North Carolina, and was an Associate Professor of Chemistry at North Carolina State University prior to joining UVA. He has received a number of awards, including the LeRoy and Elva Martin Award for Teaching Excellence at NCSU, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and a Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award.
Prof. Gunnoe's research interests include organometallic and inorganic chemistry, homogeneous catalysis and small molecule activation. His group is preparing and characterizing new catalysts to efficiently convert hydrocarbons from fossil resources into fuels and industrial feedstocks.
Meg Jay, Assistant Clinical Professor, U.Va. Curry School of Education
What is the Defining Decade for Adulthood?
Meg Jay, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in twentysomethings. She is an assistant clinical professor at University of Virginia, and maintains a private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia. Jay earned a doctorate in clinical psychology, and in gender studies, from University of California, Berkeley. She earned a B.A. with High Distinction in Psychology from University of Virginia. Jay’s recent book, THE DEFINING DECADE: Why Your 20s Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now, has been featured in New York Times, USA Today, NPR, Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and LA Times.
Jody Kielbasa, Director, Virginia Film Festival
Virginia on the Silver Screen
Mr. Kielbasa is the Director of the Virginia Film Festival, a highly acclaimed regional festival presented by the University of Virginia and its College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in Charlottesville. The VFF, now celebrating its 24th year, has enjoyed remarkable success since his arrival in 2009, setting an all-time attendance record in his first year and then shattering that record the following year.
In those two years, Mr. Kielbasa has brought an array of high profile special guests to Charlottesville and has significantly grown the festival’s outreach and education program, including a newly-revitalized Family Day offering, school outreach initiatives that included the introduction of a Young Filmmakers Academy and high school screenings that have attracted up to 1,000 students from throughout the region, and more.
The Fort Lauderdale, Florida native and Rollins College graduate began his career as an actor, earning a B.F.A. in Theatre from Florida State University and an M.F.A. in Acting from the F.S.U./Asolo Conservatory for Actors’ Training in Sarasota, Florida.
Mr. Kielbasa then spent a decade in Los Angeles, where he worked as a professional actor and had a brief stint on a soap opera before founding the award-winning Tamarind Theatre in Hollywood where he produced more than 100 plays.
Prior to joining the Virginia Film Festival, Mr. Kielbasa spent ten years leading the Sarasota Film Festival (SFF). Over this time, he transformed the festival from a 3-day mini-festival to a 10-day event.
Mr, Kielbasa quickly became known for attracting not only star power to the festival, but also attracting unprecedented financial support from local and regional corporate and individual sponsors. His continual efforts to raise the bar for sponsorship efforts and overall visibility were highlighted in 2005, when he initiated a spectacular SFF charter cruise to Cannes. That year, more than 150 SFF board members and supporters chartered the Seabourn Legend to sail to the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. While in Cannes, SFF hosted multiple parties for industry at some of the most celebrated venues and managed to garner significant international press for his Festival.
He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife, Helen, and his children Camille, Luke and Juliet.
Stephen Macko, Professor, U.Va. Department of Environmental Sciences
Is Our Ocean in Crisis? A Perspective on the State of This Precious Resource
Stephen Macko is a Professor of Isotope and Organic Geochemistry in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas in Chemistry. Professor Macko has authored over 250 refereed research papers and books; he was elected a Fellow of the Geochemical Society and of the European Association of Geochemistry and is a Corresponding Editor for EOS. At U.Va. he teaches classes in Oceanography and Geochemistry. Professor Macko received the All University Teaching Award at U.Va. and was a finalist for the State of Virginia Faculty of the Year award. He recently held the position of Program Officer for Geobiology and Low Temperature Geochemistry at the US National Science Foundation. His research includes studies on chemosynthesis at cold seeps and hydrothermal vents using the Johnson Sea Link and Alvin submersibles; identifying geochemical biomarkers of climate change in high Arctic marine sediments and in soils of sub-Saharan Africa. As a scientist or chief scientist on numerous oceanographic expeditions, he has dived to depths of over 500m in the submersible Johnson Sea Link and 5 legs of the Ocean Drilling Program including the Antarctic Legs 113 and 119 and the sub-Arctic Leg 105. He was a principal research scientist on the high Arctic Canadian Ice Island during five field seasons. Professor Macko’s laboratory has been featured on Discovery and National Geographic television channel programs (The Ultimate Guide to Mummies, The Moche Murder Mystery, The Mummy Road Show) as well as in King Corn, a documentary on the influence of corn on the lives of North Americans, which appeared on PBS.
Rita McClenny, Interim President and CEO, Virginia Tourism Corporation
Virginia on the Silver Screen
Since 1991, Rita McClenny has directed the efforts of the Virginia Film Office to recruit film and television production work to Virginia and she is currently serving as the interim president & CEO for VTC. Tourism is a $19 billion business in Virginia and the industry employees over 204,000 citizens across the state.
Rita considers recruiting Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln to Virginia, a project of a lifetime.
A native Virginian, Rita attended Vassar College and received a BS in Economics from Fisk University. She was born and raised in Southampton County, Virginia and resides in the City of Richmond. Governor McDonnell appointed her to serve on the Commission to Honor the Contributions of the Women of Virginia. She received a 2010 Theresa Pollak Award for her promotion of the arts in the area of film and was named to BOOMER MAGAZINE’s 2011 It List, She serves on the board of directors for the Virginia Film Festival at the University of Virginia, HCA-Chippenham Medical Center, The Richmond Coliseum Advisory Board and is a member of the Washington, D.C. chapter of Women in Film and Video.
Her interests include polo, sporting clays, tennis and the arts.
Larry Sabato, Professor and Director, U.Va. Center for Politics
Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball: Politics Is a Good Thing!
In July 2008, Dr. Sabato correctly projected that Barack Obama would win the Presidency in a near-landslide. He predicted a 364-174 margin in the Electoral College, just one vote away from the final tally of 365-173, and he also forecast President Obama’s exact 53% popular vote margin.
• In addition, Dr. Sabato accurately predicted 98% of Senate, House, and Governor winners in, 2006, 2008, and 2010---by far the best showing in the business.
• In 2006, Dr. Sabato was named the most accurate prognosticator by an unusual combination of news organizations: FOX News, MSNBC, CNBC, and Pew's Project for Excellence in Journalism.
At home both in the classroom and the television studio, Dr. Sabato bridges the gap between the ivory tower and the real world of politics.
• He is the author of 24 books and countless essays on politics, including the well known Feeding Frenzy; A More Perfect Constitution; and The Year of Obama.
• His latest book is the newly-released volume on the 2010 midterm elections entitled Pendulum Swing.
• A Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Sabato has taught more than 15,000 students in his career at Oxford University, Cambridge University, and the University of Virginia. He has received every major teaching award at the University of Virginia.
• In 2001 he was named the Thomas Jefferson Award winner, U.Va's highest honor, which is given to one person each year.
• Dr. Sabato is the University Professor of Politics and director of the U.Va. Center for Politics (www.centerforpolitics.org), founded in 1998 to improve civic education and the political process.