A: Lewis E. Gilbert
(the question in the banner photo was really asked by iPhoto – pretty cool, huh?)
Here is my current official bio for your enjoyment (it will need to be updated in November of 2018):
Lewis E. Gilbert is Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. Gilbert is responsible for inspiring collaboration among existing IonE programs and creating new endeavors that advance the Institute’s mission. He also oversees the operational aspects of IonE’s facilitator role across the whole of the University of Minnesota. He joined IonE in late 2011.
Gilbert’s career as an academic entrepreneur has focused on the design, implementation and management of complex interdisciplinary activities in large research universities. He was a key architect in the creation of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and a central figure in the revitalization of the Nelson Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Among the major activities he has worked on are: creation of the International Research Institute for climate prediction, integration of CIESIN into the Earth Institute, creation of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts, and evolution of the Wildlife Data Integration Network. He has also served as a consultant to Arizona State University, CINCS LLC and the Twycross Zoo.
Most recently, Gilbert taught “Introduction to Science, Technology and Environmental Policy,” a required course in the Graduate Program: Science Technology and Environmental Policy in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the Univerisity of Minnesota. Gilbert has taught regularly in the MPA program at Columbia and in the Business School at the University of Wisconsin. He has also designed undergraduate curricula and taught occasionally at the undergraduate level. He has been an invited speaker at a wide range of conferences in the U.S. and abroad. His courses and lectures focus on the human role in the evolution of Earth and on the inherent complexity of natural and human systems.
His intellectual interests are highly varied and his writings have appeared in venues ranging from the Journal of Geophysical Research to posts in the AAAS blog Qualia. He also cultivates his own blog and twitter presences.
Gilbert listens to and collects music from off the beaten path. He likes to fancy himself a cook and the reviews are generally favorable.
Here is another way to look at me…
And here is Admiral Stockdale many years later seeming perhaps not quite as ridiculous as he was received at the time.