Sept. 5, 2014 — Recent Thought Leader Nominations:

  • Mario Livio, senior astrophysicist and Head of the Office of Public Outreach at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore. He has written such books as “The Golden Ratio,” about math and art, for which he received the International Pythagoras Prize and the Peano Prize, and “Brilliant Blunders” about major mistakes made by five giant scientists and the role of blunders in the scientific process.
  • Neil Gilbert, Milton and Gertrude Chernin Professor of Social Welfare and Social Services at UC Berkeley and author of many books and articles, including the recent Wall Street Journal article “The Denial of Middle-Class Prosperity – Government data show that average disposable income has increased across all income groups since 1979.”
  • Robert Leroy “Bob” Ehrlich, Jr., who served as governor of Maryland (2003–2007) and is author of the 2011 book “Turn This Car Around: The Roadmap to Restoring America.” His spouse is UD alumna Kendel Sibiski Ehrlich, attorney and former Maryland First Lady.
  • John Lasseter, animator, film director, screen writer, producer and chief creative officer at Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Disney Toon Studios.
  • John Sperling, founder of University of Phoenix, which has been a leader in disrupting traditional university education with online opportunities (EDITOR’S NOTE: Sperling unfortunately passed away at the age of 93 on August 26, 2014)
  • Paul Farmer, medical anthropologist and infectious disease doctor who began Partners in Health, an organization that provides health care to the world’s most impoverished.
  • Sugata Mitra, philosopher on learning whose ‘Hole in the Wall’ project, where he put a computer in a wall in a slum of India, revealed what kids learned, motivated by their own curiosity and desire for growth. He won the 2013 TED Prize and is now a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University (UK).
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