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Advisory Board

Gale works with a panel of global experts to create and maintain the Global Issues in Context experience, including the unique Perspectives commentaries and Overviews that are an integral part of each Issue and Country portal page. Our authors, editors and advisors adds to the product on a daily basis, increasing the value of the product to our customers, in the classroom and in the library.

Below are the biographies of the advisors contributing to Global Issues in Context.

Stephen A. Berger, M.D., is the cofounder and Medical Advisor for GIDEON (Global Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Network), the world's premier global infectious diseases database. Berger is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost experts on infectious diseases, and has published more than 180 articles and books, including Introduction to Infectious Diseases and The Healthy Tourist. Berger also serves as Associate Professor of Medicine/Clinical Microbiology at the University of Tel-Aviv School of Medicine. He is the five-time recipient of the New York Medical College Teaching Award.

Andrei Codrescu is a poet, novelist, essayist, and screen writer. He is a regular commentator on National Public Radio, and editor of the online literary journal He is Emeritus Professor of English at Louisiana State University, and winner of the Peabody Award for his film "Road Scholar."

Janet Contursi has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Minnesota. She has researched, taught and given public lectures on South Asia and the Middle East, and her articles and reviews are published in professional journals, newspapers and books. Contursi has been a freelance writer and editor for 23 years, specializing in politics, health, current events and art criticism.

Morris Dees, Founder and Chief Trial Counselor, Southern Poverty Law Center,Montgomery, Alabama. Morris Dees is a prominent civil rights attorney and cofounder of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a civil rights law firm and equal rights advocacy organization in Montgomery, Alabama. The SPLC is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, legal victories against white supremacist groups, and tracking of hate group activity.

Janet Fitzsimmons is an archaeologist and educator. Her field work has centered on the cultures of Central America. She has more than twenty years experience teaching subjects including world history, sociology, geography, and anthropology at the primary, secondary, and university levels. She has also served as a social studies curriculum integration specialist.

Joseph Hyder, J.D. is the managing partner for the Hyder Law Group in Jacksonville, Florida. An honors graduate with a degree in history from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, he was editor-in-chief of the Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy at the University of Tennessee Collage of Law. He has written extensively on international treaties and political issues and served as a contributing advisor for Gale's Essential Primary Sources series.

Alexander I. Ioffe, Senior Scientist, Russian Academy of Sciences. Moscow, Russia. Alexander I. Ioffe is a physicist who serves as Senior Scientist, Geological Institute. Russian Academy of Sciences. Moscow, Russia.

Adrienne Wilmoth Lerner, Managing Partner, LernerMedia (USA), Jacksonville, Florida. Adrienne Wilmoth Lerner, J.D. served as co-editor for Gale's Essential Primary Source series and as editor for editions of Greenhaven's Global Viewpoints series, including Global Viewpoints: Freedom of Expression. An honors graduate of Oglethorpe University, prior to law school she also worked as a field-certified archaeologist. As part of her graduate school studies in the Department of History at Vanderbilt University she lectured on the history of the Holocaust and she has written extensively on a range of cultural, social, and political issues with a focus on the rights of women and immigrants.

Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, CoFounder, LernerMedia Global; Managing Editor LernerMedia, USA) Drawing on her early background as a R.N. specializing in infection control, Brenda Wilmoth Lerner has written or edited more than 30 books on science and social topics including Gale's Infectious Diseases: In Context. Her extensive global experience includes work in areas at high risk to endemic and emerging diseases in Egypt, India, China, and Cambodia. Her broader portfolio reflects her passion for the arts and contains highly praised works exploring relationships between science, public health, and culture. She is a member of the International Society for Infectious Disease (ISID) was a delegate to the 12th Annual ISID Congress in Lisbon (2006) and the 13th Annual ISID Congress in Kuala Lumpur (2008). She serves as health advisor for Global Issues in Context.

K. Lee Lerner is critically acclaimed for his use of language, scientific accuracy, and balanced presentation. He is an author, editor, and producer of  books, media, and film. His extensive portfolio covering science and global issues includes books named to both the ALA RUSA and Outstanding Academic Title lists. A scientist and teacher by training, Lerner co-founded LernerMedia Global (London, Paris, New Orleans, Cambridge) and remains a managing director and senior commissioning editor.  Lerner also serves as an advisor and contributing editor for news and academic resources, including the venerable American Men and Women of Science. A lifetime member of the Phi Kappa Phi academic honorary society, he is also a member of the World Congress Science and Factual Producers. His diversity of field skills and international experience — including a global circumnavigation completed in 2008 — enable him to manage multi-lingual teams and logistics in challenging environments. K. Lee Lerner also has real classroom experience:  A former teacher who holds a M.Ed., Lerner devoted two years to working in an inner city high school teaching subjects ranging from Media Technology to AP Chemistry and AP Physics. He serves as science advisor and editor for Global Issues in Context.

Julie Lewis is founder of Mountain High, through which she leads, trains, and manages multi-national teams of women on global expeditions and climbs in Africa, Nepal, Tibet, India, Morocco, Malaysia, South America, Cyprus, Jordan, South Africa and the Arctic. Julie works closely with multiple humanitarian campaigns linked to women's health and children's education. She is currently based in Dubai.

Roger L. Martinez, Ph.D., M.P.P., is a historian who specializes in the study of medieval and early modern Spain, transatlantic migration, and religious minorities under Islamic and Catholic rule. He is currently an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Anna Marie Roos, Research fellow, History Department, University of Oxford; Supernumerary Fellow, St. Hugh's College, Oxford; Research Associate, Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Oxford University, Oxford, England. Anna Marie Roos is an author and previously served as a Visiting Fellow, Wellcome Unit for the History and Understanding of Medicine and as an Associate Professor in the Department of History at University of Minnesota.  She holds a Ph.D. in History and a B.A. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In addition to writing on contemporary topics regarding travel, culture, and medicine, she has published extensively in the history of science.

Markus Schomer, Global Economic Strategist, American International Group, New York City, New York. As Chief Economist at PineBridge Investments, Markus Schomer analyzes a wide range of data and events that affect global economic markets. Schomer frequently appears as an expert guest commentator on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, NPR, BBC and various television stations in India, China and Taiwan.

Constance K. Stein, Professor, SUNY Upstate Medical University. Syracuse, New York. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Dr. Stein is a Professor in the Department of Pathology, Director of Cytogenetics, and Assistant Director of Molecular Diagnostics, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York.

John (Jack) P. Woodall. Director (retired), Nucleus for the Investigation of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Institute of Medical Biochemistry, Center for Health Sciences, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1998-2008. Jack Woodall is a graduate of Cambridge University and received his Ph.D. from the world-renowned London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London University. He served at the East African Virus Research Institute, Entebbe, Uganda for 7 years before joining The Rockefeller Foundation as director of its Belem Virus Laboratory in Brazil. Following 7 years there he was a Research Fellow at the Yale Arbovirus Research Unit, then head of the Arbovirus Laboratory, New York State Health Department for 3 years, when he was appointed director of the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) San Juan Laboratories in Puerto Rico. In 1981, he moved to the World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland, first in the Laboratory Unit, and then as Epidemiologist in the Division of Health Statistics. On retirement from WHO after 13 years, he returned to direct the Arbovirus Laboratory for the New York State Health Department. In 1998 he moved to Rio de Janeiro, where he is still based. He was a member of the WHO Gulf Emergency Task Force in support of the UN Special Commission (UNSCOM) in Iraq, and Leader of the WHO delegation to the Third Review Conference on the Biological Weapons Convention; he has served as editor of various publications for PAHO, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Sabin Vaccine Institute, and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, and has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications listed on PubMed. Dr. Woodall was a co-founder of ProMED-mail, the online global outbreak early warning system of the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED) of the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID), where he continues as Associate Editor. He is a member of the Biological Weapons Working Group of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, Washington DC, and Board member, Sabin Vaccine Institute, Washington DC.