Sigma Xi Annual Meeting & International Research Conference

November 20-23, 2008
Marriott Renaissance Hotel
Washington, D.C.

Saturday, November 22

Panel to Discuss Water Issues at Sigma Xi Annual Meeting

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - Peter H. Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute, will join Andras Szollosi-Nagy, director of UNESCO's Division of Water Sciences, Peter Thum, founder of Ethos Water, and Thomas G. Mattia, senior vice president of the Coca Cola Company, for a special panel discussion on Saturday, November 22, at the 2008 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting & International Research Conference in Washington, D.C.

The panel will be moderated by Michael Crosby, executive director of the National Science Board and interim vice chancellor for research at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. The panel discussion is just one facet of the annual meeting November 20-23 at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel. It is part of Sigma Xi's year-long focus on the issue of water.

Michael P. Crosby
Michael Crosby is interim vice chancellor for research at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He is on a leave of absence from his current position as executive director of the National Science Board, which sets policies for the National Science Foundation and serves as an independent advisory body to the President and Congress on national policy issues related to science and engineering research and education. Crosby earned an M.S. in biology with honors from Old Dominion University and a Ph.D. in marine, estuarine and environmental sciences from the University of Maryland. He has held several positions with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), ranging from chief scientist for sanctuaries and reserves to senior advisor for international science policy. Crosby also served as senior science advisor for marine and coastal ecosystems at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and held several science positions with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Cancer Institute, in addition to faculty positions at several universities. During the past 15 years, he has led national and international multidisciplinary research programs and developed national policy for the country’s science programs. Crosby serves as a reviewer and panelist for numerous scientific journals, advisory committees and national and international science panels. He has written more than 40 articles for major marine science journals and edited several books and manuals dealing with marine protected life and coral reefs.

Peter H. Gleick
Peter Gleick is co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute in Oakland, California. His research and writing address the critical connections between water and human health, the hydrologic impacts of climate change, sustainable water use, privatization and globalization, and international conflicts over water resources. An internationally recognized water expert, Gleick was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2003. The BBC has dubbed him a "visionary on the environment." He is an Academician of the International Water Academy (Oslo, Norway) and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Gleick received a B.S. from Yale University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He serves on the boards of numerous journals and organizations, and is the author of many scientific papers and six books, including the biennial water report, The World's Water, published by Island Press.

Thomas G. Mattia
Thomas Mattia is director of worldwide public affairs and communications and senior vice president of the Coca-Cola Company. He is responsible for leading the company's global public affairs and communications, which include corporate communications, media relations, public policy, government relations, corporate reputation, shareowner affairs, executive and employee communications, digital communications and archives. His role also includes leadership of the company's Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility Council and the Bottler Public Affairs Advisory Board. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Mattia served as vice president of global communications at technology services leader EDS. He was responsible for a wide range of activities, from brand management and media relations to advertising and online marketing and communications. Mattia joined EDS from Ford Motor Company, where he was head of international public affairs. He also served as vice president of Lincoln Mercury and director of North American public affairs. Prior to Ford, Mattia held executive positions with GCI Jennings, Hill and Knowlton and IBM. During his 10 years with IBM, he wrote the press materials for the original IBM PC, created the company's first integrated marketing communications organization and represented the company in critical areas ranging from divestiture in South Africa to environmental issues in the U.S. and Europe. He is a trustee of the Institute of Public Relations and holds a B.A. in journalism from Rutgers University.

Andras Szollosi-Nagy
Born in 1949 in Budapest, Hungary, Andras Szollosi-Nagy is director of the Division of Water and secretary of the International Hydrological Programme of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Since 2000 he has also served as deputy assistant director-general of the Natural Sciences Sector. Szollosi-Nagy is a life member of the International Water Academy and a member of the board of governors of the World Water Council. He is a civil engineer with a doctorate in hydrology and mathematical statistics from the Budapest University of Technology. In 1972 he joined the Water Resources Research Center and later was a research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Szollosi-Nagy has worked with IBM Italy on the Arno River Forecasting System and has been a visiting professor, lecturer and consultant on hydrological forecasting in a number of countries. He is a professor of hydrodynamics at the Technical University of Budapest. In 2005, he was presented the Distinguished Associate Award of the International Association of Hydrogeologists. He has published several books and more than 150 technical papers.

Peter Thum
Peter Thum is the founder of Ethos™ Water ( and a pioneering social entrepreneur. He is currently pursuing a new venture and advises various for-profit and non-profit organizations. Ethos is sold in Starbucks and marketed by Pepsi to other retailers across North America. Ethos grants to humanitarian water programs exceed $6 million, and are helping over 420,000 people in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to get safe water, sanitation, and hygiene education. Ethos will grant at least $10 million to such programs by 2010. Thum had the idea for Ethos in 2001 while working in South Africa, where he saw water issues firsthand. He left his job to pursue his vision and led Ethos as its President through its acquisition by Starbucks in 2005. From 2005 to 2008 he managed Ethos and other businesses as a Vice President of Starbucks and served as a Director of the Starbucks Foundation. Thum currently serves as Senior Advisor to Starbucks on the Ethos brand and mission. Various media have profiled Thum, including: USA Today, National Public Radio, CBC News, Fortune Small Business, The New York Times, Business 2.0, Business Week, and The Yale Journal of Public Health. He speaks regularly about the founding of Ethos Water, social entrepreneurship, ethical branding, and corporate responsibility. He has been a guest lecturer at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, among others. Thum is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights at Claremont McKenna College. Prior to founding Ethos, Thum was a consultant with McKinsey & Company in London. He previously held various marketing and sales roles with Gallo Winery in the US and Europe. Before Gallo, Thum was an English teacher for Siemens A.G. in Munich, Germany. Thum holds a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts in government from Claremont McKenna College.