Arlen K. Hastings, Executive Director
As director of the Science Initiative Group (SIG) at the Institute for Advanced Study, Arlen Hastings is involved in the design, implementation and administration of initiatives to build scientific capacity in the developing world. A senior administrator at the Institute since 1992, Ms. Hastings was instrumental in conceptualizing and establishing SIG and its first project, the Millennium Science Initiative, in 1998, and later the African Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE). Ms. Hastings came to the Institute from the International Research & Exchanges Board, where her responsibilities included organizing US-Soviet academic conferences. She holds an B.A. in anthropology and Russian studies from Princeton University.
Sarah Rich helps administer the RISE program, provides support to the SIG board and Executive Director, and manages the SIG website. Ms. Rich has been at the Institute since November 2012, having previously worked as an Academic Assistant in the School of Historical Studies. Ms. Rich graduated from Harvard University in 2012 with a B.A. in History and Literature.
Mr. Anderson has worked for the Science Initiative Group since its inception. He also works for other organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), where he has written reports on science policy, science education, science and the law, and other topics.
He has worked in science and medical journalism for over 25 years, serving as a reporter, writer, and foreign correspondent at Time magazine, Saturday Review, Psychology Today, and other publications; edited several newspapers; and written or edited five books on scientific topics. He holds a B.A. in English from Yale University and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University.