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Arlen 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-based Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE), SIG's current project. Ms. Hastings came to the Institute from the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), where her responsibilities included organizing US-Soviet academic conferences. She holds an A.B. in Anthropology and Russian Studies from Princeton University.
Sarah Rich | Program Associate
Sarah Rich provides strategic and programmatic support to the SIG Executive Director and Board; helps manage the Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE); acts as the RISE student liaison; researches and coordinates funding and partnership opportunities; organizes special projects; conceptualizes and plans SIG events and small grants competitions for RISE scientists; manages the design and content of the SIG website and blog; designs graphics for the SIG website and social media channels; and directs RISE's public relations initiatives, including the production of a short film about the project. Ms. Rich has been at the Institute since November 2012, having previously worked as an assistant to two of the permanent faculty in the School of Historical Studies. Ms. Rich graduated from Harvard University in 2012 with an A.B. in History and Literature focused on modern France.
Alan Anderson | Research & Editorial Consultant
Alan Anderson has worked for SIG since its inception. Mr. Anderson also works for other organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), for which he has written reports on science policy, science education, science and the law, among other topics. Mr. Anderson 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 and 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.