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*Vaknin Ph.D., Sam

    Dr. Vaknin received his Ph.D. from the Pacific Western University in California with a major in the Philosophy of Physics. Sam also did work at the Techninon - Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa.

    Sam's continuing post doctoral education has included numerous courses in financial theory and international trading. He is a Certified E-Commerce Concepts Analyst and is also certified in Psychological Counseling Techniques.

    Dr. Vaknin is a columnist in "Central Europe Review", United Press International (UPI) and ebookweb.org. He is also editor of Mental Health and Central East Europe categories in The Open Directory, Suite101 and searcheurope.com.

    Until recently, Dr. Vaknin was the Economic Advisor to the government of Macedonia.

    Sam’s publications include:

    • Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited
    • After the Rain - How the West Lost the East
    • Requesting My Loved One

    For further info: www.samvak.tripod.com/cv.html 

*Vedder Ph.D., Richard

    Professor Vedder received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois, and has been Senior Economist at the U.S. Joint Economic Committee and Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Study of American Business, Washington University.

    Dr. Vedder has taught at the University of Colorado, Claremont Men’s College, and MARA Institute of Technology.

    His articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, National Review, Washington Times, and Investor's Business Daily. He has also appeared in numerous nationally-syndicated radio programs.

    Professor Vedder is co-author (with Lowell Gallaway) of:

    • Out of Work: Unemployment and Government in Twentieth-Century America
    • Can Teachers Own Their Own Schools?

    Both of the above were published by the Independent Institute.

    For further info: www.independent.org

*Walberg Ph.D., Herbert

    Dr. Walberg earned his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Chicago.

    Herb is chairman of the Board of Directors of The Heartland Institute, an independent, nonprofit research center founded in 1984 and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. He joined the Board of Directors in 1993 and has served as Chairman since 1995.

    Walberg is Research Professor of Psychology and Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research on focused on the educational promotion of human learning and talent. He has written or edited thirty books and hundreds of articles in scholarly journals covering such topics as the causes and effects of learning, teaching and instructional effectiveness, national comparisons of achievement, and educational measurement and evaluation.

    Much of Walberg's work has appeared in the journals of the American Educational Research Association and the American Psychological Association. He has also written for widely circulated journals, including Daedalus, Educational Leadership, Kappan, and Nature, and for such newspapers as the Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.

    Walberg has held research posts at Educational Testing Service and the University of Wisconsin, and has taught at Harvard University. He served as an advisor to former U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett and on the late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington's transition team and advisory group on education. He has been a consultant or committee member for many Chicago and national civic groups and frequently is called to testify before U.S. Congressional committees and federal courts on educational matters.

*Walker, Lee

    Mr. Walker is a graduate of Fordham University, New York City, majoring in Economics, with additional studies at the University of Chicago, New York University, Brooklyn College and Alabama State University.

    Lee is founder and President of The New Coalition for Economic and Social Change and he is a columnist for Crain's Chicago Business. In pursuit of his mission, Mr. Walker appears frequently on radio and television and participates in various Mentoring and educational programs in Chicago area schools and colleges.

    Lee is a member of the Board and Assistant Secretary of The Heartland Institute; a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago State University Foundation; a member of the llinois State Community College Board of Trustees, Commissioner with the Midwestern (10 States) Higher Education Commission; a member of the board of the Illinois State Community College Foundation; and a member of the Community Advisory Panel of WTTW-TV (PBS). Additionally, Mr. Walker is a member of the Board of the American Fund, a US fund-raising vehicle for sending blacks in South Africa to the University of the Orange Free State.

    Mr. Walker is a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Delta Alpha Boule (Northern Illinois) Chicago Chapter of National Guardsmen Inc. He is listed in Who's Who Among Black Americans.(first edition)

*Watson, Charles

    Mr. Watson is an expert in hazard modeling and received his BSEE from the Univ. of Maryland with a minor in Geophysics

    Charles has been a consultant to the Organization of American States (OAS), the Florida Division of Emergency Management, and to the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina in the area of meteorological hazards.

    He is a member of both the American Meteorological Society and the American Geophysical Union

    Mr. Watson has been interviewed on numerous local TV stations regarding hurricanes, weather hazards, and environmental issues such as deforestation.

    He has also provided live commentary for Hurricane Floyd’s landfall.

    His published items include over 30 articles and papers in publications such as the Journal of Contingency Planning, Procedures of Urban and Regional Information Systems Assn., and various AMS publications

    For further info: www.methaz.com

*Wesbury, Brian

    Brian received his M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Montana

    He is currently First Vice President and Chief Economist of a Chicago-based investment bank and has been called by the Chicago Tribune as Chicago’s most prominent New Era Economist. In 1998, the Wall Street Journal ranked him as the third most accurate U.S. economic forecaster.

    In 1995 and 1996, Wesbury served as Chief Economist for the Joint Economic Committee of Congress (JEC), chaired by Senator Connie Mack of Florida. While at the JEC, Wesbury advised members of Congress on economic issues relating to federal budget, tax, trade, and monetary policy.

    Regularly featured on CNBC and CNN-fn, Brian is also a contributor to The American Spectator magazine (The Outlook), the Wall Street Journal, Barrons, Investors Business Daily, Forbes, and U.S. News and World Report.

    Wesburys book, The New Era of Wealth: How Investors Can Profit from the 5 Economic Trends Shaping the Future, was published by McGraw-Hill in October 1999.

    For further info: www.gkst.com/Economics/main.html

*Westbrook, Gerald

    Gerald Westbrook is a chemical engineer and an energy economist by education.  He retired in 1994 from Dow Hydrocarbons and Resources, Inc., after 34 years of service.  Prior to that he worked for Imperial Oil in Canada for four years.  His goal on retirement was to remain active in the many areas of interest to him.  This has included activities in consulting, primarily in the petrochemical and petroleum refining fields, in educational support activities, in issues analysis, primarily on climate change, and on a retailing venture.  Mr. Westbrook received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan at Saskatoon, his M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and his M.A. in Economics, also from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis.

    Among his duties at Dow was the preparation of three issues analysis on global warming, starting in 1988.  In retirement, Westbrook has continued to research, write and speak on this issue.  He is actively involved in various efforts to communicate the status of this issue and the rather embryonic nature of the sciences involved.  Mr. Westbrook has published several dozen papers, essays, editorials and letters on the general status of the sciences, the inadequacy of computer models for policy formulation, on data quality, on the overall debate and on the politics involved.  He has spoken at many professional organizations and conducted seminars at the University of Houston and Rice University, both in Houston.  He is also a senior associate at the Energy Institute, University of Houston.

    Mr. Westbrook is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the International Association for Energy Economics, and the Southwest Chemical Association.  He is a past member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Geophysical Union and the National Association of Business Economists.

*Westrick Ph.D., Aaron

    Dr. Westrick has been a police officer for over 20 years and recently received his Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Criminal Justice with a focus on the Police Use of Force.

    Dr. Westrick is a Project and Committee member of the U.S. Government Armor and Soldier Systems Groups and participates in many workshops pertaining to methods of self defense available to police officers.

*Wolk, Gloria

    Gloria received a Masters from the University of Connecticut Graduate School of Social Work in 1983 followed later by a certificate as a Chartered Financial Consultant from the American College.

    Gloria’s educational and work background later aided in her original research into the new and complex area of viatical settlements... the sale of one’s future life insurance proceeds to a third party.

    Wolk research into this area uncovered serious problems which could occur by patients selling their future life insurance proceeds prior to their death.

    For further info: www.viatical-expert.net

*Woodcock, Bill

    Bill Woodcock is a member of the APIA, ARIN, RIPE, CAIDA, NATOA and the ISP/C and a regular speaker at their conferences. He has also participated in numerous trade-show speaking at such events as MacWorld Expo, InterOp, and Mactivity.

    He is the primary author of the current Internet Draft concerning Multicast DNS and is coordinating the standard-development process and implementors' interoperability testing associated with this effort.

    His published works include:

    • The Multicast DNS IETF draft
    • The McGraw-Hill book Networking the Macintosh
    • The ANF AppleTalk Tunneling Architectures Working Group Report.

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