James M. Gentile, PhD., is Emeritus Herrick Professor and Dean for the Natural & Applied Sciences at Hope College in Holland, MI., and the Past President of Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA), a Tucson, AZ-based foundation dedicated to science since 1912 A geneticist by training, Dr. Gentile has conducted extensive research on the role of metabolism in the conversion of natural and xenobiotic agents into mutagens and carcinogens, with funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the World Health Organization, among many other public and private foundations. He received his B.S. Degree from St. Mary's University (MN), a MS & Ph.D. from Illinois State University, and undertook postdoctoral studies in the Department of Human Genetics at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is the author of more than 150 research articles, book chapters, book reviews and special reports in areas of scientific research and higher education, and he is a frequent speaker on issues involving the integration of scientific research and higher education and also on the subject of Convergence in science. He is he former Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal Mutation Research and Past President of the US Environmental Mutagen Society and the International Association of Environmental Mutagen Societies. He has served or serves on numerous Boards, including Project Kaleidoscope in Washington, DC, the Biosphere2 Governing Board in Arizona, the Science Friday Foundation Board in New York, the American Association of Colleges & Universities Project Leap Initiative, and various Committees & Working Groups for the National Academies of Science, the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC , and the World Health Organization Geneva & Lyon.