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Bright Horizons 12 Speakers

Rhine River • April 12th – 20th, 2012



Pål Brekke. holds a Ph.D. in solar physics from the University of Oslo. His work focused on dynamical aspects of the Sun and measuring variations in solar UV radiation using observations from sounding rockets and the space shuttle Challenger. He worked for the European Space Agency between 1999 and 2004 as the SOHO Deputy Project Scientist stationed at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. He was also in charge of outreach and media activites, making SOHO to one of the most well known current satellite projects. His present position is as Senior Advisor at the Norwegian Space Centre.

Dr. Brekke received a Fulbright Fellowship in 1994, ESA’s Eceptional Achievement Award in 2002, abd Laurels for Team Achievements from the International Academy of Astronautics in 2003. He has served on several NASA Review Panels and as referee for various scientific journals.

He is a Norwegian delegate to different ESA Programme Boards and to the International Living With a Star programme. He is a member of the University Board at the University of Tromsø.

Professional publications: 42 refereed journals, 69 papers delivered to scientific meetings (proceedings), and 22 popular science articles. His one book is The Explosive Sun: Source of Light, Life and Stunning Images (Springer 2011).


Patrick Hunt has a Ph.D. from the Institute of Archaeology, UCL, University of London, in 1991 in archaeological science. He has been teaching humanities, archaeology, mythology, and the arts at Stanford University since 1993. He directed the Hannibal Expedition, sponsored in 2007–08 by the National Geographic Society’s Expedition Council. He has been Director of the Stanford Alpine Archaeology Project from 1994–2011. Hunt is also a Past President of the California Classical Association (1986–87) and President since 1995 of the Stanford Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society since 1989 and is also a National Lecturer (2009–11) for the Archaeological Institute of America. In addition to his current archaeological research on Hannibal, ancient medicine, and ancient technology Hunt is a regular featured scholar in film documentaries, appearing on National Geographic Explorer TV, PBS, Spike TV, and The History Channel among other broadcasts and on radio. He has contributed to and advised multiple documentaries on Hannibal, including BBC productions. Hunt is also Editor-in-Chief of an innovative online history publication, Electrum Magazine. To date Hunt has published 50+ peer-reviewed journal and encyclopedia articles and entries such as World Archaeology, Studia Phoenicia, Encyclopedia of Ancient History, African Archaeology Review, and Journal of Roman Archaeology including on Hannibal, Carthage, and the ancient world and another 50+ articles in online contexts such as Stanford’s Philolog and Archaeolog. He has authored 11 books with several forthcoming on Hannibal, history, and archaeological science in 2011–12

Some of Hunt’s published books to date include: Alpine Archaeology (2007); Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History (2007); Myths For All Time (2007).

In addition to other honors and teaching awards across a 30 year academic career, including the 20 years at Stanford, Hunt was awarded a Persian Golden Lioness — Medal of Excellence in 2008 for contributions to Persian history from the World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media in London.


Dr. Noah Isakov is the Joseph H. Krupp Professor of Cancer Immunobiology and Chair of the Shraga Segal Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel. His work is focused on mechanisms of regulation of T-lymphocyte activation, signaling pathways mediating cell growth regulation and differentiation, determination of the role of oncogene and protooncogene products in neoplastic processes, and mechanisms of cell transformation.

Dr. Isakov earned a B.Sc. in Biology (with distinction) from Ben Gurion University of the Negev in 1974 and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Immunology from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1976 and 1978, respectively. Dr. Isakov undertook a postdoctoral fellowship at the Immunology Research Center, and in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, at the University of Minnesota 1981–1983.

Dr. Isakov then worked at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California in the Department of Immunology, as a research associate 1983–1986, and as a Scientific Associate 1986–1988. During the 1990s, Isakov spent five two-month stints as a Visiting Scientist at The Scripps Research Institute and the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology. From 1993–1995, he served as a Visiting Scientist in the Cell Biology and Metabolism Branch, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and from 2003–2004, as Greenberg Scholar at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in Oklahoma City. Dr. Isakov has served on faculty at Ben Gurion University since 1986, and currently holds the Krupp Chair.

Dr. Isakov is on the Editorial Board of Biology Direct-Immunology, Journal of Clinical and Cellular Immunology, International Journal of Immunological Studies, and the Open Enzyme Inhibition Journal, as well as being an ad hoc reviewer for many other publications. He is a frequent invited guest speaker in his field having presented in Austria, Scotland, France, the U.S.A., India, Germany, Poland, Russia, Japan, Canada, Norway, Australia, Taiwan, Ireland, Tanzania, and Portugal.


Professor Frank Linde was born in the Netherlands. He studied astronomy and physics at the University of Utrecht and earned a Ph.D. at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California. In 1988 he continued his research career at CERN in Switzerland, where he worked on the L3 experiment at the LEP accelerator. In 1993 he obtained a professorship at the University of Amsterdam. From that year onwards, his focus at CERN shifted from the LEP data analysis to the development of the LHC, in particular the immense ATLAS detector. In 2000, he returned to the Netherlands, where he became the ATLAS project leader at Nikhef. Since 2004 he has been the director of Nikhef (the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics), where he focuses on management and science policy. He is presently looking forward to harvesting the results of the LHC runs and finding the elusive Higgs boson, and also joining in the attempts to solve the issue of Dark Matter.

He enjoys teaching and giving lectures. He has collaborated with artists and film makers to make science — particle physics in particular — more understandable to the general public.

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