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Mark D. Drapeau, Ph.D.
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Associate Research Fellow, Center for Technology and National Security Policy Contributing Columnist, O’Reilly Radar, Federal Computer Week, True/Slant Program Committee Chair, O’Reilly/TechWeb Gov 2.0 Expo Showcase ’09 & Gov 2.0 Expo ’10
Analysis and Strategy
Emerging Media. Developed a strategic approach to emerging media technology for national security. Built a strong network of government and private sector contacts. Wrote guest opinion articles for Mashable, PBS MediaShift, Science Progress, techPresident, Politics Online, and more. Behavior Research. Conducted primary research on animal behavior, genetics, and neurobiology. Additional training in genomics, computer science, and sociology. Proficient in project planning, data collection, statistical analysis and interpretation, mentoring, and managing small teams. Defense Sciences. Initiated strategic thinking about the military life sciences niche. Promoted the use of biological metaphors and models in national security, including futurism studies. Conceptualized and developed an ecological counterinsurgency model based on game theory.
Synthesis and Communication
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Public opinion. Published numerous commentary pieces online or in international newspapers, including the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, and the Washington Times. Scientific community. Researched and authored peer-reviewed life science publications, wrote diverse scientific commentary, and delivered lectures at universities, institutes, and conferences. Book writing. Completing volume on biologically-inspired defense research, due late 2009. On request, developing book proposal on government-citizen interactions via media technology. Invited speaking. Speaker/panelist at emerging media technology events. Formal conference presentations. Internal briefings to senior officials. Technology guest lecturer at National War College. Poster development. Developed a Defense Department poster on pandemic influenza awareness and readiness for public and private sector, and co-authored press releases and related material. Event management. Organized and ran annual DoD Military Energy Security Forum for three years. Co-created Government 2.0 Camp. Planning ‘debate’ event on emerging media tech for May 13th.
Education and Training
U.S. Department of Defense (Washington, DC) Center for Technology and National Security Policy New York University (New York, NY) Center for Developmental Genetics University of California (Irvine, CA) Ph.D., Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Rochester (Rochester, NY) B.S., honors, Dept. of Biology 2006-2008 AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow 2003-2006 NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Fellow 1997-2003 James J. Harvey Dissertation Fellow 1993-1997 Senior Research Scholar, DeKiewiet Fellow
U.S. Department of Defense
Researched, developed, and wrote a major publication containing an overall strategy for using emerging social media technologies in large organizations; in particular, the focus was on groups working on defense, diplomacy, and development. Simple explanations of complex material, unique frameworks for thinking about a changing group of technologies, and interesting suggestions for senior leadership got this paper press coverage and made it an instant must-read in Washington. Developed a comprehensive approach to the role of life sciences in national security policy. Edited a book synthesizing technical, military, and defense policy issues, including energy, robotics, neuroscience, sensing, ecosystems, niches, camouflage, networks, adaptation, mimicry, swarming, emergence, and feedback acquisitions, special operations, ethics, law, and workforce concerns. Promoted the use of biology as a predictive tool, particularly in relation to counterinsurgency operations. Outlining a framework for using competition models in counterinsurgency planning. Writing and lecturing about the power of biological metaphors for strategic policy planning. Participated in a critical futurism exercise to identify ‘trends and shocks’ in topical areas important to future national defense and global security. Collaborating with many participants writing final report. Influenced public opinion concerning defense issues of a technical nature by authoring or ghostwriting commentary articles. Topics include emerging media technology, networks and terrorism, infectious disease and military readiness, climate and conflict, biodefense technology, and unknown unknowns.
Leadership and Management
Became a nationally-recognized thought leader on social software in a short amount of time. Networked extensively with the private-sector emerging social technology industry on behalf of the Department of Defense. Traveled widely to attend events and hold discussions with thought leaders and practitioners in the social media space. Conferred with senior decision makers inside the government to match knowledge and needs within a large and rapidly changing social network. Organized for the Pentagon three 100+ person forums in Washington on military energy security. Participants included a sitting U.S. Senator, a former Director of Central Intelligence, ambassadors, generals and admirals, a renowned newspaper columnist, Congressional and GAO staff, and career members of the defense, military, intelligence, and energy communities. Influenced defense policy through internal writings, public analysis/commentary/opinion, lectures in military courses, and briefings. Provided specific advice to the Director of Emerging Technology of the Defense Media Activity, the Director of Defense Research & Engineering, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Advanced Systems and Concepts Office, and the Special Assistant for Chemical/Biological Defense and Chemical Demilitarization Programs. Acted as interim office director with supervisor/mentor gravely ill for over a year. Managed staff of interns/assistants/consultants, supervised contracts, guided work progress, prepared after-action reports/briefs, synthesized disparate projects into final products, communicated with center director, and promoted results of projects to the larger defense/military/intelligence communities. Represented my office/center at high-level meetings and conferences when appropriate. Served on NDU-wide task forces. Delivered briefings of my own or for other people. Wrote speech talking points and presentations/briefs and acted as ghostwriter and advisor to distinguished senior staff.
Academic Science and Technology
2003-2006 • New York University • Postdoctoral (Genomics & Neuroscience) Research: Directed large project to identify new sleep genes at the Department of Biology’s Center for Developmental Genetics. Devised novel, complex neuroscience/genomics protocol of use to a broad community of scientists. Characterized dozens of candidate genes using molecular, neurobiological, behavioral, and bioinformatics techniques, leading to potential screens for and treatment of sleeping disorders, jet lag, and related conditions. Developed two peer-reviewed articles, writing now. Additional research: Served as a member of the International Honeybee Genome Project Consortium. Published two articles on neurogenomics of honeybee social behavior with international collaborators, and helped to shape how scientists envision the biological control of complex behaviors, including genetic networks, and animal networks within societies. Service: Guest lectured in NYU graduate and undergraduate classes. Mentored three undergraduate and one graduate research assistants. All currently attend prestigious medical schools. Leadership: Secured three years of stipend and research funds via a nationally-competitive independent investigator grant from the U.S. National Institutes of Health. 1997-2003 • University of California – Irvine • Ph.D. (Behavior & Genetics) Dissertation: Conducted research on the genetic control of behavior. Identified novel behavioral genes and dissected their modes of action and interaction. Published seven peer-reviewed articles, including a paper definitively reinvigorating a ‘dead’ theory. Presented research at large conferences, and lectured at universities including Caltech, Berkeley, and Stanford. Additional research: Tested theories governing aging. Published three quantitative articles. Professional Service: Served as expert reviewer for 14 scientific journals and two book publishers. Published four book reviews, and 10 short articles including opinion/commentary. Leadership: Established interdisciplinary and international research collaborations. Served as member of a faculty search committee, organized multiple department seminar series, hosted visiting guests, assisted in graduate student recruitment, mentored many undergraduate students. Coursework included: Ecology, Evolution, Physiology, Statistics; GPA 3.9/4.0 Teaching included: Introduction to Biology, Advanced Evolution Lab, Philosophy of Biology 1993-1997 • University of Rochester • B.S. (Biology, research honors) Honors thesis: Conducted empirical and theoretical research on the evolution of behavior. Published three peer-reviewed articles, including a paper outlining a novel perspective on environmental influence over the genetics of speciation. Lectured at local and national conferences, and delivered an invited lecture at the University of Chicago. Senior Research Scholar: Special program allowed entire senior year to be devoted to research. Coursework included: Ecology, Evolution, Animal Behavior, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Programming (C++), Statistics, Sociology, Political Philosophy, Introduction to Logic, Game Theory; Part-time UR computer consultant (1995-1996); GPA 3.65/4.0 (Dean’s List >3.0) Teaching included: Introduction to Computers, Evolution, Biology for Non-Majors.
(See http://markdrapeau.com/publications for full list with links)
Mark Drapeau and Linton Wells II. 2009. Social Software and National Security: An Initial Net Assessment. Defense and Technology Paper 61. Mark Drapeau. 2009. Government 2.0: The Rise of the Goverati. ReadWriteWeb (February 5, 2009). Mark Drapeau. 2009. How Social Media Could Transform Government Public Relations. PBS MediaShift (January 5, 2009). Mark Drapeau. 2008. How to Win Friends and Twinfluence People. Mashable (December 19, 2008). Mark Drapeau. 2008. Technology and Government Transparency. Politics Online (December 16, 2008). Mark Drapeau. 2008. Presidential Transition 2.0: How To Use New Social Media. techPresident (November 3, 2008). Mark Drapeau. 2008. Will New Media Save Television Ads? Mashable (September 8, 2008). Mark Drapeau, Peyton Hurley, and Robert Armstrong. 2008. So Many Zebras, So Little Time: Ecological Models and Counterinsurgency Operations. Defense Horizons 62. Mark Drapeau. 2007. A Microscopic Insurgent. The New York Times (December 4, 2007), p. A35. Mark Drapeau. 2007. Fishing for Terrorist Starfish. The Washington Times (July 31, 2007), p. A16. Bryan Mignone and Mark Drapeau. 2007. Climate of Subtle Conflict. The Washington Times (April 22, 2007), p. B1. Mark Drapeau and Bryan Mignone. 2007. Culture, Conflict…and Climate? Science 316: 1564.
Mark D. Drapeau, et al. 2006. Evolution of the Yellow / Major Royal Jelly Protein family and the emergence of social behavior in honeybees. Genome Research 16: 1385-1394. The Honey Bee Genome Sequencing Consortium. 2006. Insights into social insects from the genome of the honeybee Apis mellifera. Nature 443: 931-949. Mark D. Drapeau, et al. 2005. A cis-regulatory sequence within the yellow locus of Drosophila melanogaster required for male mating success. Genetics 172: 1009-1030. Mark D. Drapeau, et al. 2003. A gene necessary for normal male courtship, yellow, acts downstream of fruitless in the Drosophila melanogaster larval brain. Journal of Neurobiology 55: 53-72. Michael R. Rose, Mark D. Drapeau, et al. 2002. The evolution of late-life mortality in Drosophila melanogaster. Evolution 56: 1982-1991. Mark D. Drapeau and John H. Werren. 1999. Differences in mating behaviour and sex ratio between three sibling species of Nasonia. Evolutionary Ecology Research 1: 223-234.
(See http://markdrapeau.com/talks-events-press for full list)
How Does Government 2.0 Impact Communications, ACT/IAC Management of Change Conference (Norfolk, VA, June 2009). Crossing the Divide: Services in an e-World, 32nd Annual Conference of the International Association of Commercial Administrators (IACA) (Denver, CO, May 2009). Big Brands, Big Plans, Online Marketing Summit (Washington, DC, May 2009). Changing How We Communicate, Army Worldwide Public Affairs Symposium (Crystal City, VA, May 2009). Government 2.0 Breakfast & Schmooze, Bisnow Technology (Washington, DC, 2009). New Media: A Graduate Seminar, GSA Interagency Resources Management Conference (Cambridge, MD, 2009). The Future of Global Engagement, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Annual Conference (Washington, DC, 2009). Web 2.0 ‘Rock Stars’ Panel, IAC/ACT Executive Session at FOSE 2009 (Washington, DC, 2009). Citizens are Conversations: Government with the People, Best Practices for Making Government 2.0 Work Now event by BearingPoint / InformationWeek (Washington, DC, 2009). Twitter: People are Conversations, Project on National Security Reform (PNSR) (Arlington, VA, 2009). Web 2.0 and the New Administration, Some Things Change, Some Things Stay the Same: How to Market to a Government in Transition, GovMark Council event at the Newseum (Washington, DC, 2009). Government & Technology, Presidential Inauguration Conference (Washington, DC, 2009). Ecological Models and Counterinsurgency Operations, International Conference on Information and Knowledge Engineering (Las Vegas, NV, 2008). Applications of Biological Models and Metaphors in National Security, IDA Symposium on Biologically Inspired Innovation (Alexandria, VA, 2008). Ecological Models and Counterinsurgency Operations, NECSI International Conference on Complex Systems (Boston, MA, 2007). Adaptation and Counterinsurgency, Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (Chicago, IL, 2007). Continuing the Fight: Military Operations and Pandemic Influenza, U.S. CENTCOM Theatre Security Cooperation Symposium (Tampa, FL, 2007). The Case Against Biodefense, MITRE Corporation PLG Exercise (McLean, VA, 2007). Biological Metaphors & Models for Net-Centric Operations, U.S. Military Academy / Army Research Institute Network Science Workshop (West Point, NY, 2007). The ‘New’ Biological Warfare, RAND Corporation (Santa Monica, CA, 2007).
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