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[Picture of Rachelle Chong] [Monday March 10, 2008, Commissioner, CA Public Utilities Commission]

Appointed to the Commission on January 11, 2006, Rachelle Chong participated in her first Commission meeting on January 12, 2006 with a historic vote on the California Solar Initiative.

Since 1984, she has been a communications regulatory lawyer practicing before both the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the California PUC. In 1993, Commissioner Chong was appointed by President Clinton to the FCC where she served as an FCC Commissioner for over three years. During that time, she voted on rules for the first auctions of wireless PCS spectrum, approved rules to create many new wireless and satellite services, finalized digital television rules, and implemented the historic Telecommunications Act of 1996. Commissioner Chong also represented the FCC at international communications conferences, including the World Radio Conference and the Asian Pacific Economic Council.

Commissioner Chong then became a General Counsel and Vice President of Governmental Affairs for a start up CLEC/broadband/applications service provider venture and has also recently been a mediator/arbitrator, owned a small business, and operated an E-commerce store on the Internet. As a result, she brings to the CPUC a unique perspective as a federal regulator, long time communications lawyer, small business owner, Web entrepreneur, and mediator.

[Picture of Dan Bursch] [Tuesday March 11, 2008, Former Astronaut and National Reconnaissance Office Chair, Naval Postgraduate School]

A former Naval Officer and NASA Astronaut, Dan Bursch now serves in one of the chair positions in the Space Systems Academic Group at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).

Dan Bursch was a Naval Flight Officer and graduate student at NPS before being selected as an astronaut in 1990. Dan completed four missions to space, the most recent one as a member of the Expedition Four crew to the International Space Station (ISS) from December 2001 to June 2002.

Bursch is an employee of The Aerospace Corporation, which fills the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Chair position at NPS. The Space Systems Academic Group at NPS is a unique interdisciplinary association consisting of 20 faculty and 7 academic chairs. His primary responsibility is to ensure that education and research at NPS supports the mission of the NRO, and he serves as a professor in several space systems courses. He is also supporting a new initiative at NPS that will provide more hands-on instruction for space systems students.

[Picture of Sandra Faber] [Wednesday March 12, 2008, Prof. Astronomy at UCSC/UCO Lick Observatory]

Sandra Faber's research focuses on the formation and evolution of galaxies and the evolution of structure in the universe. She utilizes ground-based optical data obtained with the Lick 3-meter and Keck 10-meter telescopes; she also has several projects on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). She does most of her work with graduate students and has several ongoing collaborations with former students which have lasted many years.

Currently she is concentrating in three areas. A project is nearly complete to measure the large-scale peculiar motion of local galaxies and make comparisons to density maps from IRAS and optical galaxy catalogs. The aim is to measure the total mass-density of the universe. Related to this is a long-term project on the mass-to-light ratios and stellar populations of elliptical galaxies. This work has culminated in methods to disentangle age and metallicity for stars in elliptical galaxies, with the result that many elliptical stellar populations are found to be surprisingly young. Faber is planning to hunt for the presence of such galaxies using lookback studies of distant clusters with the Keck Telescope.

Faber is a member of the Wide-Field Camera (I) Team of HST. With team members (including three former students), she is studying stellar populations in nearby globular clusters, elliptical galaxies, and distant clusters of galaxies. She also leads a group of scientists searching for nuclear black holes in using HST FOS (Faint Object Spectrograph) spectroscopy.