of the Board: Ellen Barry, Raymond Barfield, Semyon
Dukach, Dean Grodzins, Lee Grodzins, Katia Kapovich, Sabina
Murray, Fan Ogilvie, Esther Pullman, Chris Pullman, Susan
Rappaport, Stephanie Sandler, Dan Sofaer, David Sykes, John
Barry is a reporter based in New York for The
Los Angeles Times. Her work was shortlisted for the Pulitzer
Prize. She has supported Fulcrum since its inception.
Barfield, poet, philosopher by education who shares
with Fulcrum a deep interest in Plato, contributor
to Fulcrum 5, and leading neurosurgeon, is a physician
and researcher at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,
where he serves on the Bone Marrow Transplantation faculty.
The focus of his medical research is the development of immune
therapies for high-risk solid tumors. In addition he has studied
and written about moral issues that arise in the context of
clinical research with children. He received both his MD and
his PhD in philosophy from Emory University in Atlanta. His
poems have been published in many literary journals, and he
is now working on a book about the relationship of poetry
and philosophy in the Western tradition. He lives in Memphis,
Tennessee with his wife Karen, and their children Micah and
Dukach, a cult figure, known to the casinos as “the
Darling of Las Vegas, “ was a notorious player on the
MIT Strategic Investments Blackjack Team, as well as founder
and president of the MIT Amphibian Investments Team. Banned
from the casinos for winning too much money, he has trained
and mentored dozens of successful MIT blackjack team players.
He holds an MS from MIT and a BS from Columbia. He was founder
and CEO of Fast Engines, founder of Vert, Inc., and is a CEO
mentor at the Cambridge Business Development Center. His current
projects include GottaFlirt and SMTP.com, investing in start-ups,
and, of course, running Blackjack Seminars. In recent television
appearances and interviews on ABC Primetime and CNN, Dukach
has vowed to share his knowledge about beating the casinos
with a larger audience. His other TV spots include a two-hour
History Channel feature, a BBC special, and a National Geographic
Channel documentary. There are books written about him, including
most recently Ben Mezrich’s Busting Vegas,
and a popular movie made.
Grodzins, an important historian of American transcendentalism
and a cartoonist, a man with an extreme form of encyclopedic
knowledge, graduated from Williams College and received a
PhD in history from Harvard University. His American Heretic:
Theodore Parker and Transcendentalism (UNC Press, 2002),
a definitive work of intellectual biography, won the Alan
Nevins Prize from the Society of American Historians. He co-edits
The Journal of Unitarian Universalist History. Dean
has been a supporter of Fulcrum since its inception.
He is back here this year doing some kind of research at Harvard.
Grodzins is General Manager of Thermo Electron’s
NITON Analyzers business unit and was President and CEO of
Niton LLC in 1997-2005. Over a 10-year period, Mr. Grodzins
has grown the Niton analytical instrument business by more
than 50 times to its current run rate of over $100 million;
increased the company’s market share for portable x-ray
fluorescence (XRF) products from 10 percent to over 70 percent;
and has been instrumental in growing the world market for
portable XRF products from approximately $15 million in 1995
to $130 million. He directed and managed the sale of Niton
LLC and its subsidiaries to Thermo Electron Corporation in
March 2005 and continues to be responsible for all aspects
of the company’s business as an executive for Thermo.
Previously, he worked as a fixed-income trader and broker
for Stoever Glass & Co in New York in 1991-2004. He has
over 20 years experience in management, business development,
marketing, sales and strategic planning. Mr. Grodzins is a
Director of Ridgecrest Financial, Inc. and a member of the
Board of Advisors for Praesidium ID Global Corp. and Lamplighter
Studios, Inc. He is a co-inventor of patents and patents pending
in x-ray fluorescence and optical emission spectroscopy; winner
of the 2003 R&D 100 Award as principal designer of Niton’s
XLt Series XRF analyzers; and winner of national awards for
sales achievement and product presentation. He has been extremely
generous in his enthusiastic backing of Fulcrum.
Grodzins, one of the world’s top nuclear physicists
and experts on running creative think tanks, has been Professor
of Physics, MIT, since 1966. He is a Fellow of the American
Physical Society and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts
and Sciences, and was a Guggenheim Fellow twice, in 1964-65
and 1971-72. As a nuclear physicist, Dr. Grodzins has performed
many profound and pioneering experiments that are famous for
the originality of the experimental technique and the significance
of the questions addressed, and are discussed in many textbooks
on nuclear and elementary particle physics. When Dr. Grodzins
was not asking fundamental questions of physics, he was using
his creative side to put his knowledge of nuclear physics
to practical use. He developed a scanning proton-induced x-ray
microspectrometer for measuring elemental concentrations in
air. This led Dr. Grodzins to start a company, NITON Corporation
(now run by his son Henry Grodzins) to manufacture and market
instruments to measure pollutants in the environment. His
farthest-reaching invention, for which he holds four patents,
is a new x-ray fluorescence method to quantify concentrations
of buried lead and other elements. In 1995, Dr. Grodzins received
an R&D 100 Award from R & D magazine and
was a finalist for a Discovery Award for the Niton XL, based
on those patents. Since 1988, he has spent an increasing effort
on developing methods for finding clandestine explosives,
drugs and other contraband in luggage and cargo containers.
He already has numerous publications in this important field.
Dr. Grodzins’s social conscience led him to co-found
the Union of Concerned Scientists (1970), which he chaired
in 1972. He also devoted a number of years to studying many
aspects of scientific manpower. He has been one of Fulcrum
‘s most generous endowers.
Kapovich, Coeditor of Fulcrum, is a bilingual
poet writing in English and Russian. She lives in Cambridge,
Massachusetts. Her Russian verse has received wide acclaim
in her country of origin. Her English-language poems are anthologized
in The Best American Poetry 2006 and 180 Extraordinary
Poems for Every Day (Random House, 2005), and have appeared
in the London Review of Books, Jacket, Ploughshares, Harvard
Review, Stand, The Dark Horse, and numerous other journals.
Her first English-language book of poems, Gogol in Rome,
was shortlisted for the Jerwood Aldeburgh Prize. The US Library
of Congress awarded her its 2001 Witter Bynner Poetry Fellowship.
Kleyman, one of Fulcrum's old friends and
now its Director of Marketing and Development, graduated from
Brandeis University with a BA in Linguistics and Cognitive
Science and in Cross-cultural and Cross-linguistic Studies.
She has native proficiency in English, Russian and Spanish,
and is also fluent in French and Italian, with a working knowledge
of German and a basic knowledge of Japanese. Her assets include
a lifetime of travel and cross-cultural experience and extensive
knowledge and work in Latin American arts and culture. In
time free from serving Fulcrum, Julia works as a
Business Development and Marketing Specialist at Thermo Electron
Murray grew up in Australia and the Philippines.
She is the author of the novels A Carnivore’s Inquiry
(Grove, 2004), Slow Burn (Ballantine, 1990),
and The Lovers (Grove, 2007). Her short story collection
The Caprices (Houghton Mifflin, 2002, Grove, 2007)
was the winner of the 2002 PEN/Faulkner Award. Her stories
are anthologized in The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction
and Charilie Chan is Dead II: An Anthology of Contemporary
Asian Fiction. She is the writer of the screenplay for
the film Beautiful Country, which was an Independent
Spirit Award Best First Screenplay nominee. She completed
her Master of Arts as a James A. Michener Fellow at the University
of Texas at Austin and is a former Bunting Fellow of the Radcliffe
Institute at Harvard University and a recipient of a major
grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Murray has
served as the Roger Murray Writer in Residence at Phillips
Academy, Andover, and is currently an associate professor
of English, Program for Poets and Writers, at the University
of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Nikolayev’s latest book of poems, Monkey
Time, won the 2001 Verse Prize and was published by Verse
Press in 2003. His new collection, Letters from Aldenderry,
is forthcoming from Salt in the fall of 2006. He co-edits
the award-winning Fulcrum: an annual of poetry and aesthetics.
His poems have also appeared in such journals as The Paris
Review, Grand Street, Harvard Review, The Boston Globe, Verse,
LIT, Stand, overland, Jacket, and many others across
the English-speaking world, and are anthologized in 180 More
Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (Random House, 2005).
Ogilvie, a poet, teaches poetry at Featherstone Meeting
House for the Arts on Martha’s Vineyard, where she lives.
Her public readings include the Folger Shakespeare Library,
the Corcoran Museum of Art, Georgetown University, and the
Stirling Library at Yale University, MIT, and other venues.
In 1986 she established the Folger Shakespeare Library’s
Poetry Board and served as Chair of that organization and
the Folger Poetry Reading Series for nine years in Washington,
DC. Her poems appear, among numerous other publications, in
volumes 2, 3 and 5 of Fulcrum. Her childhood memoir,
KNOTHOLE, was published in 2004. She currently serves
on the Board of the Poetry Society of America.
Pullman is a photographer and graphic designer.
She graduated as a major in art from Smith College, and received
a BFA and an MFA in graphic design at Yale. In 1966-83 her
clients as a graphic designer included the Yale University
Art Gallery, American Heritage Magazine, the Whitney
Museum of American Art, and Robertson-Montgomery, San Francisco.
She also worked a typographer and letterpress printer. Her
photographic work has been displayed in numerous exhibits,
and is found in such collections in Boston as those of the
Federal Reserve Bank, Fidelity Investments, and the Wellington
Pullman has served since 1973 as Vice President
for Design for WGBH, public broadcasting in Boston. He and
his staff are responsible for the visual personality of WGBH
as expressed through its on-air titles, credits and animation.
In 1986, WGBH was awarded the Design Leadership Award from
the American Institute of Graphic Arts. He graduated from
Princeton in 1963 and received his MFA in Graphic Design at
Yale in 1966, where he began teaching in the graduate and
undergraduate programs-an affiliation he still maintains as
Senior Critic. In 1966-73 he operated a freelance design practice
in New Haven, and in 1968-72 was a consultant designer to
the office of George Nelson in New York while serving on the
original design faculty at SUNY Purchase. From 1976 to 1986
Mr. Pullman was a member of the Board of the Design Management
Institute, an association that reflects his interest in the
relationship between design and business. He has also served
on the national boards of the American Institute of Graphic
Arts (AIGA), the American Center for Design (ACD), and the
Corporate Design Foundation. In 1993 he was included in the
first list of the I.D. Forty, the forty most influential designers,
published by International Design Magazine. In 2002
he won the AIGA Medal, the highest individual honor awarded
to a designer by the American Institute of Graphic Arts.
Rappaport’s (standing) numerous positions and
engagements include: President, Museum Guide Publications;
Steering Committee, Women’s Foreign Policy Group (WFPG);
Washington Advisory Committee, Lawyers Committee for Human
Rights; Washington Advisory Board, Children’s Rights
Project of Human Rights Watch; Trustee, Washington Institute
for Near East Policy; active participant, Vital Voices, empowering
women in developing countries; Trustee, CEC, dedicated to
cultural exchange with Russia and Eastern European countries;
Board, Folger Shakespeare Library Poetry Program; Women’s
Political Forum of the DNC.
Sandler, originally from Houston, TX, is a professor
of Slavic Languages and Literature at Harvard University.
She previously taught for twenty years at Amherst College.
Sandler has broad expertise in Russian literature, speaks
perfect Russian, and specializes in Russian poetry, especially
Alexander Pushkin and a number of modern poets. Her degrees
include a B.A., summa cum laude, from Princeton, and an M.A.
and a Ph.D. from Yale. Her books include Alexander Pushkin
and the Writing of Exile (1989, also published in Russian
translation in 1999), and Commemorating Pushkin: Russia’s
Myth of a National Poet (2004).
Schorr, a poet, serves as Executive Director of the
Robert Frost Foundation in Lawrence, MA (www.frostfoundation.org).
He teaches American Literature at Cambridge College. When
it rains a lot, he paddles a small canoe in his own backyard.
Sofaer is a poet who worked at the Seminary Co-op
Book Store in Chicago for a year back in 1995 but has not
worked since then. He belongs to the Film Society of the Lincoln
Center and to Jewish Voice for Peace. He graduated from the
University of Chicago, and also studied classics in Hebrew
at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he won a prize
as the top graduate student of the department. However, he
left without getting his Master’s. He also took adult
classes in drawing and painting at the Ecole des Beaux Arts
in Paris, and studied Greek and Latin at UC Berkeley for three
years, where he maintained an A average as a concurrently
enrolled graduate student. He lives in New York City.
Sykes, one of Fulcrum’s earliest endowers,
graduated from UC, Berkeley, and holds an MA in Cognitive
Science from Cornell. He is Program Director at Harvard Business
School. His first entrepreneurial venture, Passport Ltd.,
pioneered the soft luggage movement that redefined the travel
equipment market. He served as strategic advisor to Boston-area
companies including Cyrk, a brand management startup that
went public in the mid-80s and reached $1 billion in sales.
He was then invited to found and co-lead the Project for Interdisciplinary
Research in Information (PIRI) to conduct research for the
US Congress. He taught graduate seminars on technological
innovation and social change at BU, and consulted with companies
such as Agfa and Apple Computer on the launch of the Macintosh
and creation of “desktop publishing.” He advised
and invested in numerous ventures, including a “disruptive
“ method for marketing musical recordings through concert
venues and national public broadcasting.” He was profiled in
The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and Harvard
Magazine. Mr. Sykes has served as an activist board member
of several prominent, national non-profit institutions where
he designed and implemented turnaround strategies. Two widely-regarded
success stories led by Mr. Sykes were Jacobs Pillow, where
a dramatic turnaround provided a successful model for other
arts organizations, and Boston University’s nationally
recognized Program in Artisanry, both widely reported in national
media including the New York Times. In the 1980s, Mr. Sykes
met and advised the founder of nanotechnology, K. Eric Drexler,
and is credited in Drexler’s book, Engines of Creation.
In 1990, Mr. Sykes joined Remington Remington Partners
LLC, a strategic advisor to Fortune 500 and Global 100 companies
and a stakeholder in early and mid-stage technology ventures.
Mr. Sykes serves on the CEO Council of Puretech Ventures,
as a member of the Steering Committee of the Massachusetts
Nanotechnology Initiative, as lead manager of NanoNexis ‘07
(with the MIT Enterprise Forum), as Executive Secretary of
the Joint Committee on Privacy of the ASA, INCE and NCAC.
Wronoski is an art and book collector and owner
of Lame Duck Books, one of the most prestigious rare book
stores in the world, which is located in Harvard Square (www.lameduckbooks.com)
and has just now extended itself to include the newly founded
Pierre Menard Gallery. Fulcrum 5 includes a feature
of several E. E. Cummings drawings from John’s collection.
He is also co-founder of Volume Gallery, New York, and Principal
in Locus Solus Rare Books, New York. As proprietor of Lame
Duck Books, John Wronoski has published over eighty catalogues
devoted to rare books in the fields of modern literature and
intellectual history. A member of Antiquarian Booksellers
Association of America and Verband Deutscher Antiquare, he
is a specialist in the assessment and sale of literary archives.
He has represented many of the most prominent writers of our
time in the sale of their literary papers, including three