Press Release

Seven New Members Elected to Serve on the
California Academy of Sciences Board of Trustees

SAN FRANCISCO (September 25, 2006) – The California Academy of Sciences Board of Trustees Chair, Richard Bingham, is pleased to announce that seven new members have been elected to the Academy's board of trustees. These new members will serve on the board during a critically important phase of the Academy’s long history, as the institution builds and prepares to open a state-of-the-art new museum in Golden Gate Park. The new facility, designed by Renzo Piano, will open in late 2008. The new board members are as follows:

John C. Atwater: John Atwater is Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Prime Group, which he founded in 1989. Over the course of his career, he has been involved with all forms of property ownership, management, and financing, including over $3.0 billion in real estate transactions. Prime Group focuses on large apartment complexes on the West Coast and in the Southwest.

Mr. Atwater is a graduate of Brown University and Stanford Business School. He has served on a variety of for-profit and non-profit boards, including Montgomery Street Income Securities, Lone Mountain School for Children, The Hamlin School, and President’s Leadership Council of Brown University. He and his wife, Diana Nelson, have five children.

Richard C. Blum: Richard Blum is Chairman and President of Richard C. Blum & Associates, Inc., which is the general partner of Blum Capital Partners, L.P., a long-term strategic equity investment management firm. He serves on the board of directors of several companies, including CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. and Glenborough Realty Trust, Inc. He is also co-Chairman of Newbridge Capital, LLC, an investment management firm that invests in Asia and Latin America. Mr. Blum holds BA and MBA degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and he serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Regents there. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Business School at Berkeley.

Mr. Blum is the founder and chairman of the American Himalayan Foundation and is Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Nepal and Mongolia. In addition, he serves on a number of non-profit boards, including The American Cancer Foundation, The Carter Center, The Wilderness Society, and The World Wildlife Fund.

Glenn W. Holsclaw: Glenn Holsclaw is the Executive Director of the Making Waves Foundations and Making Waves Education Program in Richmond, California. His work as a social entrepreneur focuses on developing and implementing innovative programs to ensure that urban children, living in economically depressed communities, acquire the skills necessary to gain acceptance to and graduate from college.

Mr. Holsclaw previously held positions as Hewlett-Packard, Container Corporation of America, and San Francisco State University, where he was a faculty member for fifteen years. He is a former board member of the Bay Area Discovery Museum and The Branson School, and he currently serves on the boards of The Breakthrough Collaborative, The Hamlin School, and the Independent School Placement Alliance. He resides in Contra Costa County with his wife, Donna.

Hamid R. Moghadam: Hamid Moghadam co-founded AMB Property Corporation in 1983, took it public in 1997, and currently serves as its Chairman and CEO. He is the former Chairman of NAREIT, REITPAC, and YPO’s Northern California Chapter and was a founding member of the Real Estate Roundtable. He is a director of Stanford Management Company and sits on the Stanford Business School Advisory Council. He has served on numerous private and public corporate, philanthropic, and community boards.

Mr. Moghadam received SB and SM degrees in engineering from MIT and an MBA from Stanford. He is a past winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Carrie W. Penner: Carrie Penner received a BA in Economics and History from Georgetown University and an MA from Stanford University’s School of Education. She has served as a Research Analyst for evaluation of the Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers, an Evaluator for the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and as Program Officer for Education at the Walton Family Foundation. She serves on the boards of the Phillips Brooks School, the California Charter School Association, and the Walton Family Foundation. She also serves on advisory boards for the John Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, Stanford University, and Governor Dummer Academy in Massachusetts.

Mrs. Penner resides in Menlo Park with her husband Greg and their four children.

Dr. Geerat J. Vermeij: Dr. Geerat Vermeij is a Distinguished Professor of Geology at the University of California at Davis. As a paleobiologist and evolutionary biologist, he studies marine mollusks both as fossils and as living animals. He is best known for his work chronicling the arms race among long-extinct mollusks and their predators.

Dr. Vermeij has served as editor for the scientific journals Evolution, Paleobiology, and Veliger. He is a MacArthur Fellow and the recipient of the Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal from the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Vermeij graduated from Princeton University and received his Ph.D. in biology from Yale in 1971. He has been a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences since 1992.

Dr. Adrienne L. Zihlman: Dr. Zihlman has been a professor of Anthropology at the University of California at Santa Cruz since 1967. Her academic interests include physical anthropology; primate and human evolution; comparative functional anatomy; sex and gender; growth, development, and and life history; and evolutionary theory. She is internationally known for her research on the pygmy chimpanzee, as well as for work on the comparative anatomy of the great apes, the role of women in evolution, and the fossil record for early humans. Dr. Zihlman has been a Fellow of the Academy since 1983.


The California Academy of Sciences, including Steinhart Aquarium and the Natural History Museum, is open to the public at 875 Howard Street. Admission to the Academy at 875 Howard Street is: $10 for adults, $6.50 for youth ages 12 to 17, Seniors ages 65+ and students with valid ID, $2 for children ages four to 11 and children ages three and younger will be admitted free of charge. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. (415) 379-8000.

The California Academy of Sciences, the fourth largest natural history museum in the United States, is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium and the Natural History Museum. The Academy is in the midst of an extensive rebuilding project in Golden Gate Park. Pritzker prize-winning architect Renzo Piano is designing the new Academy, which is expected to open in 2008.

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The California Academy of Sciences is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium and the Kimball Natural History Museum. The Academy is in the midst of an extensive rebuilding project in Golden Gate Park. Pritzker prize-winning architect Renzo Piano is designing the new Academy, which is scheduled to open on September 27, 2008. (415) 379-8000.

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