Dr. Alberts is director of the Arizona Cancer Center and regents professor of medicine, pharmacology, nutritional science and public health at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He has been an advisor to numerous cancer research foundations and committees, including chairing the Oncologic Drug Advisory Committee to the FDA, and has served on the coordinating subcommittee to the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Clinical Translational Advisory Committee, the Board of Scientific Advisors, and the NCI Board of Counselors (Division of Cancer Prevention). Recognized by Science as one of the top three NIH-funded clinical researchers in the United States, Dr. Alberts received the Joseph H. Burchenal Clinical Research Award from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) for his contributions to clinical care in the field of cancer, the American Society for Preventive Oncology's Distinguished Career Award for research excellence, and the AACR-Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation Award for Excellence in Cancer Prevention Research. He has authored or co-authored more than 499 peer-reviewed publications, over 100 book chapters and 60 invited articles; has been the editor or co-editor of six books, including Fundamentals of Cancer Prevention, Second Edition (2009) and Intraperitoneal Therapy for Ovarian Cancer (2010); and has served on editorial boards of several peer-reviewed scientific journals, including Cancer Research. He also acted as co-editor-in-chief of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, the leading cancer public health research journal worldwide. Dr. Alberts has pioneered new treatments for advanced ovarian cancers and is currently helping to coordinate Phase I and II and pharmacokinetic drug studies at The University of Arizona Cancer Center for molecularly targeted chemopreventive agents and anticancer drugs.
Currently best known for his charming, comedic portrayal of Gus Portokalos, Toula's father in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Emmy Award-winning actor Michael Constantine has an extensive film and television career that spans more than 50 years. His many memorable roles include Principal Seymour Kaufman on Room 222, Matthew J. Sirota on Sirota's Court, Tadzu Lempke in Thinner, and Santa Claus in Prancer. He has appeared in numerous television productions, including My Big Fat Greek Life, The Cosby Show, Law and Order, Homicide: Life on the Street, Murder She Wrote, MacGyver, Magnum P.I., Remington Steele, Kojak, The Love Boat, Mary Tyler Moore, The Streets of San Francisco, Mission: Impossible, Perry Mason, The Fugitive, The Untouchables, Gunsmoke, The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Twilight Zone, just to name a few. The son of Greek immigrants, Mr. Constantine began his acting career on the New York stage, on and off Broadway, in his mid-twenties and has studied acting with such notable mentors as Howard DaSilva.
As founder and co-director of Claremont Graduate School's Quality of Life Research Center, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi brings vast expertise and research contributions in the areas of positive psychology, creativity and innovation, managing flow, and the study and potential of human strengths such as optimism, intrinsic motivation, and responsibility.