Roberta B. Ness is Dean of the University of Texas School of Public Health and the University of Texas - Houston Vice President for Innovation. She is also an internationally renowned physician, scientist, and author of over 300 scientific papers and books. Michael L. Goodman is a public health scientist and practitioner with interests in global health, as well as health disparities in the United States. He is active with community health projects in Sub-Sahara Africa and Latin America, and enjoys applying innovative thinking practices to the unique problems that arise in settings with limited resources. Aisha S. Dickerson is a doctoral candidate in epidemiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Her main research interests, which focus on the possible causes of autism, include gene-environment interactions in autism cases, and further understanding this developmental disorder through innovative research studies.