MEET THE JUDGES AND DIRECTORS

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Jeffrey J. Kripal

Associate Dean of the Faculty,

Rice University

Jeffrey J. Kripal is the Associate Dean of the Faculty and Graduate Programs in the School of the Humanities and the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University. He is also the Associate Director of the Center for Theory and Research at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Jeff is the author of eight books, including, most recently, The Flip: Who You Really Are and Why It Matters (Penguin, 2020), where he envisions the future centrality and urgency of the humanities in conversation with the history of science, the philosophy of mind, and our shared ethical, political, and ecological challenges.
http://jeffreyjkripal.com


Leslie Kean

Investigative Journalist,
Author and Researcher

Leslie Kean is an independent investigative journalist. She is the author of the award-winning Surviving Death: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for an Afterlife (Crown Archetype, 2017) and UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record (Crown Publishing Group, 2010), a New York Times best seller. UFOs has been translated into eight additional languages and was the basis for a History Channel documentary. Kean is a consulting producer for the 2021 documentary series “Surviving Death”, a Netflix original based on her book. She coauthored a series of groundbreaking stories on UFOs, the Pentagon and the Navy for The New York Times from 2017 - 2020.
www.survivingdeathkean.com

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Christopher C. Green, MD PhD

Forensic Neurologist

Kit worked for the Federal Government from 1969-1985 and was awarded the National Intelligence Medal for his work in forensic investigations. Currently, Kit applies his 40 plus year background in neurophysiology and forensic neurology with a new clinical focus using high-field brain MRI to determine the differential diagnoses of neurodegenerative disease and study the neural aspects of cognition. His particular clinical case studies relate to high performing persons sustaining injuries under stress. Kit has served on many government and private sector corporate boards and Chaired or served on over 40 Academies of Sciences Committees and Studies. He holds clinical appointments in the Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State School of Medicine Departments of Diagnostic Radiology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, and has since been in private medical practice.


Brian Weiss MD

Chairman Emeritus of Psychiatry,

Mount Sinai Medical Center Miami

A graduate of Columbia University and Yale Medical School, Brian L. Weiss M.D. is Chairman Emeritus of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami. He has also been on the teaching faculty of the University of Pittsburgh, University of Miami, and Florida International University. One of the world’s foremost authorities on past life regression therapy, Weiss’s bestselling books have sold millions of copies worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Dr. Weiss conducts national and international seminars and experiential workshops as well as training programs for professionals.
www.brianweiss.com


Jessica Utts

Professor Emerita of Statistics,

University of California, Irvine

Jessica Utts is Professor Emerita of Statistics at the University of California, Irvine. After receiving her PhD in Statistics at Penn State University she spent 30 years as a professor and associate vice provost at the University of California, Davis before moving to UC Irvine. She also has held visiting positions at Stanford, University of Edinburgh and SRI International. Among her many honors, Professor Utts is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Statistical Association (for which she served as 2016 president), the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the Association for Psychological Science. She is the author of three textbooks focusing on statistical literacy, and over 100 scientific papers on statistical methods and applications, most notable to parapsychology. She has appeared on CNN Morning News, Larry King Live, ABC Nightline, and ABC’s 20/20


Dr. Harold (Hal) Puthoff

President and CEO of EarthTech International, Inc.

Dr. Harold (Hal) Puthoff is President and CEO of EarthTech International, Inc. (ETI), and Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin (IASA). Earning his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1967, Puthoff's professional background spans more than five decades of research at General Electric, Sperry, the National Security Agency, Stanford University, SRI International, and, since 1985, as President of ETI and Director IASA. He has published numerous papers on quantum physics, lasers, space propulsion and human perceptual abilities, and has patents issued in the laser, energy, and communications fields. Puthoff regularly serves various foundations, corporations, NASA, and the Dept. of Defense as advisor on leading-edge technologies and future technology trends.