Dr. Alexander Schauss is President and CEO of AIBMR Life Sciences. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of New Mexico, and PhD in psychology at California Coast University, and completed post-graduate courses at the University of Washington at Seattle, University of Washington at Tacoma, University of Puget Sound, and California State University-Fullerton. He has been an Associate Professor Research, a Clinical Professor, and taught courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, and nutrition. Noted for his vast knowledge of natural products, and research on the effect of phytochemicals found in plants, and trace and ultra trace elements, and their effect on brain function, he has authored 23 books, 34 chapters, and 175 papers published in a diverse range of scientific journals. A Certified Food Scientist, he is Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, and member of the American Chemical Society, American College of Toxicology, International Society of Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology. He has represented the United States at the World Health Organization (WHO) Study Group on Health Promotion, and currently serves as an expert panel member with the United States Pharmacopeia. He is a [art Chair, Council on Food Policy, National Association of Public Health Policy. While growing up in New York City, he was mentored in mineralogy and mineral collecting by the late-Dr. Frederick Pough, Chair of the Department of Geology and Mineralogy, at the American Museum of Natural History. His first attendance of some 46 Tucson Gem and Mineral Shows (TGMS) occurred in 1967. An advanced mineral collector, he has been the recipient of numerous national awards from the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies, and earned both the Ed McDole and Paul Desautel trophies for best mineral case exhibited in competition at the TGMS. A resident of Oro Valley, Arizona, he is the President of the national non-profit organization, Friends of Mineralogy, a Life Member of the Mineralogical Society of Arizona, and a member of the Mineralogical Society of America, the Arizona Geological Society, the Tucson Gem & Mineral Society, and the Flagg Foundation, and a Research Associate in the Department of Geosciences, College of Science, at the University of Arizona.