Former professional scuba diver Don C. Reed is a stem cell research advocate, and author of books including "Stem Cell Battles", 2016.
AUTHOR BIO: Don C. Reed
Born: August 19, 1945
Education: B.A, Teacher’s credential, Cal State Hayward, 1988
Work history: U.S. Army, 1963-66; associate editor, Strength and Health Magazine, 1968-70; reporter, Fremont News-Register, 1971-2; scuba diver for Marine World/Africa USA, 1972-87; English teacher, 1987-2004, Vice President, Public Policy, Americans for Cures Foundation (formerly Alliance for Stem Cell Research) 2004-present.
Stem cell research advocacy:
.Citizen sponsor for Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act, 1999;
.Established Californians for Cures, 2000;
.Opened Roman Reed Lab at UC Irvine, 2002;
.Grassroots organizer for Sen. Deborah Ortiz’s three stem cell research laws, 2002-2004;
.Helped organize First International Stem Cell Action Conference, UC Berkeley, 2004;
.Helped extend Roman Reed Act five years by unanimous vote of legislature, 2004;
.Served on executive board for campaign for Proposition 71, 2003-2004;
. board officer for Americans for Cures, 2004-present
Publications: books: STEM CELL BATTLES: Proposition 71 and Beyond: World Scientific, 2016; NOTES FROM AN UNDERWATER ZOO, Dial Press, 1981; SEVENGILL: THE SHARK AND ME, Sierra Club Books, 1984; THE DOLPHINS AND ME, Sierra Club Books, 1986; WILD LION OF THE SEA, Sierra Club Books, 1989; THE KRAKEN, Boyds Mills Press, 1995. Magazine articles: approximately 30, for THE LANCET, OCEANS, BOY’S LIFE, HIGHLIGHTS FOR CHILDREN, others. Editorials, letters: New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, others. Reed has published frequently with Huffington Post (approximately 200 articles)
Awards: First recipient of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Advocacy Award, 2010; Willie Shoemaker Award for Advancing Spinal Cord Injury Research Awareness, 2005; nominated to Spinal Cord Injury Hall of Fame, 2005; received Genetics Policy Institute Advocate of the Year Award, 2006; Highlights for Children, Outstanding Science Article of the Year Award, twice; Fremont Unified School District Teacher of the Year, 1999-2000; Education Press Award, 1996, others.
Married to Gloria Jean Reed for 46 years, Reed has two children: Desiree’, a sports attorney, and Roman Reed, a champion research advocate. He has four grandchildren: Roman Jr,. Jason, Jackson, and Katherine.