Lainie Friedman Ross is the Carolyn and Matthew Professor of Clinical Ethics at the University of Chicago where she is a practicing pediatrician, an associate director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, and the codirector of the Institute of Translational Medicine. She holds appointments in the departments of Pediatrics, Medicine, Surgery, and the
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Austin Roorda is a Professor of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in vision science and physics from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 1996. The overarching question that motivates his research is this: How do humans convert the two-dimensional images that land on the retina into
Amy Harmon is a New York Times reporter who seeks to illuminate the human dilemmas posed by advances in science through narrative storytelling. Her stories aim to inform readers about science by engaging them emotionally in classic narratives—with characters, conflict, and suspense—a form employed perhaps more often in reporting on war or politics or poverty.
Dongping Zhong is the Robert Smith Professor of Physics and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The Ohio State University. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in laser physics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China in 1985 and 1988, respectively, his another M.S. degree in physical chemistry from Kansas State University
Niles Pierce is working to engineer programmable molecular instruments capable of reading out and regulating the state of biological circuitry within intact biological organisms. In this pursuit, his laboratory has contributed to the founding of the new discipline of molecular programming, developing molecular mechanisms, design principles, and computational algorithms that enable the rational design and
Aude Oliva is a Principal Research Scientist at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After a French baccalaureate in physics and mathematics and a B.Sc. in psychology (minor in philosophy), Aude Oliva received two M.Sc. degrees—in experimental psychology, and in cognitive science—and a Ph.D. from the Institut National
I am a Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto, with interests covering much of astronomy but a focus on compact objects (“stellar corpses”), stars and binaries, their structure, formation, and evolution, and their use to infer fundamental physical properties. My research is grounded in observations, but includes interpretation, theory, and numerical
Doron Levy is a Distinguished Scholar Teacher and a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has advanced the integration of math in medicine, receiving national and international recognition for his work on cancer. Earning B.Sc. (Mathematics and Physics), M.Sc (Applied Mathematics), and Ph.D. (1997) degrees from Tel Aviv University, Levy
Jun Korenaga is Professor of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University. He studies the evolution of the Earth using an array of theoretical and observational methods. Korenaga is known particularly for his hypothesis of slower plate tectonics on the young Earth, which challenges a prevailing belief in earth sciences. He proposed the hypothesis in 2003
Kiran Kedlaya is a professor of mathematics at the University of California, San Diego; he was previously an associate professor at MIT. He received his B.A. from Harvard in 1996 and his Ph.D. from MIT in 2000. Kedlaya’s research interests include number theory, arithmetic algebraic geometry, and applications of these fields to computer science. He
Charan Ranganath is a Professor at the University of California, Davis, Center for Neuroscience and Department of Psychology. Dr. Ranganath studies the neural and functional organization of human memory processes in healthy individuals and in people with memory disorders. His research uses a number of methods, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), scalp electroencephalography (EEG),
Renowned astrophysicist and award-winning science writer, Ray Jayawardhana is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Observational Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. A graduate of Yale and Harvard, he uses many of the world’s largest telescopes to explore planetary origins and diversity. He is the coauthor of over one hundred papers in scientific journals.
I am an evolutionary geneticist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. My laboratory studies the genetic and genomic mechanisms that underlie evolutionary processes in a small fish, the threespine stickleback. In particular, work in my lab is focused on addressing three fundamental questions in evolutionary biology: (1) How and why do sex
Jiaxing Huang is an associate professor of materials science and engineering at Northwestern University. His research interests are in material chemistry, processing, and manufacturing. Examples include two-dimensional (2D) soft materials, organic nanocrystals, and metal nanostructures. He is interested in the application of these materials in energy and sustainability and as a platform for materials education.
Alexander Merkurjev was born in St. Petersburg (Leningrad), Russia. In 1977 he graduated from St. Petersburg University, and he received his Ph.D. there in 1979 under the direction of Anatoly Yakovlev. In 1983 he earned the Doctor of Sciences degree from St. Petersburg University for the work “Norm residue homomorphism of degree two." In 1983
Natalie Mahowald is an Associate Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. She earned her undergraduate degrees in Physics and German at Washington University in St. Louis in 1988, her M.S. in Natural Resource Policy at the University of Michigan, and her Ph.D. in Meteorology at MIT
Samuel Kou is Professor of Statistics at Harvard University. He was born in Lanzhou, China. He received a bachelor’s degree in computational mathematics from Peking University in 1997, followed by a Ph.D. in statistics from Stanford University in 2001 under the supervision of Professor Bradley Efron. After completing his Ph.D., he joined Harvard University as
Robert Klitzman is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Joseph Mailman School of Public Health, and Director of the Masters of Bioethics Program at Columbia University. He has authored or co-authored over 100 articles, and 8 books, examining ethical issues concerning genetics, assisted reproductive technologies, research, HIV,
A professor at both the University of Oregon and the Santa Fe Institute, Jessica Green is an engineer and ecologist who specializes in biodiversity theory and microbial systems. She co-founded the Biology and the Built Environment (BioBE) Center with Brendan Bohannan and G. Z. (Charlie) Brown, creating a team that bridges biology and architecture. Jessica