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    Erika Engelhaupt

    Freelance writer and editor, self-employed, Knoxville, Tenn.

    Erika Engelhaupt has spent more than a decade writing and editing for science magazines, newspapers, and websites including National Geographic, Science News, Scientific American, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and NPR. She was previously the online science editor and a senior editor at National Geographic, and was a deputy managing editor at Science News magazine. She completed M.S. degrees in biology at Tulane University and in environmental studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Her love of storytelling has also brought her to the stage, appearing at D.C. Science Comedy Night and on the Story Collider. She is currently working on her first book, which will be based on her blog “Gory Details” at National Geographic.

    Twitter: @GoryErika


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    Philip Fearnside

    Research professor, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, Manaus, Brazil

    Philip Fearnside, an ecologist at Brazil’s National Institute for Research in Amazonia, has lived and worked in the Brazilian Amazon for over 40 years and is one of the foremost authorities on global warming and deforestation in the world’s largest tropical forest. After completing a biology degree at Colorado College, Fearnside went to India as a Peace Corps volunteer working on fisheries in reservoirs (and dams remain one of his major interests). He then earned a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, where he turned his attention to the Amazon after India barred American researchers following Nixon’s “tilt” towards Pakistan in the Bangladesh war. His research has tackled issues related to deforestation, dams, climate change, and environmental services. He is the author of hundreds of publications and a book, Human Carrying Capacity of the Brazilian Amazon. In 2006 Thompson-ISI identified him as the world’s second most-cited scientist on the subject of global warming, and in 2011 as the seventh in the area of sustainable development. He has received many national and international honors, including the U.N. Global 500 Award, the Conrad Wessel Prize, the Chico Mendes Prize, and election to the Brazilian Academy of Science.

    Web: http://philip.inpa.gov.br


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    Rohan Fernandes

    Assistant professor of medicine at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences and researcher at the GW Cancer Center

    Neuroblastoma is the third leading cause of cancer-related death among children, accounting for 10–15 percent of pediatric cancer deaths. Rohan Fernandes and his team at the GW Cancer Center have engineered a “nanoimmunotherapy,” which combines the benefits of nanoparticles with a class of immunotherapy called checkpoint inhibitors, for treating neuroblastoma. During Lunch with a Scientist, Fernandes will discuss the status of nanoimmunotherapy for neuroblastoma and how it can improve prognosis for patients with high-risk cancer.
    Registration is required (no charge). Limit: 20. This event is now full.

    Rohan Fernandes focuses on “immunoengineering” for cancer and infectious diseases. A particular focus area is the synthesis of nanoparticles that can be used to elicit robust responses from the immune system for the treatment of diseases, particularly disseminated cancer. Fernandes’ current research focuses on neuroblastoma, a solid tumor cancer that accounts for 10–15 percent of pediatric cancer deaths. Most recently he is PI on a grant from the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to investigate the use of nanotechnology to improve treatment and prognosis for neuroblastoma patients. Fernandes received his PhD from the University of Maryland and completed his postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins University. He has authored 29 publications, and his work has been cited in top journals in the fields of bioengineering and nanotechnology including Nature Nanotechnology, ACS Nano, Small, and Nanomedicine. He is an inventor on several patents and is the founder of ImmunoBlue, LLC, a small business established to clinically translate and commercialize technologies developed by his group at GW.



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    Joss Fong

    Senior video producer, Vox, Washington D.C.

    Joss is a senior producer for Vox, where she's been making web videos, mostly about science, for four years. Recently, she also produced an episode for Vox's Netflix show, “Explained.” Joss began her career as a writer and switched to video while studying journalism at NYU's Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program.

    Twitter: @jossfong


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    Douglas Fox

    Freelance writer, freelance, Alameda, Calif.

    Douglas Fox is a freelance journalist who writes on evolution, earth, and polar sciences. He writes for Scientific American, National Geographic, Virginia Quarterly Review, High Country News, Discover, Nature, and other publications. His stories have garnered awards from the National Association of Science Writers, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and have appeared in The Best American Science and Nature Writing. Doug is a contributing author to The Science Writers' Handbook (Da Capo, 2013).


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    Eduardo Franco Berton

    Environmental investigative journalist and photojournalist

    Based in Bolivia, Eduardo Franco Berton has 10 years of experience reporting on Amazon issues, biodiversity, conservation, wildlife and indigenous topics. He is the founder and editor of the Environmental Information Network (RAI-by its acronyms in Spanish), a Bolivian website that covers news about science, nature, and conservation. As a freelance journalist he has published reports with Earth Journalism Network (EJN), Mongabay, Mongabay Latam, and O Eco among other media outlets. He is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and NASW.

    Twitter: @Edufrancoberton


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    Barbara Fraser

    Independent journalist (Peru)

    From Mexico to Tierra del Fuego, Barbara Fraser has reported on topics as varied as retreating glaciers, oil spills in the Amazon, and the search for South America's earliest inhabitants. She has lived in Peru for nearly 30 years and has worked as a full-time freelance journalist since 2003, specializing in environment, science and public health, as well as issues affecting indigenous peoples. Her work has appeared in Nature, Science, EcoAméricas, Sapiens, The Lancet, Mongabay.com, National Geographic Online, and other publications.

    Twitter: @Barbara_Fraser


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    Adrienne Samuels Gibbs

    Writer/editor, Forbes, Pitchfork, Essence, American Craft, Chicago, Ill.

    Adrienne Samuels Gibbs is a Pulitzer-nominated journalist whose Forbes column focuses on the intersection of arts, culture and money. She is a freelance editor for NBC News and, in the past, has been the senior editor and managing editor for Ebony, and a features writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, the Miami Herald, and the Boston Globe. Her work has also been published in Pitchfork, Vice, Essence, Chicago, Good, the Art Institute of Chicago and American Craft. She lives in Chicago, Ill.

    Twitter: @adriennewrites


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    Elizabeth Gibney

    Senior reporter, Nature

    Elizabeth Gibney joined Nature as a physical sciences reporter in 2013, after working for Times Higher Education and the U.K.-based science policy publications Research Fortnight and Research Europe. Before that, she spent two years as a staff writer at CERN, Europe’s high-energy physics laboratory. Gibney has a degree in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge and a M.Sc. in science communication from Imperial College London. At Nature she covers topics ranging from quantum physics to Brexit, in print, online, audio and video formats.

    Twitter: @LizzieGibney
    Web: http://Nature.com/news

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    Alison Gillespie

    Science writer and public affairs officer, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Md.

    Alison Gillespie currently writes about biology, chemistry and materials science research for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Previous to her time at NIST she was a freelancer and the author of Hives in the City, a book about urban beekeepers in the mid-Atlantic. She also served as public affairs officer at the Ecological Society of America.

    Twitter: @agillespie34



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    Barbara Glickstein, Diversifying Sources

    Director of communication, media projects at the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement, GW School of Nursing

    What does diversity mean for journalism and science writing? While 68% of students in schools of journalism are women, women comprise only 38% of newsroom staff; and women of color, only 7.9%. Women also are underrepresented as sources in news stories. In 1995, the Global Media Monitoring Project reported that women were represented in 17% of news stories. In 2015, this percentage had increased to only 24%. A recent study of the representation of nurses as sources in health news stories found that only 2% of all quotations were by nurses and nursing was only mentioned in 13% of the stories — despite nurses being the largest group of health professionals in the United States with an increasing number holding leadership positions, PhDs, and clinical doctorates.

    During Lunch with a Scientist, Barbara Glickstein and Diana J. Mason will discuss the findings of a qualitative study of health journalists’ experiences with using nurses as sources and their perceptions of barriers and facilitators to diversifying their sources. The overarching theme of this study was that biases about women, nurses, and positions of power and authority within the health care system exist in newsrooms and among journalists.
    Registration is required (no charge). Limit: 28. This event is now full.

    Barbara Glickstein is a public health nurse, health policy expert, and broadcast journalist. Prior to her role at GW, she was co-founder and co-director of the Center for Health Media and Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York. She is the Nursing Consultant and Advisor to Carolyn Jones Productions for the feature-length documentaries The American Nurse and Defining Hope and the multimedia project Dying in America. Glickstein produced and hosted HealthCetera, a weekly program on public radio in New York City that is now a podcast series. She is committed to putting a human face on important social issues. She has also been called upon as an expert on public health issues in a wide variety of media coverage, from Entertainment Weekly to national public television.

    Twitter: @bglickstein



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    Lynn R. Goldman, Estimating the death toll from Puerto Rico’s worst natural disaster

    The Michael and Lori Milken Dean, GW Milken Institute School of Public Health

    Hurricane Maria is the worst natural disaster on record to affect Puerto Rico, and the tenth most intense Atlantic hurricane on record. In the aftermath of the storm, it was necessary to more accurately estimate the number of lives lost. Join Lynn R. Goldman and Carlos Santos-Burgoa for Lunch with a Scientist, as they speak about the lessons learned from GW’s recent study estimating excess mortality in Puerto Rico tied to Hurricane Maria, including ways to prepare for the next hurricane season.
    Registration is required (no charge). Limit: 40. This lunch will be held at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, 950 New Hampshire Ave, NW. This event is full.

    Lynn R. Goldman's responsibilities as dean are informed by her broad and deep public policy and academic experience. Prior to joining GW in August 2010, she was professor of environmental health sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

    Dr. Goldman was assistant administrator for toxic substances in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from 1993 through 1998 under President Bill Clinton. Under her watch, the EPA overhauled the nation’s pesticide laws, expanded right-to-know requirements for toxic releases, reached consensus on an approach to testing chemicals with endocrine-disrupting potential, developed standards to implement lead screening legislation and promoted children’s health and global chemical safety. Prior to joining the EPA, Dr. Goldman worked in environmental health for the California Department of Public Health.

    A member of the National Academy of Medicine, she has chaired or served on numerous committees and forums. She currently serves on the National Academy of Medicine Council and the Governing Board of the National Academy of Sciences. She serves as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a member of the Food and Drug Administration Science Board.

    Among many accolades, Dean Goldman received a 2009 Heinz Award, given to innovators addressing global change caused by the impact of human activities. She was awarded alumna of the year by the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Excellence in Government from Johns Hopkins University and was named one of 150 outstanding alumni by the University of California San Francisco. She also received an honorary doctorate from Örebro University in Sweden for her contributions to chemical legislation in the U.S. and Sweden and her influence on the research conducted at the university’s Man Technology Environment Research Centre.

    Web: https://publichealth.gwu.edu/departments/environmental-and-occupational-health-office-dean/lynn-r-goldman


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    José G. González

    Founder, Conservation Cultura, Sacramento, Calif.

    José González is an educator, illustrator, and conservationist, and he is the founder of Latino Outdoors, a national nonprofit organization working to connect Latinx communities in the U.S. with a diversity of outdoor experiences. José was named one of the "Grist 50: The 50 People You'll Be Talking About in 2016" by Grist.org, and his commentary on diversity and environmental outreach has been featured by High Country News, Outside, Earth Island Journal, Latino USA, the Sacramento Bee, R.E.I., and the Sierra Club. José has been engaged in collaborations with the California State Legislature, as well as the White House Council on Environmental Quality, U.S. Department of Interior, and the National Park Service during the Obama Administration. He received the 2015 National Conservation Education Award from the National Wildlife Federation and the 2016 Rising Leader Award from the Murie Center.

    As an educator, José has broad experience spanning K-12, postsecondary, and informal settings. He received his M.S. in natural resources and environment from the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS), and completed his teaching credential coursework in bilingual multicultural education at California State University, Sacramento. As a public school teacher, José has taught courses for at-risk youth, and at middle school and high school levels. As adjunct faculty at the National Hispanic University, he has taught courses on science methods and math methods at the Teacher Education Department. And as a program coordinator with the California Mini-Corps Program, he trained and led undergraduate students to provide instructional services to migrant students in California school districts and in outdoor education programs.

    José is now an outdoor engagement and cultural competency consultant and the founder of Conservation Cultura, which seeks to create a pooled philanthropic fund to disburse grants catalyzing outdoor and environmental engagement projects serving U.S. Latinx communities.

    José was born in Mexíco and emigrated to California as a child.

    Twitter: @JoseBilingue


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    Yael Grauer

    Independent journalist, freelance, Phoenix, Ariz.

    Yael Grauer is tech reporter covering online privacy, security, and digital freedom. She's written for the Intercept, Wired, Ars Technica, Motherboard, Slate, and more. She's also the author of the college textbook Business Writing: A Content Marketing Approach.

    Twitter: @yaelwrites



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