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NASW workshop
CASW New Horizons in Science
Lunch with a scientist

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    Kathleen Hall Jamieson

    Professor, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania; director, Annenberg Public Policy Center

    Kathleen Hall Jamieson has authored or co-authored 16 books, including Cyberwar, Spiral of Cynicism and The Obama Victory: How Media, Money and Message Shaped the 2008 Election, which won the American Publishers Association's PROSE award in 2010. Her paper “Implications of the Demise of ‘Fact’ in Political Discourse” received the American Philosophical Society’s 2016 Henry Allen Moe Prize. Jamieson is a co-founder of FactCheck.org and its subsidiary site, SciCheck, which monitors political speech for the misuse of science. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the International Communication Association.

    Twitter: @APPCPenn
    Web: www.annenbergpublicpolicycenter.org

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    Neil Johnson

    Professor of Physics, GW Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

    Join physicist Neil Johnson for a discussion of collective behavior and emergent properties in a wide range of real-world complex systems: from the many-body effects involved in energy harvesting, information processing and coherence, through to cyberphysical systems and socioeconomic domains.
    Registration is required (no charge). Limit: 22 This event is now full.

    Neil Johnson is the recipient of the 2018 Burton Award from the American Physical Society and is a fellow of the APS. He leads a new cross-university initiative at the George Washington University on complexity and data science, with topics ranging from the development and spread of online extremism and hate speech, through to real-world terrorism as well as the new subsecond ecology of predatory algorithms in electronic markets. He is a professor in the GW Physics Department. Prior to moving to the U.S., he was a professor in the Physics Department at Oxford University for 15 years. He did his B.A./M.A. at Cambridge University and his Ph.D. at Harvard University as a Kennedy Scholar. He has published more than 250 research articles; two books, Financial Market Complexity (Oxford University Press, 2003), and Simply Complexity (Oneworld Publishing, 2009); and he wrote and presented the 1999 Royal Institution science lectures on BBC television that were shown worldwide.


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    Michael Keidar

    A. James Clark Professor of Engineering, GW School of Engineering and Applied Science

    Michael Keidar's Micropropulsion and Nanotechnology Lab conducts advanced fundamental and applied research in plasma medicine, micropropulsion for micro and nanosatellites, and plasma nanoscience and nanotechnology. Join Keidar during Lunch with a Scientist to hear about this work.
    Registration is required (no charge). Limit: 20 This event is now full.

    Keidar's research concerns advanced spacecraft propulsion, plasma-based nanotechnology, and plasma medicine. He has authored over 240 journal articles and is author of the textbook Plasma Engineering: from Aerospace to Nano and Bio technology (Elsevier, March 2013). He received the 2017 Davidson award in plasma physics. In 2016 he received the AIAA Engineer of the Year award for his work on micropropulsion resulting in the successful launch of a nanosatellite with thrusters developed by his laboratory. Physics of Plasmas selected his 2001 paper on the Hall thruster as one of its most cited papers in the 50 years of its publishing. He is one of pioneers of plasma medicine. His research led to development of the cold plasma scalpel, which is used to treat cancer. Many of his papers have been featured on the cover of high impact journals and his research has been covered by various media outlets. Professor Keidar serves as an AIP Advances academic editor, associate editor of IEEE Transactions in Radiation and Plasma Medical Sciences and member of the editorial board of a half-dozen journals. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and associate fellow of the American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics.

    Email: keidar@gwu.edu


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    Roxanne Khamsi

    Chief news editor, Nature Medicine

    Roxanne Khamsi oversees science coverage as the chief news editor at the journal Nature Medicine. Her writing has appeared in publications such as The Economist, Scientific American, Slate and The New York Times Magazine. Early in her career, she worked as a staff reporter for New Scientist in London and Boston, covering topics ranging from neuroscience to genetics. She has received recognition for her work, including the Walter C. Alvarez Award from the American Medical Writers Association and a first-place award from the Association of Health Care Journalists in the trade publication category. Khamsi earned her B.A. in Biology from Dartmouth College.



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    Jeffrey Kluger

    Editor at large, Time magazine

    Jeffrey Kluger oversees Time’s science and technology reporting. He has written or cowritten dozens of cover stories for the magazine and regularly contributes articles and commentary on science, behavior and health. He is the author of 10 books, including Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon and Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 (with astronaut Jim Lovell). Lost Moon was the basis for the 1995 movie Apollo 13, and Kluger and director Ron Howard teamed up to write The Apollo Adventure: The Making of the Apollo Space Program and the movie Apollo 13 as a tie-in to the film. Before joining Time, Kluger was a staff writer for Discover magazine, where he wrote the “Light Elements” humor column, and served as an editor for the New York Times Business World Magazine, Family Circle and Science Digest. Kluger, who is also an attorney, has taught science journalism at New York University.

    Twitter: @jeffreykluger


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    Paul Knoepfler

    Professor, Department of Cell Biology & Human Anatomy, Genome Center, Comprehensive Cancer Center & Institute for Regenerative Cures, University of California Davis School of Medicine

    Paul Knoepfler is a biologist and genomics researcher at the UC Davis School of Medicine who is also interested in bioethics and policy research. For more than eight years, he has been running “The Niche,” a blog on stem cells and other cutting-edge life science technologies that in part serves as a check on predatory, for-profit stem cell clinics. He helped to develop the new California law on stem cell clinics that requires the businesses to post notices to patients. His TED talk on the potential use of CRISPR in humans to make designer babies has had more than 1.2 million views. He was also recently on Bill Nye’s new show as a guest panelist on the same topic. He has written two books: Stem Cells: An Insider’s Guide and GMO Sapiens: The Life-Changing Science of Designer Babies. In addition to his own science writing, he is a go-to biologist for science journalists.

    Twitter: @pknoepfler
    Web: http://www.chromatin.com/


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    Chryssa Kouveliotou

    Professor of astrophysics, George Washington University and director, Astronomy, Physics, and Statistics Institute of Sciences (APSIS), George Washington University

    Chryssa Kouveliotou is an affiliate scientist of NASA’s Swift and Fermi GBM missions, and she is the science team chair of the Transient Astrophysics Observatory on the International Space Station (TAO-ISS). In 2015, she retired as a senior scientist of high-energy astrophysics at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. She has been the principal investigator of numerous research projects in the U.S. and in Europe, winning over $4 million in grant support. She is a founding member of multiple scientific collaborations worldwide and has served on more than 20 Ph.D. committees in the U.S. and internationally. Kouveliotou has 462 refereed publications and coedited three books. She has received the Descartes, Rossi, and Heineman Prizes and a decoration as a Commander of the Order of the Honor by the Greek government. She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Dutch Royal Academy, and the Greek National Academy. She obtained her Ph.D. from the Technical University of Munich and two honorary doctorates from the University of Amsterdam and the University of Sussex.

    Web: https://physics.columbian.gwu.edu/chryssa-kouveliotou


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    Karen Kreeger

    Senior science communications manager, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.

    Karen is responsible for disseminating information about the discoveries from the basic science departments within the School of Medicine. Karen previously held this position in the late 1990s.

    Karen has held positions in both public affairs and science and medical writing. She was senior editor at The Scientist, as well as maintained a freelance communications business for several years, writing for such clients as Nature, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and the Wistar Institute.

    Karen holds an M.S. in scientific and technical communication from Oregon State University (1992) and an M.S. in marine studies from the University of Delaware (1985). She is also an author of a book on non-traditional careers in science.



  • Mohi Kumar

    Interim senior news editor, EOS

    Mohi Kumar is the senior news editor at Eos.org, the news arm of the American Geophysical Union. She oversees news and scientific content written by staff, freelancers, and researchers to produce fresh perspectives about Earth and space sciences, spanning the inner core to the Oort cloud and beyond. She has served as an editor for Smithsonian.com; her deep-time chronology includes degrees from Columbia and Caltech, a stint as a high school math teacher, and service as an AmeriCorps volunteer. Mohi lives in Houston, Tex.; outside work she spends her time visiting sites of natural destruction, writing essays, collecting rocks, and doing science projects with her kids.

    Twitter: @scimohi


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    Ben Young Landis

    Writer/creator, cr8xt; executive co-chair, Capital Science Communicators, Sacramento, Calif.

    Ben Young Landis is a creative consultant specializing in science, environment, and society. He has produced content and advised on communication strategies for the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST), the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the World Conference of Science Journalists, and other clients. Landis has also led science communication and science policy trainings for the CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellowship, the Delta Science Fellows Program, NorCal SETAC, and the University of California, Davis. He has written for North Carolina Sea Grant and the AGU Thriving Earth Exchange, and managed outreach and media relations for the U.S. Geological Survey's Western Ecological Research Center from 2010 to 2015.

    Landis received a B.A. in evolution and ecology and minor in education from UC Davis, a M.E.M. from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, and a AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship in 2009 to the Orange County Register. Landis is the founder and current executive co-chair of Capital Science Communicators (CapSciComm), a regional science writers group serving the greater Sacramento region in California.

    Twitter: @younglandis



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    Jane J. Lee

    News editor, Americas, Nature, Washington, D.C.

    Jane is a news editor at Nature. She has a masters degree in marine biology from UCLA and is an alumnae of the science writing program at UC Santa Cruz. Prior to joining Nature, Jane was a reporter and editor with National Geographic covering biology and atmospheric sciences. Her work has also appeared in Science and the San Jose Mercury News.


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    Louise Lief

    Independent consultant, freelance, Washington D.C.

    Louise Lief is an independent consultant whose current work focuses on strategies to empower diverse communities and advance problem solving. She brings to this field a wealth of experience in research, programming, and storytelling in a range of areas, including democracy and governance, media, civil society, science, environment, global health, food security, and other international issues.

    She has been deputy director of the International Reporting Project and scholar-in-residence at American University School of Communication's Investigative Reporting Workshop. As a public policy scholar at the Wilson Center with the Environmental Change and Security Program and the Science and Technology Innovation Program, she founded the Science and the Media project.

    An award-winning writer and producer, she has worked for many top U.S. news organizations domestically and overseas, including the New York Times, CBS News’s “60 Minutes,” and U.S. News and World Report. Ms. Lief has traveled to over 70 countries and has reported from five continents. She speaks Arabic, Hebrew, French, and Spanish.

    Twitter: @sciandmedia


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    Lauren Lipuma

    Senior specialist/writer, public information, American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C.

    Lauren Lipuma is a senior public information specialist and writer at the American Geophysical Union. She communicates new Earth and space science research findings with the press and public through press releases, blogs, social media and video projects. Lauren also produces AGU's podcast “Third Pod from the Sun” about the scientists and stories behind the science.

    Lauren has bachelor's and master's degrees in biomedical engineering from Tulane University. Before joining AGU in 2015, Lauren worked as a staff writer for the monthly medical magazines EyeWorld and Ophthalmology Business. She is a past president of the D.C. Science Writers Association.

    Twitter: @Tenacious_She


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    Cindy M. Liu

    Associate professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and chief medical officer of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center, GW Milken Institute School of Public Health

    Our bodies host various microorganisms that can impact our risk for certain diseases. By advancing our understanding of how these microbial communities work, researchers can better understand the link between the human microbiome and health. During Lunch with a Scientist, Cindy Liu will talk about her work looking for ways to alter the human microbiome in order to protect people from a variety of infectious diseases, including HIV.
    Registration is required (no charge). Limit: 20. This lunch will be held at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, 950 New Hampshire Ave, NW This event is now full.

    Cindy M. Liu is trained in molecular microbiology, microbial ecology, and clinical pathology (laboratory medicine). It is her career mission to help medicine to shift infectious disease and public health practices based on our understanding of the human microbiome, and importantly, to move beyond empiric antibiotic use in order to combat antibiotic resistance.

    To achieve her career mission, Dr. Liu works on several research projects that are funded through the NIH and other governmental agencies and foundations. Her research projects are highly multidisciplinary and involves team members and collaborators that range from molecular microbiologists, bioinformaticists, immunologists, clinicians, and epidemiologists to individuals working on communications and behavioral research as well.

    As the chief medical officer of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center at George Washington, Dr. Liu recently began working on outpatient antimicrobial stewardship. This project seeks to improve antimicrobial stewardship in retail healthcare sectors (e.g., urgent care, telemedicine, etc.) through a collaboration with industry partners, the Urgent Care Association of America, and Dr. Rana Hamdy, the director of antimicrobial stewardship at Children's National Medical Center.

    Web: https://publichealth.gwu.edu/departments/environmental-and-occupational-health/cindy-liu



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