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    Stephany Lowe

    Science enthusiast, writer, producer, and podcaster, freelance, Oceanside, Calif.

    Stephany Lowe is on a mission to make science a daily conversation. Based in Oceanside, Calif., she hosts and produces “The Dope Science Show” podcast. During her late twenties, Stephany decided to step out of her comfort zone and joined an apprenticeship program to study nuclear plant operations. Although she never actually worked in a nuclear power plant, she discovered there that she loved science and sharing science with others. In her podcast, Stephany regularly interviews guests from all walks of life about their passions for science, including artists, students, writers, rappers, filmmakers, doctors, and of course, scientists. The podcast allows her to be creative and share her excitement about science with her audience. Stephany is known for making the process of understanding complex science easy and incredibly fun. She has an engaging and casual longform interview style that brings out the personalities of her guests.

    Twitter: @dopescienceshow


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    Stephen Lubkemann

    Associate professor of anthropology, international affairs, and Africana studies, director of the Diaspora Research Program, George Washington University; research associate, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture

    As a maritime archaeologist and scholar of heritage, Stephen Lubkemann has conducted research in North America, the Caribbean, and Africa for over two decades. In 2008, he cofounded and serves as the international coordinator of the Slave Wrecks Project, an international collaboration of more than 80 scholars in 11 countries. He coauthored the best-selling volume From No Return: the 221 Year Voyage of the Slave Ship São Jose (Smithsonian Institution Press, 2016) about the slave shipwreck whose artifacts are featured at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. His research as a cultural anthropologist has focused on social change in war-torn societies (Angola, Mozambique, Liberia, South Africa) with a particular focus on diaspora politics, refugees, and displacement; development and humanitarian action; and post-conflict justice and rule of law. His book Culture in Chaos (University of Chicago Press, 2008), which examines the social effects of the Mozambican civil war, was a finalist for the Herskovits Award of the African Studies Association. He has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and coedited four peer-reviewed volumes, including the leading reader on Africa, Perspectives on Africa: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation (Wiley-Blackwell 2010) and the forthcoming A Companion to the Anthropology of Africa (Wiley-Blackwell, 2018).

    Web: https://anthropology.columbian.gwu.edu/stephen-c-lubkemann

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    Alisa Machalek

    Senior science writer, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health, Washington, D.C.

    For more than 20 years, Alisa has attempted to make biomedical research understandable and interesting to the public (which, after all, is paying for it). She interviews NIGMS-supported scientists across the nation, telling their stories in Findings magazine, Biomedical Beat blog articles, videos, posters, Instagram posts, Congressional write-ups, science festival activities, and a series of award-winning science education booklets. Occasionally, she gets juicy projects like working with a playwright to feature evolutionary biology on stage, collaborating with museums on science-based exhibits, or creating a gallery of stunning microscopy photos displayed in Washington Dulles International Airport.

    Alisa earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in biochemistry and worked as a researcher in 10 different laboratories before she realized she liked learning, explaining, and discussing science more than actually doing it. She solidified her career pivot by earning a graduate certificate in science communications from the UC Santa Cruz program.



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    Brian Malow

    Science comedian, performer, producer, and interviewer, freelance, Raleigh, N.C.

    Brian Malow is Earth's Premier Science Comedian (self-proclaimed). He has performed for NSF, AAAS, JPL, NIST, ACS, AGU — and many other acronyms.

    Brian has produced science videos for Time magazine and the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and he has contributed to Neil deGrasse Tyson's “StarTalk Radio.” He gives workshops and presentations to train scientists to become better speakers. He's been featured on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” co-hosted shows on the Weather Channel, and been profiled in Nature, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. Brian worked in science communications at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, and blogged for Scientific American. He is currently freelancing as a speaker, performer, consultant, writer, producer, and whatnot. Brian is available for off-world appearances, if transportation is provided.

    Twitter: @sciencecomedian



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    Apoorva Mandavilli

    Editor-in-chief, Spectrum, New York, N.Y.

    Apoorva Mandavilli is an award-winning science journalist. She is the founding editor and editor-in-chief of Spectrum, where she leads an all-women team of 11. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker online, the Atlantic, Slate, Nature and others.

    Twitter: @apoorva_nyc


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    Joanna Marchant

    Journalist and author

    Jo Marchant is an award-winning science journalist and author of several books including the New York Times bestseller Cure: A journey into the science of mind over body (2016), in which she combined a first-person narrative with conventional reporting to explore how emotions, expectations and beliefs influence physical health. She has worked as a senior editor at New Scientist and at Nature, and her articles on topics from cave paintings to synthetic biology have appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Guardian and Smithsonian magazine. She has a PhD in genetics.


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    Marilynn Marchione

    Chief medical writer, The Associated Press

    Marilynn Marchione joined the Associated Press in 2004 after 28 years as a reporter and editor at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Akron Beacon Journal. As the AP’s chief medical writer, she covers medical meetings and looks for consumer-oriented stories with an eye for news you can use. In 2010, she won CASW’s Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting. Her work has also been recognized by the Associated Press Managing Editors Association and others. She has held numerous fellowships, including a four-month Knight epidemiology fellowship at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her journalism degree is from Kent State University.

    Twitter: @MMarchioneAP



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    Peter Marks

    Director, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    As director of the FDA's CBER, Peter Marks oversees biological products including vaccines, blood and blood products, and cellular, tissue, and gene therapies. A physician and research scientist, he received his graduate degree in cell and molecular biology and his medical degree at New York University. He worked at Brigham and Women's Hospital, in the pharmaceutical industry, and then at Yale University. He joined the FDA in 2012 as deputy director of CBER and became director in 2016. Marks is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.


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    Arnaud Martin

    Assistant professor of biology, GW Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

    During Lunch with a Scientist, join biologist Arnaud Martin for a discussion about how his lab uses CRISPR genome editing to understand how butterflies and moths have become so diverse.
    Registration is required (no charge). Limit: 20. This event is now full.

    Arnaud Martin is an assistant professor at the George Washington University since 2016 and has been carrying research in the field of evolutionary developmental biology for the past 12 years at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France), UC Irvine, and UC Berkeley. He has specialized in the study of the genetic and developmental mechanisms behind butterfly wing patterns, in addition to some other work on crustacean limbs and rodent teeth. He curates Gephebase, an online database on the genetic determinants of evolution. His team is currently focusing on the use of CRISPR genome editing to understand how butterflies and moths have become so diverse, and how the genome encodes morphology.

    Twitter: @evolvwing
    Web: https://dnacrobatics.com/


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    Amanda Mascarelli

    Managing editor, SAPIENS, Centennial, Colo.

    Amanda Mascarelli is the managing editor of SAPIENS, a digital magazine covering anthropology for a popular audience. Prior to this role, she spent more than a decade as a freelance science journalist. Her work has appeared in Audubon, Nature, Science, New Scientist, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and elsewhere, and she is a contributor to The Science Writers' Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish, and Prosper in the Digital Age.

    Twitter: @A_Mascarelli



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    Diana J. Mason, Diversifying Sources

    Senior policy service professor for 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.

    Diana J. Mason is the immediate past president of the American Academy of Nursing, former editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Nursing, and co-producer and moderator of a weekly radio program on health care issues since 1985. She is the lead editor of the award-winning book Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care, now in its 7th edition, and the author of over 200 publications. Her scholarship focuses on health policy and what can be learned from nurse-designed models of care. Mason is the co-principal investigator for a study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to explore how nurses address building a culture of health in their innovative models of care. The study is a collaboration between the American Academy of Nursing and the RAND Corporation. She is a member of the board of directors for the Primary Care Development Corporation and the National Advisory Board for Kaiser Health News. She holds two honorary doctorates, as well as numerous awards for her teaching, policy leadership, publications and journalism.



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    John Mason

    Owner of law firm Copyright Counselors, LLC, and literary agency Mason Literary, Board president of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, Washington, D.C.

    John D. Mason of Copyright Counselors, LLC, and Mason Literary is a Washington, D.C.-based art and entertainment and intellectual property attorney and literary agent. His practice focuses on copyright and trademark registrations and transactional matters, litigation, copyright infringement, publishing and media issues, defamation, licensing and contracts, and commercial matters relating to creative industries. He works with writers, artists, filmmakers, photographers and creative people and companies of all kinds to protect, promote and productively exploit their work. In addition to his law practice, John is the president of the board of directors for the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, advisory board member of Veterans in Media and Entertainment, adjunct faculty teaching entertainment law and intellectual property law at U.D.C. Law School, and past adjunct faculty teaching art and the law at George Mason University. He lectures regularly at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the art as applied to medicine master's program, and gives numerous lectures and talks every year on legal issues related to artists of all kinds.

    Twitter: @CopyriteCounsel
    Web: http://www.copyrightcounselors.com


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    Ali Mattu

    Clinical psychologist, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, N.Y.

    Dr. Ali Mattu is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of anxiety and body-focused repetitive behaviors (trichotillomania/hair-pulling disorder and excoriation/skin-picking disorder). He aspires to bring psychology to everyone, everywhere by hosting “THE PSYCH SHOW,” writing about the psychology of science fiction at Brain Knows Better, creating mental health curriculum with the Pop Culture Hero Coalition, and presenting to the public.

    Dr. Mattu is an assistant professor at the Columbia University Medical Center. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he majored in psychology and minored in Asian American studies. Dr. Mattu received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He completed a doctoral internship at the Bellevue Hospital Center and a post-doctoral fellowship at the NYU Langone Medical Center's Child Study Center.

    Dr. Mattu is known as a "forward thinker" in the field of psychology and was named one of The Mighty's mental health heroes of 2015. He spent a decade advocating for the brain and behavior sciences as an elected leader with the American Psychological Association.

    Twitter: @AliMattu


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    Sabrina McCormick

    Associate professor, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University

    Sociologist and filmmaker Sabrina McCormick investigates the social factors that determine how quickly we can mitigate and adapt to climate change. She also investigates why diverse groups respond to information about climate change and take action or not, how and why U.S. cities act on climate change, and the health risks associated with a changing climate. McCormick makes films that tell the human story behind climate change. Her award-winning fiction and documentary films include the feature “Tribe,” set in the Brazilian Amazon, and two segments of the Emmy-winning Showtime series “The Years of Living Dangerously,” among other projects produced by her company, Evidence Based Media. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Environmental Protection Agency. Her policy experience includes advising cities, the White House, members of Congress and the U.S. Department of State. She has written two books and more than 50 articles and book chapters.

    Twitter: @sabmc
    Web: http://www.sabrinamccormick.com



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