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CASW New Horizons in Science
Lunch with a scientist

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    Kirsten "Dr. Kiki" Sanford

    Science communicator, Broader Impact Productions, Portland, Ore.

    Dr. Kiki Sanford is a science communicator with over 15 years of experience in media, science journalism, and informal science education. In 2015, Dr. Kiki founded Broader Impacts Productions, a boutique production agency dedicated to science storytelling. Additionally, she founded, produces, and hosts the “This Week in Science” (TWIS) podcast, a weekly live show that covers a multitude of science topics in a conversational format. She also currently hosts the “Stem Cell” and “Sequenced” podcasts. She received the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship in 2005, which led her to work at WNBC as a producer for the health and medical segment on the five-o'clock news. Subsequently, she worked in digital media at Discovery Digital Networks and the TWiT Network, hosting and producing science and environment programming for their online audiences. Dr. Kiki is also on the board of directors for Science Talk, a non-profit organization aiming to elevate science and the craft of science communication by creating a national network facilitating the sharing of lessons and best-practices. Dr. Kiki really enjoys her work.

    Twitter: @drkiki


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    Carlos Santos-Burgoa, Estimating the death toll from Puerto Rico’s worst natural disaster

    Professor of global health, 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. Carlos Santos-Burgoa led GW’s recent study estimating excess mortality in Puerto Rico tied to Hurricane Maria. Join Santos-Burgoa and Lynn R. Goldman for lunch, where they will speak about the lessons learned from the recent study, 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 now full.

    Carlos Santos-Burgoa is raising awareness of the importance for equity and development of the regulatory public health function within health systems and seeking to advance their performance. His emphasis is on Latin-American countries' institutional capacity, and in regional and global health organizations. He has worked on environmental risks (urbanization, air pollution, carcinogens, cancer, and childhood malformations). He is now addressing risk factors for noncommunicable diseases, including tobacco, alcohol, unhealthy diets, and childhood obesity.

    Santos-Burgoa practiced clinical medicine and worked in academia, consulting, and management at the national and international level. He was dean of the School of Public Health of Mexico at the National Institute of Public Health, director general of the consulting firm Health Environment and Work Institute, director general at Mexico´s Ministry of Health, and senior advisor and acting department director at the Pan American Health Organization.

    Santos-Burgoa is an environmental epidemiologist. He is a graduate of the program for Senior Executive Business Management (AD-2) at the Pan-American Institute of Business Administration (IPADE). He has published in peer-reviewed journals, chapters, institutional technical reports, and books. He is currently a member of the Social Determinants of Health committee at Mexico´s National Academy of Medicine, the International Advisory Board of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence NHS UK, and the Policy Committee for the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology. He participates in numerous national and international professional societies. He is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Medicine of Mexico and of the Collegium Ramazzini. He has received several national and international awards, including the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Johns Hopkins University.

    Twitter: @csantosburgoaz
    Web: https://publichealth.gwu.edu/departments/global-health/carlos-santos-burgoa


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    Harrison Schmitt

    Apollo 17 astronaut; former U.S. senator, R-N.M.; associate fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; member of the National Space Council Users Advisory Group

    Selected for the scientist-astronaut program in 1965, Harrison Schmitt organized the lunar science training for the Apollo astronauts, represented the crews during the development of hardware and procedures for lunar surface exploration, and oversaw the final preparation of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module Descent Stage. He was designated mission scientist in support of the Apollo 11 mission. After training as backup lunar module pilot for Apollo 15, he served as lunar module pilot for Apollo 17, the last Apollo mission to the moon. On December 11, 1972, he landed in the Valley of Taurus-Littrow as the only scientist and the last of 12 astronauts to step on the moon. In 1975, after spending two years managing NASA's Energy Program Office, Schmitt fulfilled a longstanding personal commitment by entering politics. Elected in 1976, he served a six-year term in the U.S. Senate beginning in 1977. The only natural scientist to serve in the Senate since Thomas Jefferson served as vice president, Schmitt was a member of the Senate Commerce, Banking, Appropriations, Intelligence, and Ethics Committees. In his last two years in the Senate, he chaired the Commerce Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space as well as the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. He also has served as chairman of the NASA Advisory Council. His scientific research concentrates primarily on the synthesis of data related to the origin and evolution of the moon and the terrestrial planets and on the economic geology of the lunar regolith and its resources. Currently he is an associate fellow in engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaching “Resources from Space.” His book, Return to the Moon: Exploration, Enterprise and Energy in the Human Settlement of Space, was published by Springer in 2006. Since 1964, he has been the author of many scientific journal papers and book chapters related to exploration, space, and lunar science.


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    Sarah Scoles

    Freelance writer, Boulder, Colo.

    Sarah Scoles is a freelance writer based in Denver. She writes primarily about astronomy and the space industry and is a contributing writer at WIRED, a contributing editor at Popular Science, and the author of the book Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.


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    Jessica Seigel

    Adjunct professor of journalism, New York University, New York, N.Y.

    Jessica Seigel teaches journalism as an adjunct professor at New York University, with more than 20 years experience across media as a national correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, columnist for Glamour magazine, and on-air "Countess of Culture" for NPR's “Day to Day.” Her in-depth narrative investigations in the sciences, medicine and archaeology have appeared in outlets including Marketplace public radio, the New York Times, and National Geographic Traveler. She is a multiple winner of top awards from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and Newswomen's Club of New York for exposing how U.S. racial taboos skew medical advice on sun exposure (Nautilus), diet patent fraud (Los Angeles magazine), and the overlooked link between bonobo and human gender politics (Ms. magazine). Seigel is a vice president of the Deadline Club, Society of Professional Journalists, served NYC as a mounted auxiliary parks officer, and loves hiking with an analog compass.

    Twitter: @Jessicaseagull


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    Matt Shipman

    Research communications lead, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.

    Matt Shipman is the research communications lead at N.C. State University, author of The Handbook for Science Public Information Officers (2015, University of Chicago Press) and a contributing author to Science Blogging: The Essential Guide (2016, Yale University Press). He is a regular contributor to HealthNewsReview.org.

    Twitter: @ShipLives


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    Nancy Shute

    Editor-in-chief, Science News, Washington, D.C.

    Nancy Shute is editor in chief of Science News, which has been covering all things science for 95 years. Before joining Science News she was cohost of NPR's health blog, “Shots,” and contributed news and features to NPR's “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition.” She's a past president of the National Association of Science Writers, and has contributed to National Geographic, Scientific American, and the New York Times Magazine.

    Twitter: @nancyshute



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    Neal Sikka

    Associate professor of emergency medicine, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences; chief of the Innovative Practice & Telemedicine Section, GW Medical Faculty Associates and medical director of the OnSite Medical Access Program

    Telemedicine and virtual reality in healthcare are making headlines more and more frequently. During Lunch with a Scientist, Neal Sikka will speak on the improvements to care that telemedicine provides underserved communities. He will also discuss a number of projects currently under way implementing virtual reality in medical care.

    Registration is required (no charge). Limit: 22

    Neal Sikka is a board-certified emergency medicine physician with a particular interest and expertise in telemedicine and technological applications to health care. He has over 12 years of telemedicine experience and is recognized as a national leader in telemedicine expertise. He holds a seat on the advisory board of the MidAtlantic Telehealth Resource Center, is an active member of the GW mHealth Collaborative, and was a founder and the first chair of the American College of Emergency Physicians telemedicine Section. He has developed undergraduate and graduate education related to emergency medicine and telemedicine and regularly speaks at regional and national telehealth meetings.

    His research has focused on improving patient care through technology and he has received funding for telehealth-related research from the McKesson Foundation, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Challenge Grant Award to use remote medical monitoring to improve care for peritoneal dialysis patients. Most recently, he is principal investigator on a CareFirst Foundation Grant to provide specialty care via telemedicine in D.C.-area Federally Qualified Health Centers.


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    Robin Smith

    Science writer, Duke University, Durham, N.C.

    Robin Smith works with Duke University researchers who conduct basic research in the life and physical sciences. Without immediate practical applications for their work, these scientists sometimes require extra convincing about the value of communicating with the public. Robin reassures and empowers them using hands-on activities. She'll share her strategies with workshop attendees.


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    Nidhi Subbaraman

    Science reporter, Buzzfeed News, Washington D.C.

    Nidhi Subbaraman is a science reporter at BuzzFeed News, where she covers biotechnology, medicine, and public health. She is interested in the roles of government agencies that monitor the environment and public health. Her reporting has taken her to South Dakota, to observe the federal health system serving Native Americans, to Tampa, to visit clinics offering banned treatments, and to Facebook, where fake medical claims proliferate unchecked.

    Subbaraman joined the Washington, D.C., bureau at BuzzFeed News in 2016. Previously, she covered science and technology for the business desk at the the Boston Globe. Her work has also appeared in Fast Company, Nature, NBCNews.com, New Scientist, Scientific American, Spectrum, and elsewhere.

    Twitter: @nidhisubs



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