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    Curt Suplee

    Freelance science writer, Washington, D.C.

    Curt Suplee has published more than 1,000 newspaper articles, five popular books, and dozens of magazine articles, including four National Geographic cover stories. He worked for 25 years as a writer and editor at the Washington Post, where he was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and he spent seven years at the National Science Foundation. Among other honors, he has won the AAAS Science Journalism Award, the American Chemical Society’s Grady-Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry to the Public, and two national prizes from the American Astronomical Society. He is a member of the Authors Guild and NASW and is a lifetime national associate of the National Research Council of the National Academies.

    Twitter: @curtsuplee61
    Web: http://www.curtsuplee.com/

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    Allison Sylvetsky Meni

    Assistant professor, Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences; director of the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science, GW Milken Institute School of Public Health

    Consumption of low-calorie artificial sweeteners has jumped by 200 percent among U.S. children, according to recent research by Allison Sylvetsky Meni. During Lunch with a Scientist, join Sylvetsky Meni to discuss her new research and the controversy regarding whether artificial sweeteners are fueling a rise in childhood obesity.
    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.

    In addition to her GW faculty role, Allison Sylvetsky Meni is affiliated faculty at the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness and a special volunteer at the National Institute for Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) in the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    Dr. Sylvetsky Meni joined the Milken Institute School of Public Health as a visiting assistant professor in Spring 2014 and transitioned to a tenure-track assistant professor position in February 2016. Prior to joining the GW faculty, Dr. Sylvetsky Meni was a post-doctoral fellow in the diabetes, endocrinology, and obesity branch of NIDDK in the intramural research program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), before which she completed her doctorate in nutrition and health science from Emory University.

    Dr. Sylvetsky Meni's research focuses broadly on obesity and diabetes in youth. Her primary research interests are in studying the consumption and health effects of sugar-sweetened beverages and low-calorie (artificial) sweeteners. She also studies the role of early life dietary exposures on future weight and health, as well as the role of the diet in the prevention and management of diabetes in youth.

    Email: asylvets@gwu.edu
    Web: https://publichealth.gwu.edu/departments/exercise-and-nutrition-sciences/allison-sylvetsky-meni


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    Chanapa Tantibanchachai

    Senior media relations representative, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, Md.

    Chanapa Tantibanchachai is a senior media relations representative at Johns Hopkins Medicine, where she works with physicians in surgery, anesthesiology, pediatrics and more than five other specialties to summarize and promote their clinical advancements to the public. In the past, Chanapa has covered science beats ranging from metallurgical engineering and embryology to paleontology and anthropology. With a sharp eye for trending news and a keen ability to dig out nuggets of relatable information from dense research manuscripts, Chanapa has landed extensive coverage for her faculty members in high-profile, mainstream news outlets. Chanapa holds a B.S. and M.S. in biology from Arizona State University.


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    Janali Thompson

    Senior digital advertising associate, American Chemical Society, external affairs and communications, Washington, D.C.

    Janali Thompson is the senior digital advertising associate for the American Chemical Society, producing promotional, scientific videos and live streaming press conferences at ACS National Meeting conferences. He also distributes some of web content for the “ACS Headline Science and Reactions” video series. In the past, he helped produce a number of older ACS video series such as “Bytesize Science,” “Prized Science,” “Publishing Your Research 101,” “Chemistry Over Coffee” and the “Voices of Inorganic Chemistry” series, just to name a few. Though he's not a scientist, he's learned a little bit of chemistry to communicate it visually. Because he is part of the Office of External Affairs and Communications (EAC), his mission is to help chemists and many diverse scientific programs communicate their message to the general public. Although there is a high importance to communicate scientific information with accuracy, he believes it is equally important to communicate the relevancy of the science to inspire future chemists, foster innovation and collaborations that will move the field forward.


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    Claudia Pineda Tibbs

    Conservation and science planning and operations manager, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, Calif.

    Claudia P. Tibbs is a bilingual, bicultural eco-Latina living on the central coast of California, working towards bilingual science communication and conservation. Throughout her work and personal life, Claudia strives to create a culture that encourages creative problem-solving, collaboration, and inclusivity in order to empower members of the global community to do great things on behalf of our ocean. Claudia's professional experiences and personal interests are rooted in the intersectionality between marine science, conservation, culture and storytelling.

    In her longtime roles in bilingual education and outreach at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Claudia has worked to empower students and teachers to take action on behalf of the ocean all the while facilitating activities and experiences to help them develop their own environmental identity. Claudia has been featured on local and national English and Spanish-language programing such as the Disney Channel and “¡Despierta América!” on Univision. Claudia has served as a contributing writer for the National Resource Defense Council's Spanish language blog, "La Onda Verde" and launched the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Spanish-language Facebook page, "Tu Monterey Bay Aquarium", resulting in the first Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited institution to have a bilingual social media presence. Claudia has advised the Aquarium on culturally and developmentally appropriate messaging to maintain Spanish-language consistency, resulting in more powerful and emotional experiences for guests to deepen their connection to the ocean and further the aquarium's reach on and off-site.

    Before joining the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Claudia held various community outreach and multicultural education positions along the central coast of California. Claudia received her B.S. in earth systems, science and policy with a concentration in marine and coastal ecology from the California State University, Monterey Bay. Claudia attributes her passion for environmental advocacy, environmental justice issues and passion for education to her high school science teacher, Ms. Stevens from South Gate High School.

    Claudia is now the conservation and science planning and operations manager at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where she oversees the organization's progress towards more sustainable business operations and encouraging employee involvement in achieving sustainability goals related to zero carbon emissions and zero waste.

    Twitter: @LaEcoLatina


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    Shirley M. Tilghman

    President Emerita and professor of molecular biology, Princeton University

    Shirley M. Tilghman, a mammalian developmental geneticist, returned to teaching in 2013 after serving as Princeton University’s 19th president beginning in 2001. During her earlier research career, she studied the way in which genes are organized in the genome and regulated during early development and was a member of the team that cloned the first mammalian gene. She was one of the founding members of the National Advisory Council of the Human Genome Project for the National Institutes of Health. A member of the Princeton faculty since 1986, she is an Officer of the Order of Canada and the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Developmental Biology, the Genetics Society of America Medal, and the L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science. She is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine and The Royal Society of London. She serves as a trustee of Amherst College, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Simons Foundation, and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. She also serves on the Science Advisory Board of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, is a director of The Broad Institute and is a Fellow of the Corporation of Harvard College.


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    Kate Travis

    Digital director, Science News, Washington, D.C.

    Kate Travis is the digital director at Science News magazine, where she has been an editor since 2011. She oversees editorial website operations, and is a project manager for for digital endeavors. She moved to the Washington, D.C., area in 1999 after earning her master's in science journalism from Texas A&M University. Soon after she became deputy news editor, and later news editor, of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. In 2006, she came to Science News as associate editor and left a year later when the opportunity arose to move to Cambridge, England. While there, she served as north Europe editor for Science's online career magazine, Science Careers, and as editor of a website devoted to careers in translational research. She has written for The Scientist, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, CR Magazine, and Health.

    Twitter: @Kate_Travis


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    Kelly April Tyrrell

    Senior science writer, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wis.

    Kelly Tyrrell is a senior science writer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in zoology from the University of Florida and an M.S. in cellular and molecular biology from U.W.-Madison. In 2011, she was a AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellow at the Chicago Tribune and went on to become a health and science reporter for the News Journal in Wilmington, Del. (Gannett). In 2013, she began freelancing for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the University of Delaware and she currently writes about health policy for physicians.

    In 2014, she joined the University Communications team at U.W.-Madison, where she writes about everything from atmospheric science to veterinary medicine, manages social media and plays a variety of roles in major science communication projects.

    Twitter: @kellyperil




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    Tom Ulrich

    Associate director for science communications, the Broad Institute, Cambridge, Mass.

    Tom Ulrich is the associate director for science communications at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Mass. He has been writing about scientific research in one capacity or another since 2000, after completing a master's degree in microbiology and immunology at Johns Hopkins and realizing that he was much better at talking and writing about science than actually doing it. He lives in Boston with his wife, two kids, and an oversized tabby cat.

    Twitter: @scribbler_tom



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    Cori Vanchieri

    Features editor, Science News, Washington, D.C.

    Cori Vanchieri joined Science News in August 2014 as features editor. Before joining Science News, Cori was the story editor at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's magazine, the HHMI Bulletin, and senior medical editor at Cleveland Clinic Magazine. She helped launch news sections at Annals of Internal Medicine and the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, where she covered European cancer research from Milan, Italy.

    Twitter: @corivan




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    Akos Vertes

    Professor of chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular biology, George Washington University

    Akos Vertes’s research focuses on developing new analytical techniques that can be applied to diverse fields of chemistry, biology, and medicine. His research includes high-throughput and ultrasensitive methods in systems biology, proteomics and metabolomics, new methods for molecular imaging of biological tissues under native conditions, and single cell and subcellular analysis. One of his major accomplishments, a new ionization method called laser ablation electrospray ionization (LAESI), has received several awards. LAESI was named one of the Top 10 Innovations of 2011 by The Scientist magazine and earned a 2012 R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine. His research has been presented in more than 160 peer-reviewed publications and two books. He is a coinventor on 17 patents and several pending patent applications. He was elected fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and received the 2012 Hillebrand Prize and the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Scholarship. He is a doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Vertes has served as visiting faculty at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and as a visiting professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) in Switzerland.

    Email: vertes@gwu.edu
    Web: http://vertes.columbian.gwu.edu/


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