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    Adam Conner-Simons

    Communications and media relations officer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory), Cambridge, Mass.

    Formerly in the communications offices of Brandeis University and Pomona College, Adam Conner-Simons now oversees communications and media outreach at MIT's largest research lab, the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He does extensive communications training with researchers on everything from news releases and press interviews to presentations and TED talks.


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    Keith A. Crandall

    Professor of Biology and director of the Computational Biology Institute, GW Milken Institute School of Public Health

    How can data methods be used to study biology and evolution? Join Keith A. Crandall for Lunch with a Scientist, where he will discuss how his lab uses Big Data methods to study computational biology, population genetics, and the bioinformatics of a variety of organisms, from crustaceans to agents of infectious disease.
    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.

    Keith A. Crandall is the founding director of the Computational Biology Institute at George Washington University. Crandall studies the computational biology, population genetics, and bioinformatics, developing and testing of “big data” methods DNA sequence analysis. He applies such methods to the study of the evolution of both infectious diseases (especially HIV) and crustaceans (especially crayfish). Professor Crandall has published over 260 peer reviewed publications, as well as three books. He has been a Fulbright Visiting Scholar to Oxford University and an Allen Wilson Centre Sabbatical Fellow at the University of Auckland. Professor Crandall has received a number of awards for research and teaching, including the American Naturalist Society Young Investigator Award, an NSF CAREER Award, a PhRMA Foundation Faculty Development Award in Bioinformatics, Honors Professor of the Year award at Brigham Young University, ISI Highly Cited Researcher, and the Edward O. Wilson Naturalist Award. He was also recently elected a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a fellow of the Linnean Society of London. Professor Crandall earned his B.A. degree from Kalamazoo College in Biology and Mathematics, an M.A. degree from Washington University in Statistics, and a Ph.D. from Washington University School of Medicine in Biology and Biomedical Sciences. He also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Puyo, Ecuador.

    Email: kcrandall@gwu.edu
    Web: https://cbi.gwu.edu/keith-crandall


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    Jennifer Cutraro

    Founder, Science Storytellers, Boston, Mass.

    Jenny is the founder and executive director of Science Storytellers, a new public program that gets kids to interview scientists just as professional journalists to — and to then share their science stories. She has been a writer and editor at WGBH in Boston, where she produced award-winning materials for the Emmy-nominated PBS KIDS ecosystem science program PLUM LANDING, and is a former managing editor of the SciStarter blog network. Jenny has led numerous professional development workshops for educators on integrating digital tools into formal and informal learning settings. She also has written about science, education, and creativity for outlets including the Boston Globe, Science, Science News for Students, and the New York Times Learning Network as well as numerous publishers in the k-12 market. A Midwesterner at heart, Jenny has a master’s degree in biology from Purdue University, where she also cut her teeth as a science writer for the university’s Agricultural Communications and University News Services. When she’s not talking about science, you’ll find her kayaking with her family, cheering for the Green Bay Packers, and looking for slimy things under logs.

    Twitter: @CuriousDaffodil



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    Jenny F. de la Hoz

    Facilitator and equity consulting, Center for Equity and Inclusion, Portland, Ore.

    Dr. Jenny de la Hoz is a cultural and community connector. As a young immigrant child from “La Tierra del Olvido,” Colombia, she quickly learned the skills of observation, translation, and reinterpretation of key social concepts for her parents. These skills are an important cornerstone for her current work as a facilitator, communicator, researcher, and community liaison in the environmental and equity fields.

    Dr. Jenny has worked in many sectors of the science communication field for over 25 years. Beginning with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, she helped establish their bilingual, bicultural programming which included connecting over 1,600 Head Start families annually to the aquarium and ocean conservation. At the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Dr. Jenny helped bridge environmental communities in the Portland-Vancouver metro area creating spaces for the voices and identities of marginalized communities in the mainstream environmental movement. In her current work as an equity facilitator, Dr. Jenny helps organizations see how communication, adaptability, and patience helps make for a stronger and longer-lasting bottom line with clients and personnel.

    Dr. Jenny’s research is focused on centering new voices in the environmental movement. She has looked at the largest growing minority group, the Latinx community, to study the patterns of communications and identity creation. Her work uncovers the existing deep connections Latinx have with the environment and the stories that resonate with their multiethnic, rich backgrounds. She is interested in how Latinx and other immigrant communities are linking old traditions and ways of knowing with new technologies and ideas in order to create new, intricate, truth-telling stories.

    Dr. Jenny and her work has been featured on television, radio, and print. She is an ideator and is interested in working with others to make science more quickly accessible to all people, especially to communities who are directly impacted by the information.

    Email: jennydelahoz@gmail.com
    Twitter: @fabiola_science


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    Terry Devitt

    Director of research communications, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Terry Devitt has covered the science waterfront at University of Wisconsin-Madison for more than three decades. He has been writing about human embryonic stem cells since they were first derived in a small, non-descript laboratory at the University of Wisconsin in 1998.



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    David Dobbs

    Freelance writer, independent author and journalist, Montpelier, Vt.

    David Dobbs writes on science and culture for the Atlantic, WIRED, the New York Times and NYT Book Review, Pacific Standard, National Geographic, Mosaic, and other publications. He is the author of three books and the best-selling Atavist storoy and Kindle Single "My Mother's Lover."

    Twitter: @david_dobbs


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    Carmen Drahl

    Senior editor, Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), Washington, D.C.

    Carmen Drahl joined C&EN in 2007, after earning her Ph.D. in bioorganic chemistry from Princeton University. She covers chemistry in general, particularly green chemistry, chemical biology, organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, origin of life, and forensic science. In addition to reporting for C&EN, she catalyzed social media initiatives and co-founded the “Speaking of Chemistry” web video series. In 2015 she became a freelance journalist, covering chemistry for Forbes, Scientific American, and other outlets. In 2018, Carmen returned to C&EN as part of the team that edits briefs and news. She is fluent in English and Spanish. Ask her about her travels!

    Twitter: @carmendrahl


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    Chris Duffy

    Standup comedian, television writer, and radio/podcast host, freelance, New York, N.Y.

    Chris Duffy is a standup comedian, television writer, and radio/podcast host. He's currently a staff writer for “Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas” on HBO, executive produced by John Oliver. Chris is also the creator and host of “You're the Expert,” a live show, podcast, and public radio program where three comedians try to guess what a scientist studies all day. Chris' shows have been featured in The Onion A.V. Club, LA Weekly, the Boston Globe, New Yorker, and the Comedy Bureau's "100 Best Things in Comedy." The New York Times once described one of Chris' shows as "kind of like if 'Oprah' were on public access television." Chris is both a former fifth grade teacher and a former fifth grade student.

    Twitter: @youretheexpert


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    Cynthia Dwork

    Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science in the John A. Paulson School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Harvard University; Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; distinguished scientist at Microsoft

    Cynthia Dwork is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. She has made pioneering contributions to the fields of distributed computing, cryptography, and privacy-preserving data analysis, specifically the introduction and development of differential privacy and its application to reproducibility of results. Her most recent focus is algorithmic fairness.

    Web: https://www.seas.harvard.edu/directory/dwork

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    Allison Eck

    Digital editor, NOVA, Boston, MA

    Allison Eck is a digital editor at NOVA, where she reports, writes, and oversees strategy for a weekly email newsletter, NOVA Lens. In addition, she reports stories on climate change and environmental science for NOVA Next, NOVA's longform digital science magazine. On the side, Allison has written for such publications as Nautilus Magazine and Nieman Storyboard. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and serves on the Board of Directors of the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra. She graduated from Hamilton College in 2012 with degrees in comparative literature and physics.

    • Allison is looking for pitches related to climate change—particularly stories that take a positive, "can-do" approach to the challenge of an anthropogenically warming world. She hopes to attract writers who would like to combat traditional narratives about climate change and bring clarity to this complex and, for some, personal issue. At NOVA, we believe science stories are human stories, so people-centered pitches are encouraged.
    NOVA Next feature stories are typically 1800-2000 words in length.
    • NOVA prides itself on its reputation for providing rigorous science journalism. Freelancers are held responsible for thorough fact-checking.


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    Emily Edwards

    Director of communications and outreach for the Joint Quantum Institute, University of Maryland

    Emily Edwards is a science communicator who specializes in making illustrations. She oversees the public information efforts for the University of Maryland Physics Department and the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science. Her team’s communication products include news stories, graphics, and the podcast “Relatively Certain.” Edwards leads a National Science Foundation sponsored project that aims to build a visually driven quantum physics web application for non-expert learners. Prior to getting into science communication, she attended graduate school in physics at the University of Maryland. She is passionate about increasing public awareness, appreciation, and understanding of physics and also enjoys building demos and talking to kids about science.

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    Mary Ellsberg

    Professor of global health and international studies and director, Global Women's Institute, George Washington University

    Mary Ellsberg is the founding director of the Global Women’s Institute, a university-wide institute dedicated to producing policy-oriented research to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. She has more than 30 years of experience in international research and program work on gender and public health issues. Her deep connection to global gender issues stems not only from her academic work but also from living in Nicaragua for nearly 20 years leading public health and women’s rights advocacy. She was a member of the core research team of the World Health Organization’s multicountry study on domestic violence and women’s health. Ellsberg has written more than 40 books and articles on gender-based violence and ethical and methodological aspects of violence research. She earned a doctorate in epidemiology and public health from Umea University in Sweden and a bachelor's degree in Latin American studies from Yale University.

    Twitter: @MaryEllsberg
    Web: http://globalwomensinstitute.gwu.edu



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