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Leslie C. Aiello

Leslie Aiello is an evolutionary anthropologist with special interests in the evolution of human adaptation and in broader issues of evolutionary theory, life history and the evolution of the brain, diet, and cognition.…read more

Leslie Aiello is an evolutionary anthropologist with special interests in the evolution of human adaptation and in broader issues of evolutionary theory, life history and the evolution of the brain, diet, and cognition. She received her BA and MA in Anthropology from the UCLA and her PhD in human evolution and anatomy from the University of London. She is currently President of the Wenner-Gren Foundation of Anthropological Research, having spent the majority of her academic career (1976-2005) at University College London where she was Professor of Biological Anthropology from 1995, Head of the UCL Anthropology Department (1996-2002) and Head of the UCL Graduate School (2002 - 2005). She was co-managing editor of the Journal of Human Evolution (1993-1999), and has been active with the media in the public dissemination of science and particularly human evolution.

She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and is a member of the American Philosophical Society. She is President-Elect of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Professor Emerita and Honorary Fellow at UCL, and in 2016 received honorary doctorate from the Universidad de Alcalá, Spain.

Roger Bingham

Roger Bingham is a science educator, author and television host based in La Jolla, California.…read more

Roger Bingham is a science educator, author and television host based in La Jolla, California. He is Co-founder and Director of The Science Network (www.thesciencenetwork.org), where programming includes the celebrated Beyond Belief meetings. He is the Founding Director of The Collaboratory, a Center at the University of California, San Diego, an affiliate of the Computational Neurobiology Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Neural Computation at University of California, San Diego. He is also a member of the Director's Council at the Center for Brain Activity Mapping (C-BAM) and an Executive Committee member of the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center (TDLC) at the University of California, San Diego.

Bingham has an extensive background in science communication beginning with his work as writer, director and presenter of PBS programs including the series The Human Quest. Co-author of The Origin of Minds: Evolution, Uniqueness, and the New Science of the Self, he holds seven Los Angeles Emmy Awards, a Writer’s Guild of America Award and the National Magazine Award.

Arthur Caplan

Caplan is currently the Drs. William F and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and founding head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University School of Medicine in New York City.…read more

Caplan is currently the Drs. William F and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and founding head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University School of Medicine in New York City.

Prior to coming to NYU he was the Sidney D. Caplan Professor of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia where he created the Center for Bioethics and the Department of Medical Ethics.  Caplan has also taught at the University of Minnesota, where he founded the Center for Biomedical Ethics, the University of Pittsburgh, and Columbia University.  He received his PhD from Columbia University.

Caplan is the author or editor of thirty-five books and over 700 papers in peer reviewed journals. 

In 2014 he was selected to receive the Public Service Award from the National Science Foundation/National Science Board which honors individuals and groups that have made substantial contributions to increasing public understanding of science and engineering in the United States.  In 2016 the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) honored him with their ‘Rare Impact Award’.  He received the Lifetime Achievement award from the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities in 2016.

Vinton Cerf

Vinton G. Cerf
Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist
Google

At Google, Vint Cerf contributes to global policy development and continued spread of the Internet.…read more

Vinton G. Cerf
Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist
Google

At Google, Vint Cerf contributes to global policy development and continued spread of the Internet. Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet.   He has served in executive positions at the Internet Society, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the American Registry for Internet Numbers, MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and on the faculty of Stanford University.

Vint Cerf sits on US National Science Board and is a Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Cerf is a Foreign Member of the Royal Society and Swedish Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, British Computer Society, Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, Worshipful Company of Stationers and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet, including the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, US National Medal of Technology, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, the Prince of Asturias Award, the Japan Prize, the Charles Stark Draper award, the ACM Turing Award, the Legion d’Honneur and 29 honorary degrees.

George M. Church

George Church is Professor at Harvard & MIT, co-author of 450 papers, 95 patent publications & the book Regenesis.…read more

George Church is Professor at Harvard & MIT, co-author of 450 papers, 95 patent publications & the book Regenesis. He developed methods used for the first genome sequence (1994) & genome recoding & million-fold cost reductions since.  He co-initiated the BRAIN Initiative (2011) & Genome Projects (1984, 2005) to provide & interpret world's only open-access personal precision medicine data.

Rita Colwell

Dr. Rita R. Colwell is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and Chairman and Chief Science Officer, CosmosID, Inc.…read more

Dr. Rita R. Colwell is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and Chairman and Chief Science Officer, CosmosID, Inc.  Her interests are focused on genomics, biodiversity, and molecular microbial systematics and ecology.  Dr. Colwell is an honorary member of the microbiological societies of the UK, Australia, France, Israel, Bangladesh, India and the U.S. Dr. Colwell served as the 11th Director of the National Science Foundation from 1998 to 2004.  She has authored/co-authored 19 books and over 800 scientific publications.  She is a member of the National Academy of Science and has been awarded the Stockholm Water Prize, Order of the Rising Sun, Japan, and the US National Medal of Science.

Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins was the first holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, and is a Fellow of New College, Oxford, Retired.…read more

Richard Dawkins was the first holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, and is a Fellow of New College, Oxford, Retired.

His bestselling books include The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, The Ancestor’s Tale, and the God Delusion.  The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, was published in September 2009, Magic of Reality, illustrated by Dave McKean, was published in September of 2011.  His autobiography, An Appetite for Wonder: Volume One, was published in September 2013, and followed by Volume Two: Brief Candle in the Dark in September 2015. An anniversary edition of The Ancestor’s Tale was published in 2016. 2017 will see the publication of Science in the Soul, an anthology of Richard’s writings.

Dawkins is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the 1987 Royal Society of Literature Award, 1990 Michael Faraday Award of the Royal Society, 1994 Nakayama prize, 1997 International Cosmos Prize for Achievement in Human Science, 2001 Kistler Prize, 2005 Shakespeare Prize, 2006 Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science, and was named Author of the Year at the 2007 Galaxy British Book Awards.

Drew Endy

Drew Endy is a Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University and President of the BioBricks Foundation.  He research teams have pioneered amplifying genetic logic gates, rewritable DNA data storage, reliably reuseable standard biological parts, and the refactoring of genomes.  Drew helped launch the new undergraduate majors in biological engineering at both MIT and Stanford; he also co-founded the iGEM competition, a global genetic engineering “olympics” that now engages over 6,000 students annually.  Drew has been recognized by the White House for his work on open source biotechnology and, most recently, received an honorary doctorate from the Technische Universiteit Delft.  He is a voting member of the US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity and the World Health Organization's Smallpox Advisory Committee.  He lives in Menlo Park California with his wife and colleague Professor Christina Smolke.…read more

Drew Endy is a Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University and President of the BioBricks Foundation.  He research teams have pioneered amplifying genetic logic gates, rewritable DNA data storage, reliably reuseable standard biological parts, and the refactoring of genomes.  Drew helped launch the new undergraduate majors in biological engineering at both MIT and Stanford; he also co-founded the iGEM competition, a global genetic engineering “olympics” that now engages over 6,000 students annually.  Drew has been recognized by the White House for his work on open source biotechnology and, most recently, received an honorary doctorate from the Technische Universiteit Delft.  He is a voting member of the US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity and the World Health Organization's Smallpox Advisory Committee.  He lives in Menlo Park California with his wife and colleague Professor Christina Smolke.

Ed Felten

Edward W. Felten is the Robert E. Kahn Professor of  Computer Science  and  Public Affairs , and the founding Director of Princeton's  Center for Information Technology Policy .…read more

Edward W. Felten is the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs, and the founding Director of Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy. In 2015-2017 he served in the White House as Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer. In 2011-12 he served as the first Chief Technologist at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. His research interests include computer security and privacy, and technology law and policy. He has published more than 100 papers in the research literature, and two books. His research on topics such as Internet security, privacy, copyright and copy protection, and electronic voting has been covered extensively in the popular press.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a Fellow of the ACM. He has testified before the House and Senate committee hearings on privacy, electronic voting, and digital television. In 2004, Scientific American magazine named him to its list of fifty worldwide science and technology leaders.

Jonathan Foley

JONATHAN FOLEY, PHD
Executive Director and William R. and Gretchen B.…read more

JONATHAN FOLEY, PHD
Executive Director and William R. and Gretchen B. Kimball Chair

Dr. Jonathan Foley is the Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. In this role, Foley oversees the institution’s programs of scientific research, sustainability, education, and public engagement. A world-renowned scientist, his work focuses on the sustainability of our planet and the ecosystems and natural resources we depend on. Throughout his career, he has made major contributions to our understanding of worldwide changes in ecosystems, land use and climate, and global food security. Foley has won numerous awards and honors, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (awarded by President Bill Clinton); the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development Award; the J.S. McDonnell Foundation's 21st Century Science Award; an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship; and the Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America. In 2014, he was named winner of the prestigious Heinz Award for the Environment. A noted science communicator, Foley has written many popular articles, op-eds, and essays in publications like National Geographic, Scientific American, the New York Times, The Guardian, Ensia, Yale's Environment 360, and bioGraphic, among others. His presentations on global environmental issues have been featured at hundreds of venues, including the Aspen Environmental Forum, the Chautauqua Institution, and TED.

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