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Morten L. Kringelbach

Professor Morten L Kringelbach is the director of the Hedonia research group based at the Universities of Oxford and Aarhus.…read more

Professor Morten L Kringelbach is the director of the Hedonia research group based at the Universities of Oxford and Aarhus. His prize-winning research seeks to understand the pleasure system (hedonia) in the human brain to find the best ways to increase well-being (eudaimonia). His research uses whole-brain computational models to understand the pleasure afforded by, for example, infants, music and flavour, and features regularly in newspapers, magazines, radio and television. He has a special interest in improving the public understanding of science and to link science with art; for example exploring “The Writer’s Brain” (with Dame AS Byatt) and creating sculptures such as “Pain/Pleasure” from brain data (with Annie Cattrell). He has written 14 books including “The Pleasure Center” and “Emotion. Pleasure and pain in the brain”. He is a fellow of The Queen’s College, Oxford, of the Association for Psychological Science and a board member of the world’s first Empathy Museum.

Robert Langer

Robert Langer is an Institute Professor at MIT (there are 13 Institute Professors at MIT; an Institute Professor is the highest honor awarded to a faculty member).…read more

Robert Langer is an Institute Professor at MIT (there are 13 Institute Professors at MIT; an Institute Professor is the highest honor awarded to a faculty member). His h-index of 232 is the highest of any engineer in history. He has over 1,130 issued and pending patents which have been licensed or sublicensed to over 300 companies. He served as Chairman of the FDA’s SCIENCE BOARD (highest advisory board) from 1999-2002.  Langer is one of  a very few individuals elected to the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Inventors.  He is one of four living individuals to receive both the US National Medal of Science and the US National Medal of Technology and Innovation.  In 2015, Dr. Langer received the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.  He has also received the Draper Prize (considered the engineering Nobel Prize), Albany Medical Center Prize, Wolf Prize for Chemistry, Millennium Technology Prize, Priestley Medal (highest award of the American Chemical Society), Gairdner Prize, Kyoto Prize and the Lemelson-MIT prize, for being “one of history’s most prolific inventors in medicine.” He holds 29 honorary doctorates including honorary degrees from Harvard and Yale.

Robert Palazzo

Dr. Palazzo is an Italian-born naturalized American scholar and academic leader serving as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).…read more

Dr. Palazzo is an Italian-born naturalized American scholar and academic leader serving as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Palazzo is a former Provost of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an active member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Scientific American Magazine and the selection committee for the Albany Prize. He is Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for The Alliance for Science and Technology Research in America (ASTRA), and a member of the Executive Committee for the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru). Dr. Palazzo was a founding member of the Education Advisory Board (EAB) in Washington D.C. and is a past-President of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). Palazzo served as Chair of the Science Advisory Council and as ex officio member of the Board of Trustees for the Marine Biological Laboratory. He has also served as a panelist or as a member of various committees for a variety of organizations throughout his career, including the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Lisa Randall

Lisa Randall studies theoretical particle physics and cosmology at Harvard University, where she is Frank J.…read more

Lisa Randall studies theoretical particle physics and cosmology at Harvard University, where she is Frank J. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science. Randall’s research connects theoretical insights addressing puzzles in our understanding of the properties of matter, the Universe, and space.. Her latest book Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs is a sweeping overview of the evolution of the Universe, the Milky Way, the Solar System, and of life.   Professor Randall earned her PhD from Harvard University and held professorships at MIT and Princeton University before returning to Harvard in 2001. Randall is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,  the American Physical Society, and is an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy and an Honorary Fellow of the British Institute of Physics. Professor Randall’s studies have made her among the most cited and influential theoretical physicists and she is the recipient of many awards and honors for her accomplishments.  In addition, Professor Randall was on the list of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People" of 2007 and was one of 40 people featured in The Rolling Stone 40th Anniversary issue in Newsweek's "Who's Next in 2006." She is also the recipient of honorary degrees from Brown University, Duke University, Bard College, and the University of Antwerp.

Randall’s books: Warped Passages (2005), and Knocking on Heaven’s Door (2011) were featured on the New York Times’ lists of “100 Notable Books.” Her e-book, Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space, was published in 2012.

Martin Rees

Martin Rees is a cosmologist and space scientist. His research interests have included galaxy formation, active galactic nuclei, black holes, gamma-ray bursts, and more speculative aspects of cosmology.…read more

Martin Rees is a cosmologist and space scientist. His research interests have included galaxy formation, active galactic nuclei, black holes, gamma-ray bursts, and more speculative aspects of cosmology. He is based in Cambridge, where he has been Director of the Institute of Astronomy, a Research Professor, and Master of Trinity College. He was President of the Royal Society during 2005-2010. He was appointed to the House of Lords as a cross-bencher in 2005 and to the Order of Merit in 2007. He has received many international awards for his research. He belongs to numerous foreign academies including the US National Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy, the Japan Academy and the Pontifical Academy. He holds honorary degrees from numerous universities, including Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard and Yale .He is a former trustee of the British Museum, the Science Museum, NESTA and the Gates Cambridge Trust, and is on the Board of the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study. He has served on many bodies connected with education, space research, arms control and international collaboration in science.. He lectures, writes and broadcasts widely for general audiences. His books include 'Before the Beginning', 'Our Final Century?' 'Just Six Numbers', 'Our Cosmic Habitat', 'Gravity's Fatal Attraction' (with M Begelman) , and 'From Here to Infinity: Scientific Horizons', an expanded version of his BBC Reith Lectures. A further book, 'What we still don't know' is forthcoming.

Ever since his book 'Our Final Century?' was published, he has been concerned with the threats stemming from humanity's ever-heavier 'footprint' on the global environment, and with the runaway consequences of ever more powerful technologies. These concerns led him to join with colleagues in setting up a Centre for the Study of Existential Risks (CSER). This is based in Cambridge but has a strong international advisory board.

Eugenie Scott

Dr. Eugenie C. Scott is the founding Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education, Inc., a not for profit membership organization of scientists, teachers, and others that works to improve the teaching of science as a way of knowing, the teaching of evolution, and the teaching of climate change.…read more

Dr. Eugenie C. Scott is the founding Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education, Inc., a not for profit membership organization of scientists, teachers, and others that works to improve the teaching of science as a way of knowing, the teaching of evolution, and the teaching of climate change.

A former college professor, Dr. Scott is an internationally-known expert on the creationism and evolution controversy and science denialism, and is called upon by the press and other media to explain science to the general public. The author of Evolution vs Creationism: An Introduction and co-editor with Glenn Branch of Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design is Wrong for our Schools, she is the recipient of numerous awards from scientists and educators, and was named "One of 10 outstanding leaders involved in research, business or policy pursuits that have advanced science and technology" by Scientific American. She has been awarded nine honorary degrees. Asteroid 249540 Eugeniescott was named for her in 2014.

Terry Seinowski

Terrence Sejnowski is a pioneer in computational neuroscience and his goal is to understand the principles that link brain to behavior.…read more

Terrence Sejnowski is a pioneer in computational neuroscience and his goal is to understand the principles that link brain to behavior. His laboratory uses both experimental and modeling techniques to study the biophysical properties of synapses and neurons and the population dynamics of large networks of neurons. He has published over 500 scientific papers and 14 books, including The Computational Brain.  He received his PhD in Physics from Princeton and is currently an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a Distinguished Professor at the University of California at San Diego and holds the Francis Crick Chair at The Salk Institute.  Sejnowski is the President of the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) Foundation, the premier conference on machine learning and neural computation.  Sejnowski is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering.  He was instrumental in shaping the BRAIN Initiative that was announced by the White House in 2013 and served on the Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH for the BRAIN Initiative.

Michael E. Webber

As Deputy Director of the Energy Institute, Co-Director of the Clean Energy Incubator, Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources, Author, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Dr.…read more

As Deputy Director of the Energy Institute, Co-Director of the Clean Energy Incubator, Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources, Author, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Michael E. Webber trains the next generation of energy leaders at the University of Texas at Austin and beyond through research and education at the convergence of engineering, policy, and commercialization.  His recent book, “Thirst for Power: Energy, Water and Human Survival”, which addresses the connection between earth’s most valuable resources and offers a hopeful approach toward a sustainable future, is receiving wide praise. His television special Energy at the Movies was in national syndication on PBS stations 2013-2015, and a suite of energy literacy tools titled Energy 101, including videos, online courses, and an interactive ebook, is available globally.  He was selected as a Fellow of ASME, has authored more than 300 publications, holds 4 patents, and serves on the advisory board for Scientific American.  Webber holds a B.S. and B.A. from UT Austin, and M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford.  He was honored as an American Fellow of the German Marshall Fund, an AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellow, and on four separate occasions by the University of Texas for exceptional teaching.

George M. Whitesides

George M. Whitesides.  Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor.…read more

George M. Whitesides.  Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor. Born, 1939, Louisville, KY.  A.B., Harvard, 1960.  Ph.D., 1964, California Institute of Technology (with J.D. Roberts).  Faculty: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1963 to 1982; Harvard University, 1982-present. 

Memberships and Fellowships. American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, American Philosophical Society, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of the Institute of Physics, New York Academy of Sciences, World Technology Network,  Honorary Member of the Materials Research Society in India, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences,  Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK).

Present research interests include: physical and organic chemistry, materials science, biophysics, complexity and emergence, surface science, microfluidics, optics, self-assembly, science for developing economies, catalysis, origin of life, rational drug design, cell-surface biochemistry, simplicity, dissipative systems, magnetic levitation in biology, paper diagnostics.

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