Lauren Aguirre is a science journalist with more than thirty years of experience as a staff member for the PBS series NOVA, where she served as a documentary producer, science editor, and director of digital content. Aguirre has covered topics as diverse as art restoration, human origins, and cybersecurity, but her abiding fascination is neuroscience. Her written work has appeared online in STAT, Undark, The Atlantic, Scientific American, and the PBS website. She graduated from MIT and lives in the Boston area.
James Aldred is an Emmy-award winning documentary cameraman specialising in natural history and filming at height on ropes. He regularly works for the BBC, National Geographic, and Discovery, often with Sir David Attenborough. He is the author of acclaimed book The Man Who Climbs Trees, about which the Times Literary Supplement wrote, "He is that best of things, a romantic realist... clearly a master of his craft, he has the matter of fact tone of true adventurers." James also writes and makes natural history radio programmes.
Ross Barnett is a palaeontologist with a PhD in Zoology from the University of Oxford. He specialises in seeking, analysing and interpreting ancient DNA, but his area of expertise is the genetics and phylogeny of cats, especially extinct sabretooths. Barnett's research has led to many remarkable findings in recent years and involved investigating escaped lynx in Edwardian Devon, rubbishing claims that the yeti is an ice-age polar bear and seeking the ancestral home of the enigmatic Orkney vole. In 2018, he received the Palaeontological Association's Gertrude Elles Award for Public Engagement. Ross lives in the Highlands of Scotland with his wife and two daughters.
An author, journalist, and broadcaster, David Baron is a former science correspondent for NPR whose work has been honored by the National Academy of Sciences and American Association for the Advancement of Science. His first book, The Beast in the Garden, won the Colorado Book Award, and his second, American Eclipse, received the American Institute of Physics book prize. David’s wildly popular TED Talk has been viewed more than two million times.
Ruha Benjamin is a Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, founder of the IDA B. WELLS Just Data Lab, editor of Captivating Technology (Duke), and author of People’s Science (Stanford) and the award-winning Race After Technology (Polity). She writes, teaches, and speaks widely about the social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine, and the relationship between knowledge and power, race and citizenship, health and justice.
Michael Benson is a writer, photographer, filmmaker, and exhibitions producer. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, ArtForum, and other publications. In the last decade he staged a series of increasingly large-scale shows of planetary landscape photography in the US and internationally, appearing in museums from London, to Brisbane, to Barcelona and beyond. In 2008-10, Benson worked with director Terrence Malick to help produce space and cosmology sequences for Malick’s film Tree of Life, which drew in part from Benson’s book and exhibition projects; the film won the Palm d’Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
Matthew H. Birkhold is an associate professor of law and German at the Ohio State University whose writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Foreign Affairs, and The Washington Post. He is the author of Characters before Copyright and is currently at work on a book about the ownership of icebergs.
Dan Bouk is an award winning historian who is Associate Professor of History and University Studies at Colgate University, a core member of the Max Planck Institute of Science’s working group on “Histories of Data”, and currently serves as a Faculty Fellow at the Date & Research Institute. His first book, How Our Days Became Numbered: Risk and the Rise of the Statistical Individual, was awarded prizes from the History of Science Society and the Society for U.S. Intellectual History.
Uri Bram is CEO and Editor-at-Large at The Browser. He has written about science and business for Nautilus, Motherboard, Quartz and more and is regularly featured on i24 News as an economics analyst.Uri Bram graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and has worked as a researcher at the foremost universities on four continents: on Fragile States and European Immigration at Princeton University; at the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University; at the China Center for Economic Research at Peking University in Beijing; and at the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town. Uri helped found the Streetlight Schools and is fully certified in Thai massage.
Ruth Brandon was a trainee producer for the BBC, working in radio and television after reading French and Spanish at Girton College, Cambridge. But she found she preferred writing, and moved to freelance journalism, and eventually to books. Ruth is primarily a non-fiction writer, using biography to look at social and cultural history through individual lives. Ruth lives in London. She is married, with one daughter.
Kate Brown is a Professor of Science, Technology and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the recipient of many fellowships, including those from the John D. Guggenheim Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and her books have won many prizes, including the American Historical Association’s George Louis Beer Prize for the Best Book in International European History and their Dunning and Beveridge prizes.
A paleontologist on the faculty of the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburg in Scotland, Stephen Brusatte is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs. He has discovered and named 10 new species of dinosaurs and led groundbreaking studies on how dinosaurs went extinct. A frequent speaker, he and his work have been featured on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Science Friday and 1A on NPR, CBS Radio, the BBC, CBS This Morning, the CBS Evening News, CNN and National Geographic Channel’s T.Rex Autopsy.
Sumit Paul-Choudhury is the former editor of New Scientist magazine, the world's most popular science weekly. Trained as a physicist at Imperial College, he subsequently turned his hand to journalism, working in London and New York, and spent fifteen years writing about finance and technology before returning to science in 2008. In addition to the day job, he was editor-in-chief of Arc, an acclaimed digital publication dedicated to the future, between 2012 and 2014; and in 2016 he served as the founding creative director for New Scientist Live, the world’s most exciting festival of ideas and discovery. He has written for publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal to the New Musical Express, and spoken to audiences ranging from Oxbridge dons to schoolchildren and from fashionistas to investment bankers. He also likes to talk about the future, and about how innovation and discovery change the world.
Stacey Colino is an award-winning writer, specializing in health and psychological issues. A regular contributor to U.S. News & World Report, EverydayHealth.com and AARP.com, her work has appeared in numerous outlets including The Washington Post Health and Wellness sections, Newsweek, Parade, Real Simple, MORE, Marie Claire, and Parents magazine. She has co-authored many books including Count Down: How the Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race and and is currently working with Heather Hirsch, MD, MS, NCMP on Unlocking Your Menopause Type: A Personalized Guide to Managing Your Menopausal Symptoms and Enhancing Your Health.
Tyler Cowen is Holbert L. Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University, Director and Chairman of the Board of the Mercatus Center. He has written numerous books on economics including the bestsellers, The Great Stagnation and The Complacent Class. He is a columnist with Bloomberg Opinion and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR.org, Foreign Policy, The New Yorker, and many other outlets. He writes the daily blog, Marginal Revolution, runs an on-line economics education site, Marginal Revolution University, and produces and hosts the podcast, Conversations with Tyler.
An Emmy-winning actor best known for his role as Sam Malone on the television series "Cheers," Danson appears regularly on HBO’s "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and currently stars in "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." He is on the board of Oceana, the world’s largest non-profit devoted to marine issues.
Kevin Davies is the founding editor of Nature Genetics and Bio-IT World and former Editor-in-Chief at Cell Press. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017 and is the author of three books. Most recently, Davies co-authored DNA: The Story of the Genetics Revolution, with Nobel laureate Jim Watson and Andrew Berry (Knopf).
Jeremy "Jerry" DeSilva is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth College. He is a paleoanthropologist, specializing in the locomotion of the first apes (hominoids) and early human ancestors (hominins), and his particular anatomical expertise—the human foot and ankle—has contributed to our understanding of the origins and evolution of upright walking in the human lineage.
Brian Deer is a journalist specializing in the drug industry and social issues. He’s received two British Press Awards for his Sunday Times investigations, an award for Specialist Journalist of the Year, and was recently awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from York St. John University. He’s served as a lecturer in child health policy at the University of Michigan, and a lecturer in life sciences at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.
Benoit Denizet-Lewis is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and an assistant professor in the Writing, Literature & Publishing Department at Emerson College. He is the author of America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life, as well as Travels with Casey: My Journey Through Our Dog-Crazy Country (Simon & Schuster). His 2001 New York Times Magazine article “My Ex-Gay Friend” is being adapted into the film “I Am Michael,” starring James Franco, Zachary Quinto, and Emma Roberts.
William Deverell is a historian specializing in the 19th and 20th century American West and environmental history. He has written numerous books on the history of California and the American West, including Shaped By the West: A History of North America (University of California Press, 2018), and serves as director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, a collaborative research and teaching entity between USC's Dornslife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences and the Huntington Library.
Michael Dine is Professor of Physics at University of California, Santa Cruz. He is noted for work on cosmology where he has proposed one of the leading candidates for the dark matter and several ideas for how the asymmetry might arise between matter and antimatter, for work in particle physics particularly in the strong interactions, for work on the possibility that nature is supersymmetric and for research in string theory.In the past, he was a Long Term Member Institute for Advanced Study and Henry Semat Professor City College of the City University of New York. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and Winner of the 2018 Sakurai Prize of the American Physical Society.
Joan Donovan, PhD is one of the leading public scholars and disinformation researchers in the world. As the Research Director of the Harvard Shorenstein Center, Donovan is a thought leader, and sought-after social scientist whose expertise is in how social movements form, fringe political movements, and the role technology and media play in their growth.
Emily Dreyfuss is a well-known veteran tech journalist whose work has focused on the intersection of technology and society for many years. She has written for WIRED, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Week, and many other publications, delivered keynotes at conferences, and has been a guest on everything from The Today Show to NPR on The Nightly News.
Ducharme is a staff writer at TIME magazine covering health and breaking news. She has spent years investigating topics such as vaping and has written extensively on medical research, public health, business, and government regulations.
Senior technology reporter at ProPublica, Renee Dudley has won the 2019 SABEW award for Technology and the 2020 TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting. She previously worked at Reuters, where her series on U.S. higher education was named a 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist in National Reporting.
Maddy Dychtwald is the the co-founder of Age Wave and an internationally acclaimed social scientist, researcher, and thought leader on longevity, aging, the new retirement, and the ascent of women. Recognized by Forbes as one of the top 50 female futurists globally, she is a Wall Street Journal blogger, and she and her work are frequently featured in prominent media outlets, including Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Newsweek, Time, Fox Business News, CNBC, and NPR.
The embodiment of genius and the pre-eminent scientist of the modern age, his theories and discoveries have profoundly affected the way people view and understand the world and their place in it. Einstein was also known as a philosopher and humanist who was keenly interested in and concerned about the affairs of the world.
His sagacious, wise, and humorous quotations, letters, and articles are widely used throughout popular culture as well as in historical and academic works. Einstein’s name and image are instantly recognizable everywhere in the world.
Linda T. Elkins-Tanton is the Managing Director of Arizona State University’s Interplanetary Initiative, Principal Investigator of the NASA Psyche mission: Journey to a Metallic World, and co-founder of the ed tech company Beagle Learning. Her past appointments include Director of ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, Director of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism at the Carnegie Institution for Science, Assistant Professor at MIT, and Research Associate at Brown University. She received her B.S., M.S., and PhD degrees from MIT. Among her many accolades, she is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and recipient of numerous awards including the Arthur L. Day Prize from the National Academy of Sciences which called her, “the world’s leading figure in the early evolution of rocky planets.”
Claire L. Evans is a writer and musician. She is a founding editor of Terraform, the former futures editor of Motherboard, and a contributor to the Guardian, WIRED, and Aeon, among other outlets; previously, she was a contributor to Grantland and wrote National Geographic's popular culture and science blog, Universe. She has given invited talks at the Hirshhorn Museum, Walker Art Center, TEDx, La Gaité Lyrique, Google I/O, & The New Museum, among others.
Graham Farmelo is an award-winning science writer and biographer. Formerly an academic and senior executive of the Science Museum from 1990-2003, he also works as speaker and consultant in science communication. Graham is often a guest on BBC Radio 4, has contributed to the New Scientist and Scientific American and written reviews in a wide range of publications, notably The Times, The New York Times, The Guardian, Nature and Times Higher Education. He is a Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge, and a regular visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.The Strangest Man, his masterful biography of Paul Dirac—pioneer in quantum mechanics, the ‘British Einstein’ and youngest theoretician ever to win the Nobel Prize for Physics—won the 2009 Costa Book Award for Biography and the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology. It was also chosen by Physics World as their Book of the Year. Farmelo was awarded the Kelvin Prize and Medal in 2012 by the Institute of Physics, which elected him a Fellow in 1998. In 2011 he was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association. Graham is also an undercover restaurant critic and is based in London.
Dr. Valerie Fridland is a professor of sociolinguistics at the University of Nevada in Reno. An expert on the relationship between language and society, her work has appeared in numerous academic journals and she is co-author of the book Sociophonetics by Cambridge University Press. She also writes for Psychology Today and lectures for The Great Courses.
Brian Friedberg is the Senior Researcher of the Technology and Social Change Research Project at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. He a digital investigative ethnographer with a deep subject matter focus on far-right and alternative communication spaces.
Dr. Arline T. Geronimus is a professor at University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Over 30 years ago, she coined the term “weathering” to describe the effects of systemic oppression on the body. She has served as an expert panelist and consultant for President Obama’s Health Care Advisory Committee, the US Civil Rights Commission, the MacArthur Foundation, the Aspen Institute, and the Ford Foundation, among many others.
Jen Golbeck is a Professor at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies and companion to six rescued golden retrievers. She studies the intersection of psychology, social media, and artificial intelligence at work, and, with her husband, runs a social media empire @theGoldenRatio4 to bring her dogs’ stories of joy and recovery to the world.
Jeff Gothelf is an expert on user experience and technology, as well as principal at the consulting firm Neo and co-author of Lean UX (O’Reilly Publishing) and Sense and Respond (Harvard Business Review Press), on how IT and apps are revolutionizing the entire practice of management.
Samuel Graydon is Science Editor of the Times Literary Supplement, where he writes regularly on a variety of topics, including quantum mechanics, literature, music and comedy. He graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in English in 2015, and lives in Greenwich, in south London.
Daniel Gross is a software entrepreneur who founded Pioneer, an upstart venture capital firm devoted to finding new talent around the world using on-line methods, in 2018 when he was 27; he is currently its CEO. Daniel began his tech career with a company called Cue, which he sold to Apple when he was 23, then becoming a Director at Apple. He served as a partner and founder at YCombinator, the esteemed Silicon Valley startup incubator. Forbes named him one of its “30 Under 30” in the Pioneers in Technology category in 2011. The following year, Business Insider named him one of the “25 under 25” in Silicon Valley, and in 2014, the site named him one of “30 under 30 Influential Young People in Tech”. He contributes to Tech Crunch and has written for Medium.
Trained as a political economist and sociologist, Mauro Guillén is the Dean at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School and the Dr. Felix Zandman Professor Emeritus of Management at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. An award-winning writer and scholar, his commentary has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Financial Times.
Elizabeth Hess wrote on art throughout the 80′s and 90′s for TheVillage Voice, The Washington Post, The New York Observer, Art News, Art in America and Artforum, among many other publications. Her essays have appeared in collections and catalogues around the world. She began writing about New York’s shelter animals for the Voice and New York Magazine and has written articles and columns on animals for dozens of newspapers and magazines ranging from Bark to The London Telegraph. Her book Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human became Project Nim, a film directed by James Marsh (Man on Wire) and produced by Simon Chinn. Hess divides her time between New York City and Upstate New York.
Dr. David Hone is a palaeontologist and zoologist at Queen Mary, University of London, where he is also Director of Biological Scienes Programmes. He has published nearly 100 academic papers on dinosaur biology and behaviour, with a particular interest in Tyrannousaurs. David includes among his writing credits the BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs. He has appeared on the Discovery Channel, BBC Radio 5 Live and RTE, acted as consultant for National Geographic documentaries, and written articles for The Guardian, New Scientist, The Times, The Independent, The Telegraph, The New York Times, and many others.
Janet Hopson, an award-winning science writer, has authored and co-authored numerous science titles, including Get Fit, Stay Well!, The Nature of Life, Essentials of Biology, and Scent Signals: the Silent Language of Sex. She holds an M.A. in Science Writing from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, Newsweek, Science News among many others. She lives in northern California.
A neuroscientist at Stanford University, Patrick House has contributed to The New Yorker and Slate. His research has been featured in the New York Times, on the podcast Radiolab, and in one of the most popular Atlantic articles of all time.
Accomplished roboticist, entrepreneur and educator Dr. Ayanna Howard is dean of The Ohio State University College of Engineering. Previously she was chair of the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing, as well as founder and director of the Human-Automation Systems Lab (HumAnS). Hailed by MIT Technology Review as a top young innovator and recognized as one of the 23 most powerful women engineers in the world by Business Insider, she is the founder & CTO of Zyrobotics and former Senior Robotics Researcher and Deputy Manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
A poet, media scholar, and former network engineer, Tung-Hui Hu is an associate professor of English at the University of Michigan. The winner of a Rome Prize and a NEA fellowship for literature, Hu has also received an American Academy in Berlin Prize for his research. He is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Greenhouses, Lighthouses, and a book on digital culture, A Prehistory of the Cloud (MIT Press, 2015), described by The New Yorker as "mesmerizing... absorbing [in] its playful speculations."
Bonnie J. Kaplan, PhD is a Professor Emerita in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, Canada. She has degrees from University of Chicago, Brandeis, and has done faculty research in neuorophysiology at Yale. She has published widely on the biological basis of developmental disorders and mental health, especially the contribution of nutrition to brain development and brain function. She was awarded, in 2019, the prestigious Dr. Rogers Prize, a national award given in Canada for research in complementary, alternative, or integrative health.
Andrew Keen is one of the world’s best known and most controversial commentators on the digital revolution. He is executive director of the Silicon Valley innovation salon FutureCast, the host of the popular podcast Keen On Democracy, a Senior Fellow at CALinnovates, a columnist for CNN and a much acclaimed public speaker around the world. In 2015, he was named by GQ magazine in their list of the ‘100 Most Connected Men’.
Joe Keohane is an American journalist. He has worked for or contributed to such esteemed publications as Esquire, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, the New York Times, and the Boston Globe. A writer and a top editor, he has covered everything from politics, to business, to technology and social science around the world, and his work has been anthologized in several textbooks. He currently works as Executive Editor of Medium.com. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.
David Kirby is a writer, activist, and longtime journalist. He is a contributor to The New York Times and author of the New York Times bestselling book Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines and The Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy, as well as Animal Factory and Death at SeaWorld (St. Martin’s).
Adam Lashinsky is a reporter on Silicon Valley and Wall Street for Fortune, co-chair of Fortune’s annual Brainstorm Tech conference, a contributor to the Fox News Channel, and author of the bestseller Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired—and Secretive—Company Really Works (Business Plus).
Dr. Morgan Elyse Levine, PhD, is a professor at Yale University in the School of Medicine, a core leader for Yale’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and a “rising star” in the field of aging and longevity science. Dr. Levine serves on the Scientific Advisor Boards of major companies, including Elysium, Life Epigenetics, and Humanity and her research has been featured in major news outlets, including: The Guardian, Time Magazine, the Washington Post, Good Housekeeping Magazine, and many others. She has also been profiled on CNN and is featured on the Netflix docuseries Goop Lab.
A former editor at both Wired and Billboard, Levine has also written for the New York Times, Fortune, Business 2.0, Conde Nast Portfolio, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair.
Ernesto Londoño is a journalist for The New York Times. He joined the newspaper in 2014 as a member of the editorial board and served as Brazil bureau chief from 2017 to 2022. He previously worked at The Washington Post, where his assignments included covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Arab Spring and the Pentagon. He was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia.
John Long is the Strategic Professor of Paleontology at Flinders University in Adelaide and part of the largest paleontological research team in Australia. He has held several research positions at major museums including several years as Vice President of Research and Collections at the Museum of Natural History of Los Angeles County in California. Over the course of his career, he has discovered and described more than 85 extinct creatures in remote locations ranging from Antarctica, China, Iran, Thailand, and his native Australia, published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles as well as numerous pieces in Scientific American and Nature, and writes regularly for The Conversation, where his piece about Megalodon has been read by close to a million people.
Widely considered the Godfather of Biodiversity, Thomas Lovejoy is a pioneering biologist who coined the term “biodiversity” and is credited with founding the field of climate change biology. He is a Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation and the world’s leading authority on conservation ecology.
Debora MacKenzie has been covering emerging diseases for more than 30 years as a science journalist for outlets like New Scientist magazine. She has been reporting on COVID-19 from the start, and she was among the first journalists to suggest that it could become a pandemic. From SARs to rabies and Ebola to AIDs, she's been on the frontline in reporting on how pandemics form, why they spread, and how to stop them throughout her career. In addition to infectious disease, she also specializes in reporting on the science of complexity and social organization. In 2010, she won the American Society for Microbiology Public Communication Award. Before becoming a journalist, she worked as a biomedical researcher.