Megan Abbott is the award-winning author of seven novels, including Dare Me, The End of Everything and her latest, The Fever, which won both the International Thriller Writers and Strand Critics Award for Best Novel and was chosen one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, Amazon, the Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times.… read more »

Alex Abdo

Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union National Security Project

Alex Abdo is a Staff Attorney in the ACLU’s National Security Project. He is counsel in the ACLU’s challenge to the NSA’s phone-records program and has been involved in the litigation of cases concerning the Patriot Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, and the treatment of detainees in Guantánamo Bay, Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Navy brig in South Carolina.… read more »

Denver-based duo Monica and Tyler Aiello are award-winning artists and pioneering STEAM specialists recognized for their work uniting art, science, and engineering. For more than a decade, they have collaborated with NASA and the scientific community to create fine art and public practice initiatives that galvanize transdisciplinary collaboration and community engagement.… read more »

Cristina Alberini

Professor in the Center for Neural Science, New York University

Cristina Alberini, Professor in the Center for Neural Science, New York University, has been studying the biological mechanisms of long-term memory for the last 20 years. Her studies explore the biological mechanisms of memory consolidation and reconsolidation, the processes by which newly learned information become long-lasting memories, and how memories are modulated and integrated into complex behavioral manifestations.… read more »

Mark Alford

Professor of Physics, Washington University in Saint Louis

Mark Alford is chairman of the physics department at Washington University in Saint Louis. He performs research at the intersection of particle physics, nuclear physics, and astrophysics, focusing on the theory of neutron stars and the ultradense matter that exists inside them.… read more »

Elizabeth Alter is an evolutionary geneticist, professor of biology at City University of New York (Graduate Center and York College), and Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History. Her research focuses on understanding how aquatic biodiversity is generated and maintained, particularly in extreme environments such as river rapids and toxic urban waters, using the tools of genomics.… read more »

Amelia Amon is a solar designer with an aesthetic approach to integrating sustainable energy into the built environment. Her design company develops products and installations, including a solar awnings with architects, solar signage for wayfinding, dark-sky compliant solar LED lights for SolarOne Solutions, solar sculptural trackers for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), interpretive exhibits for science museums & environmental centers such as Liberty Science Center, the Sustainable Development Fund of PA, and the NY SunWorks Science Barge, system components for the NY State Energy Research & Development Authority, (NYSERDA), a fountain for the Smithsonian National Design Museum, solar freezer carts for Ben & Jerry’s, & alternative energy resources for rural women in India with the Institute for Policy Studies.… read more »

Suzanne Anker is a visual artist and theorist working at the intersection of art and the biological sciences. She works in a variety of mediums ranging from digital sculpture and installation to large-scale photography to plants grown by LED lights. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally in museums and galleries including the ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany, Walker Art Center, the Smithsonian Institute, the Phillips Collection, P.S.1 Museum, the JP Getty Museum, the Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charite in Berlin, the Center for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin, the Pera Museum in Istanbul, the Museum of Modern Art in Japan, and the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.… read more »

François Ansermet

Vice President, Agalma Foundation; Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Geneva; Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Children's Hospital of the University Hospitals of Geneva

François Ansermet practices as a psychoanalyst in Geneva, and is a member of the School of the Freudian Cause, the New Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis and the World Association of Psychoanalysis. He is currently Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Geneva and Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Children’s Hospital of the University Hospitals of Geneva.… read more »

Apkar Apkarian

Professor of Physiology
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

“I am Professor of Physiology, Anesthesiology, and PM&R at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. Over the past two decades my lab has been devoted to unravelling the brain mechanisms underlying chronic back pain (CBP), which has culminated in over 50 papers and a current clinical trial designed to arrest the development of CBP.… read more »

Nacho Arimany

Ethnic percussionist, Composer

Nacho Arimany is a master ethnic percussionist, multi-instrumentalist and composer, currently based in New York City. His music career began at age six as a classical piano student and singer with the Spanish National Choir and Orchestra, and he now works as a producer, performer, therapeutic musician, and educator.… read more »

Harald Atmanspacher

Physicist, The Collegium Helveticum (ETH Zurich, Switzerland); Privatdozent for theoretical physics, University of Potsdam; Faculty, Parmenides Foundation Munich and the Zurich C.G. Jung Institute

Harald Atmanspacher is a physicist, working at The Collegium Helveticum (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) as an associate fellow and also at the Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health (Freiburg, Germany). He has been teaching at Heidelberg University, LMU Munich, TU Munich, UT Austin, Freiburg University, ETH Zurich.… read more »