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 »

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 »

Adrian Bejan is the J. A. Jones Distinguished Professor at Duke University. His research is in applied physics, thermodynamics and the Constructal Law as the law of physics that governs organization and evolution in nature. He is the author of 30 books and over 600 peer-reviewed journal articles.… read more »

Inna Belfer

Health Scientist Administrator/Project Officer
Office of Research on Women’s Health

Dr. Belfer is world-recognized expert in human pain genetics and assessement of clinical pain and pain-related traits. She started her career as a neurologist, and then got extensive training in neurobiology and human genetics. Since 2001, her primary interest has been the relationship between gene polymorphisms and complex phenotypes such as pain, psychiatric disorders, and addictions.… read more »

Professor Robin Collins is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. He earned his PhD in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame (1993) and has graduate-level training in theoretical physics from the University of Texas at Austin. He has written over forty-five substantial articles and book chapters in philosophy with some of the leading academic presses, spanning the areas of philosophy of physics, philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of mind.… read more »

Lisa DeBenedittis is an Assistant Professor of Design Research at Parsons School of Design, and most recently has served as Vice Provost of The New School, and Associate Dean at Parsons.
She completed her Ph.D. (NYU) in 2005, writing on the aesthetics of subjectivity, and completed her analytic training at the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association, now in practice in New York City and Long Island.… read more »

Simon Aban Deng is a human rights activist living in the United States. A native of the Shilluk Kingdom in southern Sudan, he spent several years as a child slave until escaping and thereafter applying for asylum in the U.S. and taking U.S.… read more »

Anis Dizdarevic

Assistant Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center

Anis Dizdarevic MD is an assistant clinical professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. He specializes in acute and chronic pain, causes, evolution and management. His particular interest is in pain prevention, minimally invasive pain management and mind-body remodeling and rehabilitation mechanisms.… read more »

Evelina Fedorenko

Assistant Professor, Director of the EvLab at Harvard Medical School / Mass General Hospital

Ev Fedorenko is a cognitive neuroscientist who specializes in the study of the human language system. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Linguistics from Harvard University in 2002. She then proceeded to pursue graduate studies in cognitive science and neuroscience at MIT.… read more »

Allen Fein

Professor, Department of Cell Biology, UConn Health

Alan Fein is a Professor of Cell Biology in the School of Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

After receiving his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Dr. Fein went to the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole where he eventually became the Director of the Laboratory of Sensory Physiology.… read more »

Daniel L. Goroff is Vice President and Program Director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a grant-making philanthropy that supports breakthroughs in science, technology, and economics. He is also Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Economics at Claremont’s Harvey Mudd College, where he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty.… read more »

Anthony Grafton studied history, classics and history of science at the University of Chicago and University College London. He teaches European history at Princeton University, where he has worked since 1975. He has been a visiting professor at the Collège de France, the Louvre, the University of Munich, the Warburg Haus in Hamburg and Columbia University, and has held visiting fellowships at Merton and Pembroke Colleges, Oxford, and Christ’s and Trinity Colleges, Cambridge.… read more »

William Grassie is an interdisciplinary scholar, academic entrepreneur, social activist, and author. Grassie received a B.A. in political science from Middlebury College and then worked for ten years on nuclear disarmament, citizen diplomacy, community organizing, and sustainability issues in Washington, D.C, Jerusalem, Philadelphia, and West Berlin. … read more »

David Grinspoon is an astrobiologist and prize-winning author. He is a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute. His research focuses on climate evolution on Earth-like planets and potential conditions for life elsewhere in the universe. He is involved with several interplanetary spacecraft missions for NASA, the European Space Agency and the Japanese Space Agency.… read more »

Uri Hasson

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and the Neuroscience Institute
Peretsman-Scully Hall, Princeton University

Uri Hasson grew up in Jerusalem. As an undergrad he studied philosophy and cognitive sciences at the Hebrew University. He completed his Ph.D. in Neurobiology at the Weizmann Institute in Israel and was a postdoctoral fellow at NYU before moving to Princeton.… read more »

Marina Korsakova-Kreyn is a professional pianist and scholar in music perception and cognition. She received her Diploma in Piano Performance from Nizhniy Novgorod State Conservatory, Russia, and she received her Ph.D. in Cognition and Neuroscience from The University of Texas at Dallas.… read more »

Carol Mandel

Dean, NYU Division of Libraries

Carol A. Mandel is Dean of the NYU Division of Libraries, which includes NYU’s libraries in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai; along with Campus Media Services, University Archives, and the NYU Press. She has been a leading figure in research librarianship during its turn of the 20th-century transformation in a digital environment.… read more »

Alberto Manguel is an Argentinian-Canadian writer, translator, editor and critic, born in Buenos Aires in 1948. He has published several novels, including News From a Foreign Country Came, and All Men Are Liars, and non-fiction, including Curiosity, With Borges, A History of Reading, The Library at Night and (together with Gianni Guadalupi) The Dictionary of Imaginary Places.… read more »

Tim Maudlin

Professor of Philosophy, New York University

Tim Maudlin is Professor of Philosophy at New York University. He received his B. A. in Physics and Philosophy from Yale and his Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh. His work centers on the interpretation of physical theory: how the mathematical structures used in physics may be understood as presenting a physical account of the world.… read more »

Mark Mitton

Professional magician

Mark Mitton creates customized magical presentations that make corporate and private events meaningful and memorable. Having trained with the greatest masters of magic and comedy and worked around the world for over 25 years, he knows how to get a crowd going, and how to provide the perfect magical touch in the right place at the right time.… read more »

Mark A. Norell

Chairman of the Department of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History

Mark A. Norell was born July 26, 1957, in St. Paul, Minnesota and spent most of his formative years (from 1964) in southern California. He received a Bachelor of Science in 1980 from Long Beach State University and a Masters of Science from San Diego State University in 1983.… read more »

Andrea Norton is classically-trained singer and choral conductor with a degree in Church Music from Westminster Choir College. Across her career, Andrea has worked with musicians of all ages in studio and church settings, and served as the artistic director and conductor of a community-based Renaissance a cappella choir.… read more »

Andrew Rossetti is a clinical music psychotherapist, researcher, and coordinator of the multi-site music therapy program in radiology oncology at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center. He is currently a visiting professor at the University of Barcelona, and has developed several music therapy programs in hospitals both in the United States and in Spain.… read more »

John Schaefer is the host and producer of WNYC’s long-running new music show New Sounds (“The #1 radio show for the Global Village” – Billboard), founded in 1982, and its innovative Soundcheck podcast, which has featured live performances and interviews with a variety of guests since 2002.… read more »

Caleb Scharf

Director of Astrobiology, Columbia University

Caleb Scharf’s research career spans cosmology, exoplanetary science, and astrobiology. He currently leads efforts at Columbia University in New York to understand the nature of exoplanets and living environments in the universe. He is also a Global Science Coordinator for the Earth-Life Science Institute’s Origins Network at the Tokyo Institute for Technology and a co-founder of YHouse, Inc.… read more »

Rebecca Seal

Assistant Professor
Departments of Neurobiology and Otolaryngology
Center for Pain Research, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Seal is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Departments of Neurobiology and Otolaryngology and the Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research. Her work has focused on the neurobiology of neurotransmitter transporters and their role in nervous system function including hearing, vision, motor output and pain.… read more »

Ken Soehner is the Arthur K. Watson Chief Librarian, Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan of Art. With a collection of more than one million volumes, the libraries at The Metropolitan Museum comprise one of the largest and most encyclopedic collections of research material relating to the history of art.… read more »

Ilya Tëmkin

Professor of Biology, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and Research Associate, National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution)

Ilya Tëmkin is an interdisciplinary scientist who studies how evolution works in nature and in human culture in the general framework of the hierarchy theory. An expert on bivalve mollusks, he analyzes the relative roles that ecology, history, and individual development play in diversification and the evolution of organic form.… read more »

Dr. Concetta Tomaino is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function and was Senior Vice President for Music Therapy at CenterLight Health System (formerly Beth Abraham Family of Health Services), where she worked from 1980 to 2016.… read more »

Athena Viscusi

Psychosocial Care Specialist at MSF/Doctors without Borders USA

Athena Viscusi is currently the Psychosocial Care Specialist at MSF/Doctors without Borders USA, providing support to field workers before, after, and during deployment abroad. As a Mental Health Officer with MSF, she directed mental health and psychosocial programs for MSF in Haiti, South Sudan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Myanmar, and Palestine.… read more »

Morris Vogel

President, the Tenement Museum

Morris J. Vogel has been president of New York’s Lower East Side Tenement Museum since 2008. He trained as an American social and urban historian at Brandeis University (B.A. 1967) and the University of Chicago (Ph.D. 1974), before joining the faculty of Temple University in Philadelphia in 1973, where he was promoted to professor in 1985.… read more »

Tyler Volk is professor of biology and environmental studies at New York University. In his just-released book, Quarks to Culture: How We Came to Be (Columbia University Press, May, 2017) Volk explores a rhythm within what he calls the “grand sequence,” which has progressed as a series of levels of sizes and innovations from elementary quanta to globalized human civilization.… read more »