Christina Vizcarra

Christina Vizcarra is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Barnard College in New York City, where she teaches chemistry and biochemistry and leads a research group focused on protein biochemistry.

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Christina Vizcarra is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Barnard College in New York City, where she teaches chemistry and biochemistry and leads a research group focused on protein biochemistry. The Vizcarra group is particularly interested in the cytoskeleton, the network of protein filaments that is essential to many cellular processes. Prior to Barnard, Dr. Vizcarra received a PhD from California University of Technology and was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Brian Teare

A 2020 Guggenheim Fellow, Brian Teare is the author of seven critically acclaimed books, including Doomstead Days, winner of the Four Quartets Prize, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Longlisted for the National Book Award for Poetry. 

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A 2020 Guggenheim Fellow, Brian Teare is the author of seven critically acclaimed books, including Doomstead Days, winner of the Four Quartets Prize, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Longlisted for the National Book Award for Poetry. His most recent publications are a pair of book-length ekphrastic projects exploring queer abstraction, chronic illness, and collage: the reissue of The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven, and Poem Bitten by a Man. An Associate Professor of Poetry at the University of Virginia, Brian lives in Charlottesville, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.

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Ricardo Nuila

Ricardo Nuila (Chair) is a writer and practicing doctor at Houston’s largest public hospital. His work has been featured in The New YorkerTexas MonthlyThe New England Journal of Medicine, and Best American Short Stories.

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Ricardo Nuila is a writer and practicing doctor at Houston’s largest public hospital. His work has been featured in The New YorkerTexas MonthlyThe New England Journal of Medicine, and Best American Short Stories. His first book, The People’s Hospital: Hope and Peril in American Medicine was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air. In its review, the New York Times notes that Ricardo is a “skillful writer who humanizes his points in meticulous and compassionate detail.” He is the Director of the Humanities Expression and Arts Lab (HEAL) at Baylor College of Medicine.

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Priyamvada Natarajan

Priyamvada Natarajan is an astrophysicist, and the inaugural Joseph S. and Sophia S. Fruton Professor in Astronomy and Physics at Yale University. 

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Priyamvada Natarajan is an astrophysicist, and the inaugural Joseph S. and Sophia S. Fruton Professor in Astronomy and Physics at Yale University. She has made seminal contributions to our understanding of the nature of dark matter using gravitational lensing studies; and the assembly history of supermassive black holes over cosmic time. The recipient of many awards and honors, including fellowships from the American Physical Society (APS), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Guggenheim Foundation, and Radcliffe Institute; she was recognized with the Liberty Science Center’s Genius Award. She is the author of Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas that Reveal the Cosmos.

Shane Campbell-Staton

Shane Campbell-Staton is an evolutionary biologist and assistant professor at Princeton University. His research combines a wide array of techniques to explore how human activity drives evolution in species across the globe, from urban adaptation of Caribbean lizards to the evolution of tuskless elephants in response to poaching.

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Shane Campbell-Staton is an evolutionary biologist and assistant professor at Princeton University. His research combines a wide array of techniques to explore how human activity drives evolution in species across the globe, from urban adaptation of Caribbean lizards to the evolution of tuskless elephants in response to poaching. In addition to his research, Shane is a passionate science communicator. Most recently, he is the host and narrator of two television series, Human Footprint and Evolution Earth, airing on PBS.

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J. Drew Lanham

J. Drew Lanham is an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Clemson University, and a 2022 MacArthur Fellow. He is an author and the 2022 Poet Laureate of Edgefield, South Carolina.

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J. Drew Lanham is an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Clemson University, and a 2022 MacArthur Fellow. He is an author and the 2022 Poet Laureate of Edgefield, South Carolina. His creative works include The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, Sparrow Envy: Poems, and Sparrow Envy: Field Guide to Birds and Lesser Beasts.

Latif Nasser

Latif Nasser is co-host of the award-winning WNYC Studios show Radiolab, where he has reported on everything from snowflake photography to meat allergies to space junk. He also hosted and executive produced the Emmy-nominated Netflix science docuseries Connected.

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Latif Nasser is co-host of the award-winning WNYC Studios show Radiolab, where he has reported on everything from snowflake photography to meat allergies to space junk. He also hosted and executive produced the Emmy-nominated Netflix science docuseries Connected. He has given two TED talks, wrote for the Boston Globe Ideas section, and has a PhD from Harvard University’s History of Science department.

Ben Green

Ben Green is a postdoctoral scholar in the Michigan Society of Fellows and an assistant professor in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics, with a secondary field in Science, Technology, and Society, from Harvard University.

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Ben Green is a postdoctoral scholar in the Michigan Society of Fellows and an assistant professor in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics, with a secondary field in Science, Technology, and Society, from Harvard University. He studies the ethics of government algorithms, with a focus on algorithmic fairness, human-algorithm interactions, and AI regulation. He is the author of The Smart Enough City: Putting Technology in Its Place to Reclaim Our Urban Future. Green is also an Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and a Fellow at the Center for Democracy & Technology. Starting in 2023, he will be an assistant professor in the University of Michigan School of Information.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the New York Times–bestselling author of the essay collections World of Wonders and the forthcoming Bite by Bite. She is poetry editor for Sierra magazine, the story-telling arm of The Sierra Club, and the author of four award–winning poetry collections.

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Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the New York Times–bestselling author of the essay collections World of Wonders and the forthcoming Bite by Bite. She is poetry editor for Sierra magazine, the story-telling arm of The Sierra Club, and the author of four award–winning poetry collections. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, Nezhukumatathil is a professor of English in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program. She lives in Oxford, Mississippi.

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