Her research interests focus on improving sanitation in manufacturing plants to mitigate environmental and public health harm. She teaches online classes on food science and risk assessment at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass.
Dr. Lona Mody is a professor of internal medicine, geriatrics and epidemiology at the University of Michigan. Her research lab studies antibiotic-resistant pathogens and develops measures to prevent their spread.
Moriba Jah is an Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin and Director for the Advanced Sciences and Technology Research in Astronautics program. Jah’s research focuses on the convergence of policy, technology, and security related to space traffic management and space situational awareness.
He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at UT Austin related to space and astronautical sciences. Jah has navigated several missions to Mars when he worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is a Fellow of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS), the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), as well as an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
He is an Associate Editor of Elsevier’s Advances in Space Research Journal and also an elected member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA).
Areas of Expertise: Space security, space policy, space traffic
Ada Monzón is the Chief Meteorologist for WIPR-TV, WKAQ 580 am and Noticel. Monzón is the first woman in Puerto Rico to be named a fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS).
Separately, she is the Founder and President of EcoExploratorio: Science Museum of Puerto Rico.
Monzón was named 2018 National Weatherperson of the Year by the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes. Monzón is also the recipient of The Department of Commerce Silver Medal and the Joanne Simpson Mentorship Award.
She is a member of the NASA Space Grant Consortium and is an American Meteorological Society Fellow.
Meteorologist for Univision Radio
Areas of Expertise: Tropical Meteorology, Natural Disasters, Physics
Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is a postdoctoral Research Associate in theoretical physics at the University of Washington, Seattle. She is a particle physicist/cosmologist driven by a desire to understand the origin of spacetime and the particles that populate it. Prescod-Weinstein gives public talks that range from accessible science to the challenges of making scientific communities more inclusive and more reflective of society at large. She is also interested in feminist philosophies of STEM and society studies. She’s given commentary for the Washington Post, Gizmodo, FiveThirtyEight, and Smithsonian.com, to name a few.
Areas of Expertise: Astrophysics, early universe cosmology, particle physics, astronomy, dark matter, accessible science, diversity in science, equality in science
Jay Shendure is an associate professor of genome sciences at the University of Washington. He was named the 2006 “Innovator Under 35“ by the MIT technology review. He was also the recipient of the 2012 Curt Stern Award from the American Society of Human Genetics for outstanding scientific achievements in human genetics that have occurred in the last 10 years.
Shendure is revolutionizing his field with new ways to sequence DNA. He is the principal investigator of the “Shendure lab,” a research group in Seattle that has made significant contributions to technologies in genomics including some of the first applications of exome sequencing to identify the basis of Mendelian disorders and autism spectrum disorders. His team developed the first non-invasive sequencing of a fetal genome, and the haplotype-resolved sequencing of the HeLa genome, which will continue to be crucial in identifying mutations and disorders.
In 2005, he used off-the-shelf parts to determine the order of all the DNA bases in a bacterial genome at 20 times the speed and one-ninth the cost of traditional DNA sequencing. Shendure is now working to make the process even more efficient. By 2015, he says, it may enable biologists to sequence a person’s genome for just $1,000.
Professor of Genome Sciences, University of Washington
Areas of Expertise: Human Genetics and Rare Disorders, Genomics, DNA Sequencing and Technology Development Around DNA Sequencing
Maria Mayorga is an Associate Professor of Personalized Medicine in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is an expert in developing predictive models of health and economic outcomes by improving ever changing complex health systems. Mayorga also focuses on the allocation of resources for Emergency Medical Service systems using applied probability and mathematical models. She won the National Science Foundation CAREER Award for her work in integrating patient preference in predictive models. In addition to teaching, Mayorga serves as president of the Minority Issues Forum of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).
Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University
Areas of Expertise: Developing Predictive Models of Health and Economic Outcomes By Improving Ever Changing Complex Health Systems
Bindu Kalesan, MPH., Ph.D. teaches epidemiology at Columbia University as an adjunct assistant professor. She also serves as the Vice-President of Gun Violence Survivors Foundation. She is a clinical epidemiologist and biostatistician who has collaborated with clinical researchers and other scientists performing research studies in cardiovascular and injury epidemiology. Her current research focuses on the public health consequences of gun violence in the United States along with short and long term health outcomes of patients receiving treatment for cardiovascular diseases.
Dr. Kalesan was born in India, having completed her MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, MD and PhD from University of Bern, Switzerland, is now settled in the US. She has over 12 years of cumulative experience in research and teaching. Her recent research on fatal and non-fatal gun injuries has earned international experience in this field and is one of the most sought after experts in gun violence research.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University
Areas of Expertise: Public Health Consequences of Gun Violence, Social Gun Culture and Gun Ownership, Depression and Firearm-Related Injury; Racial and Ethnic Heterogeneity in Trends of Firearm-Related Fatality
Nicole Hernandez Hammer is a sea-level researcher who works for the Union of Concerned Scientists as their Southeast Climate Advocate. Her work focuses on the mobilization of the Latino community to better understand and address climate change. Hammer has studied the effects of climate change in different environments, particularly among Hispanic populations that reside near coastal shore lines and are vulnerable to flooding because of rising sea levels. She has co-authored several papers on the impact of rising sea levels in South Florida and has been featured in The New York Times, Al Jazeera America, and The Washington Post among other media outlets. She can be heard on this Morning Edition story discussing the usage of the term “climate change”, here.
Sea-level researcher, Southeast Climate Advocate for the Union of Concerned Scientists
Areas of expertise: Climate Change, Climate Change Advocacy Among Latino Populations