NPR's "Big Idea" with Joe Palca feat. Maria Oden & Bryan Shaw
Lunch Break: 12:30 - 2:00 pm EDT
Jessica Lawrence is the Executive Director of NY Tech Meetup (NYTM), the largest Meetup in the world and a non-profit organization helping to build a sustainable and diverse technology industry in New York. Prior to her work with NYTM, Jessica was the CEO of Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council in Southern California, where she supported a community of 75 staff, 5,000 volunteers, and 15,000 girls. She is also the creator of the Work Revolution Summit, a conference focused on the future of work. Jessica was one of only 15 women selected to participate in Seth Godin’s Female Entrepreneur MBA (FeMBA) in 2010. She has received numerous awards including the Girl Scouts of the USA Frances Hesselbein Award for Excellence in Management in 2007, was selected as one of The Daily Muse’s 12 Women to Watch in 2012, and as one of the Crain’s New York Business People to Watch in Silicon Alley 2013. Jessica’s writing has been featured on the Harvard Business Review blog, Forbes.com, The Huffington Post, The Next Web, and in a weekly column in The Press-Enterprise. She also speaks frequently on technology startups, the New York technology community, women in tech, organizational development and culture, the future of work, and non-profit management.
Maria Oden is Professor in the Practice of Engineering Education and Director of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen at Rice University. She has more than 15 years of combined academic, research, clinical experience in biomedical engineering with an emphasis in orthopedic biomechanics and computational modeling. This work is also supported by three years of experience in computational modeling working with engineering consultants at Sage-Crisp Engineering in Houston, TX.
Joe Palca is a science correspondent for NPR. Since joining NPR in 1992, Palca has covered a range of science topics — everything from biomedical research to astronomy. He is currently focused on the eponymous series, "Joe's Big Idea." Stories in the series explore the minds and motivations of scientists and inventors. Palca began his journalism career in television in 1982, working as a health producer for the CBS affiliate in Washington, DC. In 1986, he left television for a seven-year stint as a print journalist, first as the Washington news editor for Nature, and then as a senior correspondent forScienceMagazine. In October 2009, Palca took a six-month leave from NPR to become science writer in residence at the Huntington Library and The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Palca has won numerous awards, including the National Academies Communications Award, the Science-in-Society Award of the National Association of Science Writers, the American Chemical Society James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public, the American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Prize, and the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Writing. With Flora Lichtman, Palca is the co-author of Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us (Wiley, 2011). He comes to journalism from a science background, having received a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz where he worked on human sleep physiology.
What does your face say about who you are? What happens when the face you wear is not your own? University of Pennsylvania professor Sharrona Pearl's current project explores facial allografts, "facial transplants", as a way to think about what faces tell us, and what we do when we can no longer trust them. As Assistant Professor of Communications and Gender Studies at the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania, Pearl is a historian and theorist of medicine. She thinks particularly about the relationship between appearance and identity, and the stakes for self-fashioning and facial alteration. Her first book, About Faces: Physiognomy in Nineteenth-Century Britain, was published by Harvard University Press in 2010.
Award-winning chemist Bryan Shaw normally studies the behavior of protein molecules that trigger neurodegenerative diseases. A tragic life experience inspired him to crossover into computer science and help invent a technology that uses digital photography to screen children for a deadly eye cancer. Dr. Shaw is now focused on ensuring that this technology is freely available to parents and guardians. Bryan received his doctorate in inorganic chemistry at UCLA and completed post-doctoral training at Harvard University. He is currently an assistant professor of chemistry at Baylor University.