Scientific Sense ®
By Gill Eapen
Become a Paid Subscriber to get access to over 300 episodes: https://anchor.fm/scientificsense/subscribe All episodes are Free on YouTube https://podcast.scientificsense.net/YouTube Scientific Sense ® is a daily podcast focused on Science and Economics. Unscripted conversations with leading academics on a daily basis on emerging ideas. The host, Gill Eapen, has over 30 years experience.
Mr. Steve Hoffman of Founders Space on how technology is shaping our future
The five forces that change everything: How technology is shaping our future Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Mr. Steve Hoffman who is the CEO of Founders Space, a Silicon Valley based Incubator and Accelerator. He is also a venture investor, serial entrepreneur, and author of several books.
October 18, 2021
Prof. Wendy Freedman of the University of Chicago on the tension on Hubble Constant measurements
Answering the Most Important Problem in Cosmology Today: Is the Tension in the Hubble Constant Real? Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Professor Wendy Freedman is Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. Her current projects involve measurements of the Hubble constant -- the current expansion rate, as well as the past expansion rate, providing constraints on the acceleration of the universe and dark energy.
October 15, 2021
Prof. Vardit Ravitsky of the University of Montreal on the ethics of genetic testing & communication
Conceived and Deceived: The Medical Interests of Donor-Conceived Individuals, Autonomous Choice and the Right to Know One’s Genetic Origins, Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) Identifying key clinical, ethical, social, legal and policy issues, The Shifting Landscape of Prenatal Testing: Between Reproductive Autonomy and Public Health, and Let’s Do Better: Public Representations of COVID-19 Science Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Vardit Ravitsky is Professor of Bioethics at the University of Montreal. Her research focuses on the ethics of genomics and reproduction.
October 13, 2021
Prof. Gianluca Carnabuci of ESMT Berlin on Innovation
Knowledge Specialization, Knowledge Brokerage and the Uneven Growth of Technology Domains, The Ecology of Technological Progress: How Symbiosis and Competition Affect the Growth of Technology Domains, Where do firms’ recombinant capabilities come from? intra-organizational networks, knowledge, and firms’ ability to innovate through technological recombination, Social networks, cognitive style, and innovative performance: a contingency perspective, Risky Recombinations: Institutional Gatekeeping in the Innovation Process, and Categories, attention, and the impact of inventions. Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Gianluca Carnabuci is a professor of organizational behavior at ESMT Berlin. Gianluca's research interests revolve around the analysis of inter- and intra-organizational networks, with particular regard to the generation and recombination of technological knowledge.
October 11, 2021
Prof. Michael Gibbs of the University of Chicago on working from Home
Work from Home & Productivity: Evidence from Personnel & Analytics Data on IT Professionals, “Working” remotely? selection, treatment, and the market provision of remote work, and Why Working From Home Will Stick Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Michael Gibbs is Clinical Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago. He studies the economics of human resources and organizational design.
October 9, 2021
Dr. Christof Koch of Allen Institute on the architecture of the brain and consciousness
A survey of spiking activity reveals a functional hierarchy of mouse corticothalamic visual areas, Human cortical expansion involves diversification and specialization of supragranular intratelencephalic-projecting neurons, and The Feeling of Life Itself: Why Consciousness Is Widespread but Can't Be Computed. Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Dr. Christof Koch is the Chief Scientist of the MindScope Program at the Allen Institute for Brain Science. His passion are neurons – the atoms of perception, memory, behavior and consciousness – their diverse shapes, electrical behaviors, and their computational function within the mammalian brain, in particular in neocortex.
October 7, 2021
Prof. Dean Buonomano of UCLA on the biology of time
The biology of time across different scales, Population clocks: motor timing with neural dynamics, Temporal Perceptual Learning, and The Neural Basis of Timing: Distributed Mechanisms for Diverse Functions. Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Dean Buonomano, Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience and Neurobiology at UCLA. The primary goal of his laboratory is to understand the neural basis of temporal information processing.
October 5, 2021
Prof. Garance Genicot of Georgetown University on aspirations, inequality, networks and elections
Tolerance and Compromise in Social Networks, Aspirations and inequality, Electoral Systems and Inequalities in Government Interventions, and Political Reservations as Term-Limits. Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Garance Genicot is Professor of Economics at Georgetown University. She studies key issues in development economics such as aspirations, informal credit and insurance markets, intra-household bargaining, social networks, tolerance and inequality.
October 3, 2021
Prof. Gautam Menon of Ashoka University on the dynamics of COVID spread and policies in India
The dynamics of COVID spread and policies in India Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Gautam Menon is Professor of Physics and Biology, and Director of the Centre for Climate Change & Sustainability at Ashoka University, India. He is also Professor of Theoretical Physics and Computational Biology at The Institute of Mathematical Sciences in India.
October 1, 2021
Prof. James Hughes of the University of Massachusetts on public policy, sociology and ethics
EcoSocialism and the Technoprogressive Perspective, The Politics of Moral Enhancement: Tripping our Way to Social Democracy, and A Socialist Approach to Disaster Preparedness. Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. James Hughes is Associate Provost for Institutional Research, Assessment, and Planning at University of Massachusetts, Boston. His interests span many areas including public policy, community medicine, sociology and ethics.
September 29, 2021
Prof. Amy Orsborn of the University of Washington on brain-machine interfaces
Closed-Loop Decoder Adaptation Shapes Neural Plasticity for Skillful Neuroprosthetic Control, Parsing learning in networks using brain–machine interfaces, and A Game-Theoretic Model for Co-Adaptive Brain-Machine Interface. Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Amy Orsborn who is assistant professor of Computer and Bio Engineering at the University of Washington. She works at the intersection of engineering and neuroscience building brain-machine interfaces to restore and rehabilitate motor function after injury. The main emphasis of her work is building interfaces that can adapt along-side the brain to shape brain plasticity.
September 27, 2021
Prof. Teresa Fort, Associate Professor of Dartmouth College on the decline in US manufacturing
New Perspectives on the Decline of US Manufacturing Employment, Structural Change Within Versus Across Firms: Evidence from the United States, Colocation of Production and Innovation: Evidence from the United States, and Heterogeneous Globalization: Offshoring and Reorganization Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Teresa Fort is an Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She conducts research in international trade and industrial organization.
September 25, 2021
Prof. Gabriele Veneziano of Collège de France on the Quantum Universe and String Theory
A Quantum Universe Before the Big Bang(s), String Theory and Pre-big bang Cosmology, and High-energy collisions of particles, strings and branes. Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Gabriele Veneziano who is a pioneer of String Theory. He has conducted most of his scientific activities at CERN , and held the Chair of Elementary Particles, Gravitation and Cosmology at the Collège de France in Paris till he retired.
September 23, 2021
Prof. Gina Poe of UCLA on Sleep
Input Source and Strength Influences Overall Firing Phase of Model Hippocampal Pyramidal Cells During Theta: Relevance to REM Sleep Reactivation and Memory Consolidation, Different Simultaneous Sleep States in the Hippocampus and Neocortex, Unraveling Why We Sleep: Quantitative Analysis Reveals Abrupt Transition from Neural Reorganization to Repair in Early Growth, and Shining a Light on the Mechanisms of Sleep for Memory Consolidation Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Gina Poe, who is Professor of Integrative Biology and Physiology at UCLA. Her Lab investigates the mechanisms by which sleep traits serve learning and memory consolidation.
September 21, 2021
Prof. Maria Roche of Harvard Business School on the impact of inter-personal exchange on innovation
The impact of inter-personal exchange on innovation in three different contexts: neighborhoods, co-working spaces, and university laboratories. Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Maria Roche is an Assistant Professor of Business at Harvard Business School. Her research focuses on the production and diffusion of knowledge, which she examines in various contexts.
September 19, 2021
Dr. Murad Banaji is a Mathematician of Middlesex University on the statistics of COVID in India
Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Dr. Murad Banaji is a Mathematician in the School of Science & Technology at Middlesex University, London. He has worked on a variety of problems at the interface between dynamical systems, and combinatorics, with applications to real-world systems with a network structure, including in biology and chemistry.
September 17, 2021
Prof. Selva Nadarajah of the University of Illinois, Chicago on Real Options
Real Options in Energy: A Guided Analysis of the Operations Literature, Data-Driven Storage Operations: Cross-Commodity Backtest and Structured Policies, Meeting Corporate Renewable Power Targets , and Self-adapting Robustness in Demand Learning. Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Selva Nadarajah who is Assistant Professor of Operations Management and Decision Sciences at the University of Illinois, Chicago. One of his research interests is decision-making under uncertainty and flexibility.
September 15, 2021
Prof. Katarina Juselius of the University of Copenhagen on Searching for a Theory That Fits the Data
Searching for a Theory That Fits the Data: A Personal Research Odyssey. Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Katarina Juselius is Professor Emeritus of econometrics and empirical economics at the University of Copenhagen. Her work has been on empirical macro models and associated issues.
September 13, 2021
Prof. Maja Matarić of USC on human-robot interaction methods for behavior change.
Designing a Socially Assistive Robot to Support Older Adults with Low Vision, Modeling User Empathy Elicited by a Robot Storyteller, Affect-Aware Deep Belief Network Representations for Multimodal Unsupervised Deception Detection, and Simulation-Based Analysis of COVID-19 Spread Through Classroom Transmission on a University Campus Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Maja Matarić is professor of Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Pediatrics at the University of Southern California. Her research is focused on developing personalized human-robot interaction methods for behavior change aimed at health, wellness, rehabilitation, training and education.
September 11, 2021
Prof. Sabine Kastner of Princeton University on the Ryhtemic Theory of Attention and Gender Bias
A rhythmic theory of attention, A brief comparative review of primate posterior parietal cortex: A novel hypothesis on the human toolmaker, Gender bias in academia: A lifetime problem that needs solutions, and Bringing Kids into the Scientific Review Process. Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Sabine Kastner is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Princeton University. The goal of her research program is to better understand how large-scale networks operate during cognition, with particular emphasis on interactions between cortex and thalamus.
September 9, 2021
Prof. Carol Gould of Florida Atlantic University on the histrionic personality disorder
Why the histrionic personality disorder should not be in the DSM: A new taxonomic and moral analysis Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Carol Gould is a Professor of Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University, where she teaches primarily Aesthetics, Philosophy of Psychiatry, and Ancient Greek Philosophy, areas in which she publishes widely. Many of her recent publications concern the relation between aesthetics, ethics, and personhood. She is currently completing a book on True Glamour, an unexplored topic in philosophy that stands at the intersection of Aesthetics, Ethics, and Philosophy of Psychiatry.
September 7, 2021
Dr. Peter Vereš of Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics on Planetary Defense
Planetary Defense: Discovery and characterization of Near-Earth objects and possibilities to protect the Earth against the cosmic collisions. Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Dr. Peter Vereš is a research scientist at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, at the Minor Planet Center (MPC). MPC is the official worldwide organization in charge of collecting observational data of minor planets, calculating their orbits, computing ephemerides, announcing discoveries and publishing the data.
September 5, 2021
Prof. Daniel Appelbaum of the University of Chicago on Radiomics, Theranostics and AI
Radiomics in Oncology, Theranostics in Nuclear Medicine and the rise of AI in the field. Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Daniel Appelbaum who Professor of Radiology and the Director, of the Nuclear Medicine and PET Imaging at the University of Chicago.
September 3, 2021
Prof. Ruchi Gupta of Northwestern University on Food Allergies
FOOD WITHOUT FEAR: Identify, Prevent, and Treat Food Allergies, Intolerances, and Sensitivities Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Ruchi Gupta is Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on food allergies
September 1, 2021
Prof. Henry Greenside of Duke University on How Nervous Systems Produce Behavior
From Matter to Minds : A Physics Perspective on How Nervous Systems Produce Behavior Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Henry Greenside is Professor of Physics and Neurobiology at Duke University. His research group study problems in theoretical neurobiology.
August 30, 2021
Prof. Yael Niv is Professor of Princeton University on brain and behavior
The primacy of behavioral research for understanding the brain, Human orbitofrontal cortex represents a cognitive map of state space, A model of mood as integrated advantage, and The case against economic values in the orbitofrontal cortex (or anywhere else in the brain) Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Yael Niv is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Princeton University. The main focus of her research is to elucidate the computational, cognitive and neural processes involved in learning task representations from experience.
August 28, 2021
Prof. Timothy Buschman of Princeton University on Working Memory in the human brain
Balancing Flexibility and Interference in Working Memory, Shared mechanisms underlie the control of working memory and attention, Rotational dynamics reduce interference between sensory and memory representations, and Toward a neurobiology of internal selective attention Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Timothy Buschman is Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Princeton University. His research aims to understand how the brain accomplishes intelligent and rational behavior by guiding our actions towards a goal.
August 26, 2021
Prof. Sliman Bensmaia of the University of Chicago on Neuroprostheses and bionic hand
Intracortical microstimulation of human somatosensory cortex and Chronic Use of a Sensitized Bionic Hand Does Not Remap the Sense of Touch. Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Sliman Bensmaia is Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on how nervous systems give rise to flexible, intelligent behavior, especially sensory processing, that is how are robust and flexible neuronal representations of the environment constructed to support behavior?
August 24, 2021
Prof. Piyush Agarwal of the University of Chicago on the disparity in Urology speciality
Demand and capacity imbalance for urologists as population ages, The disparity in care for rural populations, Changing ideas in cancer, and the need for more female participation in urology. Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Piyush Agarwal is Professor of Surgery and Urology and Director, Bladder Cancer Program at the University of Chicago. His clinical and laboratory research focuses on bladder cancer, the urinary microbiome, molecular targeted therapy and immunotherapy.
August 22, 2021
Prof. Issam Awad of the University of Chicago on Cerebral Cavernous Malformation (CCM)
Comprehensive transcriptome analysis of cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM) across multiple species and genotypes, Common transcriptome, plasma molecules, and imaging signatures in the aging brain and a Mendelian neurovascular disease, cerebral cavernous malformation, and A Roadmap for Developing Plasma Diagnostic and Prognostic Biomarkers of Cerebral Cavernous Angioma With Symptomatic Hemorrhage (CASH) Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Issam Awad is Professor of Neurological Sciences and Surgery, Neurology, Quantitative Biology and Human Behavior at the University of Chicago. One of his research interests is the natural history and biologic behavior of vascular malformations of the brain
August 20, 2021
Prof. Zhirong Huang of Stanford University and SLAC on x-ray free-electron lasers
Fully Coherent X-Ray Pulses from a Regenerative-Amplifier Free-Electron Laser and Refractive Guide Switching a Regenerative Amplifier Free-Electron Laser for High Peak and Average Power Hard X Rays Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Zhirong Huang is Professor of Photon Sciences, Particle Physics and Astrophysics at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Lab. His research focuses on accelerators and x-ray free-electron lasers.
August 18, 2021
Prof. Michal Zochowski of the University of Michigan on the Physics of Brain, Sleep and Memory
A Dynamical Role for Acetylcholine in Synaptic Renormalization, Resonance with subthreshold oscillatory drive organizes activity and optimizes learning in neural network, and Acetylcholine Mediates Dynamic Switching Between Information Coding Schemes in Neuronal Networks Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Michal Zochowski is Professor of Physics and Biophysics at the University of Michigan. His group focuses on trying to understand mechanisms of the formation of patterns in coupled dynamical systems, with special focus on their applicability and role during information processing in the brain.
August 16, 2021
Prof. Daniel McKinsey of the University of California, Berkeley on hunting for dark matter
Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Daniel McKinsey is Professor of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on direct searches for dark matter interactions, and he serves as Co-Spokesperson of the LUX experiment. He also collaborates on the LZ experiment and is doing R&D on superfluid helium for low-mass dark matter detection.
August 14, 2021
Prof. Janet Currie of Princeton University on the inequality in mortality and disparities in policy
Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Janet Currie is Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University and the Co-director of Princeton's Center for Health and Wellbeing. She also co-directs the Program on Families and Children at the National Bureau of Economic Research
August 12, 2021
Prof. Robert Lustig of UCSF on Metabolical, The Lure & Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition & Modern Medicine
Scientific Sense ® by Gill Eapen: Prof. Robert Lustig who is Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, and the Director of the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program at UCSF. His most recent book is Metabolical – The Lure and Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition and Modern Medicine.
August 10, 2021
Prof. Steven Kahn, Professor of Particle Physics and Astrophysics at Stanford University
Vera Rubin observatory, Probing dark energy and dark matter, Taking an inventory of the Solar System, Exploring the transient optical sky, and Mapping the Milky Way. Prof. Steven Kahn is professor of Particle Physics and Astrophysics at Stanford University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and American Physical Society.
August 8, 2021
Prof. Simon Critchley, Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research
Mystical anarchism, Notes on Suicide, and What We Think About When We Think About Football. Prof. Simon Critchley is Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. His work engages in many areas: continental philosophy, philosophy and literature, psychoanalysis, ethics, and political theory, among others.
August 6, 2021
Prof. Yuriy Kirichok, Professor of Physiology at the University of California, San Francisco.
Using Mitochondria heat production for possible weight loss Prof. Yuriy Kirichok is Professor of Physiology at the University of California, San Francisco. His lab studies Mitochondria, the powerhouse of the Cell.
August 4, 2021
Prof. Brian Balin of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Prof. Charles Stratton of Vanderbilt University
A Review of Multiple Sclerosis and late-onset Dementia as Infectious Syndromes Prof. Brian Balin is Professor of Neuroscience and Neuropathology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prof. Charles Stratton is Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology and medicine at Vanderbilt University. Ms. Nikki Schultek, who is the founder of the intracell Research Group
July 30, 2021
Prof. Sheridan Titman, Professor Finance and Chair of Financial Services at the University of Texas, Austin
The Geography of Value Creation Over the last twenty years, the stock market indicates that value creation has become heavily concentrated in a few headquarter cities. At the same time, firms in value-creating cities have experienced declines in their profitability, due to large increases in wages and rents. Our findings thus highlight the difference between flow-based (e.g., operating profits) and stock-based (e.g., securities prices) indicators of local productivity. Conventional proxies for a city’s appeal to high value-added workers, such as education rates and weather, are positively related to stock market valuations, but negatively related to near-term operating performance. Prof. Sheridan Titman is professor Finance and Chair of Financial Services at the University of Texas, Austin. He is also the director of the Energy Management and Innovation Center at UT.
July 28, 2021
Prof. Thomas Shutt, Professor of particle physics and astrophysics at Stanford University
Dark matter Physics Prof. Thomas Shutt is professor of particle physics and astrophysics at Stanford University. One of his recent areas of focus is the detection of dark matter.
July 26, 2021
Prof. Antonio Lieto, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Turin
Cognitive Design for Artificial Mind. Prof. Antonio Lieto is Asst. Professor of Computer Science at the University of Turin. His research focuses on Artificial Intelligence, Human-Machine Interaction and Computational Cognitive Science.
July 24, 2021
Prof. Missy Cummings, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University
Rethinking the maturity of artificial intelligence in safety-critical settings, Lethal Autonomous Weapons: Meaningful human control or meaningful human certification?, and Regulating Safety-Critical Autonomous Systems: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives. Prof. Missy Cummings who is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University, and the director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory and Duke Robotics. Her research interests include human-unmanned vehicle interaction, human-autonomous system collaboration, human-systems engineering, public policy implications of unmanned vehicles, and the ethical and social impact of technology.
July 22, 2021
Prof. Emil Martinec, Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago
String theory, black holes, the information paradox and quantum computing Prof. Emil Martinec is Professor of Physics at the Enrico Fermi Institute, and the College of the University of Chicago. His research focuses on string theory and particle physics.
July 20, 2021
Prof. Stephanie Schmitt-Grohe, Professor of Economics at Columbia University.
The Neo-Fisher Effect: Econometric Evidence from Empirical and Optimizing Models, Multiple equilibria in open economies with collateral constraints, and, Does the Commodity Super Cycle Matter? Prof. Stephanie Schmitt-Grohe is professor of Economics at Columbia University. She is also a Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
July 18, 2021
Prof. Mariassunta Giannetti, Professor of Finance at the Stockholm School of Economics.
Does Money Talk? Market Discipline through Selloffs and Boycotts, Adapting to Radical Change: The Benefits of Short-Horizon Investors, Public Attention to Gender Equality and Board Gender Diversity, Forced Asset Sales and the Concentration of Outstanding Debt: Evidence from the Mortgage Market, and Is There a Zero Lower Bound? The Effects of Negative Policy Rates on Banks and Firms Prof. Mariassunta Giannetti is Professor of Finance at the Stockholm School of Economics. She is a research fellow at CEPR and the European Academic Director of the Financial Management Association (FMA)
July 16, 2021
Prof. Kala Krishna, Professor of Economics and Liberal Arts Research at Penn State University
Better luck next time: Learning through retaking, Retaking in high stakes exams: Is less more?, Taking PISA seriously: How accurate are low stakes exams?, and Does class size matter? How, and at what cost? Prof. Kala Krishna is Professor of Economics and Liberal Arts Research at Penn State University. Her research interests span international trade and development.
July 14, 2021
Prof. Sara Seager, Professor of Planetary Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The First Habitable-zone Earth-sized Planet from TESS, A giant planet candidate transiting a white dwarf, The Habitable Exoplanet Observatory (HabEx) Mission Concept, and The Venusian Lower Atmosphere Haze as a Depot for Desiccated Microbial Life: A Proposed Life Cycle for Persistence of the Venusian Aerial Biosphere. Prof. Sara Seager is Professor of Planetary Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on exoplanet atmospheres, and signs of extra-terrestrial life by way of atmospheric biosignature gases.
July 12, 2021
Prof. Jonathan Fortney, Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz
Characterizing Earth Analogs in Reflected Light: Atmospheric Retrieval Studies for Future Space Telescopes, Do Metal-rich Stars Make Metal-rich Planets? New Insights on Giant Planet Formation from Host Star Abundances, and Hot Jupiters: Origins, Structure, Atmospheres Prof. Jonathan Fortney is professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is interested in characterizing planets to better understand their composition and how they evolve with time.
July 10, 2021
Prof. Animashree Anandkumar, Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at Caltech
Large-scale machine learning, non-convex optimization and high-dimensional statistics. In particular, she has been spearheading the development and analysis of tensor algorithms for machine learning. Prof. Animashree Anandkumar is Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at Caltech.
July 8, 2021
Prof. Lesley Rogers, Emeritus Professor at the University of New England, Australia
Survival with an asymmetrical brain: Advantages and disadvantages of cerebral lateralization, Development and function of lateralization in the avian brain, A right antenna for social behavior in honeybees, and A function for the bicameral mind Prof. Lesley Rogers is emeritus professor at the University of New England in Australia. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and has made significant contributions to the understanding of brain development and behavior, especially the lateralization of the brain in non-human animals.
July 6, 2021
Dr. Ian Williams, Biochemist and Artist with Prof. Carol Gould, Professor of Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University.
What's Art? Prof. Carol Gould is a Professor of Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University, where she teaches primarily Aesthetics, Philosophy of Psychiatry, and Ancient Greek Philosophy, areas in which she publishes widely. Dr. Ian Williams wis a biochemist at the Universities of Bristol and Oxford and received an MFA from Bennington College in Vermont. He worked for Pfizer for twenty years heading the Molecular Sciences Department and serving in the Research strategy group.
July 4, 2021
Prof. Patricia Churchland, Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego
How does the brain work? Prof. Patricia Churchland is Professor Emirita at the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests span many areas including morality, neuroscience and artificial intelligence.
July 2, 2021
Prof. Peter Singer, Professor of BioEthics at Princeton University
Animal Liberation, Morality, Race, Religion, the Journal of Controversial Ideas and the Golden Ass. Prof. Peter Singer who is Professor of BioEthics at Princeton University. He works mostly in practical ethics, and is best known for Animal Liberation and for his writings about global poverty.
June 30, 2021
Prof. Daniel Wang, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Dissecting X-ray-Emitting Gas Around the Center of Our Galaxy, AzTEC Survey of the Central Molecular Zone: Increasing Spectral Index of Dust with Density, and Chandra large-scale mapping of the Galactic Centre: probing high-energy structures around the central molecular zone. Prof. Daniel Wang is Professor of Astronomy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research interests span examining various high-energy sources of the interstellar medium, characterizing the global structure as well as the physical and chemical states of hot gas in and around galaxies; investigating the interplay of high-energy radiation and gas with other galactic components and exploring the interaction of galaxies with their environment.
June 28, 2021
Prof Dong Lai, Professor of Astronomy at Cornell University.
Chaotic dynamics of stellar spin in binaries and the production of misaligned hot Jupiters, Black Hole and Neutron Star Binary Mergers in Triple Systems: Merger Fraction and Spin-Orbit Misalignment, Secular chaos in white-dwarf planetary systems, Giant planet scatterings and collisions: hydrodynamics, merger-ejection branching ratio, and properties of the remnants, and Jupiter's Dynamical Love Number. Prof Dong Lai is professor of Astronomy at Cornell University. His research interests include Astrophysics of neutron stars, black holes, whited dwarfs, exoplanets, and astrophysical fluid dynamics. Prof Dong Lai is professor of Astronomy at Cornell University. His research interests include Astrophysics of neutron stars, black holes, white dwarfs, exoplanets, and astrophysical fluid dynamics.
June 26, 2021
Prof John Breitner, Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University.
Why clinical trials fail to validate efficacy of interventions predicted by observational studies of ‘risks’ for dementia-Alzheimer syndrome?, Bi-directional Association of Cerebrospinal Fluid Immune Markers with Stage of Alzheimer’s Disease Pathogenesis, and Cerebrospinal fluid protein markers suggest a pathway toward symptomatic resilience to AD pathology Prof John Breitner is Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University. He is also Director of the Centre for Studies on Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease at the Douglas Research Centre
June 24, 2021
Prof. Sarah Komisarow of Duke university and Prof. Emily Pakhtigian of Penn State University.
Are Power Plant Closures a Breath of Fresh Air? Local Air Quality and School Absences, The Effect of Coal-Fired Power Plant Closures on Emergency Department Visits for Asthma-Related Conditions Among 0- to 4-Year-Old Children in Chicago, 2009–2017, Valuing the Environmental Costs of Local Development: Evidence From Households in Western Nepal, Does improved risk information increase the value of cholera prevention? An analysis of stated vaccine demand in slum areas of urban Bangladesh, Can Community Crime Monitoring Reduce Student Absenteeism? and Comprehensive Support and Student Success: Can Out of School Time Make a Difference? Prof. Sarah Komisarow is Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Duke university and Prof. Emily Pakhtigian, Who is Assistant Professor of Public Policy Penn State University.
June 22, 2021
Prof. Anup Malani, Professor at the University of Chicago Law School and Medical School.
Global policies for the pandemic and India Covid Second Wave. Prof. Anup Malani who is a Professor at the University of Chicago Law School and Medical School. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Senior Fellow at the Schaeffer Center and an editor at the Journal of Law and Economics.
June 20, 2021
Prof. K. Scott Wong, Professor of History at Williams College
American immigration and citizenship, Chinatown: Conflicting images and Contested terrain, and the 1903 Boston Chinatown raid. Prof. K. Scott Wong is Professor of History at Williams College where he teaches a variety of courses on Asian American history, American immigration history, History and Memory, War and Society, and the Sixties. He has written numerous articles and is the author of Americans First: Chinese Americans and the Second World War (Harvard University Press, 2005.)
June 18, 2021
Prof. Ione Fine, Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington.
Blindness and Human Brain Plasticity Prof. Ione Fine is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington. Her lab studies the mechanisms of plasticity in the human brain by linking changes in function to changes in neuroanatomical structure, with a particular focus on the effects of early sensory loss and prosthetic vision.
June 16, 2021
Prof. Douglas Natelson, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University.
Condensed matter’s image problem, Electron pairing in the pseudogap state revealed by shot noise in copper oxide junctions, and Thermoelectric response from grain boundaries and lattice distortions in crystalline gold devices Prof. Douglas Natelson is professor and chair of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University. His research group focuses on the electronic, magnetic, and optical properties of nanoscale structures.
June 14, 2021
Prof. Jesse Prinz, Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York.
Biology, Culture, Emotion, Psychiatry, Ontology, Social construction, and Artificial Intelligence Prof. Jesse Prinz is Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York. He works primarily in the philosophy of psychology and ethics and has authored several books and articles, addressing such topics as emotion, moral psychology, aesthetics and consciousness.
June 12, 2021
Prof. Shreya Saxena, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida
Towards the neural population doctrine, Performance Limitations in Sensorimotor Control: Trade-Offs Between Neural Computation and Accuracy in Tracking Fast Movements, and Motor cortex activity across movement speeds is predicted by network-level strategies for generating muscle activity Prof. Shreya Saxena is as an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida. Her research focuses on the interface of statistical inference, recurrent neural networks, control theory, and neuroscience.
June 10, 2021
Prof. Alison Barth, Professor in Life Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University
Progressive Circuit Changes during Learning and Disease Prof. Alison Barth is Professor in Life Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research is focused on understanding how experience assembles and alters the properties of neural circuits in the cerebral cortex, in both normal and disease states.
June 8, 2021
Prof. Shelly Flagel, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan
A selective role for dopamine in stimulus–reward learning, Mapping sign-tracking and goal-tracking onto human behaviors, and The paraventricular thalamus is a critical mediator of top-down control of cue motivated behavior in rats. Prof. Shelly Flagel is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and the Interim Co-Director of Michigan Neuroscience Institute at the University of Michigan. Her laboratory studies individual differences in vulnerability to mental illness, with a focus on addiction.
June 6, 2021
Prof. Petra Schmid, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at ETH Zurich
Power Effects on Cognitive Control: Turning Conflict into Action, Power effects on implicit prejudice and stereotyping: The role of intergroup face processing, Power Effects on Instrumental Learning: Evidence From the Brain and Behavior, Less Power, Greater Conflict, Power reduces the goal gradient effect, and Psychological power alters cognitive efficiency. Prof. Petra Schmid is Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at ETH Zurich. Her research examines the psychological and neural mechanisms involved in the effect of social power on behavior.
June 4, 2021
Prof. Henry Yin, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University
Restoring Purpose in Behavior and Achieving natural behavior in a robot using neurally inspired hierarchical control. Prof. Henry Yin is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. His lab studies neural mechanisms underlying goal-directed actions.
June 2, 2021
Prof. Sheena Josselyn, Professor of Psychology and Physiology at the University of Toronto
The neurobiological foundation of memory retrieval and neuronal competition: microcircuit mechanisms define the sparsity of the engram Prof. Sheena Josselyn is a Senior Scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children and Professor of Psychology and Physiology at the University of Toronto. She is a Canada Research Chair in Brain Mechanisms underlying Memory, is a Senior Fellow in the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
May 31, 2021
Prof. Beatriz Luna, Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh
An Integrative Model of the Maturation of Cognitive Control, Adolescent Brain Development: Implications for the Juvenile Criminal Justice System, and Maturation of the human striatal dopamine system revealed by PET and quantitative MRI Prof. Beatriz Luna is professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the founder and Director of the Laboratory for Neurocognitive Development, The Editor in Chief of the journal of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, and the founder and president of the Flux Society for Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.
May 29, 2021
Prof. Robert Finger, Professor of Agricultural Economics and Policy at the ETH Zurich
Economic benefits from plant species diversity in intensively managed grasslands, Insuring crops from space: the potential of satellite-retrieved soil moisture to reduce farmers’ drought risk exposure, and Are pesticides risk decreasing? The relevance of pesticide indicator choice in empirical analysis. Prof. Robert Finger is Professor of Agricultural Economics and Policy at the ETH Zurich. His research is focused at the interface of agricultural sciences and economics.
May 27, 2021
Prof. Christine Aidala, Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan.
Decades-Long Quest Reveals Details of the Proton’s Inner Antimatter Prof. Christine Aidala is Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan. She works in experimental high-energy nuclear physics, on the border between nuclear and particle physics. Her research is focused on nucleon structure and quantum chromodynamics (QCD), the theory of the strong force.
May 25, 2021
Prof. Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan, Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland
The Economic Case For Global Vaccinations: An Epidemiological Model with International Production Networks, COVID-19 and Emerging Markets: A SIR Model, Demand Shocks and Capital Flows, Risk-Taking and Monetary Policy Transmission: Evidence from Loans to SMEs and Large Firms, and COVID-19 and SME Failures Prof. Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan is Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland. She is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). Her current research focuses on real and financial linkages in the global economy and the implications of such linkages on economic fluctuations and growth.
May 23, 2021
Prof. Gregory Tarle, Professor of Experimental Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Michigan
Dark Energy Survey, Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, High Energy Light Isotope eXperiment, and a new idea to correct Doppler Broadening. Prof. Gregory Tarle is Professor of Experimental Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the nature of dark energy and dark matter and the acceleration and sources of cosmic rays.
May 21, 2021
Prof. Paul Davies, Professor of Physics and Cosmology at the Arizona State University.
What is Life: In Search of a Unified Theory of Everything Prof. Paul Davies is a Professor of Physics and Cosmology at the Arizona State University. His research interests have focused mainly on quantum gravity, early universe cosmology, the theory of quantum black holes and the nature of time. He has also made important contributions to the field of astrobiology, and was an early advocate of the theory that life on Earth may have originated on Mars.
May 19, 2021
Prof. Arik Levinson, Professor of Economics at Georgetown University.
The simple analytics of the environmental Kuznets curve, Energy Efficiency Standards Are More Regressive Than Energy Taxes: Theory and Evidence, and Who Values Future Energy Savings? Evidence from American Drivers Prof. Arik Levinson is a Professor of Economics at Georgetown University. He is known for his research in the fields of energy economics and environmental economics.
May 17, 2021
Prof. Kimberly Gray, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University
Climate Action: The Feasibility of Climate Intervention on a Global Scale Prof. Kimberly Gray is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University. One of her research areas is physicochemical processes in natural and engineered environmental systems with a particular focus on energy and urban sustainability applications.
May 15, 2021
Prof. William Fuchs, Professor of Finance at the University of Texas.
Optimal Arrangements for Distribution in Developing Markets: Theory and Evidence Prof. William Fuchs is Professor of Finance at the University of Texas. His research focuses on situations with a poor contractual environment due to asymmetric information or lack of formal enforcement. He studies how repeated interactions or policies can be used to partially overcome the underlying frictions.
May 13, 2021
Prof. Steve Cundiff, Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan
Multidimensional Coherent Spectroscopy of Semiconductors, Tri-comb spectroscopy, and Simple single-section diode frequency combs Prof. Steve Cundiff is Professor of Physics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. His research areas include the use of ultrafast pulses to study light-matter interactions, as well as their production and manipulation.
May 11, 2021
Prof. Woodward Fischer, Professor of Geobiology at the California Institute of Technology.
How did life come to tolerate and thrive in an oxygenated world?, Evolution of Oxygenic Photosynthesis, and Early plant organics increased global terrestrial mud deposition through enhanced flocculation. Prof. Woodward Fischer is Professor of Geobiology and associate director, center for autonomous systems and technologies at the California Institute of Technology. His research focus areas include historical Geobiology; evolution of the oxygenic photosynthesis and rise of atmospheric oxygen.
May 9, 2021
Prof. Kiyoshi Masui, Assistant professor of Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Observations of fast radio bursts at frequencies down to 400 megahertz, A second source of repeating fast radio bursts, and A bright millisecond-duration radio burst from a Galactic magnetar in the Milky Way. Prof. Kiyoshi Masui is assistant professor of Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He works to understand fundamental physics and the evolution of the Universe through observations of the large-scale structure - the distribution of matter on scales much larger than galaxies.
May 7, 2021
Prof. Omar Ahmed, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Michigan
The neural circuitry supporting successful spatial navigation despite variable movement speeds, how the retrosplenial cortex helps us navigate and how it is altered in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, and Running speed alters the frequency of hippocampal gamma oscillations. Prof. Omar Ahmed is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan. His lab studies the neuroscience of spatial navigation and memory, and how these neural systems are altered in Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and epilepsy.
May 5, 2021
Prof. William Renthal, Director of Research at the John Graham Headache Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital of Harvard
Migraine-associated gene expression in cell types of the central and peripheral nervous system, Predicting erenumab adverse events with single-cell genomics, and Transcriptional Reprogramming of Distinct Peripheral Sensory Neuron Subtypes after Axonal Injury Prof. William Renthal is the Director of Research at the John Graham Headache Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on the use of molecular genetics to develop therapeutic strategies for headache and pain.
May 3, 2021
Prof. Hui Deng, Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan.
Van der Waals heterostructure polaritons with moiré-induced nonlinearity, Polariton Laser in the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer Regime, and Emergence of microfrequency comb via limit cycles in dissipatively coupled condensates Prof. Hui Deng is Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan. Her research centers on the discovery, creation, control and applications of quantum states in single-, few-, and many-body systems with matter-light couplings.
May 1, 2021
Prof. Anupam Garg, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University.
Quantum mechanics versus macroscopic realism: Is the flux there when nobody looks? Prof. Anupam Garg is professor of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University. His current research interests center around quantum phenomena involving the orientational degree of freedom of spin angular momentum.
April 29, 2021
Prof. Gilles Hilary, Professor of Accounting at Georgetown University.
Religion and business decisions, Trust and Contracting, Self-segregation and Labor Movement, Mandatory Data Breach Transparency and Insider Trading, and Artificial Intelligence and Fraud Detection Prof. Gilles Hilary is professor of Accounting at Georgetown University. He is a founding member of Cercle-K2, a French think-tank on risk management. He is a Research Fellow at the French Military Police Academy (CREOGN) and a Senior Fellow at the Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research (ABFER)
April 27, 2021
Prof. Bill Gibson, Professor of Economics at the University of Vermont.
Why explore space, do we have free markets in space and if we do, can they save the space program and us? Prof. Bill Gibson is Professor of Economics at the University of Vermont. His main interest is building and simulating macroeconomic models for developing countries. A second area of interest is NASA, space policy and the aerospace industry.
April 25, 2021
Prof. Morton Schapiro, President of Northwestern University and Prof. Gary Morson, Professor of the Arts and Humanities at Northwestern
Minds Wide Shut: How the New Fundamentalisms Divide Us Prof. Morton Schapiro is the President of Northwestern University and a Professor of Economics at Northwestern and Prof. Gary Morson is Professor of the Arts and Humanities at Northwestern
April 23, 2021
Prof. Stephanie Seguino, Professor of economics at the University of Vermont
The Costs of Exclusion: Gender Job Segregation, Structural Change and the Labour Share of Income and Driving While Black and Brown in Vermont: Can Race Data Analysis Contribute to Reform? Prof. Stephanie Seguino is professor of economics at the University of Vermont. Her research focuses on the economics of stratification inequality. In the policy arena, she has contributed to research on macroeconomic policy tools for financing and promoting gender equality
April 21, 2021
Prof. Michael Roberts, Professor of Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
A century of capital structure: The leveraging of corporate America, The History of the Cross-Section of Stock Returns, How Does Financing Impact Investment? The Role of Debt Covenants, and CLO Performance Prof. Michael Roberts is Professor of Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His research spans corporate finance, banking, and asset pricing.
April 19, 2021
Prof. David Gerdes, Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan
Evidence or no-evidence for a distant giant planet in the solar system and Discovery and Physical Characterization of a Large Scattered Disk Object at 92 au. Prof. David Gerdes is Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan. His research addresses basic questions about the large-scale structure and evolution of the universe.
April 17, 2021
Prof. Sarkis Mazmanian, Professor of Microbiology at the California Institute of Technology
Microbiota Modulate Behavioral and Physiological Abnormalities Associated with Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Gut Microbiota Regulate Motor Deficits and Neuroinflammation in a Model of Parkinson’s Disease, A gut bacterial amyloid promotes asynuclein aggregation and motor impairment in mice, Plasma and Fecal Metabolite Profiles in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Gut microbial molecules in behavioural and neurodegenerative conditions, and The gut microbiota–brain axis in behaviour and brain disorders. Prof. Sarkis Mazmanian is Professor of Microbiology at the California Institute of Technology. His research aims to discover how gut bacteria influence the development and function of the immune and nervous systems, with the goal of understanding mechanisms by which the microbiome contributes to the critical balance between health and disease.
April 15, 2021
Prof. Michael Dickinson, Professor of Bioengineering and Aeronautics at the California Institute of Technology
Death Valley, Drosophila, and the Devonian Toolkit, Sun Navigation Requires Compass Neurons in Drosophila, and The aerodynamics and control of free flight manoeuvres in Drosophila. Prof. Michael Dickinson is Professor of Bioengineering and Aeronautics at the California Institute of Technology. One of his research focus areas is the flight of insects.
April 13, 2021
Prof. Michael Dinerstein, Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago
Quantifying the Supply Response of Private Schools to Public Policies, The Equilibrium Effects of Public Provision in Education Markets: Evidence from a Public School Expansion Policy, Consumer Price Search and Platform Design in Internet Commerce, Competition and Entry in Agricultural Markets: Experimental Evidence from Kenya, and Human Capital Depreciation. Prof. Michael Dinerstein is Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. His research interests include public economics, with an emphasis on education, and industrial organization.
April 11, 2021
Prof. Francisco Quintana, Professor of Neurology at the Harvard Medical School
Astrocytes and their function in the brain: Gut-licensed IFNγ+ NK (interferon Gamma) cells drive LAMP1+ TRAIL+ anti-inflammatory astrocytes, and MAFG-driven astrocytes promote CNS inflammation Prof. Francisco Quintana, Ph.D. is a Professor of Neurology at the Center for Neurologic Diseases, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and an Associate Member at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. His research investigates signaling pathways that control the immune response and neurodegeneration, with the ultimate goal of identifying novel therapeutic targets and biomarkers for immune-mediated disorders.
April 9, 2021
Prof. Arturo Alvarez-Buylla, Professor, Neurological Surgery at UCSF.
Interneurons from Embryonic Development to Cell -Based Therapy, Embryonic Origin of Postnatal Neural Stem Cells, Human hippocampal neurogenesis drops sharply in children to undetectable levels in adults, Maintenance of neural stem cell positional identity by mixed-lineage leukemia, and Clustered gamma-protocadherins regulate cortical interneuron programmed cell death Prof. Arturo Alvarez-Buylla is Professor, Neurological Surgery at UCSF. His laboratory studies the mechanisms of adult neurogenesis and neuronal replacement.
April 7, 2021
Prof. Carol Gould, Professor of Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University
Is Glamour an Aesthetic Property of Persons only?: Can AI recognize glamor or become glamorous? Prof. Carol Gould is a Professor of Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University, where she teaches primarily Aesthetics, Philosophy of Psychiatry, and Ancient Greek Philosophy, areas in which she publishes widely. Many of her recent publications concern the relation between aesthetics, ethics, and personhood. She is currently completing a book on True Glamour, an unexplored topic in philosophy that stands at the intersection of Aesthetics, Ethics, and Philosophy of Psychiatry.
April 5, 2021
Prof. Su Guo, Professor of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at UCSF
Toward Molecular Genetic Dissection of Neural Circuits For Emotional and Motivational Behaviors, Identification of a brain center whose activity discriminates a choice behavior in zebrafish, Identification of environmental stressors and validation of light preference as a measure of anxiety in larval zebrafish, and Heritable natural variation of an anxiety-like behavior in larval zebrafish Prof. Su Guo is a Professor of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at University of California, San Francisco. Her research is on understanding how the brain works: connecting molecules to systems.
April 3, 2021
Prof. Cecilia Lunardini, Professor of Physics at Arizona State University.
Dirac and Majorana neutrino signatures of primordial black holes, Pre-supernova neutrinos: directional sensitivity and prospects for progenitor identification, and A concordance scenario for the observation of a neutrino from a Tidal Disruption Event. Professor. Cecilia Lunardini is professor of physics at Arizona State University. One of her primary research focus is Neutrinos
April 1, 2021
Prof. Howard Fields, Professor Emeritus, Neurology at UCSF
A Motivation-Decision Model of Pain: The Role of Opioids, Understanding opioid reward, How expectations influence pain, and the role of placebo effect in clinical trial design for CNS diseases. Prof. Howard Fields is Professor Emeritus, Neurology at UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences. He was a founder of the UCSF pain management center and has made major contributions to understanding and treating neuropathic pain.
March 30, 2021
Prof. Itay Goldstein, Professor of Finance and Economics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
The Real Effects of Financial Markets, Trading frenzies, Feedback Effects, Asymmetric Trading, and the Limits to Arbitrage, Financial Crises: Fundamentals vs. Panic, Investor flows and fragility in corporate bond funds, and Financial Fragility in the COVID-19 Crisis Prof. Itay Goldstein is Professor of Finance and Economics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Executive Editor of the Review of Financial Studies and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He was the co-founder of the Finance Theory Group and served as a director of the American Finance Association.
March 28, 2021
Prof. Richard Lebed, Professor of Physics at Arizona State University.
The relationship between quarks and hadrons, Heavy-Quark QCD Exotica, and Exotics in the Dynamical Diquark Model Prof. Richard Lebed is Professor of Physics at Arizona State University. His research involves studying the properties of, and interactions between, particles at the most elementary level.
March 26, 2021
Prof. Ryan Hickox, Professor of Astronomy at Dartmouth College
Black hole variability and the star formation-AGN connection, Obscured Active Galactic Nuclei, A Large Population of Luminous Active Galactic Nuclei Lacking X-ray Detections, and Cosmic evolution of supermassive black holes Ryan Hickox is a Professor of Astronomy at Dartmouth College, studying supermassive black holes in galaxies and how they grow over cosmic time. He is currently the Chair of NASA's Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group, and has been engaged in the planning of multiple future NASA space observatories.
March 24, 2021
Prof. Maria Kazachenko, Assistant Professor of Astrophysical & Planetary Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder
Challenges and Advances in Modeling of the Solar Atmosphere, The Coronal Global Evolutionary Model, Active Region Irradiance during Quiescent Periods, and Inferring depth-dependent plasma motions from surface observations using the DeepVel neural network Prof. Maria Kazachenko is an assistant professor of Astrophysical & Planetary Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder and the National Solar Observatory (NSO). Her research interests range from the storage of magnetic energy in solar active regions, to the release of that energy in solar flares with an emphasis of comparison and integration of observations with simulations.
March 22, 2021
Prof Erik Berglöf, Professor of economics at the London School of Economics.
Tackling the pandemic globally, the challenges for developing countries and risk management for future pandemics Prof Erik Berglöf is professor of economics at the London School of Economics. He is also the Chief Economist of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the Beijing-based multilateral development bank established in 2016 with a mission to improve social and economic outcomes in Asia.
March 20, 2021
Prof. Scott Baraban, Professor & Chair in Neuroscience Research, UCSF
Persistent Seizure Control in Epileptic Mice Transplanted With Gamma Aminobutyric Acid Progenitors, Clemizole and modulators of serotonin signalling suppress seizures in Dravet syndrome, Phenotypic analysis of catastrophic childhood epilepsy genes: The Epilepsy Zebrafish Project, and Interneuron origins in the embryonic porcine medial ganglionic eminence Prof. Scott Baraban is Professor & Chair in Neuroscience Research, UCSF. One of his primary research areas is the causes and treatment of epilepsy.
March 18, 2021
Prof. Paul Taylor, Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt university
Taking Postracialism seriously: From Movement Mythology to Racial Formation Prof. Paul Taylor, who is professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt university. Prof. Taylor focuses on the Philosophy of race.
March 16, 2021
Prof. Jonathan Tan, Professor of Astronomy at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
Star Formation Rates in Disk Galaxies, Equilibrium Star Cluster Formation, Massive Star Formation, The formation of supermassive black holes from Population III.1 seeds, and Inside-out Planet Formation Prof. Jonathan Tan is Professor of Astronomy at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden and at the Dept. of Astronomy, University of Virginia. He coordinates the activities of the Chalmers and Virginia Initiatives on Cosmic Origins (CICO & VICO) - http://cosmicorigins.space/, which are interdisciplinary initiatives in the field of Origins Science.
March 14, 2021
Prof. Kadri Vihvelin, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California
Compatibilism, incompatibilism and impossibilism views of Free Will and the Philosophy of Time Travel Prof. Kadri Vihvelin is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California. She has published articles on a wide variety of topics, including time travel, counterfactuals, free will, and determinism.
March 12, 2021
Prof. Randall McEntaffer, Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Pennsylvania State University
Water Recovery X-Ray Rocket grating spectrometer, Performance Testing of a Large-Format X-ray Reflection Grating Prototype for a Suborbital Rocket Payload, and Extreme Ultraviolet and Soft X-Ray Diffraction Efficiency of a Blazed Reflection Grating Fabricated by Thermally Activated Selective Topography Equilibration. Prof. Randall McEntaffer is a Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Pennsylvania State University. He specializes in the design, fabrication, testing, and implementation of X-ray diffraction gratings for high throughput, high resolving power astrophysical observations.
March 10, 2021
Prof. Philip Mauskopf, Prof of Physics at Arizona State University
Millimeter-Wave Polarimeters Using Kinetic Inductance Detectors for TolTEC and Beyond, NASA's near-infrared spectrophotometric all-sky survey, BLAST Mission, and Design of a W-band Superconducting Kinetic Inductance Qubit (Kineticon) Prof. Philip Mauskopf has a joint appointments at Arizona State University in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the Department of Physics. His background is in primarily experimental cosmology - in particular designing and building new types of instruments for measuring signals from the most distant objects in the universe.
March 8, 2021
Prof. Mark Wilson, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh
Imitation of Rigor - Why philosophy needs mathematicians and vice versa. Prof. Mark Wilson is Professor of philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, a fellow of the Center for Philosophy of Science and a Fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His main research investigates the manner in which physical and mathematical concerns become entangled with issues characteristic of metaphysics and philosophy of language.
March 5, 2021
Prof. Vikram Gadagkar, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Columbia University.
Dopamine neurons encode performance error in singing birds, and Dopamine neurons change their tuning according to courtship context in singing birds Prof. Vikram Gadagkar is Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Columbia University. His research focuses on learning, memory and computation.
March 3, 2021
Prof. Stephen Finlay, Prof of Philosophy at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Australia
Confusion of Tongues: A Theory of Normative Language Prof. Stephen Finlay is Director of the Dianoia Institute of Philosophy at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Australia, as well as Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California. He works primarily in metaethics, especially on the meaning and use of normative and evaluative language.
March 1, 2021
Prof. Igor Shovkovy, Professor in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University.
The overdamped chiral magnetic wave, Electronic Properties of Dirac and Weyl Semimetals, and Ellipticity of photon emission from strongly magnetized hot QCD plasma Prof. Igor Shovkovy is a professor in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University. His expertise includes theoretical physics, nuclear physics, high-energy physics and condensed matter physics.
February 26, 2021
Prof. Lenn Goodman, Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University
Science and Religion : Complementary or Substitutes Prof. Lenn Goodman is Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. He has published over 2 dozen books in Jewish, Islamic and General philosophy, including books on truth and justice, political philosophy, bio-philosophy, and comparative philosophy.
February 24, 2021
Prof. Anne C Hart, Professor of Neuroscience at Brown University.
Genetic modifiers ameliorate endocytic and neuromuscular defects in a model of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and Single copy/knock-in models of ALS SOD1 in C. elegans suggest loss and gain of function have different contributions to neurodegeneration Prof. Anne C Hart is Professor of Neuroscience at Brown University. Her research focuses on the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying neurological disease, sensory signaling, sleep, and fatigue.
February 22, 2021
Prof. Ellen Armour, Carpenter Chair of Feminist Theology at Vanderbilt Divinity School
Philosophy, Photography, and the (Cosmo)Politics of Life and Death, and Religion, Sexuality, and Post modernity Prof. Ellen Armour is the Chair of Feminist Theology at Vanderbilt Divinity School and directs the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender and Sexuality. Her research interests are in feminist theology, theories of sex, race, gender, disability and embodiment, and visual culture as well as contemporary continental philosophy.
February 19, 2021
Prof. Emery Brown, Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and Computational Neuroscience at MIT
General Anesthesia and Altered States of Arousal: A Systems Neuroscience Analysis, Clinical Electroencephalography for Anesthesiologists, and Multimodal General Anesthesia: Theory and Practice. Prof. Emery Brown is Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Medical Engineering and computational neuroscience at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His lab develops statistical methods and signal-processing algorithms for neuroscience data analysis.
February 17, 2021
Prof. Jason Haffner, Prof of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University.
A Tunable Plasmon Resonance in Gold Nanobelts, Novel Plasmonic Structures Based on Gold Nanobelts, and Structural Analysis by Enhanced Raman Scattering Prof. Jason Haffner is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University. His lab at Rice studies nanophotonics and interfacial biology.
February 15, 2021
Prof. Ghassan AlRegib, Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Backpropagated Gradient Representations for Anomaly Detection, Implicit Saliency in Deep Neural Networks, Contrastive Explanations in Neural Networks, Fabric Surface Characterization: Assessment of Deep Learning-Based Texture Representations Using a Challenging Dataset, Successful Leveraging of Image Processing and Machine Learning in Seismic Structural Interpretation, and Relative Afferent Pupillary Defect Screening Through Transfer Learning. Prof. Ghassan AlRegib is Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is the director of the Omni Lab for Intelligent Visual Engineering and Science and the center for Energy and Geo Processing at Georgia Tech.
February 12, 2021
Prof. Jacquelyn Pless, Assistant Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Are “Complementary Policies” Substitutes? Evidence from R&D Subsidies in the UK, and Bringing rigor to energy innovation policy evaluation. Prof. Jacquelyn Pless is Assistant Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Her research interests are in the economics of innovation, energy and environmental economics.
February 11, 2021
Prof. Wael Asaad, Associate Professor of Neuroscience and NeuroSurgery at Brown University
Deep Brain Stimulation Targeting the Fornix for Mild Alzheimer Dementia, Rapid motor fluctuations reveal short-timescale neurophysiological biomarkers of Parkinson’s disease, and LITT for Intractable Psychiatric Disease Prof. Wael Asaad is Associate Professor of Neuroscience and NeuroSurgery at Brown University. He is also the Director of Functional Neurosurgery and Epilepsy program.
February 10, 2021
Prof. Benjamin Moll, Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics
The Rich Interactions between Inequality and the Macroeconomy Prof. Benjamin Moll is a Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics. His research is concerned with understanding why some countries and people are so much poorer than others and how micro heterogeneity impacts the macro economy and macroeconomic policy.
February 9, 2021
Prof. Andrew Newberg, Professor of Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University.
Religious Experience: Psychology and Neurology, The Noetic Quality: A Multimethod Exploratory Study, and The Varieties of Self-Transcendent Experience Prof. Andrew Newberg is Professor of Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University. He has been involved in a number of neuroimaging research projects which have included the study of aging and dementia, epilepsy, and other neurological and psychiatric disorders.
February 8, 2021
Prof. Murat Kantarcioglu, Professor of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Dallas
Securing Big Data in the Age of AI, Defending Against Backdoors in Federated Learning with Robust Learning Rate, and Does Explainable Artificial Intelligence Improve Human Decision-Making? Prof. Murat Kantarcioglu is Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Data Security and Privacy Lab at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). Prof. Kantarcioglu's research focuses on the integration of cyber security, machine learning, data science and blockchains for creating technologies that can efficiently and securely store, analyze and share data and machine learning results.
February 5, 2021
Prof. James Sauls, Professor of Physics at Northwestern University
Dirty Superconductors Make Better Particle Accelerators, CAPST Research, Take a dip into the weird world of quantum liquids, and the future of quantum computing. Prof. James Sauls is Professor of Physics at Northwestern University and Co-Director, Center for Applied Physics & Superconducting Technologies
February 4, 2021
Prof. Charles Lipson, Emeritus Professor of international relations at the University of Chicago
Countries, political systems, integration and democracy - what does the future hold? Prof. Charles Lipson taught international relations at the University of Chicago, where he was Professor in Political Science and the College. His research deals with international cooperation and conflict and with political aspects of the world economy.
February 3, 2021
Prof. Marc Law, Professor of Economics at the University of Vermont
Political Centralization, Federalism, and Urban Development: Evidence from US and Canadian Capital Cities, Understanding the Rise of Regulation during the Progressive Era, The Political Economy of Truth-in-Advertising Regulation, Effects of Occupational Licensing Laws on Minorities, and did early twentieth-century alcohol prohibition affect mortality? Prof. Marc Law is Professor of Economics at the University of Vermont. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of product quality regulation with specific focus on food, drug, advertising, and occupational licensing laws.
February 2, 2021
Prof. Cheryl Maslen, Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University
Identifying genetic factors that contribute to the increased risk of congenital heart defects in infants with Down syndrome, The Genetic Basis of Turner Syndrome Aortopathy, and Conference summary: What we have learned and where we are headed Prof. Cheryl Maslen, who is professor of medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. Her Research focuses on the genetic basis of congenital cardiovascular defects with a focus on rare disorders that greatly increase risk for these defects. In particular Turner syndrome and Down syndrome.
February 1, 2021
Sir Colin Blakemore, Professor of Neuroscience at City University of Hong Kong
The first neurons of the human cerebral cortex, Tactile perception recruits functionally related visual areas in the late-blind, What synesthesia isn’t, and I Haven’t a Clue! Expectations Based on Repetitions and Hints Facilitate Perceptual Experience of Ambiguous Images Sir Colin Blakemore is Professor of Neuroscience at City University of Hong Kong. His research has focused on vision, development and plasticity of the brain, and on neurodegenerative diseases. He is a member of 12 scientific academies, including the Royal Society and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and his honors include both the Faraday Prize and the Ferrier Prize from the Royal Society.
January 29, 2021
Prof. Debby Silver, Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University School of Medicine
Dynamic mRNA Transport and Local Translation in Radial Glial Progenitors of the Developing Brain, Prolonged Mitosis of Neural Progenitors Alters Cell Fate in the Developing Brain, and Pathogenic DDX3X Mutations Impair RNA Metabolism and Neurogenesis during Fetal Cortical Development Prof. Debby Silver is Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University School of Medicine. Her lab studies embryonic brain development
January 28, 2021
Prof. John Pearson, Assistant Professor of Neurobiology at Duke University
Online Neural Connectivity Estimation with Noisy Group Testing, and Naturalistic decision-making: continuous, open-world, and recursive Prof. John Pearson is Assistant Professor of Neurobiology at Duke University. His research focuses on the application of machine learning methods to the analysis of brain data and behavior.
January 27, 2021
Prof. Mitch Begelman, Professor of Astrophysical Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder
Formation of supermassive black holes by direct collapse in pre-galactic haloes, Quasi-stars: accreting black holes inside massive envelopes, Evolution of supermassive stars as a pathway to black hole formation, and Strongly magnetized accretion discs: structure and accretion from global magnetohydrodynamic simulations Prof. Mitch Begelman is Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder and a Fellow of JILA, a joint research institute of the University of Colorado and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He studies aspects of how black holes form, grow, and interact with their surroundings, from a theoretical perspective.
January 26, 2021
Prof. Adele Diamond, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia
Review of the Evidence on, and Fundamental Questions About, Efforts to Improve Executive Functions, Including Working Memory, and ideas to redesign the education system. Prof. Adele Diamond is Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia and Head of the Program in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at UBC. Prof. Diamond’s specialty is executive functions, which depend on the brain’s prefrontal cortex and interrelated neural regions.
January 25, 2021
Prof. Wendy Freedman, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Chicago
Cosmology at a crossroads, the legacy and development of the Hubble constant, and The Carnegie-Chicago Hubble Program: An Independent Determination of the Hubble Constant Based on the Tip of the Red Giant Branch Prof. Wendy Freedman is professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. Professor Freedman is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society, and a Legacy Fellow of the American Astronomical Society. She is a recipient of the American Philosophical Society's Magellanic Prize and co-recipient of the Gruber Cosmology Prize.
January 22, 2021