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Scott Fessler is the founder and CEO of The Fessler Foundation, which provides financial support for primary research facilities whose goal is to find a cure for spinal cord injuries, as well as to benefit the community of individuals with these injuries. Fessler has an Associate degree in Business Administration... [read more]

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Catherine Crier earned her B.A. in political science and international affairs from the University of Texas and her Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University School of Law. In 1984, she was elected to the 162nd District Court in Dallas County, Texas as a State District Judge. During her tenure on the bench,... [read more]


Kyle Cranmer is a physicist and a professor at New York University at the Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics and Affiliated Faculty member at NYU’s Center for Data Science. He is an experimental particle physicist working, primarily, on the Large Hadron Collider, based in Geneva, Switzerland. Cranmer popularized a collaborative statistical... [read more]


Jeff Boeke is the director of the newly founded Institute for Systems Genetics at NYU Langone Medical Center. He is leading an international team whose goal is to synthesize an engineered version of the yeast genome.

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Christina Pease is an Astrophysics Educator at the American Museum of Natural History. She teaches astronomy and Earth science courses to New York City students, and develops and performs “Astronomy Live” and “Family Astronomy” presentations in the Hayden Planetarium. Through her work as an amateur astronomer at the Vega-Bray Observatory... [read more]

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Deborah Heiligman is the author of 30 books for children and teens, including THE BOY WHO LOVED MATH: THE IMPROBABLE LIFE OF PAUL ERDOS. The Boy won the 2104 Cook Prize for best STEM book, awarded by Bank Street College of Education, and voted on by children across the world.... [read more]


Dr. Ira Breite, is a gastroenterologist at NYU Langone Medical Center and an expert in food poisoning of all types. He works day in and day out to figure out what precisely is ailing his patients and how to fix it. As one of the hosts of the Sirius XM’s... [read more]


Howard Greller is an emergency physician, medical toxicologist and the associate director of the Mount Sinai Upper West Side Urgent Care Center. He teaches emergency medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and serves as a consultant to NYC’s Poison Control Center. Dr. Greller is on the... [read more]

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Rick Karr is a correspondent for The PBS NewsHour Weekend. For the past 15 years, much of his work has examined the effects of technology on culture and how we live. In addition to reporting for PBS’s Need to Know, NOW with Bill Moyers, and the PBS-Wall Street Journal collaboration... [read more]

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Steve Metzger grew up in Queens, NYC. He went to Baruch College and received his Masters in Education from Bank Street College. He taught young children for 15 years before moving on to Scholastic, where he has mainly worked with the Book Clubs. During his tenure at Scholastic, Steve began... [read more]