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Science And Story Café

Saturday, June 4, 2016
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Join top science authors for coffee and conversation, shop our carefully curated selection of science books, and have your books signed by participating authors.

12:00 PM: THE BRAIN, ETHICS & CONSCIOUSNESS
Host: Bill Blakemore
Joseph J. Fins

12:30 PM: BOOKS ON OUR MINDS
Host: Emily Senay
Jennifer Ackerman
Maria Konnikova
George Makari

1:30 PM: BREAKTHROUGHS
Host: Emily Senay
Mary Elizabeth Williams

2:15 PM: UNRAVELING MYSTERIES
Host: George Musser
Katherine Freese
Janna Levin
Priya Natarajan
Lisa Randall

3:15 PM: THE STORY OF AUTISM
John Donvan
Caren Zucker

Participants

Jennifer AckermanAuthor

Jennifer Ackerman has been writing about science, nature, and human biology for almost three decades. Her new book, The Genius of Birds (Penguin Press, 2016)–a New York Times bestseller–has been called a “lovely, celebratory survey” by The New York Times and “gloriously provocative and highly entertaining” by the Wall Street Journal.

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Bill BlakemoreNews Correspondent

Bill Blakemore became a reporter for ABC News 46 years ago, covering a wide variety of stories. He spearheaded ABC’s coverage of global warming, traveling from the tropics to polar regions to report on its impacts, dangers, and possible remedies.

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John DonvanABC Correspondent

John Donvan was just named a 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his bestselling book, In a Different Key: The Story of Autism, published in 2016 by Crown Books. He is also host of the Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates, which are heard on public radio and by podcast.

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Joseph J. FinsPhysician, Medical Ethicist

Joseph J. Fins is The E. William Davis, Jr. M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics and Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College where he is a tenured Professor of Medicine, Professor of Medical Ethics in Neurology and Professor of Health Care Policy and Research.

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Katherine FreeseCosmologist

Katherine Freese is the George E. Uhlenbeck Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan and Visiting Professor of Physics at Stockholm University. She works on a wide range of topics in theoretical cosmology and astroparticle physics. She has been working to identify the dark matter and dark energy that permeate the universe, as well as to build a successful model for the early universe immediately after the Big Bang.

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Maria KonnikovaAuthor

Maria Konnikova is The New York Times-bestselling author of The Confidence Game (Viking/Penguin, 2016) and Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes (Viking/Penguin, 2013). Konnikova is a contributing writer for The New Yorker, where she writes a regular column with a focus on psychology and culture.

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Janna LevinPhysicist

Janna Levin is a professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University and the author of Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space.

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George MakariHistorian, Psychiatrist

Historian, psychoanalyst, and psychiatrist George Makari is the author of Soul Machine: The Invention of the Modern Mind, which the Wall Street Journal called “brilliant, essential reading.” Makari also wrote the award-winning, widely acclaimed Revolution in Mind: The Creation of Psychoanalysis.

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George MusserAuthor

George Musser is a contributing editor at Scientific American and Nautilus magazines, a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT for 2014–2015, and the author of Spooky Action at a Distance (2015) and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to String Theory (2008).

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Priyamvada NatarajanAstrophysicist, Author

Priyamvada Natarajan is a professor at the Department of Astronomy and Physics at Yale. She is a theoretical astrophysicist interested in cosmology, gravitational lensing, and black hole physics.

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Lisa RandallTheoretical Physicist, Author

Lisa Randall studies theoretical particle physics and cosmology at Harvard University, where she is Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science. Randall is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Emily SenayPhysician Journalist

Emily Senay is a physician, medical and public health educator, broadcast journalist, and author. She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a clinician in the World Trade Center Health Program in New York City.

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Mary Elizabeth WilliamsAuthor

Mary Elizabeth Williams is the author of A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles: A True Story of Love, Science, and Cancer. She has written for numerous publications including The New York Times, LA Times, and Salon.

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Caren ZuckerTelevision Producer

Caren Zucker is a veteran and award-winning television producer with ABC News and PBS, and the mother of an adult son with autism.

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