Pioneers in Science gives high school students from around the world rare and intimate access to Nobel Laureates, presidential advisors and other trailblazing scientists. In an engaging town-hall-style discussion, each year’s pioneer shares personal stories, life challenges, and career highlights, all with the goal of inspiring by example. This year’s sixth annual Pioneers in Science program features esteemed scientist, Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Born in Mexico, Dr. Volkow will conduct the first ever multi-lingual Pioneers in Science program, speaking to students in both English and Spanish.
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Emmy Award-winning Juju Chang is a co-anchor for ABC News. During her career at ABC News, she has been news anchor for Good Morning America, contributed to 20/20, reported for World News Tonight, and anchored the early morning newscasts of World News Now and World News This Morning. Chang’s most recent Emmy was for breaking news coverage of California wildfires. She previously won Gracie Awards for a 20/20 story on gender equality in the sciences and for a story about judicial activism on PBS and a Freddie Award for a series she hosted, also for PBS, called The Art of Women’s Health. She is married to Neal Shapiro and has three sons. Chang is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a founding board member of the Korean American Community Foundation.
Nora D. Volkow is the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at NIH. She pioneered the use of brain imaging to investigate the effects of drugs in the human brain and has demonstrated that drug addiction is a brain disease. She has published more than 600 scientific articles and edited three books. She has received multiple awards, including membership in the Institute of Medicine, named one of Time Magazine’s “Top 100 People Who Shape our World,” included as “One of the 20 People to Watch” by Newsweek magazine and named “Innovator of the Year” by U.S. News & World Report.