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 journalist David Novarro is co-anchor of Eyewitness News First on Channel 7 WABC-TV in New York. A native of Manhattan’s Lower East Side and Queens, Novarro started his career with Eyewitness News as a college intern and rose through the ranks to become a reporter. He was later named New Jersey bureau correspondent and became anchor of Eyewitness News Sunday Morning. For Eyewitness News, Novarro has covered such notable stories as the racial profiling case that led to the overhaul of the New Jersey State Police Department, terror cells operating in New York City and New Jersey and the first World Trade Center attack, landing a rare interview with blind Sheikh Omar Abdul-Rahman, convicted mastermind of the bombing. He was awarded an Emmy for his reports on tenants held hostage in their Brooklyn apartment building by drug dealers who had turned their home into a crack house.
Novarro helped launch the Eyewitness News community affairs show Tiempo, the first public affairs program dedicated to issues of interest to the Hispanic community to air in New York City. He is very proud of his Latino roots and works hard to better his community.
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.