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Cool Jobs 2013

Sunday, June 2, 2013
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The World Science Festival’s highly celebrated program, Cool Jobs, is back with an astounding line-up of the coolest scientists around. Curious about developing a team of robots that can search and rescue while mapping their surroundings? Did you know it takes a scientist to make our grocery store foods delicious? Think it’s possible to shrink a lab test so small that you can’t see it? Or make interactive games that aren’t in a computer? Look no further! The World Science Festival has assembled the coolest group of scientists with the coolest jobs who will answer these questions and much more. Start on your own quest to find your Cool Job—a science Job!

This program is supported by Time Warner Cable.


Baba BrinkmanRap Artist, Writer

Canadian rap artist, writer, and former tree-planter, Baba Brinkman has personally planted more than one million trees in the Rocky Mountains. After graduating with an M.A. in comparative literature in 2003, he began his career as a rap troubadour.

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Jamie SimmondsProducer, Sound Engineer, DJ

Jamie Simmonds is a professionally trained producer, audio engineer, and performer who specializes in hip-hop, theater, and custom projects. He has worked with several record labels such as NTone (Ninja Tune), K7, and Crammed/SSR, as well as major label artists like Alison Goldfrapp, Leftfield, and Pressure Drop.

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Michelle KhineBiomedical Engineer

Michelle Khine is an associate professor of biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, and materials science at University of California, Irvine. She was an assistant & founding professor at U.C. Merced from 2006 to 2009.

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Amanda KinchlaFood Scientist

Amanda Kinchla is the Food Science Extension Specialist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She leads a new Food Science Extension program at UMass that focuses on applied research and food science education to support the Massachusetts and national food industry.

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Edwin OlsonRoboticist

Edwin Olson is an assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on autonomous robots, ranging from self-driving cars to teams of robots that work together to perform search and rescue missions. He received a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008 for his work in robust robot mapping.

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Katherine IsbisterComputer Scientist

Katherine Isbister has a joint appointment between the NYU-Poly computer science department and the NYU Game Center. Isbister is research director of the Game Innovation Lab at NYU-Poly, and an investigator in the NYU Games for Learning Institute.

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Holly RobbinsHuman Computer Interaction Researcher

Holly Robbins is a recent graduate of NYU’s master’s program in media culture and communication. Her research area is human computer interaction with a special focus on qualitative methodologies from anthropology.

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