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Making Waves: The Moth at the World Science Festival

Thursday, June 2, 2016
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

In partnership with The Moth, the Peabody Award-winning storytelling collective, The World Science Festival brings esteemed scientists, writers, and innovators to the stage to share stories of their personal relationships with science. They’re tales of insight, wins and losses, and unexpected twists. In keeping with The Moth’s tradition, the rules are simple: all stories are told within ten minutes, and without notes. The results are sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, and always entertaining.



Adam GopnikWriter, Essayist, Novelist

Adam Gopnik, New Yorker staff writer, has been contributing to the magazine since 1986. During his tenure at the magazine, he has written fiction, humor, book reviews, and profiles, and reported pieces from abroad. Gopnik has engaged in many musical projects, working both as a lyricist and librettist.

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George ChurchGeneticist

George Church is professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and director of PersonalGenomes.org, providing the world’s only open-access information on human Genomic, Environmental, and Trait data (GET). His 1984 Harvard Ph.D. included the first methods for direct genome sequencing, molecular multiplexing, and barcoding.

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Sylvia EarleOceanographer, Marine Biologist, Author

National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Sylvia A. Earle is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer who has been called a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress and “Hero for the Planet” by TIME magazine.

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Michael J. MassiminoNASA Astronaut

Mike Massimino is an engineer, NASA astronaut, and veteran of two spaceflights. He logged more than 571 hours in space, where he conducted four spacewalks and serviced the Hubble Space Telescope.

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James McClintockPolar Marine Biologist

James B. McClintock is the Endowed University Professor of Polar and Marine Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is an expert on invertebrate nutrition, reproduction, and primarily, Antarctic marine chemical ecology, climate change, and ocean acidification.

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Cathy OlkinPlanetary Scientist

Cathy Olkin is a planetary scientist at Southwest Research Institute in Colorado. Her main topic of research is the outer solar system. As a Deputy Project Scientist for NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto, Olkin has been busy soaking in all the new information about her favorite planet.

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