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The World Science Festival’s Pioneers in Science program gives high school students from around the globe rare and intimate access to some of the world’s most renowned scientists in a town hall-style discussion. Meet Jo Handelsman, Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and Associate Director for Science, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she launched the National Microbiome Initiative. Her research at Yale at the Handelsman lab focuses on understanding diversity in microbial communities and their role in infectious disease and the genetic basis for the stability of microbial communities; the role of a gut community as a source of opportunistic pathogens; and the soil microbial community as a source of new antibiotics and antibiotic resistance genes.

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Pioneers In Science: Jo Handelsman

The World Science Festival’s Pioneers in Science program gives high school students from around the globe rare and intimate access to some of the world’s most renowned scientists in a town hall-style discussion. Meet Jo Handelsman, Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and Associate Director for Science, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she launched the National Microbiome Initiative. Her research at Yale at the Handelsman lab focuses on understanding diversity in microbial communities and their role in infectious disease and the genetic basis for the stability of microbial communities; the role of a gut community as a source of opportunistic pathogens; and the soil microbial community as a source of new antibiotics and antibiotic resistance genes.

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Ariel ZychScience Educator

Ariel Zych is an educator, scientist, writer, and producer dedicated to sparking a love of science and math in others. Currently education director at Science Friday, she’s produced and created hundreds of experiments, activities, lessons, events, and workshops for kids, parents, and teachers in video, radio, print, web, and social media.

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Participants

Jo HandelsmanMicrobiologist

Jo Handelsman is the Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a Vilas Research Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. She is responsible for groundbreaking studies in microbial communication and work in the field of metagenomics.

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