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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.
Ariel Zych is the Education Director at Science Friday, where she works to empower parents and educators to excite students about science, engineering, and math. Drawing upon Science Friday’s engaging interviews with STEM researchers, Zych works with amazing educators to create award-winning science activities, teacher workshops, and STEM challenges that reach hundreds of thousands of educators every year.Read More
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.Read More