Members

Zak Accuardi is a Masters student in MIT's Technology and Policy program. He does research in the Urban Metabolism group.

 

Ted Benson is Ph.D. student in computer science at MIT whose work focuses on structured data on the web.

 

Elizabeth Brown is a Ph.D. student in evolutionary biology at Harvard with a focus on human genetics.

 

Carl Brozek is a PhD candidate in MIT's chemistry department. He researches materials with the highest known surface area in the universe, known as metal-organic frameworks. In particular, he is showing that as solid crystals, they behave very much like liquids, and is demonstrating how to take advantage of their highly ordered architecture for heterogeneous catalysis. How early chemists conceived of molecular structure well before the discovery of atoms and the craftsmanship of experimental science are his recent extracurricular interests.

 

Tim De Chant is a science journalist, ecologist, designer and Senior Digital Editor at Nova.

 

Kathryn Devaney is a cognitive neuroscience Ph.D. student at Boston University working on visual spatial attention.

 

Amanda Gefter , co-director, is a science writer and author specializing in physics and cosmology. She is a consultant for New Scientist magazine, where she served six years as Books & Arts editor and founded Culturelab. She was a 2012-2013 Knight Journalism Fellow at MIT. Her first book, Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn, will be published by Random House in January 2014. She is currently at work on her second book.

 

Andy Greenspon is Ph.D. student in applied physics at Harvard with a focus on nanotechnology. He is a member of a group called Ask for Evidence USA to help push the public to ask for evidence behind claims made by corporations, politicians, the media, and others.

 

Omar Sultan Haque , M.D., Ph.D., is a Resident in Psychiatry at Brown University, and an Instructor and Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University and in the Program in Psychiatry and the Law at Harvard Medical School. He is a co-Director of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, American Unit. His research investigates empirical as well as normative questions at the intersections of psychology, medicine, law, ethics, and religion.

 

Alison Hill , Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research scientist studying infectious disease epidemiology, with a focus on HIV/AIDS. She is interested in how microbes evolve to get around our immune systems and drug treatments. Her work is done in Martin Nowak's lab at the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard. During her time as a PhD student in biophysics, she was the chair of the Harvard Science Policy Group. Alison is interested in public health policy issues such as drug resistance, vaccination, emerging infectious diseases and access to essential medicines. When she's not crunching numbers or simulating epidemics on her computer, Alison likes to rock climb, dance ballet and plan parties.

 

David Jimenez-Gomez is a Ph.D. student at the MIT Economics department. He works on behavioral economics, game theory and political economy.

 

Ashutosh Jogalekar is a computational chemist working for a biotech company in Cambridge, MA. His main interest is the history and philosophy of science. Since 2004 he has been writing The Curious Wavefunction blog. He blogged for Scientific American for two years here. Specific interests include the limitations of reductionism in science, science as a tool-driven revolution, the history and future of physics, the evolution of complexity, the public perception of chemistry, the role of contingency in the history of life, the epistemology of ... [more]

 

Will Knight is MIT Technology Review's online editor. He is interested in data visualization, the history of technology, machine intelligence, and robotics. Before joining the Technology Review, he was the online editor at New Scientist magazine.

 

Anna Leshinskaya is a Ph.D student in cognitive neuroscience interested in how this relatively new field of research is, can, and should be written about in the broader media. She uses fMRI to understand content-specificity in the brain's semantic system. Why does knowing about different kinds of things (animals, tools) and properties (function, shape) go in different areas of the brain? Where does knowledge of non-sensory things, like the concept of an idea, go, and why? She also hopes to use her prior education in creative writing to better communicate the exciting ideas in cognitive neuroscience to the broader world (stay tuned).

 

Kara Manke Kara Manke is a sixth year Ph.D. candidate in Physical Chemistry. In her research, she uses optical methods to understand the fundamental physics of amorphous and thermoelectric materials. She is interested in energy research and policy, and hopes her work will help inform the design of more efficient materials for thermoelectric energy generation. In addition to energy research, Kara is particularly interested in science writing and communication, and this interest led her to serve on the organizing committee member for Communicating Science 2013, a 2.5 day student-run conference and workshop for graduate students. She also serves as writer and editor for Frontiers in Energy Research, the ... [more]

 

Erin May is a Ph.D. student in chemical biology at Harvard and founder of Harvard's Policy Lab, a blog by innovative young researchers about the gaps between scientific research and policy.

 

Colin McSwiggen has a degree in math and physics from MIT, studied design at the Royal College of Art, and now writes about the intersections of science and design.

 

Ben Montet is a Ph.D. candidate in astrophysics. His research focuses on using dynamics to characterize interacting systems containing low-mass stars, brown dwarfs, and exoplanets. He is broadly interested in problems at the intersection of astronomy and statistics, where a noisy data set requires a careful statistical approach to uncover meaningful results. He also writes about the latest in astronomy for Astrobites.

 

Claire O'Connell is the Director of Educational Outreach for Eyewire, a game to map the brain. She is an MITx fellow at edX and co-founded SpokesAmerica, a group that cycled across America to organize Learning Festivals.

 

Niels Rosenquist , M.D., Ph.D., is on faculty in the psychiatry departments at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Rosenquist received his Bachelor's of Science Degree from the University of Michigan in field of Neuroscience, after which he joined the United States Peace Corps to serve as a health educator in Guyana, South America. He returned to the US and obtained M.D. and Ph.D. (economics) degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include applying social network methods in developing country settings, genetics influences on economic behavior and the interaction of new media and mental health. Much is his work is in Mbarara, Uganda.

 

Stephen Schaffner , Ph.D., is a computational biologist in the Program in Medical and Population Genetics at the Broad Institute, where he studies genetics of humans and the malaria parasite.

 

Sara M. Watson is a technology critic and Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Sara's interests include algorithmic literacy, personal data and the digital self, and society's relationships to technologies and infrastructures. She is also interested in how technological change gets written and talked about in popular culture. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Wired, Harvard Business Review, and Slate.

 

Maia Weinstock is an editor and writer specializing in science media. She is the deputy editor at MIT News, the news outlet of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has previously worked at BrainPOP, Discover, SPACE.com, Aviation Week, and Science World. Maia is a strong advocate for girls and women, particularly in the areas of science, technology, politics, and athletics. She is a leader of the New England Wikimedians and organizes efforts to increase the participation and visibility of women on Wikipedia. Maia also spearheads a number of media projects, including ... [more]

 

Jean Yang , codirector, is a doctoral candidate in computer science at MIT. For her thesis, she is designing a language for automatically enforcing information flow policies about security and privacy. She is interested in communicating about technology, in the culture around the creation of technology, and in how technology can aid communication. She occasionally blogs about academia and programming. Her side blogging projects have included the Brogramming and Strong Reject photo blogs.