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Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Alan Alda, seven-time Emmy Award winner, is a passionate science advocate. He has won the National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal, the National Science Board’s Public Service Award, the Scientific American Lifetime Achievement Award and the American Chemical Society Award for Public Service, among others.

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Platon

Platon

British photographer Platon has shot portraits of over one hundred world leaders for a range of international publications. In 2013, he founded a non-profit foundation named The People’s Portfolio, which aspires to create a visual language that breaks barriers, expands dignity, fights discrimination, and enlists the public to support human rights around the world.

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Rahzel

Rahzel

Known as the Godfather of Noyze, two-time Grammy Award-winning vocal percussionist and former member of the Roots, Rahzel, has mastered, then redefined the art of beatboxing, emerging as a true virtuoso in this quintessential musical art form.

Jesse Carmichael

Jesse Carmichael

Jesse Carmichael is best known as a multi-instrumentalist, background vocalist, and founding member of the Grammy Award-winning group, Maroon 5.

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Vanessa De Luca

Vanessa De Luca

Vanessa K. De Luca is Editor-in-Chief of ESSENCE magazine, the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women.

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John C. Mather

John C. Mather

Physics Nobel Laureate John Mather is the Senior Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which will extend the discoveries of the great Hubble Space Telescope, reaching farther back in time, farther out into space, to show us how the expanding universe led to galaxies, stars, planets, and the possibility for life on our tiny earth.

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Nalini Nadkarni

Nalini Nadkarni

Dr. Nalini Nadkarni is a Professor of Biology at the University of Utah and known as the "Queen of the Forest Canopy" for her work in documenting biota that are rarely or never seen on the forest floor. She also develops innovative science engagement programs that bring together radically different cultures to understand and become better stewards of the natural world.

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Esther Perel

Esther Perel

Psychotherapist Esther Perel is recognized as one of the world’s most original and insightful voices on couples and sexuality across cultures. Her best-selling and award-winning book, “Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic,” has been translated into 24 languages.

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Nicole Prause

Nicole Prause

Nicole Prause, Ph.D., is a sexual psychophysiologist who uses a combination of neuroscience, custom physiology instruments, and statistical scripting to answer questions about how orgasm forms, the effects of sex films on relationships, whether brain stimulation can alter our sex drive, and how clitoral stimulation from a partner may improve our general health.

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Adam Steltzner

Adam Steltzner

Adam D. Steltzner is a Fellow at Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is currently the Chief Engineer of the Mars 2020 project. Most recently he was the Manager of the Entry, Descent and Landing phase of the Mars Science Laboratory project.

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Lizz Winstead

Lizz Winstead

Lizz Winstead is the co-creator and former head writer of The Daily Show, co-founder of Air America Radio, and co-founder of Lady Parts Justice.

Jenna Wortham

Jenna Wortham

Jenna Wortham is a staff writer for the New York Times Magazine, where she covers the culture of technology and the ever-changing parameters of modern life.

Muhammad Zaman

Muhammad Zaman

Muhammad H. Zaman is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering and International Health at Boston University, where his current research is focused on developing robust technologies for high-value healthcare problems in the developing world, particularly in the area of maternal and child health.

George Arriola

George Arriola

George Arriola is a menudomaker, entrepreneur, craftsman, product guy, (a)rchitect, type designer, nerd, otaku, sous chef, and epiphany engineer. He is known for "shipping!" globally recognized hardware and software products spanning PlayStation 4, Apple, and Adobe products.

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Irene Au

Irene Au

Irene Au builds and leads teams that design products people love and can't live without. She is the design operating partner at Khosla Ventures, where she works with portfolio companies to make their design great.

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Jessica Banks

Jessica Banks

Jessica Banks is an inventor, roboticist, and entrepreneur. She is the founder of RockPaperRobot, a company specializing in responsive objects that expand the functional and aesthetic versatility of traditional decor.

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Ed Boyden

Ed Boyden

Ed Boyden is Associate Professor of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences, at the MIT Media Lab and the MIT McGovern Institute. He also co-directs the MIT Center for Neurobiological Engineering.

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Mitya

Mitya

Mitya is a musician, producer, multi-vocalist and internationally recognized beatboxer.

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Ti Chang

Ti Chang

Ti Chang is an award-winning industrial designer who is redefining the adult products industry through innovative design.

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Alexa Clay

Alexa Clay

Alexa Clay is a leading expert on subculture and innovation from unlikely places, and the co-author of The Misfit Economy.

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Rasanath Das

Rasanath Das

Rasanath Das began his career in strategy consulting before working as an investment banker for Bank of America. He then spent four years in a monastery in Manhattan during which time he co-founded Upbuild, an educational social enterprise focused on personal and organizational development. He now runs Upbuild full-time.

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Susana De Anda

Susana De Anda

Susana De Anda is the co-founder and co-director of the Community Water Center, which focuses on enhancing strategic grassroots initiatives to address water quality challenges in small, rural, low-income communities of California’s central valley.

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Taylor Downs

Taylor Downs

Taylor Downs is the founder of Open[Fn], the “app store” for the international development sector – Open{Fn]’s growing inventory of “apps”, along with its ability to connect people working in the development sector to tools, is helping organizations create impact.

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Edith Elliott

Edith Elliott

Edith Elliott is the co-founder and CEO of Noora Health, which focuses on reducing hospital length of stay, readmission, and post-hospital complications through a suite of training and support services for patients and their families.

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Emily Falk

Emily Falk

Emily Falk is a cognitive neuroscientist who studies how brain activity can be used to predict behavior change in response to persuasive messages, and explores what makes successful ideas spread through social networks and cultures.

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