Dr. David Baker is the director of the Institute for Protein Design, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, a professor of biochemistry, and an adjunct professor of genome sciences, bioengineering, chemical engineering, computer science, and physics at the University of Washington. Dr. Baker has published over 550 research papers, been granted over 100 patents, and co-founded 17 companies. Sixty-eight of his mentees have gone on to independent faculty positions. Dr. Baker is a recipient of the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Lori Palen, PhD is a social scientist and owner of Data Soapbox (datasoapbox.com), a research communication firm. She partners with clients to develop effective and attractive reports, presentations, infographics, and more. Prior to founding Data Soapbox, Lori worked as an adolescent behavioral health researcher and as a human service practitioner. Lori lives in Cary, NC, with her 1 husband, 2 sons, and 3 cats.
Sade Abiodun is a budding neuroscientist by day and emerging filmmaker also by day. She is currently pursuing her PhD as a President’s Fellow and Ford Fellow at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. Her work focuses on neurocinematics — the neuroscience of film — and explores naturalistic approaches to examining affective and cognitive states. Sade is an ardent advocate for equity, diversity, and representation in science, and she has worked with multiple groups and organizations to support and uplift scientists of color. She hopes to bridge the gap between science and the arts through the creation of visual experiences that center marginalized identities and stories.
Sarah St. Angelo, PhD earned her degree at Penn State University with research in the synthesis, surface modification, and self-assembly of nanorods and nanowires. Dr. St. Angelo began teaching at Dickinson College in 2006 and continued her work in the interdisciplinary field of nanochemistry with a focus on environmental and energy applications. Her work is centered on the synthesis, characterization, and catalytic applications of metal, mixed metal, and metal oxide nanomaterials. Beyond her work in nanochemistry, Dr. St. Angelo has partnered with Dickinson’s College Farm on several course-based projects and student research projects related to soil, food, and agriculture. Her current collaboration with the Farm is supported by the EPA and involves evaluation of novel feedstock for biogas generators. She is interested in the practice and teaching of scientific writing, communication of science to the public, and ethics in science.