Come to the Oberon this June to hear five stories on the delights and misfortunes of science.
Hosted by Ari Daniel and Christine Gentry.
Chuck Collins is an organizer, agitator, researcher and storyteller based at the Institute for Policy Studies where he co-edits Inequality.org, a global web site focused on the income and wealth divide. He is author of Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good. In his late twenties he worked with residents of mobile home parks around New England to buy their parks as cooperatives. One group of residents taught him the meaning of solidarity and fueled his own decision to give up an inheritance.
Whitney Henry is originally from the beautiful Caribbean Island of St Lucia. She relocated to the US after receiving a full presidential academic scholarship from Grambling State University where she completed her BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She earned a PhD in Biological and Biomedical Sciences from Harvard University and is currently a postdoctoral associate in the lab of Dr. Robert Weinberg at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. Her research focuses on identifying biological processes that drive tumor relapse following chemotherapy in ovarian cancer. When she is not engaged in lab, Whitney enjoys mentoring and traditional Caribbean dancing.
Kristin Hugo is a DC-based science journalist who enjoys bone-hunting, the internet, and long walks through storm drains. Kristin is currently freelancing, but has worked writing about science for PBS Newshour and National Geographic in the past. She also runs Strange Biology, one of the most popular science blogs on Tumblr. Kristin studied journalism at CSU Northridge and Science Journalism at Boston University. Since Kristin loves animals, but can’t have live ones at her current apartment, she has more than 100 animal skulls that she’s found instead. Kristin’s favorite thing to do is learn stories from bones, and some of her most successful articles have been about human-bone collectors.
Steve Wenglowsky is a Principal Scientist in the Chemistry group at Blueprint Medicines. He has been with Blueprint since the company was founded in 2011. Previously he worked as a medicinal chemist at Array Biopharma in Boulder, CO for 10 years, focusing on oncology, antibacterial, and hepatitis C antiviral drug discovery. Steve’s postdoctoral research was performed under Professor Yoshito Kishi at Harvard University and his PhD was from Colorado State University under Lou Hegedus. So he has been bouncing between Colorado and Boston for almost 25 years now. When not in the lab he is dreaming of where is next bike tour will be, and plans to ride in the Alps for two weeks this summer.
Katherine (Katie) Wu is a graduate student at Harvard University. Currently, she is studying how bacteria handle stressful situations so that she can someday learn to do the same. Outside of the lab, she is Co-Director of Harvard Science in the News, a graduate student organization that trains aspiring scientists to better communicate with the general public through free public lectures, online blogs, podcasts, outreach programming, and more. Additionally, she designs and teaches health science and leadership curriculum for HPREP, an outreach program for underserved and minority high school students from the Greater Boston area.