Join us at the Oberon on April 17 for our annual show in partnership with Cambridge Science Festival, featuring five true, personal stories about new beginnings!
Hosted by Ari Daniel & Katie Wu.
Doors at 7:30 p.m. Stories start at 8 p.m.
Nadia N. Abuelezam, ScD, is an epidemiologist and assistant professor at the Boston College Connell School of Nursing. Her research focuses on using quantitative methods and novel data streams to better understand the inequalities in healthcare distribution and access among vulnerable populations. Nadia is also really passionate about storytelling and runs a podcast, Palestinians Podcast, that curates stories from Palestinians in the diaspora. She's a proud graduate of Harvey Mudd College (Mathematical Biology '09), a Greek Orthodox Christian, and a (aspiring) CrossFit junkie.
Mohammed AlQuraishi is a Systems Biology Fellow at Harvard Medical School, where he runs a research group operating at the intersection of machine learning, statistical mechanics, and biophysics. His research focuses on developing computational models of biomolecules and their interactions. He has used these models to study signaling pathways in humans, and to understand how genetic mutations rewire the circuitry of cancer cells. More recently, he developed the first end-to-end differentiable model for learning protein structure directly from data. Prior to the start of his academic career, Mohammed spent three years founding three startups in the mobile computing space. He holds an M.S. in Statistics and a Ph.D. in Genetics from Stanford University.
Fernando Bretos is a marine conservation scientist whose work emphasizes the shared migratory organisms and marine habitats between Florida, Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula. Leading the Cuba Marine Research and Conservation Project, he has worked in Cuba for 18 years studying coral reef health and a population of nesting green sea turtles at Guanahacabibes National Park. Currently he is leading a multinational effort to create a marine protected area network in the Gulf of Mexico called RedGolfo de Mexico and a science based project to recover engangered elkhorn corals in the Western Caribbean. He is also director and creator of MUVE, an effort to enhance coastal resilience in Greater Miami through the restoration of mangroves, coral reefs, dunes and tropical hardwood forests.
Rachel Rangel is a Boston-based audiologist who specializes in assessment and treatment of hearing and balance disorders. She loves seeing people light up when they are able to hear their friends and family again. Rachel received her Doctor of Audiology degree from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Purdue University (Boiler Up!). When Rachel is enjoying a day off work, you can find her hanging out with her husband and two sweet dogs, knitting sweaters, begrudgingly training for half marathons, and probably planning her next tattoo.
Sara Sweet Rabidoux-Kelsey holds an MFA in Choreography and Dance History from Smith College and is the Founder and Artistic Director of the modern dance company, hoi polloi. She is a Moth Grand Slam champion and a founding member of the band, Heloise and the Savoir Faire. She has been a featured teller with Fugitive Stories and SpeakUp Connecticut. Sara is the Co-Founder of Blind Tiger Tellers and once ruined the perfect chance to meet her idol, Billy Joel. Currently working on her first book, Sara lives in Winthrop, MA with her husband Steff and their dog Pretzel.