This March, we have a special show in honor of Brain Awareness Week! This show is run in partnership with BraiNY, the Greater New York Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.
Hosted by Tracy Rowland and Paula Croxson. Doors at 7:30pm.
Laura Dattaro is a science writer, editor, and producer whose writing has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Slate, symmetry magazine, The New York Times, and a variety of other outlets large and small. When she's not doing something science-y, she's generally running, cheering for the Washington Capitals, or rewatching '90s TV. She lives with her fiance and her highly food-motivated cat, and occasionally writes about running, mental health, and other things at wolfatdoor.com.
Allison Navis is a neurologist at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. She specializes in infectious diseases of the nervous system, with a focus on HIV and global health and is involved in clinical care and research both in NYC and Zambia. She has written and performed in a one-woman show on the history of HIV entitled "HIV: The Three Epidemics" as part of the Talks Progress Administration at Caveat. In her spare time, she is a proud foster-dog mom and an avid Netflix binger.
Meghana Rao is a research assistant at The Rockefeller University in New York City. She works in a molecular biology lab where she researches Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). This past June, she graduated with honors from the University of Chicago, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature alongside a Biology minor. Inspired by the works of Oliver Sacks, Siddhartha Mukherjee, and Atul Gawande, Meghana hopes to become a neurologist and an author. This is her first time giving a talk for the Story Collider, and she’s really excited for this opportunity!
Nakeysha Roberts Washington, M.S. Ed is the owner and Creative Director of Genre: Urban Arts (GUA), a platform where artists can become published digitally and in print. Nakeysha spends much of her time preparing opportunities for creatives to share their art as part of the necessity for inclusion. All of this with the knowledge that working in the space of developing yourself as a creative is often seen as a privilege. Pop-up galleries and performances organized by Nakeysha via Gene: Urban Arts allows everyone in the creative community the ability to develop themselves as artists, become published and showcase their art through performance and exhibition. GUA is now a playground for 85+ creatives, all who have their own medium in which they create— Their own Genre. Nakeysha has been published in Routledge, various literary journals, and anthologies. In Spring 2018, she was honored with having a monologue performed in Brooklyn, New York, at the Billie Holiday Theater as part of a showcase entitled 50 in 50: What Place Do We Have in this Movement? Also in Spring of 2018, Nakeysha was a presenter at the UWM National Writing Project in which she conducted a creative writing workshop for educators. In June of 2018, a piece of her creative nonfiction entitled, “No Cream” was published in Wisconsin’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction. In 2019 Nakeysha happily accepted a position as a producer with her favorite podcast The Story Collider as the “Midwest Connect” as she will be producing shows in Chicago, IL and Milwaukee, WI. Additionally, she will begin work on obtaining a doctoral degree in Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Looking forward to July 2019, Nakeysha will be part of a panel at Modern Language Association’s 2019 International Symposium in Lisbon, Portugal as part of a panel to discuss culturally responsive pedagogy in relationship to the teaching of writing, an opportunity afforded to her through her connection with the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee’s ACCESS program. Nakeysha’s writing and other work centers around social justice issues because she believes that it is a creative’s responsibility to interrogate and reveal the intricacies of social constructs through art.