Kirsty Bennett is the manager of the MIT Women’s League and the founder of MITell, a storytelling program for MIT. Previously, she spent seven years as a Producer and Director for the Peabody award-winning The Moth, designing and running The Moth College Program and teaching storytelling workshops for tech giants, literary festivals and high schools. For MIT, she has led storytelling workshops for MIT Museum, SHASS, Course 6, GE&CD and the ICEO, among others. In 2018, she curated and directed Synaptic Stories at the MIT Museum, as part of the Beautiful Brain exhibit. She thinks you have a story to tell.
Allan Adams leads the Future Ocean Lab at MIT, where his team develops tools for exploring the world’s oceans. Trained as a string theorist, Allan moved to MIT in 2006 and joined the physics faculty in 2008. While teasing black holes in his day job, Allan developed a side gig in underwater conservation photography, shooting cuttlefish for the New England Aquarium, reefs for the Wildlife Conservation Society, sparks for the Boston Museum of Science, and generally causing lots of trouble. In 2016, Allan left physics to open the Future Ocean Lab, and his hair hasn’t been completely dry since. Allan is also a dedicated educator and public speaker, and is particularly proud of his OCW lectures for 8.04 (Quantum Mechanics) and 8.226 (Underwater Conservation Photography). Allan has failed many, many times before, and is confident he’ll fail again soon.
Arthur Bahr studies the structure and interpretation of medieval books, and his first book was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2013. He was also a serious figure skater as a kid and now serves U.S. Figure Skating as a National Singles and Pairs Judge. He is currently working on two big projects: one a second book of traditional literary scholarship, the other a more experimental exploration of analogies between figure skating and medieval manuscripts, shape-making on sheets of parchment and sheets of ice.
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Mariana Castells, MD is a clinician, researcher and teacher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She is the director of the Drug Hypersensitivity and Drug Desensitization Center, as well as the director of the Mastocytosis Center and has served as the Allergy and Immunology Training Program Director for 15 years. She serves on the Board of Directors of the AAAAI and of the International College of Allergy (CIA) and has directed the International Drug Desensitization Meeting (DDIM) in Barcelona, Spain for the last 5 years. She has spearheaded the evaluation and understanding of drug anaphylaxis and hypersensitivity and provided new desensitization protocols which are used as standards around the world, treating thousands of patients with cancer and chronic inflammatory diseases, maintaining these patients on their first line therapy. Her research has uncovered mast cell inhibitory mechanisms which are pertinent to desensitization. She has been involved in the new diagnostic criteria for mast cell activation disease and mastocytosis and, with Dr. Akin, created the Mastocytosis Center.
Daniel Jackson is professor of Computer Science at MIT, a MacVicar teaching fellow, and Associate Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. His research focuses on new approaches to software design. Jackson is also a photographer, whose book Portraits of Resilience was recently published by the MIT Press.
Nuno F. Loureiro is Associate Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering and Associate Professor of Physics at MIT. He obtained his MEng. in Physics at Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon (Portugal) in 2000 and his Ph.D. in Physics at Imperial College in London (UK) in 2005. He was awarded the Thomas H. Stix Award for Outstanding Early Career Contributions to Plasma Physics Research (American Physical Society) in 2015 the 2017 ANS Faculty PAI Outstanding Professor, and the NSF CAREER award in 2017. He has an active interest in several fundamental aspects of magnetized plasma dynamics, such as magnetic reconnection, magnetic field generation and amplification, confinement and transport in fusion plasmas, and turbulence in strongly magnetized, weakly collisional plasmas.