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2018

Speakers - 2018

Arsema Thomas, Healthcare Innovation | Andrés Martin, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry | Leslie Browning, Writing and Publication | James Kirchick, Political Journalism | Sophie Edelstein, Biomedical Engineering | Billy Mills, Olympian | Allister Chang, Libraries Without Borders | Michael Grome, Agricultural Technology | Diana Henriques, Investigative Journalism | Evan Twarog, U.S. Coast Guard Cadet | Chelsea Guo, Politicization of AI | James Prosek, Illustration and Writing | Varun Sivaram, Solar Power

Charity, one hell of a drug

Arsema Thomas

Healthcare Innovation

Arsema Thomas is a second-year MPH candidate studying Health Policy with a concentration in Global Health interested in the intersection of innovation and health policy. Having lived all over sub-Saharan Africa as a child, she was exposed to some of the injustices in the health field which led to her to the realization that innovation might be the solution to many of the region's problems.

Cycles: Rerouted

Andrés Martin

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Andrés Martin, MD, MPH ’02 is the Riva Ariella Ritvo Professor at the Yale Child Study Center, where he serves as medical director of the Children’s Psychiatric Inpatient Service at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. In 2017, he cycled across America for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s“Break the Cycle” initiative.

Writing on life

Leslie Browning

Writing and Publication

L.M. Browning is an award-winning author of eleven books whose writing explores the confluence of the natural landscape and the interior landscape. She is a graduate of the University of London, a Fellow with the International League of Conservation Writers,and sits on the Board of the IBPA. Browning founded Homebound Publications in 2011 and is also the Founder and Editor-in- Chief of The Wayfarer magazine.

Free speech

James Kirchick

Political Journalism

James Kirchick is a visiting fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe and Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution. For over three years, Kirchick worked at The New Republic, where he covered domestic politics, lobbying, intelligence, and American foreign policy. He is a recipient of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Journalist of the Year Award, and a professional member of the PEN American Center and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

The gift of adversity

Sophie Edelstein

Biomedical Engineering

Sophie Edelstein, 17, is a dually enrolled student at Wilbur Cross High School and Yale University. She was the third place Grand Award winner in biomedical engineering at the 2017 IntelInternational Science & Engineering Fair for her research pertaining to her own health challenges and, more recently, has been named one of Connecticut’s top Women in Innovation by the Connecticut Technology Council.

Free speech

James Kirchick

Political Journalism

James Kirchick is a visiting fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe and Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution. For over three years, Kirchick worked at The New Republic, where he covered domestic politics, lobbying, intelligence, and American foreign policy. He is a recipient of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Journalist of the Year Award, and a professional member of the PEN American Center and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Footprints

Billy Mills

Olympian

Billy Mills was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He made the Olympic team for the 1964 Tokyo Games in the marathon and the 10,000 meter run, in the latter of which he won the gold, a moment often lauded as the greatest upset in Olympic history. On February 15, 2013, the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal to Billy Mills for his work with Running Strong.

Access vs. accessibility

Allister Chang

Executive Director, Libraries Without Borders

Allister Chang is the Executive Director of Libraries Without Borders, a non-profit whose mission is to reinforce the autonomy of disadvantaged communities by expanding access to educational and cultural tools. Allister advocates for libraries to serve as spaces of innovation, economic development, and civic engagement and has given keynote addresses at the Quebec Library Association Annual Conference and the WISE Summit.

The dialectic life

Michael Grome

Agricultural Biotechnology

Michael holds B.S. degrees in Plant Molecular Biology and Natural Resource Management from Cornell University and is currently studying DNA Nanotechnology with Dr. Chenxiang Lin for his PhD in Cellular Biology at Yale University. He holds great interest in cognitive biases and epistemology and is working toward a career in applying agricultural biotechnology to advancing sustainable agriculture.

Lessons from history's biggest Ponzi scheme

Diana Henriques

Investigative Journalism

Diana B. Henriques, a former senior writer at The New York Times, is the author of A First-Class Catastrophe: The Road to Black Monday and the New York Times bestseller The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust, which was adapted by HBO into a film in 2017. She was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and has won a George Polk Award and Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize.

Searching for the pulse of technology

Evan Twarog

U.S. Coast Guard Cadet

Evan Twarog is a Cadet at the United States Coast Guard Academy. As an Electrical Engineering student, he is interested in particular in how data analytics and artificial intelligence can be used to improve disaster response and humanitarian missions. During Hurricane Harvey, Evan helped lead the Coast Guard’s first “crisis mapping” response, the first time social media has played a major role in Coast Guard disaster response operations.

Why AI is the most important issue of our generation

Chelsea Guo

Politicization of AI

Chelsea is a senior at Yale completing a four-year joint B.S./M.S. degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and a B.A. in Political Science. Informed by her work at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, her senior thesis examines how the Chinese Communist Party has approached artificial intelligence technologies and creates metrics to track the politicization of AI in China and the United States.

Why we draw

James Prosek

Illustration and Writing

Artist, writer, naturalist, and Yale graduate James Prosek published his first book at nineteen years of age, Trout: an Illustrated History (Alfred A. Knopf, 1996), which featured seventy of his watercolor paintings of the trout of North America. Since then, Prosek’s work has been shown in museums all over the country. He has written for The New York Times and National Geographic Magazine and is the author of eleven books for adults and children.

We're doomed if solar energy stalls—here's how to keep it rising

Varun Sivaram

Solar Power

Varun Sivaram is the Philip D. Reed fellow for science and technology at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of the book Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet (MIT University Press, 2018). He has been called "The Hamilton of the Solar Industry" by a leading solar publication for his work in promoting the clean energy revolution.