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Keynote Speaker – Hilary Mason

I believe technology should give us superpowers.

Hilary Mason is the chief scientist at and co-founder of HackNY. Forbes magazine named her to their top 40 under 40 list. Her keynote will focus on how the science of studying data can help us understand human behavior through the lens of social networks. She’ll talk about the NYC maker movement, how teens can get involved, and how “technology should give us superpowers.”


See the Final Program Here!

Session Moderators and Participants

Stacy Baker is the creator and organizer of ScienceOnlineTeen. She is a science and technology teacher in NYC. She started a class blog with her biology students seven years ago called Extreme Biology which led to her ongoing involvement in the ScienceOnline community. Stacy’s students have appeared on NPR and in online magazines and countless newspapers for their science writing.
Hilda Bastian’s activist involvement in women’s health led her into epidemiology. When the Internet arrived, it was love at first sight. She has been combining her interests in informatics, communication and clinical effectiveness ever since, first in Australia, then for a national health science agency in Germany. She moved to the U.S. to work at the National Institutes of Health as editor of the website PubMed Health. She is on the editorial board of PLOS Medicine, cartoons about clinical epidemiology at her blog, Statistically Funny, and tweets from @ hildabast.
Beth Beck is NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Outreach Manager. She coordinated the development of the official NASA Facebook account and she’s been instrumental in planning and supporting Tweetups connected to space missions. She considers herself a political scientist who believes in fostering a culture of creativity, innovation, and change.
John Borthwick is the CEO of Betaworks, a new media company that builds and invests in social media startups. Startups Betaworks has been involved in include, Chartbeat, Tweetdeck, GroupOn, Kickstarter, IFTTT, someecards, and Tumblr. Borthwick envisions the Real Time Web as the next game changer in online media.
Charles Q. Choi is a science reporter who has written for Scientific American, The New York Times and Wired, among others. For his work, he has hunted for mammoth DNA in Yukon, faced gunmen in Guatemala, entered the sarcophagus housing radioactive ruins in Chernobyl and looked for mammal fossils in Wyoming based on the guidance from an artificial intelligence. In his spare time, Charles has traveled to all seven continents.
Andrew Collins is a science communicator and educator focusing on ways to improve student engagement in science research and conservation. Andrew taught middle and high school science in the New York City Schools and is currently studying for a degree in Conservation Biology at Columbia University. He actively writes about urban ecology and conservation on his blog, NYC Ecology.
Lali DeRosier studied Oceanic and Atmospheric Science at MAST Academy, on Virginia Key, FL, where phenomenal high school teachers cultivated her love of school and learning. Drawn always to science, Lali realized that her place was not in a research lab, but rather in the classroom, where she could cultivate a love of science in the next generation of learners. She currently holds the Carol Denicole Endowed Chair of Science at Trinity Preparatory School, in Winter Park, FL, where she is teaches biological sciences and is developing a science writing curriculum for middle and high school.
Krystal D’Costa is an anthropologist, New Yorker, and Mets fan—though not necessarily in that order. She has a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from the New School for Social Research. She earned her BA at CUNY Queens College, and also attended UNC – Chapel Hill. Currently, Krystal divides her time as a digital anthropologist and a writer. Her blog Anthropology in Practice uses anthropology and history to explain everyday, often overlooked patterns of behavior. Krystal’s series on the anthropology of coffee has received widespread attention and was a featured talk during Web 2.0 week for Ignite NYC X. It was inspired by her attempt to kick the caffeine habit. (She failed, but now enjoys coffee in moderation.) Krystal’s other interests include sports, identities, and the emergence of “digital sociality”—the ways the connectivity of our society is driving new types of relationships. Find her on Twitter at @krystaldcosta.
Cynthia Duggan earned her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and is now a postdoctoral fellow at The Rockefeller University.  Her research has taken her from Arkansas to California, New York, Germany and China to study a range of topics in biophysics, cell biology and neuroscience.  She writes the Science This! column for the Incubator Blog and can be found at @Cynthia_Duggan on Twitter.
Joshua Fouts is an anthropologist focused on projects for social good. In 2005 he created one of the first international competition to design games for good called the public diplomacy through games competition. He is presently collaborating with a group of Brazilian students to build a game about climate change in the Amazon. In 2011 he began directing Science House Foundation, which works to kids worldwide excited about science and mathematics.
Jeanne Garbarino is a scientist turned Director of Science Outreach at Rockefeller University. She co-organizes #SoNYC and is an editor and writer of DoubleXScience, a site that covers science topics specifically of interest to a female audience.
Dr. Kate M. Hanson is an oceanographer and postdoctoral fellow with the museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. Kate’s research focuses on coral reef ecosystems and the connections between reefs and neighboring terrestrial and open ocean ecosystems. In New York, Kate has turned her focus from coral reefs to the mighty Hudson River, where she is investigating the biodiversity of zooplankton inhabiting the river.
Julie Hecht, MSc, is a canine behavioral researcher, science writer and Adjunct Professor in the Anthrozoology Masters Program at Canisius College. She manages Alexandra Horowitz’s Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College and holds lectures for the general public and student groups on dog cognition and behavior research. A regular contributor to The Bark magazine, she blogs at Do You Believe in Dog? and for Scientific American at Dog Spies. Her writing covers everything from the science behind humping to crotch sniffing and the “guilty look.” She would really like to meet your dog. Find her on Twitter at @ DogSpies.
Perrin Ireland has been a doodler her entire life, a learner who needs to visualize concepts in order to understand them. When classmates began asking for copies of her notes from biology class to hang on their refrigerators in college, she realized she was on to something, and has been a professional science doodler ever since. She currently serves as Senior Science Communications Specialist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where she helps tell the story of how science plays a part in NRDC’s work.
Hannah Jaris is a marine scientist and environmental education enthusiast. She has used DNA to study ciliate and bacterial diversity on the east coast of the United States and barnacles, purple sea urchins, and mussels on the west coast. Hannah is currently working towards a degree in Conservation Biology at Columbia University.  She gets really excited about all things science and loves spreading the importance of conservation to students and their families in fun and innovative ways.
Delaram Kahrobaei is a tenured Associate Professor of mathematics at City Tech (CUNY) and has held a dual appointment in the Doctoral Program in Computer Science at the CUNY Graduate Center since 2008. She was previously an Assistant Professor in Pure Mathematics at the Mathematical Institute, at Scotland’s prestigious University of St Andrews after finishing her PhD in 2004. She is currently the director of the Center for Logic Algebra and Computation, which she founded in 2008. Dr. Kahrobaei is also the co-founder of the New York Women in Mathematics and Computing Network and is enthusiastically committed to advancing women in mathematics and computer science. Professor Kahrobaei is one of the pioneers of the new interdisciplinary field of Group-based cryptography. She has written papers in all areas of information security, combinatorial, computational, geometric group theory as well as graph theory, logic and number theory. 
Samantha Larson once held the honor of youngest person to have climbed the Seven Summits (the highest mountain on each continent). She blogged her climbing experience and continues to blog about her climbing excursions. She’s a freelance journalist and likes to write about science, the environment, and adventure.
Erik Martin is a student at University of Maryland, College Park, making his own major in Interactive Media and Global Affairs. He is one of the teen co-coordinators for ScienceOnlineTeen and a blogger at the website Erik has worked with the U.S. Department of Energy on a mobile game project, in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Page, at the Maryland General Assembly, and other assorted random projects! When he’s not working on making games, he’s playing them, and leads the online gaming guild Vanguard Gaming.
Katie McKissick is the author and illustrator of Beatrice the Biologist. She creates hilarious science comics with the mission of making science fun and interesting for the casual reader. In her spare time she does über cool things like create science game apps. She’s a former high school biology teacher who loves to talk, write, and read about science.
Kevin Miklasz is a passionate reformer of our educational system. He is especially interested in the role games can play in revolutionizing education. Kevin is the Director of Digital Curriculum at Iridescent where he explores non-traditional teaching methods in informal settings.
Gabrielle Rabinowitz is a graduate student at The Rockefeller University where she studies RNA-binding proteins in the Laboratory of Molecular Neuro-oncology. She provides the antidote to hype-heavy science news in her column for Rockefeller’s The Incubator blog, “Behind the Buzz.” On this blog and on social media in general, she promotes the use of the internet for direct and open science communication. Gabrielle has also volunteered with numerous organizations including Columbia University Neuroscience Outreach and Citizen Schools to bring hands-on science into the classroom. You can follow Gabrielle on Twitter at @ GabrielleRab.
Jayne Raper, PhD, is a principle investigator in the Department of Biological Sciences in Hunter College at the City University of New York. She is currently managing a project to generate cows that will be resistant to African parasites known as trypanosomes. This will allow farmers to raise cattle in the tsetse fly belt in Sub-Saharan Africa, and potentially eliminate a reservoir of human-infective parasites. Prior to joining CUNY, Dr. Raper was an Associate Professor of Microbiology at New York University School of Medicine. She taught medical and graduate student courses and served on many committees throughout her 15 years at NYU. Dr. Raper conducted her postdoctoral research at the ICP, Brussels, Belgium and at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  She earned her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge and her BSc degree in Biochemistry and Genetics from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.
Hanna Ramsden is a teen on the ScienceOnlineTeen planning committee. She is a senior at a private school in New York City. She loves math and science, especially technology. Hanna will attend Cornell University in the fall where she plans to major in Computer Science.
Henry Reich is a cinematographer and editor with a background in theoretical physics. He creates the widely popular MinutePhysics videos. In the videos, Reich uses time-lapsed drawings to instruct his audience on such topics as Schrödinger’s cat and why pink is not a color.
Naseem Syed is an 11th grader at an independent school located in New York City, and is a member of the ScienceOnlineTeen planning committee. She currently blogs for Nature Education’s Scitable website and tweets at @ourscience. She attended ScienceOnline in North Carolina in 2011 and 2012 with Ms Baker’s Extreme Biology group. She loves the biological sciences and is interested in pursuing medicine in the future.
Karyn Traphagen is the Executive Director and co-founder of ScienceOnline. She is focused on supporting the online science community in creative and responsive ways. She is a knowledge addict and is always up for an adventure. Her endeavors are a kaleidoscope of science: physics instructor, Maker, coder, artist, space geek, online science communicator, and more. But her favorite thing is to help people stay curious—about everything!
Tania van Bergen has worked on programs for Nickelodeon, PBS, Discovery, National Geographic and the History Channel. She is currently a Science Producer at the American Museum of Natural History, and has directed videos that range from cleaning up the Bronx River here at home, to studying the cosmic microwave background at the South Pole. Tania enjoys engaging young people, and has mentored students in both filmmaking and playwriting.
Sandya Viswanathan is an accomplished documentary filmmaker whose projects have aired on The History Channel, National Geographic Channel, and PBS.  Her projects have covered a wide variety of topics: from the future of cybernetics, to girls’ education in post-war Afghanistan, to the life of Napoleon Bonaparte.  Currently, she produces short documentaries on current scientific research for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.  Sandya graduated from the University of Southern California and Columbia University and has been working in documentary film for more than 10 years.
Maia Weinstock is an editor and writer specializing in science and children’s media. She spearheads BrainPOP News, a fresh new current events website from BrainPOP, the award-winning producer of educational videos, games, and other digital learning content. Maia is a strong advocate for girls and women, particularly in the areas of science, technology, politics, and athletics. Most recently, she has led efforts to increase the visibility of women in STEM on Wikipedia, and she runs the popular Scitweeps project, which depicts scientists and science/tech popularizers in LEGO. Tweet her @ 20tauri.
Mindy Weisberger writes and produces videos for Science Bulletins at the American Museum of Natural History, creating monthly updates about current research in biodiversity, astrophysics, human health and evolution, and Earth and climate events. As a filmmaker, she has produced, written and edited media installations, music videos, fashion news, documentaries, and experimental films. Her work has been shown at The Kitchen and PS 122, on MTV, and in museums and science centers around the world.
Allie Wilkinson is a freelance writer and multimedia professional specializing in science, the environment, and nature. She created the community project, This Is What A Scientist Looks Like, to dispel the myth of the stereotypical scientist. She has a Masters degree in science journalism and a Bachelors degree in environmental studies.
Mike Wilson aka Coma Niddy is popping up on all the science, education, and geek blogs. He is a YouTube Science Rapper with the ability to break down complex topics such as String Theory and Dark Matter into lyrical form. The results are catchy songs that will teach you more in 2 minutes than you would learn in 2 years of school. His songs and videos have been featured on WIRED, GeeksAreSexy, and Laughing Squid to name a few. Although based in Queens New York, Coma Niddy has begun to spread through the world wide web to gain a global audience and sponsorship by PBS Digital Studios.
Bora Zivkovic is affectionately known as The Blogfather. Born in Belgrade, he co-founded the famous ScienceOnline conference. This annual conference is the inspiration for ScioTeen. Bora is the blog editor at Scientific American. He studied veterinary medicine and circadian rhythms in Japanese quail.

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