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In this episode, we talk with Peter Bergman and Sara Nadel of Learning Collider (https://www.learningcollider.org/), a research lab on a mission to accelerate socio-behavioral research to identify technology interventions that fight inequality. The lab partners with large-scale technology companies and organizations to access the high-dimensional data they collect, then use these massive data sets to assess discrimination and biases that impact hiring, loan decisions, and educational opportunities. They can then build, test, and rapidly scale applications of machine learning and AI that promote algorithmic fairness, and socioeconomic equity. __________Peter Bergman, Founder & President, Learning ColliderPeter Bergman is an international expert in economics, behavioral economics, and machine learning. He is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Texas, Austin, Co-Editor for the Journal of Public Economics, and Co-Chair of the Education Technology Initiative at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT.https://twitter.com/peterbergman_https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-bergman-675302219/Sara Nadel, Chief Operating Officer, Learning ColliderPrior to joining Learning Collider, Sara generated over one million dollars in additional wages for frontline workers as a Co-founder of StellarEmploy, a predictive analytics platform for hiring an inclusive, diverse workforce. She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Public Policy and was an Emerson Collective Dial Fellow for her work in labor market innovation.https://twitter.com/nadelsarahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/saranadel/__________Talk Polymath is Polyplexus.com's monthly podcast series which features evidence-based conversations and invites global science leaders to converse about topics in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. From public health to changing models and trends in technology, this podcast engages in current cultural interests across disciplines.For more information visit www.polyplexus.com.
In this episode, we talk with Jamie Arbib, who with Tony Seba co-founded RethinkX, an independent think tank dedicated to analyzing and forecasting technology-driven disruption. RethinkX recently released a report on climate change mitigation. It questions conventional forecasting, which they believe underestimates complex system dynamics and the impact of technological disruption.During the conversation, Arbib discusses how a convergence of technologies will catalyze the "fastest, deepest, most consequential technological disruption in history" and how it could lead to the mitigation of one of the world's most intractable problems: climate change. Arbib maintains the impact of new technologies is currently studied in economic sector silos to our detriment. He believes we need to supplement what he calls an industrial era reductionist physics paradigm with a paradigm of biology with its emphasis on interconnectedness and interactions within complex systems.__________Jamie Arbib is the co-author of the book Rethinking Humanity and the founder of Tellus Mater, a grant-making foundation that supports work on issues related to sustainability, with a focus on the finance system. Arbib is Chairman of a family office based in London and specializes in clean tech venture capital. He has a History degree and a Master's degree in Sustainability Leadership from Trinity College, Cambridge.Twitter | Linkedin__________Talk Polymath is Polyplexus.com's monthly podcast series which features evidence-based conversations and invites global science leaders to converse about topics in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. From public health to changing models and trends in technology, this podcast engages in current cultural interests across disciplines.For more information visit www.polyplexus.com.
This episode of Talk Polymath discusses novel technologies for brain health and how eye movement can be used to diagnose and treat concussions. The guests will share the science behind their concussion diagnostic tool, the data that drives it, and how they see the future of brain health. Our guests are Rosina Samadani, Ph.D., CEO of Oculogica, and Dr. Uzma Samadani, M.D., Ph.D., Founder of Oculogica, Associate Professor, Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the University of Minnesota, and attending neurosurgeon at the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Medical Center.Dr. Rosina Samadani has 20 years of experience with medical device companies, including 7 years with McKinsey & Company as a leader in their healthcare practice. This is her 4th startup. Dr. Samadani has her BS and MS from MIT in Mechanical Engineering, and her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University.Linkedin | TwitterDr. Uzma Samadani founded Oculogica in 2013, and her laboratory has developed the eye-tracking methodology and published six papers on its utility. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the University of Minnesota with a graduate faculty appointment in Neuroscience. She is also an attending neurosurgeon at the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Medical Center. She serves on the Executive Committee of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Joint Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care.Linkedin | Twitter__________Talk Polymath is Polyplexus.com's monthly podcast series which features evidence-based conversations and invites global science leaders to converse about topics in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. From public health to changing models and trends in technology, this podcast engages in current cultural interests across disciplines.For more information visit www.polyplexus.com.
This episode of Talk Polymath welcomes the longest-serving DARPA Director, Dr. Tony Tether who is joined by Boston University’s Head of the Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Dr. David Bishop (formerly with Bell Labs). The discussion focuses on the impact of innovation engines like DARPA and Bell Labs, and also explores some of the research they’re currently focused on – which includes superluminal travel, cardiac tissue engineering, Atto-Tesla magnetometry, and single atom printing.Dr. Anthony J. Tether was Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from 2001 to his retirement in 2009. Prior to DARPA, Dr. Tether held the position of Chief Executive Officer and President of The Sequoia Group, which he founded in 1996.Find Dr. Tether on social: LinkedinDr. David Bishop is a Professor at Boston University (ECE, Physics, MSE, ME, BME). He is the Head of the Division of Materials Science & Engineering and the Director of the CELL-MET Engineering Research Center.Find Dr. Bishop on the web: Dr. David Bishop__________Talk Polymath is Polyplexus.com's monthly podcast series which features evidence-based conversations and invites global science leaders to converse about topics in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. From public health to changing models and trends in technology, this podcast engages in current cultural interests across disciplines.For more information visit www.polyplexus.com.
This episode of Talk Polymath focuses on the augmentation of human performance through scientific cognition and neuroscience programs. Our guests, Amy Kruse, Ph.D., Biologist & Partner at Prime Movers Lab, and Anna Skinner, Ph.D., Founder and President of BlackMoon, LLC, will explore cutting-edge research and technologies focused on optimizing human performance.Amy Kruse, Ph.D., is a Partner and Principal Biologist at Prime Movers Lab. As a neuroscientist and biologist, she discovers emerging new companies and performs in-depth due diligence into potential investments across areas including neuroscience, human augmentation, synthetic biology, longevity/regeneration and agriculture. She also supports portfolio companies in evaluating and overcoming scientific and implementation challenges, with a specific emphasis on deploying complex technology into real-world environments.Find Dr. Kruse on social: LinkedinAnna Skinner, Ph.D., is the Founder and President of Black Moon, LLC.  Dr. Skinner's professional experience and research interests blend her educational background in biomedical engineering and human factors psychology, emphasizing the application of theoretically- and empirically-based cognitive science and neuroscience principles to the design of technology and training tools to optimize human performance.Find Dr. Skinner on social: Linkedin__________Talk Polymath is Polyplexus.com's monthly podcast series which features evidence-based conversations and invites global science leaders to converse about topics in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. From public health to changing models and trends in technology, this podcast engages in current cultural interests across disciplines.For more information visit www.polyplexus.com.
This episode of Talk Polymath focuses on the circle of life of infectious diseases like COVID-19 and how viruses spill back into the natural world through reverse zoonosis or anthroponosis. Our guests Krista Milich, Ph.D., biological anthropologist at Washington University in St. Louis and Stephen Morse, Ph.D., epidemiologist at Columbia University Medical Center, will explore reasons for the increased emergence of zoonotic infectious diseases and the role human activity plays in this trend.Dr. Krista Milich is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a biological anthropologist and primatologist who studies how both the natural and social environment can impact behaviors, physiology, and health.Find Dr. Milich on social: LinkedIn | Twitter | WebsiteDr. Stephen S. Morse is a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. His interests focus on epidemiology and risk assessment of infectious diseases (particularly emerging infections, including influenza), and improving disease early warning systems. In 2000, he returned to Columbia after 4 years in government as program manager for Biodefense at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Department of Defense, where he co-directed the Pathogen Countermeasures program and subsequently directed the Advanced Diagnostics program.Find Dr. Morse on social: LinkedIn | Twitter | WebsiteSuggested readings from this episode:Etymologia: CoronavirusThe Secret Life of a CoronavirusNothing Eats Viruses, Right? Meet Some Hungry ProtistsNextstrain__________Talk Polymath is Polyplexus.com's monthly podcast series which features evidence-based conversations and invites global science leaders to converse about topics in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. From public health to changing models and trends in technology, this podcast engages in current cultural interests across disciplines.For more information visit www.polyplexus.com.
The second episode of the Talk Polymath podcast discusses the concept behind “Pharmacy on Demand” and how a distributed medicine manufacturing network could help create a safe and reliable supply of medicines for communities worldwide. Our guests for this episode are Tyler McQuade, Ph.D., Chief Innovation Officer, On Demand Pharmaceuticals; and Mickey McManus, Senior Advisor and Executive Coach at BCG, and Research Fellow Emeritus at Autodesk.Tyler McQuade, Ph.D., is a former Program Manager and Deputy Director at the Defense Sciences Office at DARPA. Dr. McQuade also served as the Chief Technology Officer for the Medicines for All Institute in Richmond, VA, which was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As a professor of chemistry and chemical engineering, he has taught at numerous universities. Dr. McQuade earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin and completed his postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow.Find Dr. McQuade on social: LinkedInMickey McManus is a pioneer in the field of collaborative innovation, pervasive computing, human-centered design and education. He holds 12 patents in the areas of connected products, vehicles, and services. He is an executive coach to high-potential leaders, a senior advisor at BCG, and research fellow emeritus at Autodesk's Office of the CTO.Find Mickey on social: Linkedin | TwitterSuggested readings from this episode:Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful AgingNature Co-Design: A Revolution in the MakingDeep Tech: The Great Wave of Innovation_____Talk Polymath is Polyplexus.com's monthly podcast series which features evidence-based conversations and invites global science leaders to converse about a topic in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. From public health topics such as vaccinations to changing models and trends in technology, this podcast engages in topics of current cultural interest across disciplines.For more information visit www.polyplexus.com.
The first Talk Polymath episode focuses on COVID-19 and how this pandemic mirrors and differs from previous ones. Our guests are William Warren, Ph.D., Vice President and head of FluNXT at Sanofi Pasteur; and José Ramón Fernández-Peña, MD, MPA, Director of Health Professions Advising at Northwestern University and President at American Public Health Association.Talk Polymath is Polyplexus.com's monthly podcast series which features evidence-based conversations and invites global science leaders to converse about a topic in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. From public health topics such as vaccinations to changing models and trends in technology, this podcast engages in topics of current cultural interest across disciplines.For more information visit www.polyplexus.com.
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