Marnie Gelbart: on personal genetics & building bridges of trust

Dr. Marnie Gelbart is Director of Programs at the Personal Genetics Education Project (PGEd). With advances in personal genome sequencing and gene editing technologies like CRISPR, PGEd seeks to “increase awareness and conversation about the benefits and ethical, legal, and social implications of personal genetics.” The Science Soapbox team sat down with Dr. Gelbart to chat about some of the programs she is leading, which include designing activities to be taught in schools and advising filmmakers on how they portray science and scientists. Trained as a biologist herself, Dr. Gelbart shares compelling insights into working to build two-way bridges between science and the public and why she is an optimist — a favorite subject of ours.

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This episode was recorded on September 16, 2016 at MIT during the Advocating for Science Symposium. Special thanks to Visager for music and to the Future of Research and the Academics for the Future of Science for making this interview possible.

Gary McDowell: on reforming the STEM training pipeline

Dr. Gary McDowell kicks off our short-form Abstract series, featuring interviews with up-and-coming thinkers and policy issues and conundrums facing science. Trained as a biologist, Gary is the Executive Director of The Future of Research and runs the day-to-day operations of the organization, funded by a grant from the Open Philanthropy Project. In this episode, we chat about gaps in scientific training and how we can reform the system to better serve science and its practitioners.

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This episode was recorded on September 16, 2016 at MIT during the Advocating for Science Symposium. Special thanks to Visager for music and to the Future of Research and the Academics for the Future of Science for making this interview possible.

Shaughnessy Naughton: on running science up the Hill

With the 2016 elections right around the corner (please vote!), our prayers to the science gods were answered and we were graced with a surprise visit from Shaughnessy Naughton. Not only is she the founder of of the 314 PAC, a political action committee aimed at providing support for scientists interested in running for political office, she is also a recent contender for Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District Democratic ticket. The Science Soapbox team loves nothing more than a scientist working to alter the state of the scientific drought plaguing our legislation, so we were thrilled to chat about engaging the scientific community, the state of politics, and the channels in between.

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This episode was recorded on November 1, 2016 in the Rockefeller University Outreach Lab. Special thanks to Visager for music.