Science and Public Leadership Fellows

Class of 2010

The PopTech Science and Public Leadership Fellows are high-potential early- and mid-career scientists working in areas of critical importance to the nation and the planet. They represent a corps of highly visible and socially engaged scientific leaders who embody science as an essential way of thinking, discovering, understanding and deciding.

Watch the 2010 fellows give their presentations below.

Meet the Fellows

Sinan Aral

Sinan Aral: Social Contagion

Sinan Aral studies the dynamics and impact of social contagions

Beth Shapiro

Beth Shapiro: What Goes Extinct?

Beth Shapiro sheds new light on how species respond to environmental change

Casey Dunn

Casey Dunn:
Evolving Diversity

Casey Dunn is exploring how evolution spawned such a diversity of life

Amishi Jha

Amishi Jha:
Building Attention

Amishi Jha researches how improving attention affects performance in high-stress situations

Ben Dubin-Thaler

Ben Dubin-Thaler:
Science by Bus

Ben Dubin-Thaler’s BioBus gets science education to where it’s needed most

Kim Cobb

Kim Cobb:
How Climate Changes

Kim Cobb explores the mechanisms of global climate change

Brian Hare

Brian Hare:
Peaceful as a Bonobo?

Brian Hare asks what we can learn from our primate cousin, the bonobo

Gidon Eshel

Gidon Eshel:
The Impact of Food

Gidon Eshel studies how food production — and different diets — affect the planet

Amro Hamdoun

Amro Hamdoun:
Cell Self-Defense

Amro Hamdoun explores how cells protect themselves from pollution

Sarah Fortune

Sarah Fortune:
Fighting TB

Sarah Fortune is looking for new ways to eradicate tuberculosis

Justin Gallivan

Justin Gallivan:
Custom Bacteria

Justin Gallivan is programming bacteria to fight pollution

Sean Gourley

Sean Gourley:
Tracking Innovation

Sean Gourley analyzes conflict — and technology companies — through applied mathematics