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Pioneers in Science

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Thursday, June 2, 2011
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Shimkin Hall

Pioneers in Science is an annual program that gives middle and high school students the rare opportunity to interact with world-renowned scientists. In this installment, groundbreaking geneticists and humanitarians Eric Lander and Mary-Claire King met live and online with local New York City high school students and others from around the globe. During the weeks leading up to the event, invited students from various schools immersed themselves in the work of these pioneering scientists. In partnership with the Global Nomads Group, the program offered students the unique opportunity to learn about the lives and follow in the footsteps of trailblazing scientists.


  • Josh Zepps

    Josh Zepps is a correspondent for Bloomberg TV’s Energy Now, reporting on the future of energy and the environment. His show on Discovery Science Channel, Brink, took an irreverent look at the latest breakthroughs on the brink of changing our lives. His one-hour science specials continue to air on Discovery around the world. More »


  • Eric Lander

    Biologist, Mathematician, and Geneticist Eric Lander was one of the principal leaders of the Human Genome Project, which from 1990-2003 mapped the human genetic code. He has pioneered the application of genomics to the understanding human disease. More »
  • Mary-Claire King

    Human Geneticist, Humanitarian Mary-Claire King is a geneticist and the first researcher to pinpoint a gene linked to breast cancer, explaining why the disease is inherited in some families. A professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, she also researches gene regulation, human diversity and evolution, and the genetic basis for disorders such as schizophrenia. More »