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Abraham (Avi) Loeb is the Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science at Harvard University. He published nearly 600 papers and 4 books which pioneered several new frontiers in astrophysics and cosmology. Loeb serves as Chair of the Department of Astronomy, Founding Director of Harvard's Black Hole Initiative and Director of the Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC) . He also chairs the Advisory Committee for the Breakthrough Starshot Initiative, serves as the Science Theory Director for all Initiatives of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, and holds the Sackler Senior Professorship by Special Appointment at Tel Aviv University. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the International Academy of Astronautics, as well as Vice Chair of the Board on Physics and Astronomy of the National Academies. Within Harvard, Loeb serves on the President's Task Force on Diversity and Belonging , the FAS Dean's Faculty Resources Committee, and the Provost's Allston Academic Planning Committee. In 2012, TIME magazine selected Loeb as one of the 25 most influential people in space.

*Personal website: https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/~loeb/
*Opinion essays: http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/~loeb/Opinion.html
*Search for Life: https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/~loeb/PEN.pdf
- From the First Star to Milkomeda: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B014GCTXF0
- How Did the First Stars and Galaxies Form? http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9373.html
*Recent videos:
-Cosmic Modesty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdWymeUOC2k
-Starshot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEk93g-niQ8



Sarah Lewis is an Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies at Harvard University. She was guest editor of the “Vision & Justice” issue of Aperture, which received the 2017 Infinity Award for Critical Writing and Research from the International Center of Photography. Her scholarship has been published in journals as well as in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Artforum. Lewis also authored the best-seller, The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery, translated into 7 languages. She is currently finishing her current book project on race and photography under contract with Harvard University Press. A frequent keynote speaker at universities and conferences from the TED mainstage to SXSW, her work has been profiled in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Wall Street Journal. She received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard, an M.Phil from Oxford University, and her Ph.D. from Yale University in the History of Art. She lives in Cambridge, MA and New York, NY.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEu9Circ95g (SXSW talk)
https://www.aspenideas.org/session/art-architecture-and-justice (Aspen Ideas Festival)

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David is an inventor, writer, and founder of ArtScience, the culture lab of Le Laboratoire and Cafe. He has pioneered new ways of delivering health and nutrition through the air, from his early work on inhaled insulin to his latest technology to digitize scent, oNotes. A professor of the practice of idea translation in SEAS at Harvard, David works with leading artists and designers to explore new human futures. He is a founder of the World Frontiers Forum and the new Frontier Art Prize, which will be awarded on October 18 to Doug Aitken at the Picasso Museum in Paris. He is a member of the National Academies of Engineering in France and the USA, a member of the National Academy of Inventors, and has been made a Chevalier of arts and letters by the French Ministry of Culture. His books include works of fiction and nonfiction in French and English including his forthcoming book Creating Things That Matter (Holt 2018).

www.davidideas.com, www.artsciencelabs.org, www.oNotes.com


Born on the banks of the Erie Canal, Michael McCormick received his Ph.D. from the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) in 1979. He served on the faculty of the Department of History of the Johns Hopkins University from 1979 to 1991; was Research Associate at Dumbarton Oaks from 1979 to 1987, and has been at Harvard since 1991, where he is the Goelet Professor of Medieval History and chairs the Initiative for the Science of the Human Past (SoHP: http://sohp.fas.harvard.edu/). He has been awarded grants by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, the Gerda Henkel Stiftung, the Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte, etc. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation honored him with its Distinguished Achievement Award ($1.5m) in 2002. He is a Fellow or (Corresponding) Member of various learned academies, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, The Society of Antiquaries of London, Monumenta Germaniae historia (Munich), and the Académie royale de Belgique. He is the Director in Cambridge of the Max Planck-Harvard Research Center for the Archaeoscience of the Ancient Mediterranean, a new transatlantic research center created jointly with the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, and focusing initially on the molecular and archaeological discovery of ancient diseases and the genetics of migration in the ancient Mediterranean.

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Jay Edidin is a reasonably professional writer, editor, and podcaster; an occasional performer; a fledgling New Yorker; and a good card to pull out when your parents claim that knowing that Cyclops's optic blasts aren't lasers can't net you a real job. Jay writes comics, short fiction, and narrative nonfiction; covers pop culture, arts, science, and gender for venues including Wired, ComicsAlliance, MEL, and Playboy; edits comics, transmedia, and genre fiction; and is marginally Internet Famous as half of the podcast Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men.



Floriane is a senior from Paris and Seattle studying Neurobiology at Harvard College. She has spent almost a decade studying realism and hyperrealism in the art of portraiture, most specifically in pencil drawing. Her portraits specialize in capturing the moods surrounding current events around the world, and most recently in the United States, including those surrounding discussions of race and religion. In high school, her art received state-level recognition from the Washington Parent Teacher Association, as well as commendation from House Representative Adam Smith of Washington’s 9th congressional district. As a pre-medical-scientist student interested in pediatrics, Floriane hopes to refocus her art in the upcoming school year to contribute to arts programs at children hospitals around the country.

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Dasha is a freshman from Big Sky, Montana living in Weld and planning on exploring Russian, theater, and visual arts courses. Dasha was active in high school musical performances and varsity basketball. She has studied at the Repin Academy of Art in St. Petersburg Russia.