Topic: Paper-based Synthetic Biology
Boston University professor and MacArthur Fellow James Collins combines engineering and biology to transform cells into microscopic, programmable devices that could someday help solve health problems.
Company One, recently called one of the ten "most inspiring and innovative theatre companies on our national landscape" by the American Theatre Wing (The Tony Awards), is an award-winning nonprofit theatre company in residence at the Boston Center for the Arts. Their mission is to change the face of Boston theatre by uniting the city’s diverse communities through innovative, socially provocative performance and the development of civically engaged artists.
Charlotte Golar Richie considers her biggest achievement clearing the path for more women to run for office. The only woman─and a woman of color─to run in Boston's 2013 mayoral election, Golar Richie placed third, narrowly missing a spot on the November ballot.
Violist and Social Change Advocate
A violist who has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Hong Kong, Ashleigh Gordon is the co-artistic director and violist of Castle of our Skins, a new Boston-based concert and education series dedicated to celebrating black artistry through music.
Topic: Can Low Income Families Save Enough for College?
Hildreth is the Founder and Executive Director of FUEL Education, which helps low-income parents in three Greater Boston communities learn about college access and save toward education.
Homeland Security Expert
Topic: Home Sweet Homeland: Reclaiming our Security in an Age of Mayhem
In government, the academy, and journalism, Juliette Kayyem has served as a national leader in America’s homeland security efforts.
The Boston Globe correspondent and "Innovation Economy" contributor will host the morning sessions of the 2014 conference.
Topic: "Raising Tomorrow’s Global Citizen in Today’s Playful Village"
Naureen Meraj is the Senior Global Director for Gamification and Employee Engagement at NTT DATA, creating the Gamification practice in an effort to improve learning, collaboration, sales, customer loyalty and employee productivity through the use of game mechanics and immersive game-like experiences. Most recently, she founded iGAME, the first organization to focus on increasing innovation and adoption of educational games in public schools.
Nathan Nunn is a Professor of Economics at Harvard University. His primary research interests are in economic history, economic development, cultural economics, political economy and international trade. He is an NBER Faculty Research Fellow, a Research Fellow at BREAD, and a Faculty Associate at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA). He is currently a co-editor of the Journal of Development Economics.
Topic: "Taking Risks and Creating Serendipity: How big steps can aid large and small communities"
Sarah Oktay is the managing director of UMass Boston's Nantucket Field Station. Oktay is a chemical oceanographer by training, but she is passionate about educating the public about major environmental issues on the Cape and Islands.
WBUR's senior reporter and host of NPR's All Things Considered will host the afternoon sessions of the 2014 IDEAS UMass Boston conference.