WBUR's senior reporter and host of NPR's All Things Considered will host the afternoon sessions of the 2014 IDEAS UMass Boston conference.
Topic: "Neuroscience and Other Minds"
Rebecca Saxe is an associate professor of cognitive neuroscience in the department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. Her lab studies Theory of Mind as a case study in the deeper and broader question: how does the brain - an electrical and biological machine - construct abstract thoughts?
Food Rescue Activist
A native Bostonian, Ashley Stanley founded Lovin' Spoonfuls in 2010, picking up wholesome, fresh food that would otherwise be thrown away from grocery stores, produce wholesalers, farms and farmers markets, and distributing it to community nonprofits that feed Greater Boston’s hungry.
Cofounder of Bounce Imaging, which creates durable low-cost cameras and sensors that first responders can toss into dangerous areas to find survivors of crises, and determine whether the areas are safe for entry. Aguilar came up with the idea while reading about the 2010 earthquake in Haiti; after that crisis, he says, thousands of people were buried in rubble, yet few search teams had the expensive fiberoptic cameras needed to find victims.
The principal and senior associate principal of ADD, Inc., Boley and Roy are architects and urban designers who specialize in multifamily residential, academic, and commercial projects. Their work revolves around making urban architecture less cold, and more sensuous and emotional. They share a commitment to accessible architecture that drives their thinking on innovative housing such as micro-units.
A member of the research faculty at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Cadrin is an expert in general fisheries science, including resource management and issues of overfishing. He does research with local fishermen to determine how best to balance their livelihoods with protecting fish populations.
Founder and CEO of Seeding Labs, an organization that helps talented scientists in developing countries conduct life-changing research by providing them with necessary resources they often do not have access to, including lab equipment, training, and introductions to key influencers in their field.
Social Mobility Advocate
As the executive director of Opportunity Nation, Edwards is leading the charge to close the opportunity gap in America. Opportunity Nation, a campaign of Be The Change Inc., seeks to increase economic mobility by advocating for national policies that will allow future generations to be economically successful. Edwards believes that where you start in life on the economic ladder should not determine how high you climb.
Jennifer Fremont-Smith is the co-founder and CEO of Krash, a network of shared living spaces, called KrashPads, where residents immerse themselves in the culture of entrepreneurship and innovation by co-housing with like-minded people for connections, mentorship, and fun. Founded in March 2013, Krash has locations in Boston, New York City, and Chicago.
3D Printing Engineer
Cofounder of Formlabs, which produces affordable, high-resolution 3D printers for professional creators. The company was spun off from the MIT Media Lab in 2011 with a goal to develop a high quality, low-cost 3D printer that would enable designers and engineers to create 3D forms with the touch of a button.
Physician and Researcher
At the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Dr. Luzuriaga’s research focuses on the viral-host dynamics in persistent viral infections such as HIV. As a physician and scientist, she is passionate about translating research discoveries into practice. She is internationally recognized for her research on preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission and her work on early therapies for HIV-1 infected infants.