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 Andrew Lippman speaks IDEAS Boston 2011

Andrew Lippman

Digital Communications Expert

Head of MIT Media Lab's Viral Communications program and codirector of the Communications Futures program, and a prolific writer on the future of information and its commercial and social impact

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 Bridget Terry Long speaks IDEAS Boston 2011

Bridget Terry Long

Education Economist

Professor of Education and Economics at Harvard and a leading expert in financial aid issues, college access, enrollment gender gaps, and institutional admissions policies

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 Jeannie Suk speaks IDEAS Boston 2011

Jeannie Suk

Professor of Law

Harvard Law School expert on privacy and domestic violence law, and intellectual property law as it relates to literature, performing arts, and fashion

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 Charles Derber speaks IDEAS Boston 2009

Charles Derber

Sociologist and Author

Charles Derber thinks of himself as a writer who studies the "big picture" of American culture and global capitalism. His recent books focus on globalization, terrorism, the culture of hegemony, and the power of multinational corporations. He has also written extensively on the crisis of individualism that defines American life, showing how our problems of community are organically tied to economic and political forces.

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 Ronald Dixon speaks IDEAS Boston 2009

Ronald Dixon


Ronald Dixon, MD, MA, is the creator and director of the Virtual Practice Project at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He is the director of CIMIT’s (Center for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology) Value Based Healthcare Delivery Program, and the associate medical director of MGH Beacon Hill.

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 Peter Galison speaks IDEAS Boston 2009

Peter Galison

Science Historian and Filmmaker

Peter Galison is the Joseph Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and of Physics at Harvard University. In 1997, he was named a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow; in 1999, he was a winner of the Max Planck Prize, given by the Max Planck Gesellschaft and Humboldt Stiftung.

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 Lisa Genova speaks IDEAS Boston 2009

Lisa Genova

Author and Neuroscientist

Neuroscientist turned author whose bestselling novel, Still Alice, portrays the enduring humanity of Alzheimer's patients. The book is also a testament to Genova's perseverance in overcoming repeated obstacles among mainstream publishers that ultimately led her to self-publish her work.

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 Helen Greiner speaks IDEAS Boston 2009

Helen Greiner

Robotics Innovator

Cofounder and former president/chairman of iRobot Corporation, a company that makes home robots (Roomba Vacuuming Robot) and military robots (PackBot Tactical Robot). Helen is currently CEO of The Droid Works, Inc., a new startup company working in the UAV (flying robots) space.

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 Deb Roy speaks IDEAS Boston 2009

Deb Roy

Cognitive Science Pioneer

Director of the MIT Media Labs Cognitive Machines group and founding director of the Center for Future Banking, Roy studies how children learn language and designs machines that learn to communicate in humanlike ways. To enable this work, he has pioneered new data-driven methods for analyzing and modeling human linguistic and social behavior that are now being applied to a wide range of domains, from retail behavior to autism.

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 Susan Athey speaks IDEAS Boston 2008

Susan Athey

Economic Theorist

Harvard professor of economics and the first woman to win the prestigious American Economic Association’s John Bates Clark Medal, awarded to the most accomplished American economist under age 40, for her contributions to industrial organization, econometrics, microeconomic theory, and auctions.

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 Joseph Ayers speaks IDEAS Boston 2008

Joseph Ayers

Biomimetic Robotics

Professor of biology and former director of Northeastern’s Marine Science Center best known for his RoboLobster, his recent research using technology to mimic biological organisms and processes may someday help rehabilitate people with traumatic brain injuries.

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