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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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 Robin Bowman speaks IDEAS Boston 2008

Robin Bowman


A photojournalist devoted to documenting social and political issues at home and abroad, her 2007 book It’s Complicated: The American Teenager chronicles her five-year journey across America to explore the shape of this generation and the country that formed them.

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 David Edwards speaks IDEAS Boston 2008

David Edwards

Art/Science Innovator

Founder of Le Laboratoire, an artscience center in Paris dedicated to experimental collaboration between artists and scientists, author, and Harvard professor of biomedical engineering interested in developing new cultural and educational environments for innovation.

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 Noah Feldman speaks IDEAS Boston 2008

Noah Feldman

Constitutional Law Scholar

A Harvard Law professor, author, and lecturer who specializes in constitutional studies, with particular emphasis on the relationship between law and religion, constitutional design, and the history of legal theory, his book The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State was published in April 2008.

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 Paul Goodnight speaks IDEAS Boston 2008

Paul Goodnight

African Cultural Artist

A world-renowned painter known for his colorful realism that captures the extraordinary in the lives of ordinary people around the world, his recent commissions include a triathlon triptych for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

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 Sheila Kennedy speaks IDEAS Boston 2008

Sheila Kennedy

Architect & Inventor

Principal of Kennedy & Violich Architecture, an interdisciplinary practice that explores relationships among architecture, technology, and emerging public needs. Kennedy creates design concepts and building projects that accelerate the implementation of energy-harvesting nanomaterials in architecture, textiles, and building materials.

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 Vikram Sheel Kumar speaks IDEAS Boston 2008

Vikram Sheel Kumar

Healthcare Technology Entrepreneur

Cofounder of Dimagi, a healthcare informatics consultancy, and a pioneer in the field of community-based chronic disease management who focuses on creating technologies specially customized for the conditions encountered in the developing world.

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