Valorie V. Aquino, MS is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. Conducting original research in archaeology and speleothem paleoclimate reconstructions, her work investigates the relationships between human societies and the environment and has been published in Science, Nature Geoscience, and Scientific Reports. Born in the Philippines, her family immigrated to the US when she was 6. Since that time, she has lived and worked in Ohio, California, Alaska, France, Canada, Belize, and Nicaragua.
Caroline Weinberg, MD, MPH is a health educator and advocate with a focus on health literacy and access to care in low resource settings. Over the last 15 years, her research has spanned a wide range of subjects, from the diagnosis of genetic diseases to the effectiveness of obesity prevention programs in New York City public schools.
Jonathan Berman, PhD graduated with a BS in biology from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a PhD in physiology from SUNY Buffalo. He studies the molecular origins of hypertension using approaches spanning from whole-organism physiology to single molecule biophysics. He has a long history and interest in science activism and education, including judging science fairs, organizing campus groups as an undergraduate, giving talks on research ethics, and on cognitive biases and their effects on scientists, and MCing the unveiling of the world's largest periodic table of the elements.
David Koepsell, JD, PhD is an author, philosopher, attorney (retired), and educator whose recent research focuses on the nexus of science, technology, ethics, and public policy. He has provided commentary regarding science, ethics, society, religion, and technology on: MSNBC, Fox News Channel, The Guardian, The Washington Times, NPR Radio, Radio Free Europe, Air America, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and the Associated Press, among others.
Joanna Segal-Spencer, MD, PhD is an endocrinologist and neuroscientist at the University of Michigan. Her scientific expertise is in behavioral endocrinology, and her research focuses on how severe medical illness can rewire the brain, leading to long-term changes in emotions and behavior. She has almost a decade of experience in leadership with the Endocrine Society, through which she has participated in advocacy efforts on behalf of the Society and the entire biomedical research community.
Lucky Tran, PhD is a science communicator at Columbia University, a freelance science journalist, and an organizer based in New York City. He has worked as a postdoctoral scientist at Cornell, and completed his PhD in molecular biology at the University of Cambridge, where he studied how microorganisms produce antibiotics. Dr. Tran is a Vietnamese refugee and perpetual immigrant who grew up in Australia, and has roots in 5 different countries.
Rosalyn LaPier, PhD is an award winning Indigenous writer, ethnobotanist and environmental historian. She studies Indigenous peoples unique view of the natural world, in which natural science and religion intersect. She is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana and Métis.
Sofia Ahsanuddin currently serves as Executive Director of the MetaSUB International Consortium and works as a Research Associate at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering. As the Executive Director of MetaSUB, Sofia is leading an international research network dedicated to examining microbes in public mass transit systems in over 70 cities around the world. Sofia is a former TEDxCUNY Speaker, Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI-U) Commitment Maker, Rhodes Scholarship Finalist, and Macaulay Honors College Class of 2016 Commencement Speaker.
Stephani Page, PhD studies the coordination of nutrient stress pathways as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her PhD in Biochemistry and Biophysics from UNC. Stephani earned her BS in chemical engineering and MS in biology at North Carolina A&T State University. From the classrooms of elementary schools to the halls of Congress, she has displayed a dedication to science outreach and advocacy. Stephani is the creator of the #BLACKandSTEM community and continues to advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in science.
Bradley Biladeau has management experience that includes directing personnel within a Fortune 500 company. He is currently working on data analysis and software development within the same company. In his spare time, Bradley is involved with a subreddit called AskScience as one of its co-founders. He has been working actively on science communication for the last eight years.
Lina Miller is a lifelong logistician with a background in event and travel planning. She currently works as an Operations Manager at a successful young startup in New York. In her free time, she plans fan conventions and is active in her Humanistic Judaism congregation’s social justice work. Previously, she has worked in logistics and event support for the American Red Cross.
Kishore Hari is a science educator who specializes in producing innovative live science events. Currently, he’s the director of the Bay Area Science Festival, which is based out of the University of California, San Francisco. Hari hosts Mother Jones’s weekly science podcast Inquiring Minds and is the science correspondent for Adam Savage’s Tested.com. Kishore is a former chemist who previously founded an environmental services company that specialized in treatment and removal of mercury.
Caitlin Pharo is fresh off a stint serving as a Marshal Commander for the WMW, where she handled crowd control and management for the rally portion of the DC March. Before that she was the Organizing Operations Director for the 2016 Florida Democratic Coordinated Campaign, responsible for the logistical, procurement, and staffing needs of the Organizing Program. Before her time in Florida, she taught secondary mathematics in Baltimore City Public Schools, teaching students from 9th to 12th grades.
Aaron Huertas is a science communicator and independent consultant who runs ScienceCommunicationMedia.com. He previously worked for the Union of Concerned Scientists, a leading science advocacy group; Cater Communications, a bipartisan communications firm; and for Rep. Jim Saxton (NJ). In 2016, he ran an Ohio field office for NextGen Climate. Aaron is a graduate of George Washington University.
Beka Economopoulos is the Founding Director of The Natural History Museum, an initiative that connects and empowers scientists, museums and communities to address critical environmental and social challenges. Beka has two decades of experience as a senior manager in the communications, education, and advocacy sectors. She was the Director of Strategy at Fission Strategy, supporting non-profits and foundations with online communication strategies. She is a co-founder of Not An Alternative, a collective that specializes in cultural strategies for social change. Named in The New York Times and ArtNet's "Best of Art in 2015" round-ups, the group's work has been widely exhibited in museums around the world.
Kristen Gunther is a PhD Candidate studying ecosystem management and ecology; she also holds an MFA in creative writing. Her research focus is on developing techniques for effective communication of emerging science to audiences of ecosystem managers and policymakers. She is interested in communication as a means to strengthen relationships between scientists, agricultural producers, and other stakeholder groups. As a writer, she has worked extensively with mission-driven institutions to develop core identity and value language.
Rachael Holloway, PsyD is a clinical psychologist with expertise in behavioral medicine, trauma, and neuropsychology. She completed her graduate work at the California School of Professional Psychology at AIU, a program which was the recipient of the APA Suinn Minority Achievement Award for its diversity training and its rate of graduating diverse students. In her postdoctoral fellowship at VA San Diego Healthcare System/UCSD, she served on the diversity committee, completed formal diversity and social justice advocacy mentorships, and co-contributed diversity training materials to the UCSD Department of Psychiatry.
Teon Brooks, PhD a Tar Heel alum in psychology and linguistics, completed his doctorate in cognitive neuroscience at New York University as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. His research focused on understanding how the brain coordinates eye movements during reading. He is currently a Mozilla Science Fellow at Stanford University where he advocates for open science practices and works on developing open-source tools to allow fellow researchers to easily run and freely share their experiments.
Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, PhD is a marine biologist and policy expert aiming to strengthen bridges among science, policy, and people. Currently, she is a strategy consultant for non-profits and foundations. Previously, she was executive director of the Waitt Institute, where she co-founded the Blue Halo Initiative and led the Caribbean's first successful island-wide ocean zoning effort. Her PhD research at Scripps Institute of Oceanography examined the ecology, economics, and sociology of how to sustainably manage coral reefs. She earned a BA in Environmental Science and Public Policy at Harvard, worked on ocean policy at the EPA and NOAA, was recently a resident at TED, and hails from Brooklyn.
Adam Miller is a computer scientist, web developer, and software engineer at LinkedIn in the heart of Silicon Valley. He orchestrates a small team of brilliant developers to make development tools used across the company for iOS, Android and the web. On the side he co-directs a non-profit startup focused on making education funding readily available to all. His belief that technology affords us one of our most powerful platforms for social change has driven his investment in passion projects, like March for Science.
Sloane Henningsen is a graphic designer and brand manager for a real estate and hospitality company in Columbus, Ohio. She maintains and creates visual aspects, advertising, and collateral design for the company’s six brands. It is her belief that a message is only as good as the vessel in which it is received and that the presence of clean, purpose-driven design is vital to the success of any entity. Some of the most important people in her life are scientists, and she truly appreciates the power that science has improve our lives.
Jennifer Redig, MCR, PhD is a scientist passionate about better science communication and public relations. She received her PhD in Molecular & Medical Genetics, and Masters of Clinical Research from Oregon Health & Sciences University. Her scientific expertise is human genetics and heart development. Currently she is a Managing Editor of a popular biomedical-science blog.
We'd like to thank the hundreds of people who have devoted an unbelievable amount of time to making the March for Science a reality.
An additional 50,000 people volunteered to help with the march and we hope to connect with all you in the coming months.