Lindy Elkins-Tanton is the director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, co-chair of the Interplanetary Initiative, and she is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the Psyche mission, selected in 2017 as the 14th in NASA’s Discovery program.
Her research includes theory, observation, and experiments concerning terrestrial planetary formation, magma oceans, and subsequent planetary evolution including magmatism and interactions between rocky planets and their atmospheres. She also promotes and participates in education initiatives, in particular, inquiry and exploration teaching methodologies, and leadership and team-building for scientists and engineers.
She has led four field expeditions in Siberia, as well as participated in fieldwork in the Sierra Nevada, the Cascades, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands.
Professor Elkins-Tanton received her B.S. and M.S. from MIT in 1987, and then spent eight years working in business, with five years spent writing business plans for young high-tech ventures. She then returned to MIT for a Ph.D. She spent five years as a researcher at Brown University, followed by five years on MIT faculty, before accepting the directorship of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism at the Carnegie Institution for Science. In 2014, she moved to the directorship at Arizona State University.
She serves on the Standing Review Board for the Europa mission, and served on the Mars panel of the Planetary Decadal Survey and on the Mars 2020 Rover Science Definition Team.
Professor Elkins-Tanton is a two-time National Academy of Sciences Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow and served on the National Academy of Sciences Decadal Survey Mars panel. In 2008 she was awarded a five-year National Science Foundation CAREER award, and in 2009 was named Outstanding MIT Faculty Undergraduate Research Mentor. In 2010 she was awarded the Explorers Club Lowell Thomas prize. The second edition of her six-book series "The Solar System," a reference series for libraries, was published in 2010 and the book "Earth," co-authored with Jeffrey Cohen, was published in 2017. Asteroid (8252) Elkins-Tanton was named for her. In 2013 she was named the Astor Fellow at Oxford University, and in 2016 she was named a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.
Dr. Cady Coleman recently joined ASU as our Global Explorer in Residence and part-time Professor of the Practice in the School of Earth and Space Exploration. Cady is a chemist, a retired United States Air Force Colonel, and former NASA Astronaut with more than 180 days in space, accumulated during two space shuttle missions and a six-month expedition to the International Space Station (ISS). She launched and landed aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, and acted as the Lead Robotics and Lead Science officer during her tenure aboard the ISS, performing the second-ever robotic capture of a supply ship from the station. In her spare time, she coached actress Sandra Bullock in preparation for Bullock’s astronaut role in the movie “Gravity.”
Sara Collina, J.D., is founder and director of Blueberry Hill Strategies (BHS), whose mission is to help advocacy organizations thrive. BHS services include program development, curriculum design, and public policy analysis. The organization’s focus is primarily on gender justice and health care advocacy.
Sara is a member of the Georgetown Women’s and Gender Studies Program, where she teaches a course on gender and the law as well as introductory gender studies courses. She also teaches graduate students at George Washington University. In these roles Sara has been involved in efforts to reform sexual harassment policies at universities and workplaces; in Spring 2018 she testified in support of improved sexual harassment policies for the Maryland Legislature, which resulted in dramatic policy changes.
Sara has been engaged in health care advocacy for more than twenty years. She served as Research and Quality Care Director at the National Breast Cancer Coalition, where she spearheaded Project LEAD, a nationally recognized science education course for breast cancer survivors. She went on to design a comprehensive patient-stakeholder engagement program for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), which has since provided more than $800 million in research funding for patient-centered outcomes research. Sara has also worked with patient advocacy groups from around the country and covering a wide range of health conditions, including celiac disease, Sickle Cell Disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Most of all, Sara is a passionate teacher who believes that most of us dramatically underestimate our ability to learn. She loves to facilitate learning in all its forms.
Sara holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a law degree from Berkeley Law School.
Recent publications include Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership (AAUW 2016) and From the Field: Preparing Patients to Engage in Research (2015).
Dahlia Lithwick is a senior editor at Slate, and in that capacity, has been writing their "Supreme Court Dispatches" and "Jurisprudence" columns since 1999. Her work has appeared in the New YorkTimes, Harper’s, The New Yorker, The WashingtonPost, The New Republic, and Commentary, among other places.She is host of Amicus, Slate’s award-winning biweekly podcast about the law and the Supreme Court. She was Newsweek’slegal columnist from 2008 until 2011.
In 2018 Lithwick received the American Constitution Society’s Progressive Champion Award, the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis, and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2017, Lithwick was the recipient of a Golden Pen Award from the Legal Writing Institute; the Virginia Bar Association’s award for Excellence in Legal Journalism; and the 2017 award for Outstanding Journalist in Law from the Burton Foundation for a distinguished career in journalism in law. Lithwick won a 2013 National Magazine Award for her columns on the Affordable Care Act. She has been twice awarded an Online Journalism Award for her legal commentary. She was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in October, 2018.
Lithwick has held visiting faculty positions at the University of Georgia Law School, the University of Virginia School of Law, and the Hebrew University Law School in Jerusalem.
Ms. Lithwick has delivered the annual Constitution Day Lecture at the United States Library of Congress in 2012 and 2011. She has been a featured speaker on the main stage at the Chautauqua Institution. She speaks frequently on the subjects of criminal justice reform, reproductive freedom, religion in the courts. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has called her “spicy.”
Lithwick was the first online journalist invited to be on the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press. She serves on the board of the Jefferson Center for Free Expression.
Ms. Lithwick has testified before Congress about access to justice in the era of the Roberts Court. She has appeared on CNN, ABC, The Colbert Report, the Daily Show and is a frequent guest on The Rachel Maddow Show.
Ms. Lithwick earned her BA in English from Yale University and her JD degree from Stanford University. She is currently working on a new book, Lady Justice, for Penguin Press. She is co-author of Me Versus Everybody(Workman Press, 2006) (with Brandt Goldstein) and of I Will Sing Life(Little, Brown 1992) (with Larry Berger). Her work has been featured in numerous anthologies including Jewish Jocks (2012), What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-one Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most (2013),About What was Lost(2006); A Good Quarrel(2009); Going Rouge: Sarah Palin, An American Nightmare(2009); and Thirty Ways of Looking at Hillary(2008).
Ingrid Pierce is Walkers' Global Managing Partner and heads the Cayman Investment Funds Group.
Ingrid has over 20 years' experience and is recognised as one of the world's leading investment funds lawyers. She acts for major institutions, asset managers, insurers, reinsurers, trustees and other fiduciaries. Her clients include many of the who's who of asset managers.
Ingrid advises on directors' duties and responsibilities, indemnities, confidentiality laws and issues related to electronic communication. She has particular expertise in advising funds on managing distress in volatile markets and has considerable experience with contentious matters having acted in connection with the acquisition, restructuring and winding down of various high profile funds.
Ingrid is a frequent speaker at industry events and a guest commentator on various media platforms including Bloomberg, CNBC and Fox Business.