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Science-A-Thon 2018

October 15-19, 2018

It was our pleasure to welcome six incredible Keynote Scientists for Science-A-Thon 2018: April Agee Carroll, Dan Kammen, Katharine Hayhoe, Mike Zahalsky, Marcia McNutt, and Janice Huff.


Marcia McNutt is a geophysicist and president of the National Academy of Sciences. From 2013 to 2016, she served as editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals. Prior to joining Science, she was director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) from 2009 to 2013. During her tenure, the USGS responded to a number of major disasters, including earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and Japan, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. McNutt led a team of government scientists and engineers at BP headquarters in Houston who helped contain the oil and cap the well, for which she was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard’s Meritorious Service Medal.

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One of the nation’s most recognized and trusted weather forecasters, Janice Huff serves as Chief Meteorologist for NBC 4 New York, and is a member of the New York State Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame and awarded the prestigious Allen B. Dumont Broadcaster of the Year Award from Montclair State University in 2015. Known for her passion for children in foster care, Huff is the host of Wednesday's Child, a quarterly adoption feature known for shining a bright spotlight on foster children and families.


Huff has been honored by McDonald’s as one of 24 esteemed Black Media Legends, the “2006 Golden Apple Award” from the New York City Chapter of American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT); the City of Hope’s “Spirit of Life” award for her professional and personal example to New York City youth, and a St. Louis Emmy Award for “Best Weathercaster” in 1988… among many other awards!

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Mike Zahalsky is a doctor who runs a medical clinic in Parkland, Florida. Mike was one of the final contestents on Survivor Season 35, where he survived nearly a month on a remote island in the Pacific … competing and surviving with his science smarts! Mike has combined his medical expertise with business, opening a major medical center in Florida - ZUrology - and founding a start-up company based on stem cell research. Mike is a triple-alum of Brown University, where he earned his undergraduate, M.D. and M.S. before launching his career.

Click here to see Mike Zahalsky's #dayofscience!

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April Agee Carroll, PhD is a pioneer in the field of crop measurement science. She is currently the Digital Greenhouse Lead for Bayer Crop Science’s newest high-tech facility in Marana, Arizona, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Horticulture at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. April uses a range of advanced technologies to better understand how plants grow and thrive in harsh and changing environments. April has also brought her scientific chops to bear in urban environments, making important contributions to the production of plants indoors with the goal of improving inner city consumers’ access to local foods.


April has served on a variety of international boards and has received major scientific and stewardship awards such as the Iowa Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award. She founded and now chairs the North American Plant Phenotyping Network, an association of scientists and researchers who study many different aspects of plants, from their size to their genetic code.

Click here to see April Agee Carroll's #dayofscience!


Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist and professor at the Texas Tech University. She is a leading voice in climate science communication. Katharine engages with everyone from international policy makers to local farmers and ranchers to talk climate science, impacts, communication, and faith.


She was recently awarded the Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication, adding to a long list of honors: Fortune’s 50 World’s Greatest Leaders, Christianity Today’s 50 Women to Watch, Time’s 100 Most Influential People, Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers, the Sierra Club’s Distinguished Service Award, and the list goes on! She is an expert in bringing climate information down to the regional scale and has worked with all kinds of organizations, from airports to water districts, to help them build resilience to the impacts of a changing climate.

Click here to see Katharine Hayhoe's #dayofscience!

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Dan Kammen is a physicist, energy scientist, and professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He has authored or co-authored 12 books, written more than 300 peer-reviewed journal publications, and testified more than 40 times to U.S. state and federal congressional briefings. Dan is a frequent contributor to Newsweek,

Time, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Financial Times, and other international news media.


He is a permanent Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Physical Society, and serves on two National Academy of Science boards and panels. He resigned in protest from his federal role as Science Envoy for the US State Department in August, 2017.

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Thank you to our 2018 sponsors:
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