The People’s Science started in 2013 when Dr. Jamil Zaki and Stephanie Fine Sasse were working on separate projects on opposite sides of the country. Dr. Zaki was building a forum for researchers to post lay summaries of their work, which became the first iteration of The People’s Science. Stephanie was building a scientific literacy training program for educators. Stephanie, Dr. Zaki, and science communicator, Maya Bialik, officially joined forces in January 2015 when they co-founded The People’s Science as a 501(c)3 non-profit. Since then, the team has grown to include an incredible roster of web developers, researchers, science communicators, and partners. Here’s the team that’s making it happen. We’re always looking for volunteers, curators, and partners to increase the impact of our resources. If you’re interested in helping, email [email protected]. LEADERSHIP CO-FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR Stephanie Fine Sasse, EdMStephanie received her B.S. in General Science + Psychology at Portland State University and her Ed.M. from Harvard University, where she was selected as the 2013 Leadership in Education Scholarship recipient. She trained as a neuroscience/psychology researcher at Oregon Health & Sciences University and Harvard University. In addition to her research, she specializes in science communication, framework development, and design. She leverages these skills in her work as a teaching fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Education and as Managing Editor at the Learning & the Brain blog. @thescientish CO-FOUNDER & BOARD PRESIDENT Jamil Zaki, PhDJamil received his B.A. from Boston University, his Ph.D. from Columbia University, and postdoctoral training at Harvard University. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and directs the Stanford Social Neuroscience Laboratory. The People’s Science is an idea rooted in his belief that science should belong to everyone, and that a platform should exist where people can learn from, contribute to, and engage with the scientific community directly. @zakijam PROGRAM DIRECTOR Rita Ludwig, MA, MSRita received her B.A.’s in Psychology and Sociology at New York University, her M.A. in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences at Columbia University, and she is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Oregon. In her graduate work, she uses uses methods such as neuroimaging, psychometrics, and machine learning to study how to transform maladaptive habitual thoughts in behaviors into beneficial ones. She is an active member of the open science community and a proponent of science-based public policy. PROGRAM DIRECTOR Monique Smith, PhDMonique is a neuroscientist working at Stanford University. She earned her PhD at Oregon Health & Sciences University in 2011. She is also an enthusiastic science communicator who speaks on the critical role of science and art education, is former site director for NW Noggin’s High School Brain Education series, and was one of the Lead Organizers for the San Francisco March for Science. In addition to her role at The People’s Science, she is also the Co-Executive Producer and Host of the upcoming “The Slope” podcast, which tells the stories of how people change science and how science changes people. @CommnScience TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Adam MillerAdam 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. He believes that technology affords us one of our most powerful platforms for social change. Before joining The People’s Science team as CTO of Covi Education, he served as the Tech Lead for the international March for Science movement. @millea9 CO-FOUNDER & ADVISOR Maya Bialik, EdMMaya received her B.S.’s in Psychology and Biology and B.A. in Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her Ed.M. in Mind, Brain, and Education at Harvard University. She has done research in developmental neuroscience, neurobiology, psycholinguistics, and science education. She is also co-designer for a seminar at Harvard Graduate School of Education, training students in scientific literacy skills. Most recently, she co-authored a book on 21st century education. @MayaBialik AMBASSADORS Ambassadors are scientists and members of the public trained to facilitate conversations, coach scientists on best practices for public communication, support new users as they join the network, and/or review the existing literature and craft summaries of research. You can keep track of your favorite Ambassadors on the site or sign up for the newsletter to get digests sent to your email. PSYCHOLOGY & CULTURE ALEA SKWARAAlea is currently a PhD student studying Psychology at UC Davis, with an emphasis on compassion. Prior to UC Davis, she earned a Masters in Psychology & Neuroscience at NYU and spent two years working in a developmental research lab at Harvard University. In her free time, she really enjoys cats, dogs, chickens, and pretty much any other small adorable living thing. @aleacorin MARINE SCIENCE & GENETICS AUSTIN AYERHey everybody! I’m a recent Stanford biology graduate and current Fulbright Scholar conducting research on marine protected areas in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Born and raised in Hawaii, I developed a fascination with marine science that continues to this day. As a geneticist and an aspiring physician, I’m also in awe of the rapid advances in genome-editing tools and their potential to affect the way we treat millions of people. Past research topics of mine include DNA barcoding in the American shark fin market, the genetic basis for thermal tolerance among South Pacific corals, and functional deficiencies of mutant forms of the human tumor suppressor gene, P53. I believe science should be non-partisan, accessible, and a guiding force in nearly all the decisions we make. When not in the lab/field, I enjoy surfing, hiking, cooking, and gardening. MENTAL HEALTH & EDUCATION KATYA KABOTYANKSIKat received her B.S. in Neuroscience from Duke University, where she completed her thesis on the differences in amygdala activation for self- versus informant- reported neuroticism. She then spent two years working with the Child Mind Institute in New York City, helping to develop and initiate the Healthy Brain Network- a project which seeks to better understand the biological mechanisms underlying mental health disorders and learning disabilities. Kat is particularly interested in the use of multi-faceted approaches to both the research and clinical treatment of developmental psychopathologies. She hopes to pursue a dual MD/PhD degree as her way of contributing to the expanding scientific knowledge base that underlies critical advances in medical care. Kat also loves spending time in the sunshine, swinging on swings, and dancing it out to the perfect song. BIOMEDICAL & PHYSICAL SCIENCES NATASHA MOTT, PHDNatasha is, by training, a molecular biologist and by affinity to shiny things, an Early Adopter of novel ideas. As such, she moved to the biotech sector to learn about the practical and clinical aspects of implementing biomedical technologies in the real world. Natasha is an educator, and she’d love to teach you How To Dougie or construct a lentivirus! She prefers to talk about neuroscience, astronomy and generally anything that teeters on the outer rim of human (or her own) knowledge. Locating Natasha may be tricky at any moment, but a safe bet could be the airport or any local karaoke spots. Interested in becoming a TPS Ambassador? Apply here. PARTNERS The success of The People’s Science requires a shift in the way we think about science and science communication. By partnering with complementary organizations, we avoid reinventing the wheel and leverage the strengths of our community to make the greatest possible impact. We partner with many incredible organizations. To see a full list, visit our parent site, Covi Education. Check out a few of our most active partners below: COMSCICON ComSciCon is a series of workshops on science communication operated for graduate students, by graduate students. Originally started at Harvard University, they have expanded to host conferences and satellite events nationwide. ComSciCon is a vital partner for The People’s Science Campus Tour, traveling to six universities across the West Coast in early 2018. Learn more about their incredible efforts here. FRIENDS OF JOE’S BIG IDEA (FOJBI) Friend’s of Joe’s Big Idea (FOJBI) is a fast-growing community of young scientists that includes undergrads, graduate students, post docs and faculty. An offshoot of the popular NPR science communication show, “Joe’s Big Idea”, this invaluable community provides access to career advice, skill development, and platforms that connect members to outreach and communication opportunities. The FOJBI network is a vital partner for The People’s Science Campus Tour, traveling to six universities across the West Coast in early 2018. Learn more about the wonderful work they do and the ways that you can get involved here. MARCH FOR SCIENCE On April 22, 2017, over 600 cities around the world joined the March for Science movement. Over 1 million scientists and science supporters hit the streets to celebrate the power of scientific discovery and stand up for the role of evidence in policy. Today, they continue as an international network of science education and advocacy teams working together to scale impactful initiatives and rally around critical issues. The People’s Science is a 501(c)3 and does not take an active role in specific advocacy efforts. Our partnership with March for Science focuses on education, outreach, and the promotion of scientific and information literacy skills. Learn more about the movement that came from the march here. Interested in becoming a TPS Partner? Email Us.