Author Presentations

The Science Stage features a variety of authors, interactive panels, and entertaining, informative shows. A book signing follows each author presentation in the Science City Bookstore located near the UA Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium.


Saturday, March 14th

10am – 11am: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

 

11:30am – 12:30pm: Climate Change in Our Natural World: Two women scientist-writers share incredible personal and professional journeys during wild field adventures while observing and measuring climate change events. 

Speakers

Caroline Van Hemert, PhD, is an Alaskan author, adventurer and wildlife biologist. Her writing and research have been featured in The New York Times, Audubon, The Los Angeles Times, Outside and National Geographic. Her recent book, "The Sun is a Compass: A 4,000-Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds," tells the story of her human-powered expedition from the Pacific Coast to the Chukchi Sea—by rowboat, ski, foot, packraft, and canoe—to rediscover birds, the natural world and her own love of science. (FYI: Caroline is a UA grad.)
Valerie Trouet, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona. She is a dendrochronologist whose research focuses on past climate variability and how it has influenced human systems and ecosystems. She has used tree rings to study hurricanes, snowpack, wildfire and the jet stream. Her research has brought her to sub-Saharan Africa, to Siberia and the Californian Sierra Nevada, and to the Balkans, where she was part of a team that found the oldest-known (1,075 years!) living tree in Europe. Trouet's first book, "Tree Story," is forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press in spring 2020.

Moderator: Vicki Bess, MS, is a microbiological consultant specializing in microbial concerns of the agriculture community. She is the founder and former owner of BBC Laboratories, Inc., a commercial agricultural microbiology laboratory. She now works internationally to assist clients with analyzing and understanding the relationship between the microbial community in the soil and on the plant with plant health and productivity. Her clients include growers, compost producers, and manufacturers of biological agriculture products.

 

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Our Health and Our Healthcare: These physician-writers discuss personal and others' experiences in receiving and providing care in today's healthcare system and offer possible solutions to enact meaningful change.

Speakers

Marty Makary, M.D., M.P.H., is a surgeon and professor of health policy at Johns Hopkins University and the author of the New York Times bestseller "Unaccountable." His current book, "The Price We Pay," takes an urgent look at America's broken health care system and the people who are saving it. An influential voice for physicians in The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, he was the lead author of the articles introducing a surgical checklist later adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO), and has published extensively on health care costs, vulnerable populations and quality science. He served in leadership at the WHO Safe Surgery Saves Lives project and has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine.
Arthur Kleinman, MD, is one of the most renowned and influential scholars and writers on psychiatry, anthropology, global health, and cultural and humanistic issues in medicine. Educated at Stanford University and Stanford Medical School, he has taught at Harvard for over forty years. He is currently a professor of psychiatry and of medical anthropology at Harvard Medical School and the Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology in Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences. His latest book, "The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and a Doctor," was published in September 2019 by Penguin/Viking.

Moderator: Sydney Rice, MD, MS, is a Professor of Pediatrics in the University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a doctoral degree in Medicine from the University of Arizona, and a master’s degree in health evaluation sciences from the University of Virginia. Rice joined the Department of Pediatrics at the UA April, 2005. She has a special interest in children with traumatic brain injury, autism and myelomeningocele. She works clinically on many different multi-disciplinary teams with children with varied disabilities. She teaches in the UA medical school in both the basic science and the clinical medical curricula. She is active with the American Academy of Pediatrics as an editor of an online publication for developmental pediatricians, PREPDB. She is also active in the Arizona chapter of the AAP and multiple community and state boards.

 

2:30pm – 3:30pm: The Wonder of “Beyond”: The question asked throughout the ages: what is beyond? The authors discuss how the drive to find out what lies beyond helped create our modern world.

Speakers

Alexander Boxer is a data scientist with a doctorate in physics and degrees in the history of science and classics. "A Scheme of Heaven: The History of Astrology and the Search for our Destiny in Data" is his first book. His research has appeared in Nature Physics, and he was Atlas Obscura’s original Washington, D.C. field agent. He was born and raised in Tucson, Ariz.
Andrew Rader is a mission manager at SpaceX with a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in long duration spaceflight. He’s an expert in the field of space exploration who’s authored more than a dozen technical papers and been featured in Slate, Motherboard, Vice, The Verge, Gizmodo, Space.com and The New York Times. Rader has authored "Beyond the Known: How Exploration Created the Modern World and Will Take us to the Stars" and the children’s books, "Rocket Science," "Epic Space Adventure," "Mars Rover Rescue" and "Europa Excursion." Rader co-hosts the weekly podcast Spellbound along with YouTube celebrity Julian Smith, covering topics from science to economics to history and psychology.

Moderator: David H. Levy is a Canadian astronomer, science writer and discoverer of comets and minor planets who co-discovered Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9. He lives in Vail, Ariz., and hosted a weekly internet radio talk show on astronomy with his wife Wendee. Levy is president of the National Sharing the Sky Foundation and a master of astronomy with DeTao Masters Academy. Levy's autobiography, "A Nightwatchman's Journey: The Road Not Taken" was published in 2019.

 

4:00pm – 5:00pm: Behind Big Tech: How do you break into the tech world? What about that big idea? The authors talk tech, development and breaking into the big game.

Speakers

Tom Grogan, MD, set out on a path to change the practice of medicine 32 years ago when he founded Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., now a global leader in cancer diagnostics that was acquired by Swiss-based Roche Group in 2008. In addition to changing the practice of medicine globally, Dr. Grogan and his wife, Cande Grogan, have made a lasting impact locally as philanthropists, supporting causes that include the University of Arizona, local arts organizations and the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona. His latest book is "Chasing the Invisible: A Doctor’s Quest to Abolish the Last Unseen Cancer Cell."
Julian Guthrie is one of the nation's most respected journalists, an international bestselling author and an inspirational speaker. Over her award-winning, 25-year career, Julian has interviewed some of the world’s most successful and interesting people in Silicon Valley. Guthrie spent 20 years at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she won numerous awards, including the Best of the West Award and the Society of Professional Journalists' Public Service Award. Her feature writing and enterprise reporting were nominated multiple times for the Pulitzer Prize. She is the author of "Alpha Girls: The Women Upstarts Who Took on Silicon Valley's Male Culture and Made the Deals of a Lifetime." In all her work, she is drawn to underdog stories and stories that combine great human drama and improbable dreams with technological innovations and breakthroughs.

Moderator: Allison Vaillancourt, PhD, is the former Vice President of Business Affairs and Human Resources at the University of Arizona. As an organizational strategist and executive coach with Vaillancourt Strategy Group, she uses an appreciative inquiry approach that builds on individual strengths and organizational assets. She brings to her work three decades working inside higher education institutions, nonprofits, and media organizations in addition to experience working as a consultant and leadership advisor to corporate clients.

 

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Sunday, March 15th

 

10am – 11am: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

11:30am – 12:30pm: Insects Shaping our World: The authors share historical and personal perspectives on how insects have significantly shaped the human experience.

Speakers 

Elizabeth Bernays, PhD, is a biologist turned writer. After growing up in Australia, she received a doctorate from the University of London, England and had a career as an entomologist working in eight different countries. Following her scientific career, she obtained her master's in fine arts in creative writing at the University of Arizona, where she is currently a regents' professor emerita. Bernays has published over 200 scientific papers, books and several popular biology articles. She has published poems and essays in a variety of literary journals and self-published two nonfiction books. She has also self-published three children's books with Linda Hitchcock and currently has a new book in press, "Six Legs Walking: Notes from an Entomological Life."
Dr. Timothy C. Winegard received his master's degree in war studies from the Royal Military College of Canada and his doctorate in history from the University of Oxford. Winegard's current book, "The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator," is a pioneering and groundbreaking work of narrative nonfiction that offers a dramatic new perspective on the history of humankind. This book shows how through millennia, the mosquito has been the single most powerful force in determining humanity’s fate. Winegard teaches history and political science at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. As a true Canadian, he is also the head coach of Colorado Mesa University's Hockey Team.

Moderator: John Hildebrand is a neuroscientist and Regents Professor at The University of Arizona. Hildebrand studied insect nervous systems, particularly the neurobiology of the olfactory system, its roles in behavior, and related research areas of chemical ecology and the biology of disease vectors. He has been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Royal Entomological Society of London, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Entomological Society of America. He is the current Foreign Secretary of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He received an AB in biology from Harvard University followed by a doctorate in biochemistry from Rockefeller University.

 

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Understanding Science Today: New discoveries, new insights, new knowledge: science today is ever changing. The authors discuss how we all can be good consumers of science and health care.

Speakers

Marty Makary, M.D., M.P.H., is a surgeon and professor of health policy at Johns Hopkins University and the author of the New York Times bestseller "Unaccountable." His current book, "The Price We Pay," takes an urgent look at America's broken health care system and the people who are saving it. An influential voice for physicians in The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, he was the lead author of the articles introducing a surgical checklist later adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO), and has published extensively on health care costs, vulnerable populations and quality science. He served in leadership at the WHO Safe Surgery Saves Lives project and has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine.
Joe Schwarcz, PhD, is Director of the McGill University Office for Science and Society. He is well known for his informative and entertaining public lectures on topics ranging from the chemistry of love to the science of aging. Schwarcz has received numerous awards for teaching chemistry and for interpreting science for the public and is the only non-American ever to win the American Chemical Society’s prestigious Grady-Stack Award for demystifying chemistry. He hosts "The Dr. Joe Show" on Montreal's CJAD and has appeared hundreds of times on The Discovery Channel, CTV, CBC, TV Ontario and Global Television. His current book is "A Grain of Salt: The Science and Pseudoscience of What We Eat."

Moderator: Joaquin Ruiz, PhD, is Vice President of Global Environmental Futures and a Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arizona. His work is focused on building international research collaborations on environmental science and global climate change. He also serves as director of Biosphere 2.

Alexander Boxer is a data scientist with a doctorate in physics and degrees in the history of science and classics. "A Scheme of Heaven: The History of Astrology and the Search for our Destiny in Data" is his first book. His research has appeared in Nature Physics, and he was Atlas Obscura’s original Washington, D.C. field agent. He was born and raised in Tucson, Ariz.

 

2:30pm – 3:30pm: The Universal Experience of Aging: These physician-authors discuss the universal experiences of illness, aging, the hard practical work of doing care, emotional and moral acts and the caring of memories.

Speakers

Louise Aronson, M.D., M.F.A., is a leading geriatrician, writer, educator, professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the author of The New York Times bestseller, "Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, and Reimagining Life." A graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Warren Wilson Program for Writers, Dr. Aronson has received the Gold Professorship in Humanism in Medicine, the California Homecare Physician of the Year award, and the American Geriatrics Society Clinician-Teacher of the Year award. Her writing appears in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Discover Magazine, JAMA, Bellevue Literary Review and the New England Journal of Medicine and has earned her four Pushcart nominations, the Sonora Review Prize and a MacDowell fellowship. Her work has been featured on TODAY, CBS This Morning, NPR’s Fresh Air, Politico, LitHub, Kaiser Health News and Tech Nation.
Arthur Kleinman, MD, is one of the most renowned and influential scholars and writers on psychiatry, anthropology, global health, and cultural and humanistic issues in medicine. Educated at Stanford University and Stanford Medical School, he has taught at Harvard for over forty years. He is currently a professor of psychiatry and of medical anthropology at Harvard Medical School and the Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology in Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences. His latest book, "The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and a Doctor," was published in September 2019 by Penguin/Viking.

Moderator: Mindy Fain, MD, is currently the Anne and Alden Hart Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, and co-Director of the Arizona Center on Aging. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Since joining the University of Arizona medical faculty in 1985, she has made a remarkable difference in the availability and quality of health care in Arizona, especially among the state’s burgeoning population of elderly. She is committed to developing and disseminating high value models of health care. Dr. Fain served as medical director of Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care System Home-based Primary Care from 1988-2012, and guided this remarkable inter-professional team to provide care for aging veterans in their own homes — combining the best of geriatric medicine with the best of palliative care. Dr. Fain is the President of the American Academy of Home Care Medicine.

 

4:00pm – 5:00pm: A Conversation with David Levy: The astronomer and co-discoverer of Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 sits down with fellow astronomer Christopher Impey and discusses his career, his latest book and his love of stars.

Speaker

David H. Levy is a Canadian astronomer, science writer and discoverer of comets and minor planets who co-discovered Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9. He lives in Vail, Ariz., and hosted a weekly internet radio talk show on astronomy with his wife Wendee. Levy is president of the National Sharing the Sky Foundation and a master of astronomy with DeTao Masters Academy. Levy's autobiography, "A Nightwatchman's Journey: The Road Not Taken" was published in 2019.

Moderator: Chris Impey, PhD is a University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy at the University of Arizona. Impey is a past Vice President of the American Astronomical Society, and has been an NSF Distinguished Teaching Scholar, Carnegie Council’s Arizona Professor of the Year, and most recently, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. He is the author of last year’s “Einstein’s Monsters: The Life and Times of Black Holes.” ***Saturday: 10:00 – 11:00am on CSPAN*** Does U.S. Healthcare Even Care Anymore? What has happened to healthcare in the U.S.? Spending on medical care reached $3.5 trillion in 2017, but are we any healthier? Three physician-authors will share their expertise on the skyrocketing costs of care and caregiving ... and discuss the need for fundamental change. Speakers: Louise Aronson, Marty Makary, and Arthur Kleinman Moderator: Matt Russell: Matt Russell is a veteran public relations and communications professional with 25 years of experience in media relations, federal government relations, marketing communications and non-profit administration. He has represented organizations and individuals in the health care, technology, finance, transportation, automotive, hospitality, travel and tourism, manufacturing, real estate, and retail industries. Prior to founding Russell Public, he served as Executive Director of the National Integrative Medicine Council, a grassroots advocacy organization he co-founded with Dr. Andrew Weil. His professional career includes service as a federal lobbyist in Washington, D.C., where he worked with Congress, the White House and federal agencies.