Special Program / Science as Story

Science as Story Presenters


Azra Raza

Azra Raza is the Chan Soon-Shiong professor of medicine and the director of the MDS Center at Columbia University. In addition to publishing widely in basic and clinical cancer research, Raza is also the coeditor of the highly acclaimed website 3QuarksDaily.com. She lives in New York City.

Elizabeth Rush

Elizabeth Rush is the author of Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction, and Still Lifes from a Vanishing City: Essays and Photographs from Yangon, Myanmar. Her work explores how humans adapt to changes enacted upon them by forces seemingly beyond their control, from ecological transformation to political revolution. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the New York Times, National Geographic, the Guardian, the Atlantic, Harpers, Guernica, Granta, Orion, Creative Nonfiction, The Washington Post, Le Monde Diplomatique and the New Republic, among others. In 2019, she is serving  as the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artist and Writer. elizabethrush.net

Danielle Ofri

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, is a physician at Bellevue Hospital, the oldest public hospital in country, and a faculty member of NYU School of Medicine. She writes about medicine and the doctor-patient connection for the New York Times, Slate Magazine, and other publications. Danielle is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Bellevue Literary Review, the first literary journal to arise from a medical setting. She is the author of a collection of books about the world of medicine. danielleofri.com

Ruth Kassinger

Ruth Kassinger is an author and speaker who writes about the intersection of gardening, history, and science. In addition to authoring several books, Ruth has written for the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Health, National Geographic Explorer, and other publications. Her newest book, Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save Us is now available for purchase from all major book sellers. ruthkassinger.com

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