Science Sandbox: Advisory Board
Bruce Alberts is a Lasker Award-winning biochemist with a strong commitment to the improvement of science education. Alberts is the Chancellor’s Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education at the University of California, San Francisco. A former two-term president of the National Academy of Sciences, he was also a recipient of the National Medal of Science by President Obama in 2014.
A seven-time Emmy Award-winning actor, Alan Alda is a passionate and uniquely effective science communicator. In addition to his many acclaimed acting roles —including as Hawkeye Pierce in the classic TV series M*A*S*H — Alda hosted the two award-winning PBS series Scientific American Frontiers and The Human Spark. He has won the National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal, the National Science Board’s Public Service Award, and the Scientific American lifetime achievement award, among other honors. He is currently a visiting professor at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.
Majora Carter is an internationally recognized urban revitalization strategy consultant and real estate developer, who was named one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs. She is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, a MacArthur ‘genius’ fellow, and a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science. In September 2014, Carter launched StartUp Box, an innovative initiative that co-opts underutilized storefront spaces in low-status communities and assembles effective teams of people who have been excluded from traditional career pathways.
Kishore Hari is a science educator who specializes in producing innovative live science events. Currently, he’s the director of the Bay Area Science Festival, which is based out of the University of California, San Francisco. Hari hosts Mother Jones’ weekly science podcast Inquiring Minds and is the science correspondent for Adam Savage’s Tested.com. Kishore is a former chemist who previously founded an environmental services company that specialized in treatment and removal of mercury.
Werner Herzog is a renowned filmmaker who has written, produced and directed more than 70 films, published several books, staged a dozen operas, acted in feature films, and founded the Rogue Film School, focused on his singular approach to storytelling. He made his first phone call at age 17 and his first film at 19. While still in high school, he worked the night shift as a welder in a steel factory because no one was willing to finance his films. Much of Herzog’s documentary film work incorporates scientific topics. These projects often focus on the personal obsessions that drive scientists’ research and draw wide audiences not typically associated with science films.
Miranda July is a filmmaker, artist and writer who has been widely described as one of the most original voices of her generation. Her most recent book is The First Bad Man, a novel. July’s collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You, won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and has been published in 23 countries. She wrote, directed and starred in The Future and Me and You and Everyone We Know, which won the Caméra d’or at the Cannes Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
Robert Lue helps to shape Harvard University’s engagement with online learning to expand its reach and impact globally. He is a professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard and the Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, where he is responsible for fostering innovative teaching approaches across the arts and sciences. Lue is also faculty director of HarvardX, a university-wide online education initiative that included the founding of edX in partnership with MIT.
Throughout her career, Vikki Spruill has worked to strengthen philanthropy and make it more effective. Since 2012, she has served as president and CEO of the Council on Foundations, the principal leadership organization for foundations of all sizes and types. As the premier voice for the philanthropic sector, Spruill frequently writes and speaks about the impact and value of philanthropy, as well as the important issues impacting the charitable sector. Her writing on philanthropy has appeared in numerous major publications, such as The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy.