GeNES Konsultations: "Communicating Science - Walking the line between Self-Promotion and Serving the Greater Good"

Oct 12, 2017

Scientific Research Enlarge image Scientific Research (© Bundesrat / Fotolia, Olivier ) The next installment of our Konsultations series will take place on Thursday, October 12, 2017. In partnership with the German Scholars Organization (GSO), Dr. Bernd Widdig (Special Assistant to the Associate Provost for International Activities at MIT) will moderate a panel discussion with Dr. Anna Frebel (Associate Professor of Physics at MIT), Dr. Cornelia Kröger (Postdoc researcher at the Whitehead Institute), and Dr. Stephen Flynn (Founding Director of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University) on the roles science and scientists play in our society today.


Enlarge image Bernd Widdig

As Special Assistant to the Associate Provost for International Activities Bernd Widdig supports the office on a part-time basis. He served as its Director for International Activities at MIT since 2013. He continues to work with MIT’s senior leadership on the Institute’s large global engagements, its overall international strategy, and serves as a liaison to high-level delegations and partners from around the world. Bernd Widdig joined MIT from Boston University where he served as Executive Director of BU Study Abroad since 2011. Between 2007 and 2011, he was Director of the Office of International Programs at Boston College and the founding Director of BC’s McGillycuddy-Logue Center for Undergraduate Global Studies. Previous to Boston College, Bernd worked at MIT between1989 and 2007 in both faculty and administrative positions. He was the Associate Director of the MIT International Science and Technology Initiative (MISTI) and founded and directed the MIT-Germany Program. After receiving his Ph.D in German Studies from Stanford University, Bernd Widdig began his academic career at MIT in 1989 as a faculty member in the Foreign Languages and Literatures Section with a research focus on 20th century German culture. He is the author of numerous publications, among them “Culture and Inflation in Weimar Germany” (2001). He received his Erstes Staatsexamen in Economics/Political Science and German literature from the University of Bonn. In 2008, he was awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Enlarge image Cornelia Kröger

Cornelia Kröger is the new Program Director U.S. of the German Accelerator Life Sciences, an initiative funded by the German economic ministry, which helps German startup companies with their US market entry. Before she transferred into the world of entrepreneurs, she was working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Whitehead Institute at MIT in the lab of Prof. Robert Weinberg. Here she focused on tumor heterogeneity and cancer stem cells, studying their implications on tumor growth and metastasis. She obtained her Diploma degree in Biology from Heidelberg University in 2005 after completing her Master’s thesis in cancer research in Australia. Her doctoral degree she received in 2011 from Bonn University, where she studied embryonic development using large scale genomic knockdowns in Prof. Thomas Magin’s lab.

Enlarge image Anna Frebel

After studying physics in Germany, Frebel received her PhD from the Australian National University's Mt. Stromlo Observatory in 2007, advised by Prof. John E. Norris. For her work on "Abundance Analysis of Bright Metal-Poor Stars from the 'Hamburg/ESO Survey", Frebel was awarded the 2007 Charlene Heisler Prize (for the best Australian astronomy PhD thesis). She then received the WJ McDonald Postdoctoral Fellowship which took her to Austin, TX (2006-2008) before taking up the Clay Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in early 2009. She was awarded the 2009 Ludwig-Biermann young astronomer award of the German Astronomical Society as well as the 2010 Annie Jump Cannon Award of the American Astronomical Society. In early 2012, Dr. Frebel joined the MIT physics faculty as Assistant Professor, and she won a 2013 NSF CAREER award.

Stephen E. Flynn Enlarge image

Dr. Stephen Flynn is Founding Director of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University where he leads a major university-wide research initiative to inform and advance societal resilience in the face of growing human-made and naturally-occurring turbulence.  He is a Professor of Political Science with affiliated faculty appointments in the College of Engineering and the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.  Prof. Flynn is also Co-Director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern.  He has previously served as President of the Center for National Policy and spent a decade as a senior fellow for National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2008 he served as the lead homeland security policy adviser for the Presidential Transition Team for President Barack Obama.  Dr. Flynn was an active duty commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard for 20 years, including two tours as commanding officer at sea. He is the author of The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation (Random House, 2007), and the national bestseller, America the Vulnerable (HarperCollins 2004). He holds research affiliations with the Wharton School’s Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, and the Earth Institute at Columbia University.  In September 2014, he was appointed by Secretary of Homeland Security to serve a member of the Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Council (HSSTAC). He also serves as chair of the Massachusetts Port Authority Security Advisory Committee. Prof. Flynn holds the M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and B.S. from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Thursday, October 12, 2017
6 PM - 8 PM

German Consulate General Boston
3 Copley Place, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02116

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