IDEAS Boston 2007 Announces Presenters
-Sixteen Cutting Edge Speakers from around New England to Present at IDEAS Boston 2007-
--WBUR's Tom Ashbrook to Moderate--
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IDEAS Boston announced an impressive line-up of presenters for their upcoming conference that will showcase the extraordinary quality and quantity of ideas, innovation and creativity coming from the New England region. IDEAS Boston 2007, slated for Thursday, October 4, is attracting a broad audience, with groundbreaking presentations by entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, professors, musicians, health specialists, inventors and others who will convene to share their 'next big idea'.
“Assembling so many cutting-edge thinkers from such a broad range of sectors is what makes IDEAS Boston a truly unique event”
Moderating the event will be Tom Ashbrook, the award-wining journalist and host of the nationally-aired NPR news-talk show “On Point,” produced by WBUR. The full list of speakers for the IDEAS Boston 2007 conference includes:
Emmanuel K. Akyeampong, a leading social historian of Africa and Harvard history professor, working to create a renaissance on the continent through outreach and education.
Kecia Ali, author and Boston University Professor whose work focuses on Islamic religious texts, especially jurisprudence, and women in both classical and contemporary Muslim discourses.
Jay Allison, independent radio broadcast journalist and television documentary maker, known to NPR listeners as the curator of the series, This I Believe.
Joan S. Brugge, cell biologist and professor and chair of the Department of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School, working to identify and understand the mechanisms involved in cancer development.
Erik D. Demaine, mathematician, MIT associate professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and one of the founders of “origami mathematics.”
Michael Gandolfi, internationally renowned composer and professor of composition whose latest work, “The Garden of Cosmic Speculation,” represents a magnificent joining of physics and architecture.
David C. Kang, associate professor at Dartmouth, an author and expert on the history and politics of China and North Korea.
Ioannis N. Miaoulis, president and director of the Museum of Science, who is an innovative educator with a passion for both science and engineering.
Derek Lovley, professor of Microbiology at UMass Amherst and discoverer of the Geobacter, an electrically conductive microbe that can decontaminate groundwater, power batteries and more.
Bisola Ojikutu, director of the Office of International Programs within the Division of AIDS at Harvard Medical School and an Infectious Disease Physician at MGH, who has dedicated her career to rectifying disparities in healthcare access for HIV-infected patients both domestically and abroad.
Anna Schuleit, painter, installation artist and 2006-2007 Radcliffe Institute Fellow, whose large-scale works revolve around the archaeology and remembrance of public sites and modern ruins.
Panos Panay, CEO and founder of Sonicbids, a worldwide website that enables band and music promoters to easily connect with each other.
Nader Tehrani, internationally recognized architect and urban designer, associate professor at MIT and Co-Principal of design firm Office dA, whose work ranges from one-of-a kind furniture to urban spaces.
John C. Warner, director of the Center for Green Chemistry, UMASS Lowell professor of Plastics Engineering and a pioneer in the use of innovative materials to reduce waste, pollution and energy consumption.
“Assembling so many cutting-edge thinkers from such a broad range of sectors is what makes IDEAS Boston a truly unique event” said Al Larkin, Executive Vice President of The Boston Globe and a member of the IDEAS Boston Board of Directors. “Nowhere else can you participate in such an interdisciplinary brainstorm of important ideas,” he added.
For more information regarding IDEAS Boston 2007, visit the website at www.ideasboston.com.
The Boston Foundation, Partners Healthcare, the Greater Boston Chamber, Longworth Venture Partners, Plymouth Rock Assurance, McDermott Ventures, Business Wire, and Conventures will sponsor the conference. Media Partners include The Boston Globe, WCVB-TV and 90.9 WBUR.