Steve Kamb is the creator and leader of NerdFitness.com, a fitness community dedicated to helping average Joes and desk jockeys live healthier lives. In just under three years, Steve has taken Nerd Fitness from a simple one-man blog and developed it into a passionate “rebellion” of over 15,000 loyal members.
Since early 2009, Steve has applied the most addicting and enjoyable aspects of video game culture to leveling up in real life, culminating in his worldwide Epic Quest of Awesome. While running his business from a laptop, Steve has explored the ruins of Machu Picchu and Angkor Wat, dived with sharks on the Great Barrier Reef, flew a stunt plane in New Zealand, hiked the Great Wall of China, lived like James Bond in Monte Carlo, tracked animals in South Africa, and guest lectured at Facebook and Google.
Santa J. Ono is a biomedical scientist and university administrator. He currently serves as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and University Provost at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to his move to UC, Santa served as Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives and Deputy to the Provost and then Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs at Emory University. He was educated at the University of Chicago, McGill, and Harvard, and was a Helen Hay Whitney Fellow in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Harvard. He has taught at Johns Hopkins, Harvard, University College London, and Emory.
Mike Luckovich, editorial cartoonist of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for cartooning.
Luckovich graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington in 1982 and then sold insurance door-to-door for a couple of years while trying to break into his unusual brand of journalism (only an estimated ninety artists earn a living as editorial cartoonists in the United States). Luckovich finally landed a job at the Greenville (S.C.) News before moving on to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Newsweek began publishing his work in the mid-1980s, and in 1989 he joined the staff of the Atlanta Constitution (later the Atlanta Journal-Constitution).
In 1994 Luckovich received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and in 1995 he won the Pulitzer Prize for twenty different cartoons covering a variety of issues. In 2006 he won a second Pulitzer for cartoons that addressed various topics, from Hurricane Katrina to the War in Iraq (2003- ). One cartoon features the names of the first 2,000 American soldiers killed in the war, arranged to form the word, “WHY?”
Robbie Brown graduated from Emory University in 2007 with a degree in History and Journalism. After reporting for Newsweek Magazine and The Boston Globe, Robbie is now a Regional News Assistant for the New York Times. Robbie reports on the ongoing events in the South from the New York Times’ Atlanta Bureau, and he is particularly interested in the future of the newspaper industry and how this will affect our news consumption.
Susan Allen received her undergraduate degree from Duke University, and went on to receive degrees in Medicine and Pathology from the Duke University School of Medicine, Tropical Medicine from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and Epidemiology from the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Allen has been working with HIV in Africa since the first recognition of the epidemic on that continent in 1985. Her initial work was focused on the epidemiology, natural history, and manifestations of HIV infection in African men and women. Building on previous work, this grew to include collaborative studies of the virologic, immunologic, and immunogenetic correlates of transmission from men to women and women to men. In addition to the observational studies, she has also worked on development and testing of HIV prevention strategies including behavioral (couples’ HIV testing, combined prevention of HIV and unplanned pregnancy using the long-acting user-independent methods of IUD and implant) and biomedical interventions (HIV vaccine candidates, vaginal microbicides, acyclovir). Recently, she has added a translational aspect to the work, with an emphasis on implementation of evidence-based prevention programs in the public health sector.
Ngawang Norbu was born in South India to a Tibetan refugee family. He joined Sera Jey Monastic University, one of the largest Tibetan monastic universities, at the age of 8. Ngawanng received primary education from Sera Jey School and at the age of 18 joined the Buddhist Philosophical studies. In 2003, he joined a science class organized jointly by the Tibetan Library Works, and Archives and Science meets Dharma. Ngawanng was selected to the Science for Monks Workshop and through that experience he was selected to the Science Leadership Institute’s workshop as well as the Emory Tibet Science Initiative. He has participated in several science exhibitions designed and presented by monastics to create awareness on the importance of learning science for the monastic as well as the general Tibetan community. Ngawanng had the privileged of doing exhibitions on health, education, and environment, both from the modern science and Tibetan Buddhist perspectives. Currently Ngawanng is studying science at Emory University as one of the six selected monk scholars with the goal of introducing a science curriculum into monastic education, which is the great vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Over his more than four decades at Emory, Marshall Duke has studied a variety of family issues, initially as a member of Emory’s clinical psychology faculty, then as a core faculty member with The Emory Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life (MARIAL). Over the years, Duke has increasingly angled his research toward investigating how family storytelling strengthens familial bonds and builds resilience in children. With fellow MARIAL psychology professor Robyn Fivush, Duke directed the Emory Family Narratives Project within which they studied the effects of 9/11 on a group of middle-class American families.
Professor Duke has served as Director of Emory’s Psychological Center, as Chair of the Department of Psychology, and was head of the search committees that brought VP for Campus Life, John Ford, and Ethics Center director, Paul Wolpe to our campus. He has twice delivered addresses at opening Emory University Convocations and in 2006, gave the Commencement address at Oxford College. Duke has twice received the Emory Williams Award for Distinguished Teaching and in 2001 earned Emory’s highest recognition for service, the Thomas Jefferson Award. In addition to appearances on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, and National Public Radio, Prof. Duke is the only Emory faculty member to have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. His work on resilience in children has been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, USA Today, Washington Post, and Newsweek Magazine. He is also a contributor to the Huffington Post. He is the author or co-author of more than 80 research journal articles and of seven books.
Drew Westen, Ph.D. is a clinical, personality, and political psychologist and neuroscientist, and Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Emory University. He formerly taught at the University of Michigan, Harvard Medical School, and Boston University. Dr. Westen is the author of three books and over 150 scholarly articles. He frequently comments on political and psychological issues on radio, television, and in print. He is the author of The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation, and is the founder of Westen Strategies, LLC, a strategic messaging consulting firm. He has advised a range of candidates and organizations, from presidential and congressional campaigns to major progressive organizations to the House and Senate Democratic Caucuses.