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NOVEMBER 28TH PRESENTER BIOs:
Ayah Bdeir is an interactive artist and engineer and the founder of littlebits http://littlebits.cc/about , an open source kit of pre-assembled modular circuits that fasten together with tiny magnets. She was brought up between Lebanon and Canada, and received her masters degree from the MIT Media Lab. Ayah has been awarded fellowships at Eyebeam Art + Technology, TED, and Creative Commons for her work spearheading the first Open Hardware Definition (later adoped by CERN). She has taught graduate classes at Parsons and NYU’s ITP program. Her career has crossed into television media as well where she has hosted the Pan-Arab reality TV program, ‘Stars of Science’.
Kenneth Kamler, M.D., http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Kamler
is an orthopedic microsurgeon trained at Columbia- Presbyterian Medical Center who practices surgery of the hand in New York, but practices extreme medicine in some of the most remote regions on Earth. He has treated bear bite in the Arctic and frostbite in the Antarctic. He has set fractures in the Andes and cared for out-of-breath scuba divers in the Galapagos. He has performed surgery in the mud of the Amazon rainforest and in a NASA undersea analogue space capsule. He has flown in zero-gravity aboard NASA’s C-9 “Vomit Comet”, testing robots for eventual use in emergency surgery on the International Space Station or on Mars.
Dr. Kamler himself has climbed to within 900 vertical feet of the summit of Everest and was the only doctor, high on the mountain, during the infamous 1996 storm that claimed twelve lives. His treatment of the survivors was portrayed in the best selling book, Into Thin Air, and in the IMAX film, Everest.
Dr. Kamler is the author of two books on the physiological and psychological effects of extreme environments, both based largely on his personal experiences: Doctor on Everest, published by Lyons Press (2000), and Surviving the Extremes: What Happens to the Body and Mind at the Limits of Human Endurance, published by St. Martin’s Press and Penguin Books (2004 and 2006).
Mark W. Moffett, Ph.D., http://www.doctorbugs.com/Dr._Bugs_Web.html
Research Associate, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Biologist and Contract Photographer, the National Geographic Magazine.
“Take a look at daring eco-adventurer Mark Moffett’s spectacular new ant book, Adventures Among Ants.” — Margaret Atwood, New York Review of Books
Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award and the PROSE Popular Science Award.
“From the top of the world’s tallest tree, to deep in unexplored caves, Mark Moffett has discovered new species and behavior while risking life and limb to find stories that make people fall in love with the unexpected in nature. Mark is a real-life adventurer with awards for writing and photography… and now the highest honors in exploration, the 2006 Lowell Thomas Medal, from the Explorers Club and Rolex, bestowed on him at Cipriani Wall Street; and the sixth Roy Chapman Andrews Society Distinguished Explorer Award (2008).
With a Ph.D. from acclaimed conservationist Edward O. Wilson, Mark remains active in science, with over 80 peer-reviewed publications. He has penned more than 20 articles for National Geographic Magazine, which has featured nearly 500 of his images. You have experienced Mark on Conan O’Brien, the Colbert Report, and NPR. Invite Mark to tell stories at your institution and be inspired by his courage, awestruck by his knowledge, and intoxicated by his passion.” http://www.doctorbugs.com/Dr._Bugs_Web.html
“I DON’T KNOW WHY YOU’RE STILL ALIVE” – E.O. WIlson
“WHO THE HELL ARE YOU… WE HAVE TO HAVE YOU BACK.” – CONAN O’BRIEN
“THIS BOOK [ FACE TO FACE WITH FROGS ] IS SO GORGEOUS, I WISH I WAS IN IT.” –STEPHEN COLBERT