Watch Virtual Science Speed Dating

Written by: The Exchange

Watch the recording of a special online edition of our most popular event format, Science Speed Dating.

Listen to five quick-fire talks by experts whose work spans a range of scientific fields. Hear about research taking place on the cutting edge of science, peer into the possibilities of our technological future, and leave inspired by a STEMM smorgasbord of ideas!


Moon Duchin serves as Director of Tufts’ interdisciplinary Science, Technology, and Society program. Moon has worked on issues in the history, philosophy, and cultural studies of math and science. Recognizing the fundamental threat that gerrymandering poses to U.S. democracy, Moon and MIT professor Justin Solomon launched the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group, a working group that studies applications of geometry and computing to U.S. redistricting.

Patricia K. Kuhl is the Co-Director of the University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences. Patricia’s work has played a major role in demonstrating how early exposure to language alters the brain. It has implications for critical periods in development, for bilingual education and reading readiness, for developmental disabilities involving language, and for research on computer understanding of speech.

Diana Reiss is a cognitive psychologist, marine mammal scientist, and professor in the Department of Psychology at Hunter College and the Animal Behavior and Comparative Psychology Doctoral program at The Graduate Center, CUNY. The focus of her research is on dolphin cognition and communication, comparative animal cognition, and the evolution of intelligence. Diana pioneered the use of an interactive underwater keyboard system with dolphins.

Seth Shostak is Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute. He developed an interest in astronomy at the tender age of eight, when he first picked up an atlas having a diagram of the Solar System. Seth has published more than 600 popular articles on science, gives many dozens of talks annually, and is the host of the SETI Institute’s weekly science radio show, Big Picture Science.

Karl Zelik co-directs the Center for Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology at Vanderbilt University, and is co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at HeroWear. His work aims to improve health, mobility and independence for individuals with disabilities, and to enhance human capabilities beyond biological limits. Karl’s team studies human movement biomechanics, and designs next-generation wearable devices such as prosthetic limbs, exoskeletons, exosuits, and smart clothing.

The statements and opinions expressed in this piece are those of the event participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of any organization or agency that provided support for this event or of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.