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Meet the Panelists

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld

Brandeis University, USA

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld is a professor in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, where he leads research on agile institutions and teaches classes on strategy and operations in the Social Impact MBA. Previously he served as a professor and dean in the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois, United States. Joel serves as editor for the Negotiation Journal at the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School. Joel is an award-winning author who has co-authored or co-edited eleven books, including Designing Reality: How to Survive and Thrive in the Third Digital Revolution (Basic Books, 2017), Inside the Ford-UAW Transformation: Pivotal Events in Valuing Work and Delivering Results (MIT Press, 2015), Multinational Human Resource Management and the Law (Edward Elgar, 2013), Valuable Disconnects in Organizational Learning Systems (Oxford University Press, 2005), Lean Enterprise Value (Palgrave, 2002), Knowledge-Driven Work (Oxford University Press, 1998), and Strategic Negotiations (Harvard Business School Press, 1994), and over ninety-five articles, book chapters, and policy papers on high performance work systems, transformation in labor-management relations, negotiations and conflict resolution, economic development, and engineering systems.

Patricia Jackman

University of Lincoln, UK

Trish Jackman is a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology and teaches across the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the School of Sport and Exercise Science. Her research focuses on optimal experiences in sport and exercise. This work seeks to understand the positive, rewarding experiences that athletes and exercisers have during physical activity to understand how these experiences can be promoted. More specifically, her research clusters around themes such as flow and clutch states, performance under pressure, goal setting, and self-regulation. In addition, she currently leads research projects on mental health in doctoral students and has conducted consultation projects for large organisations.

Emily H.G. Cooperdock

University of Southern California, USA

Emily H. G. Cooperdock is an Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Southern California. Her group uses thermochronology and geochemistry to study the movement of lithosphere and fluids at tectonic plate boundaries. In 2018, she co-authored a Nature Geoscience commentary entitled "No Progress on Diversity in 40 Years" with Dr. Rachel E. Bernard, which highlights the fact that ethnic and racial diversity among Geoscience doctorate recipients has not significantly changed over the past four decades.

Ben Fisher

University of Edinburgh, UK

Ben Fisher is a NERC funded PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, working with Dr Sian Henley on understanding climate impacts on phytoplankton communities and biogeochemical cycles in the Southern Ocean. He previously completed a MSc. in Earth Sciences at the University of Leeds and BSc. in Biology at the University of Exeter.

Fisher is broadly interested in the Polar Oceans, having previously worked on Arctic seafloor research as part of the Changing Arctic Ocean program. His work uses a wide range of biological, geochemical and computational methods to answer interdisciplinary questions related as to how climate change is impacting these fragile regions of our planet. In particular, he specialises in build laboratory models to mimic the natural environment, which can help us to understand underlying mechanisms that are difficult to observe in situ.

Kayla Iacovino

Jacobs/NASA Johnson Space Center, USA

Kayla Iacovino is an experimental petrologist and volcanologist working for Jacobs at NASA Johnson Space Center. She graduated with a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2014 and held two post-doctoral positions at the USGS and Arizona State University before beginning her research scientist position at NASA in 2019. Iacovino is interested in magmatic processes with a particular emphasis on the role of volatiles in the formation of planetary bodies, the evolution of magmas, and volcanic eruption style and emplacement. She is best known for work combining experimental, field, analytical, and thermodynamic modeling approaches. Her recent work has resulted in the publication of multiple open-source code libraries for performing thermodynamic calculations that are accessible to scientists of any coding skill level. Iacovino is also passionate about sharing science with the general public and has been featured on a number of international documentaries, radio shows, podcasts, popular science books, and local educational outreach events.

Alberto Montanari

University of Bologna, Italy

Alberto Montanari has a background in civil engineering and holds a Ph.D. in hydrology. His research activity focuses on the estimation of design variables and the development of schemes and theoretical principles for designing infrastructures for river basin management and the mitigation of natural hazards. He authored more than 100 scientific papers published in international journals. He is a consultant for public bodies for environmental restoration and mitigation of flood risk. He is currently Vice President of the European Geosciences Union.

Samuel Mukasa

University of Minnesota, USA

Mukasa has served as dean of colleges of science and engineering at the University of New Hampshire and the University of Minnesota for a total of 7 years. He previously served as department chair and the Eric J. Essene Professor of Geochemistry at the University of Michigan, where he spent 21 years of his career. He has served as president of the Geochemical Society (2010-11) and in leadership positions for programs at the US National Science Foundation and US National Academies. Scholastically, Mukasa and his group have published close to 200 research papers covering topics in isotope and trace-element geochemistry, petrology, geochronology, and climate science. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Geological Society of America.