Local Organizing Committee, June 2014

Courtney Dressing

Courtney Dressing

Graduate Student, Astronomy, Harvard

Courtney Dressing is a fourth-year graduate student in the Astronomy Department at Harvard University.

Maria Drout

Maria Drout

PhD Student, Harvard Department of Astronomy
ComSciCon Co-founder

Maria Drout is a graduate student in the Department of Astronomy at Harvard University, having completed a Masters in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical …

Chris Faesi

Chris Faesi

Graduate Student, Astronomy, Harvard
ComSciCon Co-founder

Chris Faesi is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.  His primary research interests center around studying …

Rodrigo  Garcia

Rodrigo Garcia

Grad Student, Neuroscience, MIT

My research is focused on both translational and basic science. I have investigated potential therapeutics for Rett Syndrome, an Autism Spectrum Disorder that primarily affects girls. Of equal interest has been exploring the role of the non-neuronal brain cells called astrocytes to the function of the normal and diseased brain.

Erica Palma Kimmerling

Erica Palma Kimmerling

Graduate Student, Tufts, Biomedical Engineering

Erica is a National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Predoctoral research fellow at Tufts University.

Susanna Kohler

Susanna Kohler

Science Highlights Editor, American Astronomical Society
Ph.D., University of Colorado, Astronomy
ComSciCon Co-founder

I received my PhD from University of Colorado Boulder in 2014, with my dissertation work spanning two fields: high-energy astrophysics and science …

Kara Manke

Kara Manke

Ph.D., MIT, Physical Chemistry
Science Writer, Duke University News & Communications
ComSciCon Co-founder

Kara Manke completed a Ph. D. in Physical Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in June 2015 and is currently a Science Writer in Duke University's News & Communications office.

Shannon M.  Morey

Shannon M. Morey

Teacher, East Boston High School
ComSciCon Co-founder

Shannon is a chemist, a leader in K12 STEM education, and one of the founding members of the ComSciCon organizing team.  Shannon is a chemistry and physics …

Elisabeth Newton

Elisabeth Newton

Graduate Student, Astronomy, Harvard

Elisabeth Newton is a fourth year graduate student in the Harvard Astronomy Department interested in exoplanets and cool stars.

David  Rolnick

David Rolnick

Graduate Student, MIT, Applied Math

David Rolnick is a first-year Ph.D. student in Applied Math at MIT.