Speakers and Panelists

Dr. Dione Rossiter

Dr. Dione (Dee) Rossiter

Dione (Dee) Rossiter is a Science Communication, Engagement, and Outreach Specialist who has previously worked with non-profits, universities, government offices, and for-profit businesses to improve their science engagement efforts; this includes creating new and/or improving existing science communication, marketing, education, policy, diversity, and outreach initiatives. In addition, Dee is an Adjunct Professor in the Meteorology & Climate Science Department at San Jose State University. Dee’s previous positions include: Climate Specialist for the County of San Mateo, engaging County stakeholders around climate change solutions; Scientific Programs & Outreach Manager at the Carnegie Institution for Science, providing leadership of programs intended to broaden the reach of scientific research; and Director of Mass Media Fellowship, placing scientists in news outlets across the country to work as science reporters at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dee received her PhD in Earth & Planetary Sciences at UC Santa Cruz.

Dr. Kilan Ashad- Bishop

Kilan Headshot

Dr. Kilan C. Ashad-Bishop is a molecular biologist and environmental justice advocate. Kilan, an Oakland native, earned her Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from the University of Miami, where she was an IMSD scholar, and her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Morgan State University, where she was an HBCU-UP and MARC scholar. Her research focus is characterization of the functional role of genetic factors in triple negative breast cancer development and progression. She has presented her research work at various domestic and international conferences. Currently, Kilan is a Medical Science Associate who communicates science to regulatory and branding experts to give the newest pharmaceutical advances in biomedical science their nonproprietary (generic) names. Beyond the figurative bench, Kilan volunteers with K-12 and collegiate STEM programs to uplift and mentor the next generation of scientists.

Alex Harris


Alex Harris covers climate change for the Miami Herald, including how South Florida communities are adapting to the warming world. She attended the University of Florida, where she studied journalism and sustainability studies.  

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