Ep85: Luhan Yang on CRISPR Editing for Organ Transplants
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Luhan Yang, CEO of Qihan Bio, on CRISPR editing for organ transplants.
Women in Data Science
Women in Data Science
Professor Margot Gerritsen
Kristian Lum | Applying Statistics to Promote Fairness and Transparency
Kristian’s interest in statistics and algorithmic fairness has taken her on a winding career path from academia to business, to public service, and back to academia. As she has made different career changes, she didn’t decide between academia vs. industry vs. non-profit, it was more about the problem she was interested in working on at the moment, and what else is happening in her life. After she earned her PhD in Statistical Science from Duke University, she worked as a research professor at Virginia Tech where she did microsimulation and agent-based modelingin a simulation lab. After that, she tried a data visualization and analytics startup called DataPad that was quickly acquired. When she was thinking about her next step in her career, she wanted to do something with social impact. She was fascinated by the work of the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG) that was applying statistical models to casualty data to estimate the number of undocumented conflict casualties. She spent a summer working for HRDAG in Colombia and then decided to join the organization full time. She spent five years as HRDAG’s lead statistician leading the group’s project on criminal justice in the United States focused on algorithmic fairness and predictive policing. Predictive policing uses algorithms to help the police decide where to deploy their resources based on crime statistics, so if you look at where crimes are most likely to occur, this is where you police more often. Kristian’s work showed that these algorithms could actually perpetuate historical over-policing and racial bias in minority communities. Early this year, she moved from HRDAG back to academia. She started her new position at the University of Pennsylvania in the Computer and Information Science Department on March 2 and a week later Penn closed down for COVID. Over this year, she has learned that she needs to adjust her expectations for herself, and not be so frustrated when she can't get things done that maybe under normal circumstances she could. It's not just working from home with her daughter nearby, it's the stress of everything that's going on, the additional mental fatigue of having to do all these risks calculations. This year has also made her appreciate the increasingly critical role of data science in driving data-driven decision making. RELATED LINKS Connect with Kristian Lum on LinkedIN and Twitter Learn more about Penn Engineering Learn more about HRDAG Connect with Margot Gerritsen on Twitter (@margootjeg) and LinkedIn Find out more about Margot on her Stanford Profile
31 min
My Climate Journey
My Climate Journey
Jason Jacobs
Ep. 145: Julia Collins, Founder and CEO of Planet FWD
Today's guest is Julia Collins, Founder and CEO of Planet FWD. Planet FWD is using the power of food the help tackle climate change. They created Moonshot, a brand of climate-friendly snacks made from regenerative ingredients. They also develop software that provides other food brands with regenerative resources to make climate-friendly products. Julia has always been involved in the plant-based and composting movements, but her career transition didn't become a reality until she had her son in 2017. Realizing the best way to help leave her son a liveable planet was to start working in climate more directly, Julia founded Planet FWD. Before Planet FWD, Julia co-founded Zume (formerly Zume Pizza), a technology-enabled food company whose mission is to make healthy food fast and accessible to everyone. I was excited for this episode, as our climate tech fund, MCJ Collective, recently invested in the company and Julia has an amazing story to share. Julia takes me through her journey leading up to founding Planet FWD, explains Planet FWD’s mission and progress to date, what is coming next for the company, and what they will achieve if they are successful beyond her wildest dreams. We also have a great discussion about Julia’s theory of change in building the company, and how their role can bring positive ripple effects through lots of other areas of the food supply chain. Julia is a fantastic guest for those interested in decarbonizing the food and agriculture industry, and for aspiring founders, alike. Enjoy the show! You can find me on twitter @jjacobs22 or @mcjpod and email at info@myclimatejourney.co, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests. Episode recorded February 1st, 2021 To learn more about this episode, visit: https://myclimatejourney.co/episodes/julia-collins To learn more about Planet FWD: https://planetfwd.com/
44 min
Sustainability Defined
Sustainability Defined
Jay Siegel & Scott Breen
Ep 57: Energy Storage with Marek Kubik (Fluence)
Alas, it’s time for us to stop storing this episode and release it to our Definers. This episode focuses on energy storage systems, which – as you might’ve guessed – store energy until it is needed at a later time. This of course includes lithium-ion batteries that power everything from your car to your TV remote, but as we’ll discuss, there are other exciting storage systems on the market. In this episode we talk about the various energy storage systems, explain why storage is important, dissect its downsides, and discuss the exciting future for energy storage. Our guest is Marek Kubik, a man so busy that we’re pretty sure he has his own personal energy storage system that powers all his various pursuits. His day job is Managing Director of Fluence, a leading global energy storage technology company. Enjoy! ----------------------------- Sustainability Defined is the podcast that seeks to define sustainability, one concept (and bad joke) at a time. Hosted by Jay Siegel and Scott Breen. Each episode focuses on a single topic that helps push sustainability forward. We explain each topic with the help of an experienced pro, place it within our organizational tree, and help our listeners define what exactly sustainability is, episode by episode. We have divided our organizational tree into the following seven sectors: Energy Cities Natural Environment Transportation Business Policy Social Each episode is categorized under one of our sectors and visually depicted within our organizational tree. The more episodes we complete, the more the tree will visually define what exactly sustainability means. Please go to www.sustainabilitydefined.com for more information. Our website has pages for each episode where there is a player to stream the episode, as well as hyperlinked intro notes.
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