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Dan Hooper is an Associate Scientist in the Theoretical Astrophysics Group at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and an Assistant Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the interface between particle physics and cosmology, and includes work on dark matter, supersymmetry, neutrinos, cosmic rays, and theories with extra dimensions of space. He has authored two books, Nature's Blueprint: Supersymmetry and the Search for a Unified Theory of Matter and Force, and Dark Cosmos: In Search of Our Universe's Missing Mass and Energy.
Former environment impacts professor now teams with his son in a firm that deals with solving environmental problems and slowing climate change. A traveler, writer in different languages, and public speaker, he is inventor of Poppi "City of Tolerance" on the Moon. Raoul was a conscientious objector to military service in 1972 due to his personal beliefs. As a strong backer of secular tradition and freedom of conscience, he has for over 20 years been honoring the memory of his ancestor, Tommaso Crudeli, one of the earliest freethinkers, imprisoned until death in the Roman Inquisition (www.crudeli.org).
Vinod Wadhawan is a condensed-matter physicist who is currently researching complexity. He has been active spreading the message of science and the scientific method. He writes a weekly blog post with the label 'Understanding Natural Phenomena', promoting rational thinking. His aim is to emphasize the fact that the origin of life, and of much else, has a rational and natural (rather than supernatural) explanation in terms of the evolution of complexity in Nature. Vinod has written four books: Introduction to Ferroic Materials (2000); Smart Structures: Blurring the Distinction between the Living and the Nonliving (2007); Complexity Science: Tackling the Difficult Questions We Ask about Ourselves and About the Universe (2010); and Latent, Manifest, and Broken Symmetry: A Bottom-up Approach to Symmetry, with Implications for Complex Networks (2011).
In 2011, Anthony Grayling founded and became the first Master of the New College of the Humanities in London. He is also a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. Grayling has written and edited over twenty books on philosophy and other subjects. For several years he wrote the "Last Word" column for the Guardian newspaper and now writes a column for the Times. In addition he sits on the editorial boards of several academic journals, and for nearly ten years was the Honorary Secretary of the principal British philosophical association, the Aristotelian Society. He was a Fellow of the World Economic Forum for several years, and a member of its C-100 group on relations between the West and the Islamic world. He is a Trustee of the London Library, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Stephen Juan is an anthropologist, educator, and author. Born in California's Napa Valley, he holds a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He taught for more than 30 years at the University of Sydney where, post retirement in 2009, he remains the Ashley Montagu Fellow. An international award-winning science newspaper columnist, frequent TV and radio commentator, and public speaker, Dr. Juan is the author of 13 books on the body, brain, and behavior. His first book, The Odd Body (1995) has been translated into 27 languages. His latest book, Who's Afraid of Butterflies? Our Fears and Phobias Named and Explained, was published in 2011. Known for his authoritative, yet lively, witty, and humorist presentations, he is also a classic and silent film authority and romantic song lyricist.