Category Archives: Speakers

Sarah Cole – Vice President of Visitor Experience, Adler Planetarium

Sarah Cole comes to the Adler with over 10 years of expertise in leadership, visitor experience,
exhibitions, and project management. She’s had a successful history enriching the visitor experience by empowering programming and exhibition teams to transform ways audiences can connect to museums. Prior to joining the Adler, Ms. Cole served as the Director of Visitor Experience at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and multiple roles at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Ms. Cole holds a BS in biology from Butler University and an MA in museum studies from Indiana University.


Jen Phillips – University Relations Program Manager, Google

Jen Phillips manages Google’s University Relations in the Midwest and Canada. She has managed programs awarding over $50 million to support innovative academic research, including Focused Research Awards in Human Computer Interaction, Social Networking, Mobile Computing, Education, and Distributed Systems. Prior to joining Google Research, she worked in the Online Partnerships Group to improve publisher and advertiser engagement with the Google Display Network. Jen holds a degree in Economics from Columbia University.


Jamie Allen – Research Associate, Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design


Jamie Allen helps to articulate the focus of research and experimentation at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, with the research team and links to external partners. His interests lie in the ways that creative uses of technology teach us about who we are as individuals, cultures and societies. Jamie draws on his experience as a former part of the directorial team of Culture Lab, Newcastle University, where he worked towards understanding community, collaborative and public technological practices. He has done research and taught at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, the Pratt Institute of Art and Design, Hanyang University in Seoul, and lectured at Parsons and the Royal College of Art in London. He has worked as an interactive systems designer for IBM, DuPont, ESI Design and the American Museum of Natural History.

Born in Canada, and working primarily between New York, the UK and now Copenhagen, Jamie has been involved with emerging technologies as a designer, researcher, artist and teacher for over 12 years. His work has been exhibited internationally, from Eyebeam in NYC, to the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology in Liverpool, to SIGGRAPH Asia in Yokohama, Japan.


Mordechai Feingold – Professor of History, California Institute of Technology


Mordechai Feingold is Professor of History at the California Institute of Technology. He was trained at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (BA 1972 MA 1977) and Oxford University (D. Phil. 1980). He was a Junior Fellow at Harvard University (1981-1984) and taught at Boston University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute before joining Caltech in 2002. Feingold has authored or co-authored four books and edited eight volumes on the history of science and related matters, as well as about fifty articles. His books include The Mathematicians’ Apprenticeship: Science, Universities and Society in England, 1560-1640; The Newtonian Moment: Isaac Newton and the Making of Modern Culture; and, most recently, Newton and the Origin of Civilization, with Jed Buchwald. He is currently working on a history of the Royal Society. Feingold is President of the International Commission of the History of Universities, and a member of the Académie Internationale d’Histoire des Sciences. He is the editor of the Journal History of Universities and co-editor of Perspectives on Science.

Adrianne Noe – Director of the National Museum of Health and Medicine

Adrianne Noe, Ph.D. is director of the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, MD. She sits on numerous boards, including the Maryland Humanities Council, the Science Advisory Board of the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Studies at George Mason University, and the Academy of Medicine of Washington, DC, and is a past president of the Medical Museums Association and the Washington Society for the History of Medicine. Her recent academic work is in the history of medicine and medical technology and in neuroscience—both fields that are woven into the scholarly and public programs of the National Museum of Health and Medicine. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and numerous other awards. She is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association and a member of the Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces.

R. Russell Betts – Dean of the College of Science, Professor of Physics, Illinois Institute of Technology


Dr. Russell Betts is the Dean of the College of Science and Professor of Physics at IIT. Dr. Betts received his undergraduate education at Oxford University (B.A. and M.A.) His graduate study was at the University of Pennsylvania where he was awarded M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Following postdoctoral work at Penn and the Niels Bohr Institute of the University of Copenhagen, Dr. Betts was appointed Assistant Professor of Physics at Yale University. In 1979, Dr. Betts joined the scientific staff of Argonne National Laboratory where he served as Physicist and Senior Physicist until 1999. In 1995, Dr. Betts took up a joint appointment between ANL and UIC as Professor of Physics. In 1999 he moved full-time to UIC and in 2003, he was appointed Vice Provost for Planning and Programs. He became Dean of the College of Science and Letters at IIT in 2008 and Dean of the College of Science in 2013.

Dr. Betts’ research interests have been wide-ranging in the fields of Atomic, Nuclear and High Energy Physics. His work is well known in the study of cluster structure in atomic nuclei and he is the discoverer of several important phenomena in this field. As spokesman of the APEX experiment, he spearheaded the U.S. effort to resolve one of the most tantalizing problems of atomic and nuclear physics – the well-known “Positron Peak Problem.” Most recently, he has led the UIC group in studies of high energy density QCD matter at Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.

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