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Dr. Rosalyn LaPier, Ethnobotanist

Rosalyn is an award winning Indigenous writer and ethnobotanist with a BA in physics and PhD in environmental history. Dr. LaPier studies the intersection of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) learned from elders and the academic study of environmental and religious history.

As an activist, her longtime passions include environmental justice on Indigenous lands and the revitalization of Indigenous languages. This year, as a National Steering Committee member, she was one of the organizers of the March for Science, the largest day of science advocacy in history, with over one million participants in 600 cities worldwide.

Dr. LaPier is working on her third book "Plants That Purify: The Natural and Supernatural History of Smudging." She is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana and Métis.

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Olivia Hallisey

Olivia Hallisey is a student at Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Connecticut. While a junior in high school, she won first prize in the 2015 Google Science Fair for inventing a low-cost, rapid test for Ebola. The prize also came with $50,000.[1] According to Hallisey, her test can be completed in as little as 30 minutes at a cost of $25, and, unlike existing ebola detection methods, does not require refrigeration.She became interested in fighting Ebola while watching the 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak in which thousands of people died.

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Dr. Rumman Chowdhury, Data Scientist

Rumman Chowdhury comes to data science from a quantitative social science background. Prior to joining Metis, she was a data scientist at Quotient Technology, where she used retailer transaction data to build an award-winning media targeting model. Her industry experience ranges from public policy, to economics, and consulting. Her prior clients include the World Bank, the Vera Institute of Justice, and the Los Angeles County Museum of the Arts. She holds two undergraduate degrees from MIT and a master’s in quantitative methods of the social sciences from Columbia and is currently finishing a political science PhD at the University of California, San Diego. Her dissertation uses machine-learning techniques to determine whether single-industry towns have a broken political process. Rumman’s passion lies in teaching and learning from teaching. In her spare time, she teaches and practices yoga, reads comic books, and works on her podcast.

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