About Dr Jean-Marc Bonmatin Dr Jean-Marc Bonmatin is researcher for the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, France). He completed his thesis in 1987 (Chemistry and Physics) by studying biological membranes in interactions with various peptides, especially a bee venom. Just after, he worked for the National Research Council of Canada (Ottawa, Canada) until 1989. Here he was interested in dynamics of cholesterol in membranes. He joined the Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire late 1989 (CBM, CNRS, Orléans, France) where he started his researches on structure-activity relationships of various natural toxicants (antibacterial, antifungal, neurotoxins, etc.). From 2008 he was involved during twelve years in European programs on the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). This concerned analytics of insecticides in soil, water, pollen and honey, as well as the finding of the first virus of bee mites (Varroa destructor). From 2009 he also joined the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides, being is a member of its Steering Committee. He is also involved in risk assessments for pollinators for several public organisms such as ITSAP (French Institute of Bee and Pollination), ANSES (French Agency of Environmental and Food Safety) and OECD.
About Dr. Peter J. Lu Peter J. Lu received his AB summa cum laude in physics (2000) from Princeton University, and AM (2002) and PhD (2008) in physics from Harvard University. He is presently a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Physics and in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, where his main focus is on the physics of attractive colloids and the integration of high-performance imaging and analysis techniques. He has conducted a series of experiments aboard the International Space Station, examining phase separation of colloid mixtures in the absence of gravity. He has also published his discoveries of modern quasicrystal geometry in medieval Islamic architectural tilings, the first precision compound machines from ancient China, the first use of diamond, in prehistoric China, and the first quasicrystalline mineral found in nature. For more information, please see: http://www.peterlu.org
About the Amici Quartet: James Park James Park, originally from Overland Park, Kansas (USA), is a Ph.D. candidate at Yale University, where he is writing a dissertation under the guidance of Professor James Hepokoski on musical modernisms in the early twentieth century, with a particular focus on the American composer Samuel Barber and his works of the 1930s. James has taught or served as teaching assistant for courses ranging from (Western) Medieval and Renaissance music to music appreciation. He received his undergraduate degree in Music and Certificates in Finance and Violin Performance from Princeton University. He was co-concertmaster of the Princeton University Orchestra, is currently a violinist in the Yale Symphony Orchestra, and is an avid chamber musician. He has studied violin with Tiberius Klausner and Sunghae Anna Lim. Jonathan Park Jonathan Park is a recent graduate of Cornell University, where he received a degree in Psychology, conducting research with Professor Carol Krumhansl, a music psychologist in the Psychology Department, and also minored in Music. Jonathan hails from Overland Park, Kansas (USA). He began violin instruction at the age of four and later studied with Tiberius Klausner, former Concertmaster of the Kansas City Symphony. While at Cornell, Jonathan was co-president and co-concertmaster of the Cornell Symphony Orchestra and studied under Joseph Lin, Juliana Athayde, and most recently Ariana Kim. Wendy Keyes Wendy Keyes grew up in the Boston area and graduated with degrees in viola performance from New England Conservatory of Music and University of Massachusetts. She was active as a Suzuki violin and viola teacher. For eight years in Norfolk, VA she was a member of the Virginia Symphony under the baton of JoAnn Falletta. In New York City, Wendy performed with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, where she was principal violist. Wendy is married to David Keyes, Professor of Applied Mathematics and Computational Science and Director of the Extreme Computing Research Center at KAUST. They have two adult children. Larissa Koehler Larissa Koehler is an attorney at Environmental Defense Fund in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and has degrees in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Music Performance from Princeton University. She has been playing the cello since age four, and has studied with Metta Watts, Orlando Cole, Sophie Shao, and Nina Lee of the Brentano String Quartet. After stints in New York City and Washington, D.C., she moved to the Bay Area about two years ago, completing her life goal to live in all of the most expensive cities in the United States. Eduardo Regula Pianist Eduardo Regula was born and raised in Braga, Portugal. He moved to Lisbon to study at the Escola Superior de Música, where he graduated with a degree in piano performance. He taught a private studio of piano students at the National Conservatory of Lisbon and took part in numerous concerts, recitals and musical plays. In July, 2012 Mr. Regula moved to KAUST and currently teaches Performing Arts in the K1 and K2 classes at the Harbor ECC. Melanie Agustina Flautist Melanie Agustina hails from the island of Tasmania, Australia. During her schooling, she was active in many youth orchestras that toured both nationally and overseas. Since graduating with a double major in education and music, she has lived abroad and played with groups of varied genres including Penang State Orchestra, Irish folk bands, and supporting many different musical productions. Currently she teaches K3 at The KAUST Schools.
About Chris Jordan Chris Jordan is Seattle-based photographic artist who first became known for his large-scale color photographs of the detritus of American consumer culture, in a series entitled Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption. His project, Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait, has established Jordan as an internationally acclaimed artist and spokesperson for social change. When Running the Numbers was first released in early 2007, it quickly went viral on the internet. Since then Jordan’s website has averaged 75,000-100,000 visitors per month, and Jordan is inundated daily by emails and phone calls from all over the world from individuals and organizations responding to his work. His images have been featured in hundreds of magazines, newspapers, television features, documentary films, books, school curriculums and blogs around the globe, and he has been invited to exhibit his work in art museums, festivals and public venues in the U.S., Asia, Europe and South America. He has been asked to speak at numerous colleges and universities in the U.S. and internationally, as well as at conferences such as the TED Conference, the EG Conference, the Leadership Gathering, the GEL Conference, the PopTech Conference, the Greener Gadgets Conference, and the Mountainfilm Festival. Jordan was chosen by National Geographic Channels International to serve as their Eco-ambassador for Earth Day 2008. In April 2008, they sponsored a month-long tour in Asia and Europe, where Jordan exhibited his prints and gave public talks, workshops, and interviews. In May 2008, Jordan traveled to Caracas, Venezuela, by invitation of the mayor, to exhibit his work and spend a week making school visits and giving public talks and workshops. The exhibition traveled around Venezuela in 2008. In November 2008, Jordan was invited to Dubai, United Arab Emirates to participate in the World Economic Forum summit. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the New American Dream Foundation. His work recently won the prestigious the Green Leaf Award from the United Nations Environmental Programme, presented at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway. In 2008, the Running the Numbers series was one of three finalists for the international Darmstadt Photographic Prize in Germany and a finalist for the new Green Prix Award in the U.S. Jordan has a traveling exhibition that visits art and science museums around the U.S. and overseas. Jordan is currently directing a film titled MIDWAY, that will lead viewers on a rich visual journey through the many layers of Midway Island’s stunning paradox. There, in the poetic beauty of the mythical Albatross, is a shocking human-caused environmental tragedy that we are challenged to witness head on. Filmed in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, MIDWAY will walk the viewer into beauty, grief, horror and joy, intertwined and dancing, as a potent metaphor for our times.
About Dr. Graham Walker Dr. Graham Walker is a science communication professional with over 12 years designing and delivering presentations for the public. His research interests include the use of props and demonstrations, audience emotional response and interactivity, presenter enthusiasm and rapport, the use of presentations for motivation and behaviour change, and evaluating the impact of presentations. Graham completed his PhD at the Australian National University, investigating the motivational impact of ‘science shows’ – a fusion of live experiments, dramatic presentation and audience interaction.
Kimberly G. Smith is Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Arkansas. He attended Tufts University as an undergraduate, the University of Arkansas for a Master’s degree in Zoology, Utah State University for a doctoral degree in Biology and Ecology, and he did post-doctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley. The author of nearly 150 scientific publications, he is a community ecologist with main research interests in avian ecology, forest insects, particularly periodical cicadas, and mammalian ecology, particularly black bears. He has worked throughout the Western Hemisphere, from Alaska to Bolivia, and currently is studying austral migration of birds in South America. A Fellow in the American Ornithologists’ Union and the Association for the Advancement of Science, he served as Editor-in-Chief of The Auk, the leading ornithological journal in the world, from 2000 to 2004.