Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble is an assistant professor at the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication. Previously, she was appointed in the Department of Information Studies, African American Studies, and Gender Studies at UCLA. She is the recipient of a Hellman Fellowship and UCLA Early Career Award. Noble’s academic research focuses on the design of digital media platforms and their impact on society. Her monograph on racist and sexist algorithmic bias is entitled Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies, and co-editor of two books: The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Culture and Class Online (2016), and Emotions, Technology & Design (2015). Safiya holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Library & Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. in Sociology from CSU, Fresno. On twitter @safiyanoble

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Steve Mirsky has been an editor and columnist for Scientific American since 1995. He received a Master’s Degree in chemistry from Cornell University in 1985, after which he was awarded a Mass Media fellowship by the American Association for the Advancement of Science to work that summer as a science journalist at WSVN-TV in Miami. This critical event removed him from the lab, to the relief of the Ithaca Fire Department. He freelanced for numerous magazines before joining the staff of Scientific American. In 2004-5, he was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. He started the Scientific American podcasts in 2006, which is why it’s okay that to this day he spends most of his working hours in front of a microphone in his basement. In 2009 he received an honorary doctor of science degree from his alma mater, Herbert H. Lehman College of the City University of New York.