Dr. Mandë Holford is as an Associate Professor in Chemistry at Hunter College and CUNY-Graduate Center, with scientific appointments at the American Museum of Natural History and Weill Cornell Medical College. Her joint appointments reflect her interdisciplinary research, which goes from mollusks to medicine, combining chemistry and biology to discover, characterize, and deliver novel peptides from venomous marine snails as tools for manipulating cellular physiology in pain and cancer. She has received several awards including being recently named a New Champion Young Scientist by the World Economic Forum, the prestigious Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, an NSF CAREER Award, and named a 21st Century Chemist in the NBC-Learn, Chemistry Now series. Dr. Holford is actively involved in science education, advancing the public understanding of science, and science diplomacy. She is cofounder of KillerSnails.com, a learning games company that uses extreme creatures, like venomous marine snails, as a conduit to advance scientific learning on a global scale. She is also cofounder of RAISEW.org, an NSF project to increase women in science. Dr. Holford codeveloped a premier Science Diplomacy course at The Rockefeller University to encourage early career scientists to think globally about the impacts of their research as it pertains to international relations. Dr. Holford is a Life Member of the Council of Foreign Relations, and a AAAS Science &Technology Policy Fellow. Dr. Holford received her PhD in Synthetic Protein Chemistry from The Rockefeller University.
Tiffany is a STEM education specialist, consultant, and occasional blogger. Her background and interests are in biology and informal education (museums, zoos, nature centers, etc.). That said, she is a learner at heart and loves to stretch herself and grow. Tiffany was drawn to a career in science education as an environmental education Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia. After returning home, she expanded her science repertoire as a school programs educator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Currently, Tiffany runs her own STEM education and consulting business. She has worked on various informal education projects with organizations such as the Denver Zoo and the New York Academy of Sciences. She has also created classroom resources in collaboration with American Scientific, LLC and Rocky Mountain PBS. Tiffany is passionate about helping the public understand the nature of science as a way exploring and understanding the world. She believes that there is a little bit of scientist and engineer in all of us and thrills in guiding others through their own “why’s” and “ah-ha” moments.