Raleigh Rally for Science

Following our March for Science in Downtown Raleigh, and in parallel with the Community Science Fair, we had a Rally for Science at Moore Square.  From 12:00 to 2:00 pm, the main stage featured invited speakers discussing the importance of science, the impact of science on our daily lives, and the idea of scientific consensus.

We are pleased to start announcing our speakers for the rally!

Dr. Richard Watkins

Dr. Richard Watkins is the CEO and Founder of the Science Policy Action Network (SPAN), which was formed in 2014 to fill urgent gaps between scientific advancement and community understanding and benefit, between scientific discovery and community needs through education, advocacy, and programming targeted towards North Carolina youth. He earned his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) in Microbiology and Immunology with a speciality in Virology. Richard's research focused on the factors that influence disease progression in HIV infected patients. Prior to attending UNC-CH, Richard earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Fayetteville State University.

Dr. Doreen Cunningham

Dr. Doreen Cunningham is an Associate Professor of Biology and the Division Head of Science and Technology at Shaw University.  She completed her PhD in the area of Comparative Biomedical Sciences and Microbiology. Dr. Cunningham has performed research in areas of: Salmonella invasion gene expression, Chlamydia invasion and prostate cancer. Dr. Cunningham’s current research focuses on identifying common interventions associated with successful STEM student development in higher education for underrepresented students.  She recently completed a book chapter on the Impact of a STEM Capstone Course in HBCU in the Diversity of Higher Education (December 2015).  Dr. Cunningham’s passion for science and teaching was recognized when she was selected by North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences as an Educator of Excellence in 2015.

Mike Madden

Mike Madden is a PhD student in atmospheric sciences at North Carolina State University.  He is currently studying the physics behind heavy precipitation events, and has had experience in numerical weather prediction and atmospheric chemistry.  He earned his master’s degree in atmospheric sciences from the University of Alaska – Fairbanks, and his bachelor’s degree in atmospheric sciences from the University of Missouri – Columbia.  He studied abroad briefly at the University of Reading, U.K.  He was an adjunct instructor in college physics at Missouri Southern State University, and was born and raised on Route 66 in Carterville, Missouri, a small town outside of Joplin.  He is an amateur pianist, a trivia junkie, and an aspiring educator and writer.

Dr. Jamila Simpson

Dr. Jamila Simpson is the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Student Services for the College of Sciences at North Carolina State University. In this role, Dr. Simpson is responsible for working to enhance the experience of all students in the college with special emphasis on the recruitment, retention, and graduation of students who are traditionally underrepresented in the biological, physical and mathematical sciences (African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos). Jamila is an alumna of NC State. In 2000, she received her bachelor’s degree in meteorology, making her the first African American female to receive the degree from the university. She also earned her master’s and doctoral degrees at NC State in science education, examining culture and the ways in which it impacts teaching and learning.

Alice Griffeth

Alice Griffeth holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Physics from the University of Chicago and a Masters of Arts in Teaching (Secondary Science) degree from Duke University.  While attending the University of Chicago, she co-founded a student activist group called The Society of Women in Physics and was Vice President of the Ryerson Astronomical Society. Passionate about STEM programming and public education, Alice currently teaches Physics and AP Physics at a public high school in Durham, NC.

Dr. Ryan Emanuel

Ryan E. Emanuel is an Associate Professor and University Faculty Scholar in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at NC State University.  His research group at NC State uses fieldwork, geospatial analysis, and computer modeling to understand how water and natural ecosystems interact, how humans influence these interactions, and what these interactions mean for society.  Ryan is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe.  He works with Native American communities to promote science education and informed decision making in ways that honor indigenous knowledge, culture, and tribal sovereignty.

Matthew Starr

Sound Rivers is a nonprofit organization that guards the health and natural beauty of the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River Basins. Sound Rivers three full-time Riverkeepers® monitor and protect the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River Basins, serving as scientific experts and educational resources to communities in the watershed. Matthew Starr was named Upper Neuse Riverkeeper in 2013.  Matthew monitors and protects the upper part of the Neuse watershed which covers over 6,000 square miles of North Carolina.  Matthew began his involvement with the Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation as an intern working on the Muddy Water Watch program, aimed at reducing sedimentation pollution. Matthew holds a B.S. degree in environmental management. He spent six years in the Army and N.C. National Guard, including a tour of duty in Iraq. Matthew is married with three children and lives just a few miles from Falls Lake.

Dr. Robert Bruck

Dr. Robert Bruck graduated with a double doctorate from Syracuse University and Cornell University in 1977.  He joined the faculty at NC State and retired with 35 years of service in 2013 as Alumni Distinguished Professor of Environmental Science and Technology.  That year he joined the faculty of Louisburg College and currently serves as Dean of Science.  Dr. Bruck is internationally recognized for his research on the effects of Air Pollution and Global Warming on Forest Ecosystems. He has testified to the United States House and Senate on 13 different occasions and was the 1997 recipient of the North Carolina Award for Science- our States Highest recognition. Dr. Bruck continues to be passionate about environmental sustainability and believes that EDUCATION is the only means of creating a clean and equitable society.

Dr. Fred Gould

Dr. Fred Gould is a Distinguished University Professor of Entomology and is Co-Director of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center of North Carolina State University. He studies the ecology and genetics of pests to improve food production and human and environmental health. Dr. Gould conducts research on the application of evolutionary biology and population genetics to enable sustainable use of insect resistant crops. He also does research aimed at development of strategies for using engineered insect vectors of pathogens to decrease human disease. In 2011, he was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS). He recently chaired the NASEM–NRC committee on “Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects”.

Audrey McNeely

Audrey McNeely is a high school student and junior at Carolina Friends School, where she is the co-leader of the Environmental Club. She is also an Action Fellow with the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE). Audrey cares deeply about climate disruption and the ecological health of the environment. These issues have been close to her heart much of her life. She loves to be outside observing nature. Some of her favorite things about science and nature are the systems and inner workings of ecology, which get disrupted or destroyed when the climate abruptly alters.

Darrell Stover

Darrell Stover is a poet, cultural historian, and science communicator originally from Washington, DC. He studied microbiology at the University of Maryland at College Park and counts Rita Colwell, former ASM and AAAS president and director of the NSF, as his friend and mentor. He worked as a lab tech at the National Cancer Institute in the Viral Oncology Program. After which he worked 15 years as Microbiology and Biotechnology editor at Cambridge Scientific Abstracts also in Bethesda, MD. His early experiences as a developing science-focused intellect was in school science clubs, the Washington Junior Academy of Sciences, and taking on the philosophy of Science for the People after seeing a protestor/presenter being dragged from a AAAS convention for displaying the deadly applications of science and technology in the Viet Nam War. He acquired a Masters degree in Science Writing from Johns  Hopkins University before coming to NC to work at the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. His handle is SCIPOET for the poetry he writes and performs.  He will commence the day at Shaw University!