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Meet our speakers:

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Scott Gaudi


An astronomer by training, Scott works with NASA, industry, the astronomical community, and the public to help develop the next generation of great space observatories designed to answer some of humanity's most profound questions.

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Umit Ozkan


Umit Ozkan teaches Chemical Engineering at Ohio State. Her research focuses on catalysis and electrocatalysis, with applications relevant to energy, environment and sustainability.

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Iman Ansari


Iman Ansari’s work focuses on the historical and contemporary relationship between architecture and medicine. He is interested in how various things—gases, fluids, particles, humans, and non-humans—move and interact with and within buildings, and how architecture can provide a better framework to rethink and reimagine those interactions.

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Morgan Podraza


From comics and movies to toys and memes, Morgan Podraza's work explores how we play with media and how those experiences shape our relationships with ourselves and one another.

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Richard Giang


The way that Richard best communicates is through a shared meal. Being born of Vietnamese immigrant refugee parents, he seeks to share in his food culture and others in creative and innovative ways with the goal of producing a level of interconnectedness and understanding throughout the community.

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Douglas Crews


Dr. Crews is a biological anthropologist specializing in evolutionary biology and human adaptability, as illustrated by senescence, frailty, stressor responses, and allostatic load within and across ecological and sociocultural settings, including Samoa, Japan, Kuwait, Poland, and the United States.

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Lauren Pond


Lauren Pond is a documentary photographer whose work focuses on religion in the United States. She uses her camera to share the nuanced stories of communities across the country and to illustrate how religion intersects with everyday human experience.

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Meta Brown


Meta Brown is a member of OSU’s economics department faculty; her previous posts include the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the University of Wisconsin, and Stony Brook University. Meta’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation and has appeared in the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, and OSU’s own Journal of Money, Credit and Banking.

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Bart Elmore


Bart first became passionate about environmental justice while trekking and paddling through the woods and streams of North Georgia. He soon discovered he wanted to be an educator when teaching in Savannah, Georgia, and then went north to study environmental history, which he now teaches with an eye towards finding lessons from the past that can create a more ecologically sustainable future.

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Elena Foulis


Elena Foulis is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She is an oral historian who is committed to amplifying the voices of the Latine Community in Ohio.

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Carter Phillips


Carter Phillips, an OSU alum, has argued more cases in private practice before the US Supreme Court than anyone in history. He clerked for Chief Justice Warren Burger, argued his first Supreme Court case in January 1982 and has argued a total of 88 times before the Court.

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John Low 

Dr. John Low is a citizen of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, an associate professor at Ohio State University - Newark, and the Director of the Newark Earthworks Center. His talk will discuss the importance of Native perspectives for a fuller understanding of the Newark Earthworks. He will also recognize the global significance of these sites and their nomination to be World Heritage Sites with UNESCO.

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Chinese Folk Music Orchestra 

This years Bloom performance group is the wonderful Chinese Folk Music Orchestra!🎶 Chinese culture has evolved and been passed down for thousands of years, and folk music is one of the most important representations of Chinese culture. Chinese Folk Music Orchestra uses music to express Chinese culture and belief, with traditional Chinese instruments combined with some western instruments.



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