Matthew S. Leslie

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Smithsonian Institution

Dr. Leslie uses emerging technology, natural history collections, field research, and genetics to describe marine mammal diversity for conservation management decisions. Currently he focuses on elucidating the evolutionary relationships of balaenopterid whales using skulls, DNA, and drones. In addition to research, Dr. Leslie strives to inspire others to fall in love with Earth’s wildlife and wild places through teaching and public education.

Education: Ph.D. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2016; M.S. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2011

Presentation: Integrating DNA, Drones, and Fossils to Clarify Relationships Among Rorqual Whales; Friday, September 29, 2017; 12:00-1:00PM

Aram Sinnreich

Associate Professor, School of Communication, American University

Dr. Aram Sinnreich’s work focuses on the intersection of culture, law and technology, with an emphasis on subjects such as emerging media and music. He is the author of two books, Mashed Up (2010), and The Piracy Crusade (2013), and has written for publications including the New York Times, Billboard and Wired. Prior to coming to AU, Sinnreich served as Assistant Professor at Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information, Director at media innovation lab OMD Ignition Factory, Managing Partner of media/tech consultancy Radar Research, Visiting Professor at NYU Steinhardt, and Senior Analyst at Jupiter Research. He is also a bassist and composer, and has played with groups and artists including progressive soul collective Brave New Girl, dub-and-bass band Dubistry, and Ari-Up, lead singer of the Slits. Along with co-authors Dunia Best and Todd Nocera, Sinnreich was a finalist in the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, in the jazz category.

Education: Ph.D. University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication, 2007; M.S. Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 2000

Presentation: Hip Hop and Copyright: Where Art, Technology and Law Collide; Friday, November 3, 2017; 12:00-1:00PM

Ashok Vaseshta

Vice Provost for Research at Claflin University and Strategic Advisor/Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sciences Convergence and International Clean Water Institute at Norwich University Applied Research Institutes

Dr. Ashok Vaseshta’s research interests include advanced and nano materials for development of chemical-bio sensors, water safety and security, counter-terrorism, environmental pollution monitoring and remediation, and green nanotechnology. He authored over 230 publications, and edited and authored six books. Concurrently, Dr. Vaseshta serves as visiting Professor in Romania and Chaired Professor at the Academy of Sciences of Moldova. He also served as a visiting scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. Since 2007, he had several fellowships at the U.S Department of State serving in the offices of WMDT and Foreign Consequence Management and as S&T advisor in the office of Verification and Transparency Technologies. He is fellow of the American Physical Society, Institute of Nanotechnology, and New York Academy of Sciences. He was awarded Gold medal by the University of Armenia for his contribution to Nanotechnology.

Education: Ph.D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, 1990.

Presentation: Ecosystem of Innovations in Nanotechnologies for Safety, Security, and Sustainability; Friday, October 27, 2017; 12:00-1:00PM