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Speakers Bureau

The New York Academy of Sciences leadership has expertise in a broad range of disciplines. Learn more here or contact us to book a speaker for your next event.

Nicholas B. Dirks is a widely respected and highly influential historian and anthropologist, and a prominent leader in higher education. 

Douglas Braaten, PhD

Dr. Braaten is Chief Scientific Officer, Scientific Publications, and oversees the strategic development and planning of all scholarly scientific publishing at The New York Academy of Sciences. 

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Melanie Brickman Borchard, PhD, MSc

Dr. Brickman Borchard has nearly 20 years of experience as a public health researcher focused on the juncture of health, demography, policy, and geography, as well as a non-profit leader who brings scientific communities together. 

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Sonya Dougal, PhD 

Dr. Dougal is a cognitive neuroscientist who serves as Senior Vice President, Scientific Programs, and Awards. She has more than 15 years of experience in scientific research and program development.

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Brooke Grindlinger, PhD

Dr. Grindlinger is a microbiologist who serves as Chief Scientific Officer, where she fosters collaborations among stakeholders in academia, industry, government, and the public sector. 

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Meghan Groome, PhD 

Dr. Groome is Senior Vice President of Education where she manages a portfolio of global education programs than spans primary school through early stage faculty. She is also an adjunct professor of environmental science and is a certified science teacher.

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Mila Rosenthal, PhD 

Dr. Rosenthal is Executive Director of the International Science Reserve and has over 20 years of experience as a communicator and educator on economic, social, climate and environmental issues around the world.

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Science by Scientists

The Academy can tap into its network of thousands of scientists to provide speakers on the following topics and more. Contact us at for more information.

• Neuroscience
• Immunology
• Microbiology
• Virology
• Public Health
• Climate Change
• Artificial Intelligence
• Global Crisis Response
• Science Communication
• K-12 STEM Education
• STEM Careers
• Women in STEM