Virtual Regeneron ISEF 2020 – Day 2

Day 2 of Virtual Regeneron ISEF 2020 focused on the role of science in responding to the coronavirus crisis with conversations moderated by Science News journalists and Society for Science leaders.

Fighting COVID-19 with Science

Moderator: Nancy Shute, Editor in Chief, Science News


  • Christos Kyratsous, Ph.D., Vice President of Research, Infectious Diseases and Viral Vector Technologies
  • Leah Lipsich, Ph.D., Vice President of Strategic Program Direction, Global Development
  • Serge Monpoeho, Ph.D., Senior Director, Quality Control and Chief Virologist

The Role of CRISPR and COVID-19

An interview of Feng Zhang, Investigator, HHMI, Core Institute Member, Broad Institute, James and Patricia Poitras Professor in Neuroscience at McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT, by Tina Hesman Saey, Molecular Biology Senior Writer, Science News

Technology and Its Role During the Pandemic

Moderator: Kumar Garg, Senior Director and Head of Partnerships with Schmidt Futures. Interview with:

  • Catherine Havasi, Researcher and Entrepreneur in Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Galen Hunt, Distinguished Engineer & Managing Director, Microsoft Azure Sphere
  • Tom Leighton, Co-Founder and CEO, Akamai Technologies
  • Henry Samueli, Co-Founder and Chairman, Broadcom, Inc.
  • Divya Nag, Apple Health

How COVID-19 Is Spotlighting the Role of Science in Society

Moderator: moderated by Seema Kumar, Vice President, Innovation, Global Health and Science Policy Communication, Johnson & Johnson


  • Rinke Bos, Ph.D., principal scientist, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson
  • Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Foreign Secretary of the National Academy of Medicine
  • Anvita Gupta, CEO, AINovo Biotech Inc
  • Introduction: Jacqueline Maestri, Vice President, Engineering & Property Services, Johnson & Johnson

How the Science of Social Distancing Began with a Science Fair Project

Michele Glidden, Chief Program Officer, Society for Science & the Public interviews Lara Glass, Student Program Fellow, The Memorial Church, Harvard University, First-Year Proctor, Harvard College, ISEF ‘06

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