Addiction: Facing the Opioid Epidemic in Massachusetts

THU, DEC 6, 2018 (00:00)

In anticipation of NOVA's upcoming film, Addiction, Boston's Cafe Sci and the MIT Museum host a panel discussion and audience Q&A session about the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history, and how technology can play a role in saving lives.

+ BIO: Julia Cort

Julia Cort is the Deputy Executive Producer for NOVA, PBS' flagship science series. Since joining the WGBH Science Unit, Julia has contributed to more than 90 films, including Making North America, The Fabric of the Cosmos, Smartest Machine on Earth and Chasing Pluto. She played a key role in developing and producing NOVA’s award-winning sister series, NOVA scienceNOW, and currently serves as executive producer of the new mini-series NOVA Wonders. In her quest to make complex science accessible to all, she has traveled deep underground to investigate the hunt for dark matter, been blindfolded and led to secret diamond-making factories, waded into leech-infested swamps, and attempted to re-create the technological feats of ancient Egyptian engineers. She is a recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award, the National Academies Keck Communication Award, the AAAS Science Journalism Award, the American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award, the National Association of Science Writers Science in Society Award and the News & Documentary Emmy.

Photo Credit: American Association for the Advancement of Science

+ BIO: Peter R. Chai, M.D.

Peter Chai is a researcher in the intersection of technology and health to improve the lives of patients, discover new spaces to develop behavioral interventions and novel methods of sensing.

+ BIO: Sarah Holt

Sarah Holt is a producer, director, writer and editor whose work for PBS has covered science, history, and medicine. In pursuit of her stories, she has followed explorers into unknown caves, doctors into the midst of Third World epidemics, and scientists unraveling the secrets of our genetic code.

+ BIO: Emily Lindemer

Emily Lindemer is the co-founder and CEO of a social enterprise geared towards alleviating the opioid epidemic by using behavioral modification tools. She finished her PhD in 2017 being the head of a 2,000-member women's organization at MIT.

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