BostonTalks: Risk

THU, MAY 18, 2017 (00:00)

WGBH’s Edgar B. Herwick, III (@ebherwick3) hosts a happy hour conversation with four very different experts in risk. Noah Wilson-Rich (@BestBees), co-founder of the Best Bees Company, discusses his work as a beekeeper and how he risks working with them to keep the pollinators—and their honey—in our lives. Tanya Hoke, Managing Director at Galen Diligence (@TanyaH), tells us about her decade-long investigation into the cannabis industry. Moran Cerf, a professor of Neuroscience and Business at the Kellogg School of Management and the LIJ department of Neurosurgery, discusses his experience as a computer hacker and teaches us what he has learned as he now studies the brain. Jeff Rogers (@professorjgrey), a freelance producer and consultant, talks about his experience working with young people who have severe emotional issues. He incorporates creativity and music into his job as a mentor to struggling youth. Photo Credit: A Syn/Flickr

+ BIO: Noah Wilson-Rich

Noah Wilson-Rich is a behavioral ecologist, a beekeeper, and the founder of The Best Bees Company™. He is a 2007 graduate from the Bee School at the Essex County Beekeeper’s Association in Topsfield, MA. Noah earned his B.S. in Biology at Northeastern University (2005) and his Ph.D. in Biology at Tufts University (2011).

+ BIO: Jeff Rogers

Jeff Rogers is a Freelance Producer and Consultant. He is a lifelong resident of Boston. He has spent the last decade working as a mentor and a trainer for people who work with youth, in and around young people who have severe emotional issues. By helping young people cope with crippling anxiety, depression, and anger, Jeff has seen how emotion can short-circuit any individual, and how feelings of fear and anxiety can block someone from enhancing their own life. Jeff’s main focus now is helping young people learn to shed doubt and experience the highs and lows of the creative process, by making their own music.

+ BIO: Tanya Hoke

Tanya Hoke graduated from Swarthmore College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of International Business degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Tanya is a consultant and private investigator who has spent a decade identifying hidden risks. Since 2007, she has been leading investigations for clients in a range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, financial services, and consulting. Now she helps investors and operators in the legal cannabis industry understand risk and vet their partners.

+ BIO: Moran Cerf

Moran Cerf is a professor of neuroscience and business at the Kellogg School of Management and the LIJ department of Neurosurgery. Additionally, he is a visiting faculty the MIT Media Lab, and the Alfred P. Sloan screenwriting Professor at the American Film Institute. Prior to his academic career, professor Cerf worked as a hacker for nearly a decade, breaking into leading financial and government institutes to test and improve their security. His hacking background has led him to later pursue non-traditional ways to investigate the brain, using methods and techniques that benefit from heavy computational skills and novel research tools. Notably, he has been working with patients undergoing brain-surgery where he studies behavior, emotion, decision making and dreams by directly recording the activity of individual neurons using electrodes implanted in the patients’ brain. He holds multiple patents and his work has been published in wide-circulation academic journals such as Nature and Science, as well as popular science journals such as Scientific American Mind, Wired, New Scientist and more. Additionally, his work has been portrayed in numerous media outlets such as Time, CNN, BBC, Bloomberg, NPR, MSNBC and dozens of others. He has been featured in venues such as the Venice Art Biennial and China’s Art, Science and Technology conference, and has contributed to magazines such as Forbes, The Atlantic, Inc. and others. Professor Cerf has had short-lived careers as a furniture-designer, a pilot, a radio host, and a filmmaker, and he has served on the boards of pharmaceutical, telecom and fashion companies. He is a multiple-times national story-telling champion (’The Moth’), and his public talks at TED, Google Zeitgeist, PopTech, DLD and others have received millions of views and a large following. In addition to his academic career, professor Cerf is a science consultant for various Hollywood films and the TV shows ‘Bull’, ‘Limitless’, ‘Falling Water’, and more. Recently, he was named one of the “40 leading professors below 40”.

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