- April 12, 2013
-- On March 23, 2013, Zoomdojo's "Branching out with STEM +Art (STEAM) Careers" brought to New York City a unique and energetic career event comprising a panel of four eminent practitioners in various science and art fields, who spoke about their personal journeys as their careers evolved in fields that ranged from genetics research to environmental issues to making art with Nobel Prize winning scientists. The panel speakers were Brigitte Griswold (http://www.nature.org/
, Dr. Dolan Sondhi (http://weill.cornell.edu/
, Ryu Goto (http://www.ryugoto.com/)
and Steve Miller (http://www.youtube.com/
E). The moderator was Nicholas St. Fleur, out-going Science Editor of the Cornell Daily Sun. The event began with an energetic and rousing Taiko Performance by YAMATAI, Cornell University’s Taiko Drummers; and wrapped up with an evocative violin solo by Ryu Goto and a one hour networking reception.
Organizations represented by attendees were: AOL, Asia Society, Asian Cultural Council, Bank of America, Biz Edge, Bloomberg, Columbia Presbyterian, Cornell University, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Global China Connection, Guggenheim Museum, Halstead Property, HSBC, IMG, Jennifer Ma Littlemeat Productions, LEAF, Marymount School, New York Hall of Science, Protiviti Inc, SD Rubin Foundation, Sotheby's Institute of Art, The Nature Conservancy, YMCA, Zurich Insurance, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Weill Cornell Medical College.
Colleges represented by attendees were: Bates College • Brown University • Carnegie Mellon University • Chinese University in Hong Kong • Columbia University • Cornell University • Fordham University • Harvard University • Hofstra – North Shore LIJ Medical College • Hunter College • Lafayette College • Pratt Institute • RISD • Sotheby’s Institute of Art • SUNY • Syracuse University • University of California • Vanderbilt University • Wellesley College • Yale University.
About the panelists: Brigitte Griswold
) has worked to create The Nature Conservancy’
s first national urban youth initiative, The Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) Program since 2003. Brigitte is a 2009 Fellow of Green for All, and a 2010 Fellow of the Center for Whole Communities. Brigitte has appeared on US News & World Report, NBC Nightly News, CBS Morning Show, and several times on Fox News.
Japanese-American violinist Ryu Goto (http://www.ryugoto.com/)
graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Physics in May 2011. He has appeared as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker, European Union Youth Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; working with Lorin Maazel, Tan Dun, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Fabio Luisi, Myung-Whun Chung and Jonathan Nott among others. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Tokyo Suntory Hall, Shanghai Grand Theater, and more. Ryu's philanthropic work includes the "Ryu Goto Excellence in Music Initiative Scholarship"
with the NYC Department of Education. Dolan Sondhi
is an Associate Research Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College. Her research interests include the clinical development of gene therapy for childhood neurodegenerative diseases. Growing up in India, Dolan moved to the United States to pursue a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Brown University. After Brown, she completed a two year post-doctoral fellowship in biomedical research at Rockefeller University before being appointed as the first faculty member in Cornell’s Department of Genetic Medicine
. Dr. Sondhi’s research in gene therapy has ranged from the development of a basic research program to clinical trials with patients. Steve Miller
has presented 35 solo exhibitions
around the world. Using the lens of technology, Miller reinvents the traditional painted portrait, fashion, particle physics, molecular biology and the world environmental crisis. In 2007, Miller exhibited a collaborative project on human protein with the 2003 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Rod MacKinnon, in a solo show at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University.