Each year we invite bold, successful and inspiring individuals from all fields of interests to speak with our school community in an intimate setting where conversation and questions are encouraged.
Senator Andrew Zwicker talked to the PRISMS community on March 2. He shared with
the students,faculty and staff his experience as a scientist, researcher, and answered a lot of
they had about physics, life, and current events.
Senator Zwicker is a scientist and teacher, a husband and father, whose career is devoted to finding solutions to difficult problems through consensus and common-sense. He was elected to the New Jersey Assembly in 2015, the first Democrat ever to win in the 16th District. He was elected to the New Jersey Senate in 2021. ...
A lifelong New Jersey resident, Senator Zwicker is head of Communications and Public Outreach at Princeton University’s Plasma Physics Laboratory, a world leader in developing an advanced form of energy. At the Lab, he has worked with hundreds of teachers and students, helping to inspire a new generation of scientists and researchers with the promise of technology that serves society’s needs. Senator Zwicker has been a faculty advisor for Princeton University freshmen and sophomores and an academic-athletic fellow for the women's soccer team. He taught classes in bioethics and writing, and led plasma physics workshops for college faculty, undergraduate students and advanced high school students. The American Association of Physics Teachers named him as one of the 75 leading contributors to physics education in the US.
Senator Zwicker was raised in Englewood, NJ where he graduated from Dwight Morrow High School. His love of learning and passion for science came from his mother, a public school English teacher, and father, a chemical engineer. Senator Zwicker earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Bard College and a master’s and Ph.D. in physics from Johns Hopkins University. Senator Zwicker and his wife Barbara, an elementary school educator in Hillsborough, live in Kingston, where they raised three children.
Mr. Russell Feder shared with the PRISMS community his experience as a mechanical engineer and project manager, the importance of risk taking and the benefits of having a growth mindset.
Mr. Feder is the Chief Mechanical Engineer for the sPHENIX detector project at Brookhaven National Lab and a staff supervisor within the Physics Department sPHENIX division. Before joining BNL in April 2019 Mr. Feder worked at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab for 19 years as a project manager, engineering manager, and mechanical design engineer. While at PPPL he worked on the TFTR decommissioning project, diagnostic systems, and project management for NSTX-U and led the US ITER diagnostics engineering team.
Professor Sara Seager spoke to the PRISMS community virtually on March 1, 2021. Thousands of planets are known to orbit nearby, sun-like stars. These planets are called “exoplanets”. Dr Seager is an expert in exoplanets and their atmospheres. Her main research goal is to find and identify another earth. For more information about Prof. Seager and her research, please visit https://www.saraseager.com/.
Dr. Malkin is Professor of Practice in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. He is also the founder of Engineering World Health and the Global Public Service Academies. Dr. Malkin conducts research and development focused on medical equipment in the developing world..
Dr. Kastner is a Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychology. She also serves as the Scientific Director of Princeton’s neuroimaging facility and heads the Neuroscience of Attention and Perception Laboratory.
Prof. Sadoway is a professor in the Department of Material Science and Engineering at MIT and is one of their most popular teachers. He is a co-founder of Ambri, Inc (formerly Liquid Metal Battery Corporation), which is commercializing the liquid metal battery technology for grid-scale energy storage, and a co-founder of Boston Metal (formerly Boston Electrometallurgical Corp.), which is commercializing molten oxide electrolysis for the production of metals. Both the liquid metal battery and molten oxide electrolysis were discovered by GroupSadoway at MIT. Prof. Sadoway owns more than 25 patents. He spent the day at PRISMS doing small lectures, working with the research mentors, advising the Entrepreneurship Club and offering a lecture to the community about the future of energy.
Richard Rusczyk is the founder of the Art of Problem Solving website and co-writer with Sandor Lehoczky of the original Art of Problem Solving books. He is also a co-founder with Sandor Lehoczky and Sam Vandervelde of the Mandlebrot Competition, and is a past Director of the USA Mathematical Talent Search. He was a participant in National MATHCOUNTS, a three-time participant in the Math Olympiad Summer Program, and a USA Mathematical Olympiad winner (1989). He received the World Federation of National Mathematics Competitions Paul Erdös Award in 2014, and founded the Art of Problem Solving Initiative, a non-profit that runs the Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics program for high-potential students from underserved communities in New York City and Los Angeles. He graduated from Princeton University in 1993, and worked as a bond trader for D.E. Shaw & Company for four years.
In his second time addressing the PRISMS community, Dr. Goldfarb skyped in from CERN to teach us about the ATLAS Experiment and all things CERN.
Dr. Goldfarb is a physicist from the University of Melbourne, working on the ATLAS Experiment at CERN. He is webmaster for the ATLAS public web pages, chair of the International Particle Physics Outreach Group, on-site coordinator of the REU Summer Student and Research Semester Abroad programs for American undergraduates at CERN, and advisory board member for Quarknet. In his spare time, Steve fronts the Canettes Blues Band, the group behind the ATLAS Boogie.