Genius Gala 2020: I Stand For Science

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On September 21, 2020, Liberty Science Center held Genius Gala 2020: I Stand For Science, a virtual celebration of visionary scientific achievement in support of LSC’s mission to inspire and prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers.

At this digital event, we honored three remarkable women and men of science and saluted all the innovators who work tirelessly to make our world a better place, including a group of COVID-19 Challengers, the scientists and public health experts who are working to defeat the pandemic.

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Moshe Safdie

Master Architect

Jennifer A. Lewis

3D Bioprinting Pioneer

William Conan Davis

Food Chemist


Presenters & Special Guests

Hon. Phil Murphy

Governor of New Jersey

Hon. Steven Fulop

Mayor of Jersey City

Marco Tempest

Directors Fellow, MIT Media Lab

Anthony Brooks

Speedcuber

Camille Schrier

Biochemist, Miss America 2020


COVID-19 Challengers

Dr. George Church

Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School

Dr. Perry Halkitis

Dean, Rutgers School of Public Health

Dr. Jeanette Kowalik

Commissioner of Public Health: Milwaukee, WI

Dr. Tal Zaks

Chief Medical Officer, Moderna Therapeutics


I Stand For Science Student Heroes

The next generation of geniuses is already hard at work shaping the future—right here in New Jersey. At the event, we honored three I Stand For Science Student Heroes, all from the Garden State.

Taylor Brown, a rising high school senior, took part in LSC’s Partners in Science program over the summer, working with public health safety experts to guide new protocols that have helped the Science Center safely reopen to guests. She also became a certified contact tracer, and plans to pursue a career in medicine. Jagdeep Singh, 18, recently placed second in the 2020 Regeneron Science Talent Search for his work in artificial intelligence and machine learning. He is currently a first-year student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ramzi Saber spent his childhood in Casablanca, Morocco, where the stars are clear and bright over the Western Sahara. Once relocated to New Jersey, he kept his eyes on the skies—and gathered the first concrete mathematical, visual, and chemical data of an exoplanet 125 light years away.

These remarkable young people stand for science, and LSC is proud to stand with them.


Gala Committee

Paul Hoffman, President and CEO

Corporate Chairs
Michael J. Inserra, Senior Vice Chair and Americas Deputy Managing Partner, EY
Gary D. St. Hilaire, President and CEO, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Innovation Chairs
Jennifer A. Chalsty
, Director, Advisory Council, James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, John Hopkins University
Alma DeMetropolis, Managing Director; Market Manager—New Jersey, J.P. Morgan Private Bank; President, New Jersey Market Leadership Team
Josh S. Weston, Honorary Chairman, ADP

Co-Chairs
David Barry, President and CEO, Ironstate Development Company; President and CEO, Urby
Christopher S. Boerner, PhD, EVP and Chief Commercialization Officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Sheri B. Bronstein, Chief Human Resources Officer, Bank of America
David M. Daly
, President and COO, PSE&G
Matthew D. Ellis, EVP and CFO, Verizon Communications
Bruce L. Levy, President and CEO, BMR Energy
Jeffrey M. Mandler, Co-Founder and Past CEO, CarePoint Health
Laura Bilodeau Overdeck, Founder and President, Bedtime Math
John Overdeck, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder, Two Sigma
Carlos Rodriguez, President and CEO, ADP
Gregory Tusar, Head of Institutional Product, Coinbase
Susan Keating and Norman Worthington, CEO and Executive Chairman, The Star2Star Communications and Blueface Companies


Managing Trustees
Susan Mustokoff Akselrad, JD, Former Chief Employment Counsel for Solvay S.A.’s North American Companies
David Barry, CO-CHAIR, President and CEO, Ironstate Development Company; President and CEO, Urby
Frederick A. Bertoldo, Region Bank President, New York, Northeast Community Banking, Wells Fargo & Company
Christopher S. Boerner, PhD, EVP and Chief Commercialization Officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Sheri B. Bronstein, Chief Human Resources Officer, Bank of America
Jennifer A. Chalsty, Director, Advisory Council, James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, Johns Hopkins University
David M. Daly, President and COO, PSE&G
Michael DeMarco
Alma DeMetropolis, VICE CHAIR, Managing Director; Market Manager—New Jersey, J.P. Morgan Private Bank; President, New Jersey Market Leadership Team
Robert J. Hariri, MD, PhD, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman, Human Longevity, Inc.; Chairman, Founder, and CEO, Celularity, Inc.
Richard M. Hodosh, MD, Former Medical Director, Atlantic Brain and Spine Institute
Stephen R. Howe, Jr. CO-CHAIR, Retired, Chairman Emeritus, Ernst & Young LLP
Sam Khichi, EVP, General Counsel, Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Becton Dickinson & Company
Bruce L. Levy, TREASURER, President and CEO, BMR Energy
Jeffrey M. Mandler, Co-Founder and Past CEO, CarePoint Health
W. Nevins McCann, JD, Partner, Connell Foley
Laura Bilodeau Overdeck, VICE CHAIR, Founder and President, Bedtime Math
Chirag Patel, Co-CEO and President, Amneal Pharmaceuticals
Anthony T. Skiadas, CPA, SVP and Controller, Verizon Communications
Carolyn J. Slaski, CPA, Americas Vice Chair—Talent, EY
Thomas J. Stanton, III, Managing Director, Licensed Broker, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas
Vijay Swarup, PhD, VP of R&D, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
Gregory Tusar, Co-Founder, Tagomi Systems
Josh S. Weston, Chairman Emeritus; Honorary Chairman, ADP
Linda A. Willett
, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Advisory Trustees
Brian Carlin, CEO, Wealth Management Solutions, JPMorgan Chase & Company
Janet L. Denlinger, PhD, President, Matrix Biology Institute; Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Hylaco, LLC
Michele Holcomb, PhD, EVP, Strategy and Corporate Development, Cardinal Health
Ganga Kannan, Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group
Margaret Lanning, EVP and Chief Credit Officer, Investors Bank
Minalkumar (Minal) Patel
, MD, Founder and CEO, Abacus Insights, Inc.
Amit Rakhit, MD
, President and Chief Medical Officer, Ovid Therapeutics
David Rosenberg
, CEO and Co-Founder, AeroFarms
John Willian
, Former Partner, Goldman Sachs
Jerome B. Zeldis, MD, PhD
, Executive Chairman, ViralClear

Honorary Chair Emeritus
William A. Tansey, III, MD, FACC, Cardiologist

Honorary Trustees
Susan A. Cole, PhD, President, Montclair State University
Hon. Steven Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City
Hon. Thomas H. Kean, Founding Governor
Ralph LaRossa, COO, PSEG; President and COO, PSEG Power LLC

Executive Staff
Christine Arnold-Schroeder, VP, External Affairs
Iowaka Barber, Chief People Officer
Amanda Cunningham, COO
Tamour Kousha, CFO
Paul Marsh, VP, Marketing and Communications
Liza Reich Rawson, Head of Exhibition Development and Design
Ivory Williams, VP; STEM Teaching, Learning, and Innovation