Douglas Braaten oversees the strategic development and planning of all scholarly scientific publishing at the New York Academy of Sciences, including as editor-in-chief of Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences and the joint Academy–Wiley book program established in 2015. Following twenty-three years of basic research in immunology, HIV, gamma-herpesvirus biology, Drosophila genetics, and cell biology at various university research laboratories and publishing over twenty primary research articles, Douglas joined the scientific editorial team at Nature Immunology in 2005, and then moved to the Academy in 2009. Douglas earned dual M.B.A. degrees at UCLA and the National University of Singapore in 2020, a Ph.D. in the microbiology department at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2000, and a B.A. degree in biology at Washington University in 1984; and he studied in Ph.D. programs in philosophy at Columbia University and the CUNY Graduate Center, the M.D. program at OU School of Medicine, and the Master of Liberal Arts program at Washington University, St. Louis.
Events by Topic2022 Annual GalaNovember 14, 2022More
After a two-year [pandemic] pause, our annual celebration of science is back. Please join the New York Academy of Sciences, its President & CEO Professor Nicholas B. Dirks, and STEM leaders from academia, industry, non-profit, philanthropy, and media for a celebration of science and to honor the visionary recipients of the 2021 and 2022 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists.September 30, 2022 - May 3, 2023
Career Paths 2023 Virtual Series: Start-UpsMore
In this webinar, we will learn about how graduate students and postdoctoral fellows can leverage their training in graduate school to transition into a career in Start-Up and the various roles and opportunities that exist.The Enduring Enigma of the MindNovember 17, 2022 - February 15, 2023More
Marking the ten-year anniversary of the highly successful partnership between the New York Academy of Sciences, the Nour Foundation, and Wisconsin Public Radio's To the Best of Our Knowledge, this timely and thought-provoking three-part series led by Steve Paulson once again brings together leading scientists and thinkers from an array of disciplines to help ponder and unravel the complexities of the human mind, from its origins and functions to its cultivation and development, with a view toward ultimately acquiring greater insight into ourselves and the nature of our existence.
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Resources for EducatorsEureka Moments that Changed ScienceFebruary 11 - July 27, 2022More
Join the New York Academy of Sciences and Johnson & Johnson for a series of engaging and insightful webinars with extraordinary scientists whose discoveries have made a profound impact on human health.Sustainable Solutions for the World's Dinner TableMore
A look at challenges and opportunities in food and nutrition science research.Grantsmanship and the Transition to Research IndependenceMore
As university budgets shrink and external funding sources becoming more competitive, the ability to write successful research grants is more important than ever. In this eBriefing, learn strategies for effective grant writing, specifically applied to fellowship applications in biomedical fields.
Now more than ever, it's clear that being able to collaborate across fields and borders is crucial for the advancement of science. Find out how our Members across sectors have built innovative cross-disciplinary teams.More
It is understood that human milk provides benefits to babies as they develop, particularly in its ability to help protect babies from a variety of infections. But what is the mechanism that does the work to help keep babies healthy? Find out in this interview with Academy Member and Vanderbilt University Professor Steven Townsend.More
When three scientists working across different disciplines, universities, and continents teamed up as part of the Interstellar Initiative—an international mentorship program for early-career investigators—their first task was finding common ground. Find out how they did it and how their work might contribute to the study of aging.
The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists celebrate the achievements of extraordinary young scientists and engineers and accelerate innovation through unrestricted funding.More
The Junior Academy introduces exceptional students to an online community where they gain access to best-in-class STEM resources and work together to solve real-world problems. STEM professionals mentor student teams during 60-day innovation challenges sponsored by industry-leading companies via Launchpad, our interactive challenge platform. Students and mentors can participate from anywhere in the world and have multiple challenges a year to choose from. Accepted students and mentors receive free membership to the New York Academy of Sciences!More
Available exclusively to our Member community, Member-to-Member Mentoring is a self-directed mentoring program that matches early career scientists and engineers with experienced STEM professionals for advice and coaching.
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For the PressMarking Two Years, and Heading Toward 2050 — A Letter From Our PresidentMore
Professor Nicholas Dirks marks his two-year anniversary with a look at how the Academy is fulfilling its mission in new ways.Innovators in Science AwardMore
The Innovators in Science Award recognizes a promising Early-Career Scientist's and an outstanding Senior Scientist's contributions to science in the therapeutic areas of Neuroscience, Regenerative Medicine, Rare Diseases, Gastroenterology, and Oncology, and is intended to support their commitment to innovative research.Volume 1509More
This volume of Ann NY Acad Sci contains a perspective article on emergency preservation and resuscitation for cardiac arrest from trauma; two reviews, including one on calcium supplementation during pregnancy and maternal and offspring bone health; and eight original research articles, including one on individuality and function of chemical signals during conflict resolution of a mammal, and another on the priming effects of empathy on neural processing associated with firsthand pain perception.
Contact UsOur Mission: Science for the Public GoodMore
As the New York Academy of Sciences continues into its third century, Nicholas Dirks is at the helm of an extraordinary organization with a talented staff, a global community of more than 20,000 Members, and a network of top-echelon leaders in science, industry, academia, government and public policy. Bringing all these people together, the Academy is taking on COVID-19 and other world-wide challenges with the best solutions that science, technology, and bright minds can offer.