The New York Academy of Sciences Annual Gala

The New York Academy of Sciences Annual Gala

This year’s Gala marks the close of the Academy’s bicentennial year. Join us as we usher in the third century of The World's Smartest Network!

Attendees will be invited to share their visions for the future of scientific discovery, as we collectively imagine the Academy’s third century. The evening will showcase brilliant young innovators who will be driving scientific progress in the years to come, including honorees of the Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists, and some of the incredible students from our STEM mentorship programs.

Our program features a keynote speech by Astronaut, Engineer, and Physician, Dr. Mae Jemison. After making history as the first African American woman in space, she is now a global advocate for the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in preparing the leaders and innovators of the future.

Date: November 6, 2017

The Conrad Hotel
102 North End Avenue
Lower Manhattan
New York, NY 10282

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Gala Chair List as of September 13, 2017

Underwriters

Len Blavatnik
Founder & Chairman, Access Industries; Governor, The New York Academy of Sciences

Jim & Marilyn Simons
Co-founders, Simons Foundation

Mission Partner

Benefactors

Robert B. Catell
Chairman, Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, Stony Brook University; Governor, The New York Academy of Sciences

Yale University

Patrons

Cisco Systems

Peter Feeney and Donna Milrod
Governor, The New York Academy of Sciences

IBM

Institute for Advanced Study

Mount Sinai Health System

New York University

Pfizer Inc

The Rockefeller University

Craig B. Thompson
President and CEO, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Jan & Marica Vilcek
Co-founders, The Vilcek Foundation

Weill Cornell Medicine

WILEY

Friends

Acorda Therapeutics

Karen Burke
Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology, Mount Sinai Health System; Honorary Life Governor, The New York Academy of Sciences

Bobbi and Barry Coller

Columbia University

EisnerAmper LLP

MaryEllen Elia
Commissioner, New York State Education Department; Governor, The New York Academy of Sciences

Samantha Kappagoda
Co-Founder, Risk Economics, Inc.; RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics, Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences

David K.A. Mordecai
Co-Founder, Risk Economics, Inc.; RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics, Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences; Governor, The New York Academy of Sciences

Mushett Family Foundation

Kevin Parker
CEO, Sustainable Insight Capital Management

Rutgers University – Newark

Unilever

Paul Walker
Technologist and Philanthropist; Vice-Chair, The New York Academy of Sciences

Contact

Helen O'Rourke

212.298.8690
The New York Academy of Sciences Annual Gala

Dr. Mae C. Jemison

Dr. Mae C. Jemison is an American engineer, physician and NASA astronaut who became the first woman of color in the world to go into space when she flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992. Serving six years as a NASA astronaut, Dr. Jemison is an icon of both the women's rights and civil rights movement, inducted into both the National Women's Hall of Fame (1993) and the International Space Hall of Fame (2004).

A strong, committed global voice for science literacy, in 1994 Jemison founded the international science camp The Earth We Share™ (TEWS) for students 12–16 years old from around the world. In 2011, Jemison also launched the TEWS-Space Race,  with the goal of improving science achievement for underserved Los Angeles-area students who are underrepresented in the sciences. Dr. Jemison continues to be a vocal advocate for improving education access and advocating for greater inclusion of girls in STEM programs. Jemison's book, Find Where the Wind Goes, is geared for teenagers and explores her experiences growing up on the South Side of Chicago, cultivating her aspirations to be a scientist, and her history-making journey into space.

Following her time in NASA, Dr. Jemison founded both The Jemison Group and BioSentient Corporation. A technology consulting firm, The Jemison Group explores and develops stand-alone science and technology programs, integrating the critical impact of socio-cultural issues with revolutionary technologies. Among The Jemison Group's groundbreaking work is a project to use satellite technology for health care delivery in West Africa and another to use solar dish Stirling engines for electricity generation in developing countries.

Currently, Dr. Jemison leads The 100 Year Starship (100YSS), a revolutionary initiative to assure the capability for human interstellar space travel to another star within the next century.

Involved in a wide range of programs and causes, Dr. Jemison is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine and is on the Board of Directors of: Kimberly-Clark Corp., Scholastic, Inc., Texas Medical Center, and Valspar Corp. She's also a Trustee of Morehouse College and served as the Chair of the Texas State Product Development and Small Business Incubator Board and the Greater Houston Partnership Disaster Planning and Recovery Task Force. Among many honors, awards and honorary degrees she has received the National Organization for Women’s Intrepid Award and the Kilby Science Award. Jemison appeared on an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, hosted the Discovery Channel series World of Wonder, and was chosen by People magazine as one of the “World’s 50 Most Beautiful People.”

In addition to all her work, Dr. Jemison is a highly sought after speaker on issues of health care, social responsibility, technology and motivation. Sh has appeared on BBC, The McNeil Lehrer Report, ABC Nightline, NPR and CNN.

Prior to NASA, Jemison was a Peace Corps Medical Officer in Sierra Leone and Liberia for two and a half years, overseeing the healthcare system. Jemison earned a B.S. degree in chemical engineering and her M.D. from Cornell University.

Distinguished Participants as of September 18, 2017

Reuben Advani
CEO, Global STEM Alliance, The New York Academy of Sciences

Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn
Vice President & General Manager, Cisco Systems

Len Blavatnik
Founder & Chairman, Access Industries; Governor, The New York Academy of Sciences

Nancy Cantor
Chancellor, Rutgers University-Newark; Governor, The New York Academy of Sciences

Kenneth L. Davis
President and CEO, Mount Sinai Health System

Robbert Dijkgraaf
Director, Institute for Advanced Study

Mikael Dolsten
President, Worldwide Research and Development, Pfizer Inc; Governor, The New York Academy of Sciences

MaryEllen Elia
New York State Commissioner of Education; Governor, The New York Academy of Sciences

Tamar Szabó Gendler
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Yale University

Annie Heremans
Vice President, Research & Development, Unilever

Paul Horn
Senior Vice Provost for Research, New York University; Chair, The New York Academy of Sciences

Maren E. Imhoff
Senior Vice President for Development, The Rockefeller University

Beth Jacobs
Managing Partner, Excellentia Global Partners; Governor, The New York Academy of Sciences

Mae Jemison
Astronaut, Engineer, Physician; Lead, 100 Year Starship; Founder and President, The Jemison Group; Inductee, National Women's Hall of Fame & International Space Hall of Fame

Samantha Kappagoda
Co-Founder, Risk Economics, Inc.; RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics, Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences

John E. Kelly III
Senior Vice President, Solutions Portfolio and Research, IBM

Mehmood Khan
Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer, PepsiCo

Seema Kumar
Vice President, Innovation, Global Health, and Policy Communication, Johnson & Johnson

Pablo Legorreta
Founder & CEO, Royalty Pharma; Governor, The New York Academy of Sciences

Richard Lifton
President, The Rockefeller University

Byron Martin
Chief of Staff, IBM Cognitive Solutions and Research

Donna Milrod
Governor, The New York Academy of Sciences

Amina Mohammed
Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

David Mordecai
Co-Founder, Risk Economics, Inc.; RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics, Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences; Governor, The New York Academy of Sciences

Timothy O'Connor
Vice President, University Strategy and Research Operations, The Rockefeller University

Kevin Parker
CEO, Sustainable Insight Capital Management

Andy Plump
Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Ellis Rubinstein
President and CEO, The New York Academy of Sciences

Joanna Rubinstein
President and CEO, World Childhood Foundation USA

Tierney Saccavino
Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications, Acorda Therapeutics

Katepalli R. Sreenivasan
President, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Kathleen Stern
Director, Bioethics and Portfolio Management, Global Science and Biomedical Policy, Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Paul Stoffels
Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson; Governor, The New York Academy of Sciences

Carl-Henric Svanberg
Chairman of the Board, BP; Chairman of the Board, Volvo AB

Craig B. Thompson
President and CEO, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Peter Thoren
Executive Vice President, Access Industries

William Wachtel
Founding Partner, Wachtel Missry LLP

Paul Walker
Advisory Director, Goldman Sachs; Vice-Chair, The New York Academy of Sciences

Jan Weststrate
Senior Vice President, Research & Development, PepsiCo Asia, Middle East, Africa

Torsten N. Wiesel
Nobel Laureate; President Emeritus, The Rockefeller University; Chairman Emeritus, The New York Academy of Sciences