The State of Science: Conversations with Holden Thorp

The State of Science: Conversations With Holden Thorp

The State of Science: Conversations with Holden Thorp is a virtual speaker series that took place over three Mondays in late February and early March 2021.

The hour-long sessions featured informal discussions between Thorp, editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals; Marie Lynn Miranda, provost at Notre Dame; and other scholars from Science and Notre Dame. You can learn more about all the participants further down the page.

Videos of all three events are available below.

“Building the COVID-19 Knowledge Base in Real Time”

Monday, February 22
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

In the conversation: Holden Thorp and Marie Lynn Miranda

In addition to the video, there is a condensed version of this conversation available as a podcast.

“Scientific Collaboration in a Post-Pandemic World”

Monday, March 1
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

In the conversation: Holden Thorp and Suman Datta

“Placing Your Research in Top Journals”

Monday, March 8
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

In the conversation: Holden Thorp, Jake Yeston, and Jessica Payne

In the Conversations

Holden Thorp

Holden Thorp

H. Holden Thorp is editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals and Rita Levi-Montalcini Distinguished University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, holding appointments in both chemistry and medicine. He previously served as Washington University’s provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs and as the chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Holding a doctorate from the California Institute of Technology, Thorp completed postdoctoral work at Yale University. He is also a huge jazz fan and, in the first of the above conversations, shared his recommended jazz listening list for beginners: Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, A Love Supreme by John Coltrane, Romantic Warrior by Return to Forever, and Crystal Silence by Chick Corea and Gary Burton.
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Marie Lynn Miranda

Marie Lynn Miranda

Marie Lynn Miranda is Charles and Jill Fischer Provost of the University of Notre Dame, where she is a professor of applied and computational mathematics and statistics. A distinguished scholar in the field of children’s environmental health, she served as provost at Rice University from 2015–19 and as dean of the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment for the four years prior to that. Miranda holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard University.
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Suman Datta

Suman Datta

Suman Datta is Stinson Professor of Nanotechnology in Notre Dame’s Department of Electrical Engineering and the director of ASCENT, a microelectronics research center funded by the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Prior to beginning his academic career, he was with the Logic Technology Development group of Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Cincinnati.
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Jessica Payne

Jessica Payne

Jessica Payne is an associate professor of psychology at Notre Dame, where she directs the Sleep, Stress, and Memory Lab. Selected by the National Academy of Sciences as the 2021 Seymour Benzer/Sydney Brenner Lecturer, she is currently leading a multiyear study on sleep and memory in middle-aged adults supported by the National Science Foundation. Payne holds a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and completed postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard Medical School and Harvard University.
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Jake Yeston

Jake Yeston

A member of the staff at Science since 2004, Jake Yeston is currently the journal’s editor for physical sciences research. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and conducted postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany, before working as a National Research Council fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
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