Thomas Campbell Jackson
Thomas Campbell Jackson is the co-founder of the Pamela B. and Thomas C. Jackson Charitable Fund and other entities engaged in strategic planning and financial support for organizations promoting human health, lifelong humanistic science education, economic literacy, and rational inquiry. As the president of Zeitblom Analytics, Mr. Jackson consults in micro and macro health policy.He has over two decades of experience in public sector health policy, and was director of the City of New York’s Employee Health Benefits Program, which arranges health coverage for over a million city employees, retirees and their families.
Mr. Jackson received a BA in economics and German from Tufts University, and a Master of Public Health degree in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University. Mr. Jackson has also published children’s books.
Wendy is an award winning producer, director and casting director. Her first documentary, THE WAR ROOM, directed by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker was nominated for an Academy Award, and their second collaboration, Moon Over Broadway, was cited as Best Documentary of ’98.
Alexis is a French-Venezuelen scientist, filmmaker and founder of Imaginal Disc, a film production company focused on scientific storytelling. His work is interdisciplinary and diverse, yet focuses on bridging the sciences and the visual arts through film, exhibits and installations, research and teaching. He received his Ph.D in Molecular Biology from The Rockefeller University, a Masters in Bioinformatics from the University of Marne la Vallée and Bachelor of Arts from Bard College.He is currently enrolled in New York University Graduate Film Program as a thesis student, where he is working on his first feature film, The Fly Room, based on a the true life story of a pioneer geneticist from the 1920s.
Ehsan Pishyar has a managerial position within 32Group, a worldwide holding company, committed to business strategies in the community. He is involved in Marketing, Business Operations and Project Development for 32Group. His duties extend over North America, Western Europe and the Middle East and involve making executive decisions in the divisions of diverse activities, notably financial and investment managements and placement of global financing opportunities. His goal is to provide Imagine Science Films with business experience, an international presence and insight into finances and business affairs.Mr. Pishyar received a BA in Russian Literature and a minor in Computer Science from Bard College. He is a member of the board of 32 Group and vice-president of professional club Servette FC 1980 SA.
Shripriya Mahesh is an Indian-born filmmaker based in New York City and Asia. She grew up in Madras, India in a family of entrepreneurs, artists and non-profit pioneers. Deferring her artistic dreams, Shripriya earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and had a successful career in Silicon Valley. She held VP roles in Product Management, Product Marketing and Corporate Strategy at eBay where she managed a $400 million business. She left the corporate world to focus on filmmaking.Shripriya is currently an MFA thesis candidate at NYU’s Graduate Film Program, where she has made four short films that have played at festivals around the world. She is currently working on her first feature script. For more info about Shripriya’s work, please visit: http://tatvam.com.
Dr. Michael Purugganan received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines (1985), an M.A. from Columbia University (1986) and a Ph.D. in Botany with a Global Policy minor at the University of Georgia (1993). After obtaining his Ph.D., he did postdoctoral research as an Alfred P. Sloan Molecular Evolution Fellow at the University of California in San Diego, studying the evolution of development (1993-1995). Dr. Purugganan is a leader in the field of evolutionary and ecological genomics and his work focuses on identifying the molecular basis for evolutionary adaptations that occur in nature. Prior to joining the NYU faculty in 2006, he was the William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Genetics at North Carolina State University, where he also won the Outstanding Faculty Research Award and the Sigma Xi Research Prize. He is the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Young Investigator Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, is a Kavli Fellow, and in 2005 was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Purugganan is on the editorial boards of the journals Genome Biology and Evolution, Molecular Ecology, Trends in Plant Science and the Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics..
Dr. Stuart Firestein is the former Chair of Columbia University’s Department of Biological Sciences where his laboratory studies the vertebrate olfactory system, possibly the best chemical detector on the face of the planet. Aside from its molecular detection capabilities, the olfactory system serves as a model for investigating general principles and mechanisms of signaling and perception in the brain. His laboratory seeks to answer that fundamental human question: How do I smell?
Dedicated to promoting the accessibility of science to a public audience Firestein serves as an advisor for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s program for the Public Understanding of Science. Recently he was awarded the 2011 Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award for excellence in scholarship and teaching. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, an Alfred Sloan Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow. His book on the workings of science for a general audience called Ignorance, How it drives Science was released by Oxford University Press in 2012.
Imagine Science Films is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in existence since 2008 committed to promoting a high-level dialogue between scientists and filmmakers.
Our mission is to bridge the gap between art and science through film, thereby transforming the way science is communicated to the public and encouraging collaboration across disciplines.
Together scientists, who dedicate their lives to studying the world in which we live, and filmmakers, who interpret and expose this knowledge, can make science accessible and stimulating to the broadest possible audience. Imagine Science Films is committed to drawing attention to the sciences, whether it is through art or our community outreach efforts.
Imagine Science Films is proud to celebrate its 7th anniversary. Created in 2008 by geneticist and filmmaker Alexis Gambis, Imagine Science Films (ISF) has grown from a small film series at The Rockefeller University to a major venue for the release of new and experimental works bridging the worlds of science and film.
In 2008, ISF founded the annual Imagine Science Film Festival, the first science film festival, founded and still run, by scientists. Each fall, the week long Imagine Science Film Festival celebrates science and art in venues around New York City.
To further engage the public with science through art and film, ISF hosts educational workshops, screenings and online events year round.