On May 15th, LASER Boston is going virtual with the next installation of the Talks series. This virtual event will explore behaviors, habits and how we shape, adapt and change the way we do things. You will hear from three speakers across the arts and sciences with the ultimate goal of fostering cross-disciplinary discovery and dialogue.
LASER Boston: Shaping Biology & Behavior will feature organizational psychologist and the Vice President of Behavior Change Design at Mad*Pow Amy Bucher, professor, biologist and artist David S. Goodsell, founder and managing partner of Redrock, co-founder of digital Therapeutix Tobias Pforr and economist at the KOF Swiss Economic Institute Andreas Beerli.
Presented by swissnex Boston and SciArt Initiative.
12:30pm – Welcome Talks:
Four 10 min segments followed by a Q&A
1:15pm – Open Q&A Session:
A time to ask those final burning questions or share last thoughts
Amy Bucher is an organizational psychologist and the Vice President of Behavior Change Design at Mad*Pow in Boston, MA. Her research interests include motivational design and self-determination theory, social relationships/connections and their effect on well-being and performance, happiness and resilience, and health behaviors such as medication adherence and physical fitness. Bucher’s recently published book, Engaged: Designing for Behavior Change, offers practical tips for design professionals to apply the psychology of engagement to their work. She earned her MA in Psychology from Harvard University and her PhD in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan.
David S. Goodsell
David S. Goodsell is professor of computational biology at the Scripps Research Institute and research professor at Rutgers University, New Jersey. As a structural biologist, Goodsell focuses on the study of HIV biology and the structure and function of bacterial cells. He is well-known for his watercolor paintings of cell interiors, which integrate information from structural biology, microscopy, and biophysics to simulate detailed views of the molecular structure of living cells. Goodsell earned his BSc in biology and chemistry at University of California Irvine, and his PhD in biochemistry at the University of California Los Angeles.
Tobias Pforr is the founder and managing partner of Redrock, and co-founder of digital Therapeutix. Trained in industrial engineering, he is a strategist, coach, and entrepreneur with a strong focus on human centricity and interfaces between people, companies, and cultures. Pforr has built up internal incubators and innovation programs helping companies to awaken an entrepreneurial spirit and has designed and built up cross-industry consortia focusing on bringing innovation to different markets. He coaches companies in developing and executing sound strategies for new business development.
Andreas Beerli is a researcher and economist at the KOF Swiss Economic Institute, an associate member of the Immigration Policy Lab at ETH Zurich, and co-founder of Policy Analytics Switzerland. He has conducted various evaluations and research projects on migration and labor markets and currently works on impact evaluations concerning online labor markets, the integration of migrants and criminal justice. He received his PhD from the University of Zurich and was a research fellow at the University of California, Davis, and the London School of Economics and Political Science.
LASER Boston is co-organized by swissnex Boston and SciArt Initiative. LASER is a program of Leonardo/the International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology. LASER Boston meets four times per year, featuring local and visiting artists, scientists, technologists, and creative professionals.