Dr. Lingbing Zhang imagines a world without cancer and has developed an innovative approach which prominent oncologists agree could win the final battle against the disease — preventing at least 30% of cancer deaths.
A postdoctoral fellow in cancer immunology and immunotherapy at Stanford University with a Ph.D in Immunology from Jilin University, Dr. Zhang has been studying cancer immunology for 15 years, understanding the immune system during the whole process of cancer development from early stage to late stage and death.
Tom Triumph is a consultant, speaker and author who helps companies grow by helping them reinvent their business, product development, and marketing.
He’s helped large organizations act nimbly and small companies scale. He’s participated in two global technology revolutions—(less invasive surgery and software-as-a-service) - and along the way has been part of some remarkable success stories (and some misfires).
Tom lived aboard a research ship where he tended to the mini-sub (Jacques Cousteau was on the Board), wrestled in the Olympic trials, and helped oversee the design and build of the largest composite hovercraft ever built in the US.
He’s the author of the book "Evolve or Die: Lessons for World-Class Innovation & Creativity."
He resides in North Carolina with his wife of 38 years, and is an ultrarunner who envies Tom Hanks’ long run as Forrest Gump.
Dr. Aly Cohen is an integrative medicine specialist, and environmental health expert who is innovating high school health education in Princeton, NJ.
Dr. Cohen received her medical training at Hahnemann University Hospital School of Medicine and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center. She is trained in medical acupuncture from the Helms Institute at UCLA and Environmental Medicine from Dr. Andrew Weil and the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. In 2012, she was honored as the recipient of the Jones/Lovell Rheumatology Scholarship at the Center for Integrative Medicine. She has studied and worked alongside Dr. Andrew Weil and his colleagues in the field of integrative medicine over the past two years.
Dr. Cohen’s strong interest and work in the area of environmental chemical exposure and health lead her to a collaboration with the Environmental Working Group (EWG.org) to create a CME accredited presentation on endocrine disrupting chemicals and their relationship to human health, designed specifically for physicians, nurses and other health professionals. She lectures nationally on this topic to communities, academic institutions and medical schools. She is currently piloting a program at Princeton High School to integrate environmental health information into the current health curriculum.
Dr. Cohen is a regular health contributor to radio and news broadcasts, such as Fox 5 NY, and lectures nationally and internationally on various health topics. She works as a writer for TLC.com, EverydayHealth.com, WebMD.com, and Women’s Running Magazine.
After receiving her PhD from Temple University in philosophy of religion, Stephanie Theodorou focused her attention to the study of consciousness and the role of symbolism in cognition. Her interest in animal consciousness evolved from her research in phenomenological accounts of experience in Western and Eastern philosophical traditions. She has been teaching at the university level for the past 30 years and has published work on the philosophical implications of the emotional life of animals, metaphor and mind, hermeneutics, and Asian philosophy. She taught and directed the Honors Program at Immaculata University in Malvern, PA. and currently teaches at the University of Central Florida.
Duke Riley explores the struggles of marginal peoples who exist, perhaps forgotten, within larger encompassing societies, looking at such issues as the tension between individual and collective behavior, conflict with institutional power, the cultural impact of overdevelopment and the environmental destruction of waterfront communities. Riley is known for work that combines the seafarer’s craft with nautical history through drawing, tattooing, printmaking, mosaic, sculpture, performative interventions, and video structured as complex multimedia installations.
Riley has had solo exhibitions at Magnan Metz Gallery, New York City; the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland; the Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY; and the Havana Biennial, among other venues. He has received numerous awards and commissions, including a Percent for Art public art commission, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, and the MTA Arts For Transit commission for the Beach 98th Street Station renovation. Born in Boston, he received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, in Providence, before moving to New York, settling in Brooklyn, and earning his M.F.A. from Pratt Institute.
The following presenters from our local community, including students, will give five minute talks:
Tiriq R. Callaway is an Atlantic City, New Jersey native who also credits Pleasantville, New Jersey as the town that raised him. He refers to his hometown as “Atlantic-Ville,” a name he coined by combining the two cities together. As an accomplice to his writing style, authenticity rings loud when Callaway writes. His life experiences and master's degree in social work, equipped him with the empathy he uses to create encouraging work for others.
Tiriq's deep passion to write and help people, pushed him to self-publish his first book, a memoir about his life entitled, A Diamond In God’s Dirt. He's been published in the New Social Worker Magazine for his poetry, and also had work published in the Rizzarr Magazine, by award winning journalist Ashley M. Williams.
Set to release his newest poetry book (Fall 2019) “shine through our shade: an evolution of self love,” he’s reached the likes of Nikki Giovanni who stated, "Tiriq has vision beyond his years … his poetry is simple but expressed powerfully, and viscerally captures both the universal human experience and the particular struggles of an African American man today."
Callaway continues to gain daily inspiration from the world and his personal experiences. The author intimately expresses his thoughts and beliefs, and aims to make a personal connection with people to spread more hope, happiness, love, and laughter every day.