Postdoc Slam Live Event Judges

Final Judges
These five judges chose the winner and runner-up from among the finalists at the live Postdoc Slam event on September 19, 2017. See also the screening judges who reviewed initial video entries and selected finalists.

Pete FarleyPete Farley is director of communications for research and education at UCSF. He has worked in science publishing, editing, and journalism for more than 25 years. He holds a master’s degree in science and medical journalism from Boston University. Read Farley's recent story on a potential treatment for severe childhood epilepsy identified in experiments with zebrafish in the Baraban Lab at UCSF.


Kishore HariKishore Hari is the director of the annual Bay Area Science Festival, which draws over 80K attendees each year. He joined the Science Education Partnership at UCSF in November 2009, bringing an interest in engaging public audiences in science discussion. In 2007, he founded Down to a Science, a San Francisco based science cafe, to create social dialogues fueled by scientific research. Building on its success, Kishore started, which is not only the Science Festival's website, but also a web portal to all of the various science institutions and events throughout the Bay Area. Kishore has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of California-Berkeley. In 2002, he co-founded Superior Adsorbents Inc., an environmental services company specializing in heavy metal remediation from air, soil, and water.

Daniel LowensteinDaniel Lowenstein, MD, is the executive vice chancellor and provost of UCSF and professor and vice chair in the Department of Neurology. A clinician-scientist who studies both basic science and clinical aspects of epilepsy, Lowenstein’s laboratory studies have focused not only on the neurobiology of epilepsy, but also on the broader issue of neurodevelopment and the capacity for regeneration in the adult nervous system after injury. Lowenstein is the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of his research, teaching, and public service. He received his MD from Harvard Medical School, and completed his internship, residency, and fellowship here at UCSF. Read more about his career, and watch his "Last Lecture" to the class of 2013.

Leslie McClurgLesley McClurg is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award winning journalist with over a decade of experience in public radio and television reporting. She is currently a science reporter for KQED. Her work has been featured on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here and Now, Marketplace, and Latino USA, among others. In addition to her work in daily news, McClurg also has extensive experience in documentary filmmaking and writing, including the 2009 documentary "Green Prison Reform," for which she received an Emmy Award. Her recent reporting for KQED included coverage of the UC-wide Grad Slam competition in May. McClurg holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Louisiana State University.

Jacob WardJacob Ward is a journalist and television correspondent, currently working as science and technology correspondent for Al Jazeera America. Previously, he was editor-in-chief of Popular Science magazine, the world's largest science and technology magazine. He is the host of a forthcoming series about bias and human decision-making for American public television, and is also at work on a book about the science of bias. His soon-to-be-released podcast series Complicated explores the world's most complicated problems and challenges. Ward received a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University. See Ward's recent story on a new cancer trial utilizing CRISPR technology.

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