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The Phage is an homage to the vast dark ecology whose foment gave birth to Earth's living diversity. These ubiquitous viral life forms evolve faster than any other life on earth. In their furious co-optive radiations they have acted as the vital genetic pollinators that wove long-separated lines of cellular life into resplendent new threads - the phage are the needles of life's tapestry. Beware if you encounter us: memetic biohazards lie ahead.

Phage Science Talks

All Phage 2022 science talks will be at the Phage dome at 8:15 and Esplanade - AV equipment permitting, we will try our best to have inside and outside seating. ***Talk schedules are subject to change and may run ahead or behind***.

Tuesday Aug 30th - Intercellular/Interstellar

8:15 How Phages Can Save the World (With a Little Help From College Students)
Amanda Freise - Phage biologist and microbiology professor
8:30 Cellular Immunotherapy - a new pillar of medicine
Peretz Partensky - Phageling in liquid computation as CEO of ImmuneBridge
8:45 Forensic science innovation: hunting down sperm cells in sexual assault samples to ease the case backlog
Shreya Deshmukh - Scientist & field hunter of rogue cells
9:00 Using deep sequencing to model and predict flu evolution
Frances Welsh - Graduate student
9:15 The Physics of Interstellar
Ernest Yeung - Physicist turned (space) Flight Software Engineer

Wednesday Aug 31st - Hope Doping

8:15 The Origin of Matter (a brief introduction to nucleosynthesis from the Big Bang to now)
Edwin Chiu - Space and ocean exploration engineer
8:30 Climate optimism: highlights of amazing technologies have been developed and deployed that are making a huge impact
Jeremy Conrad - Entrepreneur [founder @Quartz construction tech]; Investor [GP @Lemnos]; and engineer [MIT];
8:45 How dope could the future be? Why AI might cause that soon
Danny Hernandez - AI research scientist
9:00 Using MDMA to Revolutionize How We Treat Trauma
Will Barone - Clinical Psychologist and Psychedelic Researcher, Riverstyx Foundation; The Clinic; MAPS
9:15 Climate Drugs? One Future Dream of Entactogen Medicine for Processing Climate Grief
Luke Pustejovsky - Co-Founder & COO, Tactogen Inc and Advisor,

Thursday Sept 1st - Reality Bytes

8:15 The Future of VR and Immersive Storytelling
Xander Black + Tessanella DeFrisco
8:30 Unf**king the Planet - How we will (and must) beat climate change
Ramez Naam - Author of award-winning sci-fi Nexus trilogy; Investor in clean tech;
8:45 Afrofuture Fungi and the birth of Black Trans Eco Feminism in Art and Science Fiction
Nikesha Breeze and Tigre Mashall-Lively - Award winning Interdisciplinary Artists and makers of "Facing the Fear Beast" a 2022 BM Honorarium Sculpture
9:00 The Friendship Paradox: Why your friends have more friends than you do
Matt Brand - Research Scientist & playa art Bottle Genii lead
9:15 Ethanol: a carbon-negative building block?
Joe Rollin - working at the biotech/climate interface, and creator of very magical objects
9:30 Wavefronts and their caustics
Daniel Álvarez-Gavela - Professor of pure mathematics

Friday Sept 2nd - New Waves

8:15 New Fabrics + Functional Textiles: The Tapis Magique
Irmandy Wicaksono - textile artist and engineer, PhD student at the MIT Media Lab
8:30 GANIMALS: AI-generated animals, hype and collective intelligence
Ziv Epstein - PhD Student at the MIT Media Lab and WOWAN art co-lead
8:45 Breeding an Intelligent Non Human Civilization
Olya Irzak
9:00 3,000 Years Among the Microbes
Rico Rojas - Professor of Biology who studies plants, fungi, bacteria, and bacteriophage!
9:15 The Physics of Sound and Sound Perception in the Cochlea
Frankie Myers