DR. MOIRA GUNN stands squarely at the nexus of technology, science and society.
Through her public radio program Tech Nation, and its regular segments Tech Nation Health and BioTech Nation, she has interviewed over 3,000 people – from CEO’s to scientists, from venture capitalists to politicians, from teachers to technophobes. In her words, everyone plays a role – everyone is a piece of the puzzle.
A former NASA scientist and engineer, her primary career focus has been in Big Data, well before it was called Big Data. More recently, Gunn has also entered the world of biotechnology and bioentrepreneurship, interviewing the people who decode our DNA, seek cures for cancer and rare disease, and work to make energy fully sustainable. Her book: "Welcome to BioTech Nation: My Unexpected Odyssey into the Land of Small Molecules, Lean Genes, and Big Ideas" was named to the Best Science Books List by the Library Journal.
Tech Nation, Tech Nation Health and BioTech Nation play to a broad audience, airing nationwide on over 200 public radio stations, on the NPR channel on SiriusXM, and the NPR 24-hour Program Stream. They are heard globally in 144 countries via American Forces Radio International and via the Internet, to everyone, everywhere.
An award-winning radio journalist, Gunn's success in explaining and framing technology and science is born out of solid credentials: She was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, where she also earned a Masters in Computer Science. With a long career in systems development, she holds a software patent in nutrition research, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and was further recognized for her career achievements by Purdue with an honorary doctorate in science.
Dr. Gunn is an Associate Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Francisco, where she created and oversees the bioentrepreneurship graduate courses. Her research includes identifying the expertise needed to move breakthrough scientific research to viable commercial products, as well as measuring and understanding the impact of everyday attitudes toward science, technology, engineering, math and biotechnology.
The National Science Board awarded Dr. Gunn the Public Service Award to the Individual for her contributions to the public understanding of science and engineering. She is the former President of SIBER, the Society for International Bioentrepreneurship Education and Research. Among other board position, Gunn holds Emeritus status at the Tech Museum of Innovation in Silicon Valley, and is currently a member of the Strategic Research Advisory Council of Purdue University.
Gunn is equally known for her indepth and insightful role as a panel moderator, and for her speaking engagements, which reflect a number of topics. These frequently feature insights from Tech Nation Health about new scientific breakthroughs and emergent technology capabilities which will change health and wellness in the coming decades. Another popular topic is misinformation and disinformation in our lives - from infographics to social media to familiar television commercials. Topics abound given the breadth and depth of Tech Nation programming.
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