About


Mission

The Chicago Council on Science and Technology’s (C2ST) mission is to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of science and technology and their impact on society.

C2ST has spent the past decade working towards its mission of a community engaged with science. Pursuing that goal hasn’t been simple, and has required the work of dedicated people from day one. C2ST’s four founders laid the groundwork and in 2005, they came together with one simple idea.

They would create an organization to connect the public with science and the scientific community with itself.

A grant from NASA aimed at outreach led to a series of talks open to the public on energy and climate change, which was heavy in the public mind at the time and the NASA talks were so successful there was no reason not to create similar programs.

So, the Chicago Council on Science and Technology was born.

The council has grown to encompass much of the Chicago area and done its best to create a place where anyone from anywhere can come to learn.

C2ST Code of  Conduct

We are dedicated to providing a professional and inclusive environment for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion. Please be respectful of diversity in individuals and in cultures at our events.

 

 

 

 

“C2ST serves as a vital resource to our community for perpetuating knowledge about the importance of science and technology in our daily lives. It is easy to take for granted special medications, diagnostic tests, cell phones, alternative sources of energy and more – but decades of research have been devoted to these advancements that allow us to enjoy the fruits of dedicated scientists. Now, we have a responsibility to train the next generation of innovators, and C2ST plays a major role in this noble goal.”

-Mary J.C. Hendrix, President, Shepherd University


Board of Directors

Alan Schriesheim, President C2ST
Director Emeritus
Argonne National Laboratory

Jay Walsh, Board Chair
Interim Vice President for Economic Development and Innovation
University of Illinois System

Bob Arthur
President
Magellan Corporation

Gerald Blazey
Vice President for Research & Innovation Partnerships
Northern Illinois University

Philip Cable
President
John A. Cable Foundation

Gastone G. Celesia, Ex-Officio Board Member
Professor Emeritus
Loyola University

Holly Copeland
Director, Public Affairs & Corporate Social Responsibility
Horizon Therapeutics

Alan W. Cramb
President
Illinois Institute of Technology

Salma Ghanem
Interim Provost
DePaul University

Lance Grande, Board Representative
Program Committee Chair
Distinguished Service Curator
The Field Museum of Natural History

Mary J.C. Hendrix
President
Shepherd University, WV

Kyle Holen, M.D.
Vice President
Development Design Center
AbbVie

 

Paul Kearns
Director
Argonne National Laboratory

Karen Kim
Vice Provost for Research
University of Chicago

Charles Knapp
VP of Conservation and Research
John G. Shedd Aquarium

Dr. Dorothy Kozlowski, Board Representative
Vincent de Paul Professor,
Department of Biological Sciences and Neuroscience Program
DePaul University

Bob Kriss
Senior Counsel
Mayer Brown LLP

Richard Lariviere
President
The Field Museum of Natural History

Susan A. Martinis
Vice Chancellor for Research
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Alison Markovitz
Chief Strategic Partnerships Officer
Fermilab

Walter Massey
President Emeritus
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Jon D. Miller, Co-Founder
Director International Center for the Advancement of Scientific Literacy
Institute for Social Research
University of Michigan

David Mosena
President & Chief Executive Officer
Museum of Science and Industry

Norman Peterson, Board Representative 
Director, Government Relations
Argonne National Laboratory

Thomas P. Shanley
President & CEO of Lurie Children’s Hospital

Arch Shaw
President & CEO
Arch Investors Ltd

Kay Torshen
President
Torshen Capital Management, LLC

Sarah Tucker-Vandenplas
President
ARCS Foundation, Inc., Illinois Chapter

Jessica Turner-Skoff
Treeologist – Science Communication Leader
The Morton Arboretum

Maria Velissariou
Chief Science and Technology Officer
Institute of Food Technologists

Ralph Wanger
Chairman
RW Investments

Patricia Ward, Board Representative
Director, Science Exhibitions and Partnerships
Museum of Science and Industry

TBD
Exelon


Auxiliary Board

Adam Arcus
Creative Director 1871

Dr. Cary Hayner
Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer NanoGraf Corporation

Robert Kappers, Co-President
Intellectual Property Attorney Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Alma Navarro
Project Engineer, KDM Engineering

Shonna Pryor
Artist, art programs producer, and educator School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Kathleen Slingerland, Co-President
Regulatory Specialist Nature's Fynd

Nicole Sprenger, Secretary
Marketing Lead ESD, Global

Sheela Vemu
Assistant Professor Waubonsee Community College


C2ST Artist In Residence

Jordan Holmes
Musician and Spoken Word Artist

C2ST Educator Fellow

Kori Milroy
Science Teacher, Skinner West Classical School


C2ST Staff

Katie Ahmed, MA

Katie Ahmed, MA

Director of Operations
Jacob Friedfeld

Jacob Friedfeld

Marketing, Communication, Technology Associate
Alex Galassini

Alex Galassini

C2ST Program Manager