We’re thrilled to welcome these speakers and presenters to the stage at the Roundhouse on April 22! Not sure where to go or where to park? We’ve got a map at the bottom of this page.
Senator Tom Udall
Senator Tom Udall has earned a reputation as a principled leader who has the integrity to do what is right for New Mexico and our nation. He began serving as United States Senator in 2009, after two decades of public service as U.S. Representative and New Mexico’s Attorney General. Throughout his career, Senator Udall has been a fierce advocate for environmental protections, conservation of our wild lands and wildlife, and combatting climate change. He led the fight in Congress to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act to make protect Americans from harmful chemicals. He was instrumental in the designation of Rio Grande del Norte and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monuments, and he has helped lead the effort to protect all national monuments as well as to conserve open spaces and recreation opportunities through full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Senator Udall also is working to protect New Mexico’s air quality and prevent the repeal of the Bureau of Land Management’s rule to prevent the waste of taxpayer-owned natural gas resources. And he has co-sponsored the Scientific Integrity Act — to ensure federal agency scientists are able to work without political interference.
Representative Ben Ray Luján
Born and raised in New Mexico, Rep. Ben Ray Luján grew up in Nambe, a small farming community north of Santa Fe bordered by the pueblos of Nambe and Pojoaque. It was there that he learned the time-honored traditions and values of New Mexico. Since he was sworn into Congress, Rep. Luján has fought to create jobs, ensure access to affordable, quality health insurance, build a clean energy economy, and protect consumers. He has stood up for New Mexicans who are struggling in difficult economic times by voting to provide tax cuts for families and small businesses, working to reform the healthcare system, and fighting to prioritize Main Street values over those of Wall Street. He has fought for the people of New Mexico’s Third Congressional District by passing legislation that provides resources to combat the opioid epidemic and offers assistance to pregnant women and women with small children struggling with addiction. He has also authored legislation that invests in scientific research at New Mexico’s national laboratories; and creates opportunities for Acequia and Community Ditch Associations to receive federal funding. Rep. Luján represents his diverse district by participating in a variety of Caucuses including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Native American Caucus, and the Natural Gas Caucus. Rep. Luján sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which enables him to serve the needs of the district which spans from San Juan County in the Northwest to Roosevelt County in the Southeast – and the treasured lands in between.
Mayor Javier Gonzales
Javier Gonzales is known for his progressive vision and inclusive style. A lifelong resident of the City Different, his family has deep roots in our city. Javier attended Pojoaque High School, and was the first in his family to graduate from college, earning his BA in Accounting from New Mexico State University. He served on the Santa Fe County Commission for two terms and was the first Hispanic President of the National Association of Counties. As President, he was able to lead a national organization that represents more than 3,000 counties nationwide. Mayor Gonzales is focused on expanding opportunity in our economy and community, especially in Early Childhood access.
Sarita Nair heads the Government Accountability Office of the New Mexico Office of the State Auditor. She is also General Counsel. Sarita joined the OSA after being a private practice attorney, representing private companies and public entities in business and governance matters since 2004. She is AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell, and has been recognized by Best Lawyers, Southwest Super Lawyers, and Chambers & Partners USA. Before entering private practice, Sarita clerked for Judge Lynn Pickard at the New Mexico Court of Appeals. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Prior to her law career, Sarita worked in the field of international development and consulted on policy initiatives for a number of organizations including the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and the New York City Parks and Recreation Department. She earned a master’s degree from the University of New Mexico School of Community and Regional Planning and earned her bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University. She is active in the community, having served on the boards of many nonprofits and legal groups, and lives and works in New Mexico.
Bette Korber, PhD
Dr. Korber tackles one of the hardest medical problems out there: developing a vaccine for HIV. For over 20 years, she has led an HIV sequence and immunology database project. Working with other scientists who run experiments around the globe, she uses this rich data to study the evolution of the HIV pathogen as it interacts with the body’s immune response and search for effective HIV vaccine design. She received the E.O. Lawrence Award, the highest scientific honor from the Department of Energy. She lives and works in New Mexico.
Nina Lanza, PhD
Dr. Lanza is a planetary scientist and Mars geologist. She is currently living her dream of working on a spaceship with lasers on Mars as part of the ChemCam instrument team on the Curiosity rover. Her research focuses on identifying signatures of life that may be observable on Mars. She’s also hunted meteorites in Antarctica with the Antarctic Search for Meteorites project. She has been featured on NPR’s Science Friday as well as the Science Channel’s How the Universe Works. She lives and works in New Mexico.
Trilce Estrada, PhD
Dr. Estrada is a computer scientist at UNM’s Center for Advanced Research Computing who studies machine learning, big data, and crowd sourcing. Her research has been applied across the sciences, as well as in health and education. She believes that a computer is only as good as the difference it can make in the world, and strives to achieve this level of impact with her work. She holds a PhD from the University of Delaware, a MS from the Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica, and a BS from the University of Guadalajara. She lives and works in New Mexico.
Todd Ringler, PhD
Dr. Ringler is a climate modeling expert. His career has been dedicated to understanding the Earth’s climate system and how it will evolve with increased greenhouse gas forcing. In particular, Dr. Ringler strives improve our climate system models, and to quantify environmental threats from greenhouse gas emissions at the regional level, which is the most useful level for most policy-makers. He lives and works in New Mexico.
Jamie Stevens is an undergraduate student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. Her studies focus on archaeology with a minor focus in museum studies, with interests in the history of indigenous societies of the New World, interactions between societies who are separated by vast distances, and how people adapted in the past both to changing environments. She is a member of the Pueblo of Isleta, and was recently awarded the prestigious Native American Undergraduate Scholarship from the Society for American Anthropology. Stevens intends to complete a PhD in archaeology, and lives and studies in New Mexico.
Michael Dax is the New Mexico outreach representative for Defenders of Wildlife. He works across the state with elected leaders and grassroots to raise the profile of wildlife issues and protect landmark conservation laws like the Endangered Species Act. He has also worked in the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park as a tour guide and he is the author of Grizzly West: A Failed Attempt to Reintroduce Grizzly Bears in the Mountain West. He lives and works in New Mexico.
Radhika Iyer & Sydne Ashford
Radhika Iyer is a member of the Los Alamos High School Science Bowl team which recently advanced to the national level. Sydne Ashford has been on the LAHS Robotics Team for the past two years. Both Radhika and Sydne are involved in National Math Honors Society, a club focused on the advancement of STEM fields. This summer, Radhika will be working in the Chemistry Division at LANL, while Sydne is going to be in the Environmental and Earth Science Division. Living in Los Alamos, Sydne and Radhika are particularly invested in promoting equality in scientific fields and increasing women’s presence in the workforce. They are co-founders and co-presidents of the Los Alamos High School Feminist Club. Their goals for the club include raising awareness about women’s issues and promoting feminist ideology. They live and study in New Mexico.
Lindsay Conover, Santa Fe local community organizer, led the historic Women’s March on Washington Santa Fe on Jan. 21, 2017. The importance of advocating for women in the scientific workforce as well as the Women’s March principle of environmental justice are the reasons why WMWSF sponsors The March for Science and their effort to further the protection of science. She lives and works in New Mexico.
Daniel Larremore, PhD
Dr. Larremore is the Lead Organizer of the March for Science – Santa Fe, and is an Omidyar Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute. His research develops statistical and inferential methods for analyzing large-scale network data, and uses those methods to solve applied problems in diverse domains, including public health and academic labor markets. Prior to joining the Santa Fe Institute he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 2012-2015. He obtained his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012, and holds an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He lives and works in New Mexico.
We welcome Megan Goldberg and RGC Access to the stage to provide on-site Sign Language interpreting services for our entire Rally. Megan has been an interpreter in the Santa Fe area for over 10 years and is currently working with RGC Access, the only local, non-profit interpreting agency in New Mexico. We are happy to be able to provide access and welcome the Deaf community to our Rally. For more about Megan and RGC Access, please visit rgc-access.org. She lives and works in New Mexico.