Youth Category

This judging panel will select the winner and runner-up in the youth category.

Mark Alpert

Mark is the author of eight novels. His most recent is The Silence, the final novel in the Young Adult trilogy that began with The Six and The Siege. He is also a contributing editor at Scientific American. In his long journalism career he has specialized in explaining scientific ideas to readers, simplifying esoteric concepts such as extra dimensions and parallel universes. And now, in his novels, Alpert weaves cutting-edge science into high-energy thrillers that elucidate real theories and technologies.

Greg Dick

Greg is the Director of Educational Outreach at Canada's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Greg's team delivers outreach programming across Canada and internationally that includes coast to coast television broadcasts, large scale science festivals, and an educational program that reaches one million students each year. Greg is an Advisory Board member on Canada's Science and Technology Awareness Network, the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame Selection Committee and on the Laurier Center for Women in Science as part of his commitment to scientific outreach. Prior to leading the Outreach team, Greg was the Science Chair at Galt Collegiate Institute where he taught high school physics for 16 years. He is a passionate advocate of scientific literacy.

Otto Fong

Otto is a cartoonist and former science teacher. He is the author of a series of comic books for school children called Sir Fong's Adventures in Science, a sci-fi horror-adventure series of novels for young people, Black Peony, and an adult horror novel Bitter Suites. He has also written for theatre. Otto was an Outreach Fellow at the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National Univesity of Singapore in 2014-15, leading to The Quantum Bunny addition to his Sir Fong's series. His most recent book is about synthetic biology. 

Clara Moskowitz

Clara Moskowitz is Scientific American's senior editor covering space and physics. She has a bachelor's degree in astronomy and physics from Wesleyan University and a graduate degree in science journalism from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to joining Scientific American, she worked for Space.com, Wired, Discover magazine and the American Museum of Natural History.

Chad Orzel

Chad is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Union College, and he writes books about science for non-scientists. He has a BA in physics from Williams College and a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Maryland, College Park (studying laser cooling at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the lab of Bill Phillips, who shared the 1997 Nobel in Physics). He was a post-doc at Yale, and has been at Union since 2001. Chad's books How to Teach Physics to Your Dog and How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog explain modern physics through imaginary conversations with his German Shepherd, and his most recent book, Eureka: Discovering Your Inner Scientist (Basic, 2014), explains how we use the process of science in everyday activities. He lives in Niskayuna, NY with his wife, Kate Nepveu, and their two kids. Photo credit: Ryan Lash

Vlatko Vedral

Vlatko is a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore and Professor in Quantum Information at the University of Oxford, UK. His research ranges from asking fundamental questions about the nature of quantum physics to exploring applications for quantum effects in technology. Vlatko is the author of popular science books Decoding Reality: The Universe as Quantum Information and the forthcoming From Micro to Macro: Adventures of a Wandering Physicist.