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Arlen Hastings | Director of External Projects, Institute for Advanced Study
Arlen Hastings is responsible for various STEM initiatives that complement the Institute’s core mission. In addition to serving as the US liaison for graduates of RISE — a program she co-created in 2007 and led until it moved to its current home in Nairobi, Kenya in 2017 — she coordinates Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Mathematics (TPSE Math), a collaboration between IAS and the University of Maryland. She is also a member of the secretariat managing two projects IAS has undertaken jointly with the InterAcademy Partnership: Harnessing Science, Engineering and Medicine to Address Africa’s Challenges and Improving Scientific Input to Global Policymaking: Strategies for Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals. A senior administrator at the Institute since 1992, Ms. Hastings had worked previously at the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), where her responsibilities included organizing US-Soviet academic conferences. She holds an A.B. in Anthropology and Russian Studies from Princeton University.
Sarah Rich | Program Coordinator, Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE)
Sarah Rich is an extrapreneur in the area of science, innovation, higher education, and capacity building for development in Africa. She provides strategic and programmatic direction and community management for RISE; initiates, coordinates, and communicates funding and partnership opportunities; designs and plans events and small grant competitions; presents on the program and its educational model at international fora; manages the website; devises special projects involving RISE scholars; and directs RISE's internal and external communications and public relations, including the production of a short film about the project. Ms. Rich has been at the Institute since 2012, having previously worked as an assistant to two of the permanent faculty in the School of Historical Studies. She holds an A.B. in History and Literature from Harvard University.
Alan Anderson | Research & Editorial Consultant
Alan Anderson is a freelance science writer. He has worked in science and medical journalism for over 30 years, serving as a reporter, writer, and foreign correspondent at Time Magazine, Saturday Review, Psychology Today, and other publications. He has also written reports for the National Academy of Sciences and the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). He has edited several newspapers and written and edited five books on scientific topics. He is currently consulting to Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Mathematics (TPSE Math). He holds a B.A. in English from Yale University and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University.