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ProfNet Experts Available on Natural Disasters, STEM Education, More


ProfNet Experts Available on Natural Disasters, STEM Education, More

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  • The Next Natural Disaster – Why the U.S. Needs to Prepare Now
  • Bringing STEM Out of Textbooks, Into the Real World
  • Saving a Source of Ancient Manuscripts


  • US Culture Writer – The Independent (NY)
  • Story Editor – Barron's (NY)
  • Money & Politics Reporter – MarketWatch (DC)


  • News in a Snap: 11 News Agencies to Follow on Snapchat
  • Be Your Own Editor: 5 Tips for Expertly Editing Your Own Work
  • Blog Profiles: Vegetarian Blogs



The Next Natural Disaster – Why the U.S. Needs to Prepare Now
Paul Calabrese
Vice President, Marine Engineer
Matrix New World Engineering
Cyclone Maria, the worst natural disaster to ever hit Puerto Rico and parts of the Caribbean, destroyed lives, infrastructure and the economic lifeblood of the island. New Jersey-based Matrix New World Engineering, with its extensive history of restoration after the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf and Superstorm Sandy in New York and New Jersey, was one of the firms brought in by the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) to offer support on an emergency response basis to perform multi-disciplinary damage assessments on commercial ports throughout Puerto Rico that were destroyed last September.
Says Calabrese, "Maria devastated both the physical and fiscal face of Puerto Rico. Now, the island is facing a monumental structural, environmental, and economic clean up. By assessing the damages and proposing solutions, we can help to revitalize the island and its economy."
Natural disasters will always occur, and Matrix will strive to provide structural, environmental and economic restoration to areas affected as it has done in the past and is continuing to do #PuertoRicoStrong.
Contact: Amy Delman,

Bringing STEM Out of Textbooks, Into the Real World
Shari Liss
"Students have summer internships at tech companies, but what about teachers? Summer fellowships with major tech companies help teachers to translate their experiences into new hands-on, relevant projects and lessons to share with their students, bringing STEM concepts out of textbooks into the real-world."
Liss is CEO of Ignited, a Silicon Valley nonprofit that awards teachers fellowships at top companies and universities so they can inspire and prepare students to become the next generation of innovators. Liss has dedicated her career to STEM education. Prior to joining Ignited, she worked in education in New York, New Jersey, and California. She piloted an alternative high school for at-risk students, taught college calculus, and developed a mathematics program to serve both gifted and challenged students in the Bay Area. Liss joined Ignited in 2000, serving in a variety of roles, including education programs manager and education director. Most recently, she was promoted to CEO of Ignited, where she oversees program and organizational operations, fundraising, partnership development, strategic planning, and implementation. Liss earned her bachelor's degree in mathematics from SUNY Albany, her master's in mathematical theory from UC Santa Cruz, and completed all coursework towards a Ph.D. in mathematics education from NYU.
Online Press Kit:
Contact: Michelle

Saving a Source of Ancient Manuscripts
David Sheppe
Program Leader
American Friends for the Preservation of Saint Germain des Prés
"Serving as the gathering place for hundreds of monks, Saint Germain des Prés was an epicenter for the production of hand-copied manuscripts. During the 17th century alone, over 700 literary works were composed. The monks and scholars of the church were committed to housing important manuscripts, both sacred and secular, from France and other areas around Europe. The collection grew steadily over time and, today, numbers around 7,000 unique works (conserved at the Bibliothèque Nationale)."
Sheppe has enjoyed a long career in international banking and now works as a financial and risk management consultant. It was while living in Paris in the 1980s that he first took an interest in the church of Saint Germain des Prés, and he has been a frequent visitor ever since. From 2013 to 2016, he was once again a Paris resident, and it was then that he became acquainted with the work of the "Fonds de Dotation," the Paris-based fundraising arm for renovating the church. Following his return to the US in 2016, Sheppe did volunteer work for the U.S.-based American Friends for the Preservation of Saint Germain des Prés, before joining its Board in 2017. He is now leading the charge on the current Adopt A Saint Germain Star Campaign in the United States. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Cornell University. He resides in southwest Connecticut.
Online Press Kit:
Contact: Michelle Tennant,



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