Board of Directors

James Jorasch
Founder and President
Chairman of the Board

James is the founder of Science House and the Science House Foundation, two organizations dedicated to promoting and advancing science, and to bringing the excitement of science to kids around the world. James likes to keep busy so he is also a trustee of the Math Museum, an organization focused on creating the nation’s first museum exclusively for math and is a co-founder of HandHold Adaptive, a company dedicated to bringing 21st century technologies to the disabled community, and HealthPrize Technologies, a healthcare startup. In addition James is the founder of Science House Capital which makes investments in high tech companies and is a member of New York Angels, the city’s largest angel investment group.

James is a parallel entrepreneur and a named inventor on more than 300 issued patents. Prior to starting Science House, James was head of Inventing at Walker Digital where he helped incubate a number of businesses over a 15 year period, including Priceline.com and RetailDNA. A frequent speaker at conferences, James has appeared on CNN and in Forbes magazine. He received a B.S. and MBA degree from Cornell University.

 

Paul Hoffman

Board Member

Paul Hoffman is the President and CEO of the Liberty Science Center. He is a journalist and biographer whose work explores the relationship between genius, madness, obsession, and creativity. But there are 168 hours in every week, and so he is also a budding restaurateur (at Rucola in Boerum Hill), the creative director of the Rubik’s Cube Exhibition, evangelist for the new Museum of Mathematics, and strategist at ScienceForCitizens.net. The recipient of the first National Magazine Award for feature writing, Hoffman is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was the editorial chairman of the video interview Web site Big Think, the president and publisher of Encyclopaedia Britannica, and the long-time president and editor in chief of Discover, the science magazine. He is a “brain-storming” expert who has worked with Internet startups, publishers, advertising agencies, museums, and scientific organizations. He has advised NASA, the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a Moth storyteller and a popular speaker at corporate and professional gatherings.

Hoffman is the author of eleven books, most recently a memoir, King’s Gambit: A Son, a Father, and the World’s Most Dangerous Game. His previous book, Wings of Madness: Alberto Santos-Dumont and the Invention of Flight, was a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was developed into a television documentary for “Nova.” His first biography, The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdös and the Search for Mathematical Truth, was an international bestseller; published in 16 languages, it received the Rhone-Poulenc prize for best science book of the year. Hoffman has wrtten for The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, Seed, Smithsonian, Harvard Magazine, and Wired.

Dan Menelly

Board Member

Dan Menelly is the Vice President for STEM Learning Initiatives at the Liberty Science Center. In 2010 he worked with the National Science Foundation in the Office of Cyberinfrastructure as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator. He taught science at the United Nations School in New York for 13 years. He is also involved in a number of science-related projects that strengthen and diversify his science teaching. Dan Menelly’s recent project work has involved concept development for science media in documentary, television advertising and web formats. He is the creator of “Video Science“, a growing collection of 80+ videos of science experiment demonstrations, lab techniques, book reviews and teaching tools, produced by Science House and available on the web, and also as as a free app for the iPhone and iPad.

In summer, Dan lectures on natural history and science that is geographically specific to different regions, normally Northern and Western European cities. Dan is interested in all forms of science media, commentary and outreach. He feels fortunate to be located in New York City, where much of it is created.

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