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“The key challenge is—how can we stimulate national level programs and conversations, when at the moment we are the most divided we’ve ever been?” —Daniel Vallone, our guest speaker and Director of More in Common USA, from his interview with BusinessBecause

Description: Today, Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines than at any point in the last two decades. Our guest speaker will explain these divisions along educational and generational lines.
Date: Tuesday, December 15 at 1:00 pm EST
Speaker: Daniel Vallone, Director, More in Common USA, New York
Moderator: Maura Corby Sullivan, Former Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, appointed by President Obama in 2014. She is also a United States Marine Corps Veteran and a 2016 Young Leader.
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Date: Thursday, December 17 at 1:00 pm EST

Led by Dr. Newton Campbell, Computer Scientist at Science Applications International Corporation and Young Leader '20. Through SAIC, Newton serves as an Artificial Intelligence subject matter expert on the NASA Langley Research Center OCIO Data Science Team.

Moderated by Maura Sullivan, Managing Director for Applied AI at Applied Materials and Young Leader '20.

Newton and his colleagues will discuss their work on ArtemisNASA's plan to land the first woman and next man on the moon and to use innovative technologies to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before. Tune in to hear from Justin SmithDr. Alexa Halford, and Dr. Kelsey Young. All Young Leaders and alumni are welcome.

If you are a Young Leader or alumni, and you want to participate in this event, please contact Katie DeMallie at kdemallie@frenchamerican.org.
The Young Leaders Café is a new series exclusive to the Foundation's Young Leaders and alumni featuring a different topic of interest each month. Designed to be small and informal, the café series invites Young Leaders from all class years to see each other on screen, share their thoughts, and learn something new in a private setting.

Interviews with members of our growing community of leaders and experts (Young Leaders, Transatlantic Forum members, Cyber Security experts, Translation Prize winners, Immigration Journalism Fellows, and more)
Newton Campbell
Senior Computer Scientist and AI subject matter expert at NASA’s Langley Research Center and Young Leader '20

As Newton Campbell will be leading next week's Young Leaders Cafe, we would like to share again with you his written interview from this past August.

Q. You are passionate about getting young students involved in STEM. What was your entry into your interest in the sciences? And how do you get a young person excited about science and technology, especially someone who might not have been exposed to real-life careers in STEM?

Ironically, my childhood love of art and literature were a big part of what drew me to science. I loved reading and parsing comic books, watching all sorts of science fiction shows, and getting my hands on any form of expressive media that would come out of our science institutions (NASA, Cleveland Science Center, etc.). Embracing these types of media at a young age always made me think about how aspects of the more fantastical stories that I ingested could be made real. And over time, I came to an understanding that STEM, as a whole, is the vehicle for investigating some of those possibilities, understanding whether they are viable or not, and then constructing the viable ones. I’m happy to see that science and science fiction media has only gotten better since I was a child.

Countdown to America's first coronavirus vaccine
The Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine is both safe and effective, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In a report released Tuesday morning, the FDA indicated that it could greenlight the country’s first Covid-19 inoculation within days.

The Pentagon is expected to receive "just under 44,000 doses" of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine early next week, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Thomas McCaffery announced Wednesday, with the first doses going to medical personnel and a select number of senior leaders.

For a nation ravaged by the pandemic, this week marks a pivotal moment — the final push by federal regulators to clear the first experimental coronavirus vaccine for a besieged populace.

America’s three most recent former presidents have reportedly all said they would publicly take a COVID-19 vaccine once one is approved to help promote the drug’s safety.
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Title: The 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement
Date: Friday, December 11 at 4:00 pm EST
Description: On the Occasion of the 5th anniversary of Paris Agreement, join the Consulate General of France in Boston for a high-level discussion on climate change!

Featuring French Ambassador to the US, Philippe Étienne, and former US Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, the discussion will focus on what the return of the United States could entail in terms of ambitions for the climate, policy challenges to be expected, promising technologies to address climate change, the role of cooperation between France and the US, and meeting financial commitments to support developing countries.

The discussion will be moderated by Noelle Eckley Selin, Associate Professor at the Institute for Data, Systems and Society and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also the Director of MIT’s Technology and Policy Program.