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Jeff Dean: Deep Dabbler

Jeff Dean: Deep Dabbler

Jeff Dean's special Google ID Badge for the Deep Neural Networks Team, complete with steel cable and brain.

Senior Fellow at Google Research

Try Googling "Jeff Dean jokes" and you will find many results — they seem to have a life of their own. While both flattered and a little embarrassed by this April Fools joke that keeps on giving, Dean is actually quite serious about his work. 

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Sarah Mummah: Vegetable Nudger

Sarah Mummah: Vegetable Nudger

Founder of DreamCatchers and Ph.D. candidate in behavioral science at University of Cambridge and Stanford University

Caution: being near Sarah Mummah can cause healthy habits to form because she believes that if you can change people's behaviors, you can change the world. A self-described minimalist, she runs, writes and eats vegetables.

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Bob Wenzlau: Waste Alchemist

Bob Wenzlau: Waste Alchemist

Terradex CEO and Environmental Engineer

Bob Wenzlau, pioneer recycler and compost champion is now focused on what's under our workplaces, schools and homes that is known to be harmful to our health. Through his Palo Alto-based environmental information company, Terradex, Wenzlau developed a web application called What's Down as a kind of "Yelp for the environment."

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John Markoff: Technology Translator

John Markoff: Technology Translator

New York Times Writer

In this "First Person" interview, John Markoff, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times senior writer and author, talks with Lisa Van Dusen about growing up in Palo Alto, covering Silicon Valley for more than 30 years and his current interest in artificial intelligence and robotics -- the "next big thing.

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Dr. SV Mahadevan: Global Scaler

Dr. SV Mahadevan: Global Scaler

Director of Stanford Emergency Medicine International

Dr. S.V. Mahadevan was born in Oakland and raised in southern California. He attended UCLA Medical School before heading north to Stanford in 1999. When he isn't managing Stanford's Level 1 Trauma Center/Emergency Department, Dr. Maha, as he is known, is often traveling the world advising developing countries about how they can launch emergency medical services—or improve upon their existing programs.

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