Science Court Team

Headshot of Prof. Ellad Tadmor.The Science Court project is headed by Ellad Tadmor.

Tadmor is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota. His work is focused on using theory and computer simulations at the atomic scale to predict the behavior of materials and nanosystems. Prof. Tadmor developed the Science Court idea in response to a growing sense of concern regarding the dangerous levels of polarization in the United States and increasing inability of people to agree on basic facts (see more here).



Photograph of Lauren ClatchLauren Clatch is a J.D. and Ph.D. student in Social Psychology at University of Minnesota and a former Lead Editor of the Minnesota Law Review. Broadly, her work uses insights from social and cognitive psychology to study legal actors’ decision-making processes. Lauren adviseas the science team and is a co-developer of Science Court.





Photo of CJ SinnerC.J. Sinner is the data visuals editor at the Star Tribune, working at the intersection of data, design and digital storytelling to explain complex issues. Previous stints included multimedia and online producing work at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Bismarck Tribune. She's a graduate of the University of Minnesota and Columbia University, and also teaches at the U's journalism school.



Photograph of Bill McginnisBill McGinnis is an intellectual property law attorney . He received his electrical engineering degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his law degree from the University of Minnesota.  He worked for Control Data Corporation locally for a number of years before moving to New York with IBM.   After several years in different legal positions in New York, Bill became the Rochester patent counsel and manager for IBM.   Bill has been active in judging high school and college level mock trial national tournaments for many years. Bill is the Science Court judge.




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