Michael Juberg- Founder & Chief Editor
Michael first encountered the scientific approach to mindfulness as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, where he studied Psychology and Religions. After graduating, he joined Dr. Jeffrey Greeson’s lab at Duke University Medical Center studying how mindfulness training reduces cardiovascular disease risk. In a separate study, his team also evaluated the effectiveness of a brief mindfulness training for students within a university setting, which won the Taylor & Francis Most Downloaded article for 2014. He would later join labs at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at UC San Francisco, and recently started contributing to the Mind & Life Institute as a writer. Michael is grateful to be pursuing his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa under Akihiko Masuda, Ph.D. In his free time, he enjoys exploring Hawai’i, surfing at Waikiki, and making friends with the adventurous people of the islands.
Annette Konoske-Graf is a Policy Analyst with the K-12 Education team at American Progress. After studying political science and Spanish literature at the University of California, Berkeley, she moved to Miami, Florida, where she taught 9th and 10th grade literature in Little Haiti. She was one of seven district finalists and runner-up for the 2012 Francisco R. Walker Rookie Teacher of the Year Award and the winner from the Education Transformation Office Region of Miami-Dade County. The Education Transformation Office serves the 27 high-needs schools within the district. Konoske-Graf graduated from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism in May 2014 and from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, or SIPA, in May 2015. Upon graduation from SIPA, she won the Raphael Smith Memorial Prize for her essay on a taxi ride in southern Chile. Konoske-Graf is a bare-footed Southern California native who loves writing, teaching, and scuba diving.
Mary Lide Parker- Global Scientific Journalist
Mary Lide Parker is a science writer, photographer and videographer at UNC Research. After earning her degree in photojournalism from UNC-Chapel Hill, the university offered her a job.