Annual Winners

2016 Small World In Motion Competition


Dr. Clare Waterman

Distinguished Investigator at the Laboratory of Cell and Tissue Morphodynamics
National Institute of Health (NIH)

Clare Waterman graduated from the Mount Holyoke college with a B.A. in biochemistry in 1989, received an M.S. in exercise science in 1991 from the University of Massachusetts, and received her Ph.D. in cell biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. Prior to joining the NHLBI, she spent 9 years as a professor in the Department of Cell Biology at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA. Dr. Waterman is a NIH Distinguished Investigator and has received numerous awards and honors for her work, including the Arthur S. Flemming Award for Public Service (Basic Science) from George Washington University.

Dr. Waterman has made fundamental advances in the understanding of cytoskeletal interactions and has authored or coauthored more than 90 papers. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Current Biology and Journal of Microscopy. Dr. Waterman is a member of the American Society for Cell Biology, Royal Microscopical Society, Biophysical Society, and is a Council Member of Gordon Research Conferences Organization.

Dr. Brian Mitchell

Associate Professor in Cell and Molecular Biology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Brian Mitchell is an Associate Professor in Cell and Molecular Biology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago IL.  He is also a member of the Lurie Cancer Center at Northwestern. 

Brian graduated from the University of San Diego with a B.A. in biology and marine studies in 1993, and received his Ph.D. in neurobiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 2001. He is currently a member of the American Society of Cell Biologists, Society of Developmental Biologists and Genetics Society of America.  In 2016 he was the Nikon Fellow at the Marine Biological Labs in Woods Hole MA.  His work focuses on using microscopic approaches to address a broad range of questions in cell and developmental biology.

Dr. Joe Hanson

Creator and host of PBS Digital Studios’ science education show “It’s Okay To Be Smart”

Dr. Joe Hanson (@jtotheizzoe) is a biologist, science writer, and the creator and host of PBS Digital Studios’ science education show It’s Okay To Be Smart, which takes a fun-loving look at the world of science through the lens of pop culture, art, and comedy.

Joe’s award-winning writing has been published in WIRED, Nautilus,, and “It’s Okay To Be Smart” has been nominated for IAWTV and Streamy Awards for excellence in online video.

Rachel Link

National Geographic

Rachel Link shares the work of talented filmmakers from around the world curating content for National Geographic’s Short Showcase. She is excited about the ways in which video can help communicate scientific research and advancement. Her background is in educational video production and has a degree in Media Studies from Scripps College.