Adz Group Network

Click "Read More" below to learn more about the Adz Group Network. Adz Group has built a network of prominent local lecturers to provide engaging and informative private lectures to the our FGLP groups. As part of the immersion experience we work closely with local high schools that have develop their own internationally-orientated extra curricular programs. Visiting these schools and meeting American students with a like minded interest in globalization and cultural exchange is a highlight for many of the FGLP participants.

A highlight for the participants of our programs is when they get to meet local, academic professionals and experts in their respective fields. The student participants are very grateful for opportunities to be exposed to a new way of teaching and learning and also experiencing a new subject. Many of the students who come to America want to experience what it would be like to study at an American University. As such, we always welcome Professors, Adjunct Faculty, Lecturers, PhD students and Researchers to join our network of faculty to meet with our young international student participants. We offer an honorarium for your time to give private lectures.

If you are currently affiliated with a university in a teaching, research or graduate student capacity - and in the Boston, Washington, DC or Orlando areas - we would love to hear from you. Please contact us at staff[at] for more information

Class: “Harry Potter and DNA”

Holly Johnsen Bio: Holly Johnsen is a graduate researcher in the Horvitz Laboratory in the Department of Biology at MIT. She provides FGLP private lectures about her DNA research work using C. elegans worms. She will talk about how a genetic screen works using Harry Potter as an example, and will discuss the organism we study, C. elegans, and why it's good for genetic studies. Holly has previously presented to FGLP groups and has regularly been rated the best FGLP lecturer by Japanese students.

Class: “Insect-Inspired Collective Robots”

Justin Werfel Bio: Justin Werfel is a research scientist at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, where he works on topics in complex and emergent systems, with a focus on swarm robotics. He works most closely with the Self-Organizing Systems Research Group, and interacts also with the Molecular Systems Lab and Microrobotics Lab. I'm interested in understanding and designing complex systems—systems of many independent interacting components, where we may understand each component very well in isolation, but when many of them get together, some interesting new high-level behavior emerges. Can we predict that collective outcome from the rules the low-level agents follow? And can we design low-level behaviors that guarantee a particular high-level result? I've looked at these questions in topic areas including swarm robotics, evolutionary theory, and DNA self-assembly.

See Justin's work featured on and Science Journal.

Class: “Architectural Acoustics”

Benjamin Markham Bio: Benjamin Markham is Director of Architectural Acoustics at Acentech Incorporated in Cambridge, MA. He has consulted on the acoustical design of projects involving auditoriums and concert halls, music rehearsal spaces, worship spaces, classroom and lecture halls, environmental noise control, condominium sound isolation, noise control for industrial machinery, and other aspects of acoustical design. He has worked with scores of architects on the design or renovation of more than 200 buildings, including the Sala Sinfonica Pablo Casals (Puerto Rico), the Art of Americas Wing at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and Princeton University’s Lewis Science Library. He has an avid interest in computerized acoustic models and auralization.

Ben is also a Lecturer at Harvard, MIT, and Cornell University, and has lectured on acoustics at Syracuse University, the Rhode Island School of Design and elsewhere. He holds a B.S.E. from Princeton University and an M.S. in architectural acoustics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Class: “Alcohol and Drug Use in Teenagers”

Susan Gray Bio: Dr. Susan Gray is a staff physician in adolescent medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Instructor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She was previously an attending physician at Boston Medical Center. She studied French literature at Yale University, then medicine at the University of Virginia. She completed a residency in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in adolescent medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. During her residency, she was invited to visit Keio University and the National Research Institute for Child Health and Development in Tokyo. Her clinical interests include electronic health records, menstrual disorders, and medical care of at-risk teenagers.

Class: “Team Decision Making”

Mary Shapiro Bio: For more than 25 years, Mary Shapiro has served as an Organization Behavior faculty at Simmons College, teaching undergraduates, MBA students, and executives. She specializes in three areas: team building and leadership, influential communication across diverse stakeholders, and strategic career management.

Ms. Shapiro researches and publishes in the areas of women, their careers, their risk-taking, and their use of power. She co-authored two books on interviewing and career management, co-authored two books on career management with SOM colleague, Dr. Cynthia Ingols, Take Charge of Your Career (2005), and A Smart, Easy Guide to Interviewing (2003) which extend an understanding of interviewing and work strategies to include the nuances of gender and many dimensions of diversity.. She also developed “The Communication Styles Diagnostic,” an online tool that has been used by thousands of managers to improve their effectiveness with individuals and teams.

Class: “The Soul of a Leader”

Margaret Benefiel Bio: Margaret Benefiel, Ph.D., Executive Officer of Executive Soul, LLC, offers consulting and coaching for leaders and organizations. She has served as Chair of the Academy of Management's Management, Spirituality, and Religion Group and has also served in various leadership roles in Spiritual Directors International. Over 1,000 executives, managers, and other leaders have participated in her seminars and courses.

Dr. Benefiel is also an adjunct faculty member at Andover Newton Theological School in Boston and a visiting lecturer at All Hallows College in Dublin, Ireland. For the 2003–2004 academic year, she held the O'Donnell Chair at the Milltown Institute in Dublin.

She is the author of Soul at Work (Seabury, 2005) and The Soul of a Leader (Crossroad, 2008), and co-editor of The Soul of Supervision (Morehouse, 2010). Dr. Benefiel has also written for The Leadership Quarterly, Management Communication Quarterly, Managerial Finance, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Organization, Personal Excellence, America, and Presence.

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