Special Guest Speakers

Laurie Santos, PhD

Laurie SantosHost of the popular podcast “The Happiness Lab,” Dr. Laurie Santos will join ACEP20 and examine the latest scientific research on factors impacting our well-being and happiness.

Dr. Santos is a Professor of Psychology and Head of Silliman College at Yale University, and an expert on human cognition and the cognitive biases that impede better choices.

At 6 pm CDT, Thursday, Oct. 29, she will close ACEP20 with some uplifting, useful and practical advice for everyone to take back to your emergency department.

“The Happiness Lab,” which launched its first 10-episode series in September 2019, spent 126 days on the U.S. Podcasts Chart, peaking at No. 3. In the series, Dr. Santos explores some new takes on the science of what truly makes us happy and talks with some people who have found a path to happiness for themselves, such as an Olympic medalist who didn’t fall prey to social comparison, a Grammy-winning musician who’s fighting to make our lives more social again, and a Navy SEAL who realized that her training in negative thinking might be more powerful off the battlefield.

Dr. Santos’ course, “Psychology and the Good Life,” teaches students how the science of psychology can provide important hints about how to make wiser choices and live a life that’s happier and more fulfilling. It recently became Yale’s most popular course in over 300 years, and has been featured in numerous news outlets including the New York Times, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, GQ Magazine, Slate and O! Magazine.

A winner of numerous awards both for her science and teaching, Dr. Santos was recently voted as one of Popular Science Magazine’s “Brilliant 10” young minds and was named in Time Magazine as a “Leading Campus Celebrity.”

Anthony S. Fauci, MD, NIAID Director

FauciAnthony_webHS.jpgHear from the man who has been at the epicenter of this pandemic and get a first-hand account of the nation’s response to COVID-19. Dr. Anthony Fauci will offer his unique perspective on the virus and the care given to Americans in 2020.

He will kick off ACEP20 at 9 am CDT, Monday, Oct. 26, followed by a panel of international emergency physicians on “Lessons Learned: Global Response to COVID-19.”

Dr. Fauci was appointed Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in 1984. He oversees an extensive research portfolio of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat established infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis and malaria, as well as emerging diseases such as Ebola and Zika. NIAID also supports research on transplantation and immune-related illnesses, including autoimmune disorders, asthma and allergies.

Dr. Fauci has advised six Presidents on HIV/AIDS and many other domestic and global health issues. He was one of the principal architects of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program that has saved millions of lives throughout the developing world.

Charlie Cook

CookCharlie_webHS.jpgIt’s a presidential election year, so who better to give his analysis of the political scene in American than oracle Charlie Cook. For more than two decades he has been Washington’s most trusted – and most accurate – voice on all things political. As the editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report and a political analyst for the National Journal Group, he offers a direct line to the heart of politics.

Donate to NEMPAC at the Give-A-Shift level and get a personal invitation to his exclusive session, 11 am CDT, Monday, Oct. 26 as part of ACEP20 Unconventional.

Mr. Cook is widely considered to be one of the nation’s most respected and impartial analyst of American politics, elections and political trends. As the editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report, columnist for National Journal, political analyst for NBC News and co-author of the upcoming 2020 edition of the Almanac of American Politics, Charlie’s writing is prodigious. Deemed “the Picasso of election analysis” by The Wall Street Journal, he produces the sharpest and most impartial political handicapping in the business, serving as the one-man, go-to-source for Americans who want to be “in the know” about politics.

With his encyclopedic knowledge, memorable stories, quick wit, and meaningful insights, Mr. Cook focuses on the broad implications of the latest election results. Using poll numbers, economic indicators, and historical data, he forecasts the fortunes of each party in a non-partisan way, leaving audiences with the concrete information they need in today’s political environment.