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Leary is the Geek of the Year!

The annual award – sponsored by Geekadelphia, Generocity and Phl – honors outstanding achievements in Philadelphia’s vibrant geek community in the areas of innovation, technology and activism.

The 2017 Geek of the Year goes to Marion Leary, MPH, MSN, RN, FAHA, Innovation Specialist in Penn Nursing’s Office of Nursing Research. The award recognizes Leary’s work as an educator, researcher, writer, and advocate for science, technology, education, arts, and math education—otherwise known as STEAM. This past April, she helped lead Philadelphia’s March for Science, for which she also served as a featured speaker. The event drew thousands to rally around the shared mission to support scientists and enable the use of science to improve society.

Leary has established herself as a nursing leader in the field of CPR quality and post-cardiac arrest, resuscitation care. She is an international Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA) and serves on the American Heart Association’s Cardiovascular Nursing subcommittee and also its Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science subcommittee.  Leary is also a contributor to the Huffington Post and serves on the board of Start Talking Science a free public event to increase the public awareness of cutting-edge, local research.