March 2010

Fossil Fuels + Dependence = Security Risks?

Mon, Mar 29 2010 - 6:00pm

Fossil Fuels  +  Dependence = Security Risks?

Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, United States Navy, Retired

What do military officers think about the United States’ reliance on oil? One group of retired brass concluded that it threatens economic stability and national security. Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn (retired) says the 12 people studied scientific data and energy models for more than a year and concluded that the Pentagon should clearly integrate energy and climate change into its strategy and operations. What's that mean? Read more »

Is It Time to Reform the U.S. System of Medical School Education?

Mon, Mar 29 2010 - 5:15pm

Is It Time to Reform Medical School Education?

Amin Azzam, M.D., M.A., Department of Psychiatry, UCSF

While the debate on health-care reform has been actively raging in the national news, there has been a parallel and much quieter process of transformation in medical education in the United States. Azzam has had experience in the education of both medical students and early career physicians. Read more »

Preventing and Transforming Conflicts in Twenty Countries

Thu, Mar 25 2010 - 6:00pm

Preventing and Transforming Conflicts in 20 Countries

John Marks, President and Founder, Search for Common Ground

Join us for a multimedia presentation on the “common ground approach” to conflict transformation. A successful social entrepreneur, Marks will demonstrate how popular culture, including TV and radio soap opera, can be used to prevent violence and promote positive social change. Read more »

If Not The Chronicle, Then What?

Wed, Mar 24 2010 - 6:30pm

If Not the Chronicle, Then What?
Jeff Hunt, Editor, Muni Diaries
Brock Keeling, Editor,
Michael Maness, VP of Innovation and Design, Gannett Co. Inc.; Director, The Bold Italic
Robin Sloan, Media Partnerships, Twitter – Moderator

New Faces of SF Media

Sites like and the Muni Diaries are doing more than just keeping San Franciscans in the know about the latest bar openings or bus brawls. Read more »

Is Your God Green?

Tue, Mar 23 2010 - 6:00pm

Is Your God Green?

Reverend Sally Bingham, Interfaith Power and Light
Senior Rabbi Stephen Pearce, Temple Emanu-El
What would Jesus say about climate change? What does the Torah say about stewardship of God's creation? Leaders from different religious traditions discuss how their respective philosophies and scriptures guide their approach to today's energy challenges. They'll also address how congregations around the country are getting involved in the movement to build a cleaner energy future. Read more »

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD): the New Cardiovascular Epidemic

Tue, Mar 23 2010 - 6:00pm

Peripheral Artery Disease: The New Cardiovascular Epidemic

This program is cancelled

Michael S. Conte, M.D., Professor and Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery, UCSF

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a condition that results from blockage of arteries in the extremities, affecting between 8 and 12 million Americans and growing. Patients with PAD have 3 times the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Read more »

10 Sure-fire Communication Tools for Designers and Beyond

Mon, Mar 22 2010 - 6:00pm

Ten Surefire Communication Tools for Designers and Beyond

Sarah B. Nelson, Principal in User Experience, Hot Studio, Inc.

Many potentially wonderful experiences disappoint due to ineffective communication. For designers, effective communication with others is 50 percent of the job but often 0 percent of one’s training. Read more »

Why Y Matters

Thu, Apr 22 2010 - 6:30pm

Why “Y” Matters

Louann Brizendine, M.D.; Women's Mood and Hormone Clinic, UCSF; Author, The Female Brain and The Male Brain

For all those times you’ve wondered “Why?,” Brizendine has the answers. A neuropsychiatrist, Brizendine has studied why our brains lead us to act and react the way we do. Read more »

Steve Poizner

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Thu, Mar 18 2010 - 6:30pm

Poizner’s Play for Governor: Who Will Win Out?

Steve Poizner, California Insurance Commissioner; Republican Gubernatorial Candidate

Can Steve Poizner defeat Meg Whitman in the GOP gubernatorial primary? From Silicon Valley executive to East San Jose public school teacher, co-founder of the California Charter Schools Association to California Insurance Commissioner, Poizner's resume offers a much different Republican option for governor. Read more »

A. Barry Rand: AARP's CEO On Health and Financial Security

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Thu, Mar 18 2010 - 12:00pm

Barry Rand: Health and Financial Security


Rising health-care costs are leading to financial insecurity and putting the futures of many older Americans at risk. Rand, CEO of AARP, will discuss health care issues (including Medicare) and their impact on financial security in light of the new realities that are both defining and changing the nature of living in the 21st century. He will highlight the implications this has for leaders in business and nonprofit organizations, for policy makers (state and federal) and for individuals. Read more »