Ron Garan, Former NASA Astronaut; Author, The Orbital Perspective
Garan, a retired NASA astronaut who logged 178 days in space and 71 million miles in orbit, will discuss his perspective of his experience as an astronaut and his time spent on the International Space Station. He was a long-term resident of the ISS, where he lived and worked with U.S. and Russian crewmates. He also served aboard the space shuttle Discovery. He left NASA in 2013, but not before becoming the first person ever to give a TED Talk from space. Read more »
The new film Counting from Infinity captures a significant moment in mathematical history: the discovery of the Twin Prime Conjecture. The film sets the scene in April 2013 as little-known lecturer Yitang Zhang, while working in isolation, proved something that rocked the mathematical world.
Join us as we view a special screening of the film with NPR’s “Math Guy” and Stanford mathematician Keith Devlin alongside for expert commentary.
Dr. Eugenie Scott, Physical Anthropologist; Former Executive Director, National Center for Science Education; Author, Evolution vs. Creationism; Co-editor, Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our SchoolsRead more »
Michael Hiltzik, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Los Angeles Times
The birth of Big Science can be traced to Berkeley, California, nearly nine decades ago, when a resourceful young scientist pondered his new invention and declared, “I’m going to be famous!” Ernest Orlando Lawrence’s cyclotron would change our understanding of the basic building blocks of nature. Its influence would be felt in academia and international politics. It was the beginning of Big Science. Read more »
Geoffrey Kerchner, M.D., Ph.D., Behavioral Neurologist and Associate Medical Director, Genentech, Inc.; Consulting Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Stanford University Lennart Mucke, M.D., Founding Director, Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease and Joseph B. Martin Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience and Neurology, UCSF Brian Kennedy, Ph.D., CEO and President, The Buck Institute for Research on Aging – Moderator
Beth Shapiro, Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz.
Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? The science says yes. Beth Shapiro, evolutionary biologist and pioneer in "ancient DNA" research, will discuss the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction.