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.
Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D., Founding Director, Neuroscience Imaging Center and Associate Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, UCSF
In conversation with Christina Farr, Editor and Host, Future of You Blog, KQED; Twitter @chrissyfarrRead more »
Erik Rice, Supervisor, College and Career Readiness, San Francisco Unified School District Vanessa Varko-Fontana, Community Health Outreach Worker, John O'Connell High School Ninth Grade Students from John O'Connell High School Laura Page, Arts and Education Program Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission - Moderator
In association with San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Nathaniel Popper, Reporter, The New York Times; Author, Digital Gold
Believers in Bitcoin see it as a potential basis for a financial system free of banks and governments. So far it has made millions for some people and prison terms for others. National banking regulators are just beginning to set rules and regulations for bitcoin in light of recent scandals and its use by criminal enterprises. Read more »
Kelly McGonigal, Health Psychologist; Lecturer, Stanford University; Author, The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It Jenny Dearborn, Chief Learning Officer, SAP - Moderator
We’ve all heard stress can make us sick, but can it be a good thing? McGonigal debunks stress myths and shares how it can make us stronger, smarter and happier.
So stop losing sleep – you don’t need to get rid of stress, she says, just learn how to embrace it.