Upcoming Events: Silicon Valley
Origins of Life: A Biologist and Chemist ConferDate: Tue, January 14, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Lynn Rothschild, Ph.D., Astrobiologist, NASA Ames Research Center
Richard Zare, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, Stanford University
Earth was once a molten ball, totally uninhabitable. In a geological instant, it was filled with life. What do we know about this transformation? And could there be more than one recipe for the transition from life to non-life? Join Rothschild and Zare as they ponder these questions and more about the origins of life.
Location: NASA Ames Conference Center-NACC, Building 152, Room 17, 200 Dailey Road, Mountain View
Time: 7 p.m. program
Also know: In association with Wonderfest
James Carville and Mary MatalinDate: Thu, January 16, 2014
Time: 11:30 AM
James Carville and Mary Matalin
James Carville, Co-author, Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home
Mary Matalin, Co-author, Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home
Carville and Matalin are one of the country’s most intriguing, intense and ideologically mismatched political couples. Carville, a Democrat, has worked for Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Matalin, a Republican, has worked for George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. After 20 years together, Carville and Matalin offer a candid look into the heart of Washington politics. They also share why they decided to relocate their family to New Orleans and their continued efforts to rebuild the city after Hurricane Katrina.
Location: Schultz Cultural Hall, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
Time: 11 a.m. check-in; 11:30 a.m. program
Cost: General admission: $25 non-members, $15 members, $8 students (with valid ID); Premium (priority seating & copy of book): $55 non-members, $45 members.
Also know: Part of the Good Lit series. Underwritten by The Bernard Osher Foundation
SV Reads 2014: Books and Technology with Nicholas Carr and Robin SloanDate: Wed, January 22, 2014
Time: 7:30 PM
Nicholas Carr, Author, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
Robin Sloan, Author, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel
In conversation with Mike Cassidy, Columnist, San Jose Mercury News
Are books being redefined by innovation? This year’s SV Reads selections include two books focusing on the intersection of traditional books and technology. Carr, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, examines the intellectual and cultural consequences of computers and the Internet. Bay Area author Sloan discusses the inspiration behind his quirky novel and explores new ideas for books and readers in the digital age.
Location: Campbell Heritage Theatre, 1 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell
Time: 7 p.m. doors open, 7:30 p.m. program, 8:30 p.m. book signing
Also know: In association with the Santa Clara County Office of Education, Santa Clara County Library District, and San Jose Public Library Foundation
Dr. Drew EndyDate: Tue, February 04, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Dr. Drew Endy, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, Stanford School of Medicine; President, BioBricks Foundation
If you think programming your clock radio is hard, try reprogramming life itself. The Human Genome Project gave us the ability to read nature's instruction manual: DNA. But the real opportunities, scientists say, lie in our ability to not only read genetic code, but also to write it, then build it. Synthetic biology – a new frontier in bioengineering – works because biological creatures can be seen as programmable manufacturing systems. Endy wants to take control of a cell's genetic machinery to make cells that can follow different programs, that could automatically scan for chemical signals of cancer, produce a drug that will target the cancer directly. Endy, a leader in the field of synthetic biology and one of the White House’s Champions of Change, wants to revolutionize the way we detect and combat disease.
Location: Schultz Cultural Hall, The Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
Time: 6:30 p.m. check-in, 7 p.m. program
Cost: $15 non-members, $10 members, $7 students (with valid ID)