Past Events 2018
January 18, 2018 Natalie Batalha
A Planet for Goldilocks
Febuary 15, 2018 Nicholas Harrigan
Quantum Computing for the Curious
March 15, 2018 Dr. Keith Devlin
Mathematics: It's not what it used to be
Past Events 2017
May 18, 2017 Ripudaman Malhotra
Get Real! Energy for the 21st Century
June 15, 2017 Judith Campisi
Suppressing Aging and Extending Longevity
July 20, 2017 Brett Shapiro
Gravitational Waves From Astronomical Objects: Theory to Observation
August 17, 2017 Samuel H. Sternberg, PhD
Rewriting the Code of Life with CRISPR
September 21, 2017 Rall Walsh, PhD
How to Make an Earthquake
October 19, 2017 Jack Owicki
A Spider Sampler: Arachnid Biology and Local Fauna
Past Events 2015
January 13, 2015 Dr. Brad Schneider
Director of Laboratory Sciences, Metabiota
Viral Forecasting for Pandemic Prevention
March 10, 2015 Marshall Burke, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Environmental Earth System Science, Stanford University
The Social and Economic Impact of Climate Change
May 12, 2015 Dr. Ken Caldeira and Dr. Armand Neukermans
Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth's Climate:
Emulating Volcanoes and Brightening Marine Clouds
July 14, 2015 Dr. Olenka Hubickyj
Got Planets? We See Them and We Can "Make" Them!
Past Events 2014
January 14, 2014
Dr. Tony van Eyken
Deputy Director, SRI International's Center for Geospace Studies
50 Years of Out-of-This-World Research at Arecibo Observatory
February 11, 2014 Giacomo Bernardi, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of California Santa Cruz
Genomic Consequences of Climate Change: A Fish's Perspective
March 11, 2014 Prof. Nicole Crane
Department of Biology, Cabrillo College and Senior Conservation Scientist, Oceanic Society
Forgotten Reefs, Forgotten People: How Conservation in Micronesia May Be Key to Sustainable Oceans
May 13, 2014 Dr. Sven Beiker
Executive Director, CARS - The Center for Automotive Research at Stanford

The Future of Automobiles and Our Personal Mobility:
Automated, Electric, Connected, Shared -- and What Else?
June 10, 2014 Mark D. Zoback
Professor of Geophysics, Stanford University
Can Hydraulic Fracturing Provide a Bridge to a Green Energy Future?
August 12, 2014 Asti Bhatt, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Kendall, Ph.D.
SRI International
Aurora, Airglow, and You: Exploring the Earth's Space Weather
October 28, 2014 BOY ON ICE: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard
Past Events 2013
February 12, 2013 Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, JD, PhD
Stanley Morrison Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and Co-Director
Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University
Governing Security: Implications for U.S. Science Policy,
Risk Regulation, and Homeland Security
March 12, 2013 Joseph Rogers, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Health Sciences Section, SRI Biosciences
Understanding Alzheimer's: Basic Facts and Current Research
April 9, 2013 Greg Laughlin, Ph.D.
Professor, Astronomy & Astrophysics, UC Santa Cruz
Predicting The Future on Timescales from Milliseconds to Billions of Years
May 14, 2013 Philipp Schmaelzle
3D Printing and Beyond: Disrupting Manufacturing through Incremental Fabrication?
June 11, 2013 Ed Green
Assistant Professor, University of California Santa Cruz, Baskin School of Engineering
Recent Human Evolution As Revealed by Neanderthals
August 13, 2013 Manish Kothari, Ph.D.
Director of Health Systems, SRI International
Clinical Trials: Past, Present and (Hopefully) the Future
September 10, 2013 Michael Snyder, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Genetics Director
Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine
Genomics and Personalized Medicine
October 10, 2013 Meet Robotics Teams from Palo Alto and Menlo-Atherton High Schools
November 12, 2013 Ian Colrain, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Health Sciences, SRI International
Sleep and Brain Changes Across the Lifespan
Past Events 2012
January 10, 2012 Nicole Crane
Faculty in the Biology Department at Cabrillo College
Giacomo Bernardi
Professor UC Santa Cruz - Evolutionary Biology
Clipperton Atoll and the Mozambique Channel:
Exploration in Search of 'Pristine' Coral Reefs
February 14, 2012 Alana Lee
Project Manager EPA Superfund Division
Katherine Baylor
EPA Hydrogeologist
Bits and Bytes - The Legacy of Hazardous Waste
Management in Silicon Valley"
March 13, 2012 Frank H. Shu, PhD
Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley
Distinguished Research Fellow - Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics,
Academia Sinica
Molten Salt Approaches to Mitigate Climate Change
Management in Silicon Valley
April 10, 2012 Penny Eckert, PhD
Professor of Linguistics and Anthropology
Stanford University
Language, Style, and the Adolescent Social Order
June 4, 2012 Ricardo Dolmetsch, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology
Stanford University
Growing Brain Cells to Study Autism
August 14, 2012 Fiona Baker
Sleep Physiologist
Human Sleep Research Laboratory - SRI International
Hot Topics: Raging Hormones and Their Effects
on a Woman's Sleep Quality over Her Lifetime
September 11, 2012 Peter Karp, Ph.D.
Director, Bioinformatics Research Group, Artificial Intelligence Center
SRI International
A Holy Grail of Bioinformatics: Automatic Construction
of Metabolic Models from Sequenced Genomes
October 9, 2012 Terry Root, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Woods Institute
Professor of Biology, Stanford University
Changing Climate - Changing Nature
November 13, 2012 Louise Yarnall, Ph.D.
Senior Research Social Scientist
Center for Technology in Learning SRI
Using Cognitive Science to Transform Assessment in College General Education
Past Events 2011
February 8, 2011 Deborah Gordon, PhD
Professor of Biology and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment
Stanford University
Ant Encounters
March 15, 2011 Ripudaman Malhotra
Associate Director
SRI International's Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory
A Cubic Mile of Oil
May 11, 2011 Donald Shockey, PhD
Associate Director
Director of SRI' s Center for Fracture Physics
Learning from Failure
June 14, 2011 Radha Basu
Regis and Dianne McKenna Professor of Science, Technology and Society
Santa Clara University
Frugal Innovation and Engineering for Emerging Markets
August 9, 2011 Marjorie Freedman, PhD
Associate Professor at San Jose State University
What's to Eat? Deciphering Dietary Advice
September 13, 2011 Rich Mahoney, PhD
Engineering R&D Division
SRI International
Robots and the Democratization of Quality
October 11, 2011 Michael McKubre, PhD
Materials Research Laboratory
SRI International
What Happened to Cold Fusion?
November 8, 2011 Curtis R. Carlson, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
SRI International
The Global Innovation Economy
Past Events 2010
January 12, 2010 Fred Sharpe, PhD
Alaska Whale Foundation
Executive Director & Principal Investigator
Humpback Whales: Team Hunting & Social Intelligence
February 9, 2010 Richard Luthy, PhD
Silas H. Palmer Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
Facing Scarcity: The Water Crisis in California
March 9, 2010 William Costerton, PhD
Director of Biofilm Research
Allegheny-Singer Research Institute
Biofilm: The Good, The Bad and the Slimy
April 13, 2010 Tom Abel, PhD
Kavli Institute for Astroparticle Physics and Cosmology
Associate Professor, Physics at Stanford
Where do Stars and Galaxies Come From?
May 11, 2010 Thor Besier, PhD
Director of Research - Stanford Human Performance Lab
Assistant Professor - Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery
Biomechanics of Sport & Exercise:
Improving Performance and Reducing Risk of Injury
June 8, 2010 Brian Knutson, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience
Principal Investigator - Symbiotic Project on Affective Neuroscience
This is your brain on money
August 10, 2010 Jill Helms, PhD
Professor - Department of Surgery at Stanford University
Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine
September 14, 2010 Steven Lindley, PhD
Ecologist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
The Collapse of California Salmon
October 12, 2010 Walter Moos, PhD
Vice President - SRI International's Biosciences Division
The Dollars and Sense of Pharmaceutical Innovation:
Saving Lives through Drug Discovery
November 10, 2010 Balaji Prabhakar, PhD
Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Stanford University
It Pays to Do the Right Thing
Past Events 2009
January 22, 2009 Lennart Mucke, MD
Director, Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease
Professor of Neurology & Neuroscience, UCSF
What Will it Take to Defeat Alzheimer’s Disease
and Related Disorders
February 10, 2009 Gary Glatzmaier, PhD
Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences UC Santa Cruz
Probing the Interior Dynamics of Planets and Stars
March 10, 2009 Annelise Barron, PhD
Associate Professor of Bioengineering Stanford University
Bioengineering Molecules to Fight Deadly Infections
April 14, 2009
Irva Hertz-Picciotto, PhD
Professor of Epidemiology UC Davis

Autism: Current Understanding of Trends and Causes
May 12, 2009 Edward Moses, PhD
Director of the National Ignition Facility
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Laser Based Nuclear Fusion
June 16, 2009 Stephen Smith, PhD
Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology
Stanford University
Reverse-Engineering the Brain
August 11, 2009 Jon Jenkins, Phd
Principal Investigator, SETI Institute
Kepler: Are There Other Good Worlds Out There?
September 8, 2009 Dr. Gary Swan, PhD
Director, SRI's Center for Health Sciences
Twins: Unlocking the Secrets of Nature-Nurture Interactions
October 8, 2009 William Dement, MD PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford Univ. School of Medicine
Division Chief of the Stanford Univ. Division of Sleep
Everything You Wanted to Know About Sleep but Were Too Tired to Ask
November 10, 2009 William Dement, MD PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford Univ. School of Medicine
Division Chief of the Stanford Univ. Division of Sleep
Everything You Wanted to Know About Sleep but Were Too Tired to Ask
Past Events 2008
January 9, 2008 David L. Wood, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Division of Organisms and the Environment
UC Berkeley
Deadly Tree Insects and Pathogens
February 12, 2008 Steve Schneider
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Stanford University
The Science of Global Warming, the Nobel Peace Prize
Prospects for Needed Policy Changes
March 11, 2008 David Stork, PhD
Chief Scientist at Ricoh Innovations
Consulting Professor of Statistics, Stanford

Computer Vision in the Study of Art
April 8, 2008 Peter Schwartz
Co-founder Global Business Network
Climate Change and Global Security
May 13, 2008 George Miljanich, PhD
CEO, Airmid, Inc.
Killing Pain with Killer Snails
June 10, 2008

Patricia Burchat
Stanford University
Dark Matter and Dark Energy

August 12, 2008 Tony Allison, D.Phil., B.M.
Transplant Scientist
Improving Organ Transplantation
September 9, 2008

Richard Muller, PhD
Professor of Physics, UC Berkeley
Faculty Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
Physics for Future Presidents

October 14, 2008

Dr. Gary Swan
Director of the Center for Health Sciences, SRI International
Aging Independently:
Turning the 'Silver Tsunami' into a 'Golden Tide'

November 11, 2008

Jeremy Bailenson, PhD
Director, Virtual Human Interaction Lab
Stanford University
Transformed Social Interaction in Virtual Reality

Past Events 2007
January 9, 2007 Terry L. Root
Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment
Professor in the Biological Sciences
Department at Stanford University
Our Rapidly Warming World:
Present and Future Changes
in Animals and Plants
February 13, 2007 Uwe Bergmann
Staff Scientist in Physics
Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
Secrets in the Ancient Goatskin:
Archimedes Manuscript under X-ray Vision
March 13, 2007

Jon C. Mirsalis
Managing Director, Division Operations,
and Director, Preclinical Development,
SRI Biosciences Division
The Evolution of Infectious Diseases:
From Early Plagues to Today's Challenges

April 10, 2007

Dr. Christopher D. Earl
President and CEO
BIO Ventures for Global Health
New technology, new incentives:
The role of biotechnology in global health

May 8, 2007

Stephen R. Palumbi
Professor of Biological Sciences
Stanford University
Saving Whales with DNA

June 12, 2007

G. Scott Hubbard
SETI Institute and Stanford University
Former Director of NASA Ames Research Center
Exploring Mars

July 10, 2007

James L. Sweeney
Stanford University
Energy policy, energy efficiency

September 11, 2007
October 9, 2007

Joan Vernikos
Former Director of Life Sciences at NASA Headquarters
Gravitation and Aging

November 13, 2007

Steve Peroutka, MD, PhD
Migraine Scientist
Migraine, Stress and Peanut M&Ms

Past Events 2006
January 10, 2006 Donald E. Knuth
Professor Emeritus of The Art of Computer Programming
Stanford University
All Questions Answered
February 14, 2006 Howard M. Peters
Director-At-Large, American Chemical Society
Partner, Peters, Verny, Jones, Schmitt & Aston, L.L.P.
Sally Peters
Councilor, American Chemical Society,
Santa Clara Valley Chapter
The Chemistry of Chocolate
March 21, 2006 Howard Fields
University of California San Francisco Professor,
Neurology and Physiology
Director, Wheeler Center for Neurobiology of Addiction
Neuroscience of Pleasure and Pain
April 11, 2006 Gregory C. Beroza
Professor of Geophysics
Stanford University
Understanding the 1906 Earthquake
August 8, 2006

Paul Alivisatos
Professor of Chemistry
University of California, Berkeley
Nanotechnology and Renewable Energy

Past Events 2005
January 11, 2005

Michio Kaku
Henry Semat Professor in Theoretical Physics
at the City University of New York
Surviving the End of the Universe: An Escape Plan

February 1, 2005

Marcia McNutt
President and CEO
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Engineering the Ocean

March 8, 2005 Eric Geist
Research Geophysicist
U.S. Geological Survey

Understanding Tsunamis
April 12, 2005 Stephen J. DeArmond, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Pathology and Neurology
University of California, San Francisco
Prions: Invaders from Inner Space
May 10, 2005 Kathleen M. Mortimer, Sc.D., M.P.H.
Thomas Dailey, MD
Vandana Bali

The State of Our Air and Its Impact on Our Health
July 12, 2005 David R. Cox, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
Perlegen Sciences, Inc.
Human Genome and Everyday Life
August 9, 2005

Seth Shostak
Senior Astronomer
Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute
The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

October 12, 2005 Jan Null
Adjunct Professor of Meteorology,
Department of Geosciences,
San Francisco State University
CCM, Golden Gate Weather Services
The Science of Weather:
Meteorological Myth vs. Fact
November 8, 2005 Irving Weissman
Karel H. and Avice N. Beekhuis Professor in Cancer Biology
Director, Institute for Cancer/Stem Cell Biology and Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stem Cell Research
Past Events 2004
March 9, 2004 Prof. Doug Osheroff, Ph.D.
Stanford University Physicist
Co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physics
"The Columbia Accident Investigation
and the Future of Human Space Flight"
April 13, 2004 Dr. David P. Schwartz
U.S.G.S.Earthquake Geologist/Paleoseismologist
"Earthquakes - When, Where, and Why?"
May 11, 2004 Emmanuel Mignot, M.D., Ph.D.
Stanford University Professor
of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director of the Center for Narcolepsy
"Why do we sleep? What if we don't?"
June 8, 2004 Dr. Sidney Perkowitz
Charles Howard Candler Physics Professor
Emory University
"Synthetic Humans: Fantasy or Reality?"
September 14, 2004 Professor Albert R. Jonsen
Pioneer Bioethicist -Professor Emeritus Medical History and Ethics
University of Washington
"Stem Cell Research: The Ethical Debate"
October 12, 2004

R. Fabian W. Pease, Ph. D.
William Ayer Professor
of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University
and a panel of distinguished Stanford professors and scientists
"Nanotechnology: Fact and Fantasy"

November 9, 2004

Nina V. Fedoroff, Ph. D.
Evan Pugh Professor of Biology
Willaman Professor of Life Sciences, Biology Dept.
Pennsylvania State University
"Genetically Modified Food Plants: Monsters or Miracles?"