Science Events

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Upcoming Events

Evolutionary Psychology: Foundations, Questions, and Controversies
Speaker: 
Diana Fleischman
Mondays & Thursdays, December 7th, 10th, 14th, & 17th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

Evolutionary Psychology examines the human mind through the lens of evolution. This short seminar series introduces the basics of the field and examines how evolutionary psychology answers some of the most controversial and persistent questions about human nature.

Past Events

Health Care, Science Fiction, and Hope: The Ethics and Ramifications of Prenatal Genetic Testing
Speaker: 
Chavi Karkowsky
Monday, October 19th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

They say knowledge is power, but is it always? As a maternal-fetal medicine physician, Dr. Chavi Karkowsky has seen how genetic testing can empower her patients -- and also open a Pandora’s Box they wish they could close. Join Dr. Karkowsky for this exploration of the history, science, and human experience of modern prenatal genetic testing.

Art Imitating Life: How Climate Fiction Addresses Climate Change
Speaker: 
John Sitter
Wednesday, September 23rd, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

As ice caps melt and temperatures rise, novels about climate change have moved from the margins to the center of world literature. In this seminar, we will explore the emerging genre of climate fiction (aka "cli-fi") and discuss how the best work in this genre helps us understand our moment and imagine possible futures.

Where Jeff Bezos’s Great Granddaughter Will Go for Her Honeymoon: The Top Tourist Sights of the Solar System
Speaker: 
Andrew Fraknoi
Friday, September 18th, 6-7:30pm PT / 9-10:30pm ET

Take a tour of the most intriguing future “tourist destinations” among the planets and moons in our cosmic neighborhood. Our stops include Venus, the Mount Olympus volcano on Mars, and Saturn's "Cold Faithful" and more!

The Four Ways We Tell Machines What We Want, and How We Can Do Better
Speaker: 
Michael L. Littman
Tuesdays, September 8th and 15th, 12-1:30pm PT / 3-4:30pm ET

Over two lectures, renowned computer science professor Michael Littman will share the major ways in which humans endow computers with their intended autonomous behaviors. If you understand how computers are told, trained, and taught what to do, you will be a savvier consumer and more adept at convincing the machines to do what you want them to do.

Technologies for Vaccines for COVID-19
Speaker: 
Steve Chamow
Tuesday, May 19th, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

Dr. Steve Chamow is back by popular demand for an extended conversation on COVID-19 drug discovery. Join us to learn more about the availability of technologies for therapeutics and vaccines and opportunities to shorten the timeline of clinical drug development.

Coping with Climate Change & Trying to Stop It
Speaker: 
Lauren Oakes
Thursday, May 7th, 6-7pm PT / 9-10pm ET

The solution space for climate change isn’t only about stopping emissions. It’s also about coping with the consequences in our local communities. Conservation scientist Lauren Oakes will discuss two responses to climate change —adaptation vs. mitigation — and what we can do to help.

What Does It Take to Develop a New Drug for COVID-19?
Speaker: 
Steve Chamow
Tuesday, May 7th, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

The current pandemic is affecting our lives in ways we never expected, and scientists around the globe are working to stop its spread. In this timely talk with Dr. Steve Chamow, we'll learn about what it will take for drug companies to mitigate the impact of coronavirus.

Space Junk: What To Do About Waste In Space
Speaker: 
Lisa Ruth Rand
Saturday, April 18th, 6-7pm PT / 9-10pm ET

Like industries on earth, the space industry also generates waste. Join science historian and space junk expert Lisa Ruth Rand to explore how space junk became a threat and to discuss the challenges faced by those who wish to fix the problem.

What to Do While Waiting for Precision Medicine
Speaker: 
Iris Litt
Monday, April 13th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

Most drugs prescribed today have only been tested on white men. Don't miss this opportunity to talk with esteemed Stanford Pediatrics Professor Dr. Iris Litt about how this affects patients and what can be done.

Aroused: How Hormones Control Just About Everything
Thursday, April 9th, 12-1pm PT / 3-4pm ET

Medical writer Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein takes us on a fascinating journey into the history of hormones and the outsized role they play in our lives. Randi has an MD and MPH and teaches writing at Yale and Columbia.

Synthetic Biology: Beating the Cell at its Own Game
Speaker: 
Terry Johnson
Thursday, April 2nd, 4-5pm PT / 7-8pm ET

Learn how scientists design and construct biological systems to do everything from edit the genome to make better dye for blue jeans.

Hope, Panic, and Action in a Warming World
Speaker: 
Lauren Oakes
Wednesday, April 1st, 6-7pm PT / 9-10pm ET

Join conservation scientist Lauren Oakes to learn how we can adapt to climate change and support natural solutions to reduce emissions.

The History of Miscarriage in America
Speaker: 
Lara Freidenfelds
Thursday, March 26th, 4-5pm PT / 7-8pm ET

Join science historian Lara Freidenfelds for a discussion of how Americans' perceptions of miscarriage have changed over the past 250 years.