Technology Events

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Upcoming Events

Making Professional Online Presentations
Jill Heinerth
Tuesday, December 15th, 4-5:30pm PT / 7-8:30pm ET

Now that more people are isolated at home, online presentations using tools like Zoom are becoming the norm. Jill Heinerth will unlock the secrets of professional home broadcasting and offer tips about media platforms, audio, lighting, and creating engaging multimedia presentations.

Past Events

Where Jeff Bezos’s Great Granddaughter Will Go for Her Honeymoon: The Top Tourist Sights of the Solar System
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
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
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
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?
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.

How Do Self-Driving Cars Actually Work?
Ophir Samson
Tuesday, April 29th, 8-9pm PT / 11pm-12am ET

Self-driving cars are in the news and on the roads, but how do they actually work? Industry veteran Ophir Samson will fill us in and engage us in a fascinating discussion about how autonomous vehicles will change our day-to-day lives.

Solving the Flint Water Crisis with Data Science
Eric Schwartz
Sunday, April 19th, 12-1pm PT / 3-4pm ET

Learn how machine learning has helped researchers and policy makers take a targeted approach to solving water crises in Flint and beyond.

Space Junk: What To Do About Waste In Space
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 Does It Take to Develop a New Drug for COVID-19?
Steve Chamow
Thursday, April 16th, 6-7pm PT / 9-10pm ET

We're eager to learn from drug development expert Dr. Steve Chamow about what it will take to make drugs to treat COVID-19.

Synthetic Biology: Beating the Cell at its Own Game
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.

Fake News & Free Speech
Étienne Brown
Tuesday, March 24th, 8-9pm PT / 11pm-12am ET

Join philosopher Étienne Brown for a lively discussion about the tensions between free speech and fake news.