Perspectives on Science-Announcing the 2019-2020 Speaker Series - Due to Covid-19, the 2020-2021 Speaker Series will be postponed until 2021-2022

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2019 – 2020 Schedule

October 15, 2019

Dr. Ajit Varki, UCSD

Dr. Ajit Varki (M.D.), (Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Co-Director for the Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny, and Co-Director for the Glycobiology Research and Training Center for UC San Diego)


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Seminar Title:  “Adventures in Anthropogeny:  Exploring the Origins and Fate of the Human Species”

November 5, 2019

Dr. Matt Edwards, SDSU

Dr. Matt Edwards, (Professor and Marine Biology Emphasis Coordinator at San Diego State University)

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Seminar Title:  “Kelp Forests of the Eastern Pacific Ocean”

December 10, 2019

Dr. Kristen Johnson, TSRI

Dr. Kristen Johnson, (Director, Discovery Biology, Calibr, a Division of Scripps Research)

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Seminar Title:  "Identification and Development of a Regenerative Medicine Approach for Osteoarthritis"

January 14, 2020

Dr. Lynn Hedrick, LJII

Dr. Catherine "Lynn" Hedrick, (Professor for the Division of Inflammation Biology at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology)

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Seminar Title:  “Immune Cells in Cancer:  Jekyll and Hyde!”

February 18, 2020

Dr. Brian Keating, UCSD

Dr. Brian Keating, (Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor of Physics in the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences at UC San Diego)


 Seminar Title:  “Losing the Nobel Prize: a Cosmic Memoir of Love, Loss, and Redemption”

March 3, 2020

Dr. Chris Tubbs, Zoo

Dr. Chris Tubbs, (Senior Scientist in Reproductive Sciences for San Diego Zoo Global, Institute for Conservation Research)

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Seminar Title:  "A New Recipe for Southern White Rhinoceros Breeding Success?”

April 7, 2020 - Postponed Until Possibly October 2021

Dr. Vicki Lundblad, Salk

Dr. Vicki Lundblad, (Professor, Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory, and Becky and Ralph S. O'Connor Chair for The Salk Institute)

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Seminar Title:  "Of Bread and Wine...and Chromosome Ends: Fundamental Insights Into How We Age"

May 5, 2020 - Postponed Until Possibly November 2021

Dr. Exequiel Ezcurra, UCR

Dr. Exequiel Ezcurra, (Director of the UC Institute for Mexico and the United States -- UC-MEXUS, and Professor of Ecology for UC Riverside)

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Seminar Title:  “Reflections on a Life Spent Exploring Desert and Coastal Lagoon Ecology in the Gulf of California”