2023-2024 Perspectives on Science Lecture/Dinner Series-Announcing the 25th (and Final) Season

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2023 – 2024 Schedule

October 17, 2023

Dr. Gabe Lander-POSa

Dr. Gabe Lander, (Professor, Department of Integrative Structural and Computational Biology for The Scripps Research Institute)

Links: https://www.scripps.edu/faculty/lander/ and https://lander-lab.com/

Seminar Title:  “Cryo Electron Microscopy: Visualizing the Invisible Machinery of Life and Death”

November 7, 2023

Dr. Katherine Maloney-POSa

Dr. Katherine Maloney, (Co-Chair and Professor of Chemistry for Point Loma Nazarene University)

Link: https://www.pointloma.edu/faculty/katherine-n-maloney-phd

Seminar Title:  “The Curious Case of Sarcophyton Glaucum: Capricious Natural Products Chemist or Victim of Mistaken Identity?”

December 5, 2023 (date changed from 12/12)

Dr. Sarah Aarons-POSa

Dr. Sarah Aarons, (Assistant Professor, Geosciences, Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, Geosciences Research Division for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography/UC San Diego)

Links: https://saarons.scrippsprofiles.ucsd.edu/ and https://www.climearthgeochem.com/

Seminar Title:  "The Role of Dust on Earth's Climate: Insights from the Antarctic Paleoclimate Record and from Modern Ecosystems"

January 16, 2024

Dr. Doug Cavener-POSa

Dr. Douglas Cavener, (Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Distinguished Chair in Evolutionary Genetics, Professor of Biology, and Former Dean, Eberly College of Science for Penn State University)

Links: https://www.huck.psu.edu/people/douglas-cavener and Named Huck Chair in Evolutionary Genetics

Seminar Title:  “Too Tall to Fail: The Giraffe Bailout”

February 13, 2024

Dr. Shane Crotty-POSa

Dr. Shane Crotty, ("Highly Cited Researcher" and "World Expert” for Vaccine Research, Director, Center for Vaccine Innovation, Professor and Chief Scientific Officer for La Jolla Institute for Immunology "LJI", Co-Chair-BMS Immunology Track, Director of the LJI-UCSD Program in Immunology, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health for UC San Diego School of Medicine)

Links:  https://www.lji.org/labs/crotty/, Chief Scientific Officer, and "World Expert"

Seminar Title:  “How COVID-19 Vaccines Work: Lessons for Future Vaccines”

March 19, 2024

Dr. Casey Mueller-POSa

Dr. Casey Mueller, (Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences for CSU San Marcos)

Link: https://developmentalphysiology.weebly.com/ and https://developmentalphysiology.weebly.com/research.html

Seminar Title:  "Adaptable Amphibians: Chorus Frog Development in Response to the Thermal Environment”

April 9, 2024

Dr. Julie Law-POSa

Dr. Julie Law, (Hearst Foundation Developmental Chair and Associate Professor, Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory for Salk Institute for Biological Studies)

Links:  https://www.salk.edu/scientist/julie-law/ and https://law.salk.edu/

Seminar Title:  A “CLASSY” Way to Control DNA Methylation

May 7, 2024

Dr. Rob Knight-POS

Dr. Rob Knight, (Professor of Pediatrics, Bioengineering, and Computer Science & Engineering for UC San Diego.  Founding Director, Center for Microbiome Innovation.  Wolfe Family Endowed Chair in Microbiome Research at Rady Children’s Hospital.  Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Microbiology.  2017 winner of the Massry Prize and 2019 recipient of the NIH Director's Pioneer Award.)

Links: https://knightlab.ucsd.edu./ and https://www.science.org/content/author/rob-knight-ph-d 

Seminar Title:  “Microbes: the Hidden Link Between Food and Mood”