2015-2016 Schedule

September 11, 2015: Bruce Margon, Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of California Santa Cruz
Topic:  What we have learned about the universe from 25 years of the Hubble Space Telescope

October 9, 2015: John Delaney, Professor of Oceanography, University of Washington
Topic: Discoveries from the ocean floor as learned through the Ocean Observatories Initiative 

November 13, 2015: Michael McPhaden, Senior Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
Topic: The implications of El Nino and other ocean currents on the climate of the Pacific Northwest

December 11, 2015: Franziska Roesner, Assistant Professor, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington
Topic: Computer security and privacy

January 15, 2016: Steve Davis, President and CEO, PATH
Topic: The latest learnings on what’s really making a difference in global health

February 12, 2016: Barbara Sorg, Professor of Neuroscience, Washington State University
Topic: The role of memory in drug addiction

March 11, 2016: Daniel Schwartz, Director, UW Clean Energy Institute and David Ginger, Associate Director, UW Clean Energy Institute
Topic: Sustainable growth in solar power: New materials discovery and our energy future

April 8, 2016: John Scott, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Professor of Pharmacology, UW Medicine
Topic: Institute for Biosignaling and Precision Therapies: Discovering "smart drugs" that find their targets

May 13, 2016: Semih Tareen, Associate Director, Juno Therapeutics
Topic: Breakthrough immunotherapies for cancer




September 12, 2014: Benjamin Hall, UW Genome Sciences & Biology
Topic: The story of the Hall technologies: How one professor created $250 million in technology licensing revenue for the UW

October 10, 2014: Larry Smarr, University of California San Diego
Topic: The Measured Man: How an astrophysicist turned computer scientist is changing the future of healthcare by charting every bodily function in minute detail

November 7, 2014: Nitin Baliga, Institute for Systems Biology
Topic: Strange microbes and complex diseases: different problems, one approach
Understanding the amazing impact of microbes, which have colonized not only our bodies, but every environmental niche on our planet

December 12, 2014: Charles Murry, UW Center for Cardiovascular Biology
Topic: Breakthroughs in medicine: Using stem cell therapy to regenerate damaged heart muscle

January 9, 2015: Jacob Leachman, Washington State University
Topic: Understanding the potential of hydrogen fuels: Busting myths and flying drones

February 13, 2015: David Montgomery, UW Earth & Space Sciences
Topic: Geology of Western Washington and the Oso landslide

March 13, 2015: Chen-Ching Liu, Washington State University
Topic: Technology breakthroughs for a smarter and more secure electrical grid

April 10, 2015

May 8, 2015: Lee Hood, Institute for Systems Biology
Topic: The 100K Wellness Project: Systems Biology giant Lee Hood shares the early results from the largest longitudinal study in personalized medicine ever undertaken




September 13, 2013: Denis Hayes, President, Bullitt Foundation
Topic: Design and construction of the Bullitt Center, the greenest building on the planet

October 11, 2013: John Marzluff, Professor of Wildlife Science, University of Washington
Topic: Gifts of the Crow

November 15, 2013: Julie Kientz, Assistant Professor, Human Centered Design & Engineering, University of Washington
Topic: Baby Steps system for tracking developmental progress in young children

December 13, 2013: Jim Olson, Brain Cancer Researcher, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Attending Physician, Seattle Children's Hospital
Topic: Project Violet, a new citizen science initiative to accelerate research into new anti-cancer compounds

January 10, 2014: John Wecker, President & CEO, Pacific Northwest Diabetes
Research Institute
Topic: The latest developments in diabetes research

February 14, 2014: Hugh Hillhouse, Rehnberg Chair Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington
Topic: Printable solar cells

March 14, 2014: Uri Shumlak, Professor, William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, University of Washington
Topic: Nuclear fusion

April 11, 2014: Patricia Kuhl, Co-director, Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, University of Washington
Topic: Early language learning and infant brain development

May 9, 2014: Guy Palmer, Director, Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, Washington State University
Topic: The connection between global animal health and human opportunity




September 14, 2012: Pablos Holman, Inventor, Intellectual Ventures 
Topic: Breaking and building new technologies

October 12, 2012: Grant Norton, Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University 
Topic: Creating a super lithium-ion battery

November 9, 2012: Cliff Mass, weather blogger and Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington 
Topic: The future of weather prediction technology

December 14, 2012: John Amory, Professor of Medicine and Section Head, UW Medical Center Section of General Internal Medicine 
Topic: A male birth control pill

January 11, 2013: George Dyson, historian and author of Project Orion: The Atomic Spaceship 1957-1965, Darwin Among the Machines: The Evolution of Global Intelligence, and Turing's Cathedral 
Topic: The creation myth of the digital universe

February 8, 2013: Steve Seitz, Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington 
Topic: Breakthroughs in computer vision and facial recognition, and computer graphics

March 8, 2013: Richard Feely, Senior Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 
Topic: Ocean acidification and its impacts on our marine resources

April 12, 2013: Pat Hanrahan, Chief Scientist and Co-founder, Tableau Software; Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University; and founding employee at Pixar Animation Studios 
Topic: Computer visualization and growing Tableau

May 10, 2013: Anna Goussiou, Professor of Physics, University of Washington 
Topic: The discovery of the Higgs boson particle




September 9, 2011 : Peter Lee, Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director, Microsoft Research 
Topic: Microsoft Research - From blue-sky research to product innovations 

October 14, 2011 : Thomas Henick-Kling, Director, Viticulture & Enology, Professor of Enology, WSU Tri-Cities 
Topic: The science of winemaking

November 11, 2011 : Chee Chew, Engineering Director, Google 
Topic: The present and future of social networking

December 9, 2011 : Christof Koch, Chief Scientific Officer, Allen Institute for Brain Science 
Topic: The institute’s recent research and new initiatives in brain science

January 13, 2012 : Maureen Neitz, Ray H. Hill Endowed Professor of Ophthalmology, UW School of Medicine 
Topic: Breakthroughs in gene therapy for vision disorders

February 10, 2012 : Stefan Kappe, Full Member & Program Director, Seattle BioMed 
Topic: The discovery and development of a novel malaria vaccine now in human clinical trials

March 9, 2012 : Ginger Armbrust, Director, School of Oceanography, University of Washington 
Topic: The genomics of oceanic plankton and the crucial role it plays in the ocean ecosystem

April 13, 2012: Curtis Wong, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research 
Topic: The WorldWide Telescope and the amazing astronomical imagery it reveals

May 11, 2012: Harmit Malik, Principal Investigator, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center 
Topic: The genetics of evolutionary conflict




September 10, 2010: Dr. Usha Varanasi, Director, Northwest Fisheries Science Center 
Topic: The legacy of the Exxon Valdez and the effects of oil spills on aquatic ecosystems

October 8, 2010: Dr. Andy McShea, Chief Operating Officer, Theo Chocolate 
Topic: The science of chocolate

November 12, 2010: Dr. Shwetak Patel, Assistant Professor, University of Washington Computer Science and Engineering & Electrical Engineering 
Topic: Smart dwellings and cutting-edge energy conservation technology

December 10, 2010: Dr. David Urdal, Senior Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer and Director, Dendreon 
Topic: Discovery, development, and commercialization of novel cancer therapeutics

January 14, 2011: John Gardner Vice President, Advancement and External Affairs, Washington State University
Topic: Regional biofuel efforts

February 11, 2011: Dr. Sam Wasser, Director, University of Washington Center for Conservation Biology 
Topic: Non-invasive wildlife forensics and monitoring methods

March 11, 2011: Gene Walther, Deputy Director, Diagnostics, Discovery, Global Health Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Topic: Gates Foundation's global health initiatives

April 8, 2011: Dr. Krishna Nadella, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Microgreen & Dr. Vipin Kumar, Director, University of Washington Microcellular Consortium
Topic: Improving common plastics on the molecular level

May 13, 2011: Dr. Joshua Akey, Assistant Professor, University of Washington Department of Genome Sciences
Topic: Very recent human evolution




September 11, 2009: Dr. Tadayoshi Kohno, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington

October 9, 2009: Dr. David Baker, Principal Investigator, The Baker Lab, University of Washington & Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

November 13, 2009: Dr. Alan Aderem, Executive Vice President and Director, Institute for Systems Biology

December 11, 2009: Dr. Denise Galloway, Human Biology and Public Health Sciences Program Head, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

January 8, 2010: Dr. Bruce Montgomery, Senior Vice President, Gilead Sciences

February 12, 2010: Dr. John Stark, Director, Puyallup Research & Extension Center, Washington State University

March 12, 2010: J. Michael Davis, Associate Laboratory Director, Energy and Environment Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

April 9, 2010: Dr. Debbie Nickerson, Professor, Department of Genome Sciences, University of Washington

May 14, 2010: Christina Lomasney, President & CEO and Dr. John Whitaker, Chief Scientist, Modumetal




September 12, 2008: Dr. Yoky Matsuoka, MacArthur “Genius Award” winner and Professor, University of Washington Neurobotics Laboratory
Topic: Merging robotics and neuroscience

October 10, 2008: Dr. Colleen Delaney, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Topic: Using umbilical cord blood to save lives

November 14, 2008: Dr. Moe Khaleel, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Topic: The importance of diversification to the future of computing

December 12, 2008 : Dr. Nate Mantua, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group
Topic: Projected global and Pacific Northwest climate change

January 9, 2009: Dr. Raymond Huey, University of Washington Laboratory of Evolutionary Physiology
Topic: The study of survival patterns of Himalayan mountain climbers

February 13, 2009: Dr. Lee Hood, Founder, Institute for Systems Biology
Topic: Biological complexity and understanding how biological systems function.

March 13, 2009: Brian Bershad, Google
Topic: The future of search

April 17, 2009: Dr. Zeljko Ivezic, University of Washington Department of Astronomy
Topic: Breakthroughs in telescope technology

May 8, 2009: Dr. John Reganold, Washington State University Crop and Soil Sciences Department
Topic: Sustainable agricultural systems




September 14, 2007: Dr. Mark Roth, Cell Biologist and Full Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Topic: Metabolic flexibility and the feasibility of human hibernation.

October 12, 2007: Tom Vander Ark, President, X Prize Foundation
Topic: Revolution through competition.

November 9, 2007: Dr. David Sherman, Principal Investigator, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute
Topic: Tuberculosis (TB) virulence and drug discovery.

December 14, 2007: Dr. Chris Elias, President, PATH
Topic: Recent programs and advances in improving the health of people around the world.

January 11, 2008: Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, Faculty, The Evergreen State College
Topic: Ecology of tropical and temperate forest canopies, particularly the role that canopy-dwelling plants play in forests at the ecosystem level.

February 8, 2008: Dr. Christopher Murray, Director, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington
Topic: Guiding international policymaking by providing high-quality data and analysis on health needs and outcomes, and assessing the performance of health programs.

March 14, 2008: Dr. Tomas Mustelin, Vice President of Inflammation, Amgen
Topic: Inflammation research and drug discovery.

April 11, 2008: Dr. Steve Bollens, Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Director of Science Programs, Interim Director, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Washington State University - Vancouver
Topic: Ecology of marine and estuarine zooplankton and fish.

May 16, 2008: Mike Schwenk, Vice President and Director of Technology Deployment and Outreach, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Topic: $2B+ of R&D in Washington state...so what?

June 13, 2008: Dr. Oren Etzioni, Founder, Farecast, and Professor, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington
Topic: Predictive technologies.




September 8, 2006: Dr. Steve Malone, Research Professor of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington
Topic: Update on the volcanic activity of Mt. St. Helens

Friday, October 13, 2006: Dr. Alan Nelson, Chairman & CEO, VisionGate, Inc.
Topic: Lung cancer - the world's number one cancer killer and 3D imaging of cells for early detection

November 10, 2006: Dr. Pat Hunt, Professor, School of Molecular Biosciences, Washington State University
Topic: Chemical and environmental factors that impact reproduction

December 8, 2006: Dr. John Bransford, Professor of Education and Psychology, College of Education, University of Washington
Topic: How people/students learn and the LIFE Center (Learning in Informal and Formal Environments)

January 12, 2007: Dr. Bassem Bejjani, Research Professor, WSU Spokane, and Medical Director, Signature Genomic Laboratories, LLC
Topic: Genome microarray technologies to unlock the secrets of genetic diseases

February 9, 2007: Dr. Tom Daniel, Joan and Richard Komen Chair of Biology, University of Washington
Topic: Implantable microelectronics and flight control in insects

March 9, 2007: Dr. Jeff Ojemann, Neurosurgeon, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Harborview Medical Center
Topic: Effects of neurosurgical procedures on memory and cognition in children and adults, and the feasibility of brain-computer interface systems

April 13, 2007: Dr. Maxine Hayes, State Health Officer, Washington State Department of Health
Topic: Bird Flu - the coming pandemic?

May 11, 2007: Dr. Andrea Copping, Senior Program Manager, Marine Sciences Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Topic: Climate change - predicting the changes, mitigating the impacts

June 8, 2007: Dr. Leo Stamatatos, Full Member, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute
Topic: HIV vaccine development and the use of computational biology to create novel vaccine designs




September 9, 2005: Dr. Cliff Mass, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington
Topic: The future of weather prediction

October 14, 2005: Dr. Tad McGeer, Founder, Chairman and CTO, The Insitu Group
Topic: Miniature robotic aircraft

November 10, 2005: Dr. Anne Steinemann, Director, The Water Center, and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington
Topic: Health hazards of everyday exposure to environmental pollutants

December 9, 2005: Dr. Bob Moore, Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research
Topic: The statistical revolution in natural language processing

January 13, 2006: Dr. Toby Bradshaw, Washington Research Foundation Professor of Basic Biological Science, Department of Biology, University of Washington
Topic: The biology behind the controversy over genetically engineered food

February 10, 2006: Dr. Patrick Duffy, Director, Malaria Antigen Discovery Program, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute
Topic: Malaria vaccine development

March 10, 2006: Dr. Andrew Meltzoff, Co-Director, Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS), and Job and Gertrud Tamaki Endowed Chair, Professor of Psychology, University of Washington
Topic: Infant brain development

April 7, 2006: Dr. Todd Werpy, Program Manager for Bioproducts, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Topic: Domestic solutions to energy independence

May 12, 2006: Dr. Deborah Kelley, Associate Professor of Oceanography, University of Washington
Topic: Lost City hydrothermal field on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge

June 9, 2006: Dr. Kim Kidwell, Associate Professor of Crop & Soil Sciences, Washington State University
Topic: Breeding, genetics, and cultivar development of spring wheats




September 10, 2004: Denis Hayes, President, Bullitt Foundation, and Co-Founder of Earth Day

October 8, 2004: Dr. Don Brownlee, NASA Stardust Spacecraft Principal Investigator, and Professor of Astronomy, University of Washington

November 12, 2004: Dr. Chris Diorio, Chairman and Co-Founder, Impinj, and Associate Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington

December 10, 2004: Dr. Wylie Burke, Professor and Chair, Department of Medical History & Ethics, University of Washington

January 14, 2005: Dr. Richard Smith, Director, Proteomics Research Resource for Integrative Biology for the National Center for Research Resources, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

February 11, 2005: Dr. Wick Haxton, Principal Investigator, Proposed Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory/Cascades, and Professor of Physics, University of Washington

March 11, 2005: Dr. Joe Miletich, Senior Vice President, Research and Pre-clinical Development, Amgen, Inc.

April 8, 2005: Dr. Mark Reisman, Interventional Cardiologist and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Swedish Medical Center

May 13, 2005: Dr. Charles Campbell, Co-Director of Center for Nanotechnology, and Professor of Chemistry, University of Washington

June 10, 2005: Dr. Linda Buck, Nobel Laureate, Physiology or Medicine, 2004; Full Member, Division of Basic Sciences, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center




September 12, 2003: Dr. Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington

October 10, 2003: Dr. Richard Klausner, Global Health Executive Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

November 14, 2003: Dr. Lee Hartwell, President and Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

December 12, 2003: Dr. George Michaels, Director of Bioinformatics for the Biomolecular Systems Initiative, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

January 9, 2004: Dr. Bruce Watson, Director of Quality Control, Columbia Winery

February 13, 2004: Dr. James M. Krueger, College of Veterinarian Medicine, Washington State University

March 12, 2004: Bill Ruckelshaus, Principal, Madrona Investment Group; Chairman, Salmon Recovery Board; First and Fifth Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency (1970 and 1985)

April 8, 2004: Dr. William A. Hagopian, Principal Scientist, Pacific Northwest Research Institute.

May 14, 2004: Dr. Phillip Thurtle, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University; Co-Editor, In Vivo: The Cultural Mediations of Biomedical Science, University of Washington Press Book Series

June 11, 2004: Dr. Eric Horvitz, Senior Researcher and Group Manager, Adaptive Systems & Interaction Group, Microsoft Research




September 13, 2002: Larry Dalton, Professor of Chemistry, University of Washington
Topic: The new Information Age: exploiting the best of both electronics and photonics

October 11, 2002: Dr. Daniel Paull, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Virginia Mason
Topic: How physician directed state-of-the art robots perform cardiac surgery, along with other new advances in cardiac surgery

November 8, 2002: Dr. Paul Robertson, Pacific Northwest Research Institute
Topic: Human islet transplant

December 13, 2002: Dr. Chris Elias, President & CEO, PATH
Topic: Improving health globally with simple solutions

January 10th, 2003: Dr. Bradley C. Edwards, Chief Technology Officer, HighLift Systems
Topic: The space elevator

February 14, 2003: Chris Stubbs, Professor of Astronomy, University of Washington
Topic: Recent discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope

March 14, 2003: Mike Kluse, Associate Director of National Security, Battelle
Topic: Science and technology in homeland security

April 11, 2003: Dieter Fox, Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington
Topic: Robotics

May 9, 2003: Dr. John Corman, Director of Prostate Cancer Network, Virginia Mason
Topic: New advances in detection and treatment of prostate cancer

June 13, 2003: Dr. Leroy Hood, President and Director, Institute for Systems Biology
Topic: New frontiers in biotechnology




September 14, 2001: Dr. Steve Malone, Geophysics Research, University of Washington
Topic: Earthquake hazards in the Northwest and the development of near real-time technology to track them

October 12, 2001: Dr. Geraldine Dawson, Professor of Psychology, Center for Autism, University of Washington
Topic: Technology used in the early detection and treatment of autism

November 9, 2001: Dr. Helene Gayle, Senior Advisor for HIV/AIDS, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Topic: The HIV/AIDS global epidemic and current research to find a cure

December 14, 2001: Dr. John D. Potter, Public Health Sciences Division-Cancer Prevention Research Program, Cancer Prevention Research Program, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Professor, School of Public Health and Community Medicine Epidemiology, University of Washington
Topic: The role of diet in colon cancer, specifically the types of plant foods that reduce the risks and slow or reverse the carcinogenesis process

January 11, 2002: Dr. Paul E. Burrows, Senior Staff Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Topic: The technology behind photonics, market value, and future product developments

February 8, 2002: Dan Mooney, Vice President of Product Development, The Boeing Company
Topic: The technology behind the Boeing Sonic Cruiser

March 8, 2002: Dr. James Anderson, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington
Topic: The growing importance of computer models and the Internet in balancing salmon restoration and management with the competing demands of hydrolic power and irrigation in the Pacific Northwest

April 12, 2002: Dr. Margaret Allen, Hope Heart Institute, Affilitate Professor, University of Washington
Topic: Future developments in heart transplant surgery

May 10, 2002: Dr. Robert Franza, Research Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of Washington
Topic: The Cell Systems Initiative (CSI)

June 14, 2002: Dr. Stephen Richardson, Senior Researcher, Microsoft Corporation
Topic: The development of natural language processing computers and machine translation.