December 10, 2008

Northwestern University, Lurie Building – Baldwin Auditorium
303 E Superior St, Chicago, IL, United States

With Mary Hendrix – President and Scientific Director, Children’s Memorial Research

At no other time in history have we been this close to translating basic scientific discoveries into novel therapeutic strategies to benefit humankind. However, the traditional missions of academic institutions and the pharmaceutical industry are almost diametrically opposed. Have we reached the point where ‘publish or perish’ is being replaced by ‘patent and prosper’?

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November 19, 2008

The Standard Club
320 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL, United States


A lecture on The Educational Consequences of the Digital Divide from Robert W. Fairlie Professor, Department of Economics, The University of California, Santa Cruz

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November 3, 2008

Lurie Building - Hughes Auditorium
303 E Superior St, Chicago, IL, United States

With Mark Matlock, Senior VP, Research Division – Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)

After an extended era of stable energy supplies, from a variety of fossil fuels that began with the industrial revolution change is in the wind. New costs of fossil energy are coming to the forefront that includes: future carbon constraints, the need to pursue more non-conventional sources, and re-distribution of wealth.

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October 14, 2008

Montgomery Lecture Hall
The Field Museum, South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, United States

With Dr. Mark Westneat, Curator of Zoology at the Field Museum and Director of Biodiversity Synthesis Center

Rapid access to information is arguably the defining revolution of our times. The Encyclopedia of Life, an ambitions, even audacious project to organize and make available via the Internet virtually all information about life present on Earth.

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In Celebration of NASA’s 50th Anniversary, National Aeronautics Space Administration and Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum invited all to participate in a unique day of activities, discussions and exhibitry.

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September 24, 2008

Northwestern University - Rubloff Hall, Thorne Auditorium
750 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, United States

With Dr. Alan Leshner, Chief Executive Officer, The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Science and technology have become integral parts of the American political agenda. The president and Congress alike deal daily with issues like global climate change, surging demands for affordable energy, biomedical research – including the use of embryonic stem cells — and a continuing need to sustain national competitiveness in science, engineering, and medicine. Read more…