2020 Guest Lecture Series

Guest lectures have been a highlight of each SSP since 1959, but “you had to be there.” Until now. The entire 2020 Guest Lecture Series is available for viewing by SSP members and their families.
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Speaker Affiliation Topic
Blaise Aguera y Arcas SSP ’92 Distinguished Scientist, Google AI Understanding and Creating Brains
Dr. Minosca Alcantara Chief, Scheduling, MTA Capital Construction TOO BIG TO FAIL? The Planning and Scheduling of MEGA Construction Projects – PERT (Planning Evaluation Research Technique)
Dr. James Allison and Dr. Padmanee Sharma (Respectively) Prof. and Chair of Immunology and Nobel Laureate (Physiology / Medicine); Prof. of Genitourinary Medical Oncology and Immunology, Univ. Of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center Immune Checkpoint Blockade in Cancer Therapy:  New insights into therapeutic mechanisms;
From the Clinic to the Lab: Investigating Mechanisms of Response and Resistance to Immune Checkpoint Therapy
Dr. Fran Bagenal Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Univ. of Colorado Why Planetary Science Needs Space Probes: New Horizons, Juno & Europa Clipper
Richard Chuang SSP ’74 Co-founder of Dreamworks Animation and Adjunct Faculty, Cogswell College Life at the Crossroad of Art and Technology
Dr. Eric Cornell Prof. of Physics and Nobel Laureate in Physics, Univ. of Colorado and NIST Looking for Fossils of the Big Bang in the Laboratory
Dr. Michael Hannawald Instructor of Physics and Chemistry, Univ. of Hawaii The Origin of Heavy Elements in the Universe, Supported by Gravitational Wave Observations
Dr. Tyrone Hayes Prof. of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley From Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Tale of Toads and Men
Dr. Briony Horgan Associate Prof. of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science, Purdue Univ. Roving Mars: NASA’s Search for Life on the Red Planet
Dr. Hannah Kaplan Postdoctoral Researcher, Southwest Research Inst. To Bennu and Back: the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission
Dr. Laura Kiessling Prof. of Chemistry, MIT Carbohydrates at the Host-Microbe Interface
Dr. Nina Lanza Team Lead, Space and Planetary Exploration Team, Los Alamos National Lab Exploring Mars with the Curiosity and Perseverance Rovers: Past, Present, and Future Results
Dr. K.K. Ojo Research Associate Prof., Univ. of Washington, Dept. of Medicine, Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Protect the Mosquitoes? New Strategy for Malaria Eradication
Dr. Nicholas Suntzeff Distinguished Prof., Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Texas A&M Univ. The Three Universes
Dr. Lawrence Sverdrup Senior Scientist, Trex Enterprises Mad? Science!
Dr. Allison Youngblood Research Scientist, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder Exoplanets and their Parent Stars