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About Distinctive Voices

Distinctive Voices highlights innovations, discoveries, and emerging issues in an exciting and engaging public forum. Do you wonder how things work? What the future holds? If you are curious about the science and technology behind today's hot topics, Distinctive Voices is for you! Spend an evening gaining insights on significant advances in medicine, biotechnology, energy, the environment, space exploration, and more. Learn from some of the best minds in the world —including members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine—in presentations geared to the general public. Events are held in Irvine, California and Woods Hole, Massachusetts, with videos of past Distinctive Voices events available on our YouTube channel.

Distinctive Voices was created in 2006 as a program of the National Academy of Sciences Communication Initiative to increase science literacy. The live programming hosted at the Beckman Center in Irvine, California received major funding from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Fund of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering. Additional support is provided by The Edward Lifesciences Fund and Pacific Life Foundation. The program at the Jonsson Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts is supported by the Frank Press Fund of the National Academy of Sciences, the Thomas Lincoln Casey Fund of the National Academy of Sciences, the Arthur L. Day Fund of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Kellogg Fund of the Institute of Medicine.

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