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Spring 2014 Series
Beckman Center - Irvine, CA

Wednesday, April 23     7:00 p.m.

Suspended in a Sunbeam: How the Sun Influences the Earth, from Surface to Space

A generator in space, 150 million km away, heats the Earth, structures its atmosphere and organizes the surrounding space environment. The Sun’s energy output exhibits pronounced variability on all time scales, from minutes to 11-year cycles and longer, with myriad Earthly consequences that are especially pronounced in the outer atmosphere and space environment, but with clear signatures also in the middle and lower atmosphere, and at the Earth’s surface. How might the Sun affect navigation, communication and Earth-orbiting objects that can impact economic and security operations?  How much of atmospheric ozone depletion and surface warming is solar -rather than human- induced? How well can we forecast future changes in Earth’s extended environment for societal, economic and security applications?

Judith Lean
is Senior Scientist for Sun-Earth System Research in the Space Science Division of the Naval Research Laboratory.

Wednesday, May 7   7:00 p.m.

Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis 

 Patricia A. Ganz, M.D., Director, Cancer Prevention & Control Research David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA


Wednesday, May 28   7:00 p.m.

Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative

Susan Cutter is a Carolina Distinguished Professor of Geography at the University of South Carolina where she directs the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute.  She chaired the National Research Council Committee on Increasing National Resilience to Hazards and Disasters whch authored the report Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative (2012).


Tuesday, July 8   7:00 p.m.

Non coding RNA

Understand the role of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in establishing the distinct epigenetic states of adult and embryonic cells and their misregulation in diseases such as cancer. Explore how lncRNAs may define and or drive cell fate decisions we developed computational methods to provide initial hypothesis of their functions.

John L. Rinn is an assistant professor of Stem Cell and Regerative Biology at Harvard University and Medical School and Senior Associate Member of the Broad Institute.

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