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Discovery Series 2019-2020 Season Opening

September 13, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Reading the news, it can be easy to imagine that all of the cool research is coming out of MIT or Stanford. But folks at the Fred Hutch, WSU, UW, PNNL, and other local research institutions are turning out game-changing, and in some cases, life-altering, research. The Discovery Series offers the broader community an opportunity to learn about new discoveries and cutting-edge technologies directly from our state’s leading scientists and innovators.

Join us for lunch on the second Friday of almost every month (Sept-June, except December) at a cool location around town to get educated, inspired, connected. Designed to bring together the state’s preeminent researchers, innovative leaders, and elected officials who want to stay on top of important advancements being made in our state, each Discovery Series program will include lunch, networking time, a Q&A session, and an opportunity to meet the speaker.

Since 1997, more than 150 presenters have informed and amazed us with everything from neurobotics, video of gigantic tubeworms living next to hot vents in the Atlantic Ocean, the fight against malaria, genetically engineered food truths and myths, the promise of predictive medicine, and images from the world’s most powerful telescope.

2019 – 2020 Schedule

September 13, 2019: Aimée Dudley, PhD and Senior Investigator, PNRI: The Genetics of Being Exceptional – How Yeast is Changing the World, hosted at Perkins Coie

October 11, 2019:

November 8, 2019: Jon Oatley, PhD, Director of Center of Reproductive Biology, WSU: Gene Editing, hosted at Facebook

January 10, 2020: Joe Smith, Research Ecologist, NOAA Fisheries: Chasing Salmon to Save the Whales, hosted at TBD

February 14, 2020: Lea Starita, Ph.D, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Genome Sciences at UW: Using CRISPR to Advance Precision Medicine, hosted at Facebook

March 13, 2020: Nathan Baker, Director for the Advanced Computing, Mathematics, and Data Division, PNNL & Krysta Svore, General Manager Quantum Software, Microsoft: Quantum Computing, hosted at Google

April 10, 2020 – Lee Hood, MD. PhD, Institute for Systems Biology Co-founder: The Art and Science of Aging Well, hosted at Google

May 8th, 2020 – Virginia Emery, PhD and Insect Entrepreneur, Beta Hatch – Founder & CEO: Insects for Protein and other Food Chain Disruptions, hosted at TBD

June 12, 2020 – Sapna Cheryan, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology at UW: Battling STEM Stereotypes & Helping Barbie Evolve, hosted at TBD



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