Big Ideas for Busy People ||| Cambridge Science Festival 2011

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Friday, April 29, 2011
7:30-9:30 pm
Big Ideas for Busy People
The Laboratory at Harvard, Northwest Building, 52 Oxford Street

We are back by popular demand with Cambridge’s fast-paced answer to Ted Talks. Big Ideas for Busy People features 10 short, sharp talks by some of Cambridge’s finest – 5 minutes per talk, plus 5 minutes for questions – presenting a roller-coaster ride through some of the biggest, boldest ideas in science!

Alan GuthOne Universe or Many?
V F Weisskopf Professor and MacVicar Faculty Fellow; MIT Department of Physics
Sara SeagerExoplanets and the Search for Habitable Worlds
Ellen Swallow Richards Professor; MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences
Jack SzostakThe Origin of Life
Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
Colleen CavanaughThe Human Microbiome: We Are Not Alone
Edward C. Jeffrey Professor of Biology, Harvard University
Dr. Donald Elliott IngberHuman Organs-on-Chips: No More Animal Studies for Drug Development?
Director, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University; Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology, Harvard Medical School & Vascular Biology Program, Children’s Hospital Boston; Professor of Bioengineering, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Robert DesimoneShedding Light in the Brain
Director, McGovern Institute & Berkey Professor; MIT McGovern Institute for Brain Research
Steven PinkerA History of Violence
Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology; Harvard College Professor, Associate of Mather House
Sanjoy MahajanStreet-fighting Math and Science
Associate Director, MIT Teaching and Learning Laboratory
Lisa BerkmanHealth and Work: Work Redesign in a Time of Demographic Change
Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and of Epidemiology; Harvard School of Public Health
Amy SmithHow to Make a Million
Senior Lecturer; MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering

A reception with all of the speakers will follow immediately after the last talk in the B-1 level of The Laboratory.
Cost: Free

If you can’t make it, you can watch a live webcast here!


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