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Headshot Kafui Dzirasa
  • February 11, 2021

Kafui Dzirasa

We are delighted that Kafui Dzirasa will be speaking on February 11, 2021 at 4:00PM PST. Dr. Dzirasa is an award-winning neuroscientist. He is the K. Ranga Rama Krishnan endowed Associate Professor at Duke University with appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, and Neurosurgery. His research is focused on understanding how changes in the brain produce neurological and mental illness. His talk title is "Mapping the structure of emotions". Dr. Dzirasa is an important advocate for diversity in STEM and for health education in under served communities. The seminar will include an interview and extended Q&A session where Dr. Dzirasa will answer questions about his own experiences and journey into science.

Headshot Ayana Johnson
  • April 28, 2021

Ayana Johnson

We are delighted that Dr. Ayana Johnson will be speaking on April 28, 2021 at 4:00PM PST. Dr. Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert and writer. She is founder of Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for coastal cities, and is co-creator and co-host of the Spotify/Gimlet podcast How to Save a Planet. With Dr. Katharine Wilkinson, she co-edited the anthology All We Can Save, and co-founded The All We Can Save Project. Recently, she co-authored the Blue New Deal, a roadmap for including the ocean in climate policy.

Headshot Timnit Gebru
  • January 6, 2021

Timnit Gebru

We are delighted that Timnit Gebru is the inaugural speaker in the Diverse Minds Seminar Series. She is an important voice in AI and an advocate for diversity in technology. She will be speaking on January 6, 2021 at 4:00PM, Pacific Time. Dr. Gebru is the cofounder of Black in AI, a place for sharing ideas, fostering collaborations and discussing initiatives to increase the presence of Black people in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Her talk title is "The hierarchy of knowledge in machine learning & related fields and its consequences". The seminar will include an extended Q&A session where Dr. Gebru will answer questions related to her research and her own journey into science.

Headshot David Van Valen
  • November 2, 2020

David Van Valen

David Van Valen will be speaking on November, 2 at 4:00PM, PDT. This seminar will consist of 2 talks, the first focusing on David's science and the second focusing on his journey into science. Due to COVID 19 this event will take place online. David studies how living systems and their respective viruses encode and decode information about their internal state and their environment by combining ideas from cell biology and physics with recent advances in imaging, machine learning, and genomics to make novel measurements. The title of his talk is "How Cells Live".