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Future Fridays Lecture Series

Upcoming Speakers |

Chabot Space & Science Center presents a series of community conversations with science and futurist thought leaders

May 4 at 6 pm

Ryan Scott, Researcher at NASA Ames, will speak on  "Crossing the Final Frontier: Space Exploration, Biology, and Health " 

Ryan Scott, M.A. is a contractor support Scientist on the Rodent Research Project at NASA Ames Research Center. The NASA Rodent Research Project provides a research platform aboard the International Space Station for long-duration rodent experiments in space. The experiments examine how microgravity affects mice, providing information relevant to human spaceflight, with discoveries in basic biology and knowledge that have direct benefits for human health on Earth. Prior to his current position, Ryan was a Research Associate at NASA Ames, involved in ground-based investigations understanding exercise and drug countermeasures to counteract spaceflight bone loss, microgravity effects on the female reproductive system, and artificial gravity as a countermeasure for various physiological systems. Ryan previously was a Lecturer in the Biology Department at San José State University, and is the 2017 American Society for Bone Mineral Research "Young Investigator of the Year.”

Seating is limited.  Please contact development@chabotspace.org for more information.

This series is proudly sponsored by Rudney Associates

Past Speakers


  • Will Wright, "A Roadmap for our Gigital Lives"
  • Dr. Daniel Kammen  "An Energy Future the Earth Can Live With"


  • William Jagust - Memory, The Aging Brain, and the Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Dr. Cristal Glangchai- From Stand-up to Start-up: Growing Girl Techies and Entrepreneurs
  • Scott Manley – Can You Learn Rocket Science from Video Games?
  • Dr. David Grinspoon – Earth in Human Hands: A Cosmic View of our Planet’s Past, Present and Future
  • MJ Marggraff - Far and Away: Going Beyond Earth Without Going Crazy
  • 2016
  • Edwin F. Erickson, NASA Ames Research Center (retired)- NASA’s Airborne Astronomy Program
  • Christopher McKay - Life on Mars: Past and Future
  • Dr. Robert Knight - Insights into Human Behavior from Neurological Patients
  • Scott Hutchins - Novel Science: The Making of A Working Theory of Love
  • 2015
  • Peter H. Gleick - The Future of Water for California and the World
  • Ed Finn - How to Build a Dream Machine
  • Steven Shepard - From the Internet of Things to the Internet of Human Capability
  • Bill Nye - Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation
  • 2014
  • Will Wright - Game Designer & Creator of Sim City
  • Tom Atchison - Founder & Chairman, Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation
  • Carl Haber - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Physicist and MacArthur Genius Award Winner
  • Edward Moses - Director of Fusion Science and Applications Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Alexander Rose - Executive Director of Long Now Foundation and Clock Project Manager
  • Ray Jayawardhana - Author and Professor of Observational Astrophysics
  • 2013
  • Jim Capobianco, Derek Thompson & Kevin O'Brien - Pixar Animation Studios
  • Dr. Felisa Wolfe-Simon - Astrobiologist
  • Dr. Alex Filippenko - Astrophysicist
  • John Romero & Brenda Brathwaite Romero - Game Designers
  • Robert Weiss - President of Xprize & Entertainment Movie Producer
  • 2012
  • Brian David Johnson - Author and FutureCaster at Intel
  • Ben Burtt - Sound Director, Designer & Engineer for LucasFilms/Pixar
  • Bill Nye the Climate Guy - Scientist, Engineer, Comedian, Author, and Inventor
  • Ray Jayawardhana - Author and Professor of Observational Astrophysics
  • 2011
  • Dr. Michio Kaku - Bestselling Author and Popularizer of Science
  • Mary Roach - Columnist and Popular Science Writer and Author
  • Bill McKibben - American Environmentalist and Writer
  • Al Worden - Apollo 15 Astronaut