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Upcoming Speakers | Past Speakers

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

  • Tickets: $23 Members / $26 Guests
    $30 at the Door: No discounts & subject to availability

Ticket proceeds help underwrite the educational programming at Chabot.
Speaker Series tickets make great gifts for friends and teachers!

This series is proudly sponsored by Rudney Associates

 



2015 Season

March 20 (6pm - 7:30pm)
Bill Nye - SOLD OUT

Sparked by a controversial debate in February 2014, Bill Nye has set off on an energetic campaign to spread awareness of evolution and the way it shapes our lives. In his latest book, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, Nye explores myriad hot topics including: why race does not really exist; the promise and peril of genetically modified food; reveals how new species are born; takes a stroll through time; and explores the new search for alien life, including aliens right here on Earth.

Bio »

Bill Nye, scientist, engineer, comedian, author and inventor, is a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society, to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Making science entertaining and accessible is something Nye has been doing most of his life.

Bill Nye attended Cornell University, then worked as a mechanical engineer for the Boeing Company and eventually became a comedy show writer and performer. Nye went on to get his own show, Bill Nye, the Science Guy. Over its five-year run, the show was hugely successful and won 18 Emmy Awards. Nye became a well-known entertainer and went on to perform in films and television shows, among other things, after his show ended. He also remained vocal in the science community.

When Nye isn't acting, making TV and film appearances, or writing, he is working as a scientist. In the early 2000s, he helped develop sundials that were used in the Mars Exploration Rover missions. From 2005 to 2010, he served as vice president and then as second executive director of The Planetary Society, one of the largest space-interest groups in the world.

Nye became the face of a "Bill Nye's Climate Lab," a permanent exhibition at the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, California. He is also a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, a nonprofit scientific and educational organization that aims to promote scientific inquiry and critical investigation: Nye has said that he is concerned about scientific illiteracy and wants to help teach the use of reason in examining controversial and extraordinary claims.

"Evolution is one of the most powerful and important ideas ever developed in the history of science. Every question it raises leads to new answers, new discoveries, and new smarter questions. The science of evolution is as expansive as nature itself. It is also the most meaningful creation story that humans have ever found."—Bill Nye

 


April 17 (6pm - 7:30pm)
Steven Shepard: From the Internet of Things to the Internet of Human Capability

Imagine if your coffee maker new when you awoke and automatically started the brewing cycle. Walking to the kitchen, lights turn on and off as you enter and exit. Imagine if your car could send a message directly to your mechanic informing them of a problem. Science fiction at one point, now realized through technological developments. Explore how these scenarios are radically changing healthcare, education, retail, and other areas of life.

Bio »

Dr. Steven Shepard is the founder of the Shepard Communications Group in Williston, Vermont, co-founder of the Executive Crash Course Company, and founder of Shepard Images. A professional author, photographer and educator with more than 30 years of experience in the technology industry, he has written books and articles on a wide variety of topics.

Dr. Shepard specializes in international issues in technology with an emphasis on the social implications of technological change, technology infrastructure development, strategy creation, technical marketing and strategic technical sales; the social implications of technological change; the deployment of social media as an organizational collaboration tool; the development of multilingual educational programs; and, through the Executive Crash Course Company, the effective use of multimedia. He has written and directed more than 40 videos and films and written technical presentations on a broad range of topics for companies and organizations worldwide. He has written and photographed in more than 90 countries, serving clients across many different industries including telecommunications, IT, media, advertising, healthcare, and government, to name a few. He is fluent in Spanish and routinely publishes and delivers presentations in that language.

 




Past Speakers

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