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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

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This series is proudly sponsored by Rudney Associates

2017 Season

October 13, 2017 - 6pm
Dr. Luz-Cristal Glangchai- From Stand-up to Start-up: Growing Girl Techies and Entrepreneurs

Austin native Luz Cristal Glangchai, PhD is a scientist, entrepreneur and mentor with a passion for teaching and engaging girls in technology and entrepreneurship. She is the Founder/CEO of VentureLab, a non-profit that runs experiential learning programs in youth tech entrepreneurship. She is also the Director the Blackstone LaunchPad at UT and the Director of The Texas Entrepreneurship Exchange at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Glangchai recently served as an assistant professor and the founding Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Trinity University. Prior to that, she founded a nanotechnology drug delivery company and ran the Idea to Product Program at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Glangchai spoke at TEDxYouth and was also named "Woman of the Year” by the San Antonio Business Journal (and she was named one of the 40 Under 40 in the journal’s annual awards). In 2016, she was a featured speaker at SXSWInteractive and SXSWEdu, and she was named Non-Profit CEO of the Year by the San Antonio Business Journal. In the Spring of 2017 she was featured for the grand-opening of the Blackstone LaunchPad at UT.

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William Jagust - Memory, The Aging Brain, and the Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease
Friday, November 3, 2017
Dr. William Jagust is a Professor of Public Health and Neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Faculty Senior Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His career has entailed the use of multiple methods of imaging the brain to understand brain aging, Alzheimer’s disease, and the borderland of these two processes. His early work pioneered in the study of glucose metabolism using PET scanning in brain aging and dementia, and he was among the earliest investigators to use MRI to measure how brain structure changes with age. 

Over the past several decades, new tools have been developed for understanding brain function, structure and chemistry. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has enabled us to understand how the brain forms memories, explaining a complex neural system that works together to encode experiences so that they can be later remembered. This system can experience dysfunction as we age. Some of this dysfunction appears to occur normally as part of the aging process and some may reflect the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by the deposition of 2 proteins in the brain: beta-amyloid and tau. We can now detect these proteins during life using PET scanning. This talk will review our state of knowledge about memory function, how it becomes disrupted with aging, and how memory is affected by the beta-amyloid and tau proteins. These imaging studies open the door to the potential for early and effective treatments of Alzheimer’s disease

Past Speakers



  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Edwin F. Erickson, NASA Ames Research Center (retired)- NASA’s Airborne Astronomy Program