Dramatic innovations in computing, renewable energy and climate change research, biological sciences for human health, and understanding the universe — from the infinitesimal to the infinite — have placed Berkeley scientists on the precipice of incredible breakthroughs. Get an insiders’ perspective — from the leaders of two crown jewels in research — on little-known discoveries that could soon change life as we know it.
Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
6–7 p.m.— Light refreshments, cash bar, and an exclusive reception with the faculty speakers for members of The Charter Hill Society
7–8:30 p.m.— Presentation and audience Q&A
Paul Alivisatos Ph.D. ’86 is the director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and an awardwinning authority on the fabrication of nanocrystals and their use in solar energy applications. Under his leadership, Berkeley Lab has received more than $282 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, much of which is the direct result of sustainable energy initiatives. He has also launched Carbon Cycle 2.0, a major multidisciplinary approach to restoring the balance in Earth’s carbon cycle, and the Next Generation Light Source, the world’s first facility capable of producing x-ray pulses measured in attoseconds, the timescale needed to capture the movement of electrons. Alivisatos is also the Samsung Distinguished Chair in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at UC Berkeley and a professor in the departments of materials science and chemistry.
Graham Fleming is the vice chancellor for research and a professor of chemistry at UC Berkeley. As an administrator, he manages 40 campus research units, 12 research museums and remote field stations, and the Offices of Research Administration and Compliance, Intellectual Property and Industry Research Alliances, and Research Enterprise Services, among others. As a scientist — through joint appointments as the Melvin Calvin Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and founding director of both the Physical Biosciences Division and the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) — he has reshaped the intersection of physical and biological sciences, while maintaining his own groundbreaking investigations into ultrafast chemical and biological processes, in particular photosynthesis.
Linda Schacht (program moderator) is an Emmy award-winning television reporter with more than 20 years of experience in local television. Her career began at KQED-TV on the highly regarded Newsroom nightly news show. She then covered politics, locally and nationally, for KPIX, the CBS-owned and -operated station in San Francisco, for 19 years. Schacht has won two Emmy awards and an American Bar Association national award for her political coverage. She has been a faculty member at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism since 1992 and continues to write television scripts and do special television and documentary projects.
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