Porchlight: A Storytelling Series
Epic Fail: Stories About Experimentation and Failure
Presented in conjunction with the Bay Area Science Festival
NPR's "Math Guy" Dr. Keith Devlin
Neuroscientist Aubrey Gilbert
Mythbuster Adam Savage
Physicist/inventor Nicholas Sheridon
New York Times best-selling novelist Scott Sigler
Machine artisan Kal Spelletich
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Dr. Keith Devlin is a co-founder and Executive Director of the university's H-STAR institute, a co-founder of the Stanford Media X research network, and a Senior Researcher at CSLI. He is a World Economic Forum Fellow and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His current research is focused on the use of different media to teach and communicate mathematics to diverse audiences. He has written 31 books and over 80 published research articles. Recipient of the Pythagoras Prize, the Peano Prize, the Carl Sagan Award, and the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics Communications Award.
Aubrey Gilbert is currently an internal medicine resident at Kaiser
San Francisco. Prior to completing medical school at UCSF she did a
PhD in Neuroscience at UC Berkeley examining differences in visual
perception between the two hemispheres of the brain, and a degree in
The History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University. She has
been interested in neuroscience for many years and has worked at
laboratories in a number of different countries, studying topics
ranging from Alzheimer's Disease to forward modeling in the motor
system. She also has a special interest in science education and
outreach and has taught neuroanatomy and cognitive science for many
years. She has given a number of public lectures on various subjects
in these areas. She will start the remainder of her residency next
June in Boston and plans to specialize in neuro-ophthalmology with a
focus on neuroplasticity in the visual system.
Adam Savage is an American industrial design and special effects designer/fabricator, actor, educator, and co-host of the Discovery Channel television series MythBusters.
Nick Sheridon is an inventor with degrees in Physics and 93 U.S. patents. He worked at Xerox PARC for more than 30 years. He invented numerous technologies related to printing and display. In 2001 he left PARC as a senior research fellow and co-founded Gyricon, an electronic paper company and a Xerox subsidiary. Gyricon's main competitor was E-Ink, which provided the display for the Kindle. Gyricon did the same thing for advertising signs, crashing and burning in 2005. Nick currently works on color versions of electronic paper in his own lab.
New York Times best-selling novelist Scott Sigler is the author of ANCESTOR, INFECTED and CONTAGIOUS, hardcover thrillers from Crown Publishing. He also writes the Young Adult Galactic Football League series, published by Dark Øverlord Media, including THE ROOKIE, THE STARTER, and THE ALL-PRO (so far).
Kal Spelletich founded Seemen, his interactive machine art performance collective, in 1988. Since then, Kal has performed, exhibited and lectured worldwide, collaborating with Survival Research Labs and countless others from a wide spectrum of people from punk rock bands to scientists, politicians to NASA, Hollywood television to film acting parts. He curates exhibits and is involved in politics. He now works on the waterfront of San Francisco in an industrial district where he scours junkyards and dumpsters for industrial items whose technology can be reapplied. He explores the boundaries between fear, control and exhilaration by giving his audience members the opportunity to operate and control some fascinating and frequently downright dangerous machinery. His work has terrified and thrilled tens of thousands of people all over the planet, gotten him in trouble with the law and thrown out of galleries.
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