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Science and Tech Week to begin tomorrow

The fourth annual Science and Technology Week is scheduled to begin tomorrow, Monday, November 2 and will last through Friday, November 6.

The week will feature presentations from professional scientist and technologists from companies such as eBay and Microsoft and universities such as the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). The presentations will take place during class periods and tutorials. Students must sign up in advance for tutorial presentations.

Science activities will also take place in the quad at lunch on Monday. Keynote speaker Brendan Boyle from design and innovation company IDEO will present on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Eagle Theatre.

A schedule of the week’s presentations is listed below.

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Monday, November 2
Period 1: “Energy from the Oceans.” Margot Gerritsen, Associate Professor of Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University.
Period 2: “The World is Your Stage: A Story of Music on the iPhone, and How We Got Here.” Ge Wang, Co-Founder, CTO and Chief Creative Officer, Smule.
Period 3: “Nanotechnology: CeNSE (Central Nervous System for the Earth).” Stan Williams, Senior Fellow, Director of Information and Quantum Systems Lab, HP.
Period 4: “Cybersecurity: What Hackers Do and How to Stop Them.” Caleb Sima, CTO, Application Security Group, HP.
Period 5: “The Best Job in the World: Creating & Producing Video Games.” Richard Hilleman, Game Producer, Electronic Arts.
Period 6: “Nine Solutions to Global Warming.” Mark Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University.
Period 7: “Space Exploration: Methods to explore planets; technical challenges launching spacecraft; Pioneer projects exploring Jupiter, Saturn, Venus.” Ruben Ramos, Research Scientist, NASA.

Tuesday, November 3
Tutorial, Room 704: “Patent Rights for Technology Inventors.” Rob Andris, Patent Attorney, Ropers, Majeski, Kohn and Bentley.
Tutorial, Room 702: “How a Technology Entrepeneur Got His Start.” Robert Bigler, CEO, Animatics Corporation.
Tutorial, Room 408: “Game Theory—Mathematically Capture Behavior in Strategic Situations in Which an Individual’s Success in Making Choices Depends on the Choices of Others.” Yossi Feinberg, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business.
Tutorial, Room 709: “Using Advanced Statistical Modeling to Improve Google’s Search Technology.” Carrie Grimes, Statistician and Manager Search Infrastructure, Google.
Tutorial, Room 409: “Real-Life CSI.” Mark McLaughlin, Forensics Expert, Police Officer, Fire Fighter, Sunnyvale Police and Fire Department.
Tutorial, Room 708: “The Design and Making of the Kindle.” Joe Pearson, Managing Device OS and Framework, QA, Amazon, Kindle Division.
Tutorial, 706: “DNA/RNA Research that Saves Lives, Including My Son’s.” Mark Vasser, Senior Scientific Manager, Genentech.
Tutorial, Room 707: “Saving Animals’ Lives.” Liz, ICU Technician, Adobe Animal Hospital.

AVID Period 1: “An Indirect Path to Success: From Mechanic to Finance, to Information Services, to Consulting, to Entrepreneur and CEO, and Everything In-Between.” Ralph Aceves, CEO, OvalPath.
AVID Period 3: “Diabetes: What It Is, Risk Factors, Complications and Treatments.” Patricia Santana, Internist, Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
AVID Period 4: “The Design and Making of the Kindle.” Joe Pearson, Managing Device OS and Framework, QA, Amazon, Kindle Division.

Friday, November 6
1: “Auction Bidding and Pricing: Application of Game Theory.” Jamie Stark, VP North America Pricing, eBay.
2: “How the Heart Works, How to Tell when Something Is Wrong, and How to Fix It.” Jane Lombard, Cardiologist, Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
3: “From Neuron to Drug: The Search for New Therapies for Neurological Disorders.” Jim Cassella, VP of Research and Development, Alexza Pharmaceuticals.
4: “Academic Research in Neurodevelopment Disorders.” Eva Ihle, Psychiatrist, Medical Director of Autism Clinic, Co-Attending Physician in Adolescent Evaluation Clinic, UCSF.
5: “Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope.” Philip Rosenfield, PhD Candidate in Astronomy, University of Washington.
6: “From the Weight Room to the Operating Room the Board Room.” Milt McColl, Venture Capitalist, New Leaf Venture Partners.
7: “The Development of the Swine Flu Vaccine.” Mark Thompson, Director of Vaccine Process Development, MedImmune.

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