Distinctive Voices at the Beckman center announces fall lecture series

August 27, 2007

IRVINE, Calif. - Distinctive Voices@The Beckman Center announced today its exciting fall lecture series. The events feature discoveries and research developments sure to interest anyone who is curious about the science and technology behind today's hot topics. The diverse programs will explore giant waves, climate change, earthquake prediction, saving endangered species, and more. Audiences will hear from award-winning scientists, engineers, and physicians about recent findings that will improve the quality of life in the near future.

A dessert reception following each event will provide attendees with further opportunity to continue the stimulating conversations sparked during the presentations. To register, or for more details, visit www.voicesatbeckman.org. A list of the events follows:

Wednesday, Sept. 5 - 7 p.m. Gene Therapy: Medicine of the 21st Century, presented by Inder Verma, Ph.D.

Wednesday, Sept. 12 - 7 p.m. Freaks, Rogues, and Other Giant Ocean Waves, presented by Craig B. Smith, Ph.D.

Thursday, Sept. 20 - 7 p.m. Quality of Life Technology - One Man's Journey, presented by Rory A. Cooper, Ph.D.

Wednesday, Sept. 26 - 7 p.m. Predicting Earthquakes and Their Effects, presented by Thomas H. Jordan, Ph.D.

Wednesday, Oct. 10 - 7 p.m. Western Water Resources: History and Conflicts, presented by Thomas Maddock

Wednesday, Oct. 24 - 7 p.m. The Science of Saving Species, presented by Allison Alberts, Ph.D.

Tuesday, Oct. 30 - 7 p.m. Ghost Hunters: Can Science Explain the Supernatural", presented by Deborah Blum

Wednesday, Nov. 7 - 7 p.m. Clear Vision, Bright Future, presented by Stephen J. Ryan, M.D.

Tuesday, Nov. 13 - 7 p.m. Our Changing Climate, presented by Ralph J. Cicerone, Ph.D.
Distinctive Voices@The Beckman Center was started in 2006 to highlight innovations, discoveries, and emerging issues for the general public in an exciting and engaging forum. For more information about Distinctive Voices, visit www.voicesatbeckman.org. The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council perform unparalleled public service by bringing together experts in all areas of science and technology who serve as volunteers to address critical national issues and offer unbiased advice to the federal government and the nation.

Editor's Note: Members of the media who wish to arrange an interview with the presenters are encouraged to call Janet DeMint at 949.387.6622.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

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