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World Science U for a Day: Chasing Waves from the Brain to Deep Space

Saturday, June 4, 2016
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Immerse yourself in an intense and intimate day with some of the leading minds in biology, neuroscience, and physics. This event offers you and group of no more than 60 fellow enthusiasts a curated curriculum comprising stimulating science that goes beyond a popular-level presentation. From DNA to deep-sea exploration to black holes, this is a rare opportunity to be guided by our stellar faculty to the edge of our understanding.


8:00 AM: House opens / Coffee & Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM – 10 AM: Drew Endy

10:20 AM – 11:20 AM: Sylvia Earle

11:40 AM – 12:40 PM: Miguel Nicolelis

1:00 PM – 2:20 PM: Lunch

2:40 PM – 3:40 PM: Nergis Mavalvala

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Harold Varmus


Sylvia EarleOceanographer, Marine Biologist, Author

National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Sylvia A. Earle is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer who has been called a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress and “Hero for the Planet” by TIME magazine.

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Drew EndySynthetic Biologist

Drew Endy is an assistant professor of Bioengineering at Stanford. His Stanford research team develops genetically encoded computers and redesigns genomes. Endy co-founded the BioBricks Foundation as a public-benefit charity supporting free-to-use standards and technology that enable the engineering of biology.

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Nergis MavalvalaPhysicist

Nergis Mavalvala is a physicist whose research links the world of quantum mechanics, usually apparent only at the atomic scale, with some of the most powerful, yet elusive, forces in the cosmos.

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Miguel NicolelisNeuroscientist

Miguel Nicolelis, M.D., Ph.D., is the Duke School of Medicine Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience at Duke University, professor of neurobiology, biomedical engineering, and psychology & neuroscience, and founder of Duke’s Center for Neuroengineering.

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Harold VarmusNobel Laureate, Oncologist

Harold Varmus, M.D., co-recipient of the Nobel Prize for studies of the genetic basis of cancer, joined the Meyer Cancer Center of Weill Cornell Medicine as the Lewis Thomas University Professor of Medicine on April 1, 2015.

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