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7th Annual LAHS Science & Tech Week

STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
October 22-24, 2012

Science & Technology Week provides our students with the opportunity to hear from and interact with leading scientists and technologists.

The objectives of Science & Technology Week ("STEM": Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) are to:

  • Demonstrate the value of a science and math education, thereby encouraging more LAHS students to take more science and math classes during their high school years
  • Raise student awareness for the variety of science and math related educational and career opportunities that exist in the Bay Area, including those involving other academic disciplines such as music, economics, law, and the arts.
  • Highlight the diverse backgrounds (and obstacles many have overcome) of today's successful scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and technologists.
  • Inspire our next generation of innovative thinkers and show that "thinking creatively" can be achieved by anyone.

The 2012-2013 school year marks LAHS's seventh annual Science & Technology Speaker series, and we are pleased feature leading technologists from Silicon Valley's prestigious research institutions and innovative corporations, such as Google, Stanford, SETI Institute, and Redstone Technologies.

The following is a complete listing of speakers for Science and Technology Week, subject to change. For more detailed information on our speakers, please see the 2012 Speaker Guide

Monday, 10/22/2012 [Eagle Theater Speakers]

Period Name/Title/Company Topic Description
8:10-9:00 am
Odette Harris, Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Director of Brain Injury Stanford University Brain Injury Science: What are we thinking?
Learn about head injuries, what doctors do to treat them, and what athletes should know to prevent sports-related concussions.
Period Name/Title/Company Topic Description
9:05-10:00 am
Sarah Heilshorn, Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering , Stanford University Rebuilding the Body: Materials for healing
Learn about repurposing nature's material-making machines to engineer new materials that promote healing and regeneration.
Period Name/Title/Company Topic Description
10:15-11:05 am
Konstantin Guericke, Co-founder LinkedIn; Stanford University Think Big: Growing a social network
Find out about the key issues founders faced in starting the world's largest professional network.
Period Name/Title/Company Topic Description
11:10-12:00 pm
Jill Helms, Associate Professor, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Stanford School of Medicine Forever Young: New frontiers in stem cell medicine
Learn why stem cells hold answers to many questions about life, death, and the potential for regeneration.
Period Name/Title/Company Topic Description
12:50-1:40 pm
Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer, SETI Institute Searching for E.T.
Find out about the scientific hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence.
Period Name/Title/Company Topic Description
1:45-2:35 pm
Anne Toth, Head of Privacy, Google Balancing Privacy and Customization
Learn how Google makes trade-offs between privacy and cool features.
Period Name/Title/Company Topic Description
2:40-3:30 pm
John Fitch, Research and Development Engineer, Google Engineering Google Glass
Join a hang-out with Google engineers to discuss this technology of the future.


Tuesday, 10/23/2012 [Speakers in AVID classrooms]

Name/Title/Company Topic Description
Bismarck Lepe, Co-Founder and President of Products, Ooyala Third Time's the Charm
Learn about challenges on the way to starting a successful company
Ivan Marcin Gorridos, Software Engineer, Microsoft How a Passion in High School Can Change your Life
Hear about how a high school contest led to a career.


Tuesday, 10/23/2012 [Tutorial Speakers], 10:45 - 11:35 AM

Room Number Name/Title/Company Topic Description
705 Maureen Carroll, Founder, Lime Design Creative Confetti: Why Design Matters
Join this high-energy brainstorming workshop to unlock creativity and innovation.
702 Emily Chang and Bethann Hromatka, Health Content Scientists, 23andMe Discovering your past and future through spit
Learn how genetics is changing the field of medicine.
704 Vivien D'Andrea, Chief of Staff, El Camino Hospital The Real Dr. House
Find out how doctors diagnose disease in the real world.
408 Jeremiah Garrido, Criminalist / Forensic DNA Analyst, Santa Clara County Crime Laboratory From Sherlock Holmes to CSI
Discover the scientific techniques used to solve high profile cases and exonerate the innocent.
410 Young Han, Founder, Using your Powers for Good
Learn about the challenges of building a social network that brings together volunteers and non-profits.
Choir Room David Huseman, Emergency Medical Technician Instructor, Foothill College Saving a Life
If you've ever considered becoming a firefighter, or EMT, find out how.
701 Fanuel Miundi, Graduate Student, Stanford University Are you getting enough sleep?
Sleep cycles and how they affect the workings of the human brain
703 Stanford Chemistry Graduate Students Making a Difference with Chemistry
Learn about research on AIDS drugs, biofilms and fuel cell sealant glasses.
409 Heather Traher, YouTube Making YouTube Easy to Use
How predicting & measuring trends helps YouTube's user interface
708 Mary Turnipseed, Arctic Fellow, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Protecting our Oceans
Learn what a marine biologist does - from research to policy.
Eagle Theater Stephen S. Wu, Partner, Cooke Kobrick & Wu LLP Do you own your Facebook page?
Discover new legal issues confronting technologists and lawyers today.


Wednesday, 10/24/2012 [Eagle Theater Speakers]

Period Name/Title/Company Topic Description
8:10-9:00 am
Charles Huang, Co-Founder, RedOctane, Guitar Hero For Those About to Rock: Making Guitar Hero
Hear about the behind-the-scenes effort that goes into making great video games
9:05-10:00 am
Alejandro Garcia, Professor of Physics, San Jose State University Physics of Animation
Learn about computer animation in feature films, a modern-day nexus of art and science.
10:15-11:05 am
Sumaya Kazi, Founder & CEO, Sumazi Collapsing the Six Degrees of Separation
Discover the challenges of creating a website that introduces you to people you should know.
11:10-12:00 pm
Ismayil Guracar, Senior Key Expert, Siemens Medical Solutions Medical Imaging: Life Saving Technology
See diagnostic ultrasound in action and learn how it works.
12:50-1:40 pm
Nina Bhatti, Cloud and Mobility Program Manager, HP The Math of Color
Discover how colormatch technology makes the pictures you take have accurate colors
1:45-2:35 pm
Clifford Nass, Professor of Communications, Stanford University Multitasking: How does it change the way you think?
Discover the effects of multitasking on thinking, emotion, and social relationships.
2:40-3:30 pm
Yossi Feinberg, Professor of Economics, Stanford University Games People Play: Analyzing strategic behavior
Mathematically capture behavior of choice-making in strategic situations.


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